Posted by: sharonseidel | April 19, 2015

I’m Still Here, Just……

Well, it has been a long time.  Where do I start?  All I can say is that things have not been going according to the plan, as you can probably work out, this being a weight loss and fitness blog.  In fact, over the last few months, I have watched my weight going up and it does feel like the brakes have failed on the car and I am about to go over the cliff.

So what has prompted this complete breakdown of the plan? Well, blowing out my knee during the Mud Run in December did not help.  For the first few weeks, I could barely hobble through my day and the concept of my regular exercise was simply out of the question.  It took 2 months for the knee to come good and it was tricky finding a new exercise routine where the knee both felt supported and improved.  I found that swimming laps turned out to be the thing – after the first swim the knee started to loosen up and move more freely.

But I can’t blame my injury for the fact that weight is now higher than it was when I originally signed up for 12WBT 3 years ago.  Yes, it was a contributing factor initially, but the fact is that during my forced hiatus, I simply got out of the exercise habit.  And then when I was able to exercise normally again, it was too easy to put the exercise genie back in the lamp and stick the lamp at the back of the shelf collecting dust.

I have also been allowing more crap back into my diet – you can allow yourself the occasional treat when you are doing the exercise to compensate, but when you are not moving and putting more in your mouth, then things are not going to go well.  Calories in versus calories out – moving more than you eat. But now I know that it is time for action – I hate the numbers on the scale, the fact that my clothes don’t fit  and that all my hard work over the past three years has evaporated.

So to that end, I am taking action.  I have one week left on the current round of 12WBT, but I have decided not to sign up for the next round.  I love the program, but I have been doing it for three years now and I feel that I need to shake things up. My body is used to the eating plans and I think I need to move in a different direction for a time at least.  I am pulling a few of my old books off the shelf and following their eating plans for a while.  And of course I am getting back on the exercise bandwagon properly – walking at least 5 days a week and yoga on the weekend, and some time in the gym with the weights to get my resistance training back on par.  I must admit that looking in the mirror at the moment, I have gone from toned and fit to looking like I have melted in the middle, so that needs to change immediately.

So, what am I waiting for? The sun is shining and it time to get my shoes on and my butt into action….

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