Monday, January 28, 2013
Be on the lookout... I've lost an old friend. I am ashamed to say that I am not sure exactly when it happened (early 40s I believe), but sometime in the last several years, I've seem to have misplaced my metabolism. I actually think it might have run ran away from home with the constant abuse and lack of appreciation. I can't really blame it, but either way, it's gone. Kaput! I miss my old friend and want it back. Desperately!
I've tried luring it back through exercise, but managed to have it be replaced by some lesser version of its former self. Seriously. I thought for sure that regular boot-camp style exercises 4 days a week would lure it back. No such luck. Between 4 days of boot camp classes, walking 3 miles yesterday, and eating in line with my requirements, I some how managed to gain half a pound!! If I had done this years ago, I would have been well on my way to my goals. Oh how I miss you metabolism!
You know how the saying, "You don't appreciate something until it's gone." How true it is!! If I had to do it all over again, I would have appreciated you and used you to my advantage 20 years ago. Now I am starting over and dealing with the mere shadow of its former self. It's not fun, but I'm not going to let it stop me. I'm going to dust off the depression of the gain and keep pushing on knowing that I am dropping inches.
If you still have a metabolism, appreciate it while you still can!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I hate to be negative, BUT I am frustrated after losing only 1 pound in my second week. Yes, I know I probably lost inches. Yes, I know the body adjusts during week 2. I know all of this, but it's still depressing to see the number drop only 1 pound (actually 0.8 if you want to be exact). I have not slipped a single time with my diet and I am still doing my boot camp style workouts 4x week.
My husband lost only 2 pounds during this time frame and just said to me this morning, "I don't know why I am bothering! This is ridiculous! For 2 pounds I gave up having a beer with football last weekend?!" Of course, I gave him a pep talk about losing inches, 2 lbs is still progress, body is adjusting, plateaus, blah blah blah. Sitting here doing my SparkStuff, I realize that setbacks like this is when people typically throw up their hands and walk away. It's when "I" throw up my hands and walk away frustrated.
I can't do that this time. I just can't. These things take time and I have to stop whining and pull it together. Now. I can't afford to walk away this time.
Monday, January 14, 2013
I've watched several seasons of Biggest Loser and it is common knowledge that the participants struggle during their second week. Thank goodness I know this or I would be in a big state of depression. I have been fully and completely committed on this weight loss journey. Sure, I am "only" on Day 12, but it's been a great past 11 days. Let me rephrase that, "It was a great 7 days and a mediocre at best last 4 days."
I know better than to let it get me down, but it's sure hard not to. The secret to success for me is to plan my meals and my workout schedule. All of that is set and ready to go, so I am hoping this week will see more positive results. Another component of my success is having my husband on board with me (for once). He too has struggled with week 2, although not as bad as me, and I definitely want to keep him encouraged. Sure, I should be able to do this on my own, but let's face it, it's soooo much easier if your husband follows suit.
To all of you who kicked this thing off on New Years, good luck in surviving Week 2. If we can get past this, we are well on our way!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Let me first start with a confession... I weigh myself every day. Yep. I know you aren't supposed to, but I do. Although the honest truth is I want to see how the weight loss is going, I justify it by saying that I want to know what's working and not working with the foods I'm eating. Both reasons are legit to me. I am only on week 2, so maybe this bad habit will simmer down eventually.
So I take bootcamp style classes 4x week and they are extremely hard, cardio and weight workouts for about 50 minutes. Although I've only been on this diet since 1/3, I have noticed my weight loss each morning is significantly less after I workout the previous evening. I've logged my food and I am definitely NOT eating different because of the workout.
Has anyone else experienced this? Someone told me it is because I am building "muscle mass", but I am skeptical. The bad thing is that it makes me not want to work out. However, I am not taking that drastic step because working out for me has always been more about relieving stress. Committing to a work out is much easier for me than eating healthy. Tonight is my night off from working out and it will be interesting to see what the scales shows tomorrow morning. I sure hope it's better than the 0.1 I lost yesterday after a grueling workout and healthy eating. How depressing!
In the meantime, I am trying to keep the faith. I know I'm doing the right thing so it should pay off eventually. Right? Right?!!
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