Did you miss me?
Yes, yes. I missed you too.
Due to scheduling conflicts on Saturday I had to ditch out on spin – the first time in 10 weeks! I did hit up spin on Sunday morning though, and that was with a new (to me) instructor. She did “cadence checks” while we were working. So she would use her stop watch to time us while we counted pedal-strokes and she actually used that as a tool to keep us honest on our perceived rate of exertion (PRE?). Trust me, I got home real late Saturday night and I worked my buns off Sunday morning. I’m actually feeling a little sore from it today, which is cool because it’s been a while since I felt sore from spin. It means I did stuff.
Anyway, the scale shows me down .8 from last week. MyFitnessPal says this is still 15lbs down (15.4 if ya want to be picky about it). Holding steady at 63 to go.
I’m taking a long hard look at this recent progress, or lack thereof and I’m noticing a few things about myself:
1) I’m not tracking consumption consistently. I’m taking too much time off at the end of the night after I cook dinner. I need to slow down and take my time during both the cooking and plating process to properly measure everything out for tracking purposes.
2) I’m a little too relaxed with the measuring. Directly related to the above issue. There are some things that I don’t measure because I’ve gotten pretty good at eye-balling those things, but I have a feeling that the portion sizes are sneaking up a little here and there. I need to pay closer attention.
3) Reframe gym time. I am very proud of the work I’m doing at the gym, I’m going several days each week and I vary my cardio work outs so I’m not doing the same thing every day. For example, last week I went to spin on Tuesday AM, did the elliptical Wednesday night, yogged for 3 miles Thursday night. I’m not really lifting anymore because of a problem with my left shoulder and this is really bothering me. I’m trying to leave it alone completely so as not to keep injuring or straining it. I need to figure out what kind of resistance training I can do safely while my shoulder is out of commission – I also need to seriously ratchet up the core strengthening and make that part of the routine. I know building this lean muscle will eat fat, and that’s just what I want it to do.
Sometimes I can get a little over-confident with the progress I’ve made. While I’m still doing well, I need to do better. I’ve still got a long way to go and have got to keep my eyes on the prize.