Saturday, February 4, 2012
The first two weeks of my "new" challenge were wonderful. I was motivated, excited, eating healthy. I came home from work the second Friday, and after I exercised I instantly became very sick. High fever, throat swollen, I couldn't talk, chills that lasted for hours; yep, I caught Strep Throat. For five days I was MISERABLE. I couldn't talk, swallow, sleep, or eat unless it was something that was soft or made of ice. To try and keep myself from putting weight on, I looked for healthier food. Instead of buying ice cream bars, I found some really good Dreyer's fruit bars that had no sugar, were low on calories, and are simply divine!
Surprisingly, I lost almost three pounds during that 5 day stretch. Week three was a bust in regards to exercising. I simply wasn't healthy enough and I knew if I pushed it I would later regret it.
Well, that week off from exercising DID NOT HELP MY CAUSE. Week four was a COMPLETE AND TOTAL BUST! My motivation was gone, I wasn't eating healthy, I was worried. I gained the three pounds back very quickly and decided to simply act like I'd never lost that weight to begin with!
At the end of week four I had still met my goal for the month of January. I'm shooting for 5 pounds a month, and I'd lost six. I was still bummed though because after being sick the idea of exercising wasn't appealing AT ALL.
Going into week 5 I knew I needed to do something drastic. I was trying to find a way to get my motivation back. I remembered a DVD I used all summer long, The Firm. Before week 5 I'd been doing a 20 minute aerobics routine to work my way into using The Firm again. I decided it was time to jump in with both feet. I'm using the "express" 35 minute workout during the week, which combines circuit training with aerobics and burns A LOT more calories.
I started the DVD on Tuesday, and have lost 3.6 pounds this week!!! My motivation has returned, and I am so excited about this. I'm almost back at the weight I was when my first challenge ended. I have 1.6 pounds until I'm back at that weight and then the skies the limit!! I have about 30 pounds that I still really want to loose. I'm finding that exercising right after I get home from work each night is best for me. I get dinner ready, put it in the oven and exercise while it's cooking.
After I run all my Saturday errands, and clean the house, I'm going to do the entire "Firm" DVD, which is 55 minutes long. Saturday is the only day I truly have time for it, and I'm actually excited to do it again. My body doesn't feel like it's going to fall apart like it did earlier in the week when I first started 'The Firm", and it's to the point where my muscles are remembering again that I used to do this all the time!
Here's to week six; I think it's going to be great!