Monday, July 21, 2014
Sometimes life brings you random moments of silliness that crack me up when I think about them. Saturday, it was the Zumba class I dropped in on at our suburban community center. For some reason (probably because I was in the suburbs) I expected the instructor to be a perky blonde or brunette. Instead, our instructor was a young woman sportin' red cornrows and braids, a nose ring and various tattoos. There were about 15 of us in the class, and about eight of us were near or over the age of 50.
So the class begins and I'm crackin up watching these 75 year old silver-haired women doing the wobble youtu.be/qd6UI6wEIsU and dancing to a Zumba remix of Lil John's "Get Low" youtu.be/Dp6BY9A_Ynk . I hoped that they didn't pay attention to the lyrics because they are kinda nasty. But they hung in there and kept up with the beat.
The instructor did a decent job, although some of the moves were kind of complex and not explained very well. The hour passed quickly, we all got a great workout and had fun in the process. I plan to return next week.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Finally, I am seeing results!
Today I weighed in and I've lost one pound. It reinforces to me how important it is to write down EVERYTHING I eat and track all of my activity. I've also realized that to lose weight, I need to be eating 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day AND exercising 4-5x a week. AND I need to do it consistently.
Most importantly, for me, the line between losing weight and gaining weight is ever so slight. Only a difference of 300 to 500 calories a day. That might sound significant, but really it's only a missed workout here, an extra cookie there---things that can't be noticed without a food diary, but do add up over time.
So now, I have 21 pounds to lose by the end of the year, and 14 to go in order to return to what I weighed a year ago. I feel hopeful about this happening--especially because I believe I now know exactly what I need to do. I just need to do it.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Today, I'm patting myself on the back for putting together a really good day food wise. I had oatmeal, berries and a banana for breakfast, snacked on pistachio nuts, ate fish, green beans, carrots and a small portion of new potatoes for lunch, and for dinner I had chicken and a salad.
My calories totaled around 1,300, I got all my fruits and vegetables in, I drank all my water, I did not consume a single soda, and best of all, I did not get hungry.
I spend a lot of time blogging about how much I screw up or how unmotivated I've been. So today, I take a moment to celebrate. Yay me!
Sunday, July 06, 2014
There's a book I read one time called "The Four Agreements". I know that three of them are "always do your best" and "don't take anything personally" and "keep your word". I really like to focus on "always do your best." Some days are going to be tougher to deal with than others diet and exercise wise. This means that sometimes your plans will go awry because life gets in the way. Despite that, you adjust and keep moving forward.
With my goal firmly in mind, I am continuing to handle each day the best way I know how. One step at a time. Everyday, I ask myself the question, "what can I do today to get me closer to my goal tomorrow?" Some days are better than others, but I've done something, SOMETHING every single day. Journaling, drinking my water, tracking my food intake, exercise, or all of the above. The alternative is to stop doing everything completely--and regain all of my weight. The prospect of that happening scares me. I worked too hard to lose 50 pounds two years ago. I've regained 15 of it and refuse to accept that I can't lose it again.
So I'm focused on dropping the next 5 pounds. It's tough because I didn't lose a single pound this week, despite tracking my food and 300 minutes of exercise. That can be discouraging. To me, it means I'm going to need to make even more adjustments to my eating and find a way to stay patient.
This weekend was a tough one to get through but it's over and I handled it the best I could. Time to move forward one baby step at a time.
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