Mondays are such a pivotal day of the week, aren't they? Either you're dreading them, heading back to the ole' grind. Or you're happy to see it come around as it is ushering in a welcomed fresh start. Then in my case, it's 'the moment of truth', when I step on the scale to see how I've done over the past week. (Although, we all know that the scale is only one small piece of the health equation.)
However you are looking at this Monday, I hope it proves to be the beginning of a great week for you!!
Last week I finally, make that FINALLY, found my exercise mojo! I did a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio on Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sunday. Primarily I did the 2 mile 'walking' DVD by Leslie Sansone. If you are not familiar with her program, it's called 'walking' but it's really more like low impact aerobics as you're doing knee lifts, kick backs, etc. with upper body movement as well. What's nice is you can make it more or less intense by what you put into it. I began by just following along, and not doing the arms several weeks back. Now I do everything, plus add some extra umph by throwing in some moves from back in my days of living at the gym in my fluorescent short unitard with oversized tank shirt and matching scrunchie. (Ok, totally dating myself here! Anyone remember those outfits?) So if you're just getting started her program may be a great start for you. It's also good for intermediate - and she has more intense programs that I want to check out. I have a Biggest Loser DVD that I bought back in January that almost killed me after like
My water intake is right back in line! Big surprise right? Having trouble with getting enough water? How much are you exercising? The whole thing is a cycle. If you exercise, then you get thirsty and need to drink more and nothing satisfies thirst better than water. Then when it's time to eat, you're thinking there's no way you're blowing all of that hard work working out by eating a Twinkie. (Or whatever your Achillies heel is. Mine is actually pretty much any kind of sweet/baked good.) Another added benefit of exercise is it helps you to have more energy throughout the day, which then means that you're ready to sleep and you can't resist the call of the pillow at night.
Exercise was definitely the missing link for me. I would love to say that I love to exercise now. But I don't. I'll keep doing it though as the benefits far exceed any negative feelings. If I were to greet my exercise session it morning it would sound something like, "Hello Newman."
Ok - so I have to share a supper duper huge success this week. The hubs was talking about how he wished he had dropped some lbs by being up on the roof the previous week but he didn't lose anything at all. He then said what he weighs. For the first time like ever, I weigh less than him!!!!! Most of my friends weigh considerably less than their husbands so I know this may not seem like a big deal to them, but it is to me!! Yipppeee!!!
So last week I had gained 3 pounds, yikes! This week, I have lost those 3 pounds! So it's like losing a couple of weeks, but I'm cool with that. I don't normally set a weight loss goal for myself, but I really would like to lose 2 pounds this week. We'll see...
Week 23 goals:
Exercise at least 5 days
Track all food
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
Minimum of 7 hours sleep a night
Pray more, stress less (making good progress on this)
It's time to get dressed. I hope you all have a great week and make healthy choices!!