Well it's Monday and I got on the scale. Not happy, I'm up 2 lbs. Very frustratiing. Of course as I look back over the last week I realise that I ate too much of the wrong food. That's life, you put more fuel in than your body can burn and you gain weight. But still seeing the scale go the wrong way does bother me.
Then I think about a commercial that really bugs me. It's a cartoon of a dancing fat woman who decides with the new year to go on a diet. She starts out and then life gets in the way. Her she gains 2 lbs because of social commitments after losing a couple of lbs. Her only solution, an elastic band around her stomach so she can't eat as much. When I see that ad I get angry. Surely on set back doesn't mean you throw out all the work you've done to have a medical intervention. So now I have to do the hard work. Actually apply what my brain tells me is right and follow it. Then as if I needed a back up on my thoughts Yoni Freedhoff writes a kick as blog today in Weighty Matters http://www.weightymatters.ca/2015/03/why-im-not-fazed-by-long-term-weight.html. I put this link here because I'll need to read this blog over and over this week.
I will not let this weeks numbers take me off track. I will be a healthy fit woman in spite of myself.
Going to the gym is finally paying off. And by paying off I don't just mean that I'm losing weight. I have lost 10 lbs, so that's great but what I'm really talking about is my improved quality of life. I can now go down the stairs one foot after another. I know this is normal for most folk, but I've had to go down the stairs sideways for over a year now. I can also get up into the back of the truck almost every time without having to roll in, I can step on the bumper and pull myself up and on the truck. So big improvement in my leg strength.
This past week I got to the gym 5 times. I have been working on my cardio. I do 3 miles on the treadmill. I am starting to push my speed. I can get a little run in now in the session. So far I've only been able to run 1/4 of a mile at a time but my endurance is improving and my heart rates isn't as high as when I started.
I am eating better. I wouldn't say I'm dieting, but I'm eating a good balanced diet and I'm trying to limit snacking. Snacking is a stuggle, but I'm improving. It all helps with warmer weather and increased day length. I'm working in the barn longer and enjoying the horses more and more as it warms up.
I know these are all baby steps but they are steps in the right direction. I'm celebrating every improvement in my health.