Going back to the same old routine was a little bit rough this week. Over break, I had continued to watch what I ate and had exercised each morning, but getting back to normal was a change regardless. When I was off, I didn't get up to exercise until about 7. This meant that I didn't have breakfast until closer to 9. Lunch followed closer to noon and dinner, since I was home to prep things, was closer to 5. Back at work this week, I had to shift back to exercising at 5. I tend to drink my protein drink on the way to work and then nibble on breakfast at my desk. Usually, this means that by about 8 I have had my breakfast. This left me feeling munchy around 11. I tried hard to wait for lunch, but I just couldn't do it. Then, I found myself mid-afternoon needing an energy boost. All this extra snacking was hard. I hope to have overcome the need by next week. Thankfully, I keep relatively healthy snacks on hand and didn't have crazy snacks - sticking to granola bars and 100 calorie snack packs.
I did miss one day of exercising, as my daughter couldn't get back to sleep and in an effort for her not to be up for the day at 5, I tried to convince her to go back to bed. Next thing I knew it was after 5:30 and I had lost the time needed to exercise. I am proud to say though, that I have now completed the first eight weeks of P90X. That is further than I got last time. Next week begins the final phase, where I will alternate weekly between the workout sequence from the first two phases.
I really wish that I had listened and measured myself before beginning. I know I am losing weight and seeing that accomplishment on the scale, but I also know that I am losing inches, as I am seeing that in the clothes I wear (I bought four new pairs of pants over the holidays, all of them smaller than I have worn in at least the 4 years that I have worked in my current job). It just would have been nice to know how many inches I had lost, sort of like I know how many pounds I have lost.
Speaking of losing pounds, I passed an important milestone this week at Weight Watchers...I have now lost 10% of the weight I was the day I started Weight Watchers. Now, it is time for me to think about my ultimate goal. I'm tempted to stick with the goal I have set, but I think that I might set another interim goal of losing the next 10% and then see from there whether to stop at my current goal or push it a little further. I was pretty excited to share my success during the meeting portion...there I was, emerging from the holidays, surrounded by not just those that have been there for this portion of my journey, but with new members and returning members as well, showing that this program works...not only had I lost 10%, I did it coming off of a holiday season that is full of challenges, a time period when normally, I would have gained at least a few pounds. If that doesn't speak to the lifestyle changes that can be realized through the Weight Watchers program, I'm not sure what does.
As for my Friday morning weigh in, I lost a little this week. It was clear that the snacking didn't help, as I lost only about 1/2#. I now have 19# to go.