Well, it’s not Susan I’m desperately seeking — but I am seeking something.
You see, I think I’ve gone just about as far as I can go without adding some serious exercise into my weight-loss equation. Yes, I recorded another loss of 2.8 pounds — and yes, I should be pleased with that progress. It means I’ve lost 21.6 pounds since starting Weight Watchers.
While that averages out to 10 pounds a month, I don’t think I’m going to make my goal of losing 9.4 pounds to win my DietBet. As of Monday’s WI, I still had 3.7 pounds to lose in the next 3 days.
I doubt that’s happening.
I should be pleased with the progress I have made — but I can’t help thinking that if I’d put in a few more sweat sessions, I might have made my goal.
A few short walks just didn’t cut it. So I’m looking for some form of exercise I enjoy enough to do on a regular basis.
I can’t afford to join a gym at the moment. And the weather’s too unpredictable — and usually too cold — to get outside. I could (and probably should) hop on the roommate’s treadmill for a walk … or pop in a workout DVD. I still own some fun “learn to bellydance” and strip aerobics videos. I’ve also pinned about eleven thousand workout graphics from some of my favorite bloggers.
That’s only a slight exaggeration. I pin these things thinking I’ll try them, and then they languish, forgotten on my Workout Graphics board.
Maybe what I need is a goal. Should I sign up for another 5K? It’s not like I really trained much for the Turkey Trot.
Who wants to hold me accountable?
Now that the GoFitGals Skinny Jeans Challenge is over, I don’t have them cheering me on anymore. However, their influence lingers: I talked myself down from the nighttime snack ledge after work.
No kidding. After yet another stressful solo shift at the office, I stood in the pantry, surveying my many options. I was seriously considering nibbling on something. A single-serve bag of kettle corn or light buttered popcorn was the leading contender, but PopChips were also in the running.
I didn’t really have any WW Points left for the day — one of the bummers about losing almost 3 more pounds is that I also lost a Point, leaving me with only 35/day … and I’d already eaten 37, thanks to the dreaded “no half Points” rule. (Turns out two slices of the Italian Turkey Meatloaf come out to 7 Points, not 6.) 😛
Of course, it was after midnight … so technically, I could have counted whatever Points I ate toward Tuesday’s daily total.
What stopped me? It was partly the fact that I’d have been short when I woke up. But I heard Risse and PJ in the back of my head, extolling the reasons not to snack.
Instead, I grabbed some tea. I wrapped my hands around the mug, inhaling the rich apple-cinnamon scent, and let the tea help me relax and unwind.
If I can replace an after-work snack with an after-work tea-drinking ritual instead, surely I can start a new exercise habit.
But I’m serious about finding someone to jolt me out of bed the first time my alarm goes off.