Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Slow and Steady fitness

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Here we are at week 6 of Project 10! I have to say, I am feeling much like the tortoise in the fable at the moment. It seems that slow and steady is helping me win my race. I usually have a terrible time sticking to a diet and fitness routine but have found a few things that are working for me. I really think that is the key. I always wondered how so many different diets and exercise programs could all exist and compete in the market, but now I get it. You need to find the one thing that clicks for you and run with it.

For me running with it is quite literal. I am training for another half marathon in mid September. It is going pretty well, minus the knee problem I have been experiencing. I have a Dr's appointment tomorrow to get that checked out, but hopefully it is something that can be remedied with stretching and not a lot of down time. Running helps me stay on track because I follow a specific program. I have been trying to incorporate more strength training into my workouts so hopefully that will help me with a major goal to get toned again.

I have also been tracking all of my food on My Fitness Pal. I have the app on my phone and the best part about it is the bar code scanner! It is such a pain to have to enter everything, but if you can scan your yogurt, bread for your sandwich and breakfast cereal it makes it so much more doable! It also helps that many of the women doing Project 10 with me are also using it. We are sharing our food diaries so I am less likely to eat something bad for me if I know other people can see it. It looks so much worse written down!  I have logged my food for the last 8 days and only 1 day I went over my calorie goal!

Vacation week got me off track with the biweekly measurements so I took them today to put me back on schedule. I also weighed myself and am down another pound this week! So far I have lost 3.5 pounds and 5.25 inches in the last 6 weeks!

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Slow and steady is helping me win my race, what about you?

8 comments:

  1. Slow and steady is definitely how I look at it too. I have so many people that say "when I did xyz, the weight melted off!" and that just doesn't happen for me. Which is a little frustrating sometimes, but finding what really works is most important.

    Making my food diary public on My Fitness Pal has totally kept me in check!!

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  2. SLow and steady here, too! I LOVE the fitness pal. Probably because i'm obsessed with trying to stay at or below my calories. And I like to snoop into people's private lives by seeing what they eat. Ha! Lol. Really though, seeing what others are eating inspires me to eat better. Yay for Project 10! :)

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  3. Slow and steady for me as well! My last two weeks have been slower than slow, but we'll get there! I really hope your knee is ok - I know how much you love to run! Let us know, ok?

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  4. Great job on the weight loss!! My Fitness Pal is working for me as well. I use the computer version because I don't have a smart phone. Man, I wish I could just scan stuff. That would be great! I'm still over on calories but I know it's due to the pitcher of sweet tea I'm drinking every day. Like you I'm making gradual changes, figuring out what works for me and focusing on those things.

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  5. Great job!! You are an inspiration! I've been wanting to start the Couch to 5K plan, but I need new sneakers and it hasn't been in the budget yet.

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