I know this is a cliche but it was time to face the truth. I have been so despondent with the weight loss being at a standstill/plateau that I have scoured the web, magazines and every where I could find information on how to break through my plateau. Most articles and tidbits state, if you have been true to the diet and to the workouts, then change up the workouts, do something different, do HIITs workouts, and to my surprise many have said to have a cheat meal or day. Well I tried the change in workout routines and still was at a standstill. I finally confessed to my trainer my dismay in the weight loss not moving and he too encouraged me to have a cheat meal a week or one cheat day....I guess I didn't hear the one because I did an entire weekend and low and behold I definitely had some movement, but in the wrong direction...up 2 lbs!
But, I did not beat myself up, I definitely realize the meals had a lot to do with getting the scale to move. Yes, my clothes are fitting better, but I still have a ways to go in the weight loss so I need the scale to move in the downward direction.
Today I decided to play around with some of the tools available to us between my gym website (24 hour fitness) and spark people. 24 hour fitness web page allow members to review their gym visits over a course of time and we all know that we have the tracker tools in spark people. Looking at my visits since Dec. 2011 when I first got serious about this weight loss journey, I see that I have been consistent in going to the the gym, well that is very good. But I wanted to drill it down further and see what exactly I was doing when I lost my biggest poundage.
The tracker reports show that I have had my biggest weight loss in two months, March and in July and here is where the truth hit me square in the face. I compared my calorie intake with my cardio output and with the number of days I worked out. The simple truth of the matter is this- I ate less in those two months and worked out more in a weeks time compared to all the months combined. In my head I was believing that I was working out regularly and consistently which is one sense was true, but consistent was not meeting the goals I had set for myself. The numbers don't lie, it showed that I was only working out on average 2.5 days a week. When I saw this number I was a little surprised but had to be honest with myself and reflect on why this was not at my goal of at least 5 days a week. When I reflect on the months past, I noticed that I allowed other matters/issues or just plain old stuff get into the way of my days to workout. So, now that I have faced the truth as to why I have been plateauing with the weight and knowing that I crave the new smaller and toned me, I have to kick it up.
Starting tomorrow, Monday I will commit to myself first and foremost to do me!
I will get in 5 days of cardio in a weeks time. I also need to have 2 to 3 days of strength training. I already have 1 day of ST with my personal trainer so I need to incorporate at least 1 more day of ST on my own and maybe another day with the trainer. I realize I should not try to do it all at once so I am going to set some mini goals.
1. For the next two weeks I will do 5 days of Cardio
2. For the next two weeks I will do 2 days of ST
3. By week 2 going into week 3 I will add 1 more day with my trainer so 2 trainer days/week.
4. I will do at least 30 minutes of Cardio each session and mix it up (run/elliptical/bike/HIIT/what
ever) for 30 days (4 weeks) Sept. 27th.
Reward: Mini Facial & New workout shoes
wt today is 194