We’re officially beginning the second week of January, and it’s promising to be cold, wet, and possibly snowy. I’m a person who always initially gets excited at the prospect of snow, because pretty, but who then ultimately loathes it because it makes it impossible to drive anywhere and it interrupts my normal routine. Fingers crossed that if it does indeed snow, that it won’t be enough to keep me from the gym.
I’m happy to be able to report that I stuck to all of my goals for the first week of January, and was rewarded with a 1.7lb weight loss. That might not sound like a lot, but I believe that slow and sustainable is the way to go. I could easily cut my calories more, increase my exercise goals, and lose the weight faster – that is, if I didn’t get frustrated by the deprivation and give up or injure myself first. Accepting that this is going to take time and being patient will be my key to success.
Yesterday I went to the grocery store and then meal-prepped for the coming week. Since the weather is forecasted to be so cold, I wanted to plan something nice and warm for dinners. Bill and I decided that we’d make a big batch of spaghetti that we could reheat each night and have that along with a side salad. Years ago, Bill did a ton of research to find a jar marinara sauce that wasn’t ridiculously high in sodium and artificial junk, and he landed on Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce. Recently, the grocery stores in our area have stopped carrying it, so I’ve started making my own marinara sauce and I’m pretty happy with it. I made a huge pot of it yesterday afternoon, letting it simmer while I chopped vegetables and put together our salad as well as the veggies that I scramble with my eggs in the morning for breakfasts. Having all the vegetables and sauce pre-ready makes preparing meals a lot faster. Bill will make the spaghetti tonight while I’m at the gym, and then it’ll be nice not to have to cook for the rest of the week. Although we both enjoy cooking and being in the kitchen, it does start to feel like a chore after working all day.
This week, I want to focus on my monthly goals but also add in a challenge to myself to do three strength-training workouts this week. They don’t have to be long, but I know I do need to incorporate more strength training into my exercise routine. Last week, I went to dance fitness classes four days and Pilates once, and I love all of those classes so I don’t want to change it up this week. Instead, I’m going to try and do some weight lifting before my evening dance classes on Monday and Wednesday, and sign up for Barre on Saturday morning before my dance class.
I’m feeling really good going into the second week and I’m excited to see more progress.