Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I worked out again today. Again, it wasn't easy to rearrange my day around getting sweaty, when to shower, how to get other things done, but I did the workout.
Yesterday a magazine came in the mail that proclaims on its cover a plan to lose 10 pounds in four weeks. So I added that strength workout after my video workout. It took up a lot of time, but I feel good about getting it done. And the next time will be easier.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Truth be told, I haven't actively exercised in nearly three weeks beyond my regular walks with my baby. And my eating has been heavy on the sweets for longer than I can count now.
But today, I tried to make some healthier efforts.
So here they are:
1. I exercised. I had to rearrange my entire day to fit it in, but I got it done. And after the first 9 minutes, it didn't even seem too hard. BONUS: My baby still laughs hysterically while I do pushups.
2. I ate more fruit. Three times, in fact. I've really gotten out of the habit with healthy food, and this was a good step in the right direction.
So there's my progress.
Hopefully, today was the beginning of some positive efforts on which I can build.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Since I started this 12-week challenge, I've definitely been more active. I am making time most days for a scheduled workout, even if all I can manage is 20 minutes.
But the other goals I've had are not getting attention.
I know tracking isn't hard, and it truly doesn't take that much time, but I rarely get any time on the computer now and I don't enjoy spending it looking up values or adding foods that aren't already in the database. It has become a real chore, so I am sorely out of practice. I know this is a terrible excuse, and I really just need to commit and follow through.
Probably part of what is hindering me in tracking is that I still haven't given up my sugar craze. I'm still seeking it out and trying to compensate with activity or smaller portions elsewhere. I need to create something to do during those times when I normally reach for an unhealthy snack (boredom, celebration, stress, etc.).
So obviously that last goal of weight loss is not being met because I'm not taking care of the other goals that will lead me there.
But the bright side is that this is a process. I've got 6 more weeks to commit to this challenge. Then I've got 2 months beyond that to reach my next goal: losing the amount of weight my doctor recommended before my next checkup.
Then I've got the rest of my life to set a healthy example for my new daughter so that she grows up proud of her body and living healthily, unlike I have. That's my real goal: to break this cycle and give her something much better.
All I have to do is start NOW!
Monday, September 17, 2012
I've joined a challenge that's lasting for the next 12 weeks, and it came at a great time for me.
I just turned "30 again" (NOTE: Not my real age), I've got an 8-month-old baby to look after, and my meetings package at Weight Watchers just ended. So I could use some help in continuing my health improvements, and this challenge provides the motivation to do that.
My goals for BLC20:
1. exercise at least 5x/week
2. track my food intake
3. cut down on additional sugar (M&Ms begone!)
4. shuffle off 20 lbs.
With a few cooler days in the forecast (90s beat 100s), I might be able to take my baby to the park and do some walking and "baby boot camp" exercises on the benches. I've also got an Xbox workout videogame programmed to 5 20-minute workouts per week. And there's all those workout DVDs on the shelves collecting dust.
The barriers I have to exercise are 1) time (new baby? no time for anything else!) and 2) motivation (new baby? sleep or food look better than exercise every time). So I know I have to carve out some time every day and commit to using it to move more.
The tracking step is another time sucker, so I need to keep trackers handy where I feed the baby and jot everything down then log it later.
I've been feeding my sweet teeth since they popped up with the pregnancy hormones, so it's time I admit they've had their days.
I look at a pound a week as a reachable goal for this challenge, but I believe if I really challenge myself to put in the effort, I could maybe lose 20 lbs. in 12 weeks -- still a healthy rate of loss, and realistic.
Those are my goals for the next few months. My before picture is posted as my profile image in ROSY pink duotone to support my team. See you in December, hopefully with all of these points checked off as accomplished!
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