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Now that summer is over and school is back in I now most of us feel like we can get back into a normal routine. Honestly for me nothing changes from one week to the next as we homeschool year round and don’t take a summer break, but… I feel everyone else’s sigh of relief so I’m channeling that today. Over the last almost 5 months of losing weight I’ve noticed how much routine plays into my success (or setbacks). When I’m off the normal routine things go downhill quickly. My willpower is shot, and usually my exercise habits are too.
Here’s my routine with food and exercise. I don’t branch out a ton on food choices just because I like being to grab something fast.
Nature Valley or Special K Bar or Frozen Breakfast
Glass of Water
Bistro Salad bowls or Weight Watchers Frozen Meal
Snacks: (pick one)
Bumble Bee Fat Free Tuna Salad Kit
100 Calorie Emerald Almonds Pack
Fresh Fruit & Cheese
Three days a week I run the driveway with my big girls. It’s .7 miles to the mailbox to two laps and we hit almost 2.5 miles. We have worked up running 1 minute and walking 1 minute to running about 8-10 minutes now and then walking for a couple minutes before we run another 8-10 minute section. It’s a slow process and one that I try to be encouraging and not the mean Olympic coach on. In the end we are plenty exhausted and soaked to the bone in sweat.
Two Days a week I do weight training exercises doing the routine I shared a few weeks ago. This is a body weight workout that doesn’t require any outside equipment.
Five days a week total! It’s ambitious some weeks, but it’s what I need.
To explain why a routine helps me in another way…
The mornings that I work out first thing and then eat a healthy breakfast option I know I’ve already started on the right foot. Having made great choices in the beginning of the day helps me stay motivated throughout the day. I don’t want to ruin the work I’ve started so I tend to make healthier lunch choices and dinner choices! For me the day can won or lost just in the first hour…
So here’s my encouragement to you to make your first few hours each day count!
This weeks weigh in numbers:
Starting Weight (23 weeks ago): 202
Last Week: 175
Current Weight: 173
Goal Weight: 165
I’m down two pounds this week and for the first time in ages can say that I have less than 10 lbs to go till I hit my goal weight! I’m not sure if that will be my final stopping weight, but it’s pretty awesome to see it only be single digits away.