KAREN’S PERSONAL WEIGHT LOSS JOURNAL

October 9, 2014.  Week 29.  10 lbs down.

CURRENT WEIGHT: 168 lbs.

TODAY’S TOPIC:  PRIORITIES

Life is busy. It’s hard to get everything done. We have commitments, schedules, chores, responsibilities. Jobs. We try to do it all, but sometimes when we focus too much on one, the others get left behind. I am working on that.

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I have made a few decisions for myself based on priorities. The first was to change my exercise routine. I had to make it fit into my schedule, while keeping it enjoyable enough to maintain.

I have created a workout calendar that looks a little like this:

Monday:          40 minute run / 10 minute arms (free weights)

Tuesday:          10 minute legs (squats, lunges, etc. with weights)

Wednesday:     Yoga

Thursday:        10 minute arms (free weights)

Friday:             40 minute run / 10 minute legs (squats, lunges, etc. with weights)

I take weekends off.

If you saw my last video you will know that I have been having mixed feelings about doing the exercises I love as opposed to those I hate. I think I came to a good, happy medium. I am doing both. Notice that my strength training is only ten minutes. You might think that’s not enough, but those ten minutes are intense training. Those ten minutes are spent doing all the things I hate. Lunges, squats and push-ups. I despise lunges! But, I know they get me results. When I first started this journey in March, I did a lot of those exercises I hate. They were working! But, then I took a break. A long break. I stopped doing it because I hated it. I wanted to go for a run instead. Then my weight loss plateaued.

Basically, the intense personal training program that I had been doing didn’t stick long-term. I am ok with that. Really, I am. Because I think I can do this a better way. By following my new schedule of only working hard for ten minutes, I can push myself through it. Ten minutes is a lot easier to get through than an hour. Maybe this new schedule will work. Maybe it won’t. I have been following it for a week and a half. If I find I am not losing any weight, I will change it. This is a learning experience for me.

The weekly videos were causing me stress. Not only because some weeks I had no weight loss to report, but because I have other, more important things to do. I have decided to post my videos monthly rather than weekly. I need to focus on other areas of my life. My family. My job. My home. Those dishes are not going to wash themselves.

Of course, losing weight is a huge priority for me. Trust me, it’s right up there with spending quality time with my family. I have lost ten pounds since I started this journey! I am stronger than when I started and getting stronger every day.

I know everybody wants fast results. You want to see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ picture and be amazed. I have lost ten pounds, and yes, it took me months to get where I am now. I am not going to ‘wow’ you with promises of losing ten pounds in ten days, or dropping two sizes in two weeks. This is not what I’m about. What I can do is teach you how to eat a healthy, real food diet that will nourish your body. I can share with you my own personal approach to weight loss. I can let you know that it’s not easy, but it can be done. Every day you have the ability to make healthy choices and establish your priorities.

168 lb selfie May 2014

me at 168 lbs.

We all have the same amount of minutes in a day. What will you choose to do with your time?

 

 

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