Saturday, April 27, 2013

WLJ: A few steps back

I'm not happy with the backward slide I seem to be on.

I know it's not the end of the world.  But I've been working for two years toward this goal.  It wasn't even a huge weight-loss goal.  I keep thinking I should have reached it by now.

But if I'm being honest, I know I haven't always been diligent about my food and workouts.  Sometimes that catches up with me.

I also know the number on the scale doesn't define me.  I feel stronger and more fit than I did years and even weeks ago.  BodyPump has been a great addition to my fitness routine, and I'm so glad to be back to Zumba.  And the weather is getting nice enough to run outside.  I'm actually headed to my first 5K of the year in a few minutes.

Obviously, my fitness is on track.  I work out four to five hours each week.  And I almost have to force myself to take a few days off.  I just feel so much better when I'm active.  I totally related to what Whitney wrote yesterday about working out.  Being active does as much for my emotions and brain as it does my body.  It helps keep me from getting "ridiculous" (my friends' term, not mine) and insecure about anything and everything in my life.  I'm not diagnosed or anything, but I'm willing to bet I have some kind of social anxiety.  But that's another post for another time.

I've completely slacked on my food tracking.  I don't think I've been eating terrible, but I haven't been tracking it like usual.  I've just been guessing, and maybe my guessing is off.  And there's really no excuse not to track.  I have the Weight Watchers app on my phone.  I also have My Fitness Pal, as I planned to compare them side by side.  I do want to find out which tool is better for me (especially since one is free).  So I've decided to give them each one month.  In May, I'll track exclusively on WW.  In June, I'll track exclusively on MFP.  Stay tuned for my comparison in two months.

Other possible issues:
I also haven't been taking my multivitamin and supplements.
And I've been kind of emotionally stressed.
And I have some other body issues going on that I won't share (TMI).

Maybe those things play a role too, but I think I'll feel more in control when I start tracking again. 

Total weight-loss goal: 45 lbs.
This week's progress: + 3.6 lbs.
Progress to date: -28 lbs.
Non-scale victory: I am on my way to conquering pushups.  I've been able to do about ten from my toes during BodyPump class.  Please keep in mind this is about 45 minutes into the class, and I'm usually exhausted by then.

I haven't decided on a fitness challenge for May.  I'll be sure to find one by next Saturday.  If anyone has a suggestion, please share!


  1. I think you're doing awesome. I need to get on track with my fitness too. I definitely feel better and less anxious when I'm working out consistently. Good luck on your 5k girl!

  2. I gained 3.4 pounds this, we're twins! lol!


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