I'm not a fan of exercise. If exercise had a facebook fan page, I would give it a miss. It's not that I don't like doing things. I love walking. Ask me to play badminton, I'm up for it. Swimming? Yup. I'll even jump rope. But the thing is, I've committed myself to 20 minutes of exercise every day and I needed to find a whole body routine that was simple and...well, didn't require me to go downstairs.
I know that sounds downright lazy - and maybe it is. But right now, I just need to get into the routine, the habit of moving my arse, and the rest of me for that matter. I work from home and my office is upstairs so if I could take a break from work, do a simple routine in my office, then get right back to work, I know I could stick to my commitment.
A couple of the videos require some light hand weights which I haven't purchased yet. I substituted canned goods. An expired can of Libbey's pumpkin pie filling in one hand and cream of mushroom soup in the other work pretty well for now.
My brother (the resident cook at our house) was quite put off when he saw I had a collection of canned goods on my desk. "And just what is the cook supposed to do when he needs said can for a recipe?" he asked as he looked at me accusingly. He can be a little over dramatic sometimes. I made a mental note to not eat anything he may make with pumpkin since that one had expired over a year ago.
I must confess though, that this weekend I did cheat just a smidge. Last Friday, hubby and I went to a local bar and grill where my sister works and I ordered a cocktail (which I had saved up carb points to have) and hubby ordered fries. Bar fries. Crispy bar fries. With catsup. I may have had 9...teen...of them....and then two more double whiskey and diet cokes.
I know - I was very, very bad. I blame it on my sister who had a $10 off coupon we could use if we spent $25 and the second double whiskey got us there. I do love a bargain...and a good cocktail. I told hubby I would have to blog about my transgression and he said, "You cannot tell a fry." Bada-bing.
So all in all, in the last two weeks, I've lost 5 pounds. I'm happy with that. I'm definitely making good efforts, while not killing myself. I have to say that just adding my easy little 20 minutes of exercise every day has made a big difference in my energy level, my mood, and the speed of my weight loss.
The first week, just doing my eating plan alone, I lost 2 pounds, but adding in the exercise, the next week, I lost 3 pounds. That's incentive enough for me to keep it up.
I know after a few weeks I'll need to step up the exercise routine to something a little more challenging. For now though, I'm working on consistency. like Weight Watchers says, "Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keep you going."
So here's the stats:
Starting weight: 170
Weight today: 165
Goal weight: 145
* The phrase Google God was flagrantly pilfered from Aussie Lori's post