This bunny needs a treat…..
Actually, I love this mug. And it loves me back. It says it right there on the side, “I love you.” And if you ask me (which you didn’t, but I’ll tell you anyway) everyone should tell themselves this just a little more often. I know I have a heckuva lot of trouble with this sentiment myself, but maybe this little reminder filled with the mint tea I’m sipping right now, will make me stop and think about it now and then.
They say that you should reward yourself for your successful completion of your workout goals. Technically, improved fitness is probably the reward in itself, but you and I know that that’s a load of crap. We want presents!! So, Saturday morning I bought myself this mug. Ever since Starbuck’s first brought these out after the holidays, I’ve been secretly coveting them. Saturday there was a red $3.99 sticker on it (marked down from $7.95) and -bam!- it was in my hand. Who needs more incentive than a red clearance sticker and over 4 weeks of targeted goodness? It’s so hard to be good sometimes.
My online pal over at Pursuit of Fiber was asking me today how the “reduction” was going. I guess now that it’s February I can stop and take a look at my goals and see what my progress has been like. Lots of people have probably fallen off the New Year’s Resolution apple cart by now, but I have to say, I’m doing pretty well (we’re doing pretty well). In over 4 weeks of our Body For Life program, I’ve only missed 1 day of my scheduled workouts (we’re allowed one “Free” day a week where we don’t have a scheduled workout and we can eat what we like) and only substituted less intense cardio on 2 of those days (the infamous snow kayaking trip and a walk outdoors instead of elliptical time). And let me tell you, it’s damn hard to eat right and workout 6 days a week all while trying to live a normal life.
But besides my lovely new mug, I’ve been rewarded with this: an approximate 4 lb. weight loss since the program start date (I didn’t expect this number to budge much because we are doing a lot of weightlifting and muscle weighs more than fat) which is right about where I should be (about 1 lb. per week), a loss of at least 1 inch around my waist, definite increase in muscle tone (hooray!!), and if our body fat scale is correct, which they notoriously aren’t, a close to 2% reduction in my body fat percentage. And we aren’t even halfway through our 12 week program yet. I’m looking forward to losing some more and just hope I can stick with it a bit longer.
I know, a more appropriate reward would have been yarn, but I’m trying to stick with that whole reduction theme from my New Year’s Resolution. In fact, my last couple projects have been from stash yarn and you know what? It feels good to use some of my stash! I did indulge in one more reward for myself though. The 28thirty pattern from Zephyr. And the best part – I have the perfect yarn already in my stash to make it with!
How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? I’d love to know!