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Hitting a wall, FitBit challenge update

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hi guys. Sorry I haven't written an update in a while. I had no internet and then I did but my new position at work really saps my energy. I really love it but creatively it takes a lot more out of me than my other position. That in itself has been a challenge because I'm tired and sometimes don't prepare my snacks or plan for dinner.

Good news first...I've lost 25 pounds!!!! My clothes finally fit better and my face even looks thinner to me. Woot.

However, I've hit a wall physically and maybe mentally. I've been so exhausted last and this week. According to Spark I've got a 20-week exercise streak. I can honestly say until last week there was not a week I wasn't motivated. I've loved every minute of my exercise. It's been fun.

I don't know what happened. I don't know if I'm just worn out with my new job. I don't know if I'm bored. I don't know if I'm depressed. I don't know if I'm fatigued. I don't know if it's the cold weather. I just don't know and have no idea what I'm going to do at this point.

I've managed to stay on track with this FitBit challenge at work. I've finished in the top 10 every single week but I'll be glad when it's over next week so I can move on to something else. I'll keep aiming for 10,000 steps but I want to start swimming and doing more weight training. It's hard when you have to focus on just one type of exercise. Maybe that's my problem.

People have been dropping out of the competition like flies either because of injuries or loss of motivation. One woman was even literally knocked out of the competition. She was going for a walk during her lunch break and she was crossing a side street. Some crazy lady with no driver's licence and an oxygen tank plowed into her. Gave her a concussion and broke her leg. So terrible!

I'm looking forward to the holidays but realized it's going to be a real challenge to lose weight. It's not the food but the booze. I come from a boozy family and I have boozy friends. I mean nobody gets belligerently drunk but alcohol is a part of most of our celebrations. It only takes a few drinks to throw me off course and I'm terrible at abstaining in festive environments. Wish me luck in resisting.

I'm going to post another blog with a few photos from my walks. (Did I mention taking photos during my walks has become a new hobby?)

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    Congrats on the 25 pounds!!! That's awesome!!
    1256 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    25 lbs down is great! Congratulations!

    I think that fitbit challenge sounds exhausting. I do try to make my 10,000 steps a day, but some days (zumba days especially) I get closer to 15,000 and non-exercise days I get less than 10,000. I figure it all averages out in the end and I'm fine with that. Adding in some different exercises can only help.

    I hope the new job doesn't keep running you dry though - I hope you find your balance soon.
    1257 days ago
    Congrats on the new job! Hopefully your schedule settles out for you a little.

    I can understand your anticipation of the step challenge ending. Ours only lasted one month, but I was glad to see it end. I actually loved doing it, but it was hard to be forced to focus strictly on steps in any form ruling out some of my favorite workouts.

    It seems like we do occasionally hit a slump in motivation. I am not entirely sure how to get out of it though. Just don't let it derail you. And I say this from personal experience of the worst kind. It seems like one skipped workout quickly leads to 2 and then 10 and then you are hating yourself for letting it happen.

    Love that you take photos on your walks! That is so much fun!

    1257 days ago
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