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Day 64: Stuck at 11 Lbs Off; But Joined a New Gym and Got Mom to Join, Too!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Today is Day 64 of the year. I'm discouraged that I've only lost 11 lbs in 2 months. Losing my mojo, so to speak. Tonight I had spaghetti and an ice cream sundae for dinner.

And I didn't exercise all weekend, because I just didn't feel like it. And I recognize that THOSE aren't the words of a DETERMINED loser; those are the words of someone who's white-knuckling it through based on emotions. I don't want to be one of those anymore. I just want to DO IT because it's what I decided to do, and my mind is stronger than my emotions.

Anyway, I *did* get myself to a new gym about 5 minutes from my house this weekend, and I bought a 10-visit punch card so I can try it out. Part of my loss of enthusiasm I think is that I need to work out more/harder in order to keep losing. And 10-15 minutes/day on my recumbent isn't cutting it.

I'm one of those people who's inspired by being in the presence of others who are working out. The new gym is good because it's new--it won't be the same old place I've gone to for the past several years of yo-yo'ing up and down. Change is good, right?

One very cool thing about it is that I was also able to talk my 78.5-year-old mother into joining with me! She has arthritis in her back, shoulders, arms, etc, and is in a fair amount of pain on a daily basis, plus she's 4'11" and weighs 200 lbs.

I have to drive by Mom's house on my way to the new place. So I can stop by and pick her up, and we'll go together.

I'm excited to do it with her. :-)
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    That is great that you have lost 11 pounds in two months-be proud. Just think if you lost 11 pounds every two months, you will be 66 pounds lighter in a year-and that's got to be good !!
    That is neat that you went to the gym and took your mum. Although at her age and weight and with the arthritis she will need to take it easy. But the gym workers will know what exercises will be good for her.
    Keep up the great work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2282 days ago
    I know when the numbers don't meet your expectations, it can be hard, but 11 pounds is awesome!!! The spaghetti and sundae is just a hiccup in your journey, as long as it's not becoming your norm, then it's all good. I have the same problem with sweets and feel when I don't do so well, then I might as well go ahead and eat a cupcake...I do this more than I care to admit, but I am trying to ween myself from this destructive behavior.

    I think it's great that you're bringing your mom out to the gym with you! Wish I could get mine to do the same. emoticon
    2300 days ago
    AWESOME but a word of caution make sure your mum tells them all and starts slow. I have severe arthritis in my back and knees, and a physio employed by workers comp, made me do certain exercises, even though I said they hurt, she said yea but will get better. Now my knees are worse and dr said yea could be that! so take care but awesome all the same!!!
    2301 days ago
    11 pounds is nothing to be sad about, that is SO great! I know you want it all off right now, but be you need to be proud of EVERY pound that comes off, you worked hard for it. Keep going!
    2301 days ago
    You;re doing great - everyone plateaus! You just need to set yourself a new goal that doesn't have anything to do with weight loss - like logging 25 miles on the bike - then give yourself a non-food reward, like a new book or movie. Keep mixing it up with the goals, but you're actually doing great!
    2301 days ago
    Good for you! I hope you and your mom really enjoy the new gym. There is a mom daughter team that comes to my gym. The daughter is about 60 I would guess and she sets her mom up on each machine and then she does her workout on an adjoining machine. A thought for you is to make a list of goals at the beginning of each week and then follow up at the end of the week to see how you did. I agree 15 minutes is not enough on your recumbent. Why don't you extend that by 5 minutes each time you get on till you are doing a minimum of 30 minutes. After a while the 30 minutes will not seem hard. Then revisit your thinking on weight loss. 5 lbs a month is a very reasonable amount of weight to lose if you want to keep the wight off. Losing faster than that means you are on a "diet". A "diet" is evil it is unsustainable. You do not want to yo-yo. You want to develop a lifestyle that you can continue for the long haul. Good Luck! emoticon
    2301 days ago
  • GINA180847
    I really love that you got your Mom to join you. I am dying to hear how she does. The gym staff should set up a program for each of you to be appropriate for each of your needs.
    2301 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    Don't let this weekend be the event the derails the progress. 11 pounds is HUGE! I think you're right about the gym/exercise factor - shock your body into metabolic drive and you'll be happy one month from now!

    Keep up the good work!
    2301 days ago
    It sounds like you are on the right tack! We all have our bad days but 11 pounds is something to be proud of! A loss is a loss and slow and steady is a healthy way to lose it! Great job encouraging your mom to go with you to the gym! emoticon
    2301 days ago
  • XRSIZE18
    :) Good for you, being a motivator. Just know that you can do this. You've proven it to yourself over and over again, so don't let any negative self-talk creep in. You know how to do this. You've got this!
    2301 days ago
    Hi GR8, I "liked" your blog.... you started out down on yourself and then you just talked yourself into positivity and good feelings. That's wonderful that you were able to convince your Mom to go--you sound like you're gonna make a great team to inspire and encourage each other. emoticon emoticon
    2301 days ago
    11 is pretty good but I can understand how you'd be disappointed. But if you keep that same track record then at the end of 2012 you would be 66lbs lighter. I'm sure you didn't lose 66lbs last year. But if you do want more you already stated what you know you need to do.
    Great job in recognizing you do better being able to see others working out. I hope it's all you want/need to kick it up a notch. Great job getting your mom going too.

    2301 days ago
    11 lbs in 2 months is amazing!! I was lucky to have a 4 or 6 lb loss month some months. That averages 5.5 lbs per month, which isn't even maintaining but losing.! Be proud of that :) Joining a gym is an excellent step in hopefully helping increase the weight-loss lbs per month emoticon emoticon I, too, am inspired by being around other fit, like-minded people at the gym.
    2301 days ago
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