Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Weight-Loss Wednesday

I wish I had better results to post this week, but I don't.  I took another step backward and gained another pound this week.  This puts my total weight loss at only eight and a half pounds.  I am disappointed that I did not have better results this week, but I did realize some very important things this week.  I realized that at some point in the last month I stopped praying about my weight loss journey and I know that has played a huge roll in my gain this month.  I know that at some point I stopped talking to God and asking for His help and that He is using my poor decisions and weight gain to get my attention.  How do I know this?  The entire time I was earnestly praying to God about breaking my bad food habits, staying on track, and asking God to show me what areas I needed to focus on, I was losing weight consistently.  Then I did the human thing and started thinking, I am off to a good start, I got this and I started praying about my weight loss journey occasionally and I started yo-yoing with my weight.  Eventually I forgot to pray about my journey at all and I started consistently gaining weight and falling back into old habits.  I truly believe that these things go together hand-in-hand and while I know some out there won't see it the same way as I do, I know what has been working for me and how God answers my prayers when I pray earnestly.  I also realized that I have been unintentionally dehydrating myself by having too much coffee and not forcing myself to drink water. So yesterday I limited myself to two cups of coffee and really focused on drinking the water.  I drank three and a half big bottles of water.  I made sure that I kept track of how much I was drinking by writing it down.  I also went back to my lunch of salads this week.  I love salad, but lately I have been being lazy and not taking the time to make one up for lunch.  On the  list of good things is today I will finish my 30 Day Challenge on my EA Active video game for the Wii.  I am excited to finish all 30 days and plan to have a rest day tomorrow and then re-start the 30 Day Challenge and set the intensity level to high.  I am excited because even though my video game has been trying to kill me with squats, lunges, squat jumps, and lunge jumps I have been keeping up.  The other good thing this week that I have really noticed is that even though my weight is up, my clothes are fitting better and looser.  Shirts that I bought back in October to cover up my belly, now just hang and the jeans that were tight this fall are getting looser and looser.  Also the best thing is that I had to tighten my belt and can even put it in the last hole and still be able to breathe.  So these are the pluses that I am focusing on instead of letting the negatives get me down.  I am going to work harder, drink more water, eat more veggies and fruit, and pray earnestly.  I knew my journey wouldn't be easy when I started it.  I knew there would be some speed bumps along the way, but I am devoted to my journey and completing it no matter how long it takes.  I can do this with God's help!

Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Finish first 30 day fitness challenge 1/30/13
Start 30 Day Fitness Challenge at high intensity 2/1/13
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 41.5 lbs.

*All opinions of the EA Active video game are my own and I was in no way compensated for this post, nor am I affiliated in any way with EA Active or Wii.

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