Week 4 of 30lbs in 30 weeks. +/- ? lbs *
I am sure that you await my weekly posts with bated breath, so I must apologize for being a day late. I am traveling this week, as I am sure many of you are. Travel, Holidays and visiting family can really wreck havoc on anyone’s diet and fitness routines. Last night, I was stranded at my brother’s apartment due to the Colorado blizzard that swept through. When we went into the restaurant, it was a clear, cold evening. When we exited, I was trying to navigate through several inches of snow and ice in my ridiculous high heel shoes. Digging out the car this morning in those same shoes was comical.
Acts of God aside, my family has actually been a positive influence. My sister has struggled with her weight for most of her life, but about a year ago decided she was tired of being fat and aggressively pursued her weight loss goal. She shed over 30 lbs and looks absolutely amazing. She is quite an inspiration to me. She has dragged me to the gym and worked me through her routine every day that I have been here (excepting yesterday when I was stranded). Going to the gym with her has been great and I find my competitive side coming out. I never considered myself competitive, but I do have a bit of an “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude. I push myself to go a little further and burn a few more calories than her on the machines. I match her weights when lifting. I know if I had gone to the gym on my own, I would have chosen the lighter weight, done fewer reps, and gone a little easier on the cardio. I suppose I really need that partner to push me, compete with me and inspire me. I am not sure who that will be for me back in New York, but I will look into some of the online communities, and maybe even track my own progress with more detail so that I can compete with myself and push myself to beat my previous efforts.
Do any of you have any tips for this? Do you have a work out buddy or an accountability system? I’d love to hear about it.
* I did not post weight lost or gain because I am away from home and every scale I have tried gives a different number. I will post when I am back home on my own scale.
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Karen Propp is an artsy-fartsy digital geek who sees beauty in a different way. She chronicles the pursuit of happiness and her weight loss project, 30lbs in 30 weeks, in a weekly feature. You can read the introduction here and follow her journey here. You can also follow Karen on twitter @karen_propp.