If at first you don't succeed...
Monday, May 14, 2012
Okay, I admit it, I fell off the wagon. I counted calories every day and worked out 3-4 days a week. I did it for 4 weeks. I didn't expect to see any loss via the scale. But when the tape measure didn't change, and went up in some places, I lost all motivation. I was going to try to keep going, but I slowly started to slack. I cheated on calories, not entering in everything, and eventually I just stopped working out.
But it's been 4 weeks, and I've come up with a new game plan. I will workout 5-6 days a week, on top of doing yard and house work. I won't count calories, but I will try to be healthy & eat according to a vegetarian food pyramid.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday I will workout to 30 Day Shred. Tuesday/Thursday I will go on a short walk (start off with 2 or 3 miles) and then do a Kettlebell workout. Saturdays I'll be doing a long walk with two of my friends (starting with 6 miles and we'll keep making it longer).
- Internally, my motivation is a number of things. One, I want to be in shape. Two, I want to run a half marathon eventually. (One friend is trying to convince me to do it in November, but we'll see.) Three, I want to wear dresses and not have my tummy stick out.
- Externally, and what I actually think is going to work best for me, I will feel obligated to walk with my friends on Saturday, but I will die on that walk if I'm not doing anything else during the week. So friends keep me motivated for Saturday, and Saturday keeps me motivated the rest of the week. I think it's a good system.
After 4 weeks, when my body should be adapted to the workouts, and when it will have become habit, I will begin to count calories & weigh myself weekly again. My hope is that this will prevent me from losing motivation. I'll have plenty of motivation to keep working out regularly. Once I begin losing weight, that will help my motivation for counting calories. But hopefully this time I won't end up with that feeling of working so hard for nothing.