It’s Friday, it’s my first day back at work, and I’m not feeling the small talk. So, let’s just get down to it and look back at December and see how it went…
Change #1 – Going back to tracking food, mostly.
As a reminder, I decided to resume tracking my calorie intake, which I had stopped for the entire month of November. I did pretty well at this – though I do realize I am very ready to STOP doing it once I’ve lost the weight I want to lose. Also, it opened my eyes to the fact though what I was eating comfortably in November without gaining weight, I need the reminder to lower my calories a *little* below comfortable (1300-1400) if I want to lose weight. I stopped tracking the last week of the year because I needed a break and was on vacation. I plan to get back to it on Monday, once I have groceries and the leftover holiday crap out of the house.
Change #2 – 4 Day Work(out) Weeks
I love love love love loved this. This was probably my favorite month of exercise this year because it felt like I was getting all the workouting I needed – but somehow compacted into a shorter amount of time invested. Honestly, I did dread the workouts a little bit, they are generally a 2 hour endeavour when everything is said and done (driving to, changing, etc), and that’s a long time! The first two weeks, I was just plain exhausted after each and every day at the gym. But after a few week cycles, I realized how completely and totally nice it was to only have to make time to sweat four times a week, and I do believe I’m used to it (though I did waver a bit and worked out more often during the break from work). Now if work would only cooperate and let me do 4-day work weeks.
Change #3 – It is not ok not to lose weight this month!
Good thing, because I lost somewhere between 2-3 lbs this month. The lowest I saw on the scale in the last week was 162.6, and I was bouncing between 165-166 at the beginning of the month. It’s not quite as much as I was hoping to accomplish, but with the holiday craziness, I’ll take it. I can definitely say that I made visual progress this month, as my father, who last saw me on Thanksgiving, said that I looked like I had lost 10 lbs on Christmas Day when they visited. In reality, I had only lost the 2-3 lbs, but I can actually visually see a difference between pictures from the cruise and our pictures from Christmas Eve. And my dad does not just say nice things to be nice – to get a complement from my parents you need to actually earn it.
So what is the new, big hotness for January? I have something incredibly crazy (for me) this month, so you’ll just have to come back on Monday and check it out! 😉