This week has been a bit trying at times and although I feel like I've worked really hard all week and should have lost more than .2 pounds, I know there is still more I could be doing to up the ante so to speak.
I doubled up 3 days this week on my workout, walking for 20 minutes while at work and coming home and doing my normal 15-25 minute workout, depending on which level I chose, plus I stayed within all my nutritional goals and have started using my new total gym for strength training. My guess as to why I didn't lose as much as I thought I would this week is that, with using the Total gym, I'm creating more muscles in my arms, which replaced the fat I burned off. This week I lost an inch around my waist and a quarter of an inch around my hips....something had to of happened right?
After my weigh in this morning I've decided that I want to change a few things I'm doing, and put myself on a weekly schedule to make sure I'm doing exactly what I need to be doing. I'm going to make a daily list that maps out the time frames in which I should be accomplishing certain things like, getting up in the morning, having breakfast, my first snack, workouts...and so on. The past few weeks I feel like I've been getting out of my routine a little and just kinda 'going with the flow' - which isn't bad, but I feel like I could be losing control a little, and I wanna pull back to make sure everything stays in check.
I've lost another inch around my waist and can actually fit into just about all my old clothes. Every time I look in the mirror now I am surprised to see how much weight I've really lost....23 pounds doesn't seem like a huge amount to me in the grand scheme of things (when I'm going for about 120 pounds lost) but it's made a huge difference so far.
When I went to Kohl's today to spend my Kohl's cash, since it expires on the 10th, I realized that of all the clothes I tried on, I pretty much can't fit into XL clothes any more, they all look to big and baggy on me. I was really surprised when I walked out of the dressing room with only 2 shirts that I liked and both were L, not XL! I don't even remember how long its been since I've been able to go into a store and buy just a L!!! As I was walking through the plus size section, where they have the 2X + clothes I couldn't help but smile and think that, a few months ago, I would have shopped in this department and bought 2X or even a 3X! It felt so amazing to look at those clothes and the sizes and say 'This is to big!' I think walking through that section really put things into perspective for me and made me realize how much progress I'm making and it's helped motivate me even more to keep on trucking!
While I was at Kohl's I wondered into the jewelery section. While I was browsing I found an inspirational ring that said 'Nothing is impossible". After going through the plus size section and having my 'moment' and realizing that I can now fit into L clothes, I thought that, of anything I got today, I had to have that ring, just as a reminder that yes I can do this. Whenever I'm struggling I can put on the ring as a reminder that reaching my goal is not impossible...and I can do it, I just have stick to my plan and eventually I'll reach my goal.