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Working It Out

A beautiful view on a spring run!
As I write this I'm sitting on the couch with the  TV on for some background noise. It's been a month since my last post and life has been very busy. My 7 year old has something to go to 4 out of 5 days/nights of the week so our dinner time is very rushed along with bed time and helping my son with his homework.

My spirits in general are ok. I'm missing my dogs Mocha and Java. I can't count how many times I when I get home and I feel a rushed feeling of needing to let them out and then I remember they aren't here. When it comes to progress in my life I feel like things are moving at a painfully slow pace since November. My short term memory is spotty at times and it's hard to really know why or what's causing it. I guess the big lesson in all this is patience.

For exercise I'm backing off of signing up for any more races. I'm feeling that I've burned myself out and I don't need to be signed up for a half marathon to be in shape or to exercise. Training for an event takes time and it's something I don't have much of these days with family commitments. A training schedule for me was starting to become a chore and a stressor instead of an outlet or level of achievement  When exercise becomes a stressor it's time to change things up and do something different.

I've decided as of yesterday to try a new focus and new approach to weight loss. Everything I've learned in my program at school to date (Health and Exercise Science) has been of great use. The most valuable piece of information I have learned when it comes to weight loss is that no matter what type of foods or diet you are on (Vegan, Paleo, Weight Watchers, South Beach) it all comes down to calories. We lose weight when we have a calorie deficit (3,500 calorie deficit per week = 1lb weight loss per week). Weight Watchers is what I used to lose 80lbs on and I'm happy about that but since then I've gained 20lbs of it back due to my own eating and not being diligent about balancing my intake with my calorie burn. I'm a person that needs to know the hard facts so I've decided to count my calories and get a personal trainer (Jillian Michael) to take out the guess work of weight loss.  There are many apps out there and I've decided to use  Jillian Michael's app. Why? because I love her video examples and the workout plans that are set up for me (there are always modifications for each exercise). [I've also tried free apps and while this one is a paid subscription it seems to be the most complete and easiest to use]There is also a food diary to keep track of my calories based on my BMR and it factors in my calories burned doing Jillian's workouts (there's also varying levels to choose from in the workouts and I'm trying level 2 based on my current level of fitness). I find the app very user friendly and very easy to customize. I'll keep you all updated on my progress here at Sonya's Losing It.

Current weight 152lbs
Target weight 130lbs

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