Hey guys. This post has been a long time coming, and I know I said I would keep you updated on my journey, but don’t worry I’m only halfway through it so here’s my first official update. A few months before I started this journey my official weigh-in on MyFitnessPal in February was 278 lb. And, even though I had started watching what I was eating and was slowly easing myself into my new healthy eating lifestyle, I hadn’t officially started my journey with weight loss and exercise until June 3rd. At that point I had begun a slow workout schedule on my treadmill at home and I made sure to input everything I ate into MyFitnessPal, following the calories that it suggested I have each day, with the setting to lose 2 lbs each week. I didn’t officially weigh myself before starting because I knew starting up a new exercise routine, changing my diet, and drinking more water would throw things off with my body and I didn’t want to get discouraged by weighing before and then weighing a few weeks in and not seeing much of a difference so I ended up weighing on July 2nd. At that point I was at 272 lbs.
So, I had continued to use the treadmill 4 to 5 days a week, each week slowly moving up my speed and my time. I stopped drinking all diet sodas. I began drinking half my body-weight, in ounces, in water everyday. I made sure to introduce more vegetables into my diet, and fruits when I could, though most fruits tend to spike my blood sugar due to the fructose. I’ve been drinking a Shakeology Shake once a day for lunch after my workout as a recovery type meal and I made sure I was making healthier choices in foods, such as whole wheat and whole grains and foods marketed as low carb and low glycemic index. I stayed at the treadmill schedule for 12 weeks and then decided to begin a workout video program called Walk Strong by Jessica Smith.
Walk Strong 1 was a 6 week program, as was Walk Strong 2.0. Walk Strong 3 was an 8 week program, and I’m now finishing week 5 of 6 in Walk Strong level 4. The Walk Strong programs are designed to be low impact but moderate to high intensity workouts alternating between, cardio, strength, and high intensity interval training. The videos have helped me build muscle, balance and endurance. They are fun, but challenging workouts that I have enjoyed doing.
As of now, I am at 222 lbs (exactly 50 pounds from my first official weigh in). My blood sugars have been so much better. I’ve got more energy during the day. I’m sleeping better, and I haven’t been down to this weight since the end of 2007. My initial goal was to get to 200 lbs, but I’ve now decided to try for 180.After I finish this level 4 Walk Strong program I think I will begin the Shaun T Focus 25 program and then possibly head on to Turbo Fire or Zumba, or both. I plan on adding arm weights, crunches, squats, and push-ups to the end of my T25 workouts to continue to work on strength, and then I plan on going back over all the Walk Strong programs again as maintenance.
I’ve decided that what’s helped me the most this time around is having the mindset that this isn’t just a diet and exercise routine that will go away when I’m done. It’s a lifestyle that will not change when I hit my goal weight. I need to keep my healthy eating habits for good to maintain my blood sugars and I’ll need to keep low intensity exercise and moderate strength training to maintain my weight.
Unfortunately I don’t have any decent before and after pictures as of yet. I had taken “before” pictures, and then attempted to take some “after” pictures after the 3rd level program, and realized that the top to the outfit (I wanted to wear the same exact clothes for both sets) I had chosen was too flowy and did not hug enough for you to even see the difference. But, once I reach my goal weight, any pictures of myself from my before weight will show enough of a difference. What matters now for me though is the fact that I feel better and my clothes feel looser.
Things I’ve Learned:
*I can’t compare my results to others.
*I can’t let myself get down from a bad day here and there.
*My body can handle more than I thought.
*I am strong.
*You need a support system. (Mine includes my mom, husband, sister in law and aunt <3)
Things I Struggle With:
*Knowing I have to weigh and measure EVERYTHING I eat.
*Over-criticizing myself when I look in the mirror.
Life and Reading:
Since I started this journey, I haven’t had much time for anything else. I know that sounds bad, and a bit obsessive, but being a Type 1 Diabetic trying to lose weight and become healthier is a full time job (my body loses weight slower and my metabolism is way different than most, on top of having insulin resistance that causes my body to hold on to fat). Since I’m a housewife and don’t work, I have been making myself get up and take a certain number of steps every single hour of the day between 9 am and 6 pm. As a Type 1 Diabetic, I am at a higher risk for blood clots, so sitting all day has never been a good idea. I have been working my way up to getting 10,000 steps a day, every day, on top of my exercise (recommended by the American Heart Association). This means that I don’t have a lot of time to do long activities during the day.
From June (when I started my journey) to December last year I was only able to read a total of 47 books (I had read almost twice that amount in the same time frame at the beginning of the year; 80 books from January to the end of May). I just wasn’t able to find the time, energy, or motivation to read as much as I had been. Because I have been making myself move every hour, on top of exercise, I was partially afraid of having to get in to a book just to have to put it down every so often. I was also getting too tired in the evenings to read since my body was adjusting to its new schedule and activity level.
Luckily, I decided to try something fun at the beginning of this year that helped kick me out of this reading slump. About 2/3 of the way through January I learned of something called The Booktube Games. This is a month long reading competition consisting of 4 teams trying to see who can read the most pages for the month of February. There are about 500+ participants this year.
Its supposed to be a fun challenge, so, I decided to sign up. In bringing out my competitive side, and not wanting to let my team down, I have finally figured out how to fit reading enjoyably in to my active lifestyle. I’ve read 13 books already for the month! I’m so proud of myself, and so excited that I’ve managed to figure out how to fit one of my loves back in to my life.
For the same reason that I haven’t been reading as much, I also haven’t been able to blog hop. I apologize to my fellow bloggers, as I’m not showing you the love you deserve. My hopes are to find a rhythm to start blog hopping again because I miss seeing your posts! Blog hopping is an enjoyable part of being a blogger, but it is also quite time consuming, and my problem is that once I sit down and get started, I lose track of time and end up missing taking my steps, so hopefully soon I can figure out how to pace myself and get around to showing you all some love without having to sit in one spot for too long!
Tell me what’s going on in your lives! Are any of you taking life journeys at the moment? Anything new and exciting to share? Anything you have done that you are proud of, big or small? Tell me! ❤
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