Saturday, December 07, 2013
This week has been very good in terms of food and exercise. I can feel myself "righting the ship." I'm so glad I decided to get started on 12/1 instead of waiting for the New Year. Sure, there will be obstacles -- my work's holiday party, my birthday -- but it is so much better to try and meet the challenge. I've lost 5.4 lbs since Thanksgiving. A lot of that was water weight but isn't it so much better to be losing weight during the holiday season rather than gaining it?! Even if I don't meet all of my goals this month, I'll be better for having HAD goals and TRYING to meet them than I would be if I wasn't working towards any goal at all.
Friday, December 06, 2013
I had my first personal training appointment today and I think it went very well. I was very open and opinionated about what I want, what I need help with and what I expect from both of us. I told him I'd lost 70 pounds on my own but needed help with sustaining my motivation, staying accountable with nutrition and building muscle.
I basically parroted the New Rules of Lifting for Women to him and told him I wanted to lift heavy weights and build lots of muscle. Even though the weights I lifted today weren't heavy, they weren't the little dinky ones either. I'm on my way! I got a new workout plan for the month of December -- essentially cardio 4x and weights 2x per week. I'll be taking Zumba on the weekends and running and lifting during the week. I'm really proud of myself for getting up at the crack of dawn to make my 6 a.m. appointment. I could do evening appointments but I know with my new hectic work schedule, evening appointments are more likely to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond of my control. So, I'm committing to doing my sessions in the morning.
Things have also been pretty good with food this week. I have said "No" to more office treats and gratuitous sweets than I can count. No, to cake, no to cake pops, no to cookies, no to pumpkin pie, no to popcorn, no to candy! I'm not in a moment where moderation will do -- I need really focused clean eating right now. It's like sugar and caffeine and alcohol and simple carbs are just this vortex that can pull me in. The more I eat them, the more I crave them, the more I eat them, in a vicious cycle. I've been saying "No!" to the cycle all week and it feels good.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
My size 8 jeans don't feel so good anymore.
Since starting my new job, I've had a tough time making it to the gym.
Treats and temptations abound at the office and I've been giving in more than saying "no."
I could not have celebrated Thanksgiving with more gusto.
So, what am I doing today? Am I crying? Lamenting? Beating myself up?
Well, if I'm honest, I'm doing a bit of that.
But I'm also:
1) Taking reality check pics
2) Taking my measurements
3) Weighing in
4) Making goals
5) Going to the gym (!)
6) Menu planning and preparing for a healthy week
7) Refocusing on my longterm goals
By the way, the side by side photos of me in July and me now were . . . ahem . . . heart wrenching. Ten pounds goes a lonnnnng way, especially when you haven't been working out diligently.
Here are my December goals. I'm going to meet them.
1) Work out at least 3x/week (starting today)
2) Lose 7 pounds
3) Eat clean (sugar free, simple carb free, coffee free)
4) Alcohol-free save three "free" days (my actual birthday, family birthday celebration and NYE)
5) Track nutrition daily (starting today)
Friday, October 18, 2013
While I was on my vacation, I did not deny myself any gustatory pleasure. I was determined to taste my way through Turkey and enjoy the culinary fruits of New York. And I did, I really did.
But I also arrived home feeling sluggish and experiencing digestive distress. I had fun but I didn't feel so good.
I got back to the gym a day after arriving home. I really enjoyed my workout, thinking to myself "I do this because it feels good." And it's true. Even if I'm not enjoying the workout that second, I always feel better after I worked out than I did before I started. I feel better when I get plenty of water. I feel better when I eat fruits and vegetables.
If I'm honest with myself, my weight loss goals are largely motivated by a desire to improve my appearance. But there is so much more at stake. Health, longevity and pure enjoyment of life. I do this because it feels good.
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