Now it has been six weeks since I crossed the abyss – I have been having fun! Once the decision was made to jump in and DO something about my weight, I jumped in all the way. For the past six weeks I have been exercising with more intensity than ever before. Three days a week I do 25 minutes of cardio. I’ve been told that you don’t have to exercise for hours on end to see results, but you do have to do it with intensity. I mean, if you’re not sweating, then you’re not working intensely. So I walk for 2 minutes, jog for 2 minutes and then run for 1 minute. That’s one cycle. I repeat this cycle five times for a total of 25 minutes. Sweat? Yes I sweat, but I’d rather call it ‘glisten’. In fact, the other day I was on the treadmill and I felt drops on my bare shoulder; I kept looking at the ceiling to see if there was a leak. There was no leak – it was me, sweating so much that it was dripping on my shoulder! Wow!
For three other days a week I do weight training. I do upper body one day and lower body the next time. So that gives me a break from the cardio and running. I do all the shoulder muscles, back, abdominal, quads and glutes. And it only takes about 30 minutes each time. So 25 minutes one day and 30 minutes the next for six days does not take up too much of the day.
In the past six weeks I have lost weight, and my body has firmed up to the point that already I have changed jeans sizes! I am thrilled, to say the least. I feel stronger and I sleep much better than I have in the past five years. In addition to that, I feel much more optimistic, positive and in charge of my life. Who would have known that a post menopausal woman could feel so great?
Stay tuned for what I am eating…