Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Eat it. Work it. Blog it.

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{eat it}

As you can probably tell from my post yesterday, I cheated just a little bit this last week because of Valentine's day but I don't regret one little bite of that delicious chocolate cake! However, I should have stopped there. I have to be completely honest here and say that I indulged again on Friday and split some pasta primavera with my sister when we went out for my grandmother's birthday dinner. Other than those two cheats, I did pretty well the rest of the time.

{work it}

I'm not the picture of perfection here either, I only hit the gym three times last week and ran on Sunday while it was nice outside. I've been averaging four to five days a week at the gym but with such a hectic week, it was hard to make myself go. I never did pick up any DVD's to work out to at home but I really need to, having that extra push on the days I can't drive 25 minutes to my gym will help keep me on track.

As far as my C25K program goes, I've finished week three and hope to start week four today. Running is getting easier and easier for me as the weeks go by. I thought when I increased my running times, it would get harder but it seems to be the exact opposite. I feel much better and don't lose my breath like I used to but I know that I need to strengthen my legs if I plan to run a 5k by April. Shin splints aren't fun and have made an appearance once or twice.

{blog it}

When I weighed in yesterday morning, I felt like breaking down. It was seriously frustrating to not lose any this week. Letting myself indulge may have played a role in not losing but like I said, I don't regret anything, if I'm going to lose weight without losing my MIND first, I need my chocolate. At least every once in a while, but I need to make up for it in exercise if I have a cheat now and then.

Alright, enough excuses. I need to be real, and honestly, shows like The Biggest Loser and I Used To Be Fat are putting false goals in my head. Who loses 10 pounds in a week? Not me, so why would I even consider that a realistic goal? There's no possible way I can hit the gym for more than an hour a day even when I do have the time. I need to trust my body and trust that since I've gone down a pant size, that's good enough. Even though I yearn to see my weight drop quickly, I know that's not going to happen. This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. I have to learn to be patient if I'm going to do this the right way for me. 

How have you done this week? Did you have any sweet treats last Monday?

25 comments:

jacin {lovely little details} said...

you can do it!!!!! it's so hard, i'm working right there with you though!

Amber said...

I think your last paragraph is exactly right. You need to have realistic goals for yourself! That's my hardest part as well. The people on The Biggest Loser have fulltime trainers and someone helping them cook everyday. Plus - they have significantly more weight to lose than you do. The positive note is that you didn't gain any weight this week. :) Don't break down - just keep doing what you can and trust your body to know your limits. The goal isn't immediate weight loss, it's creating a healthy lifestyle so that you don't lose a bunch of weight and put it back on a few months later. You are doing a great job!

Mireya said...

Keep up the good work girl! Slow and steady wins the race

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

I have eaten WAY too many sweets in the last week, it's bad.

Erika Grover said...

I concur with the above comment from Amber. The people on BL & such shows have extreme pounds to lose....it is a lot harder to shed 1-15 lbs than 40,50+ lbs. Not tom ention the excellent point that they do round the clock trainers, cooks, & mentours. You are in it to win it & doing it all by yourself, good for you. I am glad to read the last paragraph too b/c it sounds like you got this, if you don't indluge you'll go crazy & this way you are finding the balance.

It took me a long time to find balance btw...it's tough you work hard you diet you look good, the second you indulge you beat yourself up. I don't anymore b/c I feel like I've found my balance. In Vegas I ate like a health nut all weekend,worked out 6 days last week & didn't touch a sweet and brought snacks produce drank a TON of water but in return I drank all the sugary cocktails Vegas had to offer. Eeek...sure was fun & I don't feel bad one bit :)
Keep it up!
XOXO

Erika Grover said...

10-15*
not to mention*
they do HAVE*

Mrs. Adventure said...

Wow after reading this post I realize I have had the same feelings, but then I make myself realize that I am different than most so why should my weight be any different?

With you I MUST have chocolate but I can also get my butt outside and run it off :+) and that's just as important for stress as the cake sometimes.

PS: I wished you lived closer - I'd bake you cookies, we could have a whine fest, then a nice jog lol.

lavenderpug said...

you're doing great! and while the scale might say the same thing--how are your clothes fitting? i bet you are gaining muscle from all the exercise, and losing fat.

Kate said...

Oh, you're so right- especially your last thought. Chris and I love Biggest Loser/ Heavy on A&E and I always feel awful when I don't lose five pounds quickly. Then I remember all they do for one-six months is exercise and calorie count, and I can't do just that. Jobs, and life get in the way.

I'm proud of you and think you're doing GREAT!

Amanda said...

good job! biggest loser is not realistic!!!! it's important to still have some chocolate too....we can't cut that out of our diets for the rest of our lives! that's crazy talk! :)

Deepali said...

Patience is the key, you are right. People expect these miracles and that's just not realistic. I think you are doing the right things, plus never feel guilty on indulging, you have to enjoy life as well!

Neely said...

Keep it up girl! You're doing great :)

Caroline said...

You're doing great!!! Don't get discouraged!

Nicole J said...

Don't get discouraged. The people on those shows are severely obese, and you my sweet are not. They are gaining muscle and losing fatty tissue. If your clothes fit better or are more loose then you are doing great. When I worked at the the gym we based our clients progress on their measurements and BMI, NOT their weight. Keep up the good work babe, it's worth it!

Nicole said...

I know you step on the scales, but do you also measure your self? around your arms, bust, waist, hips and thighs? If not, maybe you should try that... it might help with the frustrating scale numbers...

Alisha said...

I read somewhere that a 'week' at the ranch on Biggest Loser is actually more like 10-12 days. Also, they're all taught how to dehydrate themselves so they weigh less at weigh-ins so their 'weight' loss is even more dramatic.

Jenna said...

You're so right, it's a marathon not a sprint! And who wants to live a life without chocolate?! Keep your head up, you're doing great!

steph c said...

Down a pant size? That's amazing!

And I agree.. what's the point in losing weight if you're miserable doing it? I need me some chocolate every now and again. And ice cream.

They generally say that the weight comes off quicker at first, then slows. If anything, you're replacing fat with muscle which is awesome, and getting healthier!

Kristin - Mrs. Glasses said...

3 times a week + running is amazing. Honestly, that's healthy and you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As long as you are aware of your eating habits, which you obviously are, you are being very good! Bravo!

Megan said...

That last paragraph is perfect! Losing weight is definitely not something that happens overnight...which we always want! You are doing great! Keep up the great work!!

Rach said...

You are so right! Setting realistic goals for yourself in your context is so important! It's great to watch Biggest Loser and be inspired by their successes, but also keeping in mind that their full time job is to lose weight (working out, eating right) and they have trainers to kick their butts in workouts. Anyway, you already know all of that obviously from what you wrote, but I just thought I'd let you know I agree! :)

Syndal said...

thanks for helping me stay motivated and committed! you're doing SO awesome! I hear ya though about tv shows skewing our expectations..it's MUCH different in the 'real' world!

BigAppleNosh said...

Great work - keep it up! You're an inspiration :)

Candace said...

Hang in there, girl! You are a doing better than you think you are.

Picking up Women said...

The Biggest Loser have fulltime trainers and someone helping them cook everyday.

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