Monday, December 10, 2012
Recap of last week:
Week Two (December 3-7)
1. ST at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes): 3 days completed.
2. Cardio at least 4 day a week (20 minutes): 5 days completed.
1. Sticking to portions: 4 days completed.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables: 5 days completed.
3. Track food: 4 days completed.
4. 8 cups of water a day: 6 days completed.
1. No soda: 7 days completed.
2. No candy: 5 days completed.
While these numbers look ok, I know deep down they aren't. I'm not proud about a few them. Thursday morning when I stepped on the scale, I was down to my lowest weight - 150.2 lbs. I vowed not to allow that number to become an issue. It wasn't up until Friday afternoon. I was hungry, and for some reason, I grabbed a bag of chips and dip. After grocery shopping, we went out to dinner and had drinks. One of my friends was just going on and on about how great I looked. It felt great, but at the same time, I think I made her uncomfortable because we took pictures together, and she was like "I don't like that one. I look fat." I tried not to feel bad because I earned where I am now, but it was not my intention to make others feel crappy about how they look.
Saturday, my boyfriend and I decided to sleep in until 9:30 AM (Yesss!). It was nice, but it caused an issue because it put off the meals for the day. I ended up eating so much food. I got careless.
Since Friday and Saturday wasn't good, I tried to get back on track on Sunday only to fail miserably again. I only got in 1 cup of water. I ate anything I could get my hands on. It just wasn't good.
So, here I am again, staring at the same number - 154 lbs. I'm ashamed. I hate that I made bad choices. It's not like I don't know what my goal is. I want to reach my goal, but I keep hitting the weekends and allowing them to becoming setbacks. All I can do now is get back on track and hope that I can stay this way, but honestly, I feel like I'm always going to be stuck doing this - do well during this week and mess up on the weekends. Plus, I have two Christmas parties this week which aren't going to help my cause. I don't know. Maybe I should just start on January 1st like I always say to myself every year....
Monday, December 03, 2012
I can't believe it's already December! Time has really flown by. I would post December goals, but I started last week with a 4 week challenge that will carry me through this month. I think I will start recapping each week to see if I am staying on target.
Week One (November 26-December 2):
1. ST at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes): 1 day completed.
2. Cardio at least 4 days out of the week (20 minutes): 6 days completed.
1. Sticking to portions: 6 days completed.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables: 5 days completed.
3. Track food: 6 days completed.
4. 8 cups of water a day: 7 days completed.
1. No soda: 7 days completed.
2. No candy: 7 days completed.
I feel like I did really well this week, and I want to continue on this track. I would like to say, that I feel like I can do better when it comes to strength training, so I am going to really work on that this week.
As for my weekend, I didn't do too bad. Although I ate out most of the weekend, I tried to stick to my portions, and I tracked when I could. I also did a lot of walking which helped me maintain my 151 lbs! Lastly, I got in 8 cups of water Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; this is a huge accomplishment. So, although I did not do well with eating, I did well overall this weekend, and for that, I am happy.
Hope everyone has a great week!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I realized that I have not shared my goals for the next 4 weeks. I said I would, and I completely forgot! Anyways, I decided to just be healthy over the next several weeks. If I lose weight, great! If I don't, that's cool too. Below are my goals:
1. Strength Train at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes).
2. Cardio at least 4 days a week (20 minutes).
1. Stick to portions.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables per day.
3. Track food.
4. 8 cups of water per day.
1. No soda.
2. No candy.
I believe this are attainable. I've been doing really well the last few days. Each day, I have gotten at least 10 cups of water, stayed in my calorie range, and worked out. (No candy or soda either!) I'm so excited because my weigh in is set for Sunday, but I REALLY want to take a peek tomorrow morning. I feel a good loss as I think most of the Thanksgiving weight I tacked on was water weight. I may take a sneak peek tomorrow morning since it is the end of the month, and my original goal was to be at 149 lbs, but I changed it to 152 lbs. The only issue - I think I am afraid. I've hit 151 lbs twice (20 lbs lost) and then I give up. So, I think I am afraid of reaching this goal and continuing. Any ideas on how to get past this? Should I weigh in tomorrow morning?
After tomorrow, my boyfriend will be taking my weigh and not letting me see the sheet until my mini challenge is over.
It feels good to be back on track.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I had a blast hanging out with family; plus, the food was great too!
I did well on Thanksgiving. I got up early, worked out, drank my water, and stuck to eating until full (not too full!). So, my first Thanksgiving on this journey went well. I wish, though, that I could say that the rest of the weekend went that way too. Black Friday shopping (all night and into the wee hours of the morning) messed me up. It's always a tradition for my family to get some caffeine (soda) and go wait in the lines for great deals. However, I did not realize that I needed a plan. No sleep, dehydrated (I took water, but I lost it in the car somewhere), and tradition brought me down. I ended up eating a full meal at midnight. I knew I didn't need it, but I ate it anyways. Due to that, I allowed myself to go downhill the rest of the weekend - splurging, eating crap, no water, and no exercise. This has led to a 3 pound gain. (I did manage to NOT drink a soda although I was craving it!)
This weekend is now in the past, and it's up to me to either choose to get back on track or allow my habits to continue. I've decided to get back on track, but I am not sure if I just want to maintain or continue trying to lose weight. Today will be a day of not only water, healthy eats, and exercise but also working on a new plan for the next four weeks until Christmas.
How did your Thanksgiving go? What are your plans for the next 4 weeks?
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Since my last blog, I have been trying very hard not to binge/overeat. I'm happy to say that I have stopped TWO binges before they've happened. The last two days, my boyfriend and I have decided to work out at the gym after work. I get off at 4:30PM, and he gets off around 6PM which leaves about an hour and a half with nothing to do. (A little background: this used to be my time to exercise before my boyfriend decided to go to the gym. Sometimes, I still work out during this time on his rest days.) In the past, when I would not workout, this would be the toughest time for me because for some reason, I wanted to eat. Chips, candy, left overs, etc. Anything that I could get my hands on. I knew that this could be a problem since I had to wait to workout.
Instead of going home and setting myself up for possible failure, I made a plan before I even stepped into the door. Why? Because at work, my mind was already working against me. I kept thinking "Oh! That pasta salad would be yummy! Eat that!" With thoughts like these, I knew that if I went home without a plan, I'd be in trouble.
Before I left work, I made a list of activities I could/needed to do. For example, check the mail, feed my cats, unload the dishwasher, spruce up the house, etc. In addition, I "checked" myself: "Am I really hungry, or do I just want food for pleasure?" Deep down, I knew it was really just for pleasure. However, I did think ahead of time - in the case that I was truly hungry, I could eat an orange and a 100-calorie pack of almonds.
This, my friends, worked. I accomplished my list instead of turning on the TV and chowing down on food I didn't need. In fact, I did not even eat my "approved" snacks! I'm not saying that this will work every time, but I am going to continue to try it. In all reality, this journey is a mental game. When you don't feel like exercising, it's because your mind has determined that you are "too tired" to do any activity. Your body is capable of exercising whether you THINK so or not. Same with eating.
On another note, even though I've done well in regards to binges, I am up to 155 lbs. (I was at 152.8lbs.) Part of this, I know, is because of the not-so-great food choices I've made as well as it is about to be that time of the month. So, I am going to keep working at it.
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