By Lisa Spodak [email protected]
Provided by WorldNow
Starting weight (Phase 2): 209
Last weigh-in: 220
Week 23 weigh in: 222
Weekly change: +1
Overall change: +13
You know those commercials (I can’t even remember what they’re for!) that talk about people’s “Ah-ha Moments”? I have what I call “Duh Moments”… like when I realized that oatmeal really was a healthy and cheap breakfast or that eating a bag of baby carrots could not, in fact, turn my hands orange – no matter how hard my co-workers tried to convince me otherwise.
I had a big one this week, realizing, without a doubt, that a big part of the reason I’m struggling so much with my weight lately is that I’ve had a series of challenges in the exercise department.
Looking back, it seems so obvious. But in the course of things, it actually snuck up on me a bit, so it makes sense I may not have realized it.
First, I took a trip to Hong Kong, which started great as far as exercise was concerned but fizzled out.
Then, as I got closer to The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, I started phasing out trips to the gym in lieu of longer walks. Walking is great but compared to my gym sessions it just wasn’t enough.
I’ve also had some injuries and difficulties since The Avon Walk which have made it very hard for me to exercise in my regular ways. I’ve been going to a physical therapist and working with a personal trainer, but that’s meant a lot of stretching and light strengthening, but not the cardio sessions and heavy weights I’d gotten used to.
Emotionally, my frustration with not being able to exercise turned into feeling sorry for myself and binging, which invariably turns into more frustration and more emotional eating. And from there, it’s so easy to fall quickly into a self-defeating cycle.
I’m not saying all this as an excuse, but as an example of how sometimes we need to deal with change and find solutions that may not be ideal but are at least a step in the right direction.
For me, I think this means focusing a bit more on weight training right now. I may not get the calorie-burn I was getting from intense cardio sessions, but I know in the long run that building lean muscle will mean I burn more calories. And even if it’s not burning the same calories as some of the things I normally do, it’s much better than doing nothing!
I also think getting to some classes and getting back into a gym routine, even if it’s different from my old routine, will also make me feel like I’m taking strides to make up for the challenges with the cardio and will help me feel more focused and dedicated to my weight loss again.
This is such an important lesson for me! I tend to be so all-or-nothing and get so caught up in sticking to my plan, that I forget how far a little flexibility can go.