Hmmm… Perhaps I should start calling these “monthly weigh-in’s”… 😉 Thanks for sticking with me through this process! Have you ever heard the sayings, “you can’t out train a bad diet” or “abs are made in the kitchen”? I have heard (or read) these phrases more times than I can count, but the sentiment never really sunk in. Until last week. My boyfriend and I had worked out a couple of times, I was trying to take the stairs regularly at work and yet my weight wasn’t decreasing at all. I think far too often I use exercising as an excuse to “indulge” in edible treats. Of course when one “indulges” regularly, it stops being a treat and turns into habit (that often continues on days when there is no exercising!). Ha.
This week I am focusing on eating low carb foods and eating within an 8 hour window of time. The time frame method was first mentioned to me by a good friend and is kind of like “intermittent fasting,” if you are curious. So far I have been doing Noon – 8:00 p.m. or 12:30 – 8:30 p.m. and it is working for me (I am surprisingly not hungry in the mornings). While at work, I am walking outside to another building and going to the 3rd floor for my bathroom breaks, with the goal of going to the 4th floor each time next week and the 5th floor the week after that. I am trying to take small steps daily (both literally and figuratively!) that will add up to the results I want.
My first milestone goal is to lose 20 lbs by the time the students return to campus (mid-August). This means I need to lose approximately 2 lbs each week – which is both healthy and doable.
Week 21 weigh-in (June 2, 2015):
Pounds lost (since last week): +2.0
Total pounds lost (since April 28 re-start date): 1.0
Total number of workouts: 0
Total number of weekend hikes: 1 – Tom’s Thumb
A little note about the hike… Tom’s Thumb is a great hike that is found on the north side of the McDowell Mountains. The sun is rising here around 5:15 a.m., so we actually got a “late” start even though we started before 7:00 a.m. The trailhead was nice, and included pit toliets and a nice parking lot, although there is no water (so come prepared). There weren’t many people on the trail, so we definitely went our own pace and stopped for breaks. Although the hike was only a little over 4 miles round trip, it felt longer because the switchbacks weren’t long, so it felt like were were constantly climbing! The views were definitely worth it though!