Hey everyone, it’s Wednesday again… yesterday. I wrote this yesterday but took longer to finish it, so it is getting posted a day late. It’s time to talk about Goals. I am feeling much less stressed than I have the last couple of weeks. It has been almost two months since I hit 141 and it has been a bit frustrating to have made no progress in weight loss. I had a follow doctor’s appointment on keeping up with past medical issues. I spoke to two different doctors. They both have told me that my body is hugely improved from polycystic ovarian syndrome. That hormone levels are coming back into a normal range and that my body is stabilizing. I was told that while I’m adjusting, and since I’m within a normal BMI right now, that finishing off weight loss may take a little longer than I want. It’s not exactly what I want to hear but it is encouraging to know that this plateau that I’ve hit is pretty normal. Truth is, I’ve been stressing a lot about every little thing I ate the longer that my weight has been at a halt.
I definitely believe that happiness is a state of mind. That we don’t have to have the perfect weight or the perfect body in order to be happy. I am very happy with my body right now whether it takes me a month or a year to work towards my goal weight. I don’t like that I let the stress get to me a little but I’m not perfect. I’ve recentered and I’ll continue to move forward. I have many other goals that I’m working towards in my health, and I will continue to do so.
Monthly Challenge – I have been stretching nearly every day and feel as if I’ve seen some small improvements. Flexibility takes a while for me, and I wonder if it may take more than a month to see some real progress, but we will see. It is a bit weird trying to come up with a positive thing every day. Sometimes I really have to think about it and get creative. It’s only 9 days in. I have a couple people joining in, but I do feel that a few people find the exercise uncomfortable and are avoiding. I encourage you to read more about the challenge and join me.
Mental, Physical, Spiritual – I’ve changed my meditation to the morning when I first get up. It’s actually been much better than when I was doing this at night. I’ve also been very good at getting some daily reading in. The book “Greenlights” that I’ve been reading is still more of an autobiography than a self-help or self-discovery book. I’m hoping that changes but maybe I just misinterpreted what it’s supposed to be. Yoga and been good and relaxing, and running has been motivating and I’ve seen such great progress.
Ragnar – I am getting excited to be doing Ragnar in just over two months. I can confidently say that when I said I was hitting a 11-minute mile that I have it down on a regular basis. I did a short 1 mile run on Monday and since it was short I picked up the pace and was able to hit about 10 minutes for the mile. Definitely not a pace I could keep up long distance but improving every day. So happy to see progress from when it used to be 15 minutes.
Intermittent Fasting – I’m still getting used to the earlier eating. I have been feeling a little hungrier the nights that I haven’t been going to bed at a decent time. I still really like intermittent fasting, and I do wonder if it has been more of a maintaining weight lifestyle. I wonder if I go back to my daily small meals if I would lose that weight faster. However, I am truly doing this as an experiment to see how my body reacts. If I feel like my body has normalized more in a few months and I’m still struggling to hit goal weight, I will probably go back to what I was doing before.
Push-ups – I am still working towards this goal but definitely at a slower pace. I won’t give up on my 50 push up goal but I am willing to let it take longer than I wanted. I will push it until I reach this goal
Strength and Toning – I have started doing some strength and toning exercises most nights. Now that I’ve lost so much weight, I would like to pull in and tighten loose skin. I want to get stronger and see what more of a change I can do to my body in more than just size.
How are you on your goals?