At the time I'm writing (Thursday afternoon--hey, I gotta get it in when Little Britches is sleeping), I have 74 miles left to go in the #100inJuneChallenge. I feel awesome about the progress I'm making, so here's what's working so far:
1. An 8:30 am appointment with my Mom Monday through Friday--Y'all. I am not a fan of the track. I get bored easily and then start trying to talk my companions into quitting for the day. So Mom and I have a route (about 2.6 miles) we walk through town. There's no quitting half way through because no matter what? We have to
2. RunKeeper--I love this app on my phone because it tracks my route, tracks my calories and lets me set goals. Then, it keeps me updated regarding how close I am to meeting that goal. Plus, Mom and I feel like we're slacking if our average pace per mile goes up. Motivation, people. Motivation.
3. MyFitnessPal--Part of my commitment to the #100inJuneChallenge is to get myself back on the healthy train. I use this app to track my calories and exercise. It's easy to use and a good reminder of how much that donut is going to cost. Six more miles of running? No thank you. I'll eat a handful of blueberries instead.
4. Pepperplate.com--I've never been great at meal planning, but PepperPlate makes it so easy. I can use the app on my phone or log into the website, import recipes (I use SkinnyTaste a LOT!), plan meals for the next two weeks and then import those ingredients into a shopping list I can print and take to the grocery store (or check off on my phone). It also helps me calorie plan for evenings out, etc.
Now for the realistic portion of this update:
I weigh every day--not because I want to torture myself, but because it keeps me on track. Downside? Three days into this venture I had gained (gained, not lost) two pounds. I'm counting calories, and exercising far more than I have in the last few months and I showed a gain?
I stared at my scale and tried not to cry. And I promise I didn't look in the mirror and think about how beautiful I was. Truthfully, I'm having a hard time looking in the mirror these days. I know everything I need to do. I know I can make progress. But I also remember how slow and painstaking that progress is.
A year ago I was trying to internalize the same things I'm attempting to remember now: I need to renew my mind to stay the course when there are no immediate rewards.
It's hard. Walking when my entire body is sore because I went from walking 0 miles a day to walking 6 miles a day is hard. Averaging under 1500 calories a day due to careful calorie consideration and lots of exercise is hard. Hearing old women at the Dairy Queen comment that I am now "as big as" another girl she knows who has gained a lot of weight is hard. (Her actual comment: "Well you're as big as such and such." Ouch.)
But right now? I'm over my walking goal for the week with two days left to go. So I'm going to count this a win. And that 100 miles? I'm going to own it.
How are you doing?