Sunday, February 08, 2015
Yesterday I had another disappointing weigh in. Overall, I've done well dropping weight since the start of the year, but recording my weekly weigh ins for the 5% challenge forced me to see most of that loss happened before the challenge began (sorry Bears!). I've only lost few pounds in the last 4 weeks. I've been consistently tracking my food, and with the exception of one day per week, I'm staying in my calorie range. I generally eat a balanced diet (fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grain carbs). I struggle to get in protein because I just don't care for the taste, but I eat it. I need to try harder this month to get the protein in but I think I'm doing okay.
What I'm not doing well? Exercise! When I started back in January, I quickly realized I was not ready for most of my old workouts. I was also having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning to exercise before work. I decided it was more important to just get up, dressed, and down to the basement (my workout area) to establish the habit, than it was to focus on working really hard. I've met that goal. Morning exercise feels more like a pattern now. Unfortunately, my "lazy workout" was also becoming a pattern. Who doesn't like easy?!
Standing at a crossroad, I can choose to keep doing what I'm doing or I can choose to get uncomfortable, and start seeing some progress. I choose the harder path. I've got to get uncomfortable to start really seeing changes. Yesterday I pulled out an old interval training workout, completed that, lifted weights and then walked the pups. I felt so good about my accomplishment. Today, I faced Jillian. I tried one of her DVDs (extreme something?) and was about ten minutes in when I realized I was not ready for it. I put in her Blast Fat Boost Metabolism and made it all the way through to the end (I forgot that she lied about it being 40 minutes). Today was the first time I really sweat. I've been telling myself my lack of sweat was due to the basement being cold. Nope. That was my lazy workout. There were several portions of the BFBM DVD where I struggled - mostly when I was doing exercises that involve holding my own weigh with my whimpy arms, but I did as much as I could and jumping from a squat position and doing a scissor kick is just about impossible right now, but I could jump from a squat without the scissor. I feel great that I did it. I'm going for a walk later and while my weight is disappointment this weekend, it's not a reason to give in. I'm not quitting! I've got a long way to go and I'm not going to get there without consistency and effort.
I'm not much blogging, but I want to be able to come back in a few weeks to read this. I want to remember my progress. I have to have something when there is no victory on the scale.