15.2 pounds lost forever!

I have been a little absent from the blog because I have been busy working out at the gym whenever I can, eating right (which means looking up recipes and actually cooking things), and still trying to fit in time to read. 

What I am doing is apparently working because in the 38 days that I have been on this journey I am already down 15.2 pounds!

I couldn’t be happier that what I am doing is actually working! 

I will try to post more often. I plan on posting my workout routine at the gym and maybe some of the recipes I have found and loved.

Until next time… 

Rest Days

Today’s workout at the gym was so hard. My body fought my every move. It was awful. Had I been in this situation a year ago, I would have given up and gone home, not even trying to finish the workout.

I managed finished the workout I have been doing and I am proud of myself for that.

I think I have discovered the problem I had today. Before yesterday all my rest days were active rest days. I didn’t just sit around all day, I was up cleaning or whatever. Yesterday I did absolutely nothing.

I think my body needs active rest days instead of rest days. I have found that by reading some articles online that having active rest days will most likely solve the problem I had today.

So, that is my plan.

Shoes, yoga, and an investment…

I bought some running shoes today. $62. That is a lot of money to me. I am trying to think of it as an investment in my future. A lot of money that I am scared that I am going to waste. I know I am going to try and work out and lose the weight. I just hope I can stick with it this time. I have tried so many times to lose weight and get healthy. Sometimes it worked and I lost some weight, but something always gets in the way or I give up cause it is too hard.

The last time I had some success was when I was doing this DVD called Yoga for Indie Rockers. It is fairly fast paced yoga set to good music and taught by a tattooed chick. I loved the idea of it and I stuck with it for a good while. I am the least flexible I have ever been and the heaviest I have ever been. Those two things are not good for yoga. I am thinking that I am going to start doing the yoga DVD again. It is something for me to do till I get to I can use a treadmill. That way I feel like I am doing something to lose weight and get in better shape. It is killing me to be sitting here with all this energy, need, and potential to work out and not be able to. So, I will be adding in the yoga DVD to my workouts and before my workouts start on the treadmill. I have got to do something. Sitting here and just getting bigger and bigger is killing me, literally.

I now have a plan. I will try to the yoga at least three times a week till I move then I will add in the treadmill and maybe do the yoga on days when I don’t use the treadmill. I want to keep the yoga at least once a week once I move. I like doing it.

I have to stop worrying about the price of the shoes. It is an investment in me. I need to see me as something worth investing in.

The Plan…

Here is my exercise plan that I am going to follow. I am starting out at just walking becasue I am seriously out of shape.

Week 1 -3 Times during the week – Walk 20-25 minutes

Week 2 -4 Times during the week – Walk 25-30 minutes

Week 3 -4 Times during the week –Walk 35-40 minutes

Week 4 -4 Times during the week – Walk 10 minutes – Walk/Run 10-15 minutes – Walk 10 minutes

Repeat week 4 till I can run 15 minutes without stopping

Then add 5 minutes a week till I get to 30-40 minutes of running with a 10 minute warm-up and cool down.

Moving on…

At the end of next month I am moving from an apartment to a house.

This move to the new house will be a new beginning for me health wise. I will be moving on from my past of bad health and being severely overweight. I know it won’t be an overnight change, but I am ready. I am going to have a treadmill in the house. I will be using it to start running. (Walking at first- then building up to running). I really need to start doing something about my weight and this is a good opportunity to do that. I want to start now but there is no where for me to run or walk right now. It is way to hot outside, even though it is the first day of fall. The treadmill is in the storage building at the new house, and given we could move it now, but it is too hot with no air conditioning in the house at the moment. That would mean I would be sweating more and burning more fat off but it is too hot for me to be able to go for very long in the heat. I heard this quote once: Sweat is your fat crying. I find that really funny and motivating.

I am going to be keeping this blog so I feel accountable to something. I will try to write once a week once I get to the point that I can start working out. Till then I will be posting randomly about the exercise plan I am going to follow and a little about me.