February 14, 2006:
"(1 week into 12 week program) Just a little over a week into the program I have lost 8 pounds. But, I am on a more intensive workout program than most would be starting out. 6 days a week, 45 minutes of cardio and then upper body and lower body workouts. Alreay I feel better, inside and out. I eat 3 (portioned) meals a day with snacks of fruit in between each meal. I am also allowed my late night snack of 3 squares of graham crackers with a glass of low or no fat milk, which is my lifesafer.
"At the beginning I was able to go for up to 25 minutes on the treadmill at 3.2 resistance. I have worked up to 3.8 resistance for 40 minutes."
February 10, 2006:
"First week went well. I am proud to say that I have stuck to my diet followed my exercise plan. I am on a 6 day a week schedule, 45 minutes of cardio on the treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical trainer 30 to 40 minutes of upper and lower body workouts. I feel better already. I have not weighed yet because I think that could pyschologically defeating.
"There is always that little voice in your head that says, "You don't really have to go exercise today," and "Come on, what's it going to hurt to have a few cookies or a slice of pizza?" That of course, is what will be your downfall. To say it takes discipline just might be the understatement of the year. You are going to have weak moments, times when you wonder is it worth it. I have already had those and it is only the first week and I eleven to go. But, each day will ge easier, each day I will feel better. Week two coming up, I'm ready for it. Come join me!
February 3, 2006:
"I came up with the idea of doing this when I realized that I, like so many others, had made a New Year's resolution to lose weight, made an attempt, and then failed again. For the first few weeks, I did attempt to eat right and exercise more, but also, like others, it fell by the wayside like so many other New Year's resolutions do.
"What has also inspired me were the reports that obesity was at epidemic proportions, especially among kids. The onset of health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease, was certain.
"I feel it is time to get back to that resolution that I had made so many times and broken, and I want to help others do the same. I know breaking bad habits and keeping with the exercise routine will not be easy for 12 weeks, but I want and need to do it...for myself, especially the kids, who are close to my heart."
February 27, 2006:
And so begins my 4th week of the "In Shape" program.
Having lost 16 pounds, I am over half way toward my goal of losing 30 pounds by April 28th. Changing my eating habits has been the toughest part of the program. I miss my seconds, sweet tea, the "all you can eat" buffet at Western Sizzlin', my two bowls of sugar coated shredded wheat and my late night snack of 5 or 6 cookies with a big glass of skim milk. (I told myself that the skim milk cancelled out the cookies).
Monday thru Friday at the Healthplex, not so tough, but making it there on Saturday has been tough. I've been tempted, giving myself all the reasons why I don't have to go, but in the end, knowing why I do.
The payoff for the sacrifice is how much better I feel, inside and out, and the sense of pride in myself that I am doing what I said I was going to do.
Setting a goal and sticking to it, isn't easy, but oh, what a feelin!!!
Please join me in this journey and be there with me at the Healthily on April 28th so we can say "we did it," whether it's 5, 10 or 30 pounds.
March 15, 2006:
On my thrid weigh-in, I had not lost any more weight, in fact I had gained two pounds. I attribute that to being off my workout program from March 3rd thru March 13th due to a bout with some crud that could have been the Flu.
Somehow, I had managed to find two of the sixteen pounds I had lost. However, using the glass is half full theory, I had actually lost 14 pounds in a little over six weeks, which I am told is still quite a feat.
Now, time to get back on track or treadmill, back to the upper and lower body workouts. The week off gave me rest, but also allowed those "LAZY" demons to creep back into my thinking..."Are you sure you want to do this?" they whisper in my ear.
"You're not really that heavy and you're healthy, being a bit overweight isn't going to hurt you, it's not like you have heart problems or diabetes or stuff like that," said the demons over and over. Then they attacked my ego, "You know you actually look better with a little weight on you!" I didn't buy into it, Monday, March 13, I was back in the gym, back on the treadmill, the ellipticle and the upper and lower body workouts.
Now onto my next weigh-in, March 24th, and a total loss of 20 pounds with a month to go toward my goal of 30 pounds on April 28th.
Like "The Little Engine That Could," I think I can, I think I can, I know I can."
I know I can! I know you can! I know we can!
March 15, 2006:
I was a bit apprehensive about my 3rd weigh-in today, I had gained back two of the 16 pounds I had lost and I really wanted to be below 200 pounds, but I was not so confident that I would be.
This week I intensified my cardio workout, spending over an hour on the treadmill and 25 minutes on the elliptical, hoping and hoping that the extra pounds would fall off.
I would close my eyes as I increased the speed of the treadmill, trying to take my eyes off the timer ( a watched pot never boils ) and try to tell myself that if I concentrated hard enough I could even wish those pounds away.
On Thursday, I finished on the elliptical after 30 minutes and said to mysself, "I've done all I can do."
I changed, picked-up the scale for my Friday morning in-studio weigh-in and headed home.
On February 6th, I weighed 221 pounds, my journey was ahead of me, 12 weeks. March 24th, 198 pounds, a total loss of 23 pounds, seven pounds to go towards my 30 pound goal and five weeks to do it
On Friday mornings here at the station, some of the guys cook up some sausage to go with biscuits. I can smell it cooking as I write this, it is tempting, but I know it's not part of my diet and that is what we all have to fight every day.
But, none of us are perfect are we?
One little piece of sausage and a biscuit is not going to hurt me.
23 pounds, I think I deserve a reward.
I'm outta here!