Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Push Harder, I Must

Welp, I had some issues with my alarm again this morning - the issue being that I turned them off in a semi-sleep state, and then proceeded to go back to sleep for far too long. Thus resulting in missing another regularly scheduled day of running before work. Sooo, I'll attempt to do today's run tonight after work, and hopefully I don't pass out from the heat. But let's get to the reason we're all here today - it's weigh-in Wednesday!

Highest starting weight = 227
January starting weight = 217
Last week, July 24 = 181.4
Today, July 31 = 181.6

I think we're just gonna act like this week is a 'maintain' week, because I mean the 'gain' is only 2 ounces, and that's really nothing at all. So this week is basically the same as last week. Womp, womp. I'd rather it be the same than a couple of pounds gained though, so I'm not complaining. I am however a little upset, because I really wanted to officially hit 180 by the end of July, and that didn't quite happen.

Why did I want to hit 180 by the end of the month, you ask? This time last year was when I first set my first goal weight of 180, when I made my 25 Before 25 list last July. At the time, I was doing OK with losing weight and was probably around 197 or so. But then I stopped caring for a few months, and by December I had hit 217. So I was determined to make that 180 mark by this July, to round out the year. And I came so stinking close! But I still missed it by just around a pound and a half. Dumb. 

That also means I didn't meet my goal to lose four more pounds this month. I should have made it to 179 in order to meet that goal, but still, I was just a couple pounds off from that. (My original goal was set at the beginning of June, to lose four pounds a month, for the next four months, in order to reach my wedding day goal of 170.) I lost four in June, and just two in July. I'm ready to keep going though, and get back on track and lose four more in August. 

Even though I've missed my morning runs both Monday and today, I'm still officially training for my 5K. I ran yesterday morning to make up for Monday, and I'll run tonight to make up for this morning. Then Friday morning I'll get back to my regular running schedule. I've also started doing stuff before bed every night, to work out my arms, shoulders and back. I have little 5-pound hand weights, and I go through a circuit of about five different moves to target those areas, then I do some push-ups as well. (Oh, and some squats are mixed in there in combination with some arm stuff.) 

Google made all my silly selfies into a GIF! Awesome.
I think starting tomorrow, I'm going to attempt two full weeks of being as carb-free as possible. This is always such a huge challenge for me, considering how much I like things such as bread, pasta, potatoes and just carbs in general. But I think it'll be a great way to kick-start the month of August, and get my eating habits back on track a bit more. I've gotten pretty lax with it lately, so I really need to reign it in a bit, in order to make the most out of all the exercise I'm putting in, rather than wasting it by eating so unhealthy. 

So here's to a new month, new goals, and another four pounds off this body. In order to do that, I must push myself harder. I just need to find a new way to motivate myself a little more, in order to light a new fire of determination and focus. What are some of y'all's little tips and tricks for staying motivated? Do you make yourself some sort of reminder? Do you spend hours looking at 'fitspiration' quotes? Do you have certain music that gets you in the mood to workout? Please tell me! I love hearing new suggestions and ideas, and I could really use some right now. So help me keep myself on track with some fresh motivation!

Much Love,


Kristin J said...

I love doing comparison photos! It helps me to see just how far I have really come and keeps me moving forward. I also have started working out with my husband so we are there to motivate each other. When I have an off day he pushes me and I do the same for him! I also just have to schedule it and stick with it, but I am a scheduler by nature so if it is on my calendar it is happening!

Sippy Cups and Pearls said...

Duuude! I've totally missed following your blog! I took a long break from blogging but kept following you on Insta! You've done so awesome!! Keep it up!!! So glad to "be back" lol

Bitch on a Diet said...

you've still done so great since the beginning of the year! amazing! and while it does suck a little to just be maintaining rather than losing, at least it's not a gain right!

Ash Z said...

Google has done that a few times to me when I upload photos lol.
Don't worry about the alarm - mine has the same malfunction :)

Katelyn said...

You are doing amazing at your weight loss! Just found your blog via the link-up!

Betty Taylor said...

I would definitely say that is a maintain. Eating low-carb really works. It really gets easier after a little while. I hope you make your goal in time for the wedding. This is my first week in the hop. I am following you!

Emily Patten said...

I love how positive you are! One thing I don't like about setting goals is because if you fail you just get down on yourself. But you have a great attitude even if the goals you set for yourself weren't quite reached. There is always tomorrow! :)

Anonymous said...

I admire your perseverance and think you are doing a great job. I would like to lose weight (especially before I see my husband again) as I have let my weight creep up becuase I have been in a bit of a low with my whole visa process etc. I think, for me, I have to be in the right frame of mind to do it ... So, your story has helped! :-)

Brianne said...

Maintaining can be just as hard as losing. Keep up the great work & good luck with your goals!