I am so glad for the weekend and for Spring Break. School has been stressing me out just a bit, so it's great to have this time to decompress. I'm sore today after last night's workout, but in a good way. I decided to walk on the treadmill at home earlier, and it seemed so much faster than the treadmill at the rec center - I wasn't able to keep up with setting I used at the rec last night. On the plus side, I was able to watch a show of my choice while I walked, so the time passed quickly.
So I've lost about 20 pounds since the beginning of the semester, which is awesome. I expect that over the next week or two my weight loss will stall a bit because of my change in exercise - at least that tends to be the normal response especially when you start building muscle. I need to remember that and not let the number on the scale discourage me. What's important is that I'm eating healthy, balanced meals and keeping up with my exercise schedule.
Speaking of healthy, balanced meals, it has been so much easier to follow a nutritious diet than I would have expected, because I really do enjoy a lot of healthy foods. The key is to keep track of how much I am eating, since there is such a thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to food. There are so many free tools available online to help with that. Right now, I'm using SparkPeople to track my nutrition, and it has tools for tracking fitness, weight, and measurements as well. Another good site is LiveStrong, and I'm sure there are many more out there.
Question of the day: Do you worry about nutrition? If so, how do you keep a balanced diet?