Apr. 19th, 2008

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After eating at the delicious Basque restaurant on Friday, I had a bit of a willpower problem, and proceeded to cheat on my diet all weekend (mmm, baked potato slathered in sour cream and butter and bacon). I succeeded in putting on 3 pounds for my trouble.

I then decided to remove diet soda and "low-carb" sweets from my diet, and subsequently lost 4.5 pounds over the course of the week, so despite my decision to cheat like crazy, I'm still a pound and a half down from last week.

I've been drinking a lot of water, probably close to the mythical eight-glasses-a-day, which is good for me, I hear. If you believe in diet advice which nobody can actually source to any sort of scientific research. However, I now feel like I'm literally pissing my life away.

Just finished my first day of Rung 4 of the exercise ladder. 200 steps running in place, 14 jumping jacks, 6 bends, 4 push ups, 8 leg lifts, 7 sit ups. Almost exactly double the amount of exercise I was doing when I first started, and aside from being winded at the end of my 5 minutes of exercise, I'm not suffering for it.

I can definitely tell that I'm improving in stamina - I'm getting to about 120 steps before I'm starting to breathe harder, where it was closer to 40 or 50 steps at the start of the program. It's probably time to pick up the pace a bit more so I'm getting my heart rate up earlier in the exercises.

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