Did I do enough this week?
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I haven't felt the need to blog lately, there's really been nothing interesting to report. I'm finding myself bored with any of the exercise routines that have been available to me and I know from past experience what happens when I don't feel motivated to exercise. The early-morning darkness, rain and cooler temperatures have kept me from riding my bike (biking is the exercise I look forward to doing) and none of my Wii programs interest me. I know there are new games coming out during the next several weeks but I'm going to have to wait a bit longer for some reviews so I know which one to buy: I can't buy them all at once!
I was trying to clean a closet this week and I found a bunch of videos (tapes and DVD's) from the last time I successfully lost weight and failed to keep it off. I decided to take a Wii-free week and try out some of the old exercise videos.
The videos were OK (and kind of fun) but I didn't get the calorie burn that I'm accustomed to. I reduced the amount I was eating to balance it out and what I took to work for lunch this week was what I would normally eat at dinner and then I ate my normal lunch choice in the evening.
I bought a cheap pedometer and have become more aware of how much I walk. We had a couple of nice fall days during the week and I walked more in the hope of adding burned calories to my reduced exercise routines.
So now it's Saturday, my day to analyze what I did last week and what I'm going to do for the next week. My weight loss has been consistent for a couple of months now at about 1 pound per week. Of course, I wish for more but this is a reasonable and realistic amount. I decided I was going to change my SparkPage from "what have I done today to make me feel proud" (an easy question!!) to "changing my life a pound at a time." And then it was time to get on the scale. Did I do enough this week? Would I see any loss?
Wait a minute, what does the scale say? What was my weight last week?? 3 pounds down?? I checked it 3 times to be sure it wasn't a fluke. No fluke. I realize now that I did exactly what I've learned to do. I changed my exercise habits and my eating to trip up my body which had come to expect certain things. I've been waiting patiently for a week with more than a one pound weight loss and it is to be savored!! I am very proud of myself.
So what will I do next week? I'm going back to the Wii; I missed My Fitness Coach and EA Sports Active and I will patiently wait for reviews of the new games so I can buy something to add to the collection. My videos are in a more noticeable location now so when I get ready to exercise and nothing interests me, I'll have a new resource to work with.
And I guess I can leave "what have I done today to make me feel proud" on my SparkPage; it's my favorite question to answer!