New start - 9 days later!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Okay, so I thought time for a new start. Nicely timed with the New Year, isn't it? I was reading statistics on resolutions and apparently only 8% of people actually succeed in their New Year resolutions. How demoralising :)
Anyway, if you have read my blog before you may notice a pattern. A "NEW START" post, maybe one or two posts and then nothing for months and months. I suck at this! So knowing this, I didn't post here for a while to see if I could sustain it. I didn't want to put my heart out there and FAIL again.
So on January 2 I started my new resolution (come on, who doesn't eat everything on New Years Day parties?). It's now January 10 and I don't have too many set backs so I think this might stick.
1. I am weighing every day. Now I know some of you may be rolling your eyes. But I have tried the weekly thing and it doesn't work for me. This isn't about me thinking I'm losing fat every day. I know enough about weight loss that I know this isn't true. But the fact is my body is rebellious and RANDOM. It's like rolling a dice between 1 and 10. I figure if I weigh myself 1/7 days then there's a chance I'm gonna get a bad number just because, maybe I had a bit of extra salt. Maybe my TOM is approaching. Maybe I had too much water. Maybe I ate at a weird time and my usual time for weighing in, my "toilet break" didn't expel anything (every weighed in before and after going to the toilet? Sometimes it's nearly a kilogram difference!). So weighing in every day, yes all these factors occur, but what's more important to me and my motivation for results is that I'm looking at a downward trend. Just because I'm up 0.5kgs today but I'm averaging 1kg lost a week, that's okay. I have an app with a graph that helps. I'm all about the averages.
2. Walking to work nearly every day. It's been very hot (95-105F most of the month) so I haven't been walking EVERY DAY - but averaging probably 4 times a week. So that's 80 minutes a week extra. And I've been doing 15 minutes of hardcore gym exercise and 20m medium exercise on top of that (so weekly I'm at 200 minutes of medium pace exercise and 105 minutes top level exercise at the minimum.
3. Gym! Yes I finally got the courage to go. I joined a gym on moving to a different town. Before I moved here I was a student so had weird hours so I could go at 1am or 2am to avoid everyone. But fulltime job and needing sleep has erased that. I've avoided the gym since September (paid for a full years membership so that's wasted money too). So it was a BIG DEAL getting over this fear. I still wont do weights with people watching but hey, that's okay. I wanted to do weights 3 times a week and in the last week and a half I've done 4 weights sessions sneakily when the gym is empty for a while. So it seems to be working.
4. One of my co-workers sent around an email saying she was joining a program (Michelle Bridge's 12 week transformation) and got another lady at work to join too. I'm not going to join A. because I don't want to pay and B. I wouldn't follow it because I am a fussy eater.. but these girls will be going to fitness classes. As a gym member I have access (the program they joined is an online one, so these classes are normal gym classes). I've never been to a fitness class because the gym I was at previously had all petite little things but these ladies at work are my size or bigger. So strength in numbers..!
By the way I forgot to mention how much weight I gained... I gained 60 pounds in 6 months (280lbs). Oh my gosh! This is going to be a long battle back. And I'm pretty pissed off at myself for letting it happen. But I've been back on the horse for 9 days and I'm going strong.
I have a support network now, which I hadn't had before.
I'm over the initial cravings.
I'm tracking my food and doing well with very few "relapses".
I'm enjoying doing cardio at the gym.
And an added bonus.. I'm working the same rate I used to (or effort I guess you could call it) 60 pounds ago except my heart rate is bumped up to my max range (80% of Max HR) rather than before I was sitting at 60% of MAX HR. And I actually don't get that awful "I CAN'T DO THIS" burn or the "I HAVE TO STOP" burn. It's a nice floaty exercise burn. The gym actually is my friend this time around.
So I'm not going to be naive enough to say I will blog every day but I will pop in every now and then to update on my progress.