Friday, March 25, 2011

Gym Hamster - Week 8 Update

Bad to the Bone!
THIS is a cool hamster!! :-)

It's week 8 at the gym. That's hard for me to believe. It seems like more of a habit now than something I'm forced to go too! I'm proud that I've made it 3 times this week and I'm going again after work today!

One thing that stands out to me this week is I'm starting to gain some confidence in myself and my abilities. On days that I cardio alone, I do a full 60 minutes. I started with 20 minutes!

I'm pushing myself harder, I'm trying more activities, and I look forward to the gym (well, most days anyway! )

My attitude is better than it has been in years. I've lost 12 pounds since January 1... it's slow progress, but I'm okay with that. I hope that slow progress means permanent progress!

The past few weeks I've also had the help of nutritionist Cheryl Harris. She's been coaching me each week on the positive progress I've made and focusing on challenging areas I can work on. This week we talked about mindless eating. She recommended reading "Mindless Eating" by Brian Wansink. Amazingly with Amazon Prime my copy came in one day, so I've started reading. So far the book has started talking about the "cues" that we don't think about that can encourage us to eat more without thinking about it: a larger plate or container, a fancy label, other people eating/drinking around us, etc... It's been a really interesting read so far and it's really making me think about why I eat more than I should at times.

And you. Thank you for reading these updates. I know recipes have been few & far between lately and I really appreciate all your support in this journey I'm making. I know eventually I'll be able to make time again to focus on baking and creating recipes... but I so appreciate your patience as I figure this healthy living lifestyle out! Knowing I have a huge group of cheerleaders behind me is huge and makes a world of difference.

I appreciate you!
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  1. Congratulations on all of your progress! I started the same way at the gym -- 20 minutes was all I could tollerate. Now I work out for an hour and still feel invigorated afterwards. Keep it up!

  2. Go you!! I also wanted to say I am grateful for your GF strawberry blog. I find it very inspiring.

    You are so right about being ok with slow progress. It took me a while to get to that level of understanding, but it really is true, and it really seems to work. I have lost weight very slowly since I made a commitment to it in summer 2008 - it took me 10 months to lose the first 40 pounds, which is about a pound a week on average (though it was never that steady), and then another 8 months to lose another 17 pounds - so on average even less than a pound a week. That was January of last year. Since then, I have lost another 15 pounds. My doctor wants me to get down to 155 to 160pounds (I am 5'9"), and I am at 163 now. I figure it will be probably another year, but that's ok. :)

    Love this hamster :)

    Sorry to get all detailed - all I meant by this was that

  3. That is one rockin' hamster! So delighted to hear your progress and the way you've learned to enjoy exercise. You are a great example to a move toward health!

  4. Carrie -
    Congratulations on your weight loss. Twelve pounds is awesome!!! Slow and steady wins the race, for sure. I am so happy for you. I remember when you put out the call about wanting to do something about it. I've been enjoying the gym hamster posts all these weeks too.
    Keep up the great work!