In my effort to be more honest and to blog more, I'm, well, blogging two days in a row.
I'm frustrated as hell today. December was a very busy month and I worked 21 days straight before I had a day off. Before going into the busy schedule, I made a promise to myself to work out at least 5 days a week, and I did just that. I focused mainly on cardio as a stress reducer and fat burner. I'm trying to get the remainder of this weight off. Well, I counted every calorie, good or bad, worked out, tried to get quality sleep, and focused on the positive. At the end of the month I showed no weight loss! How is this possible???? I turned down loads of holiday food and even made myself consume more water.
Well, I did some research and apparently stress can lead to weight gain and weight retention even when you're counting calories and following a work out plan. Well, that's just great. Fine! Even though I made an effort to not be maxed out, I know I was stressed. With Nutcracker and the general holiday madness, I think I need to find a way to de-stress. One that doesn't include alcohol or laziness. So, this morning I organized myself. First thing - I planned out my workouts for the next two weeks. My gym has loads of classes and I'm going to shake up my days by doing something different every single time I step foot in that place. I've made a calendar of workouts that I'm going to do which include cycling class and circuit training with a few days of my typical carido/strength training thrown in so that I stay on control of my "me time".
I've come so far since August and I want to get to my goal by mid spring. I don't have unattainable numbers so it's not like I'm trying to do the impossible. I just want to get there. I'm lucky to have a support system and a great gym that offers a lot of options. I wish I could afford a trainer but that gets expensive very quickly. I know what I'm doing, I know it takes time, and I know I can do this. I'm just frustrated today and I need to get it out of my heart so that I can move on and move forward. I'm very proud of the progress I've made and I don't intend on stopping any time soon. I deserve the best me possible, and I'm going to let myself have it for once.
Woo. Deep breath. I just needed to get that out.
I got this.
I got this.
I got this.
UPDATE I have lost 1 pound since the holidays have finally ended. Yay. It's all about maintaining stress.