I haven't updated in a while! I hate to admit that my progress to this point is not where I thought it would be. However, I am NOT beating myself up over it! I changed courses a little bit. I decided on using baby steps!! I have determined that I will change things about my life (Because, after all, it is my life habits that got me where I am at...) one step at a time. The first thing was to incorporate push ups in to my daily routine. May sound strange, but push ups are one of the most effective strength training exercises you can do. They help your arms, core, chest, shoulders, and back. So, I started out with two sets of 10 (girlie style!) every morning. Then, I eventually moved up to 12, and on until I am now at 2 sets of 15. Every morning. Well, almost! ;) I think pretty soon I will add another set. Eventually I will start doing military style!
The next step is cardio! I am working on adding some cardio in to my day every day. If I don't make it EVERY day, I don't get upset with myself. I like to do it in the morning because it really increases my energy level all day, but again, if I don't get up, I don't beat myself up. I just say, "No big deal. I'll do it this evening." I think Monday I am going to try, once again, to do the "Couch to 5k" running program. But, if like last year, I start hurting too bad from running, I'll just go back to walking and NOT BEAT MYSELF UP! I think not being so hard on myself is going to be a key factor in sticking it out for the long haul! Too many times in my past, I would get discouraged and quit the minute I messed up. So, now, I am putting forth an effort to make changes I can actually stick to (instead of outrageous things like HCG and NO CARBS) and trying to make them part of my life one step at a time!