Looking back on my numbers, I first hit the 220's on 6/27. I was beginning to think that I was NEVER going to get the scale to inch lower than 221.8. In fact while recently talking to my mom and venting some of my frustration with the lack of recent progress, she reminded me that I have come too far and to not give up. "Oh NOOOOOOOOOOO! " I quickly told her. "I am NOT giving up. This just makes me want to work harder to find the way to get the results."
And that's exactly what I did....literally. I worked harder. I had an epiphany while watching my favorite trainer Chris Powell on Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition while working out last week. I was working out at the same pace I had been for a while. Doing the same ole thing (walking) at about the same ole pace. What I realized was that my body used to consider just moving a huge workout because of how in insanely out of shape I had let myself get. I would get my heart rate up without much trying. But now that I have been at this a while, I am finally getting to be less of a couch potato and so my heart needs more of a challenge to get the rate into the fat burning zone.
So after seeing that my heart rate went up by engaging in activities like jogging and doing Jillian, I dusted off the couch to 5k yesterday. The commentary from my 14 & 12 year old daughters was that I didn't "yell at the lady as much as I did the last time (I) tried it." Ha, ha. I guess it was easier this time being a bit more in shape. I was shocked to see that I got 18 minutes of vigorous activity in! I also decided it was time to order a heart rate monitor to add to my arsenal of weapons (electronic gadgets, oops I mean data points). My order is scheduled to arrive tomorrow and needless to say I am THRILLED!
And the best part was seeing the scale finally move in the right direction. I have some big goals coming up soon...getting out of the 220's and into the "teens", the 15% mark at 219.2 and of course the next 10 pounds....please let it not take as long as this 10 did!
This seemed fitting...
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