Maybe it’s time to change the title of these weekly updates. I’m not losing any weight; in fact, I have gained back a bit. Maybe it’s partly Parker’s fault; he is nursing more instead of less, and I always hold some extra weight while nursing. But hubby and the kids tell me I’m looking better than I have in a long time, so I’m not worried about the insults being hurled at me by the scale. I hardly even step on the scale now. Instead, I try on clothes from my teenage daughters’ closets. :)
We’re still doing P90X in theory, but when life is crazy it can be well-nigh impossible to squeeze in a 60-90 minute workout, especially for Perry when he’s gone 13 hours a day or more. When we manage, we love it. When we don’t, we feel frustrated and/or guilty. Or maybe that’s just me.
I am *loving* this push-up challenge. I think I mentioned last week that several members of our family and a much bigger circle of friends and acquaintances are working toward 3,000 push-ups for the month of September. When we started, I could do 17 push-ups. For the first 25 years of my life I couldn’t do a single one so I felt pretty good about doing 17.
But now, after 19 days (minus Sundays, on which we rest), I can do sets of 40! I never expected to increase so quickly, so I’m honestly delighted! I think it has helped that with each set I push until I can’t do another, then I rest just a few seconds (5 or less) and do as many more as I can. I have done up to 200 in a day (but usually more like 120), and Perry has done 450 on some days! Kaitlyn and Lydia are in it too, though they could both exercise circles around us if they wanted to. We’re all seeing big changes in ourselves and each other, and it’s so much fun to encourage and challenge each other.
I’m also doing more with the kettle bell. Usually I have to be careful not to push too hard because I end up crippled 48 hours later, but it seems that the regular exercise has strengthened and conditioned me so that I can push myself harder without injury. Instead of the 12-20 that I usually start with, I’m doing 50 swings at a time now, and plan to start doing 2 sets/day. My legs are noodles by the end, but that’s to be expected. Here’s the great part: I don’t feel a thing the next day.
I’m still a little apprehensive about how cold weather will affect my appetite. I always tend to gain weight in cold weather, and while I’m much less concerned about the numbers now, I still don’t want to lose the ground I’ve gained over the past 11 weeks.
Do you tend to gain weight in cold weather? How do you combat the appeal of hot food in cold weather? I’m thinking soups will be very helpful – warm and filling, and not necessarily packed with carbs or calories.
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