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    EEEEELIZABETH   12,036
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still going ...

Friday, August 24, 2012

after a summer of vacationy feeling with my children, i am behind on my weight loss .... my weight is no longer below the line on my graph of where i'm supposed to be ... it's a bit above ... but i'm ok with that ... because, though my weight loss seems to have stalled out a bit (i hate the word plateau now) i am rocking the exercise ... i have a plan and motivation and a well used gym membership and a need for a new pair of running shoes ... wow... i've worn out some running shoes! so, though the weight loss is slow going, i can still feel my shape changing (for the better!) ... i feel strong ... i don't feel fast so much, but i do feel like my endurance is picking up for sure ....

i've done cardio more than 40 days in a row .... i mostly run ... i have longer run days ( i've worked up to ALMOST/not quite five miles) and i do shorter days (2.2 miles is my favorite loop) ... and i mix it up ... days i do shorter and try to go faster ... days where i plod it out and go as far and as long as i can ... days i just think about distance ... days i just work on speed .... and then, on my days off from running, i do the elliptical ... because it seems easy and happy and i read while i'm doing it ... i did 45 minutes on the elliptical this morning at the gym .... when i first started this journey, i was SO very proud to do 20 minutes of reading on the elliptical ... and now i experiment with intervals and fat burner and cardio and hill settings ... all while in my happy reading place ...

then, there's my strength training ... kinda my bugaboo ... i just don't love it ... january to may i went to a trainer once a week .... and liked it/her well enough .... but for summer, with the kids home, i stopped going .... i kept up with cardio ... and did some spark videos ... followed all the way through on spring into shape videos .... but never loved it ... just did it .... but now, i think i have it figured out ... i'm not a video girl! such an odd revelation ...

i found (while on pinterest) a prevention magazine workout .... 14 days to lose a dress size i think it is called ... now, i'm not into promises like that ... i don't buy in ... but i read through it and the exercises seemed hard enough and seemed to cover most everything ... so i've been doing it ... almost two weeks now ... and i think i'm going to keep doing them ... no videos, just a print out ... i do them in front of the tv usually ... i like that list ... i like my pace ... i don't like pacing with a video where i'm slower in some bits, faster in some bits, or want to do more in some bits .... today the reason i'm proud (and blogging about it) is that i did my day 2 workout twice ... it felt good ... i did it again.... that's a first .... instead of begrudgingly working through the exercises, i liked it. i liked how it made me feel. i liked that i felt strong. i liked it enough to want to do it again ... 30 minutes of strength training instead of 15 ... and all that after 45 minutes of the elliptical ... yay yay yay ....

so i've not been losing weight at quite the clip i want ... but i'm ok with it .. cause i'm working hard, living right, eating right, feeling happy .... and i'm certain that a blip of a plateau isn't really going to slow me down .... i can do this.
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