I learned a lot about my body in 2010. I have always been an active person and eaten healthily, but I fluctuated between carrying 5-15 unnecessary pounds. I felt like I took care of my body, but I wasn’t happy with how my clothes fit. So, I decided to complete both the P90X and Insanity workouts (www.beachbody.com), and you know what? I got BIGGER. Yes, I was stronger, but I guess the way my body is built, my muscles just expanded. I have to admit I did not follow the nutritional guide, but I still felt I should have lost weight because these workouts were INTENSE. Yet, I couldn’t fit into most of my pants, and I was extremely frustrated.
With my 30th birthday looming only 6 months away, I had to do something and decided to kick-start my weight-loss with a 10-day detox, starting with 2 days of eating mostly thermic vegetables and 8 days of eating only vegetables and lean protein, cutting out all carbs (for more on thermic vegetables, check out tucsoncitizen.com). I also started adding 10 minutes of running to my daily workouts, like yoga, biking, rollerblading…basically whatever cardio I felt like doing for 30-45 minutes. Now, I don’t necessarily recommend everyone doing a detox, but I did lose about 8 pounds, which was probably all water weight, but it helped motivate me to keep working hard.
When I played sports in high school and college, I always thought scrimmaging should replace running. When I graduated from college, I vowed to never run another sprint or lap again. Then, my good friend coerced me into running a half-marathon with her, one of her bucket list items. How could I say no to that? So, I printed out a 12-week training schedule from running.about.com and started following it faithfully. I am in week 10 and have lost and kept off about 15 pounds and I feel like I can eat and drink without many restrictions. I still try to cut down on my carbs, especially at dinner, and I run four days a week with three short runs and one long run. Also, doing yoga on my off days helps with sore muscles. I never considered myself a runner, but I am going to stick with it as long as my body lets me. Good luck with your weight-loss goals in 2011!