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.