Saturday, January 19, 2013
I'm happy and amazed to say I'm down a pound since last week. Down 20 from where I began in November.
I've eaten well and exercised consistently, but my scale read like a roller coaster this week. Yesterday was the second day I touched down below last week's reading. I spent most of the week at or above that figure. Today I was down the other half pound. There's just no accounting for weight fluxuations. I'm happy to say I wasn't thrown off emotionally this time.
I made 3 new sparkrecipes this week, and will be adding one of them, Chicken Leftover Tostada, to my favorites file. It's always a win if my husband likes it as much as I do.
Have a great day, and don't be intimidated by your scale if you've been following your plan!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I've always needed a lot of sleep. I usually get 7-8 hours. This week, due to my husband's mandatory 10 hour days plus 2 hour commute on top of the event that must be dealt with in the evening, We've been getting about 6 hours sleep - and that is full of tossing and turning. UGH!
I've been fighting the "don't wannas" since Tuesday. I have had to force myself to work out. I love the feeling AFTER, but before and during are not so appealing. I'm doing the January Jumpstart Fitness challenge, and I can do the videos, but doing my regular cardio is hard. I feel like I'm slogging through mud. Today I got on the elliptical and started going without setting a time limit. I thought I might have to stop early. I got it all done, amazingly, but I still feel a bit weak and sluggish. I miss my sleep!!!
There's light at the end of the tunnel. The rumor is that my DH can go back to 9 hour days next week. I hope for a return to normal 8 hour days soon after. In the meantime, I've had a very close look at how lack of sleep affects my performance and attitude.
May you have a great night's sleep and energy to burn in workout tomorrow!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
I find it interesting that when I was in high school and gaining weight the first time, the image I had of myself was slim even when I wasn't. When I've been heavy for a time (until it seemed normal)and have begun losing weight, I find I've still thought of myself as heavy. This time is no exception. ( I plan on this being the LAST time I have to make this adjustment!) There is a lag in my perception of myself between what I have considered my normal size and what I am now.
I've lost about half the extra weight which has burdened me. (about 15 pounds.) People are noticing enough to comment now. Yet I catch myself thinking I'm still at my heaviest. Certain styles that aren't flattering on my large self are quite acceptable when I'm smaller, but I'm still avoiding them subconsciously. Certain activities which make me feel I stand out in a negative way when I'm "size large me" are merely mischievous/ energetic/ adventurous in "size small me."
I've never really thought about how long it takes for the mind to catch up to the new reality of a smaller, fitter body. I didn't take note before. It must take some time, but how much? I wonder whether this lag bears any part in weight re-gain? I do want to short-circuit that!
Those of you who have maintained for some time, Did you notice this lag? If so, how long before mind and body both believed you were the new size? How long before it was "normal," and you didn't have to struggle to see yourself as you are? Thanks for sharing!
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