It’s been a challenging week on several levels. I am really getting tired of my exercise routine and it’s becoming more difficult to find the energy and desire to get up and do it. I have worked out every single day on my eliptical (with maybe 3-4 exceptions – those days, I did a yoga session) since January 18th. I’m so glad it’s beginning to get warm outside so I can walk in the local park or just go outside and play with my kids. I prefer doing my workout in the mornings before the kids get up, then I get my shower and devotions in while it is still quiet. This is really tough because I am not a morning person (ask my husband, he’ll tell you!) As most of you who read this regularly know, I work with a life coach. My session with Brian Osher this week helped me to see where I need to get up earlier to avoid the stresses of rushing through my workout/shower/devotion time. So, I have been doing just that. I’ve been in bed by midnight (on weeknights) and up by 7:30 (8:00 this morning). I’m typically a night owl and up until around 2 a.m. but then we sleep until 8:30 or 9:00, even 9:30 some days. I can tell you, this has been a transition for me but I think it’s worth the “pain” of getting up earlier. I feel much better during the day and I’m not as stressed (I eat when I’m stressed).
So, now for the weigh-in…This week, I weighed in at 184.4! I’m .2 away from having lost 20 pounds!! I’m down 2.4 since last week. This is the most weight I have ever lost and I feel terrific! I no longer reward or comfort myself with food, I see it as fuel, that’s it. Yummy fuel, yes… but fuel. As we were doing the Bible lesson with our kids before bed the other night, my son looked at me and said “Mom! You’re shrinking!” Oh, what joy that child gave me! I know you’re not supposed to have a favorite kid but at that instant…. hmmmmmm……. (JUST KIDDING!!)
I am seeing a difference. My size 20’s are in a stack to put in a yard sale. In fact, I wore a size 16 pant to church on Sunday!! I’m never going back (and if I do, I will be completely miserable squeezing into smaller sizes because I refuse to buy larger ones). You’ll know if I gain because I’ll be walking around with big splits in pants that are too small!! This is not a diet – I’m not changing the food or denying myself anything. www.myfitnesspal.com has been a blessing – it allows me to track my food and exercise each day and tells me what my boundaries should be (how many calories, sugar, fat, etc. I should have). It’s completely free… I urge you to check it out.
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