Weighing In (Week 6)

Posted: February 17, 2012 in Exercise, Food, Health
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Week 5: February 13-February 17
Hours spent in gym: 0
Weight Lost: 2 pounds*
Total Weight Loss to Date: 12 pounds*

Well. At least I’m consistent? Don’t judge me. Actually, you know what? Do. I am struggling with a capital S. I know I’m losing weight, but I can tell you that it is NOT the result of exercise. I’m eating awesome, which is good—because if I weren’t doing that you’d probably be seeing a zero in every category except the date.

I’m busy. Just like every other person in the United States. That’s really no excuse because I joined Anytime Fitness, which as the name would suggest—is open anytime. Here’s the issue. With all the things I have going on AFTER work, in order to work out I need to go BEFORE work, and I can’t even describe to you how hard it is for me to get up in the morning. I struggle to get up at 7am to be to work at 8am—so 6am is even worse.

So here’s what I need from you guys. How do you guys do it? Those of you that work out—are you going in the morning? At night? And especially if you’re going in the morning, do you have a trick to MAKING yourself go? Or is it just that you’re one of those peppy, perky, people who lives for the morning?

Once I’m there, at the gym, I love it—and throughout the whole rest of that day I just feel accomplished. I haven’t forgotten that feeling, but apparently my overwhelming tiredness come morning is outweighing the high I sometimes get from that feeling. So if you guys could throw some ideas my way—that’d be awesome!

Also, I read an article just this morning that I thought I’d share.  It was entitled 8 Worst Foods For Your Fridge and Freezer. I will tease the article a little bit by saying that one of them is packaged deli meat. That stuff has SO much sodium and preservatives in it, and in studies has shown it can increase your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Not all of it is bad though—if you’re going to buy packaged go with Hormel Natural. I buy that every time I go to the store—the honey turkey is pretty good and it has at least half the sodium. Click here to see the other 7 foods.

So let me know if you guys have any pointers as far as the getting up thing goes. It seems like the best sleep I have is the sleep after I hit the snooze button and I think several of you can relate to that. Somebody fill me in on how to break the cycle though!

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  1. Connie says:

    I am absolutely not a morning person either. I maybe work out in the mornings once a month. Just not my favorite. Since you asked, here’s what I’ve done.

    1. Find ways to be active all day long. Take the stairs, take a walk at lunch time, or just wander around the office. Calorie burn adds up.
    2. #1 is not NEARLY enough, it just helps with the mindset mostly. I had to make myself a priority, which I’ve never really been good at. I have probably pissed a few people off in the process, but I think for the most part people understand and know how much better off I am. I say no-to a lot of things, most of them social, to make time for me. I’ve literally re-worked my entire life around fitness, and I’m thrilled about it. I feel better, I look better, and my checkup at the doctor proves it’s been good for me. I know if I go more than 2 days in a row without a good sweaty workout, going back to the gym is gonna be a LOT harder, and I don’t like that feeling.
    3. Surround yourself with people who have the same goals. Make plans to hang out at the gym instead of at the bar or at dinner. Find the people who will do that with you. It makes it way more fun and gives you a reason to go.
    4. Events. I swam in my first indoor tri-relay last month. And you know what? It felt so good to accomplish that, I’m training to do another one in May. And this time, I want to do the whole thing, not just the swim. I saw people of ALL fitness levels finish the one in January. It taught me it’s not about winning in these things, it’s about doing it. If you have stuff like that as a goal, it gives you a reason to go to the gym that is way stronger than just shedding pounds. It becomes something you look forward to–competing against yourself to see how much farther you can go. Come on, the sports nut that you are, you get that! P.S.–I’m swimming in the Hy-Vee Tri in September!!!! Me, of all people! Can you believe it???

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  2. Jessica says:

    Steph! Not sure this will help you but it certainly makes it a little easier for me- i workout at home tho so i dont have to worry about warming up my car- or having time to run back home to shower before work, etc. I put on my sports bra, tshirt & shorts/pants that i can wear to workout it when i go to sleep the night before, then i make sure my treadmill, dvd, water bottle, hand weights, and sock & shoes are ready to go so that all i have to do when my alarm goes off is go to the bathroom and slip my shoes on! I usually get up at 5 and it sucks, especially after being woke up at least once or twice by my children throughout the night! Im tired – yes- but ive lost 20 pounds so that motivates me greatly! Wishing you the best – you will find something that works for you- DONT GIVE UP

  3. tofubelly says:

    I struggle with exercising in the morning, too — but I find that it’s the best time for me, given the fact that my work hours are unpredictable and I tend to work late a lot. I use my blog as motivation! I post the night before that I’m going to go to the gym the next morning so that I am held accountable to my readers!

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