I know many of you read my blog for the baby updates but for those who might be interested I want to start sharing more of my weight loss journey. I’ve shared throughout the months that I struggle with my weight and if you’ve seen pictures of me, you also know the extent to which I struggle. I am so very tired of being fat, tired of feeling sluggish, tired of being anything but my best and this needs to change.
I shared my March goals in yesterday’s post and I’d like to give some background surrounding those goals.
My first goal was:
Get in 16 workouts for the month
I’m setting my goal to 16 because that is 4 workouts per week, which is achievable and manageable. I know I need to be more consistent in my workouts and what a great way to do it! I WILL get to 16 but getting above that number is even better. Annnnd I’m already down to 15 workouts, after Saturday’s run!
My second goal was:
No fast food for the month, allowing for 4 meals eaten out or ordered in for the month.
This one deserves an explanation. As most people who are overweight, I’ve followed one diet after another and my weight has gone up and down (by my own accord) since forever. However, every single time I’d lose weight, whether it was WeightWatchers or just eating healthy, I’d always allow myself to eat whatever I wanted on Fridays after I weighed in. I’m talking going back 7+ years that I’ve been doing this (talk about an ingrained habit) and it needs to stop. This is not a healthy mind set and is not a mind set of a naturally skinny person, so going forward I will not allow myself to eat anything but healthy foods except for 4 meals in the month of March and the 4 meals that I may eat out should be healthy choices. I shouldn’t lose sight of my goals and let loose and have greasy, bad for me foods.
My hope is to break the junk food cycle because I enjoy fast food (aka: McDonald’s) a little too much. I’ve read numerous blogs over the last few weeks, written by folks who cut fast food out of their diets, and they claim they no longer crave that food and find the thought of it disgusting. This is exactly what I want and I am willing to try anything to achieve it!
I don’t care about being skinny, I care about being healthy. The weight should come off naturally but if it doesn’t and I’m eating healthy, clean foods and working out hard, I will accept that I am built to be heavier (this is not likely). So far, 4 days in, I am feeling so much better, more energetic and ready to take on new activities.
My third goal was:
Spend more time doing things that make me feel fulfilled and less time being a lazy lump.
Everybody wants to sit on the couch and do nothing and I will allow this to happen on occasion but I want to use my time more wisely. I’m considering reading the book, “168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think.” The book dives into how to track your time so that you know how you’re spending the time you have and can then adjust and have better time management. I don’t have terrible time management but I do wonder where my evenings go because one minute I’ll look at the clock and it will be 6pm and the next thing I know it is 10:30. There are so many things I want to do that I am not currently doing, ie: make jewelry, workout, blog and read.
A Pair of Earrings that I Made in the Past
All three of those items are ways that I use to spend my free time prior to baby. Now that my life has leveled off and I have learned how to handle being a mom, working and having free time (though, this is ever-evolving), I need to get back into each activity. I honestly feel like this will be THE hardest goal in March. I need to spend some time trying to figure out how this will look.
Emmett is usually asleep by 8:30 and I usually head to bed by 10 or 10:30, so that leaves me an hour and a half to spend how I please. I do need to share this time with getting my clothes and lunch for the next day ready, so realistically, I have about an hour a night. I’d like to use 3 days making jewelry but I can also spend time doing that on weekends, so maybe my best use of time during the week is to read, blog and workout.