I have joined Mary at Giving Up On Perfect in the "Losing It" weight loss challenge.
My plan is basically to eat less and move more.
1) Get on the treadmill 6 days a week.
2) Drink 64 oz. of water per day.
3) Take-in less calories (and healthier ones at that).
5) Sit-ups and light weights (Weeks 5-10).
Here is the update for Week 7:
1) Treadmill 6 days this week, 20 minutes per day, 1.5% incline at 3 mph. Check.
2) 64 oz. of water per day. Check.
3) I had a better week with my food choices. I had lunch out once and had a BIG salad. (Do you remember that Seinfeld episode with Elaine's BIG salad?) Mine was delicious with mixed greens, dried cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles, hazelnuts, grilled chicken breast and an herb dressing (served on the side). Also had 1/2 of a small corn muffin and 1/2 of some kind of wonderfully textured bread. Should I be concerned that I eat bread that I have no idea what it is? Anyway. Since I was not hungry for dinner, I fed my Wonderful Husband and Son, hopped on the treadmill for my usual 20 minute walk...then started feeling a bit hungry. I ate a small bowl of lowfat vanilla yogurt with Bear Naked granola. (OK, I started this thought with Elaine's BIG salad and couldn't wait to end with Bear Naked granola. Sometimes I just have to laugh at my food life!)
4) Lost 1 lb. this week. (Total loss in 7 weeks is 7.5 lbs.) Total percentage of body weight loss will be posted on Week 10. I have re-adjusted my weight loss goal since I will not be hitting anywhere near my original goal of 20 pound lost in 10 weeks.
In the "old days" I would be mentally beating myself up at this point and eating more to try and stuff that disappointed feeling. Yet since I'm approaching this as a lifestyle change and not a diet, I am staying focused on my health benefits. I went for my annual exam yesterday and one of the questions asked was, "Do you exercise?" I replied, "Yes, I do." I laughed and said that I was really proud to be able to say that. The nurse looked at my chart and said, "Last year you said occasionally." I laughed again and said, "Wow, I was an optimist last year!" This year is my year of actually exercising instead of "occasionally" which meant "just thinking about it."
5) Sit-ups. Probably 3 days this week. Wow! Are you picturing me doing sit-ups for 3 days straight? Stop it! That would be so very wrong! Light weights working on my arms every other day.
At the end of Week Seven, I am fired up!
Please stop by to encourage the other participants at http://www.givinguponperfect.com/. See you next week!