Monday, January 20, 2014
I definitely took a vacation from my healthy lifestyle during the holidays. I had a lot of great excuses not to exercise or track my food or even check in with SparkCoach. When January rolled around, my clothes were tight, my tummy looked like a ball and my energy level was down.
I stepped on the scale at one point and I had gained weight. It had been a hard fight to lose those pounds the first time around! I was disappointed, but oddly enough, I wasn't discouraged. My coworker, who began her trek back to healthy several months before I did, calmly told me "You got this. You know what to do, so just do it!"
I got back into the habit of tracking my food everyday, which is a huge help to me. I adjusted my caloric intake and my fitness goals to a more realistic number. The lower calorie goal has really done the trick and the pounds seem to be melting off. I am two pounds away from where I was before the holidays.
I am exercising regularly again and have finally pushed myself to do some type of activity, even if I have an injury or illness. For extra motivation, I joined an exercise/weight loss challenge, the 2014 Winter 5% Challenge. The ladies participating in the challenge are awesome! I am part of a wonderful and engaging team - it is incredibly encouraging and motivating to have a shared goal and support one another.
As I look at the calendar and see it is nearly 4 weeks into the New Year, I am happy to say 2014 is shaping up to be a great year!