2014 – a new year, a fresh start full of new beginnings. 2014 is going to be MY year to shine. I’m vowing here and now that I will reach my goal weight in 2014. What an amazing accomplishment it will be! To achieve my goals, I’m going to focus on the basics – eating well, drinking lots of water, taking my vitamins and getting in 5 workouts a week. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. My resolution throughout the year is to keep focused while enjoying all the “newness” in my life. My Sunday progress updates will be called New Year, New ME Weigh-Ins.
Week 35 was a weird one. Work was busy, I got a bad cold, and I started strength training using the workouts from Tone It Up.
When I weighed in this morning, I was 198.2, which is a gain of 2.4 pounds this week, and a loss of 78.8 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 116.8 pounds from my highest weight!! I have 48.2 pounds to go to my ultimate goal weight 0f 150 pounds. This is my first gain in the 8+ months since surgery (and even a few months before that), and while it’s disappointing to see the scale move in this direction, it was completely expected. My body always reacts this way whenever I start using weights. Plus, I had a bad cold, and Mother Nature is coming calling any day now. At one point this week I was up over 5 pounds, so this is actually my body calming down a bit. I’m so glad that I know all of these things about my body so that I’m not freaking out over a gain like this, especially with as hard as I worked all week. I’m also glad that I’m still in Onederland, let’s be honest.
As I mentioned in my post the other day, I’ve started strength training using the Tone It Up (#TIU) workouts, and I’m really enjoying them. I know they’re working because I’m sore, but I love that very few of the moves are too difficult for me to complete. It shows how far I’ve come. It’s nice to have another measure of fitness successes, beyond my cardio workouts.
Today Tinkerbell and I are doing our first 5K together, and I’m really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, because of my cold, which is settling in my chest now, we’re going to walk the whole thing instead of doing run/walk intervals, as we’d planned. I’m really glad that Tinkerbell doesn’t mind us taking it a bit easier. Plus, this way we can spend the time catching up – last weekend she completed the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland, something she’d been training for for over 6 months. I’m so proud of her, and I can’t wait to hear all the details. (I’ll post more about our 5K later today).
This coming week, I’m looking forward to continuing the #TIU workouts (a new weekly series comes in my inbox today!), picking up my 3/1 run/walk intervals as soon as this cold dies down and my respiration is easier, and hopefully seeing the scale go down at next Sunday’s weigh in. The thing is, I’m in this for the long haul, and I’m not worried about one bad weigh in because I know I’m stronger than any reading on the scale. Seeing a higher number isn’t going to put me in a tailspin now, as it would have in the past. That’s true growth, that’s something to be proud of.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!