Alright. Back in the saddle. I took a couple of weeks and slowed things down a little so that I could rest and recover a little as well as reevaluate what I’m doing and what to do next. I was able to accomplish all of those things but when it came time to start putting them into play I had a hard time getting started. So hard, in fact that I almost completely stopped writing as well. The blogging, Facebook and Twitter posts are a big part of the accountability that I credit with helping me stay focused and keep going, so letting it fall by wayside was a huge red flag. But I am back at it as of today. Recommitted and ready to show and tell.
I don’t know if you ready my last post, but I made a commitment to really start trying to make some solid progress on my food intake in the hopes that it will spur some weight loss and help me finally get off the plateau I have been stuck on forever. I did the cooking on Sunday (recipes here) and amazingly, so far so good! I have eaten ONLY the prepared meals and snacks, and I have come in at 1550 calories a day. I am getting used to feeling a little hungry. I constantly have to remind myself that this feeling does not require any action from me; that it is actually a good thing. I have increased my daily meditation and I think that will help quiet some of the noise too. I do not want to just settle for better… I want to look and feel as good as possible.
I am still digging the Pilates and Primal 7 classes at Redbird Pilates & Fitness. The classes get a little more demanding every week and there are some exercises that I just am not strong enough or flexible enough to do… yet. I get frustrated and a little embarrassed when I have to bail out of something the rest of the class is doing, and I can easily see why people quit. The blow to the ego is rough. But Lee and Elisabeth are constantly reminding me of just how much ground I have covered in the few weeks I have been doing it. There were things I could not do at all in the first weeks of both classes that I can do now, or that I’m at least beginning to be able to do. Progress takes time, and I can never see it from where I sit. Life keeps rearing its head and I have had to miss a class here and there, and I am still surprised when I actually miss it. I can feel myself getting stronger and I am slowly getting better at the breathing part of things. I am starting to do cardio on the days I don’t have class and by the end of next week I hope to be back at a full schedule.
Onward and downward.