Puzzle Pieces

Working with a personal coach has been an eye opener for me. She calls me out on things I need to improve on, and she encourages me when I don’t give myself enough credit for the things I am doing well. I can’t tell you how helpful it is to have someone holding your hand and helping you cross over obstacles. I’m figuring out all the pieces that I need to put together in my weight loss puzzle.

Because all of this losing weight business really is just a puzzle with its pieces needing to be put together. I feel like I have all the pieces laid out, face up, and ready to go, now I’m just trying to make them all fit together. When you can make all the pieces fit snugly together, that’s when the magic happens.

My pieces are close together, I just don’t seem to be able to snug them up. My food piece is pretty good (always room for improvement though – grazing is my biggest issue), my exercise piece is getting there – just still a bit inconsistent, and my water piece is usually pretty good. If I could just get all the pieces working together at the same time, I have no doubt I would be successful. As it is, I feel that I am really close, but I just have to make the commitment to make all those pieces come together.

As I said, my food piece is pretty good right now – lots of lean protein, lots of fruits and vegetables (working on eating more veggies than fruit) and a few grains. I have a few treats that I like to save for the weekends. The food issue is pretty good, just need to tighten it up a bit more and I’ll be golden.

The water piece is good IF I have my 32oz Sonic cup full of water at my desk (I usually can drink at least 2 of these during my work day) and IF I remember to get another big cup of water filled when I get home from work. I stay pretty well hydrated during the week, but on the weekends I slack off just because I’m usually busy running errands and forget to drink.

I think the exercise piece is what I’m struggling most with. In reality, if I am going to achieve 10,000 steps per day, then I need to commit to an hour each day of dedicated exercise. That means that if I were to walk or jog on the treadmill for an hour each day, plus adding normal activity steps during the day, I could achieve 10,000 steps each day and I think that would give my weight loss some serious steam. The question is: am I willing to do that? Am I willing to be THAT committed to losing weight? Because to work out an hour EACH DAY would take some serious finagling on my part but I’ve been thinking about some ways I could make that happen.

  • Zumba. It’s Tuesdays, Thursdays, and I believe there is a Saturday class as well. It’s fun, I enjoy it, but it’s a chunk of time out of my evenings. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, this doesn’t feel as much as a hassle, but right now it’s just getting the momentum going that is hard. I would really like to go to yoga, but I think at this point, I need to be sweaty more than I need to be bendy.
  • Get up extra early before work and get it done. I think I’m most consistent when I do this, but oh lawd some days it’s just so hard to get up!! And if I get to bed late the night before, I tend to blow off my morning workout.
  • Work out in the evenings. I’ve been doing this and while it works, I tend to wait until the last minute to do it -and  I have to talk myself into doing it. My husband has been running on the treadmill in the evenings, so it’s nice to have that little push from him when he says “okay now it’s your turn”, but I still find it hard to get motivated. Last night I feel asleep after dinner and slept for over an hour, and even after I woke up I still didn’t want to move. So last night’s workout didn’t happen.
  • Split it up between mornings and evenings. Somehow I can see myself not following through with this. I would rather workout ONCE and have it over and done with.

If I’m being totally honest, it’s all going to come down to what I’m WILLING to do. It doesn’t matter when or where I decide to do it, it’s just a matter of WILL I do it and WILL I keep doing it? It’s not even a question of how bad I want it, because I want it bad, but I can want it badly enough but still not act on it (that’s been the story of my life for a long time now).

Anyone want to offer me a $1000 to workout every day for a month?… No?… Darn. Guess it’s all up to me then. 🙂

So the puzzle still sits on my table just waiting to be joined together to make one awesomesauce picture. It’ll get there, I know it will, I just have to be patient and work through it. (ARGH!!!)

11 thoughts on “Puzzle Pieces

  1. I have been learning to work out, on my own, at home as I have been building strength back up after surgery. This is not something I have ever done well before now. I have always been a class girl.

    My personal opinion is that quality trumps number of steps. A good level 60 minute Zumba class might not be 10,000 steps, but can be more exercise. A half an hour of good quality intervals on treadmill can be better than 10,000 steps. My argument is a waitress might go 10,000 or more steps during her shift, but it isn’t actually exercise. . .

    Pilates and upper body free weight/resistance work can be really good alternated with quality cardio.

    I really feel for those of you who work full time. Tough to fit it all in a week.

    1. I have been doing walking lunges and stationary squats, really effective. Might even be something you can do at work, several times a day. When you get those quads firing, sets do a lot. Neither takes a lot of room.

  2. It`s always something – headache, tiredness, home activities that make us stay away from work outs. I admire women who work, have kids and work out every day…I can`t find time and WILL to do it 3 times a week…that`s sad…but maybe an option is to do a little bit? now whole hour? not class but maybe some squats and cardio at home? even 30` minutes of doing anything is better than nothing…you seem to work great with those puzzles! you`ll find the way to put them all together!

  3. I’m going to email you, but I know you can do it. It might be the February blahs or something too. What motivated you in the past to really lock things down?

  4. I’m so glad you have a guide in this. I need someone to hold my hand through my distractions and say, “Focus! Your puzzle pieces are a mess and other sets mixed up in them. Let’s sort this out.”

  5. This is so interesting to read about your experiences with a personal coach.

    You are right. You have to have all those puzzle pieces locked in place to lose weight consistently. Once you do, though, there does seem to be some body knowledge (a physical thing with your body) that kicks in and keeps the weight loss consistent. Its kinda weird, in a good way : )

  6. What I do is I wake up and say: can I workout today? If not – can I work out tomorrow? Sometimes just presenting yourself with the question: next meal, what healthy thing could I eat? This afternoon, can I go on a 20 minute walk? Little questions add up. 🙂

  7. I had a very hard time to find my routine and the force in myself to get up and do something but now I cannot live without doing sports. Now it’s getting warm outside and I got my bycicle from the garage during winter time I go to a fitness studio, I love doing cardio, I’m sitting on a bike and play some games as greatbritish bingo, I have an e-book reader or I just think about nothing and fall in some kind of trance 🙂 this spring I want to start hiking again and also do a lot of things outside!
    good luck and take care 😉

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