Monday, June 27, 2011
So I already lost this entry once, let’s see if I can do another one with less fail this time!
Mind changes: to
As far as "mental fitness" improvements, things have gotten better at work, and I am glad to see that I am able to function in a much healthier manner. I have started trying to deal with my anxiety as it starts, rather than waiting until it overwhelms me to begin dealing with it, because by that point I've gotten myself so worked up I've ruined my focus. When I feel myself starting to get stressed out, I take a second and close my eyes if I can, and tell myself to "stop" in a calm, firm voice (a mental voice, obviously! lol), repeating until I can focus again. All this stress is because I am still learning a new job, and it will pass with time and experience, and lessens each day as my confidence and competency grows.
Body Health Changes: to
I am taking small steps daily to wean myself off the comfort foods I was putting in my body, a few of those changes are:
Instead of a frappe from McDonald’s on the way home from work (which is a whopping 560 calories and 70g of sugar! Yikes!!) I substituted that with:
Tablespoon of instant coffee, spoonful of Sun Crystals, spoonful of Nutella, ice and 2% milk blended until smooth (228 calories, 10g fat)
Instead of the infamous half pint of cookie dough ice cream (630 calories, 33g of fat!):
Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich (140 calories, 2g fat)
Instead of Hot n’ Ready pizza from Little Caesars’ (560 calories, 10g sat. fat):
Flatout bread drizzled with olive oil and baked, spaghetti sauce, part skim mozz cheese, baked chicken breast (429 calories, 10g fat)
Which, an update- Ross is home from his travels, and just having another person to plan into mealtimes really has helped me reign in my unhealthy eating. If I make something unhealthy for myself for dinner, I’m bringing him down with me, and that realization has helped me curb unhealthy choices.
My main "body" focus is getting vegetables back as a main focus in my diet. I was doing really good for so long. I normally have 1-2 salads made of green leaf and romaine lettuce, carrots, green onions and a bit of lite Caesar dressing a day, but I haven’t had one of those in a while.
So I am going to try baby steps, and get myself eating more greens, and up my water consumption to my goal of 64oz.or more per day, and continue substituting bad food choices with healthier ones.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
So life in the past few months has been hectic. Iï¿½ve been through some life upsets- I lost my job, was unemployed for a month, and Ross still hasnï¿½t been able to find a job that will work around his class and flying schedule. I have been blessed with a temporary job that may become permanent, and I am very happy to have a source of income again.
As it always seems to happen when I am confronted with stress, I have fallen off the wagon since starting this new job. I tend to deal with stress by turning to unhealthy foods to make me feel better, and boy have I ever done that. The scale shows I have gained back those 5 pounds I was bragging about losing, and I feel overall about as healthy as a slug, and I feel like I look like it since I have lost the muscle mass I gained as well.
I am doing my best to temper my after work stress related food choices with healthy items throughout the day- oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast, salad for lunch, upping my water consumption. I start to feel better when I do that. Then I have a super cruddy day at work, and what do I do when 5 oï¿½clock rolls around? I head straight home and dive spoon first into the pint of cookie dough ice cream, ruining all those healthy choices I made throughout the day. Does a salad and water cancel out half a pint of ice cream? Yeah, I donï¿½t think so.
I am stuck in this cycle- every few months I do great, I meet my calorie and food goals, water consumption is great, spark goals are in reach. Then life happens and I tumble off the healthy habits wagon and fall into the dirt, and this time I didnï¿½t even try to chase that wagon until now.
Instead of focusing entirely on dealing with the symptoms of my bad choices, I need to start dealing with the cause: stress. That is my ultimate goal: figure out how to manage stress in a healthy way and stop taking my stress out on my body. Learn to gain confidence at work and stop doubting my ability is the first step. This time, I want to work from the inside out.
Being aware of my behavior is the first step to changing, and now that I have become aware to what I was doing, I can work on changing my behavior, like substituting healthy choices that will satisfy a craving while not derailing my goals. Maybe instead of going for the ice cream, I can grab a handful of crunchy baby carrots and get the sweet I was craving while getting a satisfying crunch.
Because if I want to get to my goal of looking amazing here: I need to work on mind AND body.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Oh. Em. Gee. I did Legs and Back yesterday. I knew it was going to be rough when 15 minutes in my thigh muscles were trying to seize up. I paused the dvd and a few more stretches. Then my glutes- omg. They were tight the whole time. I woke up this morning and they are waaay sore. I'm really happy I made it through the workout, but (pun intended) I'll just have to take it easy today.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I'm not sure if it's just that I'm consciously trying to limit my food intake and eat clean, but something has kicked my metabolism in the metaphorical rump and it has taken off at lightning speed. I am hungry All. The. Time.
Right now, it's 11:30 PM and I just ate a lowfat mozzarella stick and am guzzling water so maybe I can trick my body into thinking that's enough so I can go to bed.
I probably should take this as a positive, and proof that I am working my body enough each day, but dang- more than an hour between "feedings" would be nice!
The last few workouts have been good, especially Shoulders and Arms last night. After the workout I noticed my hands were hurting a bit, and I looked down to find that I had developed blisters on each hand from squeezing the weights during reps. I am thinking of investing in a cheap pair of weight lifting gloves, because I would hate for that to become the norm each time I use the weights, but I'm wondering if that will affect my performance?
In other news: I burned 531 calories during Plyo the other night. That seems kind of a high total though, so I'll make sure to get a calorie count from my HRM next time to compare.
UPDATE: I just finished tracking all my food for the day, and the SP tracker says I only ate 1,060 calories, and I need to be within the 1500-1800 range. So tomorrow's goals are to cut up some carrots and celery for "munchy" snacks throughout the day, and make sure I get close to my caloric range.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
So we set the date...October 14th!!!
Current Weight: 115.8 Current Body fat: 28% Current Health: Blah
Healthy Body Fat for My Age: 19%-25%
I've got a little over 6 months to get myself into wedding shape. I have my dress, and it is beautiful, if a little snug. My goal is to be able to fit into my dress with as few alterations as possible.
My dress was a sample off the rack, so there were no other sizes available. The dress is a Justin Alexander mermaid dress, and was one of the first dresses I tried on. The second I put it on I knew it was the one. I tried on much more ornate dresses at other stores, but I kept coming back to this one. It is simple, no fuss and elegant, and the silk organza fabric is fabulous!
This is the model (since the dress is a bit rumpled in my pictures):
And this is me in my dress:
So without further ado:
Operation Fit the Dress Improvement Areas!
Slim down and tone arms WITHOUT developing She-Hulk arm muscles
Tighten and slim down tummy area
Get a butt-lift through exercise
Tone and develop back and shoulder muscles without bulking up
Lose 5-7 lbs and lose 7% body fat
I've got my short term goals set, and my long term deadline...October 14th. Instead of trying to force myself to be healthy and exercise without any specific goal in mind (which I fail at miserably), I've set myself a deadline, and laid out my short term goals. Here we go!
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