Monday, October 10, 2011
Except this year I started out at my heaviest weight yet of 153 pounds when I got weighted in.
The good news is, I have since managed to get all the way back down to 135 this year which isn't a bad weight, but it's not the goal weight. It was the slowest moving 18 pounds in my life. I remember gaining and loosing weight multiple times a year. When I would creep up 10 pounds I would instantly go to work and drop them with a few months of hard core cardio/diet commitment. This time, that was NOT the case.
Jan-July - Boot camp, 5x a week (1 hour sessions) plus the occassional 5+ mile hike, additional cardio or other activities. While I did occassionally take a day off I stayed with the overall schedule of 5:30 am boot camp for 7 months missing a day here and there and a week here and there for sickness/vacation.
In March I added in Paleo/Primal eating. While I still even today don't eat 100% paleo/primal 100% of the time I'm pretty surprised I'm managed to keep this lifestyle this long. No grains, legumes, sugar, limited dairy. It's a pretty scary list for some, especially me who loves breads/desserts.
So why Jan- July? Well in August I stopped boot camp at 142 pounds. I was tired, I felt helpless. If 7 months of boot camp wasn't enough to shave off more than 10 pounds I really did feel doomed. I continued to eat paleo and I focused on more fun things (hiking longer/more often) and thinking of activities that were less "exercise base" and more "fun base". That got me to today. I have kind of capped out at 135, again.
It's time to start fine tuning. So yes, overall I'd say I eat within the "rules" but I'm not always eating within the intention if that makes sense. So I can eat no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no refined sugar and still not eat well if that makes sense. Ever heard of a lara bar? Eating 5 of those a day isn't what one calls paleo. Depending on "paelo cake", "paleo waffles", and other paleofied goodies does not make my lifestyle healthy. Using them once a week or even a little more wouldn't be bad but right now I'm not really owning the concept of paleo which is to become more centered around proteins and veggies. So by fine tuning I am going to start tracking again and trying to focus on eating more fruits/veggies, cooking myself, and making healthy paleo meals without "paleofying" too much. Giving myself 1 day/meal ish a week (80/20 rule) if I want/need it to eat out with friends and try new restaurants.
Exercise.... well okay so weight loss doesn't happen without exercise, I bought a bike trainer. I will use that and still hope to find "fun things" but will suppliment with the bike trainer a few hours a week since it's winter and I'm not sure how many outdoor activities I'll want to do in the rain.
October will be bike trainer, jogging, and maybe a hike or two and possibly back to MMA
November will be the above + areial classes (if the schedule works for me, if not I'll find something else pilates, yoga etc)
As we get into December- March I want to consider indoor rock climbing, snowboarding and snow shoeing.
I'm proud of myself for getting here this year and not letting it continue into another year. I want to get a little closer to my goal before the holiday, maintain during the holiday, and get to my final goal on/before my birthday March 17th. I think 10 pounds and the physique I'm looking for in 6 months should be completely doable especially if I stick with the activities and stuff I've outlined above.