Friday, October 7, 2011
It Starts in the Kitchen
Since we're going to be busy tomorrow morning when I typically would go to my weigh-in, I went this morning. My goal: lose the 2.4 lbs I biffed last week.
Speed Bump on the Way to my Goal: my left knee has been hurting pretty steadily this week. Monday was the only day that I exercised at all. At all.
So I was ultra conscious of tracking. Even when I splurged on animal crackers with frosting, I counted & measured. Who does that? Freaks like me. And this freak, was treated to a pleasant reminder that the effort to shed pounds starts in the kitchen--not in the gym. Down 2.6 lbs. Not only did I kick the 2.4 lbs from last week, but I lost 0.2 "new" lbs as the cherry on top.
It's so easy to get hyper-focused on the exercise component of weight loss. It's exciting, it's action packed, & it yields a sense of accomplishment that just can't be found in choosing celery over Krispy Kremes. Imagine an episode of "The Biggest Loser" where they showed nothing but food journaling & meal prep & menu planning...snooze. It's boring, but it's essential. While exercise is vital to HEALTH, the foundation of weight loss is good food choices.
Since my goal is both weight loss & health, I'm glad that my knee is starting to feel much better & I'm itching to get out & do my second 5K (get the blow by blow on my first 5K here) on Sunday. The mother-in-law & I are going to rock us some arthritis research fundraising. Watch out, 38'55"...I'm comin' for you!