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My Success Plan for September

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Friday, August 30, 2013

I am ready to make my success plan for September, but first I need to look back at the past few months and acknowledge the things I could have done better leading up to now. Normally I would say "never look back, because you're not going that way." But if you can look back and LEARN from it, then it's a good thing, right?

So looking back, I have to admit that it has been a long time since I had my eating under control. That is the part of this healthy lifestyle that I struggle with the most. I have developed a love for exercise, and I do some sort of workout every single day. But I need to control my fork a little better! I did the 30 Day Shred in July, and I'm proud of myself for that. I built up my strength and stamina, and I'm pleased with that result. But I negated any possible weight loss simply by eating too much. Usually not a LOT too much, but just enough to keep myself in maintenance mode, and that's not where I want to be right now.

When August started, I had big plans to get myself on track...and the month started out pretty good. But after the first week, things went wrong. I started having migraines. I got a backache that wouldn't let up. I just sort of ached all over, really. So I stopped exercising, and I stopped even trying to watch what I ate. The middle of August was basically a free for all! I ate whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted. I sat around most of the time with a heating pad or ice pack. When the backache finally went away, I still sat around. I kept saying to myself "I'll start working out again tomorrow." Tomorrow would come, and I'd say it again.

Even though I don't weigh myself, I could tell that I'd gained weight. I estimate at least 10 lbs, based on how my clothes feel. To have lost 71 lbs only to gain back 10 lbs so quickly...that was scary! And depressing. I never thought of giving up, but I was having a really rough time getting started again.

What worked for me was to blog about it. Just publicly admitting that I was off track and gaining weight really seemed to help. I wasn't being hard on myself or beating myself up over it. I was just making myself accountable, and that was the first step towards getting back on track. Today is day EIGHT of my re-start, and so far so good! It wasn't easy to start over again, to be honest. The extra 10 lbs or so that I've put on, combined with almost 3 weeks of inactivity, really made a difference when I started to workout again! I discovered I'd lost some of my strength and endurance, and that made me sad. It also made me determined to get them back!

So for the past 8 days, I have been working out again, and I have also finally gotten my eating on track. I have been staying within my calorie range, and I have not had any junk food. As the days go by, I crave it less and less. This morning I woke up craving a nectarine! I'm going to end August much better than I started it, and I'm going to try to keep doing my best in September.

So for September, I will try to continue eating as healthy as possible, and to stay within my calorie range. My September workouts are these;

And of course, I'll be continuing my DDP Yoga!

I hope you have a great September success plan set up too! If you've gotten off track and taken some steps backwards the way I did, turn around! Don't keep going the wrong way. It's never too late to make a fresh start. Remember, you are always worth your BEST effort!

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