Getting a Handle on My Weight Loss

I haven't blogged about it too much here (that's what my other, mostly neglected blog is for), but I'm trying to lose 20 lbs by May, in time for my law school graduation.

I'm by no means obese, and I think I'm lucky in that the 20 lbs I've gained since starting law school have been kind of evenly distributed. My weight (now hovering around 155) is still within the "healthy" range for my height (almost 5'8). But I have a lot of clothes in my closet that are now uncomfortable or look funny. And I feel like I have a lot less energy than I used to.

Since late December, M and I have been playing tennis almost daily, and Dance Dance Revolution (click on the link to learn more about the game :)) on the days where tennis isn't an option. But since school started again, we've been exercising less and less. The first week I felt was justified - I needed to adjust to the new schedule. The second week was a little less justifiable. And this week it's been raining non-stop.

But really I shouldn't be making any excuses for my lack of exercise, if I want to reach my goal. My weight is still SLOWLY creeping downward, but I have to pick up the pace.

I'm officially joining Well-Heeled's 30 day Shred Challenge (I'm late, I know!). But I'm modifying it a bit. I read some of the reviews on Amazon about the DVD, and I'm not sure if my right knee (which is genetically weaker and has suffered some injuries) is up to doing it daily. I also am a little concerned with the 20 lbs in 30 days claim - how can that be healthy?! I want my weight loss to stick. I'll try it out 5 days a week, but will modify the exercises if I feel they're too hard on my knees. I'll also be playing tennis, DDR and yoga. I'll have one rest day (Wednesday), because I have school from 9am-10pm.

This is the breakdown:
Monday: 30 day Shred (morn), Tennis, sit-ups (night)
Tuesday: 30 day Shred (morn), DDR (night)
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Yoga (morn), sit-ups, arm curls w/8 lb weights (night)
Friday: 30 day Shred (morn), DDR (night)
Saturday: 30 day Shred (morn), Tennis, sit-ups (night)
Sunday: 30 day Shred (morn), Tennis, sit-ups (night)

I'll start tomorrow, when my DVD and 5 lb weights arrive.

Good luck to everyone else who's been doing the challenge! :) And good luck to me! haha


Serendipity said...

I'm getting tired just reading your workout schedule. But I know your totally going to rock! Good luck, you'll clothes will feel better before you know it!

Anonymous said...

Awesome workout schedule! I'm sure you'll lose the weight with that routine & healthy eating! I lost 50lbs recently, went from 170lbs to 120lbs at the same height...(I have a very small frame) I also did the 30 Day Shred & at first it did kill my knees (it's the jumping jacks that'll get ya!!) but as I lost weight & got in shape my knees just got better... I have absolutely no problems with them now! :)

Good luck with your goal!! :)

ashley said...

Good luck! I think it's cool that you're not going to do just the Shred. That should help you reach the goal!

Shtinkykat said...

I'm trying to lose 15 lbs too. Unfortunately, with my asthma, I can't do anything very vigorous. But by just walking 45 minutes a day and cutting out junk food, I've been losing 2 lbs/week. I assume the weight loss is going to get harder from hear on forward, though. Good luck!

paranoidasteroid said...

I actually enjoy the 30 Day Shred, and the workouts are only 20 minutes, so (technically), they're easy to fit in.

Goof luck!

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