Sunday, May 22, 2011

Week Two Completed

OK, so my goals for this week were:

  1. Take my measurements (CHECK)
  2. Research for more healthy food choices (CHECK)
  3. Get adequate rest (Did My Best!)
  4. Cardio at least 5 out of 7 days (Nope, my shoulder was in too much pain, plus more below)
  5. Add circuit / strength training to my workouts (Half-Check)
  6. Meet my calorie requirements (CHECK)
  7. Get new measuring cups and spoons to more adequately measure portions (CHECK)
I am only taking my measurements every other week, so next week I will update as to whether I have lost any inches (or millimeters). You can find my starting measurements HERE.

I did research some more healthy foods, but have yet to go to the grocery store. I try to only grocery shop once a week and tomorrow is 'That Day'. I will let you know what I come up with after the big shopping trip.

As for getting adequate rest - I did my best. I think I got to bed before midnight maybe twice this week. But I did get to sleep for a whole six to 7 hours on two different occasions.

Cardio - My workouts this week have been sorry to say the least. I had two good days of a little bit of cardio and a bunch of stretching. My shoulder is feeling better the last few days, but it has really slowed me down. I have to mention here that I am not being a wimp. I have been in constant pain for over 10 years now, since a very bad 3-wheeling accident which left me with a lot of damage to my leg, back and hip. And a few years ago, I seriously injured my rotator cuff. Add to that the fact that I was diagnosed with arthritis at age 17 and you've got one hurting unit, lol. So, I've taken it easy in order to not injure my shoulder any worse than it already is. And the rest has helped.

I've noticed that my body has a hard time with high impact aerobics - the jumping (landing), etc. I have a steel rod from knee to ankle in my left leg and other bone damage to that ankle and foot. So, I have to be careful not to hurt myself. So.....

I think I may spend more time doing calisthenics and throw in the cardio as a bonus instead of the other way around. I went and picked up a stability ball and will begin using that this week.

I have met my calorie requirements all week. That is actually the part that I have the least problem with. Most days I have a hard time even getting close to 1200 calories. I did have some trouble going over my sodium recommendations a few days this week and thanks to that and TOM and the rain coming soon I am having a bit of a water retention issue. I do drink TONS of water, though, so hopefully soon that will all even out soon.

I'm using my new measuring cups and spoons every meal. Once I got over the shock of how small a serving size was I did fine. The key for me is to totally S L O W down when I eat and concentrate on what I'm doing. Usually, by the time my food is gone I am full. Remember, it takes at least 15 minutes for you to feel full once you already are full. So, slowing down will help you to feel that feeling before you over-stuff yourself.

OK, so now... the news that you've all been waiting for! (I know, I know, I am over-enthusiastic about how into my story you are, right?)

How much weight did I lose this week? I'm trying not to be disappointed, since earlier in the week I showed a Five Pound Weight Loss. And, again, I am blaming this all on TOM and Rain. But, I'm still happy. At least the scale moved!

I lost TWO pounds this week.

So, I am down to 193 with 48 lbs more to go. Not too bad for my activity level being seriously sidelined.

To be continued...


  1. Congrats on your weight loss, 2 lbs is very healthy to lose in that time frame!

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