Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I get on the scale every morning, but only write down my weight once a week - usually on a Thursday unless I've noticed a definite jump from one kilogram to another. Our scale is not an electric one, so my weight is never very specific. I'm either a new kg, or somewhere in between one or the other.
For the last two weeks I've been 'somewhere in between 62 and 63 kg and I was beginning to think that as I'm nearing my weight loss goal, this would become a normal pattern. Previously my weight loss had been quite regular - about 0.5kg a week. This sudden stalling was hard to get used to, but as so many people say, as long as the general trend is downward, keep going.
So, imagine my surprise when I jump on the scale and it has very definitely landed at 61! No 'somewhere in between', just plain 61. I decided to wait a few days before recording it, in case it was a bit of a once off, but two days later and the scale has not budged.
So, my hypothesis is now that the scale has a mind of its' own, and that some kilos may be a little bit more sticky than others!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I went to my Doctor yesterday to get an 'all clear' to start jogging again. I was given the 'all clear' with a very stern warning: you must keep on strength training. If you want to keep jogging, you must balance it with the strength training or this ITB will re-occur.
........and slowly the realization that this new way of doing things needed to be a forever thing began to hit me.......
I did my first 35 minute jog today and it was wonderful, no knee pain and that same feeling of strength which I am thoroughly enjoying in everything I do, and now I'm beginning to see that to keep doing what I enjoy I will need to keep up with the strength training too. I'm not sure what I was thinking before the doctor spoke to me. I guess I was thinking of letting it slip as I increased my jogging time. There's nothing quite like the sternness in a doctor's voice to wake a person up!!
It's the same with the new diet. I think that part of me is thinking that once I reach my goal I can begin to let things slide a little bit. Maybe by not tracking my food as much or eating more of the junk food than I have been. But, realistically, if I do that I will be in the same position in another five years. I've noticed that all the people who are maintaining weight, or very near to it, still have health projects on the go - more exercise, more muscular, more veggies - they still see themselves as being on a programme. Maybe that's the secret of success here.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
I've been reading blogs that have been reviewing the month of October and the ups and downs people have been through. So, of course, I began thinking about what the month was like for me. October was my second month in the programme, and I would say that the conclusion I have come to at the end of it is that now there are certain things that I do that seem to have evolved into habits over the course of the month.
Drinking water - I now long for a glass of water and cannot settle down to bed without making sure i've had my 8 glasses.
Exercising - I used to exercise sporadically. Thanks to the ten minute challenge (which I'm almost finished) I'm now slipping in some extra movement into my day everywhere. Getting those ten minutes in has become a neccessity for me.
Waking up earlier - I used to sleep in until the last possible moment. Now i'm up at 6 and giving myself some sparktime instead of rushing through my morning.
Packing lunch - best thing I ever started doing. This has made the biggest difference in my diet.
Strength training - I still don't enjoy it, but I do it.
Eating less - I don't mourn not being able to eat a massive amount of food now. Somehow my brain just knows that's how it is, and my body is more accepting of smaller amounts. I'm not longing for the chocolate this week the way I was even a week ago.
My wieght loss has been steady, which means i must be one of the lucky ones because there are a lot of blogs out there about people who are following all the rules but not losing. As I'm now down to my last 4kgs which need losing I'm a little nervous that that will start happening to me. If that happens I suppose it will mean a bit of a game plan change.
All in all, at the beginning of November I finally believe that I can do this and that I will lose the weight because of the results that I have seen so far.
So, here's to a wonderful November! I am excited to see what it brings!
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