2 weeks in to my nutrition plan and I've lost 8.2#'s! YES! Still a long way to go but it's definitely a start on my journey. I could feel and notice some differences, especially in my upper body. My friend is not happy with me that I didn't measure my body parts, but I have from time to time and I just hate the numbers so I don't write them down. It's bad enough, the picture in my head. Next week, I'll go ahead and take some measurements. Then I'll probably be dismayed at the thought that they were even higher than the present! Quite a cycle, huh?
Ladies, you'll understand this one, it appeared that my 3rd & 4th breasts were smaller, almost non-existent Sat. Gentlemen, I'm referring to the part of the breast that spills out of the side of the bra, sports of otherwise. A little change in the belly/lower abdominal area and a tad in my back along the bra line. I'm also noticing that my clothes are loosening up some. Inches are lowering.
Now, this isn't the meals box I've been receiving but it is a Nutrisystem box avail. retail. I get a 24 day package of both packaged and frozen foods directly from Nutrisystem home delivery. Then I buy a boatload of veggies every week at the market.
I have to admit that some of the meals are kinda BLAH. I had their pizza once as is and didn't care for it too much. I had another 1 and added some fresh, hot salsa and some red pepper flakes and managed to enjoy it it somewhat, and the salsa gave me more veggies. I've also added more steamed veggies to some of the meals too. It feels so weird to eat so often and still be low in daily calorie intake. But, here again, the veggie calories are "free" so they don't show up in the calorie count. I usually eat much more in the veggie category than they require, suggest, state, however you'd like to put it.
It does cut me back on fruit intake some. Although, if I use a "flexmeal" which is having my own food, I can add some fruit to the meal. I usually do that for my afternoon snack. Some low-fat cottage cheese and cantaloupe or a peach or an apple, grapes, plum. Something. Greek yogurt and fruit, string cheese and a piece of fruit. You get the idea. Right?
I even went to a movie yesterday and instead of buying popcorn at the theater, I brought my package of White Cheddar Popcorn". I got my movie and my popcorn to boot. I was totally satisfied. It didn't bother me 1 bit that my sis did buy a bucket -o- popcorn with lots of butter.
Now, as for my exercise regimen, I've been doing a barre workout here at home. I'm really liking it. Besides all of the walking I do with my clients, I do 10-20 min., 2-3 times/week. of barre class. If my foot/ankle is too painful, I'll do some floor barre work. It just feels so good to get the flexibility and strength back in my body.
Here's a surprisingly effective core exercise for you to try;
Start position; Lie on back with arms straight up to the ceiling from the shoulder and the legs in a 90/90 position (knees above hips and bent with shins parallel to the ceiling). Now this is important, keep the natural curve in your low spine. There should be a slight arch off of the floor at your low back. As though there was a small berry was under you and you don't want to squish it.
Movement; Extend 1 arm back and the opposite leg forward towards the wall in front you, all the while keeping that "berry" intact. This is all done slowly, with control. Repeat with other side.
Trust me, you'll feel this. Do the exercise at least 10 times each side.
Totally different subject here; I'd always said that I was going to write a book on learning how to swim. Well, I've begun to write. It's quite an awesome task but hopefully, it will help some folks get an understanding of whats involved. If we learned how to swim as kids, it seems odd that its so difficult for adults to learn but there is soooo much going on in every stroke. Breathing rhythm, arm rhythm, kick speed, and thats just the physical issues. Anyways, I've only had 1 person I couldn't help and there was a language barrier involved so that could've been the problem or not. Wish me luck!
Peace out and keep dancing.