Tuesday, December 04, 2012
I started November with a goal to work out every day, even if it was just 10 minutes. I joined the 28-day bootcamp challenge and got started. I wasn't perfect by any means and had more than 1 day that I just didn't get a workout in. I made up for it the next day (or even the day after that) and still managed to get in at least 5 days a week of some kind of cardio (even if it was just marching in place during my work breaks along with a couple of minutes of stretching). I finished this about a week later than planned because I just ran out of time to get anything done (and admittedly got VERY LAZY) during Thanksgiving. By that time, I was so far behind, I would have had to do a week's worth of videos in 2 days including doing some of them more than once (per week 4 guidelines). Starting week 4 on the day I got back on track worked really well for me, and I was able to get it done yesterday.
My goal for the challenge was to lose 5 pounds by the end of November. I weigh in once a month because I don't want to be tied to that number on the scale. My feeling is that number is just a small part of my overall health, and I don't want to become obsessed by it and have my day ruined by a number I don't like.
Well, by the time I stepped on the scale on December 1st, I was only down 1 pound - that's for the whole month of November!! I was very upset. All my reasoning for not being obsessed with the scale were completely forgotten about! I was ready to cry and throw in the towel. My daughter asked me why I was upset. I told her, and my son commented "but you've been working out so much," and my daughter reminded me that the week before was a holiday. Both of these things reminded me to calm down and evaluate my month.
First, I have been working out and adding strength training to my routine. As we all know, muscle weighs more than fat, so an initial slow loss will end up being a much bigger loss over time. Second, my eating the week before was definitely not ideal (neither was the Buffalo Wild Wings we had for dinner a few days before).
My takeaway for this month is a reminder to not let the scale influence my feelings. Yes, it is only down 1 pound, but my clothes are really loose, so much so that my fashionista daughter is going shopping with me over Christmas break so I can get some new clothes because everything else is WAY too big! Another thing I am taking away from this month is that you only get out of it what you put into it. Bad eating continually will not be made up for by working out diligently. For me, I need both, though not so great eating once in a while won't completely derail me. It's all about moderation.
Ok, here's to a better December, and my mantra is going to be "only 1 cookie, only 1 cookie, only 1 cookie!!"