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It's the little things...

Friday, February 01, 2013

I've been kind of quiet here lately, but I've still been plugging along on my journey. I only made it to the gym twice this week. Discouraging, but that's what our schedule allowed...sort of. My husband worked some crazy shifts this week, coming off duty at 7am Monday, but then working a reverse 24 starting 5pm Monday night-5pm Tuesday. Then, he worked his regular shift 7am Wed-7am Thurs...but he didn't get home Thurs til sometime between 2 & 3pm!

I knew I wouldn't make it to the gym Tuesday night as I had planned on going on Wed morning. But, life got in the way, I didn't make it to bed til midnight, I think, on Tues night. I'm also trying to get better sleep, so chose to not get up at 5. See, I should have just seized the moment and gone to the gym Tuesday night and then I could have done something here at home on Wed. But, I didn't. That's ok, lesson learned. If I have the opportunity, jump on it!

I dropped about a 1/2 lb since last weigh in. I'm doing my best to not get discouraged. The scale hasn't moved much at all, but I've been noticing little things.

1. My pants are looser. A month or so ago, I was able to toss the ones I wore back in November when I joined the gym.

2. Increased stamina. I defrosted the freezer last week & hauled about 6 loads of food up from the basement and never got winded! Amazing! What an awesome feeling!

3. I wore my son a couple of weeks ago for the first time since Thanksgiving time and the carrier was LOOSE! I had to tighten it up a bit. That was a good feeling, too.

Last week I spoke with the GM at the gym and he suggested I slow my movements down, so that's my focus for the month of Feb. He says the slower you go (doing weights), the better off you are because you're using every cell to complete the movement. Go faster & you rely on momentum to help you out. Since I started concentrating on that, I've decreased my sets and may decrease my weight. He also said to finish up with cardio and that I should notice some good changes from that as well. So, now, I do 30 minutes on the Arc, whatever weight routine for the day, and finish with 20 minutes on the Arc.

The other thing I've been working on is trying to move more during the day here at home. Being a home school family, I sit a lot with the kids during lessons. I'm going to try to add in some intentional movement to our days and maybe I'll finally see the scale take a dive!

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