Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Weigh-In: Out-of-Whack Routines
Okay, so it's quickly becoming evident that my blogging is going to pretty much be hit or miss around here this summer. My blogging routine, just like everything else, is completely out of whack with summer here. First, I'll just update you on my weight loss since I haven't done that in a while. Last week, I lost 0.4 lbs. This week, I gained it back. So, over the last two weeks, I've simply maintained.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's evidence of a fact that I shared with a friend last week: I'm at a point in my weight loss journey where I've really got to guard against complacency.
See, I'm at a weight now that's the lowest I've been in over a decade. I'm still in the obese range, for my height, weight, and BMI. However, I feel and look so much better than I have in so long that I'm happy with where I am. I don't want to stay at this weight and I'm not giving up, by any means, but I don't have the same sense of urgency I had at the beginning. I know the weight is going to come off and I know I'm going to reach my goal, so I'm not as motivated by big numbers on the scale as I was at the beginning.
That, combined with the fact that my schedule is completely off this summer, makes complacency a huge enemy of mine right now. I am very much a night owl, so during the summer I like to stay up late and sleep late in the mornings. However, the classes I enjoy taking at the Y are still on the same schedule, so I don't have much time between my morning workout and my afternoon one (if I'm going to do a class), which is making it really hard to make those afternoon classes.
I thought it would be so much easier to lose weight during the summer, with all the fresh fruits and veggies in season. I hadn't counted on the scheduling issues...or the cookouts. Sure I could throw some chicken and veggies on the grill -- and I often do -- but it's been so long since I've had beef that it's hard to resist when someone cooks a big, juicy hamburger.
So, those are the struggles I've been having this summer. I would say that, if I simply maintain this summer that'd be better than gaining -- and it would -- but I have not given up my goals. I want to be down at least 20 lbs. more by September 1, so maintaining is not my goal. Right now, my most immediate goal is figuring out a workable summer workout schedule.
Thank you all for the encouraging comments you've left. You don't know what it means to me to hear that I've inspired you and encouraged you to begin your own weight loss journeys. That's an incredible feeling and huge boost of encouragement to me. Thank you for all your support. I'm still here and I haven't given up!
What's going on with you right now? Are you struggling? Are you finding new ways for keeping active and eating healthy this summer? I'd love to know.