Saturday, August 04, 2012
Today marks my 100th straight day of TaeBo Basic. That's really an accomplishment considering I was in the hospital yesterday. I had really bad stomach cramps after finishing my run on Thursday night. I hardly slept, and the cramps just got worse on Friday, so I had my husband take me to the emergency room. They don't know exactly what was causing them -- either a virus, or my calorie restriction along with not drinking enough water. I can definitely do better on the water end, and work on getting in enough healthy calories each day.
I was determined not to miss my 100th straight day of exercise today, but I was concerned that I wouldn't feel well enough to do it. Well, I felt great this morning, and I got through it just fine.
Today was my weigh in day at Weight Watchers as well. I was only down .2 lbs., becaue my weight spiked 3 lbs. on Monday. Not sure why. I spent the whole week trying to get it back down, which explains why my doctor told me I haven't been taking in enough calories.
I need to find a consistent plan that works for me. I've explored calorie counting, WW points counting, raw veganism, Paleo, intermittent fasting and some others. How I eat each week is really determined by what's going on in my life. This week, I haven't had much time to plan meals, so I'm a bit out of sorts. Looking forward to getting on a consistent schedule in the coming weeks.
This week, I'll be focused on upping my water intake, and being consistent with my meal plan.
Starting weight loss goal: 91.6 lbs.
Weight lost thus far: 21.6 lbs.
Lbs. 'til goal: 70 lbs.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Preparing to go out on my evening jog. Stomach is hurting a bit, so it might be more of a walk, but I'm looking forward to a little alone time with my podcasts. This was day 98 with TaeBo Basic, and I'm starting to think our honeymoon period is coming to an end. I'm starting to get that 'stale' feeling, which is usually the point where I drop off. Instead, I'm going to be exploring some options for other workouts I can do in the mornings. I hate to let go of my TaeBo streak, but I think it's served its purpose -- to get me moving in some systematic pattern. I've got momentum, and have made exercise a habit now, and I think it's time to graduate to bigger and better things. Don't want to lose my muscle tone though. Any ideas?
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Well, I pulled out my slightly cuter workout clothes to run in last night. I don't know if I felt any better or not. They're not only cuter, but they're tighter, and a little more revealing... but they match. I guess I figure I'd rather be noticed for being plus-sized in cute clothes, than sloppy-looking in my 'bum around' get-up.
Hey, I got my running speed for 2 miles down by 2 minutes... it can't be all bad!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Well, yesterday I went on my 2nd jog this week here in my neighborhood. If you read my blog regularly, you know I'm a devoted TaeBo fan. I do it every morning, and I've pledged to keep doing it (or any other form of exercise) for the next 3 months (6 months total), and then I'll reevaluate and determine what my regimen needs to be after that.
I've decided that I need to add some jogging 3x a week in the evenings to up my cardiovascular endurance. I've actually enjoyed the 2 jogging sessions I've had this week, but I've found myself becoming very self-conscious while out there on the road. There's an area near me that has a sidewalk, and is a little more 'off the beaten path' than the main crossroads. But there's still traffic. Mostly cars, but foot traffic as well. I can't seem to stop assessing what the passersby must be thinking about my form/speed/butt/overall appearance as they drive or walk by.
I know it shouldn't matter. I should just get out there and do what I need to do for my own health -- devil may care. But I do care. I've worked out in the privacy of my own home for 3 months now because I don't feel comfortable exercising in front of other people. I don't even want my husband watching me.
It's a big step for me to put myself out there like that, but I know it's for my own good. I keep feeling that if I were 40 lbs. lighter, and had a cute little jogging outfit, I could feel a little more confident about strutting my stuff for all the world to see. I'd whiz by, impressing onlookers, and inspiring them to greatness. Right now, I feel more like a spectacle -- from my drab jogging pants and dingy T-Shirt, to my thunder thighs, to how slowly I jog. I'm stopping every couple of minutes to walk it out.
I know, I'm a work in progress. I'm trying to remind myself that whatever people may be thinking about your appearance out there, they'll think for 1.5 seconds and move on with their lives. I'm not going to allow it to deter me from reaching a higher level of physical fitness. I'll deal with the embarrassment, and have a story to tell. I know, I know. I should just get over it and enjoy my workout. And I am actually enjoying it, believe it or not.
I just wonder sometimes if I'm the only one who is tempted to shy away from getting physically active for fear of being judged?
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Today is the 3-Month Anniversary of my 6-Month commitment to exercise EVERYDAY!
So far, I've stuck with TaeBo Basic in the mornings. I've persevered through sickness, schedule irregularities, baby births, vacation, touring schedules, interruptions by well-meaning family and friends, juicing, eating raw vegan, scale fluctuations... you name it.
I told myself that I would stick to daily exercise for 6 months, then evaluate my progress. I wouldn't ask, "why?", or, "Is this working?" I would simply honor my commitment to myself and demand consistency in this one area.
I'm down 20 lbs. so far, but the bigger reward is learning how that consistency has affected my perception of my efforts. I feel that I have the longevity and the 'stick-to-itiveness' to see my goals through, and to learn to maintain my success in the long term, rather than faltering after the excitement has worn off.
I've fiddled around with different ways of eating (I'm trying Paleo this week), and seeing what affect those things have on my weight loss efforts. I have learned that you can actually gain weight while exercising if you're not eating right. That's a pretty important piece of information.
I've gained lots of muscle tone, and increased confidence. I'm ready to up my exercise goals, and kick it into a higher gear for these next 3 months.
Thanks so much to those who have cheered me on thus far!
Total to lose: 91.6 lbs.
Total lost so far: 19.6 lbs.
Total remaining: 72 lbs.
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