It’s been a couple weeks since I started going to the gym and exercising on a regular basis again. Here are a few things that I have noticed:
I’ve lost only 2 pounds (currently at 195). That’s about a pound per week. That rate is ok, because the weight will stay off longer if I ever have a year like last year. Also, I feel I have more energy than before. It’s nice to be able to no be so tired when I get home so I can play with the kids.
While I’ve only lost 2 pounds, I feel much more firm. I believe that my body fat percentage is dropping more than my weight. I’ll take that over just pure weightloss, but it does make tracking such a measure that much more difficult as most measuring devices are not accurate enough for tracking daily progress.
That initial stigma of being a hampster on a wheel (or on a treadmill) is mostly gone. I try not to think of it like that anymore. Also a lot of that was just due to the start of a new routine where things just feel weird. It feels weird no more
Since I have to get up at 5am to exercise nowadays, getting up early isn’t that hard anymore. I’m a little tired when I wake up, but after that first 5 minute warm-up, I’ve been good to go for the rest of the day.
The workouts from podfitness.com have been a good way to have the workout set for you, however, they have a definate pattern, and seem a little predictable. Some exercises vary, but I loved the initial feeling of a new workout everytime. I think I need to tweek some settings to get that randomness back.
I’ve tried to track workouts in a couple of places. First, is the Discovery Channel Body Challenge web site. I only put stuff here becuase it offers the chance of a million dollar prize when you enter your info there. When that promotion stops in March, I’ll just keep only one “journal” at a site called traineo.com. The thing I really like about this site is that you don’t enter too many numbers (you can track as much or as little as you want). But reallu the best part is when you sign up, you submit a list of people whom you want to hold you accountable for losing weight. This site will send them emails on your progress. Its up to these motivators to help keep you on track. I think people can do a better job of motivating than a single website can.
So, overall, it’s only been 3 weeks, but things are going well. At this rate, I will lose the weight I want by April or May. Not bad. I just have to remember now to eat smaller…
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