Third hurdle

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Well I think I'm having my first proper slump. So far I have lost 4kg, which is quite good, it's 10% of my initial weight loss goal. But I haven't done any exercise for over a week now, and I've also been taking the bus to work in the morning when I usually walk (about 15 mins a day). That started out being due to the terrible heat of last week, but now because I've been quite tired.

I've also been a bit down in the dumps. Sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed with all the small occcurances in life, where they flutter about in my head when normally I'd just deal with it and move on.

I'm even wondering if I could be a little bit sick at the moment - I've had some short term symptoms like feeling sick, feeling lightheaded, headachy, sore muscles, tired, and sometimes with a sore throat or ears, or the passageway between, or even in the glands in my neck. Not all of these problems constantly, but sort of coming on for a period and then going away. I don't seem to have had a runny nose or cough or anything though so it might just be general sort of things.

I mentioned at the start of this blog that 40kg was my initial weight loss goal. After reading some other people's blogs, and unfortunately I can't remember who wrote the one that made me realise this: the weight loss goal I had in mind puts me into the healthy weight category, but if I intend to build muscle so that I can be fitter and stronger and so that I'll find it easier to keep weight off in future (by raising my metabolism with those hungry muscles), I'm probably going to end up looking smaller but weighing more. So I was considering changing my goal to 30 0r 35kg loss instead. After all - I want to get into a decent range by the end of this year, but I'm sure my weight loss journey will also continue into next year - especially to make sure I can keep it off as well.

But then I realised that the weight goal line Spark People gives me is motivating me to work out. When I see that I'm slightly behind the weight goal tracker, it makes me think 'I'd better work out tonight and again soon to make sure I keep up'. I don't want to be left behind. So, for now, I am leaving the SP goal set to 70kg, because I can see that it's my best motivation. Obviously when I'm a lot closer than 10% I can decide what my end of year goal should be.

I am still tracking all of my food, and pleased with that - I really feel a sense of control. As long as I'm keeping to my goals, at least I won't continue putting on weight like I was pre-SP. I manage to meet them almost every day. It's the exercise I'm slacking on.

And soon I'm going to bed for an early night. Extra sleep always seems to help. emoticon
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    It sounds like you have a good plan Jamie. I hope you've been feeling/doing better since you posted your blog.

    I hope you don't mind me sending you some good vibes for your greatest good and your highest healing this morning!

    Peace, love and light
    3673 days ago
    Hey. I had a down in the dumps week too.

    I remember my mum had a book years ago (she's been on a million diets since I was born) called "Strong Women Stay Thin". Feeling strong and in control is an awesome goal.

    Hope you're feeling better now! emoticon
    3673 days ago
    I know what you are saying - I too would like to build muscle, so I will probably end up weighing more than I otherwise would. But I'm all about looking good - not what number is on the scale!

    For now I have left my weight goal where it's at because you are right, that little weight ticker IS very encouraging! I figure once I get closer to my goal weight I can re-assess the situation and do what makes the most sense at that time.

    Hope you are feeling better and get a good nights sleep!
    3676 days ago
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