I don’t know where the last 6 weeks have gone!
I started the 5+2 food plan outlined in Jackie Warner’s book This Is Why You’re Fat on Jan. 26. (six weeks ago).
I’ve lost 17 pounds so far.
I can’t tell you how exciting it is to find something that moves me closer to my goal of 75 lb. weight loss. This is the first time that I’ve been very intentional about changing up our diet. I’ve realized over the last 4 months that working out alone is not going to cut it.
And I have to tell you…this new eating plan hasn’t been a huge hardship. I feel amazing. I can’t believe how much more energy I have with just 17 pounds gone. I’m excited to see how I feel when I reach my goal weight.
Another key to my success so far is tracking my calories on Livestrong My Plate. I track most days, but not every day. I’m learning so much about food and how much is an appropriate amount. I’m getting creative in the kitchen with new recipes and revamping old recipes. We’re eating at home more which frees up money to buy those extra fruits and veggies.
I realized last week that I’ve been working out 5 days a week for the past 4 months. I haven’t missed once.
My friend Dayle approached me sometime in October about joining a private Facebook group. The purpose of the group was to encourage and support each other in doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts 5 days a week. We’re located all over the country and a couple girls even live in Taiwan.
Our first workout was October 31, 2011.
Well, 4 months later we’re still doing just that… encouraging and supporting each other. Each week one of us picks the workouts for the week and posts the schedule.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – workout days
Wednesday and Sunday – rest days
And my body is changing. My resting heart rate is improving. My heart rate recovery time is improving.
I’m able to do a full-up push-up along with a ton of other crazy exercises.
It works because we all love the intense, slightly crazy, short workouts. When I workout, I want to sweat like crazy and make every second to count. And it’s sustainable for me, a busy full-time blogger and stay-at-home mom.
Have you been making any steps to get healthier? What has helped you succeed?
And be sure to catch up on the rest of my Healthier Story series.