MANDYG2898

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Ooh yeah gonna be lean and mean

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Okay..probably not mean although some would argue that I already am. My retort to that is they obviously don't *really* know me!

Anyhoo...Today I signed up for 2 workout programs held by my local Parks and Rec department. I am going to be doing a Boot Camp and also a Butt,Abs, and Back class. I have about 6 weeks til they start (they start in July) but for 2 hours a week I will be doing something OUTSIDE of the gym!! I think that excites me more than anything!

My first week of my challenge with my friend to lose 15lbs by July 1st was not a good one for me. I only lost .4lbs while she lost a whole 4lbs. Im jealous but I also know she's put in a lot more hard work than I have this past week. She has had the Lapband surgery in the past and her calorie intake is so low and she gets really really sick if she goes above it...so she has a built in "stopping" mechanism. I don't envy her in that regard as I know many days she has pain from her band.

I am giving myself one more week on this current gym and eating program before I make a change to one or another. I know it usually takes ME about 2 weeks for my body to respond to changes in diet and exercise. I know with the eating I haven't kept in calorie range some days but I am relearning that my body probably really doesn't need as much food as I think it does. The overages in calories have *mostly* been due to eating an extra handful of nuts (unsalted pecans) a few slices of deli cheese here and there (2% land o' lakes white american cheese) and some extra fruits like bananas and apples. I know calories are calories and they all count but i feel better knowing it's fruits/veggies and essentially "good" things for you that I'm over eating on but it's still overeating.

Last week I was at the gym for 3 days and so far this week I've gone 4 days plus I'll be going tomorrow for a total of 5 this week. I always feel better when I go to the gym on Sunday's because that means I can chose not to go at least 2 other days during the week and still get 5 days in. I would settle for 4 days but with a 5th day I can chose to take that one a little easier if need be.

I didn't realise how much I actually missed the feeling of a good work out. I know how much I used to rave about it on Facebook before and it feels good to know I'm doing good for my body again. I seriously do not "like" going to the gym but I like to work out and feel good. My goal is to find a sustainable activity/activities outside of the gym altogether. I love to be outside and I need to find things to do outside that burns as many calories (if not more!) I'm starting with these 2 classes I've signed up for and we'll see how things go.

I'm forever struggling with balance in my life and I know many times I just need to get out of my own way! Thanks for all the feedback on my previous blog and reminding me why I love Spark so much.

My fellow Sparkies are awesome!
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  • HOLISTICJESSICA
    emoticon I love working out outdoors. There is just something about it that I think makes me work harder. You can do it!
    3242 days ago
  • GRACEVERONICA82
    Glad that you are finding things to do outside. I'm missing my walk/jogs right now. It's so darn beautiful out and I just can't do them. Darn knees:) Good luck with your challenge. I bet you'll do great:) Good luck with the classes too. They sound fun:)
    3242 days ago
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