Since the start of the month I’ve revamped my weight-loss and fitness efforts. During the first two weeks of January I was down 6 lbs for a total of 27 lbs lost since last April. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. This week though I seem to have hit a plateau. Last summer my step-dad had suggested that I try the South Beach Diet. This is broken down into several phases where at first you eliminate all carbs & sugars including alcohol and fruit, and then thereafter you gradually start reintroducing healthy carbs & fruit back into your diet. After the great results I had this last year and it leading to some permanent healthy habits, I did this again during the first two weeks of the month.
I’ve stayed within the guidelines of the food plan but I grew curious to the fact that I might not be getting enough nutrition or getting too much of other things. A girlfriend of mine had told me about a free website called Spark People awhile back. Yesterday I signed up and it has an area where you enter your meals. It then goes ahead and tallies up your calories, carbs, proteins and fats for the day. Then it tells you where you could be doing better. This is of course after you enter your height and weight. I was a little alarmed to see that although my intake of good fats is good I really should be eating less of them. This could be the reason for the plateau.
This site encourages you to set goals for yourself and also to participate in the different groups available. There is a group of Arizonans who have their own group, as well as a group for people over 40. I was quite impressed that all this was free. A few years back I did Weight Watchers Online and I think Spark People has more to offer than WW –And they were a paying site!
They also have recipes there with the nutritional info included. I printed out a recipe for Cocoa Rubbed Pork loin so I’ll give it go and post it here if it’s any good.
On the exercise front I’m still going to that Latin Dance class. My new friend Maria is there each time and saves a spot for me in the front row. I think she may be friends with the whole class now as she is quite the character. This despite the fact that she keeps telling me she doesn’t know anyone. 😉 She left the dance class early to do a cycling class. My goodness! I hope I have her energy when I’m her age. She is amazing.
Boot Camp starts next Saturday. This should be interesting. I’ve never done anything like this but I’m looking forward to the challenge of it. I hope I’ll see some real changes within myself . The class lasts six weeks and each session is 2 hours long. Although I’ve been enjoying the dance classes, they are not all that challenging. I mean sometimes the steps involved are challenging but the aerobic aspect isn’t as high as I need it to be. My face barely gets red and I find that I’m not sweating as much as the other people in the class. I may also try alternating time on the treadmill or running outdoors when I can.
So that’s where I’m at. Hopefully soon this plateau will be a thing of the past and I can continue on to be a healthier me.