Posted By Kristabella on January 19, 2011
So I think I mentioned that back before Christmas, I started Weight Watchers again. They rolled out a new program and I figured that was just the thing I needed to jumpstart my motivation and get back on track.
With the new WW program, it’s like I’m starting all over. Things have changed and I can’t just automatically know the points of something off the top of my head. I have to calculate all of it and log it all. And I have quite a few friends that have started this new program as well and they have been a lifesaver to bounce ideas off of, share tips with and exchange recipes. It feels like the first time I did WW when my friend Kristina was with me every step and because of her, I lost a lot of weight.
That time I was also in my mid-20s. So I could easily just change my diet and watch the weight fall off. My first week back then, I lost like 6 pounds. Now I’m lucky to lose A pound.
The key, for me, at my age with my slow-as-molasses metabolism, is that I have to work out. The only way to keep on track and actually lose some weight, even if I drink too much beer or eat a burrito, is to work out consistently. As I’m sure you’ve noticed from years of reading this blog, working out consistently is not something I do. I can drink booze consistently. I can sleep consistently. I can shove food into my piehole consistently. I can watch TV consistently. Working out consistently? HAHAHAHA! Don’t make me laugh. Oh wait. I just did.
I joined a gym last year. I don’t even remember when it was. I know I was going, a few days a week, and then the Kristin Johnsons hit. In fact, before last night, the last time I had been to the gym and worked out, I remember being on the treadmill and almost crapping my pants right then and there. I figured it was best to avoid working out until after I had kicked the KJs.
If you’ll recall, I kicked those back in August. I mean, it’s now almost February. I’ve been paying monthly for that gym and have only gone once in the last six months and that was to use the shower. Kind of sad.
But then I signed up for Netflix. And I was made aware of their amazing movies and TV shows available on Instant Streaming. And I realized that there was an app for that. So I could watch TV, whatever I wanted, not what was on at the time, and work out. This has been a dream of mine for ages!
So Tuesday night, in ice and snow, I dragged my ass to the gym after work. And I got in 40 minutes of cardio. And I watched the first episode ever of X-Files! And tonight? 50 minutes as I watched Monday night’s premiere of Heavy on A&E. (Talk about added motivation to work out!) And tomorrow? Back to X-Files. Because there is like nine seasons! And who doesn’t love Fox Mulder?
I realize I have a long road ahead of me, but the fact that I’m enjoying working out is a big deal to me. It is super easy to remind myself that what I usually do when I get home is watch TV, so why not do that at the gym and burn some calories? Because there are A LOT of TV shows I have never seen! And none of us should be surprised that when it comes down to it, TV is my biggest motivator.