Fitness Goals Update: Trust The Process

I can’t believe next week will be February! January has flown by!

Last week I read a newsletter from a blogger I admire, Mattieologie, and the idea that she wrote about — that we all need to “respect the process” — stuck in my head. It especially hit home this week when it comes to the fitness goals I’ve set for the first few months of 2016.

I was able to really jump into my fitness goals last week when I had my first training session a week ago Saturday. It was tough! And I followed it with a Torque class Monday, spinning Tuesday and another training session Wednesday.   

I took Thursday off to rest, and then proceeded to rest too much! I’m aiming for a minimum of four workouts a week, so if you go Sunday-Saturday, I only got in three last week. But it’s a start!

This week I met my trainer on Tuesday, and I plan to go to Torque tomorrow. I may swim before work Thursday, or do a workout Friday, and then meet my trainer again Saturday morning. 

I was really, really sore after working out last week — but it felt good! I just need to make sure I’m stretching frequently and eating nutritious foods — I actually had a banana three days last week, which is probably doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I’m not a banana fan!

So that brings me to food. I’ve been tracking calories on MyFitnessPal. I have the app set to lose 1 pound a week, setting me at 1,850 calories a day. 

I did eat back some of the calories I burned on the days I worked out, but I kept it under 2,000 calories most days, usually coming in around 1,900-2,000.

So you can imagine my dismay when I stepped on the scale Friday and saw that I was 2 pounds up. While I’m trying not to be discouraged, it’s easy to wonder what’s going wrong. 

And then I take a deep breathe and remind myself that:

1. It’s only week one. These things take time, and I won’t always see a big change week to week. 

2. It’s that time of the month. I always gain and then lose this time of the month. So I’ll need to wait and see on that one.

3. I haven’t been drinking as much water as I should be. So that’s definitely one way I need to improve!

So that’s where I am right now — trying to trust the process and not get hung up on the numbers. You know I always preach paying more attention to how you feel rather than just the number on the scale. And I wholeheartedly believe that. 

I’ll be moving forward this week with my workouts and planning healthy meals, and while I will hope to see better results on the scale, I’ll trust the process, adjust things as needed, and keep working to be as healthy as I can be!

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