It's about time for a Weight Loss Wednesday post, don't you think? I kind of abandoned the whole thing back in January when I wasn't losing any weight. It was seriously depressing for me to think about writing a post each week about how my weight was staying exactly the same despite concerted efforts in the exercise and diet arena. But, maybe that would have been encouraging to others in the same boat? I don't know. I get a little whiny and pathetic about it, so I hardly think anything I would have written three months ago about weight loss and healthy living would have been productive at all.
Fast forward to today...and for some cosmic reason that will most likely remain a mystery forever, it looks like my metabolism has finally kicked back into gear. Granted, my diligence regarding tracking my food intake has been renewed due to an accountability partner I e-mail daily. Seriously, I know it sounds dumb, but knowing that I'm going to have to e-mail someone who is trying just as hard as I am to lose weight and exercise really helps me to make better choices throughout the day. To be honest, I've been far from perfect (as she will tell you), but the slip-ups have been far fewer and seeing her successes and struggles throughout the week encourages me because I don't feel so alone in the endeavor.
Ok...so here are the facts:
- I've lost approximately 15 pounds since January 1. Yay! I still have 15 to go, but we're thinking positive here.
- I'm following the new Weight Watcher's Points Plus plan. It was hard at first to adjust to all the new points plus values, but now that I have a handle on it, I'm doing well.
- Yay for nursing! I get 7 additional points plus per day while I'm nursing. The goal is to lose all the weight before I have to give up those additional points.
- I'm hitting the treadmill about 30-40 minutes per day, covering about 3-3.5 miles. More on that later.
- I've been trying to get in a whole slew of daily sit-ups and core strengthening exercises. I've been realistically doing them 3-4 times per week, but need to be doing them more.
In January, I started pounding out about 2.5-3 miles daily at a 5-6 mph pace. Mostly, it was boring. I tried listening to music and was still bored. So, I found I could take my kindle with me and did my reading while running which was fun enough...if you can even call running on a treadmill fun.
By February I was up to 3 miles every day and haven't changed much since then. I could mostly complete my mileage in about 30-33 minutes. But, last week, I was completely fed up with the whole thing. I think it was due to the fact that the spring weather enabled me to get in a few outside runs (which were far more enjoyable), but I was just mostly...still...bored. The music, the reading...it just wasn't enough to keep my attention away from the boredom of watching the clock and mileage ticker.