Well I wanted to lose more than that, and I really thought I would, but hey, that's a great start. I am pleased.
My week went pretty well. I ate more vegetables than I ever have in my life, some of which I'd never eaten before - hearts of palm, kale, mesclon greens, and roasted red peppers from a jar. I also cooked more than I ever have; breakfast, lunch and dinner usually involved me cooking, so that was a little tough (not necessarily the cooking part, but the cleaning up afterwards part.)
The most difficult thing about this first phase is not eating the bread. I didn't eat a TON of bread before I started this, but I was seriously missing my crackers at lunch time! Especially when Miss Mary Ella was chomping away on her crackers and cookies. And bread definitely helps you to feel fuller, I think, so even though the book told me I wouldn't go hungry and would lose my cravings for bread, I can't say that that really happened for me. Maybe this week, though. Overall I would say the eating part of this week was a success, even though I did have that Mexican on Saturday night. (It was worth it, Mr. South Beach.)
I know I wouldn't have lost anything had it not been for the exercise, though. And it is truly amazing how much better you feel after only a week of making yourself exercise every day. Before this, I might walk in the neighborhood 2 or 3 times a week, but my body was so used to it that I don't think it was doing me any good, physically. But this week was super. I am 100% satisfied with our decision to invest in a home machine because I can get up while my baby is still asleep, get in a fabulous workout and shower, all before breakfast. I did the elliptical for 15-20 minutes every day last week and then on Sunday I did 30 minutes, all of which were interval training. In addition to that, on Wednesday and Friday I did 35 minutes of a run-walk interval training outside. And last night, Jamie and I did 50 minutes of run-walk-sprint cycles in the neighborhood. For anyone that is interested, interval training is where you alternate the intensity of your workout every few minutes or so; for instance, walking 2 minutes then running 1 minute, and repeating that cycle over and over until you reach your 30 minute mark or however long. The boosts in intensity supposedly rev up your metabolism and make you burn even more calories than just, say, walking at a normal pace for 30 minutes straight (which is also GREAT for you, by the way, so don't think it's not! Anything is better than nothing!) Another advantage is that you continue to burn calories for a longer period after your workout. I like it because even though the running wears me out, I know that there is a "break" to look forward to, so I can keep going.
I greatly appreciate all of the encouragement I have received from my friends and fellow bloggers! It really helps to know that people are cheering me on in this goal. But let me leave you with this : Exercising and eating right are both great and wonderful things and they bring rewards: physically, mentally, emotionally even. But the physical rewards that come from a daily walk in the neighborhood do not in any way compare with the spiritual rewards that come with a daily walk with Christ. The Father has a way of providing strength, refreshment, fulfillment that no workout, no machine, no yoga class could ever provide. I have struggled with this very thing, especially this week, because it is so easy to make something like this your sole focus and thus push the Savior aside; but I have to remember that the changes that He can make on the INSIDE of me will last FOREVER. The physical changes will not.
"Train yourself to be godly. For physical training has some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." (1 Timothy 4:6-8)
I hope everyone has a great week, and thanks again for all the encouragement!