Monday, July 28, 2014
As I was reading up on nutrition, I remembered one of my favorite "I Love Lucy" scenes ever. I am sharing it so you can laugh as much as I do whenever I see it.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
A few days ago, I rejoined the community center gym that was a big part of me dropping 50 pounds nearly two years ago. I'm 10 pounds over goal and am determined to not only return to goal, but drop eight more pounds before the end of 2014.
Today, I started up the strength training routine for my upper body. While I was working out, I realized that lifting weights is something I enjoy. I don't know why I stayed away so long, but I'm glad that I returned. I have to keep this in mind for the days when I don't "feel" like going to the gym. Part of my self-talk might be to say "just go and lift weights for 10 minutes. If you're still not feelin' it, then you can leave."
I've learned that I get excruciatingly bored doing the same thing over and over--especially if it involves cardio machines. To cope, I'm breaking up my thirty minutes of cardio into three 10 minute sessions while I'm there. I'm mixing in some high intensity intervals to keep things interesting and torch more calories.
I think that's why I ditched my walking/jogging routine. I was getting tired of walking around the neighborhood or at work and being at the mercy of bad weather. Besides, it's best for me to stay indoors in August and September because I'm allergic to ragweed and it's really bad that time of year.
I'm already thinking ahead to how I should switch up my fitness routine in the fall. I might be glad to return to walking outdoors by then. I might also try a different aerobics class, yoga, tai chi. Who knows? The big lesson for me is that if my exercise routine starts to feel stale, I need to do something different--not quit.
It's all good; I'll figure out what it takes for me to stay on plan some day. Until then, I will keep pushing!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
I put my scale away. Although I'm still celebrating yesterday's two pound weight loss, I believed I was getting too scale obsessed. I really want to focus on continuing to build on my healthier habits and doing what I need to do to remain in this focused frame of mind. I plan to avoid the scale until a week from tomorrow.
Yesterday, I hit the gym for the first time in five or so months. I had been walking outside, but now that temperatures are hovering in the 100's, it is now impractical. I strength trained, used the machines and did some walking and wind sprints.
Today, I got up this morning and went to a Zumba class. My eating has been decent and I'm staying in my calorie limits. I've also been spending time visualizing myself 18 pounds lighter.
My hope is that if I'm aggressive, that I can lose 10 lbs of it by my birthday in September. Again, if I'm eating 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day and exercising 4x-5x a week, I believe that I can get there.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Today was a fabulous day, weight-wise. I have dropped two more pounds and am thrilled that I have finally found a combination of food and activity that's getting me results. I'm keeping my food diary, working hard to be more active, getting patient and maintaining a positive, "can do" attitude.
One area I want to focus on next is my weekend eating. I believe that my eating habits Friday through Sunday are sabotaging my hard work Monday through Friday. It's so easy to fall away from the good habits; happy hours with friends, family gatherings and events, restaurant outings and lots of down time for snacking out of boredom. These are all challenging moments that I need to be prepared for. What good does it do to be vigilant Monday through Thursday and then mess everything up Friday evening through Sunday evening?
Fortunately, I don't have any pressing family functions coming up, so I will be able to focus on avoiding eating out of boredom. Now that I've rejoined the community center, I will spend part of the weekend strength training, doing Zumba and maybe swimming. I will also plan activities that get me out of the house but don't put me around food.
At any rate, I have lost four of the five pounds that were really crippling my psyche. My clothes even fit a little better, although several items in my wardrobe still don't fit me in the waist.
So now, I am 11 pounds from last year's weight, 18 pounds from my 2014 goal weight and 28 pounds from my FINAL goal weight, which I plan to reach in 2015.
After struggling most of this year, it really, really feels good to be back on track! Onward and downward!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I recently set a goal to lose 25 pounds by the end of the year. To date, I've lost 5 pounds. I have 13 pounds to lose to return to what I weighed a year ago. A 25 pound weight loss will put me 10 pounds over my goal weight and a BMI under 25.
I spent some time reading old blogs and analyzing what I did to lose 50 pounds in 2012 and what happened to my efforts. I realized that logging into Sparkpeople and continuing to track my eating and exercise are just as critical to maintenance as they are to weight loss. I maintained for a year doing exactly that. Once I stopped because I thought I could consistently self-monitor without these tools...I started to gain.
To maintain my weight without exercise, I can only eat about 1,800 calories a day. So if I spend two months on the couch and not tracking my eating, I could easily gain 1 lb a week, or 8 pounds in two months.
I have made many positive changes to my diet in the last few weeks that is keeping my intake around 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day. I've also focused on moving more. I walked outside during the unusually cool weather, but now that it's hot again, I've missed a few workouts. This can't continue, so I spent the money and rejoined the community center gym that was a huge part of my 2012 journey. My plan is to pack my gym bag and visit at least 4x a week. It will get me back into the weight room and back onto the indoor track. I'm also packing my swimsuit and goggles, in case I decide I want to swim instead. I'm really looking forward to it because I've missed the place.
I really AM tired of my buddha belly. I'm ready to get even MORE focused and MORE motivated. I'm confident that a return to the basics will get me there!
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