I promised you all that I would be here with a weekly update, so here I am. Since last week Monday, I have dropped 7 pounds. I am sure that a good chunk of it is just water weight, but seeing a change in numbers was inspiring nonetheless. I have been sticking to portion control like white on rice, and putting my Polar FT4 watch to good use. Outside of portion control, one of the biggest obstacles I had in the past was just general unpreparedness. I would show up at work with no plan for lunch, and ended up eating out of the vending machine all day. A honey bun and coffee for breakfast. A bag of chips and M&M’s for lunch. A pack of peanut butter crackers for my morning snack. A granola bar and a pack of peanuts for my afternoon snack. I was killing myself, not only with my caloric intake, but with my intake of processed crap. There were many, many days that would pass without a single vegetable touching my lips. I guess my body was so shocked by the sudden introduction of healthy foods that it couldn’t hold on to the weight.
I really wish I could go to the gym, but it’s not an option for me. With four children and a husband, I am a busy lady. The best time for me to get in a workout is when everyone else is in bed. Since jumping around at 4:30 in the morning is not at all appealing, I workout at night. I have read plenty of articles and blogs explaining all the evils of exercising at night, but I have yet to feel any adverse affects. In fact, I have gotten better sleep over the past week than I had gotten over the past year. I love working my body to exhaustion, showering, and then pretty much passing out afterwards. Besides, working out at night is better than not working out at all.
I subscribed to Gaiam TV and let me tell you, they have a boatload of fitness videos on there. There are many from The Firm, as well as some from Jillian Michaels and Mari Winsor. I am not exaggerating when I say that there are hundreds of choices available. Gaiam TV streams through my Roku device and is $9.95 a month after a free 10 day trial period. Since I have eliminated most of my subscription boxes, I owed myself a treat.
I am not revealing my starting weight, because that’s just too much information to share. My husband doesn’t even know that number. I will tell you that it’s a lot. Like I have a whole extra person attached to me. Seven pounds doesn’t even put a dent in the weight I need to lose, but it did let me know that I made the right changes. And my knees are thanking me for my efforts.
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