Beginning the Week

September 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the new week!

As I mentioned last week, I have been making every effort to get back on track

I’m doing this by going to the gym but not overwhelming myself.

I determined to get back to Planet Fitness daily and I chose a reasonable workout that I knew I could complete

Without feeling defeated by setting my goals at something I won’t accomplish

It’s not really that I CAN’T do more than I’m doing right now

The truth is that this has always been more mental than physical for me

In the beginning, it was definitely a huge physical issue for me to be able to even walk at all

But as time went on, I could do a lot more and yet I discovered that I still struggled at times

Mostly because my mind trips me up more than my feet!

There are some days I feel like I can barely accomplish my goals and it’s all in my head

I often lack the motivation I need to get moving

And I’ve discovered that I have to set goals I know I will accomplish

Because once I DO accomplish them—I feel more confident and more motivated

To do more the next day

My workout last week at Planet Fitness was 10 minutes on the recumbent bike

And 1 mile on the treadmill alternating between walking and jogging

Now of course this seems like a HUGE step backwards considering what I was doing in the past

Going to Crossfit…..walking up to 5 miles etc

But I can’t focus on that

Because right now I have to get my head back in the game

And the best way I know to do that is to set smaller goals that will rebuild my confidence

And help motivate me to keep going

When my biggest obstacle is just getting out of the bed and getting to the workout

I have to ease myself back into it so I ensure that I will keep going back the next day

That is how I build myself back into a consistent routine

And consistency is absolutely the most important thing in the world for me

It is what gets me to stick to things and keep going after it

I play a game with myself to keep motivated and keep increasing in progress

I do what I did in the beginning when I first started working out

I try to add one minute every day to my workout

So that means if I went 10 minutes on the recumbent bike yesterday

I do 11 minutes today

If I did 1 mile on the treadmill and it took me 19 or so minutes

Then I still do 1 mile but I add an additional minute on

Because I felt motivated and happy about having made it into the gym

And accomplishing the goal I set out today ( no matter how small)

I also determined to try and beat my time on the treadmill if possible

 

This was all I did on the recumbent bike the first day back

 

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And this is my second day back after adding a minute

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This was what I accomplished on the treadmill my first day back

My only goal was to do 1 mile not really focusing on my time

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This was my second day back and I made an effort to try and shave a minute off my time

I didn’t quite get there but I did manage to complete that mile at a quicker pace

So I accomplished my goal

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Once I made it to the mile, I determined to go a minute longer than I had gone the previous day

Since I had walked 19 minutes and 11 seconds the previous day

I added 1 minute on to that time

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Now I know all of this may not seem like much

But this is how I ease myself back into a workout routine

When I’m fighting the mental warfare that takes place in my head

After I’ve fallen off track and find it difficult to get my brain back in the game

It may seem ridiculous that I can’t just get back to doing what I know I physically can

But I also know that if I set a goal to do too much too soon

I’ll end up doing nothing at all

I’ve learned this is how my mind works

Set small goals

Achieve them

Up the anty

Do it again

Add a little more

Do a little more

And before I know it….I’m WANTING to be there

Instead of dreading it!

Mission Accomplished!

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Now it’s back home for the second aspect of getting back on track

Drinking my Atkins low carb, low sugar protein shakes

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I mix these into my Starbucks Vanilla coffee that I use in my Keurig

When I do this routine daily, it always puts me back on the path

Of course I hate that I got off track

But that’s in the past

What matters now are the steps I take to get back to where I need to be

It’s a long road when it comes to losing very large amounts of weight

2 years is a long time to be working on something

And I would be lying if I said I did not struggle with motivation

It’s just hard to stay motivated when you’ve been doing it so long

You feel you should have already achieved your goal 5 times over by now!

But it took me years to gain 300 pounds

And like it or not….it’s taking me years to get it off!

Motivation will always be a struggle

But as long as I don’t quit or ever fully give up on myself

I know in the end I’ll get where I need to be!

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Linda September 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Holly,
You ROCK! That is all I have to say – well there is always more like you inspire me but you truly are great!
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annamarie September 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm

So awesome, plus you are so right. I need to follow your example.

You go girl !!!!!!!!!!!
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Caron September 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Totally agree that small steps and a plan are a great way to get back on track. Whenever I try to change too many things or do too much, I just get overwhelmed. That probably means I’ll just fret and never get out the door to my exercise class or put in a DVD to exercise.

Keep up the good work. 🙂
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Alicia@ eco friend;ly homemaking September 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I so admire you!

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Anna September 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Awesome job getting back up and moving on.
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Shay September 4, 2013 at 2:30 am

You got this, Holly. Just keep getting to that gym, no matter what you do. Stick with it and stay consistent and it’s all easy peasy from there, girl. YOU GOT THIS!!
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Dagny Kight September 4, 2013 at 3:55 am

I renewed my trainer certification today and I was discussing with the advisor that even though I have made physical activity part of my life when it really wasn’t for DECADES, I’m not a natural athlete and I STILL have to make an effort to maintain the routine! You’d think it would all be second nature by now but NO!

For some of us, what’s in our nature simply makes it tough and we have to put out an extra effort. It gets tiring and we find ourselves going through phases but wanting to keep our weight under control will certainly provide a built-in sense of urgency! I cannot EVER go back. Regain is simply not an option!
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Nancy September 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I’m at that point right now, too. I’ve got to get my head back in the game and concentrate on my goal(s).

Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration!
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robin September 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

So whats the goal for you? Do you want to shed more weight?

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Yes my goal is to lose a total of 300 pounds. So far I have lost 240 so 60 to go!

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