This is the week I hit a wall. Hard. Today was the first Monday out of eight (since January 6, 2014) where I gained weight over the course of the week. I wrote about my frustration with the scale on Saturday, so I wasn’t completely surprised by today’s weigh in – but I’m still a bit bummed by it. But on the plus side, I’ve definitely got the motivation I need to double down and improve this week.
Starting Weight: 233.6
Last Weigh-in: 221.3
Current Weight: 222.2
Total Weight Lost: 11.4 pounds
So What Happened?
I got lazy and complacent. Plain and simple. I was used to the pounds falling off and I just let myself fall into this rut of less work, hoping that I would still get results. But guess what? You only get out of this journey as much as you put into it.
What’s the Plan?
This week I really need to pay attention to my food. I have to cut out the excess of carbs and add more More MORE vegetables into my diet. I made some salads that are virtually ready to eat, so I just have to grab one and go for lunch each day. Dinner will also include more vegetables – asparagus, bell peppers, green beans, broccoli, etc.
I also need to increase the intensity of my workouts. At least 4 days per week, I’m hitting my steps goal at the gym. The first month I was tracking, I was hitting that goal nearly 7 days per week. While I know it’s unrealistic for me to go to the gym 7 days per week, I need to find something to help me on those days I don’t go. They aren’t “free” days. The days I do go, I’ll walk longer on the treadmill and start adding in the elliptical. I was able to stay on the elliptical for a full 15 minutes on Saturday – a new record for me!
The Silver Lining
Even though the scale reflected a gain, my measurements are still trending down.
And as always, my measurements show overall change rather than the difference from week to week.
Neck: -.5 (no change this week)
Hips: -2.25 (no change this week)
Total: -10 inches
I’ve lost more inches in February so far than I did for the entire month of January! So while the scale is giving me fits, I am still making progress. I can live with that.