I have been at this low cholesterol nutrition plan and exercise for three weeks now. I have to give myself a huge pat on the back because things are going very well.
I did not think I would be as successful but the Beachbody Challenge Group is such a fantastic and supportive group of women, which greatly helps in my accountability because I do not want to disappoint them. The first week, I had a few headaches and I was a little irritable; however, I survived and things are much easier for me.
I think my stomach is shrinking because I do not eat very much and moderation is becoming more natural. Portion sizes are easier to manage and my body is not craving food like it used to, which is fantastic.
I did not lose much weight last week but I did have two cheat meals and did not exercise very much. I continue to lose inches and some of my pants are loose on me now. Not only do the numbers look good, I just feel amazing. I am happy, I have higher energy, my libido is coming back, I am at peace, and have more patience. I just feel…so good.
As I go into week four, I am planning on jogging/running on the elliptical 12 miles per week and getting 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar into my diet per day. I heard these measures (on top of my low cholesterol nutrition plan) will help blast the belly fat (which I have a lot) so I am excited to make these additions and see what happens at the end of the week.
Keep the Indulgences in Your Diet
This past week was pretty awesome. I hung right around my BMR and even with the Valentine’s Day dinner (seafood) I was satisfied all week and stayed right around my previous week’s weight. I lost some inches and I attribute that to jogging up and down the stairs and working my tail off around the house. I think the losses will continue as I follow my exercise plan next week. My work load is minimal so next week is “my week to shine” (shine with sweat and energy, woohoo!).
I am continuing to eat healthy, wholesome foods and occasionally I throw some yummy indulgences in the mix (chocolate covered raisins, orange-cranberry scones, mashed potatoes, chips). I think the occasional indulgences are making me feel better and want to stick to my nutrition plan. I read that coffee has many health benefits including increasing your metabolism by 11%, lowers your risk of Type II Diabetes, protects your liver, fights depression, lowers your risk of stroke, and is the biggest source of antioxidants; all in only 8-ounces of coffee. So next week, I plan to have a few cups of my coffee (The Donut Shop K-Cup for my Keurig) per week with a little bit (1 tablespoon) of my favorite creamer. Since eat cup will have approximately 37 calories, I think that will be a much lower calorie alternative to soda.
I am feeling so positive about Week Six and I cannot wait to start Week Seven!