Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My month without children almost over...

I know what you are thinking, "A month without children? what does that mean?" Well for the last 3 1/2 weeks my two precious boys, Wesley (8) and Jeremiah (5) have been spending time with their grandparents. My husband, who is in seminary, is in a three week Theology II class that is five days a week, four hours a day and he works at night gets home around 4am. He is awesome, but we asked the grandparents to keep the boys, so Aaron wouldn't have to study while keeping the boys. Anywho....
Since the boys were out of town, I decided that I would take this golden opportunity to start exercising. I don't mean just a thirty minute walk in the park (which is enjoyable). I am talking about 60-90-120 minutes of 4mph walking with 6mph running thrown in, exercise biking for 6 miles and lifting weights. The first two weeks I went every evening after work and met some great gals. The third week, I went every morning (VBS that week and fitness center closed at 8pm) at 6am, way to early after two weeks of sleeping in each morning. This week my goal is to go every morning and evening. Monday was a bust since I overslept, but Tuesday was a go.
I never thought I would say that I love to exercise, but I do. I went to my parent's house this weekend and missed my Saturday exercise session, and I felt yucky. Exercise makes my feel like I can do anything. It wakes me up in the morning, it makes me feel like I have had a productive day when I get home. The sweat is my monitor on how many calories I am burning.
When I started, I was just walking at 3.8mph, and could only run .1 mi. But now, I can walk at 4mph, and I can run .5 miles without stopping. I know that is still weak but I am getting there.
Since this is my first post about weight loss, I wanted to let you know how I got to this point. I don't think at 210lbs I could have run any (well without keeling over), but through what I refer to as Pam's Low-carb Lifestyle change, I was at 175lbs when I started exercising 3 1/2 weeks ago.
The change is simple (why I can stick to it). I can eat all the veggies and fruits I want (minus corn and bananas) and I eat proteins (meats, beans, eggs). I can eat all the meat I want, but the longer I am on this diet the less I want lots-o-meat. No processed carbs, that means pasta, rice, bread, sugar. I try not to eat over 20 processed carbs a day. Are there days where I go over, yes (thanks mom), but I limit it. I don't say, "I have blown it already, lets just eat whatever". Get back to the rules. I still have sweets, I am a sweet-a-holic. I have learned great recipes that are low-carb, but still quench the chocolate cravings. Also, low-carb frozen treats and candy are great, just don't eat too much.
Well that is the general idea of my lifestyle change....
Come back later this week and see what I weigh this week and also I will post my favorite low-carb dessert recipe, Chocolate chip Cannoli Cream.
So will I stick to this wonderful exercise program once my cuties come back to town? We'll see, I can't say a firm "yes" although I want to... You know how it goes, time, energy, time all goes to children. I'll keep you up to date on that as well. Can't wait for Friday, that is ETA for my precious boys.

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