So, I'm 3lb from my goal weight of 10st7 and I stayed the same this week. I am running, cycling and sticking to 1400cals most days. I know that if I really stick to 1400cals EVERY day, do 3 runs and some cycling and walking then I WILL keep losing weight, so I'm not complaining that I've got stuck and the weight won't come off. I could just stick really closely to the pattern that's worked for me so far and I would see the lbs come off. But - I like a challenge (a manageable one) and I've been thinking lately about the lack of strength exercises in my routine. All through the 12 weeks of the NHS plan I really fell down on the strength exercises requirement (to do 2 sessions per week). I think the most I ever managed each week was 1 session, and most weeks I didn't even do any at all. So I've decided today on the 1st day of the month to make this the month that I develop a strength exercises habit to help really boost my weight loss and get me to my final goal weight (and stay there). September is going to be Strength Month
Inspired by fifi15 I've made myself a chart using lots of colours. I'll fill it in every day with what I manage to do. My challenge is to always do the same as yesterday, plus a bit more (e.g. do 10 squats today, 12 squats tomorrow, 14 the day after, etc). I've started by doing 10 squats, as a sort of lighter version of the '30 day squat challenge' (which is meant to start with 50). I may do a few more throughout the day, if so I'll add them on. Maybe every few days I should add something new in too, e.g. sit ups, something with weights, the rowing machine in the park, etc. I'll see how I get on. Obviously some days will be harder than others, depending on what else I have on. But I'm so inspired by the way people on here make up their steps for the day using pedometers etc. I want to develop that same attitude and introduce something that is doable every day and that can be fitted in around my daily routine.
Does anyone else want to throw their hat in for 'Strength September'? I think even if my chart goes haywire and ends up with a few gaps at least this will get me doing more. And the 10 squats I just did didn't even make me break into a sweat! I can totally do this! I'm feeling very motivated about it right now