Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Here's a recap of Monday:
--> Water - My weekday goal is six cups, but I had eight yesterday.
--> Exercise - I'm in Week 2, Day 1 of SP 5-Week Run Your Way 5K. So, I warmed up by walking for almost eight minutes (I couldn't decided on where I wanted to walk, ha). After the warm up, I jogged 4 minutes, walked 1 minute (seven times total). Last week, I felt like I struggled at the end (3 minute jog/1 minute walk; 8x). However, yesterday was different. I stayed consistent with the pace (13:47 minute/mile). I know it's slow, but I like it. Unlike last week, I actually enjoyed my run last night. I felt refreshed and energized after my run; it was nice to have that feeling again. Anyways, I walked/ran 3.88 miles in 54 minutes.
--> Weight - Since I was ashamed of my food choices on Sunday, I did not weigh in on Monday morning.
--> Sleep - By 9:30pm, I was asleep on the couch, so I got up at 10PM to go to bed. Slept like a baby until 7AM.
--> Food -
This is my usual breakfast, so you'll see this photo a lot. About two servings of watermelon, a Luna Bar (Peppermint Stick), 1 cup of 1% milk with a Carnations Breakfast Essentials French Vanilla packet, and 1oz of peanuts. Lots of protein that keeps me full until lunchtime.
This is lunch. I'm super excited about this as it's quite yummy! Let's see - Crystal Light to drink, 1 cup of Healthy Choice Low Sodium Chicken with Rice Soup, two servings of watermelon, and a salad (.5 cup of kidney beans, 1 cup of lettuce, 1 slice of red onion cut up, half of a medium green bell pepper, 1 Roma tomato cut up with 2 tbsp of Light Buttermilk Ranch).
My snack consists of two slices of Sara Lee Honey Roasted Turkey, 1 whole yellow bell pepper, and ranch (.25 cup of Greek yogurt mixed with .25 tsp of Ranch seasoning).
My dinner was Crockpot Easy Beef Stew over Brown Rice. It was so good! I added lots of vegetables, so I know I got about 1-2 servings of vegetables from this meal. I definitely recommend it!
Here's the link to the recipe --> busycooks.about.com/od/hotsouprecipe
Oh, and I had an Edy's Fruit Bar (Tangerine) for dessert. Sorry, no picture!
--> Vegetables / Fruit Servings - I believe I got anywhere between 8-9 servings overall.
--> Meditation - I took about ten minutes yesterday to check in with my body to see how it was feeling. During that time, I also visualized my goals and positive things in my life.
Overall, I feel like I had a successful day 1. I woke up this morning feeling better about the positive choices I made yesterday.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Ever since I took a week off for the severe sunburn, my motivation and dedication to this journey has taken a hit. I don't always feel like working out. My upcoming 5K is no source of motivation for me anymore; in fact, I've been doubting myself about it. I mean, can I run all of it like I'd plan to? So, fear is taking a toll. My exercise routine is good until say, Thursday, when I begin to allow more than one day of rest. My eating habits are good while at work, but due to laziness, we end up grabbing something out. After yesterday's food disaster, I'm probably back into the 160s, but I'm not sure as I didn't want to face the scale this morning (plus, it's TOM). I doubt I will reach my goal of 153lbs by the end of September. This doubt has given me the "Well, I probably won't reach my goal weight for September, so let's eat whatever."
This is me right now. It's not good. I'm ashamed to say it.
So, after some thinking this weekend, I have decided to recommit. I'm going to start checking in daily. This check-ins will include but not limited to: food pictures, morning weight, exercise for the day, and water intake. These are all things I need to work on. I'm hoping that reflecting upon my day will keep me accountable each day. I'm ready to get back to what's important - my health.
I've been debating though whether to do the daily check-ins on here as opposed to a blog site. Here's my logic - I don't want to get on anyone's nerves posting every day; some of the posts may be repetitive. However, I already have a great group of cheerleaders on here, so I think that would help me stay accountable. I wouldn't have that on the blog site. So, I guess I will figure that out today.
Anyways, I hope that this will bring me out of my little "funk". I have lots of events and things coming up, so I want to be healthy as well as look my best for those. I just have to do it!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Yesterday was a "I need to eat everything in sight because I feel like I am so hungry" sort of a day. I'm so tired of sandwiches right now that I want to cry. I don't want what I have for lunch, so that makes me hungry which leads to binges (like last night). Not good. So, it's time for a food makeover.
Here's the thing - I don't know what I want to eat. I usually eat the same things for breakfast, lunch, and snack because it's cheaper that way, and it helps me to stay on track. I've been playing around on my food tracker today, but I'm getting a little discouraged because my sodium and cholesterol levels were too high.
So, I ask you, dear Spark Friends, what are your favorite breakfast and lunch meals?
Help a girl out!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday night, I decided to go for a run. After a week of not running, it felt so good to get back to it. It was tough but very enjoyable. My shins didn't hurt nearly as bad. I don't think they are 100%, but hopefully, they will be soon.
I hopped on the scale this morning only to find that I have gained almost six pounds in this last week (due to food binges and soda because I gave into my feelings). I feel ashamed because I really should have taken better care of myself. Well, this week is my week to step up. I have five weeks until my first 5K, so strict training starts today.
Tuesday: BR and Zumba (30 minutes)
Friday: Rest or light exercise.
Sunday: BR and swim/Zumba.
Goals for this week:
1. NO SODA (Have to get pass these cravings!)
2. Exercise as schedule says.
3. Drink my water.
4. Eat well.
5. Get 7.5 hours of sleep every night.
SW: 159.6 lbs.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
It's been six days since my last run, and I'm miserable.
The past few days I have come home to nothing to do. I can't exercise outside due to the sun and my sunburn. I have no will power to exercise indoors because I am afraid of it messing with my burns. All I want to do is get back to my runs. Back to my normal workouts. Back to my life. Since this isn't an option right now, I have been somewhat depressed. Tuesday and Wednesday quiet afternoons have led to binges on sodas, chips, and gummies. No water. No healthy snacks. Every thing that is unhealthy.
All of my progress over the last month or so is gone. I'm back up to 159.8 lbs (how generous of you, scale, for not making it 160 lbs). The pants that have been loose on me are back to being snug.
No runs, unhealthy food binges, and gaining about five pounds has destroyed my motivation. I'm no longer excited about how far I've come. I'm no longer excited about my 5K. I've thought about just not doing it since I am not sure that I will have enough time to train.
I've lost all my motivation, and I am slowly creeping back into my "before" life. I just don't know what to do. It doesn't feel like this sunburn will go away. In fact, last night, my back felt like thousands of little needles kept poking me. My Mom said I had sun poisoning (too much sun). I tried her methods last night, but nothing really worked except for the Benadryl that knocked me out. I woke up the morning to that same "needle" feeling except it is not as bad.
I really thought things had changed this time, but I guess I was wrong.
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