Saturday, July 28, 2012

Six Months In...

Hey readers!  It was one hell of a week let me tell you.  It was challenging, but I muddled through.  I also felt inspired because I knew I was completing my 26th week.  Six months into my new life...  I never thought I'd be where I am right now.  I'm on the cusp of entering the Century Club.  I've lost 87.2 pounds in 6 months.  It's still hard for me to put my mind around that, especially since I was able to do it without any serious restrictions.  I'm still eating carbs. I'm still eating fats. I'm still eating protein. 
If there is one thing that I've learned so far is that a diet that restricts either of those three items won't work for me.  I needed to learn how to eat and make tradeoffs.  I was able to lose this weight eating an occasional cheeseburger and piece of dessert or candy.  I'm much happier for it. 

When I see myself in the mirror, it's still a bit surreal.  I guess because it happened so fast.  I'm several weeks into stage two, and I'm almost down 30 lbs.  Milestone #2 is reaching 220.3 pounds.  I'm already at 257.8.  Before, losing 40 pounds seemed impossible.  Not anymore. 

As a matter of fact, I backed up off my exercise this week.  I weighed myself Wednesday evening to check in, and I found myself down 5 pounds with two more workout days in the week.  This worried me a bit because I was losing too fast.  So, I took a day off on Thursday, which I'm happy to say I enjoyed.  I think I've worked through my guilt issues when I decide to take a day off.  It seems that since I've increase my resistance workouts to three days a week, my weight loss is speeding up.  I'm definitely not losing muscle either because my arms are more defined.

I also changed my workout routine this week by backing off Zumba on Sunday.  I worked the bells so hard on Sunday that my legs were like jelly.  So, I'm going to continue with that.  I'm working Zumba down to only two days a week.  Since my gym is opening up on Monday, I'll still be able to work in a resistance class so I can get three days of weights in.  I'm finding that I enjoy the group classes more than working alone on a piece of equipment.  I really enjoy the interaction with the instructor and the other participants.  That's also why I like Zumba Wii and Jillian's kettlebell workout.  I don't feel like I'm alone.

So...how am I going to celebrate my anniversary?  Well, I worked out on the elliptical this morning, which killed me.  No interval running today due to weather.  I'm just glad I got it done.  Now, I'm just going to relax.  I'm really looking forward to my trip to Pittsburg.  Count down commences tomorrow...4 weeks to go.

Lastly, I'm going to be going out of town this week coming.  I'll be in Tennessee helping a family member move back to Ohio.  It will be interesting to see how I handle being out of my routine for another week.  I think I'll be okay.  I'm going to watch what I eat and make sure I get some exercise in...even if it's a walk.  Last time I was on vacation resulted in my largest weight loss week.  I don't think it will be like that this time, but it does make me feel better about stepping out of my routine and still being able to accomplish my goals.   My weigh-in and blog entry will be delayed.  I'll post next Sunday when I'm back in town.

So...let's here it for a great 6 months.  Let's keep that momentum going.  Thanks to all of you for your comments, support, ass kicks, and everything.  It really does make a difference.  My song choice for this week is a really happy tune since that's how I'm feeling.  The song title is a bit unusual...but very familiar to some of you.  Let's here it for Quincy Jones and a bit of Soul Bossa Nova.

Here's to a great six months! Let's celebrate with some jazz flute!