Started Losing Weight Long Term

A week or so ago I started to eat better and exercise more. Way to go me.

It all started with my team over at the client site deciding that they were going to lose weight along with a co-worker before their wedding in the fall. Figured I’d join in even though I’m only over at that office two days a week.The more the merrier is what I figured.

The group decided that they are going to keep trackĀ  of their weight lost, the number of days of cardio, strength training, etc. completed each week. This is to help see what might have helped each of us lose weight over time more. The official weight tracking is scheduled to go until the end of November.

After the first week I lost 6.8 lbs. which I considered a lot by eating healthier and eating smaller portions, along with for now just getting out and walking a few days a week. Last week I managed to walk four different times for a total of about 13 miles, which I averaged between 3 and 3.5 miles per walk.

This week I ended up not losing any weight, but didn’t gain any either. It probably had to do with not making as healthy of food choices. Ended getting Chinese takeout twice during the week and a few other things I wanted to cut out. Did manage to get three walks in for a total 13+ miles. This time it was one walk of over three miles and then two walks of just over five miles each.

When trying to track the distance of my walks I started out trying to use RunKeeper, which always had issues either finding a GPS signal to start with or somewhere along the walk it would shoot me out into the Potomac River. So I ended up switching over to the FREE version of Map My Run’s iPhone application and it worked great. For those wondering I have not tried either one with Voice Over to see if they are accessible or not.

In retrospect doing the two five mile walks on back to back days was a bit much so early in my getting healthier and more fit. The one thing that it did make me realize is that I need new sneakers to improve my walks. My current shoes/sneakers are a bit used and beat up.

Wish me luck in getting healthier and more fit while losing weight at the same time for the long term.It’s been a long time that I have had to do this. Even made me buy a new scale, since the one i have at home has about a 15 or 20 pound difference from the nice new digital scale we have in the office.

Will keep you all posted once in a while on the progress.