Sunday, February 10, 2008

Fitness Update: -3.4 lbs in 11 days

I am hesitant to post about this because it seems every time I do I fall off the wagon, but I really want it to work this time. So I need your support to help me stay on track.

I've been trying to workout and eat better on and off since sometime last year, but about 2 weeks ago I started using gyminee to seriously track my food intake and exercise activity. I am not on a diet persay, because I know that I won't keep that up and all I really need to do is eat healthier and workout more. However, I've started to pay attention to what I eat and working out regularly.

I am eating breakfast everyday. This is huge for me because I am not a morning person, but I know its very important to losing weight, kickstarting my metabolism for the day, and forming a healthy eating habit. We've cooked dinner at home and taken our lunch to work for the past 2 weeks. I think this alone will be a huge help because it is much harder to make healthier choices when I go out to lunch, not to mention all the money we're saving that we can spend on healthier food. Instead of eating my typical 2 big meals (lunch and dinner) and random snacks in between when that is not enough, I am consciously eating smaller meals more often and drinking lots of water throughout the day. I'm trying to eat more veggies and fruit with my meals and as snacks, so we started getting deliveries from Orlando Organics again every other week. Since I know I have a sweet tooth, I also got some 100 calorie packs and granola bars from nabisco. They are healthier, low in calories, and will give me that sugar fix I need every so often so I don't cave and run to the vending machine.

I managed to do at least one 10-minute cardio kickboxing workout everyday last week (I wanted to start small and work my way up). The week before that, I worked out 3 days. Now that I am starting to build a habit, I am going to kick it up a notch and try to do at least 20 minutes of cardio each day with some toning thrown in there. Yesterday I did 20 minutes of kickboxing toning (arms, shoulders, butt, and thighs from 10 Minute Solutions - Kickbox Bootcamp) in the morning and 30 minutes of Kathy Smith's Kickboxing Workout in the afternoon. I really love kickboxing because its high intensity and fun, so it doesn't feel like work. I joined netflix again so I can try out other workout videos to find enough things to mix it up and prevent me from getting bored and quitting. I am also going to incorporate yoga into this because with all this punching and kicking, I need some stretching and relaxing too. I am going to try to do some activity every day, even if it is just one of the 10 minute videos, butI think I may take one day off each week to let my body rest. Today I am beyond beat and only managed 10 minutes of kickboxing, but that is better than nothing.

So, here are my current stats (I'll update them every Sunday after my weight-in):

Starting Weight: 152 (1/29/08)
Last Weigh-in: 150.2 (2/3/08)
Today's Weigh-in: 148.6
Weight Difference: -1.6
Total Weight Loss: -3.4

Current Goal: 145 lbs (3.6 lbs to go)

My current goal is 145 lbs, which I hope to reach by Jason's birthday (2/23). I figured instead of setting one massive goal, I'll set smaller ones that I can reach easily so I stay motivated. I have no idea what my ultimate goal is, but the ideal body weight for my height is in the range of 105 - 135. I'll probably set 135 as my next goal, or maybe I'll just continue in 5 lb intervals until I am happy with my body. Ultimately, I'd like to be down at least 1 pant size. I'll be happy as long as I am showing a loss of 1-2 lbs. each week. I want to do this slow and steady and be healthy about it so I can sustain it and maintain the weight once I lose it.

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