I’m still at the same number weight wise, but I can tell that I just kick started again and over the weekend lost a few ounces (oooo! haha). I recently ran the farthest I have ever ran in my life: 7.3 miles. I’m pretty stoked about that.
Since the weather here has been so dreary, I started doing a mixture of Pilates and running. I try to get out and run at least three or four times per week, going between 5 and 7 1/2 miles. The Pilates I started doing really kicks my butt! Funny that I can run 7 miles, but then I was just dying during a 45 minute Pilates video. It is cardio/fat burn Pilates which concentrates on getting your heart rate up while doing toning moves. There is a lot of ballet incorporated which I love.
I’ve been doing the Pilates for about two weeks now and already feel such a difference. So while I haven’t gone down on the scale, I’ve lost inches in almost every place.
As for eating, I’ve been continuing to pray for discipline. It really feels great to have control and say “no” to unhealthy choices. I try to remember how good that feels and also, how bad guilt feels after eating something I shouldn’t have or too much.
A few big tips that keep me going:
1. Exercise in the morning. I’m taking advantage of Audrey waking up at 6:30 a.m. now. I’m off for a run! If I don’t exercise first thing, it won’t happen.
2. Plan your meals. I pretty much plan every dinner for two weeks and then keep to the same stuff for lunches and breakfast. On running days, I energize with bananas, Greek yogurt and granola or a piece of whole grain toast. On Pilates days, I stick to more protein and less carbohydrates since I’m not needing as much fuel or burning as many calories.
3. Calories in & calories out. I’m not saying you have to calorie count, but it does really help that I know how many calories approximately that I am burning during my run and on those days, allow a little more flexibility. On days I don’t workout or do Pilates, I really pay closer attention to my food choices. It really is as simple as calories in and calories out when you want to lose weight.
4. Get motivation. Whether it is a workout partner, a book, music, etc… use something you know that will motivate you. If you aren’t feeling like exercising, listen to that certain song, read that verse or a good motivator for me- other bloggers. There is nothing like another momma out there trying to lose weight and exercising her booty off (literally). That motivates me! “If she can do it, I can do it!”
5. Remember that slow and steady wins the race. I’ve learned to appreciate the long haul. Instead of wanting results RIGHT NOW and not being content, God has given me peace to slow down, not push as hard and appreciate my body now. That makes the largest difference when making a healthy lifestyle change. Every day I work on being healthier, running until I am tired and eating until I am satisfied (not full). Try not to run yourself into the ground exercising or dieting – that leads to failure.