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Weight Loss Hopes and Nightmares

My goal for 2015 is to get down to my ideal weight. That would mean I’d have to lose 25 pounds. I went easy on myself in my planning and had originally aimed to lose around 5 pounds a month. More would be great.

Today was my designated weigh in day (I do it weekly because when I begin to see results I get motivated to workout more and eat healthier.) And I couldn’t believe my eyes when I stepped on the scale.

I’ve gained 3 pounds.

Since last Monday, I’ve gained 3 pounds.

Okay, I’ll admit, I went a little crazy yesterday with the chocolate and the Dr. Peppers I said I’d give up. Can you blame me? The Packers played a very stressful game against the Cowboys and I needed something more decadent than almonds.

I won’t credit my weight gain strictly to food. I’ve been lifting 23.9 pounds a day.

My little black lab puppy named Axel fell from the porch steps on Thursday and fractured the tibia in his back leg. The vet said he’ll be fine but he needs to stay calm and lay around for a few weeks. And since he can’t get up and down the stairs himself to go to the bathroom, I’ve been carrying him about ten times a day and twice a night…oh, and the vet said he weighed in at 23.9 pounds.

Okay, so it’s not a lot of weight lifting, but it’s a dramatic change when you go from lifting a fork to lifting 24 pounds. So we’re going to turn a blind eye to my weight gain and say half of it is muscle.

There is my weight loss–or lack of–nightmare.

My hopes are to stick to my new routine which has actually gotten off to great start. Besides eating healthy and, quite honestly, eating less, I like the workout schedule that I’m on. I want to share it with you guys in hopes that you might join me. Or at the very least, feel inspired.

  • NTC: That would be the Nike Training Club App. It is incredible. It’s strictly cardio and yoga. A mixture between a personal coach and an automatic schedule, it creates a 4-week workout based on your preferences and desired result. If you want to lose inches, gain muscle, or get lean, you choose and it automatically creates a schedule for you. There’s an option to turn on a reminder or you can put together your own workout by choosing exercises in their database. Each one provides a video that shows you how to do the exercise. And the best part about it? It’s free. Back in May of 2014, I lost 10 pounds with this routine paired with a daily walk.
    • Monday, Wednesday/Thursday, Saturday (Yoga). I only workout three times a week with workouts alternating between Wednesday and Thursday ever week. Saturday’s are calm and relaxing with a 15-minute bit of Yoga.
  • C25K: Also an app but you can find the system online here. This is theCouch-to-5K  system that encourages and trains you to run a 5K in 8 or 9 weeks even if all you’re used to doing is sitting on the couch. The sessions are only three days a week and thirty minutes a day. Not only is it simple and convenient, but it makes it sound like a piece of cake…Speaking of cake, I’d love some right about now.
    • Tuesday, Wednesday/Thursday, Friday. I don’t like to run on the same days I use NTC so I alternate and run on the days that I don’t use NTC. I’ll do that until I’m fit enough to run a mile without grasping at my sides. Then I’ll workout on the same days I run, which I hope to be in the next few months.
  • Pandora: If you own a cell phone compatible with Pandora and you’re not using Pandora when you work out then I’d like to ask you how you get by. I LOVE using Pandora while I’m working out/running. It’s just like a radio except you get to choose the genre of music you listen to by choosing a song, artist, or style you like. It’s amazing. You need to check it out.
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 😉
  • My Fitness Pal: This program can be found online or as an app. It allows you to keep track of what you eat, the amount of calories you take in, and the calories you burn through exercise. It’s like an accountability partner and gives you a broader perspective on what you’re diet looks like on a regular basis. I like to set my daily calorie limit at the recommended 1200 calories for a woman’s intake. (Mens intake is slightly more.) When I’m working out I like to use this daily.

I like to get up early, as early as I can manage without feeling tired halfway through the day. My first priority is my Bible Study. Then I usually try to get my blogging and social media out of the way in about 30 minutes, but sometimes that gets postponed, kind of like today. Then I like to workout or run, whichever I’m scheduled for on that day. Besides losing 25 pounds, my goal is to get so fit that I don’t have a problem running a mile every morning or stopping by the gym.

How about you? Do you have a workout regimen that you’d like to share? I’m always looking for new and fun ways to encourage a fit lifestyle.