Friday, May 10, 2013

After All That...

I STILL gained this week! Blarg.  You know what though?  I didn't work out, and honestly, I could have done way better in the eating department.  So, keep on keepin' on.  Yesterday and today?  I've been eating well.  The weather was AMAZING last night, so my girlfriends and I took a walk around Lakewood Park- if you live in the Cleveland area and have never been- you HAVE to go.  It's one of the best views of downtown I've ever seen.  It's right on the lake.  It's beautiful. 

One of the braintrusts in my ladies group had a genius idea last night- Ladies Night Bootcamp!  I've mentioned before that I get together a few times a month with a group of my lady friends for dinner/ wine/ boardgames/ movies- and for some reason, we've never worked out together!  We have some certified workout buffs in the group, so we're going to be taking turns making up a class and teaching it to the others.  We're starting out next week with a bootcamp routine, but we have talked about cross fit, yoga, greek dancing, and much to my chagrin, running.  A few girls in the group have completed marathons and are really into running, so I might be *sick* that week.  Or I guess I could try :)  Not to mention, there are several of us getting married within the upcoming few months, so we're all really trying to whip ourselves into wedding shape. 

So, while it was an up week on the scale, I am ending this week feeling good about what's to come.  Maybe my friends can help get me through this plateau!

This week: +.6 lbs
Total 2013: -8.8 lbs

Friday, May 3, 2013

Recommitting To My Goals, Part 5

Buster "Putting it on the line" Sweigard
Step Five:  Put it all out on the line.

Don't just talk about it, commit to it- put your money where your mouth is.  I've done that in some respects by joing the bootcamp class Im currently in, although my pass runs out at the end of this month.  This weekend I will research a new class that I can go to after this one.  I'm into changing up the routine every few months, so it doesn't get stagnant and boring.  I definitly feel that paying for some sort of class keeps me going, so I can get my money's worth.

Here's to making it through the weekend and tracking everything.

Also- I've moved my weigh in day back to Fridays.  It's been a few weeks, and although I'm down from last week, I didn't post my weigh in last week, so I'll just do a total this week and get back to the week to week differences next week.  I'm still up from my last weigh in, but I also know I've gained some muscle, so that's exciting!  Still, it's a 1.8 lb gain since last weigh in on here.  Blarg!  Here's to keeping positive over the weekend!

Total 2013: -9.4 lbs

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Recommitting To My Goals, Part 4

Step 4: Think About It

Take some time to really think about not only how you'll accomplish this goal, but how you'll feel once you do.  I know from prior experiences that when I've reached the weight loss goal, I suddenly feel like I've physiologically changed- like my body doesn't handle food the way that it ACTUALLY does.  Which is why I always gain the weight back.  This time I have to be mindful when I get to my goal that I'll still need to be keeping track of food, and keep active.  I'll have to not go on a free-for-all. 

How will I feel when I get to my goal?  Amazing.  I'll probably even buy myself some new clothes.  But I'm going to try to keep it on the forefront of my mind, and while I'm buying new clothes, I'll make a mindful effort to not tack on an ice cream cone while I'm shopping. 

Mindful and moderation.  That's the name of the game.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Recommitting To My Goals, Part 3

Tallboy, Bubs, my niece Emaline, and me
Step Three:  Know your reasons why.

Short term: wedding.  It's even hard to admit that I'm doing this just for one day, because I know for a lot of people (including me), once that day is past, you kind of revert back to whatever it is you were before you started on this 'wedding diet.'  So, that is ONLY my short term goal for weight loss.

Long term: health.  First and foremost, I want to be healthy so I don't have to deal with all the health problems that come along with excess weight.  But there are so many other reasons, like: Love.  Love with a capital 'L.'  I'm getting married, so I want to be in shape for my Husband, and we can live a long, full life.  After a while, we'll probably have kids.  I'd like to be able to keep up with them, and teach them how to live a healthy life too.  Looks?  Sure, I'd like to look nice and feel comfortable in my skin.  Learn to love myself in the mirror, not just the 'me' in my head.  Loving yourself in the mirror is not about achieveing the perfect body, it's about loving the things that are uniquely 'you.'  I just would like to get in shape and eat healthy, so I don't have to go about this 'I need to lose 20 lbs' every few years.  It's about getting healthy now so I don't have 80 lbs to lose in 30 years.

What are your reasons?