Before I get into this past weeks results, I want to talk about this morning. The alarm just came way too early. At 3 am I woke p to what sounded like Jackson playing with his alphabet toy. Then I realized he must have fell asleep with it in his bed and rolled on top of the buttons causing the toy to start talking. It was loud, but apparently he can sleep through anything and I can’t. I didn’t want to get out of bed and move it, so instead I listened to it and eventually fell back asleep.
It was enough to make the 5:00 am alarm way too early. I didn’t want to get up. I was going to think about it through the 2nd snooze alarm. Then what do I do? I accidently turn it off when it starts buzzing. No snooze now. I have to get up. I don’t want to get up. I finally make a deal with myself that I just have to go for 30 minutes today and not worry about how fast I go. Just go. Just get up.
Begrudgingly I did get up. I slowly made it out the door into the incredibly disgusting humid morning. And I walked, slow at first, but then picked up the pace some. I added an extra .25 mile to the walk but still kept it around 30 minutes.
I am so glad I didn’t quit on myself and that I cut myself some slack. My workout plan is to walk everyday, with 1 or 2 light days. I had only had 1 light day each of the last 2 weeks. I needed to take the 2nd one this week. And that is okay.
Three weeks ago I would have slept in and said there is always tomorrow. Today I would not let myself quit, even for one day. And of course when I got back I felt good and was glad I went. Today was the first day since I started exercising that I didn’t want to get up. I know it won’t be the last, and that I will have this battle with my sleepy self again. But I need to keep fighting it.
I came into work this morning and committed to walk/run the 5K with some co-workers in November.
Now onto my weekly results and my ridiculous reaction.
I knew I should have a good weigh in this week. I had earned 58 activity points (yay me!) this week by adding a couple of longer walks and strength training to my normal walking schedule. I had been on vacation and ended the week within my points allowance, and I still did not use all my weekly points and did not exchange any activity points for food.
I felt good about my weighing in today, and expected a pretty good loss.
So why was I disappointed with a 2.2 loss? In the past when I have started a weight loss program within the first two weeks I would lose 4-8 pounds in a week. I have never incorporated exercise like I am doing now. And over the last 3 weeks I have lost 2.4, 1.8 and 2.2 pounds each week. Averaging slightly over 2 pounds a week.
That’s good right? So what is my problem. Why was I sitting there waiting for the meeting to start disappointed. Then I heard 2 ladies talking behind me. Both were really excited for their 2 pound losses for the week. And then it hit me how ridiculous I was being.
I should be happy with the loss. I didn’t starve myself to achieve it. I worked at it sure, but it wasn’t monumental effort. I know that a 1-2 pound average weekly loss is reasonable and healthy.
I got over myself by the afternoon and am now happy with my efforts. I just need to keep it all in perspective. If I keep doing what I am doing in a year from now I could be very close to my goal.
I took advantage of my vacation time and did a little more walking, racking up almost 21 miles this week. I also started my first day of working towards running and I got in a couple of resistance workouts.
Week 3 Goals:
|Track my food and activity each day||Done|
|Beat the 18 activity point goal set for me by walking 7 days with at least 2 days at 60 minutes and 45 minutes on other days||Done|
|Manage my points for my long vacation weekend and more days of restaurant eating||Done|
Week 4 Goals:
|Track food and activity each day|
|Walk 7 days at least 45 minutes on 5 days|
|Manage points during painting days this weekend when we will order take out for dinner|