This week I had ‘THAT TALK” with myself. The talk I’ve known was coming; the talk I’ve been fighting against all year.
You see, back in January when I hit my “target weight” I had worked long and hard to get there. I had reached a point where the very words “weight loss” or “body fat composition” would make me stick my fingers in my ears, singing a loud and lusty “La-La-La-La!”
I had had it.
I would not journal another day. I would not count calories. I would not watch food or exercise intensity. I was just going to continue as I had been and relax for a while. BUT…
When i had the pinch tests done by faithful old trainer, Guido, they still showed a 30% body fat. One time slipped down to 28%, but it didn’t stay there. So I knew that although I’d reach a goal, I had not yet reached my final goal. Which was to be at a healthy body composition for my age. No matter what the weight was. Something more like 25%.
Still for most of this year I maintained my weight. Up or down a pound, it would average at that goal number. However, over the last few months I’ve been hurt or sore or busy or distracted and not working like I used to. Several pounds showed up and did not recede.
My clothes still fit me the same, but I see that middle getting thicker. I never buy clothes to fit over my middle, so clothes fitting isn’t a good guide. I have to take action now to nip this in the bud.
So I had the talk with myself.
Deb, I said, you worked hard and felt proud and knew that more work was coming. It’s been almost a year. I’ve been patient with your child-ish pouts at any hint that you had to consider changing something up. But it’s time to put on your big-girl panties and get to work.
It won’t be so hard this time. Last time you lost 40#.. and burned more fat than that. This is just a tune-up. Just a few weeks of eating more mindfully, of working more carefully. This is just getting back to what you did so well just a year ago.
I’m doing it. Slowly.
I journalled food (I HATE that), and found that I eating the same calories that I burn on days when I work out lightly. (so what does this mean about the days I don’t work out? Yeah.) This is part of the “information gathering” stage. What am I doing now so I can know what to adjust.
I looked at my workouts for the past few weeks. I worked almost as hard at weight training, but the cardio has slipped a bit. And the total trips to the gym or hours spent moving has declined. Another point in the info gathering stage.
Next step is to make a plan. Set a reasonable goal. Give myself a great reward to work toward. When that’s in place I get down to the work. Sunday will not only be the beginning of another week; it’s the beginning of a new stage of work.