It has been 3 months now since Gene Lempp and I began our Treadmill Challenge simultaneously with my overall health challenge. If you remember my first #HotWriterBods Health Challenge update on 12/31/11, I reported as having a rough month. So did Gene. I suppose we should have figured that plans during a holiday month could easily fall apart in so many ways.
Mine did. December is not only the Christmas season which means traveling for my hubs and I, but it is also the month in which both of our birthdays fall. Add to that being needed to babysit my granddaughters and help move my Mom into an assisted living facility…well, it made for a very challenging month.
Here’s a recap of December’s progress:
- Total of 3 lbs lost for the month.
- Walked 30 minutes a total of 12 days
So, along comes January. Gene and I are both ready for it with bigger plans. Gene actually did better than I, but my month was far from a washout. My second #HotWriterBods Health Challenge update on 1/31/12 looked like this:
- Total of 8 lbs lost for 2 months and 3″ disappeared from my waist and hips each
- Increased my intake of fruits and vegetables slightly; cut the majority of sugar from my diet
- Reached my goal of 16 walks and increased my speed by 3 mph
- Added a second workout on 4 days of the final week for a total of 60 min exercise each day
Gene Lempp and I agreed to do another 60-day round of the treadmill challenge, and I’m so happy about that. Now, after three months, I can feel my body changing in small ways. I climb my double staircase with much more ease. I have more energy. My clothes are getting loose. It’s a great feeling.
During February and March, I had planned to increase my speed on the treadmill to 3 mph and walk 40 days out of 60. I was to lift weights 15 minutes 3 times a week; write down all my foods and balance my intake of carbs and proteins, making better dinner choices. I planned to lose 10 lbs in 60 days. Here’s a look at how I’m doing so far:
- My treadmill speed is now 2.8 mph and I recently began walking on an incline; still at 30 minutes.
- Hubs and I are now going to the gym twice a week for 60-minute sessions of weight training and a 30 minute walk.
- I was a borderline diabetic, but my glucose levels are now normal.
- I’ve lost another 3 lbs. for a total of 11 lbs lost.
- Dinners have been fine-tuned to healthier options.
- My monthly facial couldn’t be managed this month but, my daughter and I did get manicures and she showed me a new way to do my eye make-up that I love!
If you remember my original post on Marcia’s Health Challenge, my Real Age according to Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Real Age website was 57.3 on December 1st, 2011. Due to the changes I made my Real Age dropped to 56.9 by January. After 3 months of making a sincere effort to improve my health, my Real Age is now 56.4! I wonder…how low can I go?
You have probably heard the advice to drink a glass of water before a meal so that you feel full faster and eat less. However, your body recognizes it as water and disposes of it too quickly to have the effect you want.
Here’s a better way according to John La Puma, M.D. – Eat foods that are full of water, instead. You’ll eat less calories and lose weight. Some great foods full of water are: fruits, vegetables and broth-based soups. “Large enough portions of thick soup or a smoothie stretch the very end of the stomach to turn on the hormone CCK (tells the brain when you’re full) and turn off hunger.
If you eat chicken and rice with a glass of water, your body recognizes the water as water and flushes it out. If you make a soup with chicken, rice and broth, your body identifies the water as food and you’ll feel full faster.
I hope you’ve made significant progress in the months that you’ve been following mine. I’d love it if you’d share that with me! Your positive comments are feel-good motivators that keep me working hard. I’d love to do the same for you.
Come back to visit me on March 31st for my next #HotWriterBods Health Challenge update. Please join me on Twitter at the same #.
Your turn to share!