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Accountability Report -- Week Five

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

There was a time when my modest fitness goal was simply "for my arms not to get worn out from styling my hair." No kidding -- it takes some wrist and upper arm action to pull off a proper blow-out. But really, who's delts burn simply from making the bed?? *raises hand*

Now, just a hair past the halfway point, I'm seeing how my body responds to my daily and weekly choices. I feel like I've hit somewhat of a plateau numbers-wise, but my physical size is plummeting in a way I had not anticipated.

I'm between a size 16 and a size 14. I went down a size in panties. This is big. I was in an 18 in January.

I'm not hitting the weight training like i'd like to, and I'm realizing I actually need to SLEEP and not stay up till 3am for the sake of getting the kitchen clean AND knocking out forty minutes of Zumba.

I know there are some days I'm just plain NOT going to do an evening workout. On the rare days in the week when hubby and I are BOTH off work, we're going to chill, share a meal, watch Duck Dynasty and engage in ANOTHER kind of physical activity. But you can't track THAT :-P

The "challenge" part of the rest of this Spring Shape-Up is going to mainly be...

-- the planning of each meal BEFORE I partake
-- managing my time and energy so's I can be consistent and not crunch
-- break up my workouts into segments (except for those 30+ minute cardio sessions, where keeping that heart rate up for a certain stretch of time really counts)
-- keep the ball rolling through the weekend. 'Cheat' if it puts that craving to bed, but just....once. not all dadgum Saturday, etc.
-- eat what I need, not just what's gonna taste good in my mouth at the time. I don't "deserve" a dessert or need that sweet taste to round off my day.

I deserve to take care of myself and get the thing done. I can't project what I'll look like, but I can aspire for strength, energy, and the endurance to keep this life going. My relationships are better, my stress is down, what anxiety i had appears to have slipped out the back door along with a couple inches off my hips. It's too good to stop, and barring illness or some kind of accident I will NOT start over again.

I know this won't be my last challenge, or my last time interacting with the Spark Community. This has been a great intro to all the motivational support we can offer each other :-)

"E'erbody wanna be skinny.....nobody wanna put the work in!"

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  • STACYT03
    I totally know what you mean on the blow drying!!! Its sometimes hard to hold my arms up so I can blow dry my hair right!! (This is kinda sad when I think about it!!)

    Keep going! emoticon
    1829 days ago
    You're making strides, even if the scale isn't necessarily agreeing with you! But it's great that your physical size is shrinking - keep up the good work. You've identified what challenges you want to tackle the second half of the challenge, I'm sure you're going to great on those!

    1829 days ago
    Great post! I definitely can identify with craving a dessert of some kind "just because" and it's been one of the hardest things to break. It's still a work-in-progress for me, but I'm trying! :)

    Congrats on the results of all your hard work so far!! You're doing great! :)
    1830 days ago
    Congratulations on what you've lost so far, and are sure to continue to lose in the future! More importantly, Congratulations on what you've gained!

    I find that weekends are hard for me because they lack a structured schedule for getting things done. When I make "plans" (they don't always happen as you plan!) I find it easier to remember to stick with everything.

    1830 days ago
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