So, I've been inspired by the Jackie Warner This Is Why You're Fat thing. What I've really changed is how I do cardio. The settings on our elliptical weren't high enough and I wasn't getting enough of a fat burn off it. That has changed. Now I'm using the "peak" setting and have raised the level as high as I can go and get moving for 20 minutes. Then I cool down on it for about 5-10 minutes. About 5 minutes into the first 20 minutes, I'm dripping with sweat... aren't you glad I told you that tidbit? Before I was doing 30 minutes of lower intensity, even on the peak setting, but wasn't getting the intense cardio experience.
I'm also dropping and doing (girl) push-ups at least once a day, sometimes three or four. I've progressed from barely being able to do 10 at a time to doing 40 at a time. The push-ups have made an enormous difference in my lower back and abs. For the first time in years, I can see my obliques again. Hello, 6-pack! How I have missed thee. :-)
The truth is in the numbers, though. Today I measured again and here are my results. In the past 2.5 weeks, I've lost:
5 lbs - which puts me 2 pounds from my target
5.5" - which makes my brand new Lucy top too big... grrr for wasted money/ yea for getting smaller!
29.6% body fat - which means I've come down from around 32% fat. Yes! My goal is to have less than 25% body fat. Fat percentage is the one aspect I'm really working on because that's the number (on my broken scale) that bothers me the most.
I want to be healthy and feel good about my body. The truth is that when I move and exercise, I feel better. Period. I was feeling good, but after checking my numbers today, I feel GREAT. (Pralines and all.)