Starting over isn't easy

Thursday, January 24, 2013

If I'm really serious about losing these annoying 15 lbs and getting back in shape I have to finally commit to starting over again. And making that commitment means holding myself accountable and actually keeping track of whatever it is I'm doing.

My whole routine has become so loose and all over the place. Some days I only eat one actual meal but lots of snacks, other days I'll have 3 meals that are probably too large in the portion department. I've been eating out too often (not fast food but restaurants which is just as bad sometimes) and eating too many sweets in between and after meals. On top of that, my workout regimen is completely non-existent and I can't even remember when the last time was that I actually had any type of regular workout schedule. I walk all the time (on average 40 minutes to an hour at least 6 days a week) but that still doesn't take the place of heart pumping, muscle toning workouts.

I desperately need structure again. I need to make somewhat of a plan and try to follow through. Some key things that have always helped me in the past and that I know will help me again are:

-Working out. Plain and simple I need to exercise again. Completing a 40 minute workout DVD 3-5 days a week really isn't a lot to ask of myself.

-Stocking up on healthy snacks. KEEP TRACK of whatever sweets and less healthy snacks I do eat.

-Counting calories and pre-planning meals as often as possible

That's it. Seems so simple and in theory it really is. But getting back into those simple little habits when they're no longer habitual is a pain in the a$$ to be perfectly honest. However I know whenever I do get back into more of a structured routine, I will feel so good about myself, and that of course will make it well worth the aggravation and cranky mood swings I may be experiencing in the beginning.

I just completed Turbo Jam Cardio Party. The 40 minute workout I used to frequently break a sweat to, but would still energetically complete start to finish. Today I had to stop several times to catch my breath or wait for the cramps in my sides to dissipate. My arms and legs felt clumsy and heavy when I remember I used to feel so athletic and almost graceful doing certain moves. I'm not surprised considering it's been well over a year since I've used this DVD. But it's a bit of a wakeup call because I know how out of shape I've gotten and how I need to get back on track. At least I completed the workout beginning to end, but I'm eager to get back to where I used to be. I'm pretty sure if I stick with it it actually won't take me very long to struggle a lot less than I did today.
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    Yea! For you. Hope this finds you still sparking
    799 days ago
    Good luck at your reboot! I just started again, and had to hunt down your profile because your story is super, super inspirational.

    You're gonna kick some butt!
    2940 days ago
  • KIM_22
    I know this is an older blog, but wanted to say I'm right there with you! I've got 15 pesky pounds to take off. Started fresh this week and so far so good (go me!). Best thing is that I think I've finally (knock on wood) found a plan that will work for me. It's gonna be hard work, "but nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort". Cheers to us! This will be our year :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    2953 days ago
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    I know what you mean. I've gone thru phases where I don't track my food and it's always such a PITA to start back up again! hope all is well with you :-)
    2962 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13446069
    This was really great for me to read because I'm just starting back in with stringing all the healthy habits together since right before 1st of New Year after 15 years off, more or less. I need to give myself the credit for keeping with the commitment I want to shape my life in healthy ways and part of that is not self-downing when I'm less than perfect! It's good to see that those of us who have met major milestones still need the mental maintenance. I might as well get over thinking "I'm finished" at jump. Thanks to your sharing, I'm going to really work at building in that thinking. I already know I have "persisting through discomfort" (whether physical, mental, social etc challenge) so I want to really get through that/have it stick as a life lesson that changes me for the better. emoticon
    3061 days ago
    You can do it!
    Its human to have setbacks, but we all just have to get back on track and remember how good it feels to be healthy and full of energy - huggies!
    3065 days ago
    With you! Both on the need to get back into a schedule and on re-removing an unwanted 15 lbs.

    3066 days ago
    Though you cannot go back and start again, you can start from now and have a brand new end. - Unknown emoticon
    3066 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4516954
    You'll get there..we all fall down sometimes.
    3066 days ago
    I know the feeling all too well. But I gained back 48 pounds :( and I really am starting all over. I am also doing TJ and Im going to Zumba a couple days a week :) we can do this!
    3066 days ago
    I gotta say YAY TURBO JAM because she is one of the only workouts I can do for an extended period of time and not get sick of them. Also, I'm glad you mentioned it. Because I just remembered that I have the same one, and I can do it. Yay again.

    I do the 30 minute Fat Blaster one (pink case), and had been doing it for about half a year (last year when I was doing so well with weight loss) and it's like you said. I had become almost graceful doing the moves. I felt powerful as I surged from one move to the next. Then I tried to work out for the first time after an 8 month break (in which I gained 53 pounds, oh gawd) and I thought the world was going to end. I was gasping for air, I kept having to stop, my muscles didn't want to move, my body didn't want to listen... I thought for sure I would never get back into it. But here it is, 3 weeks in, and I'm back to feeling more powerful again. It'll take about a week to get back into the groove, but once you do, you will feel so in control and proud of yourself.

    You can do it!
    3066 days ago
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