I've also been exercising a bit with a 2.75 mile walk/run two nights ago, a bike ride and some evening walks. More to come.
The reduced weight feels great. Clothes already fit better, I'm more energetic and still very motivated to stay on track. I am still very heavy, but less than I was last week, and the week before and the week before.
This is exactly the jump-start that I wanted. Sparkpeople.com often has articles about the benefits of a fast-start to keep us motivated during the challenging first few days or weeks of any change.
So, if you happen to feel stuck in a rut, or embarrassed because you have lost some strength or gained back some weight, then give yourself a challenge...a TOUGH challenge.
A fellow blogger, the Great Patrick Mahoney, used to kick my tail when I would blog about a bad week. He'd challenge me to put in "50 mile weekend". It could be a run, walk, or bike ride...just as long as I got it done (or at least tried hard to get it done). I don't remember if I ever actually hit that number, but I got the point.
When we set the short-term bar pretty high, we usually stretch to hit it.
So, I need to set some new goals for September. Here are some thoughts:
- Lose another 15 pounds by September 30th. That is a slower pace than what I've been doing, but I knew that I would gradually increase some calories.
- I've agreed to Alan's challenge at the Pounds Off Playoff, which is doing simply 26 minutes of fitness every day until U.S. Veteran's Day (Nov. 12th, 2012). Seems easy, but how many people are really that consistent?!
- ...but my cycling legs stink and our Arizona temps are going to actually become reasonable soon. Maybe I'll do some cycling mileage challenges. Hmm.