Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Isn't that the life of weight loss to some extent.
Some up and down, some period of steadfastness and periods of distraction.
I got to my almost goal weight and then struggled.
Then in my struggle I kept changing it up and got frustrated with the minor ups and downs. Then when I started training for the marathon, I kept that my focus rather than weight loss and just stayed steady.
My exercise diminished by quite a bit after my marathon. Mostly because of hot weather and a frustrating treadmill in a room that doesn't cool down like the rest o the house. As I fell out of my exercise habits, my eating habits went lax too.
Then came the 40th birthday and the holidays and I will admit: I said screw it. 2014 was not a year of loss, but 2015 will be.
So I have rejoined the BLC spark group since BLC was a big help in getting me down to my almost goal weight. And I have readjusted what my goal weight will be.
So up about 20-25 pounds from my almost goal weight, it's time to get the priorities in gear with combining eating right and exercise. For me, both have to happen in order to keep both in check. I rarely keep a long eating right streak if I don't have it combined with the physical effort of intentional exercise. And rarely do I want to exercise if my eating is crap.
Today is the first day of BLC. I didn't splurge yesterday in preparation for it. In fact, I had a great eating day. I did put off running with the dog in the dark and cold since BLC didn't start today. Sadly, my schedule is such that I won't get intentional exercise in today as it has been go, go, go and will be so until 9 o'clock. With an early morning for work tomorrow, I do not plan on night running with the dog tonight either. But tomorrow I have no excuses....time to get some strength training in for my Scarlet Seals challenge as well as get the dog run (Seriously, she eats toys and clothes if she doesn't get some energy burnt off!)
Eating. I'm a low carber in general. I'm not staunch about it but have to be careful with carbs as those are things I tend to overeat on, or eat carbs that are just junk food. That said, I have found new new vegetables to try and love. My hubby is a sugar addict and has been told to cut that out by his doc, so he is more aware of his carbs as well. This also goes in hand for our plan for January - no eating out just because. We will eat out for specific events (my Office Christmas party happened, my hubby's birthday) but no eating out simply because we didn't take the time to plan a meal to eat for ease. This will help both the budget and the waistline - I hope! I specifically want to try to get more protein going on.
Fitness: I enjoy running most of the time. I plan to get more dog running in, even at times I wouldn't normally- such as in the dark! Or early morning! I need to find a half marathon to train for, not for a PR time, but just to get done. I'd like to have 3 or 4 half marathons done this year. My pace has taken a hit and I want to work on just keeping a comfortable enjoyable pace this year. Next year I can work on PR's again. I also desperately need to include strength training. I loved Crossfit but my budget did not. Given schedule issues, it wasn't worth the monthly fee. I enjoy group classes (who knew?) but small children and school schedules are making that hard. Maybe I can plan for that this summer? Meanwhile BLC Scarlet Seals has given me a schedule to try my hand at.
If I wasn't a DVD junkie, I'd buy another Beachbody video as they do a good job of getting ST in.
Anyway, I'm back and as expected - back with a gain. But hey, it gives me the chance to reconnect and lose! Looking forward to this adventure!