The number one cause of not being able to lose weight? If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say laziness and not wanting to change old habits. I know I have certainly had my share of difficulty with both. But another cause that is equally as dangerous is boredom. I call it “dangerous” because if you get bored with your workout you’re more likely to quit and give up on weight loss all together.
At first, when you finally make that vow to drop the pounds, it can all be very invigorating. You’ve decided to make a change, and it’s exciting, especially when you begin to see results. When you’re getting compliments and fitting into smaller clothes …there’s nothing like that feeling of accomplishment. You look great and feel it! You imagine going down and down in dress size, and then suddenly…hmm. You’ve lost interest.
If this sounds familiar to you, know that you are not alone. I too am having the same struggle. I have been mixing it up a bit by packing my girls in the double stroller and taking them for walks on the days I don’t want to do my Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred video. (Which I highly recommend. I attribute it largely to my initial weight
loss!) Between them and the stroller, I have to be pushing at least sixty pounds! While it is hard to gauge exactly how many calories this activity burns, I can guarantee that it does—I was sweating so badly the other day it got into my eyes before I was able to wipe it away!—and also has the added bonus of getting me and the kids out of the house and into nature for a little while. They look forward to our walks.
I am thinking of trying kettle bells next. I have read that you lose twenty calories a minute while doing this exercise, and for busy, multitasking moms like you and I, time is precious. Whatever you choose, the point is to make sure you keep working out. If your current routine is getting stale, switch it up!