Thursday, September 20, 2012
--> Water: 8 cups!
--> Exercise: I went for a run yesterday. In 50 minutes, I walked/ran 3.65 miles (warm up & cool down were about five minutes each). My average speed was 13:38 min/mile. Slow but it's where I feel comfortable at. Right now, I am at 4 minute jog then 1 minute walk for seven sets. That increases on Saturday's run.
--> Weight: I forgot to weigh myself yesterday morning.
--> Sleep: I went to bed at 10PM although I had a tough time getting to sleep which isn't good. However, I finally got to sleep and woke up at 7AM.
Dinner. Not the healthiest but the boyfriend wanted something other than leftovers. So, I did the best I could. I told myself if I was still hungry after dinner, there's always watermelon! (I didn't eat any watermelon though.)
--> Vegetable/ Fruit Servings: About 10.
I was pretty proud of myself for the choices I made yesterday. Besides weekends, TOM is usually the time when I crave sodas, candy, and junk as well as I lounge on the couch because PMS is killing my butt. However, I kept up with the Motrin, and I was able to push through a beautiful, cool run. I felt better after the run. I'm hoping that since yesterday was such a success, I'm striving to make today one too as I'm not feeling the best right now. So far, so good.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
--> Water: 8 cups!
--> Exercise: I wasn't feeling exercising yesterday since TOM officially started. However, I did get in 21 minutes of a toning routine from Tone It Up. The "Back to School" routine was pretty hard, so I did it once through. I did their arms routine three times through. Instead of doing Zumba Wii, I decided to do Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp DVD - 22 minute Tone and Burn. For some reason, I don't like the Short Cardio Burst portion, but I really enjoyed the Tone and Burn section, so I will be doing this again.
--> Weight: I weighed in at 158.6 lbs yesterday morning. My goal is 153 lbs by the end of the month.
--> Sleep: Last night, I had a tough time getting to sleep. I'm not really sure why. Maybe my workout didn't wear me out. Not sure. I laid down at 11PM which is way past my bedtime (I was watching the season premier of NCIS: LA! Maybe that's why. Haha.) Anyways, I am hoping for a better night tonight.
--> Meditation: About ten minutes today. It felt good.
--> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: About 11.
Day 2 was a success!
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!
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