I did weigh in at my meeting on Saturday, and I'm down 1.5 lbs from February, so that's awesome! It'll be a challenge to keep it that way while I travel again.
This week's meeting was about shaking things up. Many of us get into a rut, a food rut and an exercise rut. I'm the first to admit this. I tend to eat the same/similar foods a lot of the time. Not for the same meal or the same order but my grocery shopping list is pretty static.
Also my exercise routine, well its same old, same old at the gym. I blame things being the same at the gym because I just don't know better, I'm afraid to experiment with weights on my own for fear of doing it wrong and hurting myself. Sadly I just can't afford a personal trainer at the gym I go to, they want you to commit to 3x a week for a minimum of 3-6 months. I just don't have thousands of dollars on hand to do that. I wish the gym I went to (Goodlife) would allow you to hire a trainer to help design a program to fit your goals, show you how to execute that program and the techniques, then just check in with that trainer every 2-4 weeks. That I probably could afford. I must admit I always look upon the people at the gym with trainers a little wistfully, and with a slight tinge of jealousy.
So we need to shake things up, especially if our weight loss starts to slow or even plateaus. This can help you reach your weight loss goals. Also if you eat the same foods and do the same exercises constantly one of two things can happen. You can become bored very quick, give up or give in to binging on unhealthy foods. Or if you keep it up (like I tend to) your body becomes used to that calorie intake/calorie burn and will hold onto your extra weight. You need to change things up to keep your body guessing.
4 Ways to Mix Up Your Meals
- Experiment with new recipes
- Swap recipes with another WW member, ones you know that are good!
- Add a new fruit/vegetable now and again
- Revamp old stand-bys
- Add accountability - I actually keep a calendar I write all my work outs down on and how many days in a row I earned activity points.
- Put on some music - music is used by athletes to focus, get in the zone and pump themselves up.
- Try variations, walk a different rout, try altering speeds, etc.
- Buddy up
Another shot of me in the D.R.
Well, that's it... short and sweet this week.