It’s my fourth Weighty Wednesday post where I update you with my progress in losing weight and getting bikini ready. Team Downton Abbey is still in the lead, no thanks to me. I’ve not been able yet to get number results on the scales at weigh-ins, which is very frustrating since I’ve dropped a clothing size and lost up to two inches in key areas so far, so I know I’m losing fat. But I also have some awesome bicep muscles forming, so it must be that I’ve added muscle weight, which is countering the fat weight loss. Still, I want to win that prize money, so I want to start seeing results on the scales too.
I’m up to two workouts a day, five days a week, and I continue to up my intensity each week. I’m also trying to stick to only 1200 calories a day, but I usually hit about 1225 because I can’t resist having a tiny piece of chocolate at the end of the evening. I’ve also begun a rather crazy experiment.
I’ve read that if you really want to make a significant body shape change, in addition to diet and exercise, you’ve got to visualize what you want your body to look like, and trick it into thinking and feeling that it does look like that, so that it will work extra hard to actually look like what it thinks it looks like. I’ve been trying to do this each night before I go to bed and each morning when I get up. The problem I’m having is once I get up, and see myself in the full length mirror, or weigh myself on the scales and I don’t see the change I’m visualizing, I get frustrated. I’m sending my body and brain too many mixed signals and need to stop that.
So to remedy the situation, I’ve covered up my mirror and hidden my scales. For the next two weeks, until the next official weigh-in, I’m going to rely strictly on how my body feels, and not on what I see. I’m going to strengthen my visualizations, (in other words lie to myself about my true shape), without any contradictions. I’m going to focus on my body’s signals during workouts; does it feel like it’s burning fat? Hopefully, without the frustration of not seeing results, my body will respond to all the other stimuli and drop about ten pounds. Think light, feel light, be light. I’ll let you know how the experiment goes in two weeks. (By the way, I do have a small mirror for makeup, etc., so I won’t be going out in public looking scary or anything.)
*Visualizes lying on a beach in a bikini with a hottie* Eye on the Prize!!!!