Thursday, July 19, 2012
OK, so I fell off the blogging wagon. I kind of fell off the Spark wagon, actually. I've linked up with some great people on Facebook and have been getting a lot of support there. The hard thing for me with Spark is that you get close with someone, you feel bonded, they are your support, and all of a sudden, they disappear. Not everyone, but I miss my girls from when I first started here. And I miss my 2nd group of girls. And the "spark" just kind of fizzled.
Not only that, but I HATE tracking my food. Especially when cooking. It takes so much time to sit down with the recipe calculator and input everything, especially when I pretty much never make the same recipe twice. I just don't really have time for that, and I don't want to eat a bunch of pre-packaged foods just because they are already in the database. It just doesn't work well for me, and even if I "commit" to it, it doesn't last.
But, on a more positive note, I have been doing great. Since January, when I committed to exercise, the longest I've gone without fitness has been a week when I was sick. I have found workouts that I love to do! I've become a Beachbody junkie... oops, I mean Beachbody coach. I drink their nutritional meal replacement shake, Shakeology, every single day. I love the energy it gives me and how regular it makes my digestive system. Add to that figuring out that I have a gluten intolerance and cutting that out of my diet, and my digestive system is much happier! I'm in love with the Rockin' Body workout program. When I do it, I don't even feel like I'm working out. I'm just dancing and having a good time, while burning a bunch of calories and sweating buckets. For a change, I started the Turbo Jam program. It came with a 10-Day Kick Start fitness & Meal Plan. Sticking to the plan for 10 days, I was on a high protein, low-carb, clean diet (very simple foods/recipes - lots of fruits & veggies, lean meats, low-fat dairy). No desserts, no alcohol, lots of water. Add to that 7 days of a 45 minute cardio routine and 3 days of a 35 minute strength training routine, and here's how I ended up: in 10 days, I'm down 4 lbs, 3 total inches (1.5 from my waist alone), and 2% body fat. I'm finally in the normal BMI range, and, depending on which chart you look at, my body fat % might be in the normal/healthy range too.
More than all of that, the biggest benefit I've had lately is noticing that exercise has become a part of my lifestyle. I think I've had the food down pretty well, but exercise has been my bigger challenge. But now, if I go more than a couple days without exercise, I'm feeling run down, cranky, and blah. Yesterday, I was so tired, I really didn't feel like exercising at all. Instead of doing the 45 minute cardio session I had scheduled, I compromised and allowed myself to do a 20 minute workout, as long as I went for it with 100% effort. I pushed myself, and felt GREAT afterwards. I was so glad I did it rather than give myself a pass.
Right now, I feel accomplished and confident. Confident in myself. Confident in my diet/fitness plan. Confident in my ability to meet my weight goal. I'm 12 lbs. away. Once I get there, I'll reassess, see if I need to lose more or just focus on toning and maintenance. I've learned so much along this journey, but in all honesty, I'm ready for the next leg. I'm ready to just live it, rather than feel like I need to count & track everything. I look forward to working out 3-5 times a week, and pushing myself to meet new fitness goals. I look forward to continuing to eat the way I have been, with occasional splurges. I'm just ready.