I must admit I was really nervous getting on the scale this morning. I was hoping that I would see a weight loss but deep down I knew that was not going to be the case. This week I am up .5 pound. Bummer.
Here are my official stats:
Pounds lost: +.5
You see, I am having a real issue with exercising. Well it is not so much the exercise as it is the desire (or habit) of wanting to stay in my warm comfy bed. All last week my alarm would go off at around 5:00am and I would lay there and think “I need to get up…I need to get up” then….I would fall back asleep.
Once I got out of bed I would shuffle downstairs, grab my coffee, and either sit in the living room with Matt or head upstairs to my office to blog. The entire time thinking “I could be done with my workout by now”. Ugh!
I thought long and hard about my dilemma. The issue comes down to routine and habits. In a post the other day I said when we are struggling or feeling unmotivated most likely it is our old bad habits fighting with the new ones we want to implement. During the holidays I fell back into the bad habit of sleeping in and now that is fighting with my desire to wake up early and workout.
Another issue (for me anyway) is the ability to balance all that I want to get done in the morning. Right now, my mornings (when I actually get up) are my only time to focus on writing my blog. Now that I am trying to add exercise to the mix I am feeling this pull between three things I want to do (sleep, blog, and workout). I started to feel pretty overwhelmed but then decided to just take a step back and plan out a system. I know I can make it all work if I take a moment to organize an approach.
My morning solution is going to be power walk on my treadmill 30 -45 minutes Tuesday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Blog on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I know you may be wondering why I am choosing to add more days for blogging than exercising. For one, anytime in the past I have tried to work out more than 4 days a week I always burn out. So my goal is to start with 4 days a week then go from there. Also, I have a lot I want and need to get accomplished with Skinny Mom’s Kitchen. Besides blog post and all the technical behind the scenes stuff I am actually working on my first ebook. Not to mention I love blogging and it keeps all this healthy lifestyle talk on my mind.
I can’t end this post without talking about the food. I was really happy with my menu plan last week. Everything I made followed my clean eating guidelines so I felt good about the quality of the food. Notice I said quality? Well, quantity is another story. Even quality food has calories and when we eat too many we will not lose weight – or if you are like me you will gain. I was tracking my main meals but my issue was in eating my kids scraps (aka leftovers). I also found myself snacking a little here and there at work, while I was cooking, and also over the weekend at my parents. Pretty sure I did not enter those tiny mouthfuls in My Fitness Pal.
Even though those small bites might seem harmless they can add up quickly. Now that I think about it a lot of these habits are what I struggled with (and wrote about) last year in my post The Mom Moments that Made me Fat.
Lesson learned this week:
- I need an organized approach to fit in everything I want to accomplish in the morning and make it a routine.
- I need to be intentional with portions and snacking. For example, if I put into My Fitness Pal that I ate 1 serving of pasta then I need to make sure it was only 1 serving of pasta.
There is my week. Sure I had some setbacks but you know what? I am ready for this week and feel confident in myself moving forward. I blogged yesterday and worked out this morning. So far so good!
How was your week? Would love to hear all about it! List your stats and comments below.