Exercise can be so much fun!
First, I went to the shooting range with Chuck.
That was a lot of fun.
Then we went paddling with the kids.
|Ready to go.|
|On our way!|
|Chuck and Charlie pulling away from the dock.|
|The wind was really bad.|
|Love being on the water.|
Got home and jump roped.
Then rode my bike around.
Then Chuck and I played catch with a Nerf football until the street lights came on and it got too dark to see the ball.
Great day. A fun way to burn up the calories.
Now on to scale hate.
I've had more ups and downs in my emotions because of the scale than anything else. One day I'm on top of the world because the scale shows a lower number. The next day I'm down in the dumps and want to give up because a higher number shows up.
Recently I have been working out like crazy and eating right and having calorie deficits and the scale still won't go down. It's so friggin' frustrating.
But my clothes have been fitting better and I've dropped from a size 18 to a size 14 since December. That's awesome! The scale? Hardly moved at all. It kills me on weigh in day.
Helen sent me a link to a sparkpeople blog post where a girl hardly lost any weight but lost clothes sizes. It was so inspiring for me to read this. (thanks, Helen!)
It also made me want to do something similar. Could I see a difference?
The last photo is me at 189.5 (as of this morning because of sore muscles) wearing size 16 pants (in the picture though I now wear 14s) and size large shirts. What is hard to see in the picture is how much my belly, waist and muffin top have shrunk. I don't see a huge difference in the pictures but I do when I'm standing in front of the mirror. Or when I'm trying on clothes.
I'm firmer. My collar bones show. I can feel my ribs. Muscle definition. And it's 1/2 pound difference.
Strength training is so important!
People have tried to tell me how important it was to use weights but I was so lost that I didn't know how to start. Oxygen magazine has been a huge help with their 3 part series (starting in January issue 2011) of "Your Best Body." Also the book New Rules of Lifting for Women is filled with valuable information and a 6 month training plan.
I still have weight (fat) that I need to lose but I'm not quite as freaked out when I step on the scale because the results are visible no matter what that number says. From size 18 to size 14 with only a half pound difference?! That's amazing to me!
Don't let the scale rule you. Let clothes be your guide. They tell a more accurate story. Take measurements once a month.
Next pictures will be in the new 14s. I just had on my 16s because they are so loose and comfy. :)