Rounding out week 2 with another weight loss of 1.5 pounds. Didn’t quite meet my goal of 2-3 pounds each week, but I’ll take it. My energy has been dipping lately, plus headaches, I’m sure all part due to changing my daily eating and activity. While these adjustments in how my body and mind is feeling sometimes give mixed signals, trying to derail my efforts, in the end when I step on the scale or my clothes fit just a little better it makes it all worth it. These hazy days of withdrawal will soon break way to bursts of energy and productivity.
To give a little more back story my youngest, Emerson, is for the most part a good napper, but has never, NEVER, been a good night time sleeper. If I told someone I didn’t know his sleep schedule they would think I had a newborn, not a 15 month old. While I’d love to determine the root of this, right now I’d take a good 4 hour stretch of sleep in a row. On the positive note, naps, glorious NAPS! Most days both boys take a nap and until just a couple days ago I would rarely sleep too. Despite my lack of sleep at night I felt a desire, truly a need to work during their naps. I’ve come to realize if I’m to make it out of my sleep deprived slump, until little dude cooperates, I must take a nap. Then I can worry about productivity and deadlines in the evening or weekends. Because who really gets their best work done when they are tired?.
I continued moving almost everyday this week. While it wasn’t always an intense Just Dance session we did take family walks and play outside in the backyard a lot. I even managed to get some yard work done today. Now to get the kiddos to buy into Just Dance again, would really help with my morning and afternoon dance routine.
To Work On:
Snacking was much better this week. I swapped out those darn animal crackers for popcorn and chips and salsa. I also greatly reduced the frequency and portions. Still an area I need to plan out more. Like my meals I think if I have portioned and planned in snacks I’m less likely to derail.
Now that the holiday season is behind us, I have to watch out on my Valentine treats. Not only is it the day of love, but also my birthday. I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day and especially the treats. I have slipped up and cheated a couple times this week. Note to self: avoid seasonal aisles and end caps until February 14th.
I’ve got an eating plan and a lightly sketched out fitness plan. I’m ready to step it up. I work good when I’m competing, wether it is against myself or someone else. I’m excited to join the club with a heart rate monitor to track my fitness intensity and caloric burn. I’m going to take a day to track my fitness during a normal workout and see what goals I need to set and see how I need to step it up to help me reach my goal.
When all else fails I’ve been finding some inspiration on Instagram. I love all these gals. They give me the push and reminder that I can and need to do this; I’m not the only one struggling with food issues. You can count on these girls for anything: fitness tips, challenges, transformation stories, food and meal planning ideas, new accounts to follow. It helps seeing their pictures and motivation pop up in my feed. Instagram is somewhere I spend a lot of time on daily so what a great place to keep reminding me to push on.
On a weight loss journey of your own? Know of a great Instagram account to follow? Leave a link below. I’m always looking for new accounts to fill my feed with motivation.