Monday, March 12, 2012
So, the past week and a half haven't been the best. I stopped drinking my water, exercising, and eating clean. I got frustrated because last weekend, I realized something: I allow my boyfriend and myself to derail my progress. Here's how I came to this realization:
Friday March 9th, we were packing up for a short trip. I packed a cooler with water and some other drinks. I brought along a half case of water as well, so I wouldn't have to buy any, and I could get my eight glasses in over the weekend. Even though we were going out of town, I was determined to do my best. We found a hotel with a gym, so that I could use it. As I am packing the half case of water, my boyfriend says, "We don't need to bring that. I don't feel like carrying all this stuff." I told him why I was bringing it, and he still had that look like "We don't need it." So, I put it inside, and we left. I was upset because it was important to me. I didn't want to spend the money to buy more water. However, I gave in, and I was upset that I didn't fight harder for my health. We picked up dinner along the way, and since I was upset, I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted and how much.
Saturday morning, even though I had packed and planned for exercising, I didn't do it. I let that little incident derail my entire weekend. To be honest, I didn't even try to get back on track once I got home. I just kept eating whatever with no exercise although last week was busy. I'm ashamed of myself because I let myself down. I could have chosen to do better, but I let the "All or Nothing" attitude get in the way.
I'm about to go out of town in a few weeks with my Mom. So, I ask you: How do you keep on track when going out of town (I've posted this before, but why not post again!)? Also, how have you dealt with family who haven't chosen not to live your lifestyle? What would you have done in the above situation?
So, I have decided to start a two-week challenge. Starting today (March 12th) to March 26th, I have laid out a plan. My goal is to get through at least two weeks. When the challenge is up, I can choose to continue or I can choose to quit. The choice is mine.
I will work out five days a week (4 days cardio, 4 days ST, & 2 days rest/stretching). I also have planned to eat pretty clean, but I'm not going to kill myself to be 100%. This challenge is ultimately about getting into a exercise routine. Even if I don't eat clean all the time, I want to have a workout routine for the rest of my life. Also, this challenge is to help me with a few other little things I need to work on such a sleep and drinking my water. Lastly, I have chosen not to worry about counting calories. I don't know if this is a good idea, but I'm going to try it since I'm kind of tired of wasting a lot of time tracking.
So, I have Zumba today (yay!), and I have managed to eat pretty well today. Let's hope I can keep myself accountable for at least two weeks! I'm excited!
Hope everyone is having a great day, and thanks for reading!
P.S. Sorry to those of you whose blogs and statuses I comment on every day. Last week was a little hectic, so please forgive me. I hope to do better this week!
Thursday, March 01, 2012
So yesterday was a good day up until after Zumba. I had eaten well. I had seven cups of water before I went to the gym. Fast forward to Zumba -->
So, I decided to finally start going back to the gym, and yesterday, they had a Zumba class. It was great! I had SO much fun dancing with the instructor and the another lady. I pushed myself pretty hard because what the heck? I guess I had gotten my second wind. During Zumba, I drank four more cups of water. Afterwards, I was feeling great!
When I got in my car to go home, I peeled a banana on the way home. It was warm, so I wasn't too excited to eat it but I did. I drive a bit more and something doesn't feel right. I couldn't tell if my abs were cramping from the workout, or if it was my chest. I keep going though. My chest was on burning so bad! I feel like I'm about to pass out, and I'm nauseated. So, I call my boyfriend to tell him. He tells me to pull over, and he would come get me. I tell him "No, I'm going to get home." (The gym is about 15-20 minutes from my house.) So, he stays on the phone with me until I get home. I left everything in the car and headed straight for the bathroom. Needless to say, I got sick. I felt a little better after that. I attempted to eat dinner, but afterwards, I just felt terrible. So, my boyfriend put me to bed, and he cleaned up the kitchen. I fell asleep almost instantly.
This morning, I am feeling a little better. I decided to skip my morning workout which I didn't want to do, but I just wasn't sure I'd make it. I am not 100%, but I am hoping to be later today. I would really like to keep to my workout schedule.
I'm not sure what happened yesterday. Has anyone else gotten sick if they ate a small snack before and after workouts? I've never had an issue with it before. Also, I took a BC Powder because I had a migraine at lunch and part of the powder went down my wind pipe. My boyfriend thinks that's why my chest was burning so bad. My last idea is that I think I may have gotten a virus. My friend woke up the morning before with a migraine, and she got sick too. It was just so weird. I've never had that before, and the burning chest really scared me.
On another "rough" note, as I was dealing with the above, my Mom told me that my brother is no longer moving back here. He and his wife just had a baby, so money is tight. They have been planning on coming back, so that she could start her chiropractic business down here. They told my Mom that they decided to stay instead. (Long story -- his wife isn't the nicest person.) My Mom was super upset last night, so I was trying to be there for her. The ride to Atlanta (which is where they are) is six hours from here, and my Mom just can't make that trip all the time. (She's getting older.) She was most upset about how she won't get to see her first grandchild grow up. My brother's only solution was that he'd buy her a webcam, and they could Skype, but my Mom only figured it would be like once a week since he barely calls now. I just feel bad for my Mom because she was looking forward to watching the baby during the week.
So, that was my rough night. I'm just hoping today gets better.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
So, the past week has been quite stressful. Like I said in the previous blog, work and family have been really getting to me lately. I stuffed my face yesterday (and today, unfortunately), but I'm not giving up. I'm not letting this job get in the way of putting my health first. I'm not going to allow my family members to derail my progress. I was born to exercise. I was born to eat clean. I was born to be healthy. That's exactly what I am going to do.
So, this weekend while I am out of town, I will be putting together a new plan that includes exercising, eating right, and self-care.
This morning, I read EMFRAPPIER's blog, and it really resonated with me. She said that just having "weight loss" as a goal is not enough. It's not a strong enough goal to make me exercise or eat healthy. That's why she chose to sign up for a race.
The many times I had attempted to "get healthy", my number one goal was to "lose weight". Each time that it was a focus, it always failed for me because I thought "Well, I know I want to lose weight, but I can have this one 'cheat' meal, and I will get back up tomorrow." If I had a more tangible goal, then there wouldn't always be a "I will get back up tomorrow". There would be a deadline. So, I have decided that my tangible goal is to run a 5K. I'm shooting for the race to be in May. I found two that I am looking at. One is May 19th and the other is May 20th. I think this will give me plenty of time get ready if I start on Monday.
So, I have decided to do C25K. For me, I know from the last time I attempted this program that it was easier to do it on the treadmill as I can control my pace. However, since I am running a 5K, I will need to be experienced outside. So, for those of you who have done this program (or are doing it), do you have any advice?
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
So yesterday was a little stressful after I posted the "Happiness" blog.
Work is stressful because no one knows how to do their job. It's a family-owned business, so every person in the family feels as though the employees work for them (even though it's not really like that).
Yesterday, I went from lunch (1:30ish) to about 8pm without eating. I was just so busy. At 8pm, my stomach was hurting, so my boyfriend and I went to the Mexican restaurant that I love. Needless to say, I ate the chips, salsa, and cheese dip. Also, I ordered what I usually ordered which probably isn't calorie friendly. However, I guess since I waited so long, after the first few bites of dinner, I felt sick. Maybe it was because I knew that I didn't make the right choice. Maybe it was that I waited too long to eat.
I was lazy last night about getting my food ready this morning. I got up at 6:55am to get my food ready, but I ended up forgetting a bowl, so I guess I'm not eating breakfast.
I was supposed to get up at 5:30am to do Day 3 and Body Rock, but I chose to go back to sleep.
I'm exhausted and sore. I don't really want to eat healthy today.
I get in moods like this. I'm sabotaging myself. Why do we do it? The last few weeks have been pretty good (minus weekends). Why do I want to sabotage all my progress? How do you get past this?
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Wow, so I haven't really blogged since sometime last week. I didn't have much to say, but today, I am full of good news!
- Drank 8 cups of water.
- I didn't get much sleep (boo).
- I made an exercise plan for the week which meant that I re-did Day 1 of the 28-Day Boot Camp.
- I also tried out my first ever Body Rock (See below)!!!
My first ever Body Rock - the "Butt Buster". Oh yeah. (Thanks to Chrissy for suggesting these "beginner" workouts!) The Gym Boss was a little confusing a first, but I got the hang of it. Also, I really enjoyed doing it with Zuzana. I like when trainers do it with you. By the way, I modified everything. Here are my scores (Don't laugh!):
- Elevated Left Leg Lunge Jump (No Jump): 21, 15, 15
- Elevated Right Leg Lunge Jump (No Jump): 17, 15, 17
- Elbow Plank Side Hops (No Hop): 12, 19, 15
- Exploding Star (Half-way Down): 15, 16, 13
- Pendulum: 18, 18, 17
- Ab Buster (Modified): 11, 15, 28
I don't think I did too bad. I was drenched with sweat, and I was exhausted by the end of it. I did the 28-Day Boot Camp (Day 1) afterwards, so needless to say, I was tired. However, after I did Body Rock, I was completely in awe over the fact that my body could do it. I felt so strong and healthy. I'm not terribly sore though, but that's probably because I modified things. I'm just happy I was able to make it through. I woke up this morning on wanting to do another Body Rock, but I decided to do it just three times this week just to get the hang of it.
This morning, I got up at 5:30am (WOW!) to do Day 2 of the Boot Camp as well as Level 1 of Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown. I'm not as thrilled with the Yoga Meltdown as I thought I'd be. To be honest, it was seemed really hard. There were several times I felt like giving up, but I found a way to push through. I need to get a yoga mat before next week since that's when I'm supposed to do it again. Hopefully, I will grow to like it. It's the same movements from my Body Flow (Tai Chi, Yoga, & Pilates) class at the Gym which I loved. I think I just miss being in the class.
Lastly, as I have written on my status, I am officially an aunt! My sister-in-law gave birth at 3:30am to a precious baby girl! Her name is Alexis. I'm hopefully going to Atlanta this weekend to meet her!
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