Thursday, February 02, 2012
Ok, so I originally wasn't going to post anything about this, but I don't know. I think I need to just get it off my chest.
Tomorrow night, my boyfriend and I are supposed to be going to his co-worker's birthday "party". The reason I put this in quotes is because they are going bar-hopping. I already have a plan for tomorrow night, but the issue is - I don't feel beautiful. When I look in the mirror, I see an overweight girl, and that girl I see isn't beautiful. When I put on pants, my stomach bulges out of the top. In all honesty, I sort of look pregnant (although I am not!).
His female co-workers, from what I've seen, are fairly small. They are pretty. I just don't want people to be talking about me although I'm sure the focus won't be on me. I guess I'm just scared of people giving me looks or making comments.
My weight-loss journey isn't just about losing weight although I know that the above paragraph makes it seem that way, but my ultimate goal is to be healthy. I want healthy habits. However, part of me is losing weight for vanity reasons.
So, how would you or do you deal with this? I've talked to him, and he said we didn't have to go, but it's not fair for us to stay at home because I have low self-esteem. I mean I feel good about myself now that I've lost some inches and a pound, but I know what I see in the mirror.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Here's Day Nine -
Water: I didn't hit get my eight cups of water in. I got distracted at work in the afternoon which is when I usually drink four cups. I only got to drink two during that time. Oh well. I ended up with seven cups of water which is better than last week. I'm hoping that today I reach the eight mark.
Exercise: So, I tried C25K yesterday. Day One wasn't the best experience. After my first one-minute run, I was feeling good. However, during my second run, I had a very bad asthma attack. It was the worst attack I've ever had. Luckily, I was close enough to home to get my inhaler. I took a few minutes to settle down. During those few minutes, I debated whether or not I should get out there. Part of me was like "Why? The attack messed up the run. You can start over on Friday." The other part of me said "It's ok. You can do a quick walk to warm up again, and you can start back where you left off. You want to do this." I ended up going with the latter with my inhaler in hand. The remainder of the walk/jog wasn't too bad. It was difficult though. I ended up only doing about 2.4 miles in 30 minutes because I was going slow. Is that ok? I'm thinking I may have to repeat Week One again, but we'll see when I get to Day Three.
Food: Another pretty good day. I did well in regards to calories, protein, cholesterol, fat, etc. I went over on my carbs though. That's ok. I will try better today.
Sleep: I was exhausted yesterday, so I ended up laying down at 9:30pm. Guess what that means?! I got eight and a half hours of sleep! FINALLY! I could do a dance because I am so happy! Honestly, I feel a difference too.
Wednesday's Daily Goals:
1. 30 minutes of cardio.
2. Drink six cups of water.
3. Get eight hours of sleep.
4. Try a new sleeping habit. (Go to bed earlier.)
So, yesterday went pretty well. I'm happy about that!
Tonight is dinner night with Mom. I have a question. She's fixing dinner tonight, but I am not exactly sure what ingredients will be used nor how much. How should I track tonight's dinner? Any suggestions?
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Here's Day Eight:
Water: I ended up drinking nine cups of water yesterday! I can't even believe it! I also drank two cups of green tea as well!
Exercise: Yesterday, it was a little chilly outside, so I stayed inside and did Zumba. I did three 20-minute classes. By the end of it, I was soaked from all the sweat! I was a little sore from Monday's Zumba workout, so I wasn't in tip-top shape, but I did pretty well.
Food: I had another great day in this department. I tried out a new recipe called "Easy Black Beans & Rice". It was pretty good! I had nine servings of fruits and vegetables as well.
Sleep: Last night, I fell asleep pretty quickly. I think I was exhausted from Zumba and cleaning the house. I didn't get the full eight though since I went to bed a little late, and I woke up at 5am for a few minutes. I still consider this progress though!
1. 30 minutes of cardio.
2. Drink at least six cups of water.
3. Get eight hours of sleep. - Almost!
Today (Wednesday) was my weigh-in and measure day. I was going to wait to post this until tomorrow's blog, but I couldn't! I can't believe the progress!
Jan. 19 --> Feb. 1
Weight: 173 lbs --> 172 lbs
Waist: 33 5/8 in. --> 32 1/4 in. (-1 3/8 in.)
Hips: 42 1/8 in. --> 41 1/2 in. (-5/8 in.)
Thigh: 24 5/8 in. --> 22 13/16 in. (-1 13/16 in.)
Arm: 12 5/8 in. -- > 12 1/2in. (-1/8 in.)
Neck: 14 in. --> 13 3/4 in. (-1/4 in.)
Calf: 15 7/8 in. --> 15 11/16 in. (-3/16 in.)
Even though I didn't lose much in some areas, all of the measurements were losses! This sort of makes me sad because I feel like if I had be more disciplined over the weekend, I would have seen even better results. However, I have lost a pound and inches since I started, so I am happy about that!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Day Four (Friday) was a really great day up until dinner. I had eaten well, and I did my usual 4.08-mile walk. Unfortunately, dinner pushed me over my calories.
Day Five and Six (Saturday & Sunday) aren't much to chat about. I ate way too much, and I didn't exercise much. However, I was able to make it to the store to stock up on healthy eats for this week.
Here's Day Seven (Monday):
Water: I did much better yesterday in this area. I drank two cups in between breakfast and lunch; I drank two cups after lunch and before supper. I also drank two cups after my work out. So, I feel successful in this department especially since I'm not much of a water fan. Slowly but surely I am working my way to eight cups a day.
Exercise: I tried Wii's Zumba fitness yesterday. I absolutely loved it! It got my heart pumping, and I was drenched in sweat. I did about 58 minutes of it! Yeah!
Sleep: Unfortunately, I did not meet my bed time as I was trying to finish up cooking my lunches for the rest of the week. So, tonight will definitely be better in the way of going to bed on time!
Food: I did great yesterday. I was in my calorie range again. I feel like I have the eating under control although I could use more discipline on the weekends.
Day Seven Goals:
1. Be active for at least 30 minutes.
2. Eat healthy for at least breakfast and lunch.
3. Drink at least four cups of water.
Tomorrow morning, I will be weighing in and measuring. I am a little nervous since this weekend didn't go so well. I do feel skinnier and healthier, so I hope that means good things!
Hope everyone has a great day!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Day Three went like this:
Food: I did pretty good. I stayed in my calorie range. I was a little over on the sodium though; however, I am not going to beat myself up over it. It's only Day Three. There is room for improvement. I was a little worried yesterday because I go to my mom's house to have dinner with her every Thursday night, and we usually grab something out. At around 3:30, I checked to see how many calories I had left. I only had about 650 left, so I thought about what I could eat that wouldn't completely kill all my hard work. Zaxby's sounded good, so I looked up the nurtition information online. I chose the House Zalad with grilled chicken. That in itself was about 600-700 calories! So, I played around with the numbers, and I ended up doing the House Zalad with grilled chicken minus the toast and fried onions. By taking out those the toast and fried onions, the calories, fat, and sodium were cut in half! So, I was pretty excited that I found something that could work. Usually, I just go over there, eat what I want, and then vow to do better the next day. Not this time! Woo hoo!
Water: Ehh, another so-so day. Right now, I am shooting for at least 4 cups, and I ended up getting that, so that was good. I did better though about drinking after working out. For some reason, the past two days I have forgotten to do so. However, I made sure to grab a bottle of water as I left the house to go to my mom's. I drank the entire thing before I got there (about a 25-minute ride). Small victory!
Workout: My mission was to do at least 30 minutes of walking today. The weather was perfect in the fact that it felt awesome outside (60s). However, there were rain clouds, but that didn't stop me. I ended up doing my 4.08 miles in 60 minutes even though it rained on me. Oh well. It just meant I was dedicated!
Sleep: I didn't do too bad last night. I laid down at 10pm and watched a little TV. I drifted off about 10:30pm, so I met my goal bed time. However, I woke up twice last night. The first time took me about 15 minutes to go back to sleep. The second time took about five minutes. I probably got about 7.5 hours. (This was without the sleeping aid.) I'm hoping to get some better sleep tonight.
Day Three Goals:
1. Be active for at least 30 minutes.
2. Find one to two healthy recipes. (Chef Meg's Super Fast Pork & Veggie Stir Fry & Easy Black Beans and Brown Rice.)
3. Create a shopping list for Friday night's shopping trip.
I decided not to type out all the question and answers to the sleep diary. I have chosen a few questions to post though:
1. How long did it take to fall asleep?:
- 30 minutes.
2. How hungry did you feel today?:
- 2 (Normal Hunger).
3. How awake did you feel today?:
- 1 (Exhausted).
4. How irritable did you feel today?:
- 1 (Calm).
Hope every one has a great Friday!
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