Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I have to face it; I'm struggling. I haven't lost complete control of my habits, but I'm not making any progress either. I keep telling myself that I want to lose five more pounds, but in reality I know I'm not doing enough to make it happen.
My new job is going wonderfully well, but I am exhausted at the end of the day and have started skipping more workouts than usual. I haven't done a good job of switching my exercise time to the mornings so now, I'm working out about twice or three times a week and it's not at the intensity level that I need to lose the weight.
In January, I cut out carbohydrates and dropped 7 pounds, but they quickly returned once I started consuming carbs again. I know there's a disconnect between what I NEED to do and what's actually happening. The good news is that I haven't regained the 50 pounds I initially lost. June will represent eight months of "maintenance." That's a good thing. Still, I need to regain the focus that I had last year at this time.
Class reunion-wise, June and July is all the time I have left. I leave for my reunion in mid-August. Maybe I won't lose 15 pounds by then, but I sure could lose 10--if I work hard at it. The question is--am I willing to make the changes? The formula for taking the weight off is simple; one hour of exercise five days a week, including two days of weight training and three days of vigorous aerobic activity. No more than 1500 calories a day, including five servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and few processed foods. Also, all eating and exercise is recorded on SP.
In reality, I believe I'm getting in 2-3 moderate intensity walks a week, about 1700-2300 calories a day, including 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables. And no food/exercise diary. Maybe log in 4x a week and spin the SP wheel.
Somehow, I need to bring back the pain of overweight. Without a good kick in the pants, this summer will slide by and I won't be any slimmer.