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Doing What Works… FOR YOU!

My desire isn’t really to talk about weight loss, but if you can get past that little part of it, you’ll get my train of thought!

Ok, there’s three people I want to talk about this morning! All three of these people want/ wanted to lose weight. All three are built differently. But all three can be hard on themselves… here’s the results.

Person A wanted to lose weight… she exercised regularly, but never really saw a change in weight until she started counting calories and running (She also lifts weights on her ‘off’ days I think). She’s now lost 50+ pounds and looks awesome! She was determined- and she finally did it!

Person B wants to lose weight… she is exercising regularly, counts her calories… but she’s getting discouraged and doesn’t know what else to do. I told her to keep working at it- we didn’t put it on over night, we won’t take it off over night.

Person C also wants to lose weight… she is now exercising regularly, counted her calories long enough to know when she’s had too much, and she’s plugging away… hasn’t lost a lot, but can tell a difference. But it’s a SLOW process. Can be discouraging at times.

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I am person C. A small back history: Growing up, I was never really ‘overweight’. I was healthy. My highest weight (when I was 16), is now the weight I’d LOVE to be at. Also, things have usually come easy to me. I wanted to learn to play bass guitar- I learned practically overnight, when a friend told me the basics. I’m not great, but just enough to be dangerous. πŸ™‚ I learned piano basically the same way… just enough knowledge to be dangerous. I can’t play great, but I can play by ear and pick up things rather quickly I think.

Now, this weight loss thing- This isn’t coming easy. I’ve never struggled with my weight until I got married. And now, 5 years after saying ‘I Do’, I’m determined to get it off. Well, determined in that… I don’t feel like I have tons of time to put into this thing, but hey! I’ll eat my veggies and work out some. But a 30 minute run, in 20 degree weather? Sorry… I’m not that determined. Which brings me to what I wanted to blog about.

DOING WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.

Do I want to be overweight? NO- So… what am I doing? (Don’t laugh- or I’ll kick your butt) I found multiple pins on Pinterest that say ‘do this to burn 100 calories’. So I’m giving it a shot. Here’s what’s working for me:

  • Exercising FIRST THING in the morning (well, after my prayer and bible reading time… and cup of joe) This includes 40 Jumping Jacks, 30 Crunches, 20 Squats, and 10 push-ups. Twice. Now, I don’t truly know if this actually burns 100 calories (per set), but it seems to be working. It takes me about 5-10 minutes to complete 2 sets and stretches… and I can usually get through my little workout without a kid pitching a fit. Usually.
  • Water before every meal (Honestly, as best as I can remember to do so)
  • Trying to live by ‘The Skinny Rules’ from Bob Harper

And that pretty much sums it up. I am not looking for excuses as to why I can’t do more… but trying to fit a 30 minute run into my life juts wasn’t working… especially when it’s 20 degrees outside. πŸ™‚ I even bought a used treadmill… only to get it home and find out, the only way I can use it is on FULL INCLINE because otherwise the belt slips. Yeah, that was discouraging.

Now, some people probably snicker at this because 5-10 minutes a day? That’s not much… but… it’s better than nothing. It’s better than giving up. And it’s what’s working for me! I’m a busy mom of three tots (all three and under), I don’t have a lot of ‘me’ time, no matter how early I get up in the morning, or how late I stay up at night. But I’ve finally found something I can do, that is producing gradual results.

So- Find what works for you! If you aren’t getting the results you want, change it, and find something that WILL work for you. And- PERSEVERE. Keep at it, but don’t give up- don’t even think about it!

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