I tried Atkins for a week. I lost 6 pounds in those 7 days, which was awesome! My grocery bill also skyrocketed. And meal planning took hours (upon hours…upon hours) longer than normal, which is fairly normal when you’re trying to change the way you cook to fit the new dietary restrictions. Which is why I am back to limiting my eating out to once a week and eating everything in moderation, leaning heavily on fruits and veggies. I’m sure eventually I would have learned the ropes and things would have gone more smoothly, but there are a lot of other ways I need to be spending my time right now!
Which brings me to…exercise! I’m running more regularly now and slowly improving. My “normal” runs are still only about 1.5 miles and my “long” runs are about 2 miles, but I’ll take it for now.
I also started weight training! A friend of mine is a personal trainer and she lent me a Cindy Crawford DVD with two separate workouts as an “easy” start to weight training. So Day 1, I do a 45 minute workout focused on legs, buttocks, chest, back, and abs. Day 2, I do a 40 minute workout focused on legs, shoulders, arms, and abs. Day 3, is a weight training break, but sometimes I still run. The plan is to keep doing this DVD for a month, then move on to a harder DVD, then possibly move to weight training at the gym.
I currently weight 166 (with a height of 5’10”), which is 16 pounds away from my goal weight. I weighed myself everyday during the Atkins trial and wrote it on my mirror, but before that I was trying to only weigh myself once a week, so we’ll see where that goes now.
I’m really happy with my consistency in exercising right now, especially since I’m doing most of these workouts at 5am! I’m sore from head to toe, meaning the weight training is doing something, even though I’m still using super light hand weights.
I’m glad we at least tried Atkins, but my motto all the way along has been that “I want these changes to be a lifestyle, not a fad”, so I’m pretty relieved that our eating can get back to normal. I like milk. And bread. And quinoa. And fruit. And carrots. All of which were off limits during the induction period.
My confidence is increasing with every workout and I’m just really proud of my lifestyle right now. I’m in a good, albeit difficult, routine right now and I’m hoping it will eventually lead to my first sub-30 minute 5k (and obviously, the goal weight!)!