Monday, March 26, 2012
Hey everyone. Sorry for not being on this weekend. I've been in Atlanta since Thursday. Anyways, here's how the weekend went:
Friday morning: I got in a run at the hotel! This was such a victory for me because I usually just say "forget it" when I'm out of town, but I was determined!
My food wasn't terrible this weekend, but it also wasn't the best. I've learned a lesson though: Don't wait too long to eat. Friday was my sister-in-law's graduation. It was also the morning I worked out. I had a protein bar for breakfast (10am ish), and I didn't eat until 4-5 pm. I had the worst headache, and I was starving. I ended up eating two plates: 2 handfuls of chips, handful of jellybeans, a handful of vegetables, and two tiny sandwiches. It could have been worse, but I learned a lesson. Also, I was pretty good about stopping when I felt full.
I only gained about .4 pounds from this weekend, and to me, that's a victory in itself!
I did pretty good in regards to my two-week challenge, and I think I am going to do it again; however, I hope this time, I lose a little weight.
I think I am going to switch up my foods as I am getting bored with them, and I think I might even switch up my workout routine a bit. So, let the two-week challenge begin!
Lastly, I am asking my fellow Sparkfriends if they could do me a favor. I'm going through a pretty rough time in regards to a relationship, and I'm asking that, if you believe in a higher power, please just say a little prayer that the right path that I need to take be illuminated. I'm having a hard time doing what I probably need to do. I know it sounds very generic, but I ask that you please just send good vibes, prayers, etc.
Monday, March 19, 2012
In the food department, I didn't do so well. My food choices weren't the best. However, I will say that I ate until I was full, and I packed up the rest of the meal. Also, on Saturday night, my boyfriend asked me if I wanted a appetizer, and I said no! I can't even believe it! We always get appetizers, but I stood my ground, and I was successful! So, I feel like I wasn't completely a failure at food this weekend.
We won't even talk about the drinks this weekend. I don't drink beer, but I sure did drink way too many martinis and shots on both Friday and Saturday night. However, my boyfriend I hung out with friends all weekend, and it was nice to have a little fun. So, I don't really regret it. Plus, my boyfriend and I made a pact that we have to wait a month or so to go all out again. Ha.
In the fitness department, Saturday was great. I walked the parade for about 1.5 hours, and I was constantly busy all day. I did lots of walking like I wanted to! However, Sunday, I was exhausted (and hungover slightly... oops!..) that we rested. I took a 3-hour nap. Ha. I didn't get my run in, but I am planning on adding another run this week to catch up.
This weekend, I will be going out of town (Thursday night-Saturday). I was planning on bringing snacks because I currently eat 2-3 snacks a day. I'm not really sure what to bring. I would like low-calorie, high-protein snacks if I could. What inexpensive snacks do you eat?
A couple of things I might bring:
- 100 calorie pack of almonds.
- Luna Bars.
Any suggestions are great.
P.S. I would like to stay away from refrigerated snacks as I don't know how much I will be in the hotel. I am planning on keeping some of the snacks in my purse.
Friday, March 16, 2012
So, today is Day 5 of my two week challenge, and to be honest, I feel like I am doing pretty well.
My goals for the two week challenge:
1. Exercise every day that I had scheduled (Biggest goal).
2. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep (2nd biggest).
3. Eat the best I can (last goal).
I guess this challenge is more of an attempt to get into an exercise routine. I've done well all week. I did 60 minutes of Zumba on Monday, C25K (W1D1) on Tuesday, and ST/C25K (W1D2) on Thursday. Wednesday was my rest day, but I ended up getting in a 30 minute walk at work. So, it's going pretty well.
However, this morning, I was supposed to get up at 5am to go to Body Flow (Tai Chi/Pilates/Yoga class). When the alarm went off, I just couldn't get up. I had only had about five hours of sleep (my fault since I chose to stay at my Mom's until 11:00pm). My body was craving sleep, so I decided to forgo the class. It may have been a good thing as I'm exhausted still. I have no energy at all. So, even though I didn't want to, I am thinking that today's my true rest day since Wednesday wasn't really one. I feel bad for missing the class, but what do you do when you have no energy?
So, I'm pretty excited that I have managed to do well this past week. I'm pretty excited about this weekend as I will be getting lots of exercise in! (I've already told my boyfriend that I want to be active as much as possible this weekend.) So, tomorrow morning, I am walking in a parade with one of the museums in town. Afterwards, my boyfriend and I are walking around at a car show and then later, we will be walking on Ocean Blvd. for the St. Patrick's Day festivities. Lastly, Sunday, I am planning my C25K (W1D3) and maybe I will hand-wash my car. So, I'm pretty excited just to be busy and active. My goal is to eat the best I can as well. I hope I can do it!
So, back to the no energy portion of the blog, what do you do when you have no energy? I hate feeling exhausted like this. I miss my energy!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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.
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