Mondays are always tough (especially when they are unseasonably cold & gray, as it is today in LA)…but the key is to find the one thing to concentrate on to get you through the tough spots. Something managable, quantifiable, & that gets me good bang for my buck (or effort in this case).
@ottawabride: I think that getting down to 200 is doable…it will simply take a LOT of effort & dedication. Like cutting out all the empty calories (&, in this case, it could mean ANYTHING that has unnecessary sugar, like white bread, white rice, or white pasta, as well as refined sugar), eating only high vitamin, high fiber, or high protein foods (and thing that doesn’t have these things may need to be eliminated), & dedication to a workout plan that allows you days of rest & good sweat. But totally doable! Keep posting your progress, we’re all behind you & here for you!
@babyboo: totally hear you about the slower progress. As I get closer & closer to my goal, it’s getting harder & harder to keep progress up. I find that EATING is more the catalyst to progress now…what I eat totally determines how well I do. Case in point: I dropped down to one carb serving a day &, despite only being able to go the gym twice in two weeks, I had not gained much in those two weeks (2 pounds)…once I went back to the gym (& maintained the food plan), I immediately lost the regained weight! Yay!
@kwago: I support your decision to find a workout that you enjoy & get results from…in fact, studies show that changing it up increases your results. Find what you love! If you’re at all interested, I read “New Rules of Lifting for Women” & I am in love with the workout plan! It’s good for up to 6 months worth of activities & totally changes it up every couple of weeks for variety. Let us know how the new workouts go!
Back to those quantifiable goals. For me, it’s going to be hydration for this week: EVERY DAY I’m going to drink 64 oz. of water. On my 4th trip to the gym last week, I got a major headache right in the middle of the workout & had to ease up in order to not quit right then. Talked to one of the on-the-floor trainers & she said it was most likely due to lack of hydration. She directed me to an article & it also stated that drinking 8 glasses of water greatly decreased hunger pangs (coupled with healthy snacking) & made you feel fuller. It also improves skin elasticity & complexion (very key to address in the last month or two before your wedding or other big event), as well as keeping weight down. So, since I’m only going to make it to the gym today & tomorrow – mom comes in on Wed for my first fitting, bridal shower, & her Disneyland excursion – Thurs, Sat, & Sun respectively & I chaperone prom Fri, so no time for gym 🙁 – I need another goal to keep me in check. Definitely going to stick to the food plan, too: one carb serving a day & LOTS of fruits, veg, & lean protein! Now, the numbers:
Starting (Jan): 142
Last Week: 134
This Week: 132
Goal: 128ish (less would be GREAT!) by wedding (June 25)
Loss/Total Loss: -2/-10
Yay! Finally hit the 10 pound loss mark! I’m a HUGE advocate for sticking to the food plan, ladies! I think doing so is absolutely the reason why I gained so little in the two weeks I couldn’t make it to the gym & why I lost it, plus another 1/2 pound this past week! Heading to the gym tonight & tomorrow only, so going to be UBER good up until my shower/bach-party on Saturday. Then, NEXT week, hitting the gym 5 times!