I know what works for me. Last spring when I was in such great shape I was running three days a week and doing exercises on the Wii fit / yoga class three days a week. I was also tracking all of my food on sparkpeople. Awareness of what I was putting in my body coupled with exercise totally works. Who knew, right?
Right now I am running three to four days a week, and trying to fit in yoga once a week. That's it. The Wii fit is still in our living room but I haven't been on it in months. I obviously still have computer access but I haven't gone back to spark or any of the other food tracking sites I've heard about.
I'm not quite sure what it's going to take to get past that hump. I know that part of the reluctance is fear of the unknown, typically it's much harder to lose weight without a thyroid there to respond to changes vs. the closed system of pills I'm on now. And living with J will make tracking food a different thing, since I'm not the only one cooking and I'm less likely to eat the same safety meal three times a week. But still, there have been motivational things this week, apparently none of them are quite enough to kick me into the next gear yet. Examples of motivation:
Positive! My running is going really well. I ran 20 miles this week, all at good training paces, even a little quick for me. The studies say that for every pound you lose you get 2 seconds faster per mile. For my upcoming half-marathon that would be nearly a half minute faster for every pound. Which would be awesome!
Negative! I came home from my long run this week, got out of my sweaty clothes, and went to do my stretches in our spare room. (yes, this means I'm doing my post-run stretches naked.) In plank position I happened to glance up at the mirrored doors that are on the closet and yikes. Things were hanging down in ways you just don't notice while clothed. That I carry all my weight in my mid-section is a gift of genetics but I do not like that my gut was hanging significantly below my breasts.
General! I am a size eight on top and a size 10/12 on the bottom right now. Shopping for dresses is frustrating and I'm certainly not putting my bikini back on anytime soon.
Now I'm not eating badly these days, but writing everything down really does change how you approach your food. A friend has recommended the calorie/exercise tracker on a different website livestrong which I may check out to see if a new approach helps. And the Wii is taunting me. I just can't quite figure out what one thing I need to tip me back over the edge into really committing to this again.
Tips, suggestions, or kicks in the ass welcome.