July 17, 2015

Roses and thorns

I'm down another two pounds this week! I really committed to staying on track this week - logged everything, stayed hydrated, gave the workouts my all. And everything is coming together.

I go to the gym every day except Saturday and Sunday, when the gym is closed. Last Saturday, we woke up early and drove to a park with a 1 km running path - we only walked around it twice before Noah started to get crabby, but still, it's more exercise than just sitting on the couch! I did Week 1 of Couch to 5K and some time on the stationary bike on Monday and Wednesday (and I'll go once I post this!), and Tuesday/Thursday I was in the mood for the elliptical.

I'm proud of being consistent with routines since getting back from Connecticut, especially logging on MyFitnessPal.

I've tried to keep it as close to 1500 calories as possible - some days I wasn't feeling well, or just wasn't hungry, so it was a bit lower, and some days it was slightly above. It all balanced out, though, and I'm liking the visual of progress from when we got back from the trip.

I'm still up 3 pounds from my pre-trip weight - I need to remind myself of this next time we visit there. As stressed as I get, as anxious as it makes me ... it took two weeks to gain the weight and 5+ weeks to take it off. Not worth it!

With last week's weigh-in as a maintain, I don't know if my goal of getting under 300 is going to happen - it's 9 pounds to 299, and there are only two more weigh-ins this month. But I'm still proud of the progress I'm making - the scale is moving in the right direction, and I am doing right by my body. I'm not going to fixate or obsess about deadlines - as long as I get healthy, that's all that matters.

And - I feel great right now. It's remarkable how quickly my body responds to being treated well. I still have a very long way to go, but I can already feel a difference - less bloated, stronger legs, looser belly. My clothes fit better already - straight out of the dryer, I can put on one of my workout tees, no need for stretching it.

My mind feels clearer, too. I sleep better. I feel less anxious. I still have worries, concerns, stresses - but I'm dealing with them through journaling, through exercise, through prayer. I'm not eating my feelings, and that, to me, is the greatest progress.

What about you? What is your weekly workout schedule? How do you stay active outside of the gym?


Christina @ Love Yourself Healthy said...

Awesome! You're doing great!

I had to stop setting time-based weight goals for myself; I almost never met them, and every time I didn't meet the goal, I felt like a failure. Without the time goal, I'm better able to focus on losing weight healthfully, rather than trying to figure out how to lose the weight quickly. Weight loss is certainly an exercise in patience, isn't it?

I live in a very walkable part of town, so I'm able to stay active outside the gym just by walking everywhere when I can. I'm not nearly as active as I would like, but I'm working on improving that.

Anonymous said...

This is great news! I love the positivity. It's as if I can sense your smile through your words in this post! Keep up that momentum!

I am 4 weeks from due date and I had to stop CrossFit July 1st because I wasn't recovering like I needed to. I was in a constant state of soreness, not to mention where I live it's HOT and very HUMID and the gym isn't air conditioned, so that was taking its toll on me.

I loved being active while pregnant and will continue being active once baby is here. It's a huge deal for your child to see you have good habits, like eating good foods and exercising. They learn by example. If you're active, he'll be active. If you make good choices, he'll follow your lead. It's just another tool in your arsenal of ways to stay on track.

Keep up all the hard work! I'm excited for you!

Caron said...

It really makes me happy to see you so positive. We all know what it takes, but putting one foot in front of the other and doing it is sometimes harder than it should be. Be proud of your week. You're doing great!

Scooter Hussy said...

Congratulations, Mary, for a great week and a great loss! I'm with you - it's amazing how quickly I start to feel better when I eat well and exercise. So why do I forget that so easily?
I don't belong to a gym, so I walk. A lot. Weekdays, I walk 15-20 minutes around 9 a.m. and another 10-15 minutes after lunch. My office has several walking paths around campus. Monday through Wednesday I also take another 20-30 minute walk at home in the evenings. Thursday nights I mow and edge the yard - that counts as exercise! On weekends, I take a least one longer walk, sometimes on both weekend mornings - I aim for 5K or longer.

Jill Walker said...

I run every other day, 3-4 times a week. When I'm not running, I'm working. :( I'm really bad about not taking my lunches, and staying chained to my desk, which is really as bad for my mental health as it is for my body. I'm working on actively trying to get out at lunchtime and going for at least a mile walk on my off-run days to get that calorie burn as often as I can. Next week, I'm hoping my hip will be well enough to allow me to start resistance training again...my next challenge is starting to tone all this loose stuff up! :) Side note: what a difference in your attitude!!! :)

Unknown said...

You are doing great! I have a little girl Noah's age, and trying to get her out for a long walk is always interesting. I never know if she's up for a mile or 4 feet! But you are so right, some movement is better than no movement at all. I enjoy doing Zumba in the living room. And Lanie loves dancing along with me. That might be something to do the days your gym isn't open. But you are kicking butt! Such an inspiration to me. I have about 150 lbs to lose, and knowing that I'm not alone trying to get healthy with a toddler makes me feel like maybe I can do it too!

Denise said...

I'm really struggling with phoning it in. Like I'll work out twice at CrossFit, go for one session of Couch25K and then be like "Eh, I'm good. I exercised three times this week! I'm tired. I don't want to. Everything hurts. Running is impossible." It's taking a lot longer to find my sense of dedication this time around.

Your attitude is flipping fantastic. I love that you're seeing so many positive consequences to taking care of yourself! It's really great.

Sara said...

Great weigh in this week!

Anonymous said...

I try and stay active outside the gym by taking my golden retriever for two walks a day. I walk him roughly 2-3 miles each time (time, I has it) which makes for a nice way to start and end my day. Of course, currently those are my only workouts. I haven't gotten into a rhythm with my work and I use that as an excuse to not figure out what to do about working out. We just joined a gym closer to our apartment, so hopefully that will help increase my weight lifting activities. I also signed up for their complimentary trainer session and I'm hoping that some guidance from them will get me back on track.

Congrats on the awesome week! It's always nice when a good week shows up on the scale!

Karen said...

Keep up the hard work!

I use the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution DVDs in the morning - it's only 30min and keeps me engaged. Most afternoons, I hit up my treadmill for a few miles. I got it a few years ago with my tax refund, and it's paid for itself in spades.

Joanna said...

You are so fierce. I know that you are going to continue to see progress. I don't have a job and I don't have a youngster so I am able to do a wide variety of athletics. You are doing better than I ever did when my daughter was your son's age.

Amy said...

I think that you can really sense a shift in you! You're on the right track. I think it's good that you're not letting your goal being a little off track of being met slow you down, because realistically your goal is coming!

I feel like I'm finally in a good M-F routine, and one can only hope that I can start incorporating that on weekends too. It's my grandmother big birthday bash this Wednesday (she's turning 80) and that's going to throw a wrench in my week, so I need to make sure I stay on track this weekend to make up for a mid-week mishap!

Kat said...

This is for your IG post Mary - There's a Facebook group called Eating the Food - closed, heavily moderated - but it aims to support people in recovering from eating disorders. Lots of advocation for being kind to yourself, fitness, and healthy relationships to eating. Not for everyone (tho not a diet group) but life-changing for me. They're currently taking in membership (they do maybe 3 or 4 times a year) - you might want to check it out. Big hugs, Kat