I worked my butt off in February to disappointing results. I lost a total of 3 pounds. I had hoped for a total of 5-6, but it didn’t happen. I wish I had taken my measurements when I started because I do feel slimmer. My belt is another 2 notches looser, so I know the scale is not showing the entire story.
The biggest success of the last month is my new routine. I didn’t skip any workouts, and doing them every day didn’t feel like torture. I attribute this turn of events to establishing a routine where I get up earlier and work out first thing in the morning. I went a few days in the past month where I may have slept about 20-30 minutes later than I should have, but I still woke up, got dressed and worked out before I started my day. It’s lucky I have the luxury of working at home because I wouldn’t be able to get away with that if I had to commute to an office. But, I still work set hours during the day, and when I slept a little later it did throw my schedule off, so I’m trying hard to not slip into that type of bad pattern. It’s a hard transition to becoming more of a morning person, but it’s going pretty well. The idea of working out at night has become completely unappealing to me now. I can’t imagine going back to that routine.
I will admit my big idea of going for a 30-minute afternoon walk everyday did not last for more than about two weeks. I wasn’t really enjoying it, and it was hard to step away from my office in the middle of the day. I still think I need to move around more in general, so this month I am going to try going for a 3 mile run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the end of my workday, in addition to my morning workouts. I am hoping this additional cardio will help boost my weight loss results for March. I also signed up for two 5k races in May to help motivate me to actually complete these runs on a weekly basis.
I completed my Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred program last week along with a 30-day arm challenge, so I’m now in “Phase 2” of my workout plan. Yesterday I started the Jillian Michaels BodyShred program. It’s 6 days a week, so same schedule that I have been doing. Although she claims these workouts are only 30 minutes, but they are slightly longer, about 35-40 minutes. So, I can’t be hitting that snooze button anymore, I am going to need that extra time. These workouts are really tough, but hopefully I’ve prepped enough to get me through it, at least with modifying some of the exercises. I watched the “Learn the Moves” DVD over the weekend, and it was pretty scary. If I can do even a few of the moves I saw on that DVD by the end of this program without modifying them, I will call that a win.
I had been scratching my head last week as to why I keep struggling to see results on the scale, so I talked to my friend, a dietitian, about my eating plan. I feel like I am doing everything right – eating healthy food within 1500 calories, extremely limiting any processed foods, working out all the time – but that scale just isn’t budging. I was eating 3 meals a day, and she recommended switching that to 5-6 smaller meals, by adding in 2 snacks during the day. I feel like it’s hard to eat all day long, but I’m giving it a try. Eating 5-6 small meals a day is not a new idea for me, and I have been resistant because I feel it’s not sustainable for me. I’ve done this in the past to a lot of success, but then I always go back to my regular 3 meals a day eating schedule. She told me that it doesn’t need to be that difficult. I don’t have to prepare a bunch of homemade snacks (which is what I did in the past), I could just eat a piece of fruit and cheese stick, or something along those lines, and eat a smaller dinner. I’m going to give it a try and see what happens.
I took all my measurements yesterday before I started BodyShred, and I will report my results at the end of the 8 week program. If I don’t see results on the scale this month, I am really going to be at a complete loss. I’m doing much more challenging workouts now, plus adding more cardio, and changing up the eating plan to 5-6 small meals a day.
I’m ready to be shredded!