Keeping myself accountable once a month for that Great Feat of Losing Weight has been a major factor contributing to my success in keeping it off. Here it is (3 months later), and I’m still within a couple of pounds of my Biggest Loser weigh-in. I still crave daily exercise. Unfortunately, I also crave evil desserts, so that’s where the challenge still lies!
I tried to kick-it-up a notch this last month with the hopes that I would finally get into the skinny, skinny jeans. I kept a daily exercise log (which I HIGHLY recommend), and I did more running than I had been doing.
Grand totals for all exercise, here’s what I’ve been up to for the last 30 days…
22 days of workouts and 8 days of rest
Elliptical Machine: 8 hours and 4 minutes
Running on the Treadmill: 47.6 miles!!
Outdoor Running: 5.6 miles
Strength Exercises (arms): 2 hours and 40 minutes
Ab Crunches: 1,625 (I try to do 100 each workout day)
Strength Circuit Class: 1
Step Aerobics Class: 2
Outdoor Intense Boot Camp Workout: 2
When I look at the whole month like this, I feel fantastic that I was able to accomplish as much as I did. 47 miles on the treadmill??? Who would have thought? I worked up to that gradually, starting with a mile and huffing and puffing the whole way… and working my way up to running 6.4 miles in one session and feeling like I could go further. I couldn’t have run without my iPod. The music really helps keep me energized. (I recently shared my favorite workout songs.) It really, really helped to write everything down on a calendar… it was easy to see what I had accomplished so far, and I didn’t like having blank days on the calendar either! You’ll notice that I do a variety of exercise too. It gets boring to do the same old thing, and it’s good for your body to work different muscles.
I feel pretty good about having gotten through two trips too: A getaway to Chicago (where I ate what I wanted), and the International Food Blogger’s Conference in Seattle (where they fed us gourmet meals & wine nonstop)! On both trips, I hauled my gym clothes along and made sure that I worked out pretty heavily in the hotel gym to ward off the excess calories. It appears to have helped since I didn’t gain any weight. Whew.
Results from the month are that I feel fabulous on most days. Then there are the days that I still feel fat. It’s tough to rid myself completely of my lifelong bad self-image problem. Sometimes I look in the mirror and say, “Wow, RG… you’re lookin’ pretty good!” and then other days I feel down and can’t believe that I still have cellulite on my thighs after all of that running & hard work in the gym. Sadly… after all of that working out, the ridiculously tiny jeans that I was hoping to squeeze into still don’t fit. Can you believe it? I think I’ve built a lot of muscle in my thighs, and of course that both delights me and upsets me. I’ll look better in a bathing suit, but I can’t fit into those damn jeans. Maybe it’s time to go shopping for some more realistically sized jeans! I know from my readers that there are many of you who struggle with the same issues. It helps to know that I’m not the only one. Luckily for me, I’m generally a happy and energetic person, and I don’t let it get me down too much. I should be jumping for joy that I’m 20+ pounds lighter than two summers ago. I look at those summer vacation pictures and just cringe that I let myself get that out of control. I like to think that I’ve left those days behind and that this is the new me… thinner, happier, healthier and more in tune with exercise than I’ve ever been.
There are a little over 4 weeks until our summer beach vacation begins, so I’m really thinking I’ll need to keep an eye on calorie intake if I’m going to make any progress with a loss… that is… after I make my son’s Red Sox birthday cake & cupcakes for the classroom, get through another Gourmet Club dinner party, contribute potato salad and a dessert for a Memorial Day bbq, and bring along a pasta salad for my niece’s birthday party. It’s never ending….but I love every minute of it! It’s the challenge of not eating it all that is a bit more difficult to grasp.
While it’s tough to share my rather personal struggles with the world, it also forces me to be accountable. I sure have appreciated all of the nice comments and emails from readers along the way. Good luck to those of you who are on the journey with me… with a little determination, consistency, patience and a lot of will-power… we can do this!
You can learn about the beginning of my healthy lifestyle quest on THIS POST.