I’m celebrating with pizzazz and gusto because my husband and daughter both joined
Weight Watchers this month! Woohoo! They’ve each lost five pounds! They are
tracking points, portions, and activity. Jeff and I are biking everywhere now
that fall weather is here. Brin found a recipe online for ‘not lasagna’ and
cooked for us Thursday night! It was dee—lish! I am beyond thrilled we’re all
on the same page about our health and fitness. To the moon and back! For the
first time in years we’re doing this together,
being supportive, and encouraging each other to keep taking that next step.
Jeff didn’t loose this week and I shared with him not to get
fixated on the numbers or the scale. Look beyond the scale. Consider if your clothes are looser; do
you have more energy; are you sleeping well? These are all indicators of your
health and fitness success not just the scale.
You know when you’ve gone off track and the scale
stayed the same. Don’t beat yourself up—that’s your old pattern. Recommit and
take a new action. But if you’ve done the plan the way its intended and the
scale didn’t move—don’t fixate. Trust that you’re on the right path and keep
going. It will move. Getting past stuck for me was often as simple as adding a
little intensity on the Elliptical or an extra five minutes; pedaling in a higher
gear on a bike ride; raising the incline on the treadmill a degree or so. These
seemingly small actions propel you forward out of ‘stuck’ and into the powerful
place of possibility.
I’d love to hear how you handle the ups and downs of the
scale and get yourself back on track.
I had been thinking about how good I feel when I work out so this morning I got up at 4:30 and went to the club. It’s been a long time. I took it slow and just concentrated on moving, not the intensity or amount of time. Just get moving again, I told myself. I feel great!
I remind myself that muscle weighs more than fat. So while the scale might not change, if I can go from barely doing 7 girl push ups to 3 sets of 50 push-ups, I’m meeting my expectations. I am stronger now than I’ve ever been, but the scale is still where I left it.
Plus the hardest part is the change of mind frame, realizing that set backs happen–it’s life, but how you handle them when they happen.
I spent the last week recovering from a chronic back injury. In the past, I would have used it as an excuse to not work out and lay on a heating pad watching t.v. This time though, I went to my work out class and did modified activities. Not only am I recovering faster, but I was proud of me just showing up.
Thanks for sharing! 4:30am WOW—that’s committed! Isn’t it interesting how when you spend too much time thinking about moving you feel sluggish and slow? I find once I get moving I am energized long after my workout. Good for you for getting moving again!!
You are SO strong!! Look at you showing up and taking baby steps instead of letting life be an excuse! You’re right—life happens and we have to roll with the punches and get back on the horse again.
Thanks for the reminder that muscle weighs more than fat. Another reason to check those waist bands, zippers, and buttons instead of focusing only on the scale.
Hope your back is healing swiftly and you’re back to your regular workout soon! Thanks for showing UP both at your workout and here with us. You rock! Love and vugs!
I’m with Rach. I have started working out and the scale has turned on me. 🙂 But seriously the numbers are not as good as I’d like for them to be, and neither are my clothes yet, for that matter. But I’m feeling more energetic and even getting more restful sleep (I know why am I posting this at 2:24am I had a bit of a coughing spelling & didn’t want to wake the man).
So, some of the ways I track without it being weight related: measuring my waist, trying on my jean skirt I want to get into, and then seeing if I can add a few more minutes to my exercise routine without blacking out! 🙂
Goal clothes are a brilliant idea; I can’t wait to see you in that jean skirt! I think we should only chat on the phone with each other if we’re moving our bodies! Now that’s a plan that will burn some calories—we can talk a loooooong time. 😉 Love you A!
LOL!! It’s a date, L! 🙂 Meet you on the phone on the elliptical the next time! 🙂 And, I want to laugh just as hardy as I always do when I’m talking to you! 🙂
I’d love to try the “not lasagna” recipe – can you give a link for it?