Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WLWed: Trying Again With Something New

It seems like every time I write over at this blog, I have to say - yes, I'm still here!  When nothing much is happening in my weight loss journey, then I tend not to write about it.  I never totally give up; I just flounder sometimes.  I lost my motivation a couple months back as there were no real results to speak of.  I've been fluctuating between a couple pounds up and a couple pounds down, but overall the same or a pound or so higher than when I started following Weight Loss Wednesdays with my sweet encouraging friend Alicia.

So I decided to try something a little different than my usual.  And normally I write about my plan and then follow through.  But this time I decided to give it a try first and see if I could do it.  And I have been!  And my weight is down a teensy bit!

I decided to work out for at least 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week.  That is crazy for me - I only have ever worked out 3 times a week at most and never saw the point of working out that much!  But it seems that my metabolism is practically nonexistent so I thought I should try doing something that would give it a boost daily.  My plan definitely involved some prayer - I had to pray for strength and to stay committed to exercise because this just isn't in my nature.  I've started my 3rd week of this!!

The first week - I worked out 7 times in 6 days.  Woo Hoo!  Then last week I worked out 6 times in 6 days.  This week so far I've worked out twice in 2 days.  The first week I did it - I only lost .5 lb.  That's no surprise to me.  Every time I start exercising my weight either doesn't change or increases - always frustrating, but I didn't let that stop me.  Last week led to a loss of 1.5 lbs so I'm glad I stuck with it!  Now I wish I had taken measurements at the beginning, because I think I can see a slight difference in inches.  I'll measure this week so I can keep track of that too.

I'm not doing any special diet with it, though I have cut out most evening snacking and am trying to increase my water intake.  When I exercise, I feel like eating healthier and eating less, so I figure that part will take care of itself.  Though I think eliminating afternoon iced coffees would also help!  :)

Don't think I'm doing some crazy workouts like Insanity or something - I'm just not that in shape!  Twice a week I go to an hour-long Zumba class at the gym and the rest of the days I'm doing a variety of 45-50 minute workouts off of Instant Netflix.  There are a couple of 10-minute solution workouts I like, a couple of Crunch workouts, etc.  I never do the same one 2 days in a row.  One is mostly cardio, one is sculpting with hand weights, one is Pilates, one is a good overall workout mixing all kinds of techniques, and I keep trying new ones too.

I notice that I feel better, have more energy, feel a little firmer, and my posture has improved.  Those benefits in addition to a bit of weight loss will help me to keep it up!  I plan to keep it up this whole month and then see where I'm at and what changes I need to make.

How are you doing?  Have you added exercise in for your weight loss journey?  Have you asked the Lord to help you on your journey?  I could not have kept up this consistency of exercising without Him - have never done this in my life!

Don't forget to stop by Confessions of a Snowflake to be encouraged on this Weight Loss Wednesday!  And link up your own posts there!

Have a healthy day!
Lisa  :)