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 Saturday. Saturday mornings I go to Zumba, so I’m already focused on health and fitness; it’s the perfect day to weigh in. Plus, Saturday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Saturday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.
Week 4 on Jenny was a struggle. The main reason was the pain I’m experiencing due to the plantar fasciitis. It’s difficult for me to do simple activities like standing all day while I’m teaching or walking Sofi. I let myself make excuses for why I could skip workouts, rather than finding workarounds, like riding my bike, swimming, or taking an aqua aerobics class. This week I also gave into the feeling of wanting to snack on all things salty, and ate a few bags of buttered popcorn. I also didn’t drink my minimum of 8 glasses of water each day, and I was lax about tracking my food in MyFitnessPal. Then last night, I made some really poor choices late in the afternoon and through dinner. I knew this morning’s weigh in wasn’t going to be pretty.
This morning I weighed in at 306.4, which is a gain of 4.2 lbs this week. Which means I now have 25 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. I’m disappointed that I let the pain get to me this week. I’m frustrated that I basically wasted the money I spent on this week’s Jenny Craig food. But I am proud that I faced the scale this morning, faced my JC consultant at my appointment, and faced all of you as I write this blog post. I’m not hiding my mistake, but I am moving past it.
Even with this gain, I can see the difference this weight loss is making in the way that my clothes are fitting. Now that the weather has gotten a bit crisper in the mornings and evenings, I’m wearing light cardigans and fleece sweatshirts that were much snugger on my hips last year at this time. When I met up with BeautyJunkie824 last Sunday, she said she could see that my face was much slimmer than it had looked the last time we saw each other, about a month and a half ago. These little changes spur me on to keep going, because I know this program works, if I follow it.
This coming week is all about going back to basics for me. Literally. Even my menu plan for the JC food is back to week 1. That’s the week I lost 9.6 pounds, and while I’m not expecting a huge loss like that, I do expect to take off all of the weight I gained this week, and then some. I know a lot of the weight gain was water weight because I ate so much salty food this week, which means that it will come off fairly quickly as long as I stick to the program. Here are my goals for this week ahead:
- Eat on plan 100%. This isn’t difficult because the food is tasty and satisfying. I just have to talk myself down from cravings that might crop up. I had a string of success the first 3 weeks, and I can use that to motivate myself.
- Track everything in MFP.
- Drink 10 glasses of water each day.
- Get in 45 minutes of activity every day. Some days this will be cleaning and walking Sofi. Some days this will be more intense, like Zumba or riding my bike.
- Take care of my plantar fasciitis by fulling committing to the treatment plan. Daily exercises/stretches morning and night, ice/heat therapy, tennis ball/frozen water bottle massage, and a Dr. Scholl’s insert (buying that later today) for my shoes.
- Blog more often and read more blogs. I’ve been having trouble keeping up with this, but I need to make it more of a priority, because this wonderful community helps me stay on track,and I need to be more active in my participation in it.
This morning I took one step in the right direction by deciding that I’m worth better service than I’ve been receiving at my JC center. I’ve been less than happy with my consultant, who has a very negative, low energy personality. She is far from motivating, and always seems like she just rolled out of bed at our morning appointments. The entire center seems somewhat disorganized, which I can’t stand. Also, this center isn’t open on Sundays, so I’ve been trying to make Saturday morning appointments work, but with my schedule, something’s gotta give. I’ve been missing Zumba because I can’t make it back home from my 8am JC appointment to put my groceries away, eat breakfast, and make it to the gym by 10am. Plus, at least once a month I proctor the SAT, which means that I have to move my appointment from Saturday morning to Friday afternoons, which again, throws things off. So this morning I called another center, which is just a bit farther from my house than the first one, and I made an appointment for next Sunday at 8am. Now I can make my 10am Zumba classes on Saturdays again! I also think the change in center/getting a new consultant will be good from a motivational standpoint. This change to Sundays means that my weigh-in posts will also move to Sunday.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!