I seemed to have reached a plateau at 15 pounds, and to be honest, it’s a bit frustrating. I’ve really worked hard this past month on the physical fitness aspect of losing 50 pounds, but unfortunately it isn’t reflected on the scale.
I’m a regular at the YMCA, making my way there four to five times per week in the morning before work. I even started attending spin classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m. For those of you who have never experienced a spin class, and are looking for a good workout, I encourage you to do so. Ron on Tuesday and Erica on Thursday really make it a great start to those days by helping me burn about 600 calories in 40 minutes. For you men out there, I do strongly encourage you to purchase bike shorts first. I learned the hard way, and it wasn’t a very pleasant experience. On Mondays and Fridays I hit the treadmill for 30 minutes and then hit the weight room for another 20 minutes. I really feel good about the workouts!
I guess it comes down to the diet, and I’m not being as disciplined as I should be. When I first started my “50 (lbs.) by (age) 50” weight-loss campaign, I was very stringent about bringing fruits and vegetables to work with me, so I wasn’t so hungry at lunch and dinner. I think it really helped and I didn’t stick with it. I guess I thought that since I was being more active, I didn’t need to be so strict on what I ate. I obviously was wrong, and I need to get back on track.
With an exercise routine now in place, I will get back to focusing on the diet and will work hard in February to move the dial further along faster. With eight months to go to lose 35 additional pounds, I’m determined to be successful.
I truly appreciate the words of encouragement from those of you who have approached me at the Y or otherwise, and have asked me how it is going. The occasional e-mails I receive remind me that you are watching, and I won’t let you down.