Rules Are Hard to Follow

I’ve added a Pebble Smartwatch to help me keep track
of my goals. The Misfit app tracks my steps, my activity
and my sleep. I’m testing out other fitness apps, as well.

Almost two weeks ago, I made 10 rules to follow to keep myself on track. Some of those rules are proving difficult to follow.

1. You are no longer allowed to buy clothing in your current size (exception: minimal workout gear).

I love to shop. I might even be an addict. But I’m sticking by this one. I’ve only purchased workout clothes and gym accessories (earbuds, travel containers for shampoo/conditioner).

2. As you lose weight, you must get rid of clothing that is now too big.

This isn’t actually a “problem” yet, though I am cleaning out my closet this weekend and donating to Goodwill.

3. No more soda.

Okay, so I took a few sips of Chris’ Coke when we were at the movie theater. But it really wasn’t much. Also, I learned a valuable lesson at Sam’s Club – if you are getting a fountain drink, taste it before you leave the store. I got Chris a Coke while he was checking out, and we were already driving when he took the first drink. It was flat. Oops.

4. Get up at least every two hours from your desk to walk around the office.

I am a complete failure at this. I have the alarm set, and yet I just turn it off and continue working. I’m not even trying. This disappoints even me. Anyone have any suggestions for motivation?

5. Drink at least 64 oz. of water a day.

This is proving to be tough as well. Sometimes I just forget to drink anything. But, and this is important, I pay for it when I forget to drink the full amount. I end up with muscle cramps and/or headaches. Nuun tablets seriously get me through the cramps, though. The difference is noticeable.

6. Enjoy your food … in moderation.

I’ve gone from four slices of pizza to two. And not even the huge size. We went to Grimaldi’s at Westshore Plaza last weekend before going to a movie, and the pizza was divine. There were three of us, we ordered a small, and each ate two slices. It was the perfect serving size, even though I could have eaten a lot more. Seriously, the best pizza I’ve had in a long time.

7. Don’t count calories.

Okay, I’m not focusing on the calories, but I am logging most of my food. ActivTrax makes it really easy to do so, and it gives me a breakdown of fat/protein/carbs. It’s interesting to see it all charted out, though it’s not really changing my eating habits. 

8. Be realistic.

I can’t tell that I’ve lost any weight, but I can’t even begin to say how much better I feel. I have more energy, my skin looks healthier, and I’m happier overall. This is everything I need right now. I’m also incredibly sore and exhausted, but it’s a good kind of pain, and I sleep wonderfully.

9. Go to the gym at least three times a week.

Not a problem at all. I’ve hit that mark, or more, the past two weeks, but I’m also counting physical therapy as a gym day (it’s in the same building/room) because there is a lot of  muscle work involved. Today would have been a workout day, but I’m abstaining because I’m coming down with a cold. No germ spreading for me. I’ll complete a workout at home tonight.

10. Step away from the scale.

I am shocked at how tempting that scale is. I see the scale at the gym and am so curious about the number. I see the scale in the bathroom at home and just want to take a peek. I want to know and I don’t want to know.

Have I noticed any more changes, besides the clear skin and energy? Absolutely. I walk faster. There’s a spring in my step. I’m already no longer winded when I climb two flights of stairs. I’m more aware of my body and its limitations. But I’m working on breaking those limitations and becoming the person I’m supposed to be … one weight at a time.

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One Response to Rules Are Hard to Follow

  1. Anonymous says:

    I saw something online once that said "It takes 4 weeks for you to see a difference, 8 weeks for friends and family to see a difference, and 12 weeks for the world to see." Well something like that. Keep at it you can do it. 🙂

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