Saturday, August 9, 2008

Seventy-ninth Weigh-in

I'm down 1.8 lbs this week. I also know what caused my gain last week: my period. It's been happening for over 22 years now, you'd think I'd be prepared for it by now. One of these months it's not going to sneak up on me.

The meeting today was about exercise and how it should be something you enjoy. I couldn't agree more. If I didn't like running or bootcamp or any of the other exercises I do, I'd still be on the couch.

We also discussed physical and mental obstacles to exercise. For me, the hardest part is getting out the door. I still have to trick myself; especially when I'm tired. I begin with the 10 minute rule: I have to go out for at least 10 minutes. If I'm not enjoying myself after the time is up, I give myself permission to stop. It's never gotten to that point of course. That's the trick. Once you're doing it, you're apt to keep going.

The other trick I use is gradually getting dressed. When I'm tired, getting dressed for exercise is a chore. I force myself to get dressed by focusing on one clothing piece at a time. After about 20 minutes of alternatively dressing and futzing around procrastinating, I'll finally be dressed. By this point I'll still be tired and cranky, but once I'm dressed, the prospect of undressing is more daunting than actually going out and exercising.

Hi, I'm TinyTrim, 34-year-old toddler.

But hey, whatever gets you out the door, right?


SeaShore said...

Congrats on your loss this week.

I'm surprised and dismayed every month when I gain, too. We just really want to see that scale go down, don't we?

Julie said...

Great loss!

I hate the period gain, you know it's coming but yet are mad when it shows up.

radiosilents said...

Totally true about just getting yourself out the door. I often tell myself the same thing -- if it doesn't feel good after a few minutes, you can go back if you really want to. Another phrase that works for me is, "X minutes is better than nothing at all." (You can fill in the x... mine is 20 minutes.) I am always, always, always glad and thankful that I got myself out there, and it's even got to the point now where I need to get out each morning or I don't feel right.

Congrats on the loss!