So, it's like this.
I know I'm supposed to avoid obsessive scale watching. In fact, several years ago during the first leg of this fitness overhaul, I weighed exactly once a month. And every month, for several months, I lost 8-10 pounds. That significant loss fueled my fitness spirit for an entire month, afterwards. I didn't even OWN a scale. I was so smart. I was smart enough to listen to the expert tips, and implement them into my fitness lifestyle. It was great advice, and it worked for me. I lost 50 pounds in six months and kept all but a pesky 5-10 back-and-forth'ers who just didn't get the memo.
|I was so, so good.
Now, it's not that I'm not taking off the weight. I am. Though achingly slowly right now. It's much more about the mental challenges of weight loss. That's what I'm trying to learn to navigate. Case in point--
Now I own that scale. And I am on that scale WAY TOO OFTEN. I mean several times a day, sometimes. And, as you'll see below, I see why I shouldn't.
|Okay, so maybe I've not been so, so good. But, oh, was this ALL so, so good!
That I should give up.
I felt old, fat, and ugly.
I'm sure no one else has ever felt that way, huh?
So, I spend 4 days away from that scale. I can feel those
|Time to be so, so good, again!
They were most likely the result of a high sodium meal, or some other unexplained cause of temporary water weight gain. And..... I'm still mad about it! I still feel like I own those pounds even though they are no longer. What the heck? A week later, and my ego is still bruised, my resolve, faltering, my mood, oh heavens my mood-- cranky. Cranky is a kind word for it.
Add to that mood one less-than-flattering picture that popped up in social media, and, well, I'm ready to turn this boat around. Whatever the impetus, whether real dissatisfaction with fitness, or imagined weight gain, I think the best way to approach this odd fitness frustration is with steadfast, razor-sharp focus, and determination.
It is a little more than half way through the birth year that authored this Springing Into Fitness personal challenge. And my goal of losing 50 pounds? Well, 35 pounds down, I'm 15 pounds, and 20 weeks away from....
A Fabulous Fifty
Phase II: Doing What Works
Get Moving: Keeping the Pep in Your Step
The last time I successfully lost significant weight and kept it off, I maintained a vigorous fitness plan including cardio, strength, and flexibility training. It helped me build confidence in my own abilities, it helped me have energy, it helped me have greater control over my results. endorphins kept me from running to the candy aisle. So, again, I'll be returning to a more vigorous fitness plan. I'll incorporate cardio, strength, and flexibility training, and I'll be moving 6 days a week.
Habits: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Fueling the Machine: Eating Well for Health and Wellness
I think I can speak for a whole lot of people in my world in saying that I hope this intensified focus turns this cranky mood around. Have mercy, I can't even stand myself.
How are your fitness plans working out in this sweltering summer heat? Find a fabulous new lean dish? Figure out how to tackle that flagging discipline? Add some new music to your speed walking playlist? I'd love to hear what keeps you going, collecting your favorite tips for an upcoming blog post, with credit, of course! Leave your links, your tips, your secrets, your magic, your favorite personal fitness tips in the comments below, and you'll see it show up soon on Notes From Maggie's Farm.
|Well I certainly don't want to be known as a Rocky Road. I'ma turn this thing around.