Heat-induced noodliness doesn't lend itself to great writing.

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I'm restraining myself from starting this post with a mention of just how long it's been since I last posted.

Let's just say it's been too long. 

On a completely unrelated note:  It's sweet torture to sit, hot and sweaty, on the deck with an equally hot laptop on my lap while listening to my kids splashing away in their kiddy pool.  I'm so noodly-relaxed right now that I don't really mind the heat, but I'm still tempted to jump in the pool, clothes and all.  After all, isn't it my prerogative as a grownup to do what I want and pay for the consequences later?

So yeah, about my workouts and eating: Thanks to my ever-faithful workout partner-husband, I've been consistent about hauling my ever-lazy, often grumpy morning self out to the garage to exercise.  I'm finding my current program very, very challenging.  Good challenging.  I'm making progress and am feeling pretty strong.  However, as I start tackling bodyweight exercises like pull-ups, full push-ups and plyometrics, I can really see how my extra weight is hindering my ability to progress.

Eating hasn't been consistently great.  Because of the workouts and the fact that I haven't abandoned healthy eating altogether, I haven't gained any weight.  Phew! 

BUT, I've still got at least 30lbs of fat to lose.  I can feel how strong I've gotten and how much muscle definition I have, but I can't really see it because of the fat on top.  I honestly don't know how to motivate myself to stay on track, except to keep picking myself back up and starting over when I screw up. 

The way I see it, every 'failure' is a lesson learned.  Eventually I'll have all the bricks built into my healthy-eating foundation and will be ready to make progress. 

Before I first started losing weight, I made a list of all the things that I wanted to do but couldn't/wouldn't right then because of being overweight and out of shape.  I kept the list in a place where I'd see it often and it really did keep me motivated.  'Problem' is that I'm already able to do most of my original list now.  I think it's time reach deeper, dream bigger and come up with a new one.

I'm thinking of taking up gung-fu this fall.  There's a school in town that has a decent reputation and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  I still haven't decided for sure.  2 nights a week is a big commitment for an evening couch-slug like myself. (Yeah, don't laugh.) I took taekwondo for a short time a few years ago and really loved it.  I'm a lot lighter and in a lot better shape than I was then, but I have no doubt the martial arts training will still kick my butt.

Well, if you've read this far, I thank you.  Noodly-relaxedness doesn't exactly lend itself to witty writing. :)


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