There have been a lot of ups and downs this month. I wish my weight had been one of the downs. Unfortunately, I’ve hit this yo-yo plateau. I’m bouncing up and down about 3-4 pounds when I get on the scale. It happens, I just have to push through it.
If you follow my Instagram and/or personal Facebook page, you may have seen most of these photos, but I wanted some visuals in this possibly wordy post.
Over the holidays, my weight shot up to 204. My lowest weigh-in had previously been 195. OUCH. No workouts and eating everything I felt like. Yuck. I vowed not to see a 200+ number in 2013, so after December 31st, I just decided not to get on a scale until I was certain I’d gone back down. That’s fair right? If I don’t see it, it doesn’t count. I’m going to keep telling myself that, okay?
I joined a health & wellness center on December 30th. I chose the center because I needed a place that had workout equipment, weights and a pool. The huge plus was that it offers free classes to all members: spin, yoga, bodypump and a bunch of others.
I also began group swim classes at the YMCA. Every Wednesday night I have class for 7 weeks and there are 6 other people in the class. The instructor is awesome at addressing individual needs. I’ll be sad when it’s over.
I ran my first 5k of the year. My time was 35:17, not bad for me and for taking a break from running for 2 months.
I sweated a lot.
I also got some new running gear, including this purple jacket that was on clearance. It was the very last one in stock and my size (psst! It’s a MEDIUM!), so it was meant to be!
I took some random pictures of myself.
I ran a straight 5k without having to walk for the first time in months. I also did my longest “run” to date (there were a few short walking intervals).
And the biggest change is discovering Paleo eating. I don’t want to say Paleo Diet, as it’s normally called. It’s not a diet in the sense that most people think of, like Weight Watchers or Atkins. It’s a lifestyle. It’s like choosing to be Vegetarian or Vegan. If you don’t know what Paleo is, Google! The BASICS are eating meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. No dairy, grains, processed foods. Look it up though, I’m going to be writing more about it and posting my food recipes more often.
Since the end of January is here, I decided to take new measurements, which I won’t share, because I’m disappointed. I barely made any progress since my last time measuring in November. I ended December weighing 204 and Sunday I weighed 193, by Wednesday, I was 196. As you see, yo-yoing. I’m happy to be in the 190s, but my goal for January was to really push and get into the 180s. I feel really good right now about myself, so I’m trying not to dwell and just push on.
The biggest difference that I noticed was my thigh and calf measurements did change between 0.5-1″ on each side. I’m pretty excited to see changes in my legs!
I’m keeping running totals of my running, swimming and biking distances as well.
Run – 27.49 miles
Bike – 160.5 miles
Swim – 4050m
Here’s hoping that February is a great progress month!