As I shared last week I have begun a journey to fit into my size 8 wetsuit. The funny thing is that our little accountability group has grown--as friends heard about what we were doing, they wanted in on the action. After almost two weeks using MyFitnessPal we are all finding this resource super easy and very informative. My husband, who I wouldn't let in on the competition, has already lost 6 lbs. since he began using the app (can you see why I didn't let him in our challenge?). The nice thing is, it hasn't kept me from the foods I love. I actually found out that while it is super high in sodium, my beloved Korean BBQ is actually relatively low in calories. I love Vietnamese Spring Rolls, so I found a new recipe resource where I found healthier versions of the peanut sauce, and a new spicy shrimp spring roll that I can't wait to try: The Fit Food List: Healthy Recipes for Runners And the neat thing is that MyFitnessPal has a resource where you can enter in recipe details so you can track basically any food that crosses your lips.
Today, as I was looking through my past blogs, I think I finally realized something. I actually forgot what my plateau weight has been over the last two years. I have been working out a crazy amount of hours in preparation for Ironman, and I couldn't understand why my weight was still slowly creeping up. Only it really wasn't--I thought I had been 160 lbs and when I saw the scale at 167, I was worried I was somehow blowing it. As I looked back at my blogs I realized the number I have been stuck on was 170. I know it sounds weird that I forgot what I weighed, but I have honestly been trying not to focus as much on the number. In the process, I forgot where I had been. Now that I am at about 165 I can see why my clothes are getting a little looser.
As I was looking through my blogs I also came across a past entry that I think actually fits very well with what I am talking about today. I shared a Livestrong blog by their editor Adam Bornstein called 4 Steps to Get Back in Shape. If you click on the June 2012 link on the right side of my blog and go to the June 10th entry, I think some of the tips I wrote about will help you as you continue on your road to better fitness. This week I also came across another Livestrong resource called 10 Slimming Tips To Get You Ready For Summer. I won't restate all Kim Eagle's tips here but tip #10 is stay accountable, and that is exactly why I take time every week to write this blog. I bare my soul, share what I have learned over the week, and in the process I hope that I am able to help you on your journey to greatness. We all have it in us--all we have to do is want it bad enough, work hard, and try not to lose our focus. It has been a long road, but I know that in the end all my sacrifices will be worth it. And hopefully a side benefit will be that I will have a summer ready body for the first time in more years than I can remember. So no covering up for us--we will be ready!