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Weigh-In Nos. 5 and 6

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272.6 (01/05/15)
272.5 (07/06/15)

Last week was crazy, so I didn’t get a chance to blog. By some miracle, I haven’t gained any weight over the past week or so. I haven’t been eating as well as I’d like, but this time, it’s just a matter of eating whatever everyone else is having, as opposed to taking the initiative to buy unhealthy food.

This is real life. I won’t always have time to go to the gym, and I won’t eat perfectly every day, but the important thing is to not turn back. Usually, at this stage, I give up entirely. I believe I’m surprising myself.

One day at a time…

Weigh-In No. 4

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272.5 (25/05/15)
Previous weight: 274

Numbers aside, I’m starting to see a difference in the size of my stomcach. I doubt it’s obvious to others around me, but it’s progress. I’m also trying to go to the gym more often, but I haven’t really been committed. Classes are great and all, and they’re good enough for now, but I haven’t been to the gym for a workout of my own in ages. I can also see where some of my old eating habits are creeping back in. I might write about that soon.

This is very much a journey, and making backward steps can be frustrating, but I have to keep going. I know this works, so it doesn’t make sense to give up. I didn’t even want to do this, but the small changes are becoming a part of me. I’m no longer fighting myself to go to the gym. It’s not aways compatible with my schedule, but it’s almost automatic now.

I could have made it to the gym four times last week, but I went shopping instead. There was a really good sale, and I wanted to get some stuff for my family. Three out of four wasn’t too bad, though. 🙂 I’ll keep that challenege until I complete it.

This week hasn’t been going great so far, and I need to cook, but I honestly can’t be bothered. We’ll see how it goes.

Weigh-In No. 3 (And Challenge Accepted)

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274 (18/05/15)
Previous weight: 277

I didn’t make it to the gym last week, and I didn’t eat perfectly. This just reinforces how important consistency is. I won’t pretend I eat clean all the time, but I try, and that was how I made my 1% goal. Last week was interesting. I had white rice on Thursday, movie theatre nachos and popcorn (my friend and I shared) on Friday, and Chinese food on Saturday. I really thought I had blown it, so I tried to keep up my hydration…just so I could make my goal. I learned two things from that.

1. I have to be on guard so it doesn’t become about the numbers. I know how my body works, especially at this weight. I know how it responds to water and to certain foods. I want to keep losing weight, since it’s a natural part of getting healthier for someone my size, but I don’t want that to be my goal. My weight loss has to be about healthy eating and exercise, not playing some numbers game.

2. Results come through consistency. This works with positive and negative behaviours. Three meals didn’t have the power to undo weeks of basically clean eating. In the same way, if I return to consistently making poor food choices, my weight will increase and I will become more unhealthy.

That said, I doubt I will continue to lose weight at this rate if I don’t work out. Even if I do, I don’t necessarily want a smaller body. I want a healthier body, and that means improving my fitness, strength, and endurance. That means going to the gym I’m paying for each month. I don’t have a choice in whether I pay, and I need to make exercise as steady a part of my routine.

So, this week’s challenge: Go to the gym four times. One down, three to go. I went to a muscle mix class this morning, and then embarrassed myself in Zumba.  I should listen to myself, and not go again (I said so last time).

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Bracing Myself…

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So, this has not been a great week at all. I’m honestly bracing myself for the weight gain when I check on Saturday. (Won’t ever be quite that high, but the point is made. 🙂 Love those black socks!)

I haven’t been eating healthily…not necessarily unhealthily either, just normally. That, coupled with no exercise, is going to almost guarantee that the scale won’t be my friend. I’ve been so busy, but I also have not used my time wisely. Cooking takes time I don’t have, time I don’t make. My family cooks healthily enough, but they’re not going to cook brown rice…nor cut down on salt…and they shouldn’t have to. It’s okay for them, but it’s not okay for me, and I haven’t been making my own meals. Definitely not drinking enough water.

The journey continues, though…step by step. I need to come up with a more efficient way to use my limited time…and I waste a good deal, honestly. I’m also terrible at eating or hydrating properly when I have a lot of things to do. I’ll just keep putting it off until a “later” that never comes. Getting that out felt good. 🙂

I have a tendency towards sabotage, but I have to stop it. I am not going back, no matter what the scale says. I may have to carry over this week’s challenge into next week (still not too late, though), but this is not the end.