Down a total of 26 lbs now. That's almost unbelievable to me. I'm starting to love Friday's since I'm losing weight consistently now. How fun is that?
I haven't been consistently upbeat this week though. Last Friday I was pretty down. I had taken a walk on Thursday and hurt so much afterwards. It was very frustrating and I didn't know if I was ever going to get to the point where I could exercise. I had the energy, but my body couldn't keep up with me. But I iced by right lower back and hip Friday night and then decided to try to ride my bike on Saturday. Well, that turned things around because not only could I ride, it actually made my right side feel better. So then it was like, ok, maybe I can't walk for 40 minutes, but I can ride my bike for an hour and a half.
On Monday, my friend Beverly, flew in and she immediately got on board with this way of eating and the Intu-Flow. But while I was hoping we would make a new recipe everyday, in reality, there has only been one day that we have had the time. We made a chicken and shrimp, gumbo type soup from MarksDailyApple.com. At first it was bland, but Bev came up with the idea of adding chicken stock to boost the flavor and another can of Fire Roasted tomatoes and suddenly it was quite good. Especially after it sat for a few hours. I didn't think I would want to make it again, but after the changes I just might.
And my eating this week hasn't been perfect, but maybe it's been around the 80%. (My version of 80% anyway. I still depend a lot on fast food hamburgers on many days for a meal.) Last Friday I got a Domino's Pizza as I hadn't had any pizza in 2 months. I have to say it was good and by the end of the day I had eaten 5 slices and finished the other 3 the next day. Then day before yesterday Bev and I ate lunch at a mexican restaurant and we at the basket of chips and our main dishes came wrapped in flour tortillas. But as you can see, neither threw me off altogether. I actually did another 24 + hour fast after the mexican meal as I just wasn't hungry. I love that I have the choice of whether I eat or not now. And I love how the fasting makes me feel. I feel more energy and get a sort of mood boost. But I intend to keep the fasts reasonable. No week long fasts for me. I'm just coming off about a 36 hour fast this morning and that's about long enough for me. I just find it really cool that I can go that long without eating and be perfectly fine with it. I even sat at a fast food place with Bev yesterday while she had a chicken salad and it didn't bother me a bit. I didn't feel the need to get something for myself. Freedom!!!
I'm really starting to see and feel the changes in my body now. I've made such gains from doing Intu-Flow. I feel so light and flexible. It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I still weigh over 250 lbs. I feel like I'm moving like I weigh 150 lbs. My balance is so much better and my legs are so much stronger. Each day I'm able to lift my legs up a little higher, for a little longer, balance on one leg without falling over as much. I can get up and down off the floor or table (rolfing or chiro table) more fluidly. I can feel my abdominals are stronger. And it's pretty cool watching my stomach changing. Yes, it is still way big, but it is shrinking. It isn't as smooth and round as it was before, but it also isn't starting to sag which is what I've been leary of. My skin seems to be retracting as I lose the weight at this point. I really hope it keeps it up.
I did the rolfing twice this week as I was anxious to get to the session that would work on my lower back and hips. I just did the hip session yesterday, so it's too soon to tell what effect it had. I'm feeling the soreness this morning though. I don't think it was a miracle cure though. I'm just going to have to accept that whatever is going on in that right side will take time to completely heal. But I can't really complain because it has improved probably 90% in the last 2 months. It's only frustrating because it's preventing me from walking which I can do more often than ride the bike - if I could walk that is.
I only found time to ride my bike twice this week. I would have ridden every day if I could have. I put my ear phone in, play Pandora on my iPhone and just ride around the soccer fields at the park. Last Saturday I did 16 miles. Tuesday I did 12. I really feel like I burn a lot of fat when I'm out there and it isn't hard, just a lot of fun. So now I think I'll be able to continue the 2 1/2 lb weekly weight loss for a bit longer now that I've added more exercise in. I'm doing the Intu-Flow almost everyday and I've added in a very simple body weight routine. And just so you know, even though it is an easy beginner routine, I can't hardly do any of it. I'm sure it will be a month before I'm able to do the whole thing just one time through. But it's a goal to shoot for.
I also haven't been able to start back on the sprints either. The eliptical I use at my sister's is pretty far away and I haven't been able to find the time to get over there everyother day to use it. I think I'm going to test out using my Rebounder again. If I can do it on the Rebounder without it making my right side worse then that would really help.
I'm not sure if I mentioned yet that I helped another friend of mine get started on this way of eating and exercising 2 weeks ago and she's been doing great. She had an easy transition and hasn't had to use the glutamine like I do. It has helped to have another local person be as excited about this as I am.
Well, not sure if I left anything important out from this week, but if I did, I'll just edit the post. I'm off now to savor the 3 1/2 lb weight loss from this week. Yay me!