Monday, February 06, 2012
- I got eight bottles of water in.
- I ate pretty good up until dinner.
- I wasn't feeling well, so I didn't get my goal of 30 minutes of exercise.
My boyfriend and I ended up skipping the birthday party. Both of us were exhausted from the week, so we decided to get Mexican, and we came home to relax.
- I only achieved one goal on Saturday: I went grocery shopping.
- I didn't get my eight cups of water.
- Since I had run out of my healthy food, I was unprepared for Saturday, so I turned to bad food.
- My boyfriend and I did some shopping, so I got some walking in.
I could definitely tell a difference on Saturday that I had messed up. Since I did not eat well nor did I get my water in, I was feeling dehydrated and crappy all day. I definitely learned a lesson.
- Again, no water.
- I ate a healthy breakfast.
- Lunch and dinner were pizza (not good).
- I got my batch cooking in! (Yay for one goal!)
I'm thankful for a new week. I'm starting fresh this morning, and I'm very happy about that. Over the weekend, I realized that my body was getting used to the healthy food and the eight cups of water. If I don't get those, I feel run down all day. So, I'm definitely glad I recognized this.
My biggest issue right now is that I do so well during the week, but I screw it up over the weekend. I realize that Saturday, I was unprepared which led to the bad decisions. So, next weekend, I am doing the grocery shopping on Friday night, so I can make better decisions on Saturday.
I live with a boyfriend who likes to go out to eat, hang out with friends, and sometimes drink. I'm having a difficult time balancing that because I feel like, if I don't do those things too, then he will get bored and upset with me. However, in the back of my mind, I feel guilty because I know how hard I worked during the week, and I want to be successful during the weekends too. I'm trying to change my life for the better. I don't want to halfway do it. He knows I am trying to lose weight, but he's always saying "Let's go out to eat!". So, I guess my question is: how do you balance having a life with also trying to lose weight? How do you deal with family members? How are you successful on the weekends?
Friday, February 03, 2012
First off, thanks to all my WONDERFUL Spark Friends for being so supportive with each blog I have written lately. Some are about good things, and some are not so good, but you all have been there through thick and thin. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it! So, again, thank you!
Ok, here's my Thursday news:
Water: 11 cups. Yep. Me. I drank eleven cups yesterday. I definitely think I am getting used to it, and honestly, I feel better knowing that this is a positive change. For all my life, I have hated water. I would not drink it at all. So, I would consider it a major improvement!
Food: So, I went to my Mom's for dinner last night. The meal was yummy! It was soooo good that I almost got another plate; however, I stopped myself because I have worked VERY hard this last week or so, and I did not want to ruin it. I'm not sure if I was under or over on my calories since I wasn't exactly sure what was in the gravy. I did track the rice, grape juice, and chicken that I ate.
Exercise: I was only aiming to do 20-30 minutes yesterday since I had somewhere to go; however, I ended up doing 40 minutes of Zumba. I was tired yesterday, but I managed to get through it. Afterwards, I felt good about exercising.
Sleep: Well, I didn't get much last night. Thursdays are the nights when all the good TV shows come on, so I didn't leave my Mom's until about 11pm. I laid down about 11:30pm. So, I got about 6.5 hours. No worries though. I WILL be getting my eight hours tonight!
1. Drink eight cups of H20. (I still can't believe I got 11 in!)
2. Stick to one plate of dinner.
3. No soda. --> I did have Grape Juice although I added water to it. I didn't even end up drinking all of it to be honest. Since I am new to drinking water, I can't quite drink it with meals yet, but I am working on it!
So far, so good. I'm planning to do C25K W1D2 this afternoon, but I'm pretty exhausted from lack of sleep last night and from lots of exercise this week. I've managed to "burn" about 1400 calories this week, and my goal is only 1080 calories. We'll see about this afternoon.
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!
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