Sunday, February 09, 2014
I am so happy that I prepared myself yesterday for today's weigh in. I rolled out of bed, still in a half state of sleep and stumbled to the bathroom. The scale loomed in front of me on the floor. A deep breath filled my lungs and thrust out my chest. Releasing the air through my mouth, my chest fell and my head dropped with it. A moment of serenity hit as I stepped my first foot onto the scale. My second followed, and I watched as the scale climbed it's way up.
SW: Feb 2 -- 204.0 lbs
CW: Feb 9 -- 201.4 lbs
I had a 2.6 lbs loss this week! Almost exactly the numbers I was looking for. Still, as excited as I am, it is not too excited to do what I need to do. I am so happy with my progress because I am inches from one-derland once again!
I have decided to up the ante by making myself a deal. Last week, I stopped in at Sephora to sample some weightless foundations and a different BB cream from what I currently use. I LOVE the other BB cream, but I still have about 3 months supply of my old favorite. Thus, I couldn't see any valid reason in purchasing the new stuff other than I simply wanted it.
DEAL: once I hit one-derland, I will splurge and buy a bottle of the new stuff
Saturday, February 08, 2014
By the end of the day today, one week will officially be down. I jump back on the scale tomorrow, and I must admit, I have my reservations. Ultimately, the weigh-in can go one of three ways.
1) The Ideal Weigh -- when I step on the scale, I will be delighted with a wonderful 2 pound loss. This is what I am shooting for, and nothing would make me happier than to reach this goal.
2) The Bad Low -- I will see either less than a 1 pound loss. Or, equally horrific, a gain! This will harmful to my motivation for sure. But, in preparing myself today, I must bear in mind that all the work I have been doing has not been high on the cardio, but working on the muscles. If I have a low loss or even some weight gain, it will most likely be due to muscle weight gain. I must celebrate that no matter how hard it is to see the scale go up.
3) The Bad High -- Some may be ecstatic to see a 4 or 5 pound weight loss. I, however, know myself too well. A high number will affect my psyche in a way that I will get too excited and start thinking, "I got this!" With that thinking, I know I will unconsciously ease up the next week.
Thus, I need to prepare myself for these three situations before the morning. I think I shall set aside 30 minutes of time tomorrow to plan out a way to cope -- I love the idea of having a workout or goal calendar where I put stickers when I meet my goal. If I hang it where I see it all the time, the daily visual may help not only as a reminder but also as a motivator.
Perhaps focusing my mind on my next week by artistically creating something to keep my motivation up will be the key to getting through this weigh-in emotionally in tact.
Friday, February 07, 2014
Today, I tried Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds for a 2 mile brisk walk. It is still only moderate intensity stuff, but it was so nice to vary what I'm doing a bit. I haven't focused on intense workouts yet, and it has only been a week. But I am excited that I can already feel a change!!
I've been making a conscious effort to take the stairs when I am on campus. This may not seem like a lot, but since I have been teaching, I have been wearing relatively high heels for my professional look. Thus, with my tote of supplies, as well as my bag (yes, I am one of those who carry a large purse loaded with all kinds of crap), I frequently used the elevator. It is muchharder to do stairs in heels when weighted down so much! Also, it can be embarrassing to hit class all winded and breathless. So, since the beginning of last semester, it has been the elevator for me.
In the beginning of February, I decided it was time to break the habit. I walk up the stairs on the opposite end of the floor from my classroom so that I can catch my breath as I walk the hallway. Today, I noticed a distinct change in my breathing. It was so much easier to climb them today!
Taking the stairs all week, along with all the squats and workouts I have done so far, hasn't made a huge difference... I still get winded. But it has already gotten easier. This is going to be a Fabulous February!!
Thursday, February 06, 2014
I knew it was going to be like this. Life has not thrown me any unexpected curves. Yet, no matter how much I prep myself mentally, I still struggle with finding the time to take care of myself.
I haven't broken my streak, nor let my team down by skipping a workout yet. But these past few days have been killers. When do I find the time to go over/prepare my lectures, do my own homework, attend meetings, eat, sleep, etc. etc. etc. Adding in time to workout seems like an impossibility.
I must say that I have not progressed to amping up my routine yet. I am still working at a moderate to low intensity (I keep to the low side on nights I get home at 8p and have to squeeze in a workout before bed). But, I am still working out.
I am trying hard not to be too disappointed in myself because I know I shouldn't be. I am making an effort, after all. I just have to keep reiterating the fact that even a low calorie burn is better than a no calorie burn!
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I finally hit the first day in the week that it is a challenge to squeeze in a workout. The moment I wake up on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I get ready for work and leave by a quarter to seven. I don't return home until eight o'clock at night. The long days don't bother me much, but where do I get in my 30 minutes?
I tried waking up early this morning, but it didn't work out. I was just too exhausted. I have a little break that I could use to workout some, but now way to do so (I work in a dress, 3 inch heels, and have no access to change or freshen up afterwards). Thus, I would normally just skip a day.
However, I can't let my good team down. We are competing in a challenge in which we all must do 30 minutes of work out each and every day. I know they say never to work out late in the evening, but I think I am going to have to toss that advice until I hit a point in which I can wake up extra early to do it first thing.
Hopefully, that time will come soon.
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