As part of my latest epiphany about the need to lose weight and get healthier, I promised myself (and I guess you, too) that I’d post a few updates as to how things are going, what’s working and what isn’t, and what I plan to do moving forward.
In the past three weeks I haven’t had a single Coke Zero nor pop of any kind. While not as difficult as it’s been in the past, quitting still hasn’t been easy. I’m sure I’ll stumble, but right now I can say: so far so good.
Additionally, trips to the gym have increased as have cardio workouts. Typically I’ve spent a minimum of 30 minutes, 3x a week, running, biking, and/or using the elliptical. And let’s not forget, I also walk 30 minutes daily as part of my commute to and from work.
The plantar fasciitis has also subdued, primarily due to new orthotics and a lot of stretching. Additionally, I think the increase in exercise is helping with the lower back pain.
All in all, I feel better. In some ways that’s the ultimate goal, right? Yet the results haven’t been what I expected.
I have – and for the love of God I don’t understand why – actually gained 5 lbs. Yeah, yeah, I know muscle weighs more than fat but this shouldn’t be. Better eating and more exercise is supposed to help the ol’ wardrobe fit better – not tighter.
There are two factors that may (or perhaps may not) be something that I still need to address or better adjust to.
One is protein. Most days I try to load up on protein in the morning. It might be just the latest fad, but a protein shake or meat for breakfast is supposed to have positive effects for weight loss and how you eat throughout the day.
Two, Kool-aid. While I’ve replaced the Coke Zero habit with extra water, I still tend to drink a lot of Kool-aid (for flavor). Granted, the drink has sugar but it’s reduced and replaced with stevia. Maybe THAT should be issue no. three.
With a pair of Warrior Dashes in just under two months, outdoor running and some some additional weight lifting are in order. (Although I’m pretty content on the muscle side of the fitness equation.)
I also want to try either the Boot Camp class at LA Fitness or perhaps yoga. Maybe signing up for a 5k or two will help. Either way, I think I need to take things up a notch; even if just a bit.
The goal must be to continue to move forward, stay mentally strong, and realize what remains at stake should I choose NOT to do what’s right for me and my health. I’d like to think I’m doing that. I just need to do it better.