Originally Posted by BarefootMama99
Tillymonster - you are welcome to take over the chart next time - I have been doing it since version 2.0 and I could use a break from charting. :)
I need your motivational advice, ladies!! I have been gaining and loosing the same 5 to 7 pounds for the last several months, and sitting at the same weight for the last 3 weeks. It is driving me crazy! I still have about 50 pounds to loose to get to my healthy weight and I am dealing with some serious burnout on this whole situation. I REALLY want to be as close to my goal weight as possible by January because I will be having surgery and I want to reduce my anesthetic risk as much as possible by being in a healthy weight range. So I don't want to just not worry about it for a while and come back at this later. I have a husband who is VERY supportive, but works crazy hours (it has been 14+ hour shifts, rotating between days and nights this month, and will continue to change often - the military is consistantly inconsistant in their scheduling practices, and his division is undermaned). I have a 3.5 year old doing homeschool-preschool, and a 20 month old, both home full time. The budget has no room for extras like the gym or babysitters, so I wake up at 5:30 and work out in my garage (I have an treadmill and a stationary bike) and I try to get in a real road run for my long run days, as hubby's schedule allows. I am eating a whole foods based diet, with good portion control. I am still breastfeeding, and plan to continue until dd is 2.
Here is my current workout schedule: Mondays = bike 8 miles, Tuesday = run 3 miles, Wednesdays = bike 8 miles + free weights, Thursdays = run 3 miles, Friday = Off, Saturday = 4 miles, road run, Sunday = Free weights
I can't see fitting in more workouts at this stage of my life. I plan on homeschooling my kids through 8th grade so I will have kids in the equation for the next decade or so. How do you balence your health with your real life demands on your time? How do you stay motivated when you are stuck? How do you get you weight moving again?
I would love any insight you can provide!!!!
Oh mama! You have so much on your plate right now. my suggestion is multifaceted...
1. alternate days of cardio with days of weight training. You don't need huge weights either: high reps of lower weights can be very effective when done with high intensity.
2. if you aren't already, incorporate body weight exercises: push ups, tricep dips, bear walk, crab walk, duck walk, chin ups, plank. They don't take long and you can involve your kids by making it a contest. You can also do these at the park on picnic tables and playground equipment.
3. walk backward on your treadmill instead of forward - it creates muscle confusion and helps with increasing the calorie burn.
4. give yourself permission to have one day each week where you can have a true splurge - something that you wouldn't normally have. I've found that when I get stuck with the loss, that sometimes a splurge kicks things back into gear - its like my body is freaking out over the tight control and needs to know that there is food available.
5. never hesitate to come here for support! We get that this is hard. Sometimes the bounce sucks. But we will listen and sometimes, that is enough.
Balance between fitness and all the other demands on my time is not simple... just remember that fitness is part of your real life. I schedule my exercise in (sounds like you do too!) otherwise it doesn't happen. My motivation has changed over the last 8 months... I've gone through wanting to be able to run a specific distance, to be able to do chin ups, to do a triathlon, to looking better in a swimsuit than my sister (who's voice, BTW, is the nasty voice at the back of my head telling me that I'm a failure) who has never had weight issues, to having a freaking awesome back (see pictures below!), to being able to shop in any store I wanted to, to being able to chase my kids on the playground equipment and not get stuck in the tubes, to improving my odds at getting a job I want, and last but definitely not least... my workouts are my anger management and therapy tool. i am a much happier person (wife, mother, teacher, friend, human) when I get my daily exercise in. I can take my frustrations out on the bike, the treadmill, the battle ropes, the kettlebell, and just blow it all away. I see my exercise as a means to make life better for not just me but also the people around me that matter most. (and believe me, I've got my own crazy list of challenges right now)
This was taken in early May...
This was taken about a week ago.
I started this journey in January, with a simple premise... be nice to myself. I'm down about 70 lbs since then. I still have bad days, but they are tempered by the knowledge that I've made it this far. Sometimes it pays to look back and see how far you've come and remember that if you've made it this far, you can do the rest of it too.
Sorry for the novel. But I hope it helps you. Blessings on you mama as you make the journey to a healthier, happier you.