Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Lazy Update

I believe that I have hit a plateau. I have not lost a single pound since April. For those of you that don't know, as of July 23, 2007 I have officially completed one month of committing to a workout program. I go to the gym M-F, sometimes Saturday if I miss a day during the week. I do cardio 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes. I strength train three times a week.

I must admit, I did not watch my diet at all the first two weeks. Week Three I started to restrict calories to 1500 a day, but I still cheated several times with alcohol and eating out. Last week I still set a goal of 1500 calories a day and did not cheat at all! This week I am focusing on 1200 calories a day because I need to lose this jiggle! So my hobby of happy hours has to be replaced with a healthier habit or two.

Unfortunately, it took me a month to realize that exercise is nothing without proper nutrition. I gained about 5 pounds since starting and it is safe to say it is muscle because I am starting to notice how toned my body is looking. This morning I saw that I lost 4 of those pounds that I've gained. I've had two people say that I've become obsessed with losing weight, and I may be because it does take up about 50% of my conversation. However, I am tired of being jiggly, I am tired of this 13 year battle with my weight, and I am completely determined to get down to my goal weight of 145 lbs.

Finally, I could not have completed this month without my workout partner Gladys. She is the best, she helps me stay committed, she compliments me, she pushes me, and she serves as a constant source of support and inspiration. Even though I have to drive 20 miles out of my way DAILY to meet her at a mid point, it is SOOOO worth it. I strongly urge anyone to buddy up, if you get a good partner the benefits are endless.

P.S. Ladies, if you want a real magazine that will help you focus on losing weigh, try Women's Health. I always thought Shape, Fitness, and Health were a little too prissy for me and not as serious as men's health magazine. This magazine has some really valuable articles. This month's magazines assesses shake and meal replacement bars and what to add to them to make a perfect meal replacement. It also has a really good recipe section with recipes under 500 calories. I refer to it at least once a week and will get a subscription soon.