Summer Successes and Challenges
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Two months without a blog? You can tell my work laptop was turned in for the summer! Here's what's new:
1. Lots of fun with my family, including an adventure trip across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota ending at Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Lots of hiking to stay fit on the trip and such a great bonding experience with the kids (ages 11 and 9) and hubby.
2. Xperience Fitness membership. My daughter's dance team practices at Xperience every Sunday so they can use the mirrors while dancing. Since I'm already driving her there, it made sense to pay the $20 per month membership fee. That's only $5 a workout if I only go once a week! However, I've gone to a couple of classes as well, getting out of my comfort zone and finding some new muscles to work. Soreness? Yes! Worth it? Yes!
3. Avoiding the scale. For too long, I've been sitting at the same weight -- and it's demoralizing. So I'm done. I'm not getting on the scale until I'm happy with all my habits and the way my clothes fit. I refuse to let the number that taught me in digital red ruin my day.
4. Activity: I've returned to my habit of exercising at least 4 days a week. Success! In fact, I'm planning to hit 1000 fitness minutes for July. It's not easy...but it's so motivating to me to be this close.
No, it hasn't been all springtime roses. I overeat, binge, sit on the couch with chips, get defeated, get depressed, get angry at myself, etc. It's a constant cycle with me, one that I'm trying to control every day. But I'm not letting my challenges control me, and therefore I will not even list them here. Just know that it's just as hard for me to turn down "naughty" food, trim down portions, and find time and energy to work out as it is for you. It's damn hard. But I really want -- really need -- this change to happen. I can't start another school year with the extra weight. I can't. And I won't.
(Side note: I biked to school yesterday to work in my classroom. Yes, I was wearing bike shorts, but I didn't expect anyone besides my co-teachers to be there. After I greeted my 27-year-old co-teacher, she said to me, "I love you, but your ass is huge in those shorts." My response was simply to look her right in the face, pause deliberately, say "Wow," and walk out of the room. Later she said it was a compliment. Seriously?? I can't believe how hurtful some people can be.)