OK. So I said I was going to get off to a great start in 2009. And I did. For about 2 days. I broke my 12 week exercise streak, and couldn't seem to go more than 3 days on a new streak. I started snacking on M&M's (gasp) and cheese nips (shakes head sadly...). I got busy at work and stopped logging my food throughout the day, like I had been doing. I let myself be talked out of getting on the computer in the evening, and into fast-food and super-sized desserts.
But I did do one major positive thing during the first 3 months of this year: I MAINTAINED! (bounces in chair and claps hands...)
I went up and down the same 2 lbs for 3 months. I didn't put forth the effort to LOSE weight, but I did work just enough to maintain. I made sure I was still eating healthy meals, it was just the snacking that got me. I may not have gotten in 30 minutes or more of cardio a day, but I made sure that I had some sort of physical activity at least 3 times a week. And I learned that once I reach my goal weight, I'm never going back! I will be able to maintain, because I have learned to eat, act, and choose mostly healthy options.
WOW - that is an incredible feeling, to know that even when I make bad choices, I know I will make even more good ones to offset it. I now know that I WILL be able to have that slice of Kahlua Cream Pie, and I won't backslide into my old habits eating a bite or two EVERY time I go into the kitchen. I WILL get off the couch and move my body a few times a week, not just to stay healthy, but because it FEELS SOOOO DARN GOOD!!!
April 1st I rededicated myself to my healthy journey. I am logging all my food and making a point to exercise (except for the few days when my back was out...). I am walking my dogs, and adding strength exercises, and running up and down the stairs at work more than I used to. Once we get through the rainy part of Spring, I am going to walk to work at least twice a week - that's 1.8 miles one way, a great way to stay in shape. And it helps the environment and saves gas too! Go me!
I convinced my BF that being able to log onto Spark in the evenings is of the utmost importance - without it I slack off and get lazy. He tends to get jealous and wants "us" time, but only when I'm actually on the computer. Or he wants to get online himself. So when he asked me why I hadn't been losing weight like I was before, I told him that I NEED my Done Girls and my BLC challenge and my Spokane Sparks - they keep me focused and motivated! So now he understands, and gives me my "Spark" time. What a sweety, huh?
So I'm off to finish up my strength exercises for the day - gotta get those core moves in to strengthen my lower back, so that this recurring pain will go away for good!
...Isn't this just the cutest picture of my boys and their "baby"?