Ever since I had my body fat measured at the Marine Corp Marathon Expo in DC I have known I need to do something about it. I was aware I needed to lose some of the extra rolls around my middle in order to be healthy, but seeing that 31% body fat come up, realizing that my body was almost a third fat, and seeing the term OVER really got me thinking about how I need to make some smarter, healthier changes. (Insert really unflattering picture of belly fat here. Yikes)
Changes not just for the way I look, in truth I am pretty comfortable in my own skin and with my overall appearance, but for my health. I know that carrying around extra body fat, especially around the middle (where mine is located), is bad for my health. However, knowing I need to do something about it and actually doing something about it are two different things.
After MCM I headed right into the holidays and November and December were tough. They were my first two months gluten free and I was struggling to adjust and learning to fuel my body properly. On top of that I was also working on enjoying the holidays and the accompanying food without going overboard. The truth is that with everything going on I actually gained a few pounds.
After the holidays I got back on track and dropped back to the weight I was at when they measured me at MCM. As I trained for the New Orleans marathon I was back to that same 31% fat and that same OVER measurement. However, instead of continuing to eat healthy and making smart decisions to improve – I slipped into old habits. I knew New Orleans was going to be a bad race and the entire week before and entire week after I stress ate – everything in sight it seems.
I am now working on getting back on track.
I am trying to focus on my main food issues: stress eating and binge eating and working to control those so they don’t get me down.
On top of that I am focusing on making smart food decisions by eating a gluten free, protein filled, low calorie diet and am trying to keep lots of these healthy foods around me.
However, getting back on track has been tough…
so I am bribing myself.
I lost my favorite BAMRbands somewhere in our New Orleans hotel room so I made myself a deal – I wasn’t allowed to order one to replace the one I lost unless I met my food and exercise goals for a week. I am happy to report that, even with a few slipups, I hit all 6 of my weekly workouts and met my calorie goal this week so I ordered two new BAMR Bands (the print ones). So, I am once again bribing myself this week. I set a goal of hitting all six workouts and I calculated a reasonable number of calories to try and cut this week. (I usually try to lose a half to a full pound a week, any more than that and I feel deprived and end up snapping which results in my old binge eating ways.) If I hit my workouts and meet my calorie goal this week I get these hot mess socks. Our New Orleans trip was such an amazing, hilarious, awesome, ridiculous trip that we took to calling it #HotMessExpress, so I really want these in memory of New Orleans.
Since I am rocking a budget I picked bribes that are only $10 each, not too expensive, but hopefully enough to motivate me to get back on track.
Bribery to get back on track, rewards for weight loss – Yes or no?