I am trying with all my might to stay upbeat and not get discouraged about slow weight loss. I keep telling myself that slow weight loss will be more maintainable in the long run. But who am I kidding?! I want to lose weight and I want to lose it fast! Let me worry about the maintenance part of it later. Like I'll cross that bridge when I get there, just let me get there as fast as possible. As fast as possible without suffering from hunger pains, ha ha.
Seriously though, I have been doing everything "right". I'm exercising. I know it's only 3 times a week, but it's as much as is recommended and way more than I did the last time I was losing weight. Last time I sat on the couch and easily took off two pounds a week. I'm sticking to my points allowance without going over; last week I even ate way less and had weekly points and activity points remaining. And what did it get me? A measly .8 lb weight loss! Less than one freaking pound!
I can honestly say that if that rate keeps up I will lose motivation quickly. 1-2 pounds a week is considered "healthy". So 2 pounds is what my goal is. Not less than 1 pound.
This is causing me to think about my plan and what I am doing. Perhaps I need to change things up. Eat more salad, less carbs. Exercise more, perhaps walking on alternate days from running. I know I need to add in some strength training, but right now I'm at a loss as to how to do that.
This morning I could not get up to run. I went to bed late last night and as I was laying there I was dreading the morning run. When I started thinking about the possibilities of saving it until after work, I felt a weight lift from my shoulders, so I changed the time of my alarm and planned to sleep longer. So I guess it's not that I couldn't get up to run, it's that I couldn't sleep without knowing I wouldn't have to get up to run.
That got me thinking, though. I might have to switch back to after work exercise. I have a hard enough time getting out of bed and getting to work at a decent time. I hate going to bed early and that's the only way I can get up to work out. But evening workouts mean less time with the family because I simply cannot wait until after the kid goes to bed. That makes it too late. Or does it? Maybe that's what I do. Maybe since I am a night owl I workout at night. I don't know. For today though, it's an evening workout ahead.
Anyway, I guess I am just having one of those days where everything seems difficult. Eating right, getting in the workouts, losing weight. I want instant results even though I know that's unrealistic. I watched The Biggest Loser last night. It was a week where the contestants went home for the week. They all posted amazing losses for the week. It just made me realize it is possible to lose more than I am losing each week and so something needs to change. I can't afford a gym membership right now, though, or can I? Maybe that's just my excuse so I don't have to join a gym. Fitting in the actual trip to the gym might be harder than fitting in the monthly payment.
Gosh, I'm wishy washy. Like I said, I'm having a rough day. Maybe things will seem clearer after my run tonight.