Monday, June 21, 2010
haha..if you have kept up with my blogs...you know I change up what I am doing quite a bit. I don't know what it is..but I like to keep things fresh. I consider myself a pretty self-aware person that knows what works best for me and while I was working out today I started thinking...
I think I am going to revamp what I am doing one more time. Like I had mentioned in previous entries..once I get to 155 I won't really care how long it takes to lose the rest of it. Well..upon thinking some more..I don't really care right now how long it takes to lose the rest of it as of now.
I have a really good relationship with the scale--it doesn't rule me at all. I woke up this morning at 169.2 (I was 163.2 last Wednesday)...I had a terrible day with food yesterday and ate whatever I wanted. I did this consciously..I didn't necessarily binge..I just ate unhealthy food (cheesy garlic bread, McDonald's, white pasta with meat sauce [meat sauce can really pack on the calories], etc.). I like to have a couple of days like this a month to boost my metabolism so it doesn't get used to 1200-1500 calories/day.
So this is kinda gross..don't read this if you have eaten recently or about to...Sure enough, after I drank my water and worked out...I was down to 166.2. I also went number two THREE times! haha. I couldn't believe that I had to go so many times. I don't know if anyone else has this issue..but on the weekends I don't eat as healthy. Sometimes I will get constipated...I'm guessing because my body isn't as used to having processed food like it used to be. I think it was yesterday's greasy food that kind of relieved the constipation. Sorry..that was kind of gross..but I was wondering if anyone has a similar experience.
Anyway..this got me thinking..because I know a lot of people get upset when the scale doesn't show their hard work or REALLY shows when they decide not to eat healthy or work out for a weekend. I think I'm getting to that point where it's going to be harder to lose weight and I can't expect to lose 2-4 pounds in a week anymore. I'm scared that if I maintain/gain/hardly lose continually I am going to get discouraged and start to get frustrated. I don't want that to happen so I started thinking about how I could prevent that.
I've come so far from where I started..I eat much healthier, hardly ever binge, and actually work out. I am really starting to realize that what the scale says shouldn't matter to me at all..focusing on what's important like eating better and making sure I work out everyday is. I have gotten the eating better thing down to about 80%/20%..which is good..but sometimes I'll take 3 days off of working out. Working out encourages me to eat healthier as well because I know how long it takes to burn off those nachos that are 1,000 calories and 50 grams of fat! haha... So this is what I have decided to do...
I am no longer going to set goal weights for myself for certain times..I am just going to set a "I'd like to be here." I would just not set anything but I like being involved in team challenges and stuff. It won't be a big deal if I don't make what I wanted to make though. It's more to check in with the team to have something in common with them..team morale type stuff I guess.
Since I am REALLY starting to dig working out and how much stronger I am getting..I am going to start focusing on this instead. I've already gotten pretty good at eating healthy (except sometimes on the weekends), but working out consistently is something I still struggle with. This way, I will shift what I consider my biggest successes from the scale to how much longer I can run for or work out on the cross-trainer or how much easier each level of the 30 Day Shred has gotten or how many cardio minutes I finished in a month. I think this is something that will get me excited to work out and really push myself. Since I'm no longer like 30 pounds into the obese category..most of my weight loss will be vanity pounds anyway. When my waist is 31 inches it's supposedly all vanity weight after that and right now it is 34 inches..so I only have 3 more to go until I am losing weight for reasons other than my health anyway.
So I'm clear..I will still be checking in every week with my weights on my page and stuff because I know that a lot of you guys are curious about it..but I am no longer going to have a set weight and date that I want to reach it by. I think this will be most beneficial for me now because I'm having issues with working out on the weekends.
I think this is going to work out really well for me! Wish me luck!!
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