My 80-day weight loss challenge week 7:
44) Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? Does (s)he know about you losing weight? Does (s)he support you?
Hmmm… I think for someone to be your boyfriend, they would first of all have to be a boy. As in not yet a man. And have neither interest in, nor use for, any more boys in my life. But I do have a partner. He is my Man Mountain. And he is very supportive.
45) Do you have a rest day when you don’t work out? Which day is it?
No, I don’t have a set rest day, but I do have rest days. I listen to my body and adjust my workouts to how much it can cope with. I don’t trust my body to tell me anything when it comes to food, but when it comes to the state of my joints and how much they can be expected to deal with on a daily basis I trust nothing and no one as much as my own body. So if the body is up for 7 days of workouts I’m game. But if it tells me it needs 7 days’ rest I’m game for that too. To an extent. I think normally 2-3 days of rest should suffice, but if things are really bad - like now - it may have to be more.
46) Try changing your routine today. Don’t do the same exercises as the week before, learn a new move to cinch that waiste or to tone those thighs!
This one will obviously have to wait until I can resume my workout again, but I was planning to change my routine anyway. I don’t want to be doing the same one for too long or I’ll get bored and start talking myself out of doing it at all. Not sure what it will be, but I’ve been saving routines I think I could do and some I think could be adapted to suit my needs. We shall just have to wait and see.
47) Have you forbidden yourself any type of food?
Absolutely not! I don’t believe in denying myself anything and making certain things forbidden. I’ve done that before and eneded up bingeing on those same forbidden fruits whilst feeling like a big fat loser, and I have no wish to go back to that madness. As a general rule, I don’t add sugar to anything I eat, I don’t eat ready made dinners, and I avoid anything unhealthy (including alcohol). But if I really want something I will either figure out a way of making a clean healthy version (e.g pizza or ice cream) or just have a small amount of it and enjoy. As this is a lifestyle choice I’ve made, I need to be reasonable and look at the long term viability of my plan. I think I’m on to a winner this time…
48) Do you reward yourself when you reach your short-term goal? What are your rewards?
I do! I think rewards are vital to success and help keeping the motivation up. My next reward will be a brand new filofax! I normally go for things like books, clothes or other things I want that are not food. I have a list of things I want right now, some of which are completely random and others that are health and fitness related. After the filofax I will be buying something for my future home gym. Maybe a set of dumbbells.
49) What do you usually have for breakfast?
I’ve always had a problem with breakfast, and I still do. I’m trying to get used to having a few spoonfuls of Greek yogurt first thing in the morning (to go with my pills) and then follow up with breakfast 1-2 hours later. I’ve decided oats is going to be my staple breakfast and I am experimenting with different ways of cooking it. So far, I think I like my apple, blueberry and gingerbread versions the best. Now I’m thinking of trying out the overnight oats next. It sounds like a simple enough thing to have in the fridge, and should you prefer something warm you could just pop it in the microwave for a minute before eating it. I’m thinking of doing an oats special on here closer to summer.
50) Write your current weight. Have you lost anything in the past week? If not, what are your plans for this week?
For the second week running I couldn’t get a Sunday weigh in as I was much too poorly. I’m hoping to be third time lucky next week.