Stepping It Up

Friday, April 25, 2008

Hello, friends!

If you read my last know I've been having some problems with friends. I'm still not sure what's going to happen with that...but I've decided to just take more time for myself and distance myself from the situation.

With my weight loss...I've only lost about 1 pound over the last 2 weeks or so. I consider this to be a good thing. Let me explain...

I can feel that I've hit that point where I really have to exercise more to lose any weight at all. At the beginning...with simply drinking more water and cutting out pop, candy, snacks, and extra meals...I dropped a good two pounds per week. I was about 240 that alone was very effective. I wanted to work on getting my eating under control to begin with. After I got that under control, I added in exercise and started taking walks 2-3 times per week. I started doing strength exercises. (I'm still working on being more consistent with this...but its a process, anyhow) I added in exercise videos and things of that nature.

All of these changes got my metabolism soaring and it was fairly easy to lose the weight once I settled into the routine and realized that it feels much better to eat well, treat myself sparingly, and to exercise.

Now, I've been slacking on the exercise. I've been more reluctant to do it on my own. I need to snap out of it and call it someone else's loss if they'd rather watch television. I'm thinking about finding a consistent exercise partner.

I've got this strange way of looking at exercise. Its strange for me, because I used to avoid it at all costs. Now I want to be a jogger. I still haven't made it out there. I still have that stupid notion that people are going to be staring at me and thinking I'm fat and that I shouldn't even be jogging at all. I plan to snap out of this. Its silly to care what other people are going to think when they probably won't be dwelling on this the way that I have. I need to take my own advice to heart, too.

I'm paying for my lack of exercise with less weight loss than is ideal. I'm sure that if I had lost the weight I wanted to lose while being too lazy to exercise regularly...I would never get into exercise the way I plan to.

I can see why its hard to lose 100 pounds. In some ways it all gets even harder after you've lost a good portion of weight. You can't just rely on good eating after a while. You truly DO have to make this a 5x/week kind of commitment. I thought I might get away with not exercising that much, but I see that I was foolish in thinking that way.

I'm going to start pre-planning my workouts for each week and give myself a nice, fun variety of things to do throughout the week. I've got to make this exercise much MUCH more of a habit. It needs to be as much of a habit as the good eating (usually) is. :)

In short...I'm very happy to be under 200 lbs...but its time to STEP IT UP...or I will NOT lose 60 more pounds. I saw myself in a size 16w tankini the other day (it fit!)...and since I'll be buying a swimsuit in June...I better stop stalling, huh? lol.

I hope you are all doing well. :)
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    You're gonna rock the swimsuit! Keep it up, you can do it!
    4837 days ago
    I was so frustrated and disappointed in myself in the past couple of weeks because of my poor eating. However, I also feel so much better this week because I've been making better food choices. I know what you mean about how tough it is to lose more weight after losing the initial amount. I also need to step it up, and that's why I'm working so hard on minimizing junk food. At this point, every little thing counts. Keep up your great work, and I am certain that you'll continue to get closer to your goals.
    4839 days ago
    Hey girl! It is good to hear from you again! I am so proud of you for realizign what you need to do and doing it.

    Maybe, to make it more fun for exercising, you could reward yourself for being consistent say 3X a week and then upping it more and more. I mean rewards could be as simple as a tube of lipstick, an extra hour to just do whatever you want, whatever you like.

    Sometimes I give myself stickers on a calendar, childish but sometimes effective.

    4839 days ago
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