Don’t get me wrong, I’m not weight-ist. I tipped the scales at 197 at one point in 2003. I usually carry about 120 pounds on my adult frame. I maintained that until I got sidelined by illness. I’ve been basically sedentary for the past two or so years (gulp). I was used to the svelte figure I’d worked my way back down to through the South Beach Diet. Then, in the past few years, I added more food that are not even on the Phase III (sensible normal eating) part of the nutrition plan. I ballooned up to 156. I went back on Phase I last Sunday — plus I got sick — and I was 147 when I stepped on the scale at the gym. I have been walking between 3.4 and 4.0 miles per hour on the treadmill for more that 5K. It takes me about 50-55 minutes.
Well, tomorrow I am starting the 8-week tone and fat loss program through a site called Fitness Blender. They upload free videos on YouTube. They also have a $5.99 ebook that organizes the free videos into an 8-week program. I have been through military boot camp (many years ago), but I am scared about this. It looks very challenging, like something that my MS-slowed body won’t allow me to complete. It’s important not to get overheated when you have MS, but continuing to exercise and move is critical to physical and mental health. I’m learning that I need to push myself more while listening to my body before I near exhaustion. Also, I won’t be a “slave” to the schedule if I need to rest.
Still, I need to be back at 125 by June 1. That’s 22 pounds. The program promises 16-24 pounds if you stick with it. I’m also back on Phase I of South Beach. That promises 8-10 pounds the first two weeks and about 1-2 pounds until goal weight. Therefore, If I stick with South Beach and lose the maximum pounds per week, I’ll lose 28 pounds by the end of the program. That would put me at a too-skinny 119. I’d like to be at 125 at the end of the program without the rolls that get in the way when my hubby and I are taking a bath.
I also want to lose the cheese on my thighs and even ARMS. I want to see my abs, As I type this, 48 year old Bernard Hopkins is beating an opponent almost half his age. I want to defy my 40 something years and have long, lean muscles and be lithe and healthy again. I also want to improve my facial skin by continuing my Mary Kay beauty regime. I don’t want the old-looking face to contrast the more youthful body that I intend to get.
By the way, I hope you interact with me. Please encourage me! I’d also love to hear from you — how your journey is going. I look forward to sharing my challenges this year and how, with the help of God, I overcome them. Follow me on Twitter @healinghealer