I cannot believe that in 51 days it will be spring.
If I reflect on the nutrition over the last 27 days, it has gone well. I have been getting lots of water, lots of fruits and vegetables and I have been staying in range 6 of the 7 days for every week but one since the start of 2013. This isn't too shabby.
Then there comes fitness.
I am not able to do everything that I want to do due to limitations. This is really hard for me mentally because over the last four years with SparkPeople, I have come to love exercise. This past week, I've started adding some upper body workouts but because I haven't done much working out since November, I'm having to use smaller weights. This is OK. I did my upper body workout twice this week. I also started doing some core again (crunches and side bends). Next week, I'm going to do these workouts three times. I know that if I begin to be able to get into a normal workout regimen that the weight will begin to drop again.
I'm trying extra hard not to focus on this. I was thinking earlier this week about how I felt when I was 180 pounds. This was too heavy. I felt lethargic and did nothing. I knew change was needed. Then, I lost 20 pounds and hovered around 160 for a long time. I did not like wearing a size 10. It was just too much for my frame. Then I dropped another 25 pounds and was happy here. I love buying smaller clothes. I was much more fit and could do just about any activity that I wanted to (minus running due to my knees - I think I will never conquer this feat).
So, focusing on today. My smaller clothes are too tight. I am back into only a few of my 8's that I kept and that is few and far between and I am no longer in much of my 6's or 4's that I was 15 pounds ago. In one year since my smallest weight of 134, I am back up to 150. Ugh. I am not happy here at all. In fact, I loathe the number 150. I want to be back to 134. Is this my ultimate goal? Not really, but honestly if I can hover around 134 forever and be fit, I would feel better.
It isn't the end of the month - but it's close. My goal by summer is to get back to 134. To calculate it, there are 20 weeks before the week of summer. I can safely lose around 1 pound a week (which has always been my goal) and easily get there.
I think since I am getting little exercise right now I am going to have to really pay attention to my calories as I have been. I am not weighing in again until Feb. 1st however until then I'm counting my weight at 150. I am going to try some calorie zig zagging for a while. I've heard that this really works. I've never really stuck to this in the past when I've tried but I think this will be much easier now that I eat a lot better.
Here's my calorie list but I am going to stick to the fat loss plan because extreme fat loss seems too much. 1200 almost every day is nothing.
Maintenance Fat Loss Extreme Fat Loss
Monday 1640 1312 1200
Tuesday 1312 1200 1200
Wednesday 1967 1574 1440
Thursday 1640 1312 1200
Friday 1476 1200 1200
Saturday 1804 1443 1320
Sunday 1640 1312 1200
**Sorry that this doesn't come out as a perfect table when posted. This drives me crazy but I have no way to fix it. Hope you can tell which numbers that I'm aiming for.
PLAN OF ACTION:
Workout upper body & core 3x per week
Eat plenty of fruits and veggies
Continue to drink my water
Sleep 7-8 hours every night (this is NOT hard for me)
Take my vitamins daily