Extreme Health Makeover: Week Three

August 18, 2009 Categories: Extreme Health Makeover | 3 Comments  


Another good meeting last night, where one of last year’s program graduates introduced us to SparkPeople, which is a free site where you can track your nutrition, weight loss, and fitness goals. I especially like their recipe calculator, where you can input all of the ingredients of a favorite recipe, tell it how many servings, and then it gives you the nutritional breakdown – essential for counting calories when cooking at home.

So far, I’ve two weeks behind me of cardio three times a week, weights three times a week, and staying within my calorie restrictions. I weighed in this morning and was down 2.6 pounds.

I’ve found that walking on the treadmill for 20 minutes makes my lower back ache, but I can do 10 minutes on the bike and then 10 minutes on the treadmill with no back pain. I’ve increased my weights on two of the five machines I use – and when laughing with the boys yesterday, I felt stomach muscles I haven’t felt in ages.

I also noticed that I’m walking faster when I’m out and about. I know these don’t seem like very big amounts of progress, but to someone who is morbidly obese and been pretty much sedentary for the past few years, it’s a huge deal.

Goals this week include getting my 8 cups of water a day, getting 8 hours of sleep a night, and surviving a trip to a theme park with the kids without succumbing to fair food.


  1. Kev

    Rubi and I used SparkPeople for a bit last year when were trying to lose weight. Nice website.
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  2. Andrea

    Good for you to sticking to it when the treadmill gave you pain. You found a workable way aroudn it instead of just throwing in the towel. :)

  3. carrie

    Kev – yes, it’s got so much available – I just need more time to look around.

    Andrea – I can’t throw in the towel! I just found out that my name (and all the other participants’ names) were announced on the radio – I’ve got the whole town holding me accountable. :)