Monday, March 10, 2008

Progress report

Well, I am changing my strategy a bit.

I have been doing really well on exercising, doing about 20 minutes of cardio (my gazelle) and at least 30 minutes of Pilates each day, 6 days a week. I've also really been watching what I am eating, though last week I wasn't quite as "nazi-esque" as I was the first 2 weeks! The first week, I lost three pounds; the second week, I lost two pounds, and last week I lost one pound, for a total of 6 that I am down so far, which I am really excited about!

MORE importantly, I am noticing that my body is changing TONS. (My clothes are fitting so much better--and I'm wearing things I haven't worn in two years!) And that is where the change of strategy comes in.

My husband and I have figured out that most likely, I am putting on muscle with the toning stuff (Pilates) that I am doing. Which is great, except for the fact that muscle weighs more than fat does. Which means, the scale isn't going down as fast as I would like it to.

Here is the new plan:

I am going to start doing a little more cardio (at least 30 minutes per day) and a little less Pilates--concentrating on burning the fat that I have more so than building new muscle. I do want to build that muscle, and have nice, toned, lean limbs, but I want it to build gradually so that the scale actually shows all the effort I am putting into this!

Now, make no mistake--I do believe that there will be a point that I plateau, and the scale won't go down any further without me having to take drastic measures (like, exercise 3 hours per day or eat nothing but water and rice cakes). Let me say right now, I am NOT willing to do either one of the afore mentioned things. I will not let the 'goal of losing 13 pounds' be the guideline by which I do everything else. I will not let the conquest to a thinner body completely take over my life. The scale may never show the progress that I orignially intended for it to show.

And part of the new plan? To be fine with that. And I am.

Let me just say, I have not let up any of my determination. I will continue to watch what I am eating like a hawk, and exercise regularly. I am just as strong as I was three weeks ago, but my perspective is just a little different.

The goal here is to be happier with my body, to look better in (and out) of my clothes, and to be healthier. When all of that happens, I am going to be thrilled, whether or not the scale says 'that certain number' that I hoped it would when I started out a few weeks ago.


Julie said...

Hey Devin -
Is it just me, or do you feel like we're the only ones reading this????

That's okay though. Hey, I just wanted to say that you are really doing great! Can I borrow a little of your enthusiasm?? ha ha