The final leg of my Four Weeks goal has come to an end &...
Week 4 Actions (what I did differently):
- I went to the Fair. While this seems counter productive, I was very intentional with my food & beverage choices. I stayed hydrated. I chose treats that were really "worth it" for me (mmmm, cookies in a cup--to share). I didn't feel cheated or bloated--a resounding accomplishment in the name of moderation. I still had fun seeing fair sights even though I didn't eat my way through as I have in years past. Another thank you to Jack Decoster & salmonella poisoning!
- I scheduled my workouts. I have long been a believer in scheduling my meals. I plan all of our dinners for the week on Sunday & my breakfast & lunch are planned the night before. When I plan my food, I make good choices & know what wiggle room I have for special occasions or surprises. This week I decided to look at workouts the same way. I put my workouts in my planner, in pen & I stuck to it. For the first time EVER I got in a workout every day. Not that I think that is a requirement for every week, but I had the time & energy this week, so I did it. I think I will definitely stick to scheduling my workouts in the future.
|Food-Free Fair Fun|
There is a lot that can be said on the issue of healthy weights/bmi/body fat percentage/body image & all of the things relating to those controversial topics. Bottom line for me: on one possibly arbitrary scale I am registering as a healthy weight for the first time in over 10 years. Am I that different than I was last week? Not really, but it is a nice mental boost to be able to say that I am no longer "overweight"--whatever that means. Ultimately, I'm still not at my own personal goal, & that's really what matters.
More important than the number on the scale, I've had FOUR STRAIGHT WEEKS of weigh-ins with positive results. Mentally I needed that more than I needed the scale to say 150 lbs. What I've re-learned from this process is that it doesn't matter how close I feel I am or should be to my goal, I still have to take it week by week just as I did in the beginning. The big picture is comprised of all of the small pictures (each food choice, drink of water or workout) strung together. I am 16 lbs from my final goal, but here's what I want right now: another week of positive results. That is what works. As proof, here is what week taking week by week steps can do over the course of a year:
|State Fair Date 2011|
|State Fair Date 2010|