Thought it might be time to update you all on my progress! I have worked out hard for 30 mins the past three days! I have worked out in the past, but the intensity wasn't too high...I was just walking 30 mins on the treadmill to say that I worked out. But I'm realizing now that if I want to see results, then it's time to bump it up a notch (or three) on the intensity scale. I have decided that I am going to do the C25K workouts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week and supplement with some other form of workout on Tuesday and Thursdays...and even the weekends if I choose to work out then. I tend to get bored easily with the same workout routines and give up, so I'd like to vary the workouts enough so that doesn't happen. I have a quite a few different workout dvds that I can use as well as some that I plan to reserve from the library to mix things up a bit!
I know some people believe it only weighing in once a week to chart progress, but I like to weigh in every few days just to assess how I'm doing. If I'm showing a gain, then I know to cut back on my eating more or to workout more. If I'm showing a loss, I know that what I'm doing is working and to keep it up! When I weighed in on Monday, I weighed 185lbs. This was a bit of shock to me, because just about 2 weeks ago, I was 179lbs. But Thanksgiving came along and with it, lots of food and being lazy! And those extra calories and lack of burning them really adds up quick! This morning I weighed in and the scale said 182.5lbs! Of course I don't put a ton of trust in the mid-week number on the scale, but it helps to know that my hard work is starting to pay off...and it's great motivation to keep at it!
My goal weight is around 135-140lbs, but I'm going to decide my ideal weight when I get there. If that ends up being 150lbs and I like the way I feel and how my body looks at that point, then I'll stop dieting and enjoy the new me! I do like to set mini-goals for the months to help keep me on track, so I'm setting a mini-goal of 5lbs to lose each month. If I lose more than that each month, GREAT! So as of Jan 1st, I would like to weigh 180lbs. If I continue to meet each month's mini-goal, that puts me achieving my goal weight of 135lbs by October 1st 2010. Sure, I would LOVE to lose it sooner than that, but I want this to be a lifestyle change and not a quick fix.
My main problem that I've noticed so far is with food. Granted, my son's birthday was Monday, so there have been lots of cake and junk foods available to me. Last night I did experience a small victory. We went to my MIL's house for a bday party for Evan. We had coccia house pizza, chips and dip, and then cupcakes and ice cream...complete with homemade hot fudge sauce! I had made up my mind early on yesterday that I would only eat 1 piece of pizza...and that's what I did! I decided I would rather have my calories in the form of a cupcake instead of pizza...and I made the right choice because that cupcake was divine! I also opted for a smaller portion of ice cream than the one handed to me by my MIL. It was a nice feeling to be in control of what I was consuming! I'm so used to just mindlessly eating whatever is presented to me. I think we will have one more bday party this weekend, but I'm planning to skip the cake and ice cream altogether! I really need to start cutting out the sugar in my diet. I have started using Splenda in some things, but it's just not the same as good ole' sugar! I also want to cut down on the breads I've been eating. I don't want to take an all or nothing approach to what I eat because that is just setting myself up for failure. I want to make small lifestyle changes that will add up big in the end. For me, self-control is the big issue for me. But I know I can overcome that too!
Now that I've gotten all of that off my chest, I need to go workout! Day 4, here I come! :)