Friday, March 9, 2012

5 for 5

I am in high gear to get rid of the last few pounds that are bugging me.  5-7 I never lost from baby #3 (who's now 3) and a few I gained from marathon training.  I'm turning 35 in June and it's my motivation for getting into shape for summer too.  I know that the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight and be in shape and I feel like if I'm at a good place when I turn 35, it will be easier to maintain it.

And I've been complaining about these last pounds for a few years now.  I'm not fat.  Most probably wouldn't even consider me chubby.  My clothing sizes are average.  Although I don't think that the BMI scale should be the main or only standard of health, my weight is on the higher end for my height.  It almost always has been.  I have heavy bones or a lot of muscle I guess. (haha)

But I'm not as comfortable in my clothes as I'd like to be.  I want to be leaner, which requires shedding the outer layer of blubber from my belly, my legs and my arms.  After baby #2, when I was eating pretty healthy & clean and running quite a bit, I felt really good about my body.  Shortly after I hit one of my goal weights, I found out I was pregnant with #3, so it didn't last long!

Losing weight while NOT breast-feeding isn't easy! That's when I've lost the majority of weight in my life.  That's my only real experience with losing a lot of weight.  I have to be pretty strict with my calorie intake and of course exercise helps burn off more calories.  I have to be 100% committed to see these pounds come off.  It's not easy.  It's slow.  And not seeing much progress makes me want to finish off the Thin Mints that are in the freezer.

But this week has been a really good benchmark for staying on track.  Since Monday (today is Friday), I have eaten 1600 calories or less each day, and exercised every single day.  I don't remember the last time I exercised 5 days in a row, except for when I did 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30.  I have had to resist desserts or late evening treats, which is often my downfall after a busy day--I just want to relax with something sweet.

Monday: Ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill
Tuesday: Insanity workout after work
Wednesday: 4 miles on the treadmill
Thursday: 3.25 run with double jogger
Friday: 6 Week 6 Pack Abs level 2

Tomorrow I hope to fit in a long/slow run (5-6 miles).  Along with being more active, I'm doing a 10k training program to work on my running speed.  Part of me would love to run 5-6 days a week, but to lose weight I know I need to vary it a bit and with kids and a job, sometimes popping in a DVD at home is the easiest way to go.

This morning my legs were tired.  Probably from the last 4 days of running and working out.  But I didn't really have a good reason not to exercise.  Whenever I think I'm too tired or too sore and I need a rest day, I think of the contestants on the Biggest Loser and how tired and sore they must be every day--but that's the price you have to pay to change your body.

I dragged through my workout with Jillian.  I was slow and even clumsy.  But I did it.  I may have been a little short on rep's, but I did every move and broke a sweat.

The scale isn't quite showing the results I wish it were-but it's not really about the number there.  It's about how I feel.  And at the end of this week, I feel a little more toned, my belly not as soft and flabby and I KNOW I made good choices.

Now to keep it up for the weekend (often a struggle for me) and into next week.

Do you have any summer goals you're working towards?