Thursday, February 21, 2013
I'm pleased with the progress I've been making since November...
Lately I've preferred to walk outdoors to some purpose rather than use my elliptical for my cardio. (Even though the elliptical burns calories faster.) I've walked to the library, to the recycling center to recycle an armload of rigid plastics, and to the bank. I want to enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of outsisde. I want to feel like I'm "accomplishing" something. (I know, exercise DOES accomplish something, but try telling that to my type A brain!) I'm very happy with the way my body is feeling and responding these days.
I haven't really struggled with my food plan. I'm within 5 pounds of my goal and recently changed the rate at which I want to lose from 1 pound a week to 1/2 a pound. I think it will be an easier transition to maintenance from there.
My husband and I had a meeting to attend last night at which pizza was provided. I LIKE hawaiian pizza. I had eaten just enough during the day to leave me with extra calories for the evening. I had a glass of water and 1 slice of pizza. It was enough. I felt good. I didn't go over my calorie range and wasn't really tempted to get another piece. TRIUMPH!
I am enjoying the food I do eat much more since I know I can't eat unlimited amounts as I did previously. I savor the taste, texture, and presentation. Tomorrow I won't care if I didn't have an extra piece of something today.
I still have to learn to eat slower. Sometimes I leave the table, still wanting to eat, and go sit in my chair for 10 more minutes before I feel full. It happens all at once, and then I'm very happy I didn't keep eating.
Thanks for listening, encouraging and role-modeling for me!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A few days ago, ONEKIDSMOM put in her blog "The cycle of motivation."
It went like this:
1. Phase one - active rebellion.
2. Phase two - patiently waiting for motivation to kick in.
3. Phase three, highly motivated, actively working.
4. Phase four, success and flying high, living easy and loving it.
5. Phase five, burnout starting, but still on auto pilot.
6. and something snaps, and it's back into phase one.
I've been thinking about this since. Last time through this cycle, phase one lasted about 18 months. Phase two another 8 months. Together they undid the 30 pounds I had previously lost.
I hit phase 3 in early November, and I had lost 16 poundsby the end of the year.
In phase 4 I joined the January jumpstart fitness challenge to give myself some variety and add some strength training to the cardio I was doing. I think I have been in phase 5 the last week or so. I'm feeling burned out. Yesterday and today I've really had to force myself to work out - and it's been hours later than usual. I think I'm a hairsbreath away from open rebellion.
Knowing it's a cycle of phases is very helpful. I hope I can keep the phases 1 & 2 VERY short this time. I'm trying to complete the January Challenge so I don't lose my chance to win a prize that it is VERY unlikely that I'd win anyway due to the number of people involved. Lol. I'm a type A who likes to cross things off my list by finishing them, not by quitting. Leaving things unfinished disturbs my mind! So, I'll probably keep forcing my exercise through February 2nd.
What can you suggest for FUN exercise - especially if it doesn't include much financial outlay? Maybe I'll find something new to try that I will love. I love the way I feel AFTER I work out. Who knows, if I find a fun exercise, I might skip phases 1 & 2 altogether! That would be great!!!!
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