Don’t you love all or those commercials about weight loss this time of the year? Discounts on gym memberships are plentiful. The regulars at those gyms are noticing the increased traffic. I suppose there’s also the quitting smoking commercials too. All sorts of reminders that you’re supposed to be thinking about making some changes right around now.
I actually made a change in September. There’s a bunch of us at school who are in a little contest. I’m sure there are lots of these contests at many places of work, but this is the first time I’ve participated. For our contest, you’re on your honor to report your gain or loss (hopefully loss) each Monday. At the end, the person with the most lost wins. I’m of course talking about weight.
I’m not someone who people look at and think, “Whoa, she needs to lose weight.” I mainly did it to keep myself accountable and to get back to where I’d like to be. Our final reporting date is this coming Monday.
I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to win. But the thing that’s nice about this is that you don’t even care if you win. I can fit into my skinny jeans! That’s a win right there! And every woman has a pair of skinny jeans… When all of these commercials are trying to get you to join a gym to lose weight, it’s nice to know that I’ve already lost it.
So how did I do it? At first I was a running freak. For 8 weeks straight, I was on the treadmill 5 days a week. My mileage ranged from 12 – 19 miles. Usually it was at least 15. I do a combination of walking and running. I think of myself as an ADD runner. I have to change it up every 30 seconds or I get completely bored. I usually walk 2 minutes then run 2 minutes. I’ll gradually increase my speed throughout the time until I’m doing some fast(er) runs at the end. I’ve gotten to the point where it feels good to run. Who knew that I’d ever get there!
Now I need to integrate a weight program/routine into my running. I try to run about 3 times per week and I usually go 3 – 4 miles at a time. I haven’t figured out a weight routine that I can consistently do. I’m kind of weird. I need to be able to play head games with myself about increasing, etc. I have been doing my kettlebell, but not as regularly as I should.
Besides the regular exercise, I pay more attention to what I eat. I know when I tend to eat crap (after I get home from school), so instead I exercise or have a cup of coffee or something. I try to load up on fruits and veggies and limit the stuff that adds lots of calories. I’m still eating what I like, I’m just more aware.
I’m sure you’re wondering how much… I’m almost to 10%. The thing that’s nice is that I’ve lost it over the course of 3 months. I’ll continue to lose some more, but I’m in no rush. As long as I’m feeling good, all is well. And guess what? I feel great!