Maybe it’s because I’m calendar obsessed, but did you guys realize it’s the Butts one-month anniversary this weekend? Yay! Which also means it’s the one-month mark of my personal, what would you call it – rededication? Fitness journey? Operation Fit Into My Clothes Again? Well, whatever you want to call it, I’m happy to have this milestone upon us. To celebrate, I think I’ll have a nice pizza with a hot fudge sundae chaser. Kidding!
To mark the occasion, here are some thoughts.
- Regular exercise has made a total difference in my mental attitude and all-around feeling better. Shocking I know, but I wish I would’ve remembered this feeling a few months ago when I was deep in the throes of despair. And fat.
- Although the fertility drugs were necessary at the time, I believe they were wreaking more havoc with my body than I’d thought. I’m pretty convinced they were partially the cause for the last ten pounds (or maybe more) of weight gain. Now that they’re out of my system, I feel like a new person. Though if the time ever comes I need to take them again, well, of course I will.
- Tracking caloric intake isn’t the big scary production I was imagining, and it’s a real eye-opener. I never would’ve thought by dinner time I could easily already be at 800 calories for the day. Which leaves a comfortable window for dinner, but not much else.
- It’s possible to have a healthy relationship with the scale and not let it rule my world. Every Sunday morning is my weigh-in date and I haven’t veered from that yet. For the first time ever there’s something to look forward to on Sunday mornings besides pancakes.
- This morning it showed I only lost a pound this week. After last week’s stalemate that is something, but not quite what I was hoping for. I’m pretty sure even though I’ve been faithful with calorie counting, I’m still leaving room for too much sugar and salt. Another alteration to make, but that’s okay – I’m here to learn. After this I’ll have my PhD in fat.
- Every day even if nothing else good happens, I know doing this is good and that makes me happy. Every day.
And now I think I’ll end this with a question, since another thing I’m thankful for is all the input you guys have given me. According to Jillian, my current guru, in order to maintain your weight you should get in a half hour of exercise a day, but in order to actively lose, you should log at least sixty minutes. I guess my question is two-fold:
1. Does this sound fairly accurate to you? I realize there’s different schools of thought on it, so anything you might have heard – spill!
2. I’m guessing she means 60 consecutive minutes? Like my sister said, she can maybe manage an hour a day if it’s split in half, but to try to do it all at once is a lot more inconvenient. I guess I’m wondering if I need to make sure when I’m doing the 30DS, I should probably add my stepper time or walking right afterwards. Right?
I might only be down seven pounds after a month, but I feel so much better. I’m choosing to look at it as a victory. And can’t wait to see what the next month will bring.