Finding the happy medium
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Back in July I came home from vacation heavier than I'd been in a long time. I had been lazy and eating too much of the wrong thing. So, I once again found the Low Carb Train and got back on track.
I started bootcamps and started steadily losing weight.
I made charts & graphs.
I was doing great.
Then I got an exercise-related injury that sidelined me for several weeks before I decided to seek professional help. The subsequent Physical Therapy put me out-of-commission for my usual cadio routine. They told me I could do some swimming or recumbent bike.
Well, guess what? I'm not doing exercises I don't like. I need to be MOTIVATED to do the exercise. I need to enjoy it. So I didn't.
And here I sit, at the end of 2008 looking at the charts and graphs I made, seeing that my goal was to be 48 lbs lighter than I am
I am NOT discouraged.
I am re-energized.
The physical therapists are now no longer in charge of my exercise plan.
I will do their exercises. I 'll add anything they tell me to but I will also tell them what I will be doing (and it has to be things I enjoy so that I'll DO it on a daily basis). I'll be going back to spinning class. I'll be doing my PT. I'll be doing some belly dance videos (just looks like fun) and I'll be doing yoga. When the PTs clear me, I'll add back in more intense circuit training and step aerobics but I'm willing to forgo them for now while I get healthy again.
I cannot sit around and do nothing and I KNOW I won't do things I find boring. So I'm finding a happy medium.
My low carb plan is strong. I'm going back on Induction tomorrow and will do it for the next two weeks just to get a clean start for the new year. My goal is to lose 78 lbs. Can I do it in 2009? Maybe. A sixty pound loss in one year is probably more realistic but I'm not ruling out anything.
And at the end of 2009 if I weigh less than I do now and I'm healthier than I am now, I'll consider it a success!