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April 10, 2014 Published in Get Fit To Live

Carla’s Road To Fitness Continues

By Carla Branch

When I posted my first entry to this category in January, I had such good intentions: I was going to update readers on my journey to health and fitness every month at a minimum. Well, you know what they say about good intentions and life just got in the way of my keeping everyone updated on my progress.

I have been going to the gym every day for the past three months. I work with a personal trainer and we spend between 90 minutes and two hours working out every day. (I think we have missed five days since Jan. 17.) Our routine begins with 30 to 60 minutes of aerobics; I prefer the recumbent bike, the elliptical machine and the erg. After aerobics, it’s downstairs to weight training. I use three different machines for working my abs; six machines to work different muscles in my legs; four machines to work arms and shoulders and a machine that works my torso. I’m not doing much with free weights yet but plan to start.

I have lost 38 pounds so far. I have not changed my diet substantially except for eliminating most if not all sugar. I also no longer drink cream in my coffee – I really don’t drink coffee anymore. I also no longer drink any soda. I drink lots of water; eat lots of vegetables and fruit and not a lot of red meat.

For the first month, I was sore and tired easily. I was also having trouble sleeping, which didn’t make exercising easy. My trainer would not allow me to push myself more than I should and still does not. My strength and endurance have improved dramatically and my trainer and I are planning a long bike ride for charity sometime this summer.

My blood pressure, which was very high, is now under control with medication and exercise. I am also beginning to sleep better. While that is partly due to the amount of exercise I am getting, it is also due to the fact that I am in therapy. I believe that therapy helps one get in touch with one’s self and sometimes in our very busy lives, we lose track of the fact that we need to take care of our mental health as well as our physical health.

Anyway, I am continuing my daily routine and am looking forward to showing all of you pictures of my slimmer, healthier self soon. 

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