I was really hoping to post a weight loss this week – however, looking at my current weight that is not possible. I feel a little embarrassed because 1. I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight and 2. I write this blog and look at myself as a role model to all of you looking for answers and motivation. However, I don’t want to get to down on myself because I also feel this is a way for you to see that I am human and, just like many of you, I struggle with this weight loss thing.
Here are my current stats. Sorry for the bad pic – I use my iPhone and I am in my basement so the lighting is bad.
Even though I gained .5 pounds last week I would not say that it was a total wash. I really focused on making exercise a part of my routine, My goal was to work out Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Happy to say I worked out each of those days except Sunday. Sunday was my husbands birthday party and without getting into too many excuses on why I did not work out that day I will just say it did not happen. What I found to be really helpful was to actually assigned exercise to a day, get my clothes and sneakers ready the night before, and set my alarm and actually get on my treadmill. In my experience, getting on the treadmill is the hardest part because once I am running I feel great!
Another lesson learned is everyday counts. It is really easy to do well all week tracking food and exercising but if you slack on the weekends it doesn’t take much to undo the work you did throughout the week. This is what happened to me. I was very focused Monday – Friday then Saturday – Monday I definitely went off track as I prepared food for my husband’s party. That continued as I ate my fair share at the party and in snacking the next day. I didn’t go hog wild but I knew the extra pieces of cheese and dip were not going to do me any good on the scale this morning.
Now I am not saying that we shouldn’t enjoy ourselves at parties or just hanging out on the weekend but we do need to be aware of the extra snacking that comes along with preparing for a party as well as the leftovers. I guess the take away message is small bites add up.
One thing is for sure and that is I am not going to give up – I will never give up. The power to change is in my hands. I call the shots when it comes to the food I eat and when I work out. Therefore, when I lose weight or gain I have no one to thank or blame but myself.
This week I will continue to focus on exercise because I really want that to become part of my natural routine. I want to get to a point where I just wake up and exercise without thinking too much about it. Also, a reader last week suggested that I try to fit in some strength training (along with my cardio) to build lean muscle. The more lean muscle we have the better our bodies are at burning calories throughout the day. Plus, it gives our bodies definition which is something I need.
There you go – my week at a glance. Hope you found it helpful.
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I have to say I am also incredibly motivated every week with reading all your comments.