Believe it or not I was actually excited to step on the scale this week. Why is that, you may ask? Well, after much trial and error along with the constant battling against my inner self I feel that I am finally on the road to making exercising a habit!
Before I get into details let’s go over my stats.
PL: – 1.5
I lost 1.5 pounds this week. I know I am back to where I was prior to leaving on vacation and it seems like I am yo yoing (not a word I know) again but….I feel really confident moving forward into the future.
The week before Disney I ran on my treadmill 4 times and did some strength training (weights, lounges, pushups, and sit ups). Even though I did not formally “work out” on vacation we still did plenty of walking so it is not like we were sitting around watching Food Network all day. Then this past week I ran on my treadmill 5 times!! I said 5 times!!! I also threw in some strength training as well. And it was not torturous either – I actually looked forward to waking up and spending some quality time working up a sweat.
How did I finally crack the code? 2 things. First, I learned that I needed some time to wake up before I went to my basement to run. When I would try to exercise the moment I woke up I just did not have the energy or consciousness to get a good work out in. So now I am waking up around 5:00am, blog or read for 1/2 hour or so, then go down to my treadmill. Honestly, this has made a huge difference. Second, I put together a new playlist of upbeat songs. My old playlist had a lot of country tunes on it that are good for the cool down part of my workout but for the “getting my sweat on” part I needed something else. Nothing like a little Beyonce, Pink, JT, and Gym Class Heroes to get the heart pumping.
Finally, another cool thing that happened this week was I found myself craving tomatoes. I know this sounds weird but it really took me off guard when it happened. Usually my cravings are for things like cheez its or cafe mochas. However, these last couple weeks I have been very intentional with including more vegetables into my diet. Last week I ate a salad everyday for lunch (made easier with my salads in a jar), had veggies and hummus for snacks, and made sure I had veggies with dinner each night. Even at Disney World I consciously ordered items that included a salad or fruits and vegetables. Well it has paid off because obviously my body (and brain) have learned to crave these foods over the salty snacks and dare I say…caffeine! My advice is to be intentional, plan ahead, and be persistence. At first, it might seem hard but before you know it you will want tomatoes over chocolate
Those are my thoughts for the week. How about you? Share your weigh in and thoughts below,