I’ve had some… issues… over the last few weeks. I’m reasonably certain some of it can be contributed to poor choices in diet, but it’s been a very frustrating few weeks. And let’s just say… fiber, fiber, fiber!
I was doing so very well. Even though I wasn’t working out, the weight was falling off. Intermittent fasting works. But then… I got too complacent. I convinced myself that 1500 calories over the course of two meals looks very different than 3 meals. And while that is true, I let myself slip and somehow gave myself license to stop paying attention to what I put into my mouth.
And I got devastating results.
This (such a great thing!) happened one day last week:
Do you have any idea how excited I was about that? It made my whole day!
And then I promptly gained five pounds. Five. That is not an exaggeration. I’ve managed to come down some again, but I’m definitely up from last week, and nowhere near that 214. *sigh*
I’ve asked my TeamCommit group members to nag the hell out of me if they don’t see me post workout updates. I need the motivation. Since I lost my workout my partner, I’ve just lost the motivation to get up and go since there’s no one waiting for me. Accountability is a huge motivator, and for awhile there I didn’t have any other than my own. And it seems that’s not quite good enough.
But I do miss lifting. I want to get stronger. I love seeing the amount of weight I can lift get higher.
So this afternoon, I’m meeting a friend as a guest at his gym so he can walk me through the StrongLifts program. I’m going to try this for a few weeks to see if having a set routine will help me. When I worked with the trainer, I never had to come up with my own workouts – I just did what I was told. So now, coming up with my own sets can be challenging. Though I think I’ve done well so far (when I actually make it to the gym, that is). But I didn’t have a plan. StrongLifts will give me a plan. Three days a week of lifting, with a specific set of exercises (squats, deadlift, bench press, overhead press, and barbell row).
I can do this.
I want to do this.
I don’t ever want to see this again:
Starting Weight: 233.6
Last Weigh-in: 216.3
Current Weight: 218.5
I was running very late this morning (didn’t get up until 7:40!) so I didn’t take my measurements. But I think we can agree it wouldn’t have been good.