Weight Loss Wednesdays with my sweet encouraging friend Alicia.
So I decided to try something a little different than my usual. And normally I write about my plan and then follow through. But this time I decided to give it a try first and see if I could do it. And I have been! And my weight is down a teensy bit!
I decided to work out for at least 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week. That is crazy for me - I only have ever worked out 3 times a week at most and never saw the point of working out that much! But it seems that my metabolism is practically nonexistent so I thought I should try doing something that would give it a boost daily. My plan definitely involved some prayer - I had to pray for strength and to stay committed to exercise because this just isn't in my nature. I've started my 3rd week of this!!
The first week - I worked out 7 times in 6 days. Woo Hoo! Then last week I worked out 6 times in 6 days. This week so far I've worked out twice in 2 days. The first week I did it - I only lost .5 lb. That's no surprise to me. Every time I start exercising my weight either doesn't change or increases - always frustrating, but I didn't let that stop me. Last week led to a loss of 1.5 lbs so I'm glad I stuck with it! Now I wish I had taken measurements at the beginning, because I think I can see a slight difference in inches. I'll measure this week so I can keep track of that too.
I'm not doing any special diet with it, though I have cut out most evening snacking and am trying to increase my water intake. When I exercise, I feel like eating healthier and eating less, so I figure that part will take care of itself. Though I think eliminating afternoon iced coffees would also help! :)
Don't think I'm doing some crazy workouts like Insanity or something - I'm just not that in shape! Twice a week I go to an hour-long Zumba class at the gym and the rest of the days I'm doing a variety of 45-50 minute workouts off of Instant Netflix. There are a couple of 10-minute solution workouts I like, a couple of Crunch workouts, etc. I never do the same one 2 days in a row. One is mostly cardio, one is sculpting with hand weights, one is Pilates, one is a good overall workout mixing all kinds of techniques, and I keep trying new ones too.
I notice that I feel better, have more energy, feel a little firmer, and my posture has improved. Those benefits in addition to a bit of weight loss will help me to keep it up! I plan to keep it up this whole month and then see where I'm at and what changes I need to make.
How are you doing? Have you added exercise in for your weight loss journey? Have you asked the Lord to help you on your journey? I could not have kept up this consistency of exercising without Him - have never done this in my life!
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Have a healthy day!