Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler and there are no holidays or other social commitments to derail me from strictly adhering to my food and workout plan. I’m determined that fall 2012 will be when I achieve my pre-surgery weight loss goal. Since weekday mornings are hectic, I’m moving my weigh-in day to Sunday. Sundays are the day that I use to get ready for the week ahead by grocery shopping, prepping my food, planing my meals, and organizing my workouts. Sunday mornings are relaxed, so it’s the perfect day to weigh in. Plus, Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Sunday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.
I can’t believe I’m one day late on this update. The weekend was a blur of bike riding, meeting with friends, and catching up on household to-do’s. I meant to write this post all day, but only now found the time.
The past week was decent on food and not so great with exercise, which is why I was pleasantly surprised on the scale on Sunday morning.
Today I weighed in at 301.2, which means I lost 2.8 lbs this week. So, I have about 20 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. To be honest with you, I really have no idea how this loss came about. Not only is it TOM right now, which usually makes me gain weight, but as I mentioned, my workouts were mediocre at best. My food was fair, even good most days. There were just a few evenings that plagued me with sweet cravings.
I’m taking this past week as a gift, but I’m not going to take it for granted. I know that: 1) weeks like this where I get results without much effort are practically nonexistent and 2) if I was really on my game, I could lose even more than this in a week. Which means that I’m going to make sure I do much better on both food and workouts this week.
Here’s the plan (because you know I have one):
Food – The normal meals are fine. I’m good with the nutrition and the portions. It’s just night time cravings that are killing me. So I’m going to give myself a nighttime snack of either cinnamon sugar kettle corn (130 cals for 2 cups) or Greek yogurt with honey (as much as I love Chobani for their fruit flavors, I like Oikos better for the honey flavor). I know the Greek yogurt is the better choice because of the protein, but sometimes you just need something crunchy, right? Eating this extra snack puts me at about 1350 calories instead of 1200, but as long as I’m getting in a workout each day, I can still lose plenty of weight. Plus, having the healthier sweet snack will be better in the long run because it will help me avoid binges/overeating.
Workouts – As much as I love walking Sofi (almost) daily, I know that that alone isn’t going to help me drop the pounds. So it’s time to amp up the intensity. Bike riding (outdoor or stationary), elliptical machine, Zumba, aqua aerobics, hula, swimming – those are the choices for true calorie burning. I’m even committing to a “double day” on Wednesday (elliptical 5K right after school and then Zumba in the evening). Today I had a faculty meeting and didn’t get home until 5:30, after I wrapped up what I needed to at school. I was tired and a bit worn down, but I took Sofi for a good 30-minute walk and I did the Jill Coleman kickboxing OnDemand, which is a heart-pumping, intense 20 minutes. I’m proud of myself for putting in a workout on a day that could’ve easily become “a rest day.” Tomorrow I’m planning on going to a 45-minute yoga class, but I’m still going to get in either the kickboxing or a BL DVD to make sure I make the calorie burn I want.
Accountability – I’ve set up accountability with two friends and a FB group. Scale Warfare and I are sending daily emails/texts, I’m texting/emailing another local friend my workouts after I complete them, and I joined a WLS FB group where I’m posting my workouts there, as well. Having the check-ins (and people ready to give me a kick in the patoot if I don’t post) is going to be a key.
I’m feeling really confident about my results for next week!!
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!