This weight loss thing can be down right confusing at times and crystal clear at others. There are days when I feel like I know exactly what I am doing and other days when I feel like I am lost. I'll be honest I haven't lost any substantial weight in months, I have been hovering between 400 - 410 lbs for what it seems forever. And yeah some of that has to do with my own self sabotage, I can admit that. But I also feel like I have gotten lost in the shuffle. Over the weekend I read something that sort of struck a light bulb with me, an epiphany if you will. The first thing I read was something my good friend Janessa wrote on her tumblr page in which she said,
"(for the umpteenth time) you will NOT lose weight by joining a gym. A membership does not guarantee weight loss. A DIET (Did I Eat That?) doesn’t equate to fat loss. No magic trick can save you, if all you ever do is sabotage your efforts.
I read this over and over, not because I didn't understand it but because it what I needed to hear. I started to analyze why I hadn't lost weight in the past 6 months. My quick answer is that I sabotaged myself.... alot. But my more in depth answer is that I got away from what was working for me. I stopped losing weight right about the same time I joined a new gym. Its a great gym, has amazing facilities, has plenty of different types of fitness classes. Its also where I got lost in the shuffle! For those who don't know I lost most of my first 80 lbs by lifting weights. That's right people, you heard me right, I dropped those 80 lbs by lifting weights. Did I do cardio? Of course I did, but it was only a supplement to my weight training. I think when I joined my new gym about 6 months ago I got lost with all the new classes they offered. I stopped my lifting routine and started doing zumba, kickboxing, and a few select other classes. Now don't get me wrong these are great classes and I thoroughly enjoyed them, but they aren't the keys that my engine needs right now. Lots of people have lost alot of weight many different ways, not all methods work for everyone. For me I have to go back to my basics and do what worked for me. I'll still do a zumba class or kickboxing class occasionally but my focus will be on the weight training.
Lets do this!