Weekly Weigh-In: No Change, New Challenges

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Nothing happening with the scale at the moment, but I'm losing around my waist.

Nothing happening with the scale at the moment, but I’m losing around my waist.

No change in my weight from last week, but I noticed that I’m down another notch on my belt. So the scale maybe stubborn, but my waist is shrinking…and that is always a good thing.

It’s also another reason you can’t rely on the scale for success. Little things like how loose your clothes fit or being able to cross your legs are far more important.

New Month, New Challenges
My trainer wants me to build up my upper body strength. I can’t argue with her. It seems like any upper body workout is a struggle since my month off in April.

In fact, it seems like my whole workout routine isn’t as routine as I’d like. Consistency is so important. Not only to build muscle and improve cardio, but it’s a great reminder to eat better.

Unfortunately it’s difficult to get back on track, especially after a long trip. Time to set things right. My plan of attack?

I'm taking the 30-Day Arms Challenge to make up some ground I lost during my April sabbatical and build upper body strength.

I’m taking the 30-Day Arms Challenge to make up some ground I lost during my April sabbatical and build upper body strength.

1. 30-Day Arms Challenge Is Back! Time to start building up my  arms, back, chest and shoulders. I’ve done this before, but it can’t hurt to do it again. This particular routine involves 3 exercises — Tricep Dips, Push Ups and Mountain Climbers — daily.

I’m going to try to do 2 reps of each, but we’ll see. I just got back from an upper body workout with my trainer. Lifting my arms at the moment isn’t that easy.

2. Earlier Workouts. I’m shifting my workout schedule to earlier in the day. The weather is getting hotter and more humid. So the earlier the better.

Typically I’d never do early morning workouts. Getting to bed early was always a challenge in and of itself. But for the last 3 weeks, my head is hitting my pillow before 10:00 p.m. Since I’m getting up at 5:00 a.m. (without an alarm clock!) I might as well put my time to better use than just making/drinking coffee.

It’s all about creating a ritual out of this new morning routine so my mind and body expect it.

3. Doing What I Love! This is a biggie. The best way to get my workout routine ritual going is sticking to what I love. That means cycling, running and weekend hikes. I am going to allow time for trying new things (yes, I’m seriously considering Parkour!).

What is Parkour?  This…

4. If It’s Scheduled It’s Happening. I’m back to setting up exercise appointments in my iPhone’s calendar. That way, a scheduled visit from the guy fixing our fence won’t overlap with my cycling class.

5 thoughts on “Weekly Weigh-In: No Change, New Challenges

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  2. Congrats on the non-scale victories! Things like belt notches are a great reminder of the work you’re doing and the effects it’s having, even of the numbers aren’t moving.
    Also wanted to check in and see how you were doing with your cardio across america project. What’s new with that? Hope you’re well and KEEP IT UP!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! Non-scale victories are so important. It’s a shame I don’t recognize the little ones as often as I like. As for the cardio project, its in full swing, I just haven’t blogged about it for some reason, but I need too (thanks for the reminder). On a good month I get up to 150 miles. Not too shabby! We’ll see if I can keep it up as I’m seriously considering parkour & free running.

      • 150 miles a month! Wowsa, that’s incredible! I’m lucky if I hit 1/3 of that in a month 🙂 you started last summer, right? So you could be well over 1,500 miles by this point. KEEP IT UP!

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