Weight Loss Challenge and Lifestyle Changes

At work, we have this weight loss challenge going on. It started in January and involves teams of 2 trying to lose 10lbs by March. The team members are supposed to encourage each other and inspire each other to make better choices. And in the end, there are prize drawings for the people who lose the 10lbs or more.

I joined the challenge with a co-worker from another department who, at the time, I didn’t know well. Although we don’t get to talk very much, I feel like I’ve made a new friend. We do encourage each other and, when one of use has a set-back, we’re there to support and build each other back up.

Since the beginning of the challenge, I’ve exercised every week day, taking a break on the weekends. I’ve begun eating a lot better, though I will say that I still have some work to do there. It’s been quite an experience and I am already feeling a lot better. I’ve already lost interest in the challenge itself and have begun just focusing on changing my lifestyle and myself.

Ok it also has to do with my weigh ins. See, I’ve gone back to check my weight once a week for the past two week. After the first weigh in, I waited two weeks to do it again. And guess what? That damn number is the same as the first time I weighed in. I couldn’t believe the second time I weighted, but the third time? It’s really odd. I mean I don’t think that the scale is broken or anything because other people have used it and their numbers have changed.

So what’s the deal? Like I said, I have been exercising, but it’s just been toning exercises, like squats, wall push-ups and the like. It’s really easy to do those because I can do those at work. I haven’t done any cardio because I would rather do that at home instead of sweating in my work clothes and then having to wear them the rest of the day.

I keep telling myself that maybe as I’m doing those exercising, I’m building muscle and losing fat at the same time, which just balances things out. I mean, I’m not sure if that’s what’s happening but I have no other explaination for it. I suppose what I’ll have to do is actually do the cardio that I plan to do and see what happens.

I am pretty proud of the work that I have been doing. It’s been a long time coming and it’s finally happening. I’ve finally gotten myself to do what needs to be done, not just to lose the weight but to be healthier overall. I know I’ve still got quite a bit of work to do, but I’ve started and that’s a huge improvement.