It’s time for my two week follow-up! Did you read my post titled, “I’ve been slacking…?” If not, then you may want to read that one first so you have some idea what I’m talking about with this one! 🙂
I set three ‘challenges’ for myself to help me meet my main goal of getting back to my ideal, ‘most-comfortable-me’ weight. Here’s how I did with those…
- Drink at least 60 oz of water a day. In the last 14 days, I think there were only two days that I fell short on this. Not bad! And, actually, most days my water intake was probably much higher than this. 60 oz isn’t that much water, but I’ll admit that in the winter, especially, there are many days when it will get to noon and I realize I haven’t had a single sip since first thing in the morning! So, every morning, I filled up my water pitcher and made sure it was gone by the end of the day. Most day, I was finished by 5 p.m. and kept drinking more until bedtime.
- Stop eating like I’m running 5 miles a day! This is always an ‘easier said than done’ thing for me because I really like to eat…but, I would say I did a really good job of paying attention to how much food I ate these past two weeks. No more mindless (read: excessive) snacking when I’m getting my kids more of their lunch or ‘sneaking’ an extra snack in the late afternoon when my kids are busy doing something else and I just got done telling them they couldn’t have another snack because it was too close to dinnertime. I’ve also been careful not to overeat at dinner. I eat enough to be satisfied, then I stop and go brush my teeth so I know I’m finished for the night. 🙂
- Get more sleep. Overall, I’m very pleased with myself on this one. I was in bed by 10:00 p.m. almost every single night the past two weeks. There were a couple of nights when I was, literally, running to the bedroom so I could meet my self-made curfew…but I did it! Getting 7 hours of sleep really makes a difference in my energy level the next day!
So, as you can see, I pretty-much met all my little challenges above. Did I meet my main goal of getting back to my ideal weight? Do I feel more comfortable with where I am right now??? I would definitely say YES! 🙂 Now, for total honesty disclosure, I am technically a half pound above where I said I would be by this point, but, again…it’s never been about the number on the scale. It’s about feeling ‘light’ and ‘confident’ with my body. The number on the scale is really just a guideline for me because I know what it read the last time I was really comfortable, trim, and fit. (I did actually reach that ‘goal number’ last Wednesday, so I was simply trying to maintain these last several days.)
The change in weather is going to help immensely, too. I got outside to run for the first time in three months (!) on Saturday. I was going to run again on Sunday, but there was too much ice when I looked out the window. However, everything was back on again this morning!! I got out my reflective vest, headlamp, and mini clip-on safety strobe light for my shoes…and I took off! It felt so great to get out there and run again. My pace is obviously much slower than it was when I ‘stopped’ running in December, but this happens every year and I know I’ll get right back to my normal pace soon enough. Hopefully, these days of 50 degrees will FINALLY melt all that snow and ice out there…
I still want to see more definition in my stomach, but I know I’ll keep up the hard work and running will help me get there. We are heading into the third and final block of P90X3 now. I’m going to push it hard through the end and I look forward to seeing the results (before and after shots) when it’s all done. And then we’ll send in for our free P90X3 t-shirts! I mean, that’s why we’re doing all this, right??? 😉 Just kidding!
For those of you who emailed me with your goals, I hope you met yours! I will be in touch one last time to see how you did. I appreciate you taking the time to write me and share your own struggles. It was nice to see I wasn’t alone with how I was feeling at the moment!!
I’m definitely feeling trimmer, healthier, and happier again…and that’s always a good thing! As I said in my original post, being comfortable with how I feel makes me a better me, a better mom, and a better wife.
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