This whole weight loss thing was really starting to get to me. The first 2 weigh ins were so exciting! Over 2 pounds the first week and almost 3 the second week. Then. It. Was. Only. A. POUND! And then weeks 4 and 5 were .2 of a pound. And then...week 6 NOTHING!
But I did realize after looking over my workouts and food journals that I was eating normal...not cutting calories...and I was working out once maybe twice during those weeks. At that point I realized that it was okay that I wasn't losing. The best news of all was that I had actually lost the 10 pounds...and it wasn't coming back. So what I know now is that I can maintain it. I can eat mostly healthy 80% of the time and have sweet treats ocassionally and eat out once a week if needed...and not freak out!
What I have also come to realize...which I've read over and over again...is that losing slowly is really the key to keeping it off. That's the problem I've had in the past. I have done a lot of "Lose 15 pounds in 3 weeks" type diets and workouts that help you lose fast. But for me after the three weeks I completely burn out...and stop. So the weight might go away fast, but it creeps back up and usually a few extra pounds tag along.
I am really excited about this eye opening experience. Even thought I am doing this 10 Week Biggest Loser Challenge and I pledged to lose 15 pounds I am okay with it going slowly. At this rate I won't be down to 135 at the challenge, but the fact that I am so close to being out of the 140's and the scale hasn't crept back up is more exciting. I also knew that I wasn't going to win this challenge b/c the majority of the other people had a lot more weight to lose than 15 pounds.
I also know that I can only fit in so many workouts a week and am not willing to do more to really push myself. That's why I am afraid of the P90X type workouts b/c I know I won't be able to keep doing them for long amounts of time. I need a healthy weight, but also LOVE spending time with my family and enjoying their evening activities. I know that there are some weeks I can fit in more, and I know that some weeks I'm lucky to get a walk out to the mailbox.
I wish I was that kind of person that could get up and exercise in the morning...but 5:00 is way to early for me to drag my butt out of bed. The summer will hopefully be easier because I really do like early morning workouts, but I like them after a full nights sleep and when the sun is coming up. And as much as I love my Zumba class some nights are just impossible to make...and with 5 kids I just can't get through everything I need to at night to get a run in. But there are only 6 weeks left of school...so I'll keep going at this pace and just be excited with each little bit that goes away.