Are we there yet?
Friday, April 27, 2012
If you've been around kids, you know this phrase every time you take a car trip - and it's funny, 'cause after a while you start to wonder yourself, "Are we there yet?"
So, here I am, about 3 or 4 months on this journey and I'm loving the changes and I'm definitely more fit than I think I've ever been in my life (with possibly the exception of the summer I was in Jr. Lifeguard training). Plus, ya know, 14 pounds is nothing to sneeze at!
Oh, but that scale and it's lack of rapid decreasing numbers! I'm chipping away bit by bit and you know, my SP page header is Slow and Steady, but sometimes the slow and the steady seem, well, slow...
Don't get me wrong - I'm not going to doing anything wacky - no lap bands, no fad diet, no pills - but on a day like today (and coincidentally, yes, my weigh in is tomorrow), there are times when I wish there was a magic bullet where I could drop 4 or 5 pounds in a week just to get a boost.
Now, I know as well as you do that if I restricted my calories a bit more, or worked out a bit more, or most reliably, did both, that it's very likely that I would lose more quickly. So, I have upped my exercise minutes (going for a goal of 1,000 minutes this month and I'm very nearly there already with 4 days to go in the month!), but the calorie intake, well, let's just say there's some room for improvement.
My short term goal is to get to 10% down, which for me is 21 pounds. So, still a little ways to go before I get there. I was hoping to do it before I went to my brother-in-law's wedding in mid-May, but I think I'm going to have to revise that goal a bit and make it end of May, which is kind of a bummer for me.
Still, I know I've not been gaining weight and I'm having to work harder during my workouts to keep my heart rate up (yay!), so I know it's not just about the weight loss, but really about my health. The number on the scale is just a number, after all, not a reflection of anything except what my body weighs - and the other measurements of my success - eating more healthfully, exercising, taking care of myself are all showing great progress.
But oh, it will be nice when I'm finally "there."