Monday, August 11, 2008
Second week done, not as bad as the first (meaning I didn’t feel AS deprived, or AS starving as I did the first week!)
The results were good (not AS good as the first week, but still very good in my mind).
Kaye: Another 3 pounds down!!! (total = 8 pounds)
Kimm: Another 1.4 pounds down!!! (total = 4.8 pounds)
And the best part is, we went to the gym!! It was a little strange going to the gym after at least one year, probably closer to two years, of not going. But then, after starting to lift weights, and being on the treadmill, it was like I never stopped going. I guess it’s kind of like riding a bike–you never forget. And of course my strength was WAY down. Doing some of the machines it was disappointing remembering how much I used to be able to lift! But I’ll get there again. It will just take time. I have to say it REALLY felt good to work out, sweat, feel muscles that I haven’t used in forever, come home and stand under a hot shower. I felt healthy and strong. I could have done without the major muscle aches which were so intense I could barely shampoo my hair because it hurt to lift my arms that high, but other than that, it was a good week as far as accomplishing my goals.
The other thing that I have done really well with is increasing my water consumption. In case you don’t know, which you probably don’t, because I’ve never mentioned it, is that I really don’t like water that much. Before starting TBL I would not drink ANY water during the day except for what I drank when brushing my teeth or taking my daily pills. THAT’S IT!! So I’m guessing that I was pretty dehydrated! But since TBL I have worked my way up to 9 (yes 9!!) cups of water a day! It’s amazing. I’m actually even starting to like water a little bit more. I figured I would find out all the benefits of my drinking all this water and share them so that if you needed encouragement to drink more water you would know WHY it’s good for you. Here goes…
–Hydration of internal organs, enabling them to function properly
–Hydration of skin, keeping it looking fresh and healthy
–Weight control (often when you think you are hungry, you are simply thirsty)
–Flushing out wastes and toxins from the body
–Regulating body temperature
–Alleviating/preventing a variety of ailments and keeping the immune system healthy
The human brain is composed of 95% water, blood is 82% water, the lungs are 90% water. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory. Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. Estimates are that 75% of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration.
There’s lots more interesting facts. Try it yourself by googling “benefits of drinking more water” and see for yourself. Sometimes you just NEED to know WHY something is supposed to be good for you.
The other thing we did this week is to find some “fun” foods as well to throw in amongst all of the healthy foods. We’ve been trying some of the 100 calorie packs–we like the Hostess chocolate cupcakes and the Hostess carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. We also LOVE the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. These treats help make us feel more like we are not deprived, thus making it easier to stick to our portion/calorie controlled diet. I think that anything that makes it easier to lose weight is a good thing!