It’s that time again! It’s been 3 weeks since our last check-in, so we want to hear how you’re doing! Are you using this nifty chart to track your progress? (If you missed it, click here to download).
A lot of you have asked how we’re doing. I have a confession: I haven’t been tracking my measurements, but I’m changing that today. But. I’ve been at this since the beginning of the year and I’m losing pounds and I know I’m losing inches because I have clothes that were once uncomfortably tight/unwearable that are now just right or even a little loose and other clothes that were once just right and are now too big to wear. I’m seeing lots of new muscle definition, particularly in my legs (hi, there, quad muscles that are keeping me motivated even on those weeks when I’m not seeing much progress on the scale). For the first time in years, I can wear my wedding band AND my engagement ring (I’ve just been wearing my engagement ring for a long, long time).
The biggest change I’ve made has been with exercise. For me, the first thing to go out the window has always been exercise. If my day is busy, if I’m tired, if I’m just not feeling it, exercise gets the boot. I know that I can lose weight with a very controlled diet, so then I get it in my brain that exercise can be negotiable.
This winter has been hard. I often get the wintery blues from December-February (except it kind of manifests itself more as anxiety than depression) and this year, I’ve turned to exercise as a coping mechanism. I’ve discovered that not exercising doesn’t make my day less busy, doesn’t make me less tired, I just feel less emotionally equipped to handle the busy-ness or the stress, you know?
I’ve started getting up very early and doing some kind of circuit training workout for about 30-35 minutes, then I get my kids up and off to school, then I go to the gym. Yes, gym-hating Kate goes to the gym. The first time was scary, like I’d-rather-die-than-make-a-fool-of-myself-here scary. Turns out that very few people seem to be paying attention to what I’m doing. I drop my toddler off at the gym daycare and then do about 45 minutes-an hour of kid-free cardio (I’ve been watching Frasier while I’m on the elliptical. I laugh out loud and other people look at me. But, like I said in one of my Fitbit challenges last week, I can do 45-60 minutes of moderately intense cardio if television is involved.) It’s a lot. But it’s good. It makes my day go better. I manage my time better, I’m nicer to my kids and my husband, and all the stressful stuff feels more doable. Plus, the more I do it, the more I want to do it. Also, the more I exercise, the more I can eat, which makes everything better.
So, in a nutshell, that’s how things are going over here! It’s been so fun connecting with you guys, hearing your stories, seeing your progress! So now it’s your turn to give us a status report!
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