Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I'm Bringing Sexy Back (if you don't count the abdomen... and people, I don't)

I've been meaning to mention... but not wanting to jinx... my recent efforts & success.

After returning from Chicago last week I set to getting serious about getting back in shape.

I've lost 3 pounds this week.

I have gotten back in the groove of my evening 60 min treadmill workouts (which no matter what works for you... just is... the ONLY thing that works for me).

The thing for me is, as hard as it is to say I want to commit that time allotment everyday... the reality is shorter workouts just don't do it for me. I only like working out if I can get an endorphin rush and I don't get that until I've crossed the 45 min mark. It makes all the difference for me in terms of my ability to stick to it. So, I am making it work. If you don't enjoy it, you just aren't going to stick to it. So, it doesn't really matter if there are shorter workouts out there... I've tried 'em... I just don't get the feeling I need to get from them in order to want to do it again. And all this time, really pretty much an entire year since Mr F first moved to MI, I haven't been able to figure out how to workout in the basement, removed from the kids, for an hour... without having them watch TV during that time. It took some time, to work around all of our scheduling issues.. but I think I've got it, now. We've pushed our entire schedule back (which thanks to homeschooling can work) and that gives me 2 hours between dinner & the girls bedtime. Because it's later, Mr F is generally home... and if not I don't feel guilty about TV for the kids, I finish my workout by 9:30 and then run up to put Kid to bed. It took Spring Break for me to try this, and seeing that I really could fit it in with a little wiggling... that's what we'll do. Also, just emotionally... evening workouts have always been a major stress reliever for me. I can really let all of my stress & anger (or whatever) go and then enjoy my evening with Mr F.

As for the food, I am diligently weighing, measuring & counting everything. Instead of using a site to input (which is just more work for me) I'm writing it on a "note" on my iPhone. When I'm done for the day I record my totals (calories, exercise, weight on weigh in day) on my phone's calendar. It's been a really easy (always available) way to track everything and be able to look back, without amassing any clutter. I've settled on 1450-1500 cal a day. With a 3 pound loss (I've also done 6 - 60 min workouts) it's obviously a good target. I'm not hungry... but I do have to be diligent and extremely conscientious to keep in that limit. I could probably raise my calorie limit up a bit... but, hell... if I'm not dying of hunger, I'd really rather get through this weight loss phase as quickly as possible.

So that's that. I am not surprisingly finding success doing it that exact same way I did 4 years ago. Sometimes it takes awhile to say "oh you know that thing that worked... why don't you try doing that?", I guess. In seriousness, I just haven't been in a place to put myself first in this past year. With selling the house and being separated for 4 months during the move, then buying a house & unpacking, getting Kid in school & then taking her out, adjusting to Mr F's work hours and to the added responsibility of homeschooling... it was just a lot for me to juggle. So, I'm here, now. I'm trying to keep present and aware of how easy it is to do, and how much better I feel when I'm doing it... so I can move forward and not sabotage myself. The truth is, it just takes so much less energy to do it, than it does to think about doing it. Which is crazy.


Nutmeg said...

I'm so happy you are getting your groove back. After what feels like 8 years on bedrest, but was really 12 weeks, I'm finally allowed to walk around. Of course every muscle and ligament in my body is killing me. I absolutely cannot WAIT to have those pains diminish so I can start using my body again and sweating.

Reading your post has got me even MORE raring to go!!! So exciting! Thanks for the inspiration.

Now I just need to get this girl to do what she spent so much time trying to do before, which is get herself born.

Jenny The Bold said...

I'm excited too! I love hearing about this! Even better? Progress pictures! ;)

Angie said...

Oh shit, I am in trouble. I mean congrats :-) Obviously haven't been working as hard as you...But at least I met my minimum goal. keep your rocking job up!

Alexandra said...

Awesome. That whole "hey this worked before so why don't I try it..."? Having the same exact epiphany right now. (This minute! Well, actually over the past week)

Jaime said...

Good work! I'd give my left arm for a treadmill in my building. I don't even have all of the commitments you do and I struggle getting to the gym!!

Heather said...

Glad to see you are making time for yourself...I have all day to myself and I can still procrastinate myself out of a good routine. I think I am going to try before and after photos...

Jenny The Bold said...

I think a lot of people having problems setting aside time to work out. I always felt like I was being selfish when I left for work early in the morning before the kids were up and didn't get home until 4:00 in the afternoon. And then I had the audacity to go to the gym that evening at dinner time?

Now that I am working from home I see the kids in the morning and all throughout the day (someone comes to my house to watch them) and am done at 3:00. I can then play with them, make dinner, eat and still head to the gym at 6:00pm if I want to.

It's hard when you're a parent to make time for yourself!

Julie said...

The truth is, it just takes so much less energy to do it, than it does to think about doing it. Word. It is so true.
Your title totally cracked me up.
I am slowly trying to get myself back to even being aware of what I am eating. I tracked what I ate yesterday on and even though it was 600 calories over what I was supposed to eat in order to lose weight, i was happy I did it just to be aware. Aware that when I eat 16 yogurt covered pretzels that it is 400 calories and nearly 1/3 of my daily calorie allotment.

We just got a puppy a week ago so that has been a MAJOR life change around here. Holy shit. He is adorable and I don't regret it for a minute, but puppy's can be really annoying. I mean, find a place to pee already?! Just freaking do it. Not surprising, the last week and a half with this puppy have been the BEST with Murphy. He had one minor upset yesterday when the puppy nipped his bare skin on his ankles, but other than that, this puppy has been the best therapy yet for this kid. So yeah, we have the puppy and all of the stuff going on with Murphy. I have gained an additional 5-10 pounds over the last few months (to add to my other 30-40.) But we are moving forward here.

Jeez, why don't I just post on my own blog for a change?

Over and out.
Oh yeah, good for you with the 6 days of exercising. awesome.

Shirls said...

"The truth is, it just takes so much less energy to do it, than it does to think about doing it."

I've recently come to the same conclusion...

dasnowz said...

Could we please get a blog post on your elliptical workout? What are the settings? do you do a custom program? DO you do anything special while on it?
I workout for 40 min 3 days a week (I go to school full time and fit it in before classes after my kids are off to school) and do a full hour on Sat. I am eating small and only homemade. I even take lunch everyday. I am not loosing and looking for more ideas.

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