Jan 6, 2018
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Ok, so I know it's very early in the year. I joined a gym the last day of November in 2017 and began eating less carbs to get my blood sugars under better control. Yes I want to lose fat off my body too.
Before I had kids my fun place and second home was a weight room. I loved to ride bike too. Both felt like second nature to me. I stopped most of all that probably 27 years ago. Yes I'd lift and rode from time to time, even joined a gym that's now out of business in my town. But this time it feels different. I touched on this in a post earlier this week. But this time I feel much better about the gym and everything. I wanted to do it. I took action to join without talking to my husband. I made the schedule of when to go and invited my husband & 3 sons to join anytime they wanted. Its funny to me how comfortable I am in a large new gym with my (at that time) 220+lb self. I'd walk around like nothing bothered me, trying different machines and just going about being there for myself for 2+ hours at a time 3 days a week. It truly flies by for me. For December I told myself I Have to do a minimum of 30 minutes cardio, the rest of the time after that I could do the circuit room, ab room, free weights or weight machines. I took a food break between Christmas and New year's and only skipped New year's weekend from the gym because I was emotionally exhausted from the holidays & my gym wasn't open for a couple days out of the 3 I would have went. I don't feel guilty about either of those things either because I put me first for once.
Food break:. I thought about staying strict. I baked and made candy. I made multiple feasts for family. And yes, I endulged! But because I gave myself permission I didn't put much weight on over the holidays. I was surprised!
Skipping the gym:. I gave myself permission to skip the gym over New year's. This ended up being ok because I felt the commitment in my heart and soul was different. Stronger.
So instead of restarting January 1st like many did, I started January 2nd. This week I have moved around what I'm doing. I'm doing the gym Friday, Saturday & Sunday this weekend. And actually feel I will go on my own to the gym more times next week. The Friday & Saturday s I go it's after 11 at night and as a female I take my hubby and or which ever sons want to go. Daytime during the week feels safer with more staff around. I just need to get myself there.
Eating is going well and truly is my toughest battle. But I'm doing well & am proud of myself. Going day by day there. Im taking in roughly half my weight in oz. So about 100 oz of liquid a day. What seems to work for me is to track my breakfast and dinner for that day for 2 reasons. 1) I know what I'm having for dinner & don't have to think about it, I just make it. 2) I know what free food numbers I can have the rest of the day.
Weird thing I noticed the other day that REALLY lit an ambitious fire in me was, while shaving my legs I noticed true distinct muscle definition. That made me want to go to the gym more.
This week, so far just last night, I decided to tackle the gym differently. Last night I focused on my legs only. Well I did 50 crunches and did some stretching too but after that, just lower body. I looked at the clock and 45 minutes had flew by. The 3 others I took with me we're done. My muscles work thoroughly worked as I upped the weight, sets & reps that I normally do. And I didn't feel bad I didn't do cardio first because I noticed while I was lifting, my heart rate was up.
Today at the gym: upper body, arms. And I won't feel guilty if I don't get cardio in today.
Sunday at the gym: probably cardio or circuit room. Which may turn into a longer day at the gym.
I've figured out my first things at the gym are: stretching and abs. Always! That gets me ready to hit whatever else I feel like doing.
I'm down 4 lbs this week to my surprise. (215.8- 211.6). I am seeing a change around my middle and legs. I am far from my goal but I'm feeling confident.
So, onward I guess.