Sunday, August 26, 2007

Breaking through...

The good news: After five weeks stuck at the same weight, something finally happened.

You read it right--I lost weight! Not a huge amount, but I was so relieved to see I was down 1.2 that it didn't bother me (much). Was I hoping for more? Sure. Was I just thrilled something happened? You bet. Do I know this is something of a minor miracle considering I've been dealing with my period the past week? Absolutely.

The bad news? I now get to eat less food. My loss moved me into a new (lower) point category. I'm a little nervous about it, but I'm just going to have to find a way to make it work. Unfortunately, I didn't start the week off well. My sister-in-law hosted a housewarming party last night in her new gorgeous home and I uh, overindulged. (I can't be the only one that needs vodka to get through an evening with my in-laws, can I?). But the flex points have been counte and dedcuted and on we go...

But the fact I've lost a point isn't coming at a great time. All summer I've been dreading the return of the school year. Though I'm not a teacher and I don't have kids, my life becomes completely insane once the school year starts because of my job. At least twice a week now, I'll be coming home past 11 p.m. I'll be out of the office, out of my house, out of my comfort zone on those nights. Finding time to workout is going to be more challenging, so I'm going to have to capitalize on whatever time I do have.

Since starting this journey, I've been working out every night after work. This was perfect for me in a couple of ways--the first being Mr. CCC works late pretty often. Going to the gym after work was a good way for me to pass the time 'til he got home and it kept me out of the house (and the kitchen!) until dinner time. And let me tell you right now--I am not a morning person. The idea of waking up early to go exercise gives me the shakes. Plus, on the occasions I did that, I found myself insanely hungry the rest of the day. I'd be out of points well before dinner time. So evening workouts were perfection.

Only problem is that now that school's back, I'm going to be working late myself. So I'm going to have to find ways to make morning workouts--work. That means going to bed earlier, having dinner earlier, packing healthy snacks for during the day and planning my meals better. It's going to be a challenge, but I'm determined to make it work. I have to.

I know I can't be the only one who's got to work out in the have you made it work for you? I could use the advice and the inspiration so tell, tell!


Lynn said...

Congrats on the loss!!!

Chic Ink Designs said...

My words of advice: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Its going to take a little more commitment from your part and a much more scheduling than what you are used to. I suggest you buy yourself and appt. book, and make appts with yourself at the gym, and plan out your day.

I assume you don't have to be at work by 9 am right, you can go to the gym a little bit later than sunrise.

here are my tips (I'm a total planner, and need structure, so don't laugh at me, LOL)

-commit to working out x times a week, and try to meet that goal weekly.

-find an aerobics class that you like (dance, tae bo, step) that meets in the am and start going to it weekly.

-pack snacks, keep a full water bottle

- remember that hunger is not a cause for panic, you don't have to stop at a fast food palce and order fries because your stomach is rumbling, go on to the next healthy option

- get to know your working area, make a list of restaurants that serve up healthy options. and have that list on hand for when you do get hungry and want to eat.

Once Upon A Dieter said...

YAY! It went DOWN!

I can't talk about workouts, cause I'm about to start THIS VERY DAY after, dang, years of sedentariness.

I'll probably kill myself with the first crunch. My muscles will go into shock.

But I think I have to be the "first thing" kind of exerciser, otherwise I will simply never, never get it done. So, Breakfast, my prayer time, then...out with the weights and exercise video.

Best of luck.

The Princess

Livy said...

Great to hear from you! Good on you for the loss, believe me, I have had 10 days of working out, and eating right, and saw no change on the scales, it's heartbreaking, however, you learn to press on.
You know what? If you want this badly enough, you just have to find a way! Recently I spoke to a BIG friend of mine (140kgs big), and I was telling her about my personal trainer. She has constantly whinged and wined about being fat, and how hard it is to lose weight. I said I would 'hook her up' with my Trainer, with which she replied that it was "Too hard". Too hard? Why? Well, she has 4 kids, and they are all little, and the older 2 won't walk, and the younger 2 won't sit still in the pram, and she is so flat out all day, and so tired... so much to do, and couldn't fit it in... blah, blah, blah. You know what? I live in the middle of knowwhere, I have 2 kids, one with endless school do's and the other at 2 and very demanding. I have no daycare, and my husband works long hours. I have no gym, no equipment, and no walking buddies. But, I am doing it. I get up and do the best with what I have, to be the best I can be. I don't have any tips, other than just to re-evaluate how badly you really want this, and how important your health in the overall scheme of things. You'll be fine, and you can do this. I just know it.

SarahA said...

Yay for the loss! WAY TO GO!

I was actually thinking about waking up before work to work out. I'm a big morning person though (yeah most people want to kill me in the morning I'm so damn chipper, seriously). I don't find that workouts make me hungry all day but they do make me feel really great, like I really did something good for myself. Maybe you can change your way of thinking on it to fool yourself into liking it?

Good luck with the school year startinG!