Pre-Cruise Diet Self Improvement

Losing inches, not weight

I’ve seen a difference in my pre-cruise body lately, but I haven’t lost a pound. Instead, I’m losing inches, particularly in my giant thighs. I’ll take it.

Two weeks ago I moved to the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred and the changes started happening. I can tell that my little love handles are moving down and my lower tummy is definitely flatter. However, the scale has not budged in the downward direction. I guess that means I’m gaining muscle, though it’s really not what I wanted. I wanted to lose it and look a little thinner, especially in time for our cruise.

I have literally not lost a pound. In fact, according to Wii Fit, I’ve gained 9. My home scale shows that I’m pretty much still 140 lbs. Last week, during an annual exam, I mentioned to my doctor that I still hadn’t lost any weight after working out so much and eating much, much healthier. She said “well, why do you want to lose weight?” I am right in line with the average BMI. I am not obese. I’m just an out of shape mom.

I’ve been down and out with my kids illness since last Friday. I worked out on Sunday night, even after walking two miles in a diabetes fundraiser earlier in the day. Tonight though, I’m giving my lungs a rest. I did some Wii Fit, played some Wii Bowling and did a few crunches but it’s no Jillian Michaels.

So why do I feel so guilty about it? It’s my body. Am I letting my own body down?

What are some of your tips for stepping it up?