Week 6: Lose the Baby Weight
This week's focus: self control ... especially in using the scale!
You’re at the midpoint of this 12-week program. Congratulations! Keep up the good work.
You may be finding, after being at it a month and a half, that progress is slowing or that there are lifestyle challenges (like, say, social events or busy busy busy schedules that make snacking on the road a certainty) that keep rearing their heads. See the summaries below for your assignments for the week, which should help address those. If you take one thing away from this week’s efforts, though, it’s to learn to shun the scale!
Exercise: Time to Change Your Workouts!
There is an old saying, “Do the same thing, get the same result.” Our bodies need confusion in order to keep from hitting plateaus. If you’ve been doing the same cardio workout for the last several weeks, it’s time for a change. Try a new class or video, or run instead of walk. Also this week you will want to try to pump up the cardio intensity. This can be done by moving faster, going longer, or taking fewer breaks. Do the same strength training workout as last week. Learn more about altering your workout to alter your appearance.
Diet: Pack Your Snacks
Have healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks on hand to avoid grazing on junk. Give yourself a little treat here and there. Small piece of chocolate. Handful of chips. But plan and prepare your snacks well ahead of time, then pack them to take on the go, so you only eat what you’ve set aside and don’t graze out of the chip bag or give in to fast-food temptation. Get some workable ideas.
Attitude: Check the Scale—Once!
Did you know your weight can fluctuate up to five pounds in a single day? We explore when and how to weigh yourself. More importantly, when not to weigh yourself. (Above all, not every hour!) Want some explanations and tips? Check out the article Don’t Be a Slave to Your Scale.
Plan your week’s breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Write down the menu and post it on the fridge. Purchase the foods. Make them ahead of time, then package your goodies and store them for the week. Be your own prepared meal diet company!
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