First, let's talk about this week's plateau. Weight-wise, I have been bouncing around the same 2-3 pounds this week, and I'm pretty frustrated about it. I have been putting in the work, exercise wise, but as the week progressed, my mind took a negative turn and I found myself going back to some of my old eating habits.
After reading other people's weight loss success stories, there always seems to be a point where the blogger is doing everything right, and the scale is not moving - the dreaded PLATEAU! Let me be clear - this is NOT what I'm going through right now. I know exactly why my scale did not move this week, and now that I have acknowledged it, I can move on and get my diet back under control. I absolutely HATE that I'm counteracting all of this great exercise with awful eating habits, and that is going to stop immediately.
This, as you can image, is making me a little nervous about my DietBet challenge. I actually ended up joining two DietBets- one 4-week challenge headed by Alex Respess from Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and one 6 month challenge called "The Transformer" (you can read my initial thoughts about DietBet here). The good news? I managed to lose enough weight in the first two and a half weeks to make my 4-week challenge early - so I should have no problem staying the course and meeting my goal. As for Round 1 of the transformer bet, I'm a little nervous because of this week's lack of progress, so we'll have to see how this goes! I'm still very happy that I am participating, as it is a small reminder every time I make choices about food or exercise that I will immediately be held responsible and that there will be monetary ramifications for not meeting my goals :) (sometimes weight loss and overall health rewards are a little too slow - I often need more immediate gratification/consequences)
And then there was the 100 Challenge - 100 leg kicks, push-ups, squats, and jumping jacks per day for a whole month (what am I, CRAZY?). I'm calling last week a "trial run" before starting the first official day today. It is the first of the month, anyway! I learned a couple of really important things during my trial run:
- Jumping jacks, push-ups, and squats will all be modified for this month. Someday I hope to revisit this when I can do all of these the non-modified way, but for now, if I have ANY chance of even coming close to this goal, I need to modify. This means doing chair squats, wall push-ups, and lower impact jumping jacks - hey, it's better than just sitting on the couch
- It's going to hurt. A LOT! After day three of my trial run, I went to bed laughing and crying all at the same time, because every single muscle in my whole body was soar, and I hadn't even completed all of my squats for the day. I'm not all about pain= gain all of the time, but I definitely liked the feeling of knowing I had pushed my muscles to the max. There wasn't a ton of next-day soreness, though, so I know I'm not injuring myself, just pushing harder than I am used to
- This will be one of those goals were I will practice not being a perfectionist, and instead listen to my body. My goal each day is to reach 100 of each, along with continuing to walk 5-6 times/week. Some days I will hit this goal, some days I won't, but each day that I participate will be a day I will be getting stronger. This is nothing like my healthy eating goal. For this month, I want to stay away from refined carbs and sugar. Unlike the 100 challenge, this diet change is 100% possible, and I expect to reach this goal every day this next month, and will be more disappointed if I miss a day.
There we go! A recap of last week and a plan for the rest of the month - bring it on March (but please, not too much more snow or cold weather - I can't take it anymore!!)