Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I've been on this journey seriously since mid November. Started going to the gym at the end of November. And hadn't lost a pound since then - gained and lost the same 2 or 3 pounds. I haven't given up or given in, though. I'm doing more strength training than I've ever done in my life, so I know at least a little of the non-loss is because I"m building muscle. I also hadn't cut back on alcohol, which I know basically undid anything I did nutrition and exercise-wise. Starting this week, I've eliminated any drinks during the week and will set some limits on any weekend alcoholic beverages. All that, plus my birthday and a couple holidays and the 1 year anniversary of my sister's death.
I was frustrated a day or two that I wasn't losing, then realized it was an accomplishment to MAINTAIN my weight during those several weeks.
Besides, I AM starting to see some definition in muscles here and there. I've definitely improved in my endurance, strength, and flexibility. I'm loving the feeling after I exercise so much, I'd keep doing it even if I never lost another pound. My only regret is not exercising for so many years. At least not exercising consistenly. It so amazing for depression, self esteem, fatigue, insomnia...so many positive impacts from exercise that have nothing to do with physical changes.
Still...it was a nice little perk when the scale had dropped 1.6 pounds this morning! Just a renewed faith that I'm doing the right things.