Thursday, October 28, 2010

What Health Kick?

Was there a health kick going on over here? Oh, there WAS! We’ve been on a down swing for the last week or so here, with my birthday and our trip, but there is still a general health kick in effect. If not a kick, per se, an awareness of what I put in my mouth at least. And like I said, let’s just say the last 2 weeks because of work cake and lunches and gifts of Hershey’s Bliss chocolate, I have turned a blind eye to said awareness, but at least I know what I have to do.

And HOO BOY am I acutely aware of the imbalance that is cause by stuffing my pie-hole with apple cider doughnuts frosted with cream cheese. If you even saw my skin these days, you’d cringe. And if that is not reason enough to get back on the wagon, I don’t know what is, because I am a damn greasy mess.

Here is a bit of a State of The Union if you will:

Total lbs lost: 6 or 7 depending on the day
Total lbs to go: Around 50 for pre-pregnancy (as in pre- Bud) weight,
Status of pants: Size 22’s are a bit loose but we are not at all comfortable in a size 20
Gym routine: eh….blah….needs work.
Current Focus: much less dairy, much more water, figure out how to kick it up at the gym

So, I don’t know. The hard thing about all of this is that I want to see the results right away. Tout de suite. NOW. It is discouraging to go through the motions and feel like you’re really making strides and to not see the scale move or see defined muscles. And the rational part of me know that it’s a frickin journey, but the irrational part is saying SCREW the journey and let’s pop some pills and drink some Slim Fast. I know. I KNOW.

Hard.

Suck.

Anyway—I’d been putting off having a family photo done because I hate the way that I look. I hate that I have multiple chins and that my face is full. And yesterday I decided to stop putting it off. I look like what I look like. And I will probably loathe the photo. But what if I drop dead next month, and the last one we have is prior to Liv being born. And also, what message am I sending to my kids, not wanting to be in a picture? I wouldn’t ever tell them that it’s because I’m fat, but they’re not dumb. They’d pick up on the implication eventually.

So, yes. Family photo. 2 weeks from today. Think I can drop 50 by then? (ha) (sort of)

Finally, I’d like to ask a question. How do you make the most of your workout time? I go to the gym in the mornings before work, and depending on the day I have between 30 minutes to an hour to spend there. I mostly do cardio, sometimes do weights, but I don’t feel like I’m getting the maximum impact. What do you do to keep it fresh and keep the momentum?

7 comments:

d e v a n said...

It IS so frustrating not to see improvement immediately. I decided to put my scale away for awhile. I just couldn't deal with not seeing the numbers go down even though I FEEL healthier and even thinner.

LoriD said...

Well, I have NO gym routine now, but when I did I liked doing the circuit thing - alternating 5 minutes of cardio with five minutes of strength training.

We need to get a family photo done. Bart was 2 when we got the last one done, Maggie wasn't even born and I can't even tell you where that picture went!

Jess said...

Ugh. Now I want a donut. I'm thinking that wasn't the point of this post?

Do you have a heart rate monitor? I love having mine because it lets me see if I'm in the target fat burning zone to make sure I am getting the most benefit from my workout. Sometimes I actually have to go slower than I otherwise would to keep myself in the target zone, but I know I'm getting the most out of my workout, so I don't feel bad about it.

Anonymous said...

You know what I have come to realise? Incidental exercise is equally as important as a high intensity workout. It's the walking up and down stairs. Walking at lunchtime. Walking to the train. Walking to the store... those are the things that make a difference for me. Now that I hardly do those things, I have noticed that nothing is happening, despite the fact that I sweat my entire body weight out each time I hit the gym... it's so bloody annoying!!!!!!!!!!! good luck babes. Hang tight. Love ya, Paprika.

Shelly Overlook said...

I have no wisdom for you. I just don't get exercise. I don't believe it will ever feel less than torturous for me. I can tell you that since I started running in late July, I have run 200 miles. TWO HUNDRED. I have lost 5 pounds. That hardly seems fair.

Misty said...

Hard.

Suck.

I know. And I have never had a gym membership...so, I'm no good there either. Who wants another donut? That's my game.

:/ *Sigh*

misguided mommy said...

uggg the idea of a family photo makes me want to vomit. No one wants to see this fat ass and flabby arms