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Nutrisystem Week 42 Update:
Weight Loss this Week: -3.2 Total Weight Loss: -136.0
My Nutrisystem Journey:
Did you make it through Halloween without cheating? I did! All my prep ahead of time helped and I avoided all the candy temptations. I love the Nutrisystem program and how easy it makes the plan and sticking to my weight loss goals. I made the pumpkin brownies I shared last week from the leaf and they were really yummy. If you are looking for a recipe to try out check it out. Other than Halloween this week has been really crazy for me and stressful so it’s been a tough week.
I did get some bad news for my health. I found out I am anemic due to a health issue (not my diet). So I have started taking some iron and calcium. Luckily I have only been taking the iron for a few days and I can already tell a huge difference in how I feel. I am always one to just go with the flow so even though I felt horrible I just tried to ignore it. Everyone would always say to me when I told them about my weight loss, “you must feel amazing”. I would always say yes and move on even though I’ve been feeling horrible the last few months. So I was happy to find out what the problem was, but at the same time upset as to why it’s happening and how to fix it. So I will be dealing with some health issues for a bit but I’m on the mend.
Now that I am finally feeling halfway normal again and not feeling like I can’t stand or move due to lack of energy I am going to start walking again. I have looked into a ton of walking plans but none of them seem to be geared towards someone like me who has a lot to lose and has been sedentary for a long period of time. So I put together a plan that I think will work for me and wanted to share what my plan is. Just in case someone else is in the same boat as me and needs a custom plan.
Tips & Tricks:
I found a bunch of information from the Mayo Clinic that I felt comfortable with for walking when you are morbidly obese (I hate that term by the way). So I gaged my plan from that information and customized it a bit. I have been pretty much sedentary for the past 2 years, being severely overweight has really taken a toll on my body and ability to stand and be active. I had the misconception that losing weight would be like magic and I would just be able to jump up off the couch and do whatever I wanted but I have come to realize not being active for so long has really affected my muscles and strength. So I will have to build myself back up.
First, make sure to check with your doctor before starting a walking plan. I discussed this with my doctor at my last appointment. You don’t want to overdo it or hurt yourself in any way. I always review my weight loss decisions with my doctor before I make any changes.
Second, make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes. If you are overweight this is very important. I good quality shoe will give you a good foundation and protect you when you begin an exercise plan. I tend to hurt myself a lot so my back, hips, ankles are always hurting and walking will add to that. I want to make sure I have a good pair of shoes to protect myself as much as I can. So spend the money and get a quality pair of walking shoes.
Third, figure out a plan that works your skill level. There are so many plans and resources out there. I plan to start with this plan and then adjust if I need to. I found this from the Mayo Clinic and then customized it a little bit.
|1||5 minutes||5 minutes||5 minutes|
|2||5 minutes||7 minutes||5 minutes|
|3||5 minutes||9 minutes||5 minutes|
|4||5 minutes||11 minutes||5 minutes|
|5||5 minutes||13 minutes||5 minutes|
|6||5 minutes||15 minutes||5 minutes|
|7||5 minutes||18 minutes||5 minutes|
|8||5 minutes||20 minutes||5 minutes|
|9||5 minutes||23 minutes||5 minutes|
|10||5 minutes||26 minutes||5 minutes|
|11||5 minutes||28 minutes||5 minutes|
|12||5 minutes||30 minutes||5 minutes|
Another plan I have used in the past if you really struggle with walking is to start with 5 minutes each day. After a week add 2 minutes to your walking plan. Continue to increase each week. This plan really worked for me a few months ago but then I started to feel bad and have some health problems and had to stop.
Finally, get a walking buddy. I know I need to walk but I hate doing it. If I have someone to do it with me I’m a lot more likely to do it. I can talk to them and kill the time to make it go by faster. Plus, it keeps me accountable.
I hope these tips help, if you have some other tips please share them!
Read my entire journey here.
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