Things I have learned...
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
So, it's been almost a month since I wrote my last blog. It's been, overall, a pretty good month. I feel like I am back on track for the most part, making exercise a habit in my life and eating better than I was. Eating could use a few tweaks, for sure, but I'm getting there.
There are a few things I've learned about myself this month...
1. I like to exercise alone. I've tried going to the gym: I hate it. I've tried Zumba: it was fun but I think it's something I will do "once in awhile". Perhaps it's because I feel self conscious or maybe because I get distracted from what I'm doing because I'm looking at everyone and everything else going on around me. No matter, I'm perfectly content to walk/run/kettlebell on my own. It gives me "alone" time, time to clear my head and destress.
2. I do better without a support system! Yes, yes you read that right. Granted, I do have a friend who is holding me accountable for training for my 5K in October by asking me my scheduled run days at the start of the week and then reminding me on those days to run. But overall, knowing that I have to depend on myself to push me is giving me strength and drive. If you take other people out of the equation then you can only blame yourself when you don't eat well or exercise.
3. My body likes platueas. And I hate them! I've lost a total of 13 pounds this month, most of which was initially water, I'm sure, as it came off very quickly. In the past two and a half weeks I've lost 2-4 pounds...I keep hovering and bouncing around between two numbers. It's so frustrating but I have to remember that this has happened in my past attempts to lose weight and that I am likely gaining muscle and blah, blah, blah. And yes, I've taken measurements too and no, they haven't changed very much either. It's hard when your body gets "stuck". No amount of encouragement really helps!
4. Non-scale victories become ultra important when you are on a plateau! For this month, I have had several: My favorite shorts are now sadly too big. My favorite bathing suit, which I haven't been able to wear in three years, FITS! My son's orthdontist asked me, "Have you been working out?" I can fit into, but not wear, all of my size tens. And the best? I am doing the Couch to 5K program and all of my runs are between 5-6 MPH. Compare that with 3-3.5 MPH when I tried doing the program 30lbs ago. : )
So now I keep plugging along...and learning...let's see what September brings!