Thursday, March 21, 2013
Retaining Sanity and Losing Weight
Since I'm waiting to find out where I'll be working next, and with which company, I've got some time on my hands. When you're working full time, time off sounds great. When you're waiting to work and don't know when your next paycheck is going to come in, time off can be the kiss of death. If I already knew when and where I was going to start working, I could go on vacation, maybe scuba somewhere or visit some friends on other continents. Since I don't, I end up trying to stay home . . . a lot. Inevitably, leaving the house means spending money. I go to Home Depot to get supplies for house projects, I go for acupuncture, I go out to have a meal with a friend. It all costs.
I had my first monthly check-in with a trainer in nine months. Now, I'd gotten on the gym kick not long after I moved back to Seattle. The problem came first during the holidays as I got out of the habit and when I was on the road. Sure there was a gym at the hotel, but it didn't have the set up I wanted and really, after an eleven hour day, it was the last thing I wanted to do. So, my first weigh in, measurement check since May of 2012. Honestly, I knew it wasn't going to be pretty. I could tell a few ounces here, a few more there had snuck in. I am up about ten pounds from where I was in May. By May, I had been working out about ten weeks solidly so I was lighter than when I first got back. That being said, half of that ten pounds I put on was lean muscle and my tape measurements (weight, hips, etc) hadn't changed much.
I want to lose at least fifteen pounds and gain definition, tone and health. I want to be ready for a four day backpacking trip in September. I want to keep up with the hiking group much better than last year. I want to feel great in a swim suit this summer.