Empty the Trunk – Recommitting

Empty the Trunk – Recommitting

Well, I’ve allowed myself to revert to old ways and it shows.  All that progress I made has been undone.  Two steps forward, two steps back.  It is summer time and you know what that means….shorts and bikinis.  I’m sure this is backward, but I’d rather be in a bikini than shorts.  I guess I think there’s other skin to look at in a bikini, but in shorts all the attention is on my knees.  And they are not toned and fit knees.  Is that possible really?  For a joint to be toned?  I digress.

I am recommitting to getting fit.

That is the beauty of making changes – each day is a new day and a clean slate to start fresh.  So, I’m wiping away the yoyo of the past few months and looking forward.

Goals

I think goals are important to keep motivated for long term changes like this.  I also think rewarding yourself for success is important too.  So, here are my goals and rewards:

  • My first weight loss goal is 10 pounds.  I have lost 3 – so 7 left to go.
  • My weekly goal this week is to use my elliptical a minimum of 60minutes (2 x 30min) and do one exercise video.
  • My other goal this week is to record my food diary.  I have a Fat Secret account, but have been lazy about using it.  As of today, it’s all being recorded!
  • My reward if I meet my goals this week?  A bowl of Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream.  YUM!
  • My reward if I lose 20 pounds?  I will buy myself a new pair of jeans and a cute top.

So, next Sunday – hold me accountable!

Fitness Partners

I have also found it amazingly helpful to have a community of women that are also aiming to get fit.  We’ve formed a Facebook group to cheer each other on and hold each other accountable.  You are welcome to join us if you want extra motivation during the week.  Go here to request an invitation.

Some of the other women that are in the fitness trenches with me include:

Jennifer @ Jenerally Speaking

Samantha @ A Spoonful of Sugar

Cyn @ The Geek Wife

Danielle @ My Little Apricot

Gina @ Special Happens

Kristina @ Racing and Saving Mama

Carrey @ One Girl Ideas

Brandy @ Brandy at You Don’t Know

Caryn @ Living with Logan

Le’Ann @ Lark’s Song

Also, Barb, Heather, Jill, Lois, Melissa, Laura, Darice, Helen, Carrie, Alisha, Katherin, Leah, Sheila, and Merrill.

Weekly Weight Loss Tip:

Set goals to keep yourself motivated.  Make sure you have a mix of scale goals and other goals (like exercise) because sometimes the scale doesn’t reflect the progress you’ve made as accurately as having another measure of success.

13 Responses to Empty the Trunk – Recommitting

  1. I totally get what you mean about the knees. Mine are embarrassingly flabby right now. Working right along side you on changing that.
    Here’s to new jeans and cute tops! :)

    • Isn’t that strange how a joint can be so flabby? I’m not exactly sure how that happened, but I definitely am ready for it to change! :) I used my elliptical this morning! Woot! 15minutes 175 calories

    • I’m so right there with you on the two steps forward two steps back concept. I’ve had a lot of drama in my life over the past week, and drama makes me resort to food – gotta fix that! I need to start setting some smaller goals for myself so they seem more attainable. I’m so over dealing with this weight!

      I sent a request to join the FB group – thanks!

      • Stress makes me eat too. I learned recently that carbohydrates cause your brain to release dopamine which makes you happier, so eating when depressed or stressed in a biological thing! It’s not just a lack of willpower. Although will power can help you overcome it, it made me feel better to understand that connection. Now when I’m craving comfort food (mashed potatoes, pasta, etc) I try to figure out what’s depressing me. Seems to help a little with not indulging.

  2. Daria, keep working at it. We are all here to keep each other motivated in good times and in bad. Well I finally weighed today after vacay and graduation (that took courage)! I am down a total of 16.4 lbs and I am doing well. Still not back on the bike, due to continued back pain but walking has been the new substitute lately. I am down 6.5 inches total so I am finally getting excited that this weight loss thing is working! I am going to try to get back on the bike this week and see how it goes. The thiamine seems to be helping with the numbness in my extremities so that is a good thing. Well take care!

  3. I think those are awesome goals! I love your rewards system, too. I tend to have to keep track of my measurements, in addition to my weight, because sometimes I won’t see a loss for a long time, but my pants will be huge! haha

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