Thursday, July 8, 2010

working out for weight loss: where I'm at and what I'm thinking

I hate to admit it but I'm starting to get burnt out. Between work and school and working out - I can't fall asleep and then I can't wake up. Ugh.

I feel like I'm working out so hard (and smart), my diet could use improvement (need variety and more veggies) but the weight loss isn't coming along as quickly as I'd like. I've lost 6.5 pounds in the 8 weeks I've been working out. That's less then a pound a week. The positive thing to focus on is I'm consistently losing weight each week. I've gone down one size and can absolutely see a difference (and feel a difference) in my body.

My work out schedule since June 21st (roughly 2.5 weeks ago, when summer term started), I do dance aerobics for 90 minutes on Mondays and Wednesdays. I go to an hour long class at 24 Hour Fitness on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. I'm not lifting because I'm so exhausted - it's a battle just to find the strength/endurance to finish the 24 Hour Fitness classes, let alone try to lift. I'm hoping my body will start to feel strong and I'll break through my plateau and start hitting a weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week till I hit my goal. I would like to be at my healthy and ideal weight of 135 pounds by fall term (late September), but at this current rate I'm losing weight, I won't be there.

I have a rafting/camping trip in two weeks that I'm anxious about wearing a bathing suit and of course my Vegas trip the last weekend in August. But I really try not to think about these trips - I just want to train my body so I'll be better at maintaining an ideal weight - instead of all the up and down I've done all my life!

I'll update you in a few weeks to see if things have changed.

1 comment:

Living in Gratitude said...

I think it's wonderful that you had the courage to make different choices and you are changing the course of your life.

My Mom used to tell me to dance!! She loved to dance and that's all she really wanted to do. She loved life and sparked a smile around everyone she would meet. I was so focused on work that I missed out on taking my Mom to dance class. I was always thinking I had too much to do and didn't have time to exercise or do the things I really wanted to do.

Mom died two months ago completely unexpectedly. I miss her more than I can describe but in her honor I decided to start to dance.

I think what we are all searching for is balance. It's so hard to be honest with ourselves. My sister once told me "with the truth you can go to God."

Maybe there is something you need to let go of in your life or thinking to allow yourself to literally "LET GO" of everything in your system you are working towards releasing?

I think weight is a physical manifestation of something else that is going on in our lives. I once heard secrets make you sick.

What are we holding onto?

We hold onto things, clutter and sometimes people in our lives beyond the time when what we loved about the relationship was mutually beneficial and a gift to our growth and life.

I truly believe its why so many of us are so overweight in this country and literally carrying heavy burdens.

I wake up and the first thing I think of are my parents and I say thank you for everything they gave me and the blessings I have in this life. I'm starting to lose weight. It came with an emotional pricetag but I understand the value in my choices now. I can't wait to see what happens for you!!! I for one, am very happy for you. Your life is changing for the better.