Artist: Rembrandt (1606–1669)
Title: The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the ‘Night Watch’.
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 379.5 cm (149.4 in). Width: 453.5 cm (178.5 in).
Current location: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
January, 2013 is the first time in a year, I did not show a weight loss for the month, not even a half a pound. I saw 188 and 189 appear briefly on the scale, but they vanished within hours, never to be seen again. I could not break through the 190 barrier.
It may be time to adjust my calories, and each time I think about that I become filled with anxiety. I am comfortable right where I am and can remain in my target range almost instinctively now. Of course I continue to measure every morsel and track everything. I have boosted my exercise, in spite of the fact that I couldn’t walk for most of the month due to a health issue. I’m now working out for at least 45 minutes every day and last week added 2 90 minute yoga classes. I am determined to get to 60 minutes, at least 30 minutes cardio each day.
I cannot say that January was a waste of time, and although it is a struggle, I try to continue to keep my focus. To do that, I have to concentrate on the non-scale benefits I experienced in January.
I am a side sleeper again
My blood pressure numbers are fantastic.
I feel good when I get out of bed in the morning.
I can see my stomach getting smaller.
I can put my shoes on in a normal chair with arms.
I enjoy working out (who is this woman?) because I know how I feel at the end.
I could do some of the yoga poses at the yoga class and know that if I stick with this I will reap the benefits.
I enjoy green smoothie protein drinks sometimes for lunch and making those is as easy as eating out.
Time is going to pass whether I put in the work I know or not. I can pass this time in a productive way, heading toward my goal of good health or I can let time pass me by and return to old habits when I did not feel well most of the time, my sleep was not restful and food was controlling me.
I guess when I put it that way, it’s a no brainer. I will make sure I’m drinking enough water and give it a few more days. It is so much harder to focus without the incentive of the weight loss that I probably can make some adjustments in the calorie range without a meltdown.
I chose The Night Watch for this blog because although it is a painting, everyone in it appears to be moving. So even though the weight on my scale is static, I know that I continue forward to my goal of optimum health.