Three weeks ago, Taylor and I signed up for a gym membership. My health’s been better recently and I’m feeling motivated to lose weight again (especially looking at myself in all those London pictures). In the past 11 days, I’ve had 7 cardio workouts. I started out barely being able to hang on for 25 minutes, now I can make it through 40 minutes. I haven’t done much weight training yet, but I’ll incorporate it fairly soon. I got a freebie session with a personal trainer and went over some suggested exercises, and did a health profile. I’ve been feeling more energetic, my clothes fit a little better and am motivated to stick with this.

Despite the newfound motivation, I’m frustrated. I stepped on the scale and I’ve gained 7 pounds in two weeks. Everyone gives me the “gaining muscle mass” excuse (which I think is partially true) but it’s still disappointing. On the whole, my eating has been really healthy; lean meats, fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc. I’ve splurged a few times, like cupcakes and sweet potato fries, but my portions have been MUCH smaller than the last few months. I hope I’ll be able to take off weight (or at least not gain anymore) as the holidays (and holiday food) will be present for the rest of the year.

  • Lori

    Glad to hear it, Lately I have become almost too big for my britches, I'm working out with the wii. I got mad at her (the voice)today she told me I gained 2.2# since yesterday, same clothes too.

  • Silvie

    Hang in there Nicole! Your efforts will pay off!

  • Rachel

    I love your "momentum" face! (: Stick with it–you can do it! I know it's so hard, but the end result feels better than you can imagine.

  • Flying High

    Good for you! Now I'm pregnant I've totally stopped exercising.. whoops…NOT GOOD. And my belly is expanding at a rapid rate (which I know is a good thing!) I fear I may become a blimp. I need to hit the pool I think!

  • Runblondie26

    It's not muscle. It's very hard for women to gain even a pound of muscle. It's most likely water. Your muscles retain water when you work out, especially when you first start.

    It's not uncommon for your clothes to get a little tight before they start getting looser. Stick with it. You'll start seeing the results you want soon.

  • publicknitting

    I feel you. I have been working to lose weight and I haven't lost a pound. Nothing. Very frustrating.

  • Rambling Pilot’s wife

    Glad to hear you are starting on the journey to being healthy, and that is what you are doing. The weight loss is great to finally see… and if you keep up your workouts and eating right you will see it. But the goal is ultimately to be healthy and stay that way. You know I have been on that journey, its been since November of 2008 that I really started to work out again. I am now doing two workouts a day for 45 min at a time. I was where you are and here I am doing TWO workouts a day! Its amazing how things change over time. I have lost 25 lbs since last year and am still going strong. Just 5 more to go at the moment.

    Keep up the good work, I look forward to our lunch with Elsja… see you soon!

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