How to Eat and Elephant...
Friday, April 29, 2011
48 days ago I re-started my weight loss journey. Since then I've lost 14.8 pounds. That's an average of 2.2 pounds a week, slightly over the "recommended" but of course far less than I'd like to see!
I've been silent about this journey so far because it's been very frustrating on the scale. 48 days ago we started eating healthier and made a commitment to go to the gym 3 times a week. I can very proudly say we have maintained that goal and most of the time exceed it.
Right now my calorie goal is between 1200 and 2000 a day. I have been finding better results when I vary my intake from day to day so my body doesn't get used to having the same amount of calories to count on.
When I started at the gym I focused on the weight machines. Lifting a moderate weight in sets of 3 with 20 repetitions. I did this obviously to build some muscle and start the toning process but also because my body couldn't handle extended cardio workouts. I started out doing 10 minutes on the elliptical and now I do no less than 45 but no more than 65 minute sessions.
I have a heart rate monitor now! It automatically syncs with the machines at our gym which is super nice. I have a watch that will display my heart rate and while I'm on the elliptical it displays on the machine.
I enjoy going to our gym much more than I ever thought I would. Our 3 times a week has turned into almost every day and definitely as much as we can. When we can't get to the gym typically we do some sort of exercise at home. We have some weights, balance ball, treadmill and a poor excuse for an elliptical that is probably finding it's way into the trash soon!
So while the journey has been a good lifestyle change it's been frustrating on the scales. I'm sure I'm tainted by "Biggest Loser" where they sweat puddles on the floor and lose double digits for weeks at a time. I FEEL like I work out like that - I don't :) I can be so mad at the scale but then realize I'm wearing clothes I wouldn't actually fit into before losing another 20 pounds if I weren't working out. I didn't start measuring myself but perhaps I should have just to show myself my body is changing in ways other than the scale.
Moving forward.....one bite at a time.