Exercise has always been the missing element, but this was the week I decided to really commit.
Since January, I’ve been working hard to reverse the weight gain of the previous several months by squaring up my weight loss plan and executing in phases. In January I started cooking at home strictly and peppered in some exercise. In February I tightened up the exercise schedule, making it to the gym at least 3 mornings a week and doing an hour of cardio/boxing on Mondays and Fridays. This month, I’m putting even more effort into movement.
The biggest difference this month (and the last couple weeks of last month) has been the 45 min. walks I’ve been doing on my lunch breaks at work. I take a pair of shorts and shoes and hit an approximately 2-mile course every day with a friend. I’ve found myself running down the streets a few times, too, as my energy levels have increased as a benefit of the workouts.
Cardio/boxing, which is part of a wellness program at my work, still stays, plus that 5:30 session before work a few times per week. Nadia and I worked out a plan to add a day or two of strength training, too, on Wednesdays and (sometimes) the Saturdays she has off from work, which tend to alternate.
Here’s what I did this week:
Monday: 1 hr. cardio/boxing; 45 min. afternoon walk
Tuesday: 30 min. morning elliptical machine at gym; 45 min. afternoon walk; 45 min. evening walk
Wednesday: 45 min. afternoon walk; 45 min. strength training machines/15 min. cardio at gym
Thursday: Off day; 45 min. afternoon walk
Friday: 1 hr. cardio/boxing
Looking at the list it seems like a lot, but it’s mostly in-tune with how I am feeling these days. More than anything, I want to move. So why not make it happen?
I’ve been meaning to write more blog posts and write up my trip to San Francisco, but in my list of priorities that are not Nadia, writing blog posts comes after cooking healthy, exercising and my day job. Meanwhile, the easiest way to catch up with what I’ve been cooking in the kitchen is by the mobile uploads on the Fat Dude on a Diet Facebook page.
I’ve been meaning to post the photos here too, but it’s an extra step I’ll have to work into the routine first.
As for the scale: Last week I weighed 228.7 lbs. Today, I weigh 227 lbs.; a one-week loss of 1.7 lbs.
I was at my heaviest weight, 267 lbs., in August 2009. That’s a total loss of 40 lbs.