Thursday, February 28, 2013
I've been pretty honest about struggling with food for the last couple of weeks. I'm kicking myself for the two pounds that I let myself gain last week. It's time I took my own advise.
When friends are struggling I tell them that every day starts at zero. When you wake up in the morning your calorie count is 0, your exercise minutes are 0 and your pounds gained are 0. Every morning is a fresh start and a chance to reset the scale. Today I feel ready to reset my benchmarks and have a fresh start.
I had a great workout this morning. I did 10 minutes on the stair climber (which doesn't sound like a lot but that machine kicks my patooty and it took effort to put in all 10 minutes), 25 minutes on the Arc Trainer and 25 minutes on the elliptical. I also did 3 sets o 12 reps on three different strength training machines. I was drenched in sweat when I was done and the shower felt fantastic.
Food-wise I am within my calorie range for the day, despite the small cheeseburger I had for lunch. I was going to be good but I made the mistake of asking my son where he wanted to go for lunch. He started chanting "hotdog" which meant going to Five Guys Burger and Fries instead of Subway. Personally, I'm just happy he answered the question. Usually the question is met with silence because he's speech delayed so you can see why I felt I had to indulge him! Even with the cheeseburger, when I entered my food for the day, including my plans for dinner, I still have 86 calories to go before hitting my minimum calorie benchmark for the day. (By the way dinner plans include bourbon marinated salmon...yum!)
I have also figured out that part of my struggle could be my PCOS (Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome). People with PCOS are insulin resistant which makes it very difficult to loose weight. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow to discuss going back on medication to help my body manage its insulin. I'm optimistic that it would help me see a better payoff for my hard work. The truth is, despite my missteps with food, I am working out way to hard for my weight loss to be this minimal. I'm doing 60 minutes of cardio four to five days a week with strength training two to three days a week. I think that knowing I have the doctor's appointment tomorrow has contributed to my renewed sense of enthusiasm for my weight loss routine.
So, today started at zero and I'm ready to start over and do this right. The skinny girl inside of me is getting ready to make her grand appearance.