Every single time I have ever started an exercise program, I have gotten sick during the second or third week.
Every time, without exception.
Well, this is the beginning of the third week.
And I’m sick.
Last year, Leah Segedie (founder of Mamavation) told me it’s because I shock my system with the sudden changes in eating and exercise.
I woke up yesterday morning with a deep, painful cough, a sore throat, and aches and pains all over.
I mean, aches and pains over and above the aches and pains I whined about last week.
And I thought last week was a low.
Sickness is frustrating, but it’s not derailing me from the challenge.
Last week, my goal was to chart all my food and exercise with My Fitness Pal, and I did that successfully. I stayed under my calorie goal every day except one, and I completed all five of my prescribed workouts.
I’m thankful to have a strapless heart rate monitor to measure my calories burned during workouts. If you don’t have one; I highly recommend it. On the other hand, because I have a heart rate monitor, I know that I’m not burning as many calories with these grueling strength-training workouts as I would be if I were sticking with cardio and a Leslie Sansone DVD. That part has been frustrating.
Alas, I didn’t design the challenge.
The workouts change this coming week. Instead of step ups (which I absolutely hated), we are doing a variety of lunges and pushups and some other things. If you’re interested, you can download the workout plan and
torture yourself feel the burn, too.
I lost almost 2 pounds this week, bringing me down to 315. As with last week, I would have liked to lose more, but I’m happy to have lost. It’s still forward progress.
My Goal for This Week
My goal for this week ahead is simply to get through it – to do my five workouts, to eat well, and to drink enough water – given whatever this illness is and the stiffness going on in my joints.
This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women and obesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.
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