Sunday, February 21, 2010

Walking - did 1.35 Miles in 32 min

I hit the treadmill again today. I did 1.35 Miles in a bit over 31 minutes, which works out to 2.7 MPH. But the thing is stuck in Kilometer mode, so I shot for between 4 and 5 KPH. There was a good 15 minutes that I was doing 5 kph, which translates to 3.1 mph. As I'm only 5' 6'' and my legs are a bit short for my height, I'm very happy with this speed.

I may have only burned 120 calories, but I lit a fire within me that said "I really can do this!"

- eve

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Walking - did 1.83 km today

I just did 1.83 km of walking this evening, which works out to 1.137 Miles. It took 30 minutes to do this, which is very similar to the 3 laps I do around my block at home (1.17 Miles).

But, just to be sure, here's the math:

1 Kilometer is equal to 0.621371192 Miles. So, to figure out the Miles I walked I multiplied the KM by the 0.621371192 Miles:

0.621371192 Miles
----------------------- * 1.83 Km = 1.137 Miles
          1 Km

Friday, February 19, 2010

Lent and Weight Loss (232 lbs)

 Lent is about sacrifice for the health of our spirit, and my Lifestyle change is about getting to that healthy balance of mind/body/spirit.

I had a wonderful break from intense dieting and exercise for a couple weeks, all of February up until Ash Wednesday. I lost my momentum due to various reasons, but I'm using Lent as my way to re-focus. I'm now back to counting my calories each day on, keeping to no more than 1800 each day, and attempting to exercise 200-300 calories each day. Right now I'm in Columbus with Family, and my sister has a Treadmill, so I'm going to shoot for 3 miles of walking per day, maybe more, depending on how I'm feeling.

The good thing is that I still managed to loose some weight. I'm now down to 232 lbs as of this morning, which means I've lost 18 lbs total :)  If I want to kick it up a notch and try to meet my goal of 8 lbs lost in February (2 lbs a week), I've only 5 to go, but I'd be happy with 2-3, which is do-able in 10 days.

One thing I've realized is that this transformation of self is not about just me, but its about everyone I'm connected to, and God's Will. If I keep myself to this path, one I believe was Divinely Inspired, it will help others in my life to see that it can be done using simple means, and that if an undisciplined "slacker" like me can do it, so can they.

Psychology plays a big part in changing ones behavior and building healthy habits. Seeing someone you know change their life, seeing a friend or a family member loose over 100 lbs without surgery, it brings it home. It becomes an achievable goal, a reachable goal; it makes it possible and tangible. Perhaps by transforming myself and my way of living, I might inspire friends, family, and even people I don't know, to make healthier changes for themselves. I know I found inspiration all around me, once I decided to look.

This awareness, this vision of the ripple effect of how our choices affect those connected to us,  has helped me to grab the wheel again and put the pedal to the metal, it has renewed my Drive for becoming the New Me.

Yet Lent is not about me; its about making sacrifices now to become a healthier person in Body, Mind and Spirit, to "clean our spiritual mirror" and become a better reflection of God's Light, to show the power of positive change that comes from one person making a solid decision to see beyond themselves.

I can see the horizon ahead of me as I walk down this path and I'm overflowing with Hope :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

235 lbs! 15 lost for the month of January = WHOOT!

Well, it's official, I've lost 15 lbs in my first month, down to 235 from 250.

My goal is to keep loosing an average of 2 lbs a week. Since the first days of this Lifestyle change had extra water weight loss, I would need to look at the last 2 weeks to get a better look at the sustainability of this goal. Exactly 2 weeks ago on the 18th I weighed in at 239. At 2 lbs lost per week I should be down to 235, which I am. This bodes well for later on when the weight is a bit harder to loose, especially since I've missed about a week's worth of exercise due to an injured foot. If I can keep up with the 2 lbs a week loss on diet alone, then surely I can do so with the help of consistent exercise.

I should be able to get back on the walking bandwagon today, and Sweetie our Beagle will be thrilled, even though it's 25 degrees outside. She has really enjoyed all our walking this month, and can't wait to get back out there.