So, I want to say that I’m here and ready to start all over again.
That’s not entirely accurate, though. Last time I started this journey, I weighed in excess of 200 pounds. Then I lost a bunch of weight — 40 pounds, to be precise — and then I gained half of it back — crazy frustrating.
Now that I’m back in class, my schedule is such that I am going to be able to get back to working out regularly. And, now that I’m going to be getting back to the teaching assistant life, regular paychecks will ensure that my diet improves.
At least, that’s the theory.
I’ve been pretty quiet lately, haven’t I?
I knew I had but I didn’t realize just how quiet until I took a look and saw that my last post was from Arizona on the ides of March.
Needless to say, a few things have happened since then.
Classes are done. Papers have been handed in and exams have been graded. Graduation has happened. My first year of grad school is over. I am registered for my fall classes to launch my second year.
At this point, my thoughts go in half a dozen different directions.
I only have three years of coursework to do for this degree and I’m already finished with 1/3 of it. And next year will feel like I’m really getting somewhere because I’ll be getting my Master’s degree at the end of it. This time next year, I’ll probably be beside myself.
Well, I hope I won’t be too ridiculous about it. After all, the Master’s isn’t what I’m here for and the Master’s isn’t what I’ll be excited about, either.
When we last left our intrepid #fitgirl wannabe, she was celebrating both scalar and non-scalar victories and feeling like a million dollars.
And then … dun, dun, dunnnn … it happened. [screaming sound effect] The year-end holidays arrived.
Yes, it’s all very well for you to make fun, Dawn, but …
I know. And I’m not really making fun. It’s just that I have read so many blog posts lately about how the year-end holidays just destroyed everything we were doing to get fit and take off those extra pounds, that it’s been kind of disconcerting.
My daughter Gina, who was trained as a sports medicine professional, has told me on many occasions that the real key to weight loss is not to be found in any gym.
Now, what was that saying? “Eighty percent of weight loss happens in the kitchen.”
After all, it is possible to lose weight without any exercise at all. All you have to do is reduce your calories so that you are taking in fewer calories than you burn on a day to day basis. The sedentary lifestyle is a problem for weight loss because it burns so few calories but it can be done.
Getting into a workout routine does a lot more for you than helping you to lose weight:
- If you have any gastrointestinal difficulties at all (constipation, for example), working out will help get rid of it.
- I used to get boils fairly regularly but they stopped when I started working out.
- Toned muscle looks a lot better than flabby muscle, which you can have even if you are at your target weight of svelteness.
- Working out gets you more energy to work with as you go through your day.
- Working out gets you those endorphins, which are cheaper than heroin and won’t land you in jail or in the hospital.
- Working out is fun (once you have been doing it long enough not to have to worry about form or just being able to execute the moves — it’s important to find a type of working out that you enjoy. Otherwise, you won’t do it).
This is an incomplete list of things I get out of working out and you will note that losing weight is nowhere on the list. So, if we want to talk about losing weight, then let’s talk about food.