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! 😉
This is one of my favorite things about you, Quix! I love how you are always so willing to examine what you are doing and then just make the necessary tweaks. No hysteria, no freaking out, just rational. You go, girl!
PS> Congrats on the compliment from your dad:)