Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Allright, so here's the lowdown.
My weight loss, if any, has been moderate lately. That's fine. I did weigh in at 180 this week, but that's probably due to me having a late(ish) breakfast. No stress there.
Where I -should- be stressing is the fact that my exercise has, more or less, taken a nose dive. I've done token things here and there- dancing while doing dishes, doing squats and wall-push-ups while waiting for dinner to cook, and doing arm exercises with weights while I'm working at home- but no real concerted efforts toward weight loss.
Additionally, I haven't exactly been watching my food intake. Granted, I haven't truly tried making many tweaks recently either.. but after tracking for this past week, I did go overcal a couple of days... situations where saying no to 1 cookie, or a muffin, would've helped keep me in control.
Time to reel some things in.
- For fitness, I'm changing up my routine YET AGAIN.
Unlike last year, this year, I cannot seem to make 5:30am my wake-up point. While I can do it if I push myself, I simply cannot make it a commitment to do it regularly. There are various reasons why, and I'm sure in 6+ months, I could probably do it. But, for now, it's not a viable option.
So, what I'm going to do, is this: I'm going to give myself a variable workout plan. Write down on index cards kept in a shuffled pile in my desk. The index cards will have complementary workouts, things like Dancing, Side-Bends, Incline Push-Ups, and Calf Raises/Stretches listed on one, and like..Walking, Lunges, Push-Ups, Crunches, etc. listed on the other. By having the exercises on cards, drawn randomly per day, I keep my routine mixed up and I don't fall into boredom.
The "success" key is: I'm aiming for 120 calories lost per day. If I want to do JUST the Cardio, that's fine- but I should do enough to burn 120 calories. If I want to do JUST the ST, I should do 30 minutes' worth at a moderate pace (no overpushing, but no slacking.) If I want to do a combination of the two, then the numbers are halved. ~60 calories burned via cardio, and 15 minutes ST.
Like most people, I typically record my exercises after they're done, so, while it's easy to make sure I'm on task with the ST, if my cardio is lacking, then I need to be doing something else- and since I typically work right after logging, there's not a lot of freetime to do these things. So, it's simple enough. Walk/run/hop/etc. up and down the stairs, for 5 minutes. No matter how much or little exercise I have left to do, a 5-minute stair jaunt will do me good- just no pausing!
I honestly haven't made too many plans regarding this. I'm doing the 14 day Skinny Mom Blog Challenge, so that'll help for a few days. I also have a few days this month where I plan on going off track (son's birthday + 2 other birthdays/mother's day + visiting relatives,) so I think, overall, I'm going to just keep tracking- make lighter choices when I can, and skimp on the desserts unless it's family celebration.
This weight didn't pile on overnight, and it sure as heck not coming off overnight. But, in time, it will whittle its way off.