Progress Isn’t A Straight Line

by Willie on February 13, 2017

in Daily, Fitness, Weight Loss

Shortly before I wrote my last post, I Am A Binge Eater, I weighed in for the first time in a long time.

Stepping on the scale was something that I was trying to avoid. I didn’t want to know what my weight was. Honestly, I just didn’t want to feel like a complete failure.

No Struggle No Progress

When you step on the scale, it’s a truth slap to the face. It’s the realization that you’ve been lying to yourself for so long.

I definitely was lying to myself.

I went to the gym on a Monday and stepped on the scale. I wasn’t happy about the number but I was thankful to know where my new starting point is.

On January 16, I started my weight journey again. It’s been a strange 3 weeks since I’ve started losing weight again. It’s a completely different routine than what I used the first time I lost weight.

In the past, I worked out 5-6 days a week. Before, I mainly did cardio. Specifically, I walked on the treadmill for the length of a 42 minute television show.

Yes, I worked out by using tv as a “reward” to exercise. Try it because it really works.

This time, I’m working out 5-6 days a week again.

What’s different?

I’m not just doing cardio again. My cardio consists of walking. The difference is that I’m walking with inclines and also doing heart rate training with the use of a heart rate monitor. I keep my heart rate between 129-157 beats per minute to burn as many calories as possible.

I do heart rate training 2-3 times a week. I say 2-3 times a week because lately I’ve been subbing one day of heart rate training with a class called Group Fight.

Group Fight is a MMA/Kickboxing class. It’s fun and keeps me entertained during a workout.

The other workouts in my arsenal is strength training.

Strength training was the one thing that I wished that I did before. That myth of getting overly bulky was always in my head when I first started. So, I avoided the weights and just focused on cardio.

Strength training doesn’t make you bulky. It can if that’s what you are going for. I’m working to get stronger and to look a certain way.

That’s it for me.

The past three weeks have been somewhat of an up and down roller coaster for me. The first week I lost weight. I gained weight the second week. This past week, I lost weight again.

I almost gave up for a brief second when I gained weight on the second week. But I stopped myself. I asked myself, “Why am I even thinking of quitting because of a minor setback?”

Progress isn’t a straight line.

It has highs and lows. It’s never one direction the whole time. I had to tell myself that when I had that negative thought of quitting.

I know that I did everything that I was supposed to do.

I tracked my food. Exercise was always a priority during the week.

The body is a powerful machine. It resists change. You have to keep it guessing.

My progress is still moving forward. I’m staying on track. The weight will come off. Two out of three weeks has proven that to me.

I just have to remember that I’m in this weight loss journey for the long haul. As long as the scale shows a decline, I’m on the right track.

How are your weight loss efforts going?

What are you doing to continue your progress in the right direction?

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