I don’t miss you.
Not you, dear virtual buddies. I’m talking to this blog. I’m not missing it as much as I thought I would. In fact, a full week of not blogging resulted in me staring at a blank page on Tuesday. You see, the more you write on a topic, the more you think about it, the easier it is to come up with something to say.
But I haven’t been thinking about it.
So now I am out of the loop. I’m trying to read your blogs at least, but time is limited. I’m living in the now, though, and it doesn’t always allow for Internet-perusing. What it is allowing: family time and book-writing time.
I am still squeezing my workouts in early in the morning, and I began incorporating core again, too. I just had to make myself do it.
And I figured out why I’ve been yawning on the elliptical. Boooor-ing. Unlike the sketchy ski-pole machine, running brings adventure. You never know what you’re going to see: a beautiful sunrise or sunset, wildlife, friendly neighbors, or maybe even a blogger you know from a different state! But the gym is vanilla. It’ll do if that’s all there is, but you sorta wanted rocky road.
So, Monday I downloaded myself some sprinkles and a cherry. With a new book on my Kindle, my gym options are now a little more attractive: The Help by Kathryn Stockett – I’m about a quarter of the way through it and, so far, it’s an excellent book.
Not so excellent was Monday’s weigh-in. Down only a half-pound. It’s still a loss, so I’m not that upset. But at this rate, it’s going to take me five years to lose the more than 25 pounds I want to get rid of.
I’m sure there are little things I am doing that add up and make for smaller losses: alcohol, finishing food T Junior left on his plate (half of a perfectly yummy grilled cheese sandwich was going to go to waste!) and not counting it toward my points, not drinking enough water, portion control. I think I may also switch my weigh-in day.
By making it Monday, I’d hoped to control my weekend indulgences. But all it’s doing is making me stress about food. During the week, it’s easy to keep track of my points because I basically eat the same thing every day. The weekend involves parties, concerts, weddings, baseball games, etc.
I’m going back to Fridays from here on out.
SOWL Challenge: Little Rewards
When I accomplish shedding the first 5 pounds of the Summer of Weight Loss, I think I’m going to reward myself. With what, I don’t know. Not food.
Last week, we talked about motivation and I think rewards fall into the same category. Maybe if I know what my reward will be, I will work just a leeeettle bit harder to get there.
This also helps break up the task of losing weight. Five pounds seems more achievable to me than 25+. So, I’m just going to go ahead and make a list of my 5-pound rewards right now. Let me think…
…okay! Got ‘em.
- 5 pounds (aka 164 pounds – only 1.6 away!): a real lunch box — I bring my lunch every workday…it’s about time I get something to carry it in besides a crinkly Safeway shopping bag
- 10 pounds (aka 159): new SweatyBand
- 15 pounds (aka 154): movie (of my choice) date with Mr. T (he doesn’t know this yet)
- 20 pounds (aka 149 – booyah!): full pedicure
- 25 pounds (aka 144): new running shoes
- 29 pounds (aka 140 – goal!): spa day!
Are you rewarding yourself? Do you plan to? If you are going to reward yourself, I challenge you to write down what the rewards are for each goal. Seeing them written makes them real!
Miss you guys!