Patience: the hardest part of weight loss.
Friday, July 26, 2013
So I'm having to scale back my activity a tad, and find some lower-impact workouts to do in between running days since my knees are SCREAMING at me to let them rest. I think 6 days a week is too much, and I'm revising my program of Half Marathon training to just 3 days a week of running my allotted time, and then finishing up the distance requirement with walking. Maybe when I get a treadmill at home I can add in extra walking, but right now it's just too much. I love running too much to give it up, so scaling back should fix the problem for now. I'm going to miss being outside by myself every day, though.
I got on the scale this morning for no really good reason other than idle curiosity and was frustrated to see that I wasn't at my goal weight for Monday. (I REALLY want the prize I'm awarding myself for 145 pounds!!!) I can fluctuate about 4 pounds either way, so it's not an issue, but it made me realize that the hardest part of trying to lose weight isn't the exercise, or cutting out pound cake, or drinking 4 ounces of wine instead of 12. It's having PATIENCE and understanding and accepting the slow passage of time, and with it the passing of each five pounds.
It helps when you have a project goal -- like the C25K -- because you can look at the schedule and say "By the end of this program, I will have lost about 9 pounds!" Or "By the time I take the ACE test, I will be at my goal weight!" It's just so hard to see that far into the future :)
The first 6-8 weeks of this program seemed to go the fastest. It was like I woke up one morning and I was 8 pounds lighter! I'm still managing to lose at least a pound a week, but it's just not a particularly linear process. One week I'll have lost nothing, another week I'll have "gained" a pound, then the next week, I'll have lost 3. The smart approach would be to only weigh once a month, but I'm way too antsy to do that.
That Pilates workout I did is still killing me -- I can still feel it in my psoas and transverse abdominals. It was supposed to be a dance exercise, strengthening me for floor work, but I think I might add that in once a week to my fitness. Maybe a short cardio, then a focus on resistance training and muscle building -- instead of the hour walk.