Today has been just that…up and down. I woke up this morning I thought for sure that I had reached 262. I mean it was only 2 pounds, and I was averaging a 1.8 pounds lost even through my hardest weeks. I had really busted my butt this week and I was really hoping for a reward for my efforts.
Was I rewarded?
Not even a little. Not even one single, solitary ounce.
For a brief moment I thought I was going to lose it. Visions of throwing the scale through my window and then settling into my recliner with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s were dangerously close to becoming a reality. I closed my eyes and repeated, “It wasn’t a gain. Think about the big picture. You’ve lost 110 pounds. You’re bound to have bad weeks.”
It didn’t help.
Lucky for me I have an amazing and supportive husband who was able to bring me out of my horrible funk. He spent the entire day praising the work we’ve done so far and talking about all the things we can do now that we couldn’t do six months ago. After a while I started to feel better.
Then the office ordered Spinelli’s Pizza…and our 30 day challenge ended yesterday, did I mention that? What horrible timing!
I thought for sure I would lose it then. The smell was just…just…
Well, it was fucking horrible if you want to know the truth.
Instead of ravaging the pizza, I decided to just get up and walk away. Cliff and I went to lunch on the second floor and by the time I got back, the craving was gone. Another possible breakdown thwarted! At lunch, we decided to do another 30 day challenge since this one had gone so well. We really learned a lot about our willpower and how to make better choices if we’re short on time. When you don’t have Subway there when you’re running late for class, you better come up with some good alternatives.
About three months ago, Cliff decided that he wanted to see how many days, in a row, he could work out. He made it all the way to 21 days. Now we’ve decided that our next challenge is going to be exercising for (at least) 30 minutes a day, every day, for 30 days. We’re counting yesterday (hey, we all need a little boost sometimes) so today was day two. I’ve decided that through the week I’m going to do my runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and the elliptical/arc trainer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On the weekends I’m going to try my hand at some weight lifting.
Today I got on the elliptical for the first time in three weeks and I was amazed at the difference. I was able to do the entire workout on level 10 and even bumped it up to level 15 several times. I also kept my heart rate over 150 for the entire time (except the warm up and cool down, obviously). It was one of the best workouts that I’ve had so far. Tomorrow is the first day of Week 3 on my C25K training, which means two 3 minute sprints…
I’m terrified, but also interested in whether or not I’ll be able to do it. I guess we’ll see! J
So, all in all the day ended on a pretty great note. I didn’t give in to temptation, I started a new challenge instead of giving up, and I ended the day with a killer workout. Maybe I really do have a handle on this healthy living deal.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” ~ Colin Powell