This week was different. I didn’t lose any weight – in fact, I gained back 2 or 3 pounds thanks to 3 days of over-indulgence. How’s that for keeping it real? I’m a sucker for queso with sausage, for my mom’s amazing BBQ chicken slow-cooked over a wood fire, for my sister’s little peach/cream cheese/croissant delicacies. I’m a goner when it comes to ice cream with my sister’s homemade fudge sauce – rich, creamy, and not too sweet. Homemade pizza, brownies and real whipped cream with our friends from Plymouth Rock Ranch on Sunday night didn’t help either!
I’m still new to the idea of eating moderately while we celebrate holidays or have big family gatherings, and I don’t like the way I ate over the past several days. I’m certainly not beating myself up for enjoying wonderful food with dear friends and family, but I don’t think it’s necessary to come away from a great meal feeling uncomfortably stuffed.
I need to find a good balance, one where I can freely enjoy food without crossing the line into overeating. Have you found yours? It’s surprising to me that it can be such a hard line to strike, since being too full really detracts from the pleasure afterward. I want to enjoy my food with no regrets!
We’re now on week 5 of our P90X workouts. I have to confess, rigorous workouts are not my cup of tea – not something I would ever start on my own – but they have really increased my energy levels. The first 2 weeks left me drained, but now I find myself fidgeting and feeling better than ever! I can also see changes in my body. At first I worried a little about getting too muscular – I do tend to gain muscle pretty quickly – but I realized my muscles don’t really show unless I flex them. I just look more toned in my arms and shoulders, not big and manly. Maybe any woman who exercises looks like I do when she flexes her muscles? Don’t expect any pictures, though. :) Don’t worry. I still have plenty of body fat.
Last week we also started a new challenge at the invitation of a larger circle of friends: we’re doing 3,000 push ups in the month of September. This is my cup of tea. I do them in sets of 10 or 15 throughout the day, aiming for 125/day, 6 days/week. It’s challenging, and my right shoulder is prone to hurt if I push too hard (like the first day, when I did 175), but I think I can do this! Perry, Kaitlyn and Lydia have also taken the challenge, and we all check in with the others in a small private online group.
For the near future, I plan to keep exercising – Perry and I are both seeing good results, but I won’t be trying to lose any additional weight. I reached my initial goal, which is where my “thermostat” seems to be set. I’ve never maintained a weight lower than a 5 lb. range where I am right now, and although I would love to be just a little slimmer, I would hate to constantly fight my own body to maintain a weight that just isn’t natural to me. Instead, I’ll focus on eating appropriate foods and amounts while trying to keep my activity level up. I’ll be happy if a few more pounds accidentally fall off, but it’s not part of my goal now.
Of course you could make the argument that this activity level isn’t natural to me either, and you might very easily talk me out of exercising altogether. If you want to try, go for it. I’m all ears, because while I do like the way it makes me feel, I still hate exercise. :)by