I'm feeling amazing right now! Today was the forth day I worked out this week. I did the Cardio Party on my Turbo Jam workout. Its about 50 minutes of cardio. Its so much fun! Its like a dancy version of kick boxing. There are two women in each workout that do the workout low impact, and I usually follow them. I have a long way to go and I won't ever get there if I kill myself right out of the gate right?!! So, I put on the workout and I'm having so much fun when I realize I'm not following the low impact girls. I'm doing the full impact workout. Well shortly after that I felt my energy dwindling, so I did low impact the rest of the way (but I didn't phone it in, I worked it out!), but that was a very good feeling. I am getting more energy! I'm a little bit sore, but with the soreness I'm actually feeling my muscles. I can feel them moving. I can feel my abs! I don't think I've ever felt my abs constrict when moving!
I did have a wake up call yesterday though. As I have written before I suffer from depression. No matter what I did yesterday I couldn't shake it. With the depression comes the cravings, and I gave in to the craving for my favorite chips. I ate a lot less than I usually would and I enjoyed them while I was eating them. Thinking "mmmm these are soooo good!!" And as I was cuddling on the couch with my husband after supper I started to feel ill. Not long after that I had a full blown sour stomach. All night long until well after bedtime my stomach was very upset. Its amazing how after only like 3 days of eating healthy my body recognized that those chips were the enemy. Thank goodness I felt better when I woke up.
I have also noticed that I'm sleeping better. Now, keep in mind that I haven't worked the past 3 nights (I am a CNA and I work night shift). But I am sleeping a lot better, and I wake up with more energy than usual. This is a definite plus for my insomniac self LOL
I did a search for the benefits of regular exercise and this is what I found from the Mayo Clinic:
1. Exercise improves your mood.
2. Exercise combats chronic diseases.
3. Exercise helps you manage your weight.
4. Exercise boosts your energy level
5. Exercise promotes better sleep.
6. Exercise can put the spark back into your sex life.
7. Exercise can be — gasp — fun!
I've experienced AT LEAST 5 of these benefits in just this week! I know this is a turning point in my life, and my attitude and my outlook on life! I have a LONG way to go, but I won't ever go back to where I was!! My weigh in is tomorrow night, and I am kind of afraid. I won't let the number on the scale make or break me, but I will be disappointed if all this work, and effort I've been putting out won't show. I might weigh in tonight just to get it over with :)