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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bringing in the Reserves....

So I had to take a drastic step to get myself back on track (haha).  I enlisted the help of my sister Cheryl and my sister-in-law, Leslee.  They both live very healthy lifestyles and have great tips for healthy eating as well as encouragement in my weight-loss journey.  I need someone to keep me accountable - i.e., check in with me to see if I did go to the gym, how is my eating, etc.  Cheryl & Lester are great for that.  At Leslee's suggestion, I also downloaded the "My Fitness Pal" app which has been great.  Especially for someone a bit obsessive like me -- you can track every calorie you eat for the day as well as water consumption and your workouts.  It has kept me on track very well so far - I am, however, just a week into this.  Haha!

My goals are to lose the 18 lbs or so I've gained and get back to where I was at this time last year - feeling fit and strong!  I'm on the way but have a ways to go...I can already feel positive changes though.  My jacket had been feeling a bit snug around my waist and I can feel the slightest change with that. 

I moved recently into a condo and I am loving it so far!  The complex where I live is quiet and is HUGE.  In the afternoons over the past 3-4 days, I have taken walks as the weather has been nice and a bit warmer.  I can take a 30 minute walk by doing a loop through various parts of the complex, which also includes a VERY steep hill.  The first couple times I walked the entire time; yesterday (small victory), I jogged up that VERY steep hill TWICE!  :)  I don't intend for these walks to replace my usual cardio at the gym or on the running trail outside; rather, I want them to supplement my workouts and just be almost an added bonus.  I know it will be great for my endurance especially with the hills. 

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