Two days left of 2011 and tried as I might these last 8 weeks I didn't shake off these last couple of pounds I have to lose.
I'm feeling bittersweet. I tried different things, I worked hard, I tried. I started tracking again - consistently for the last 8 weeks...several times to every day a week. I tried to two new workout programs...One I loved. One I wouldn't mind getting a refund back!
Happily, I did shake off some weight and am a bit slimmer.I wished I had taken my measurements in addition to recording my weight on the scale...I've made progress here! I've gained some muscle that I can see and feel! :)
I have better stamina! But, I am not at goal :(
Now is the time when people are preparing their new year resolutions. Months ago, I started planning mine. One was to maintain that healthy weight range.
I knew if I was to maintain it...I have had to achieved it...So, I went to work to lose those pounds.
2011 was a very, very difficult year for me. I faced so many challenges...at work, at home, even in my volunteer work (a ministry at church). I was so incredibly busy...overworked...overloaded...stressed...running on empty, and then eventually...burned out (didn't recognize it at first). My life became out of balance...To help cut corners on my lack of time to do it all and help everyone...I cut taking care of me. Less sleep and rest, less time planning healthy meals and shopping for them, less time working out, less pampering (the occasional/regular pedi/mani/shopping trip/whathaveyou), etc. Thankfully, I am not an emotional eater...I am sure I would have gained a significant amount of weight.
This extra weight is to me is more than vanity. Yes, I would like to look good in my clothes. Yes, I want to look good out of my clothes, too. It's even more than about being physically healthy. Yes, it's important to me maintain good blood pressure, healthy body fat percentages, and a strong vital organs. This extra weight is about my life being so difficult in 2011 - being so out of balance - that I gained back the weight that I had so diligently worked off and maintain away. This extra weight is about me not being as emotionally healthy as I could have been. And, its about leaving the challenges of 2011 behind, and working to making 2012 a good year (not unduly burden by the past).
So, Plan A didn't quite pan out. Plan B is in effect!
By February 11th, I want to at no more than 137. That's about losing 1 pound to 1.5 a week. That's reasonable.
How will I do that? Will continued tracking, continued good eats, continued workouts. I am also gonna boost my workouts by joining a 6 week fitness challenge (If this gym wasn't so far, I would add it to my regular workout rotation) at a fitness center that focuses on HIIT circuit workouts.
I haven't blogged about this yet, but I hurt my right (dominant side) shoulder this summer. The pain has improves at times - worsens at others. I finally did something to really aggravate it about 3 weeks ago. I went to the DR and she prescribed physical therapy and medication...I'm feeling better...but have a way to go...I know once that gets taken care of I can really give everything my all.
Still Reading? This was a war & peace post...
In the end...I know I will be