Friday, February 25, 2011
I have absolutely had it with this 'months and months of religiously eating well and exercising with no results' business I've got going on. I gave up on the scale and used a tape measure, also no results. It'd be one thing if the scale was playing mindgames, but the measuring tape don't lie! The only good thing is that multiple measures using the skin fold test revealed at my body fat percentage falls into the 'healthy' range for a lady. It's definitely on the large end of the range, but at least its there!
In honor of spring break next week, my graduation in april and my worldy travels in May, I am going full force into kicking this plateau's ass.
As of Monday, I've added three dance classes to my weeky routine (belly dancing and a choreography class twice a week), I'm starting my kickboxing class again tomorrow morning, and a conditioning/strength training class once a week. The goal is to also eventually incorporate pilates into my weekly schedule and go for a 3-5 mile walk on the days I don't have gym classes.
To track calories burned accurately, I splurged and bought a Polar HRM for use in my cardio classes.
Nutrition wise, I've set a goal to drink at 4 cups of green tea a day because 1) I love it, and 2) a recent study supposedly found that helps people lose weight. I'm also foregoing my traditional lunch of a boca burger, hummus, and crackers in exchange for meals with fresh vegetables and fruit. I'm also attempting to keep my sodium below 2,300 each day..but that's tricky since I eat a lot of wheat bread and cheese.
My last step is all mental. Rather than get upset over the numbers on the scale, I'm going to remind myself that my increase in strength training will cause initial weight gain, and that it is merely impossible for me not to eventually lose weight if I keep up these goals. When I start to feel disheartened, I'm going to play some happy music, remind myself that I already look damn fine, and I'm only going to get hotter =P
Wish me luck!