Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Well, Duh

I've been stalled out with my progress for a while. I guess it took a "duh" moment for me to realize what's going on. 

Since Ryan started eating clean with me, I lost a little. At first I was like, "Yay me!" 

And then it stalled out again. 

So I was left scratching my head. I thought, "I'll just keep going because I know this works. I'm doing everything just like when I was losing...."

No, seriously.... I wasn't. 

In August, I went from working out twice a week for two hours at a time to maybe two to three hours total a week. I decided to give up my Monday night workouts to pursue a teaching job on Tuesday nights. Unfortunately I wasn't pushing myself as hard on Tuesday nights. Since it was a start up class, there were a couple of weeks I had no one. So I just didn't work out and went on....

One of the things I enjoy most about Zumba® is the different styles each instructor brings. One of my regular instructors teaches on Monday nights so I hardly got to see her. Her style of teaching challenged me in different ways and worked different muscle groups. 

Guess what happened? 

When I didn't dance with her, I lost that toning, calorie burn, and overall fitness level. 

Last night I went back to a Monday night class and it totally kicked my booty! I struggled because my body was out of the habit of working out. It's one thing teaching a class with songs you're physically comfortable with. It's totally different being challenged by some that you aren't familiar with. 

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I never imagined I had lost so much physical fitness in that time. But then I was all like, "Well, duh...."

I woke up sore, but fabulously happy! 

I finally feel like I figured out why I was going backwards. It was the simplest thing...something I should have noticed sooner. I think I've been so wrapped up in being busy that I overlooked it. Now it's time to get back on track! 

3 comments:

  1. I go to five different Zumba classes each week (Mon-Fri). Many of the classes have multiple instructors as well, so I see a ton of different styles, steps and songs. Normally I am a same-o, same-o type of gal. I don't like change or challenge, I like what I'm comfortable with. It was really surprised me that I like the variety of all these classes and instructors. They all have something a little different to offer.

    I've been stuck for a while, but things have moved slightly recently. Fingers crossed we can both continue to progress!

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  2. I thought the well, duh was going to be that you are pregnant. Grin.

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  3. Just wondering what your advice would be for the first steps toward losing weight that you would recommend? I've been upping my water and not going through take away but I don't seem to be losing any. Should I count calories or just eat clean? Or both? Your such an inspiration my little guys three so I feel like I'm in the sameish place you were at the beginning of your journey.mthamks for some advice.

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