Thursday, February 23, 2012
So, the past week has been quite stressful. Like I said in the previous blog, work and family have been really getting to me lately. I stuffed my face yesterday (and today, unfortunately), but I'm not giving up. I'm not letting this job get in the way of putting my health first. I'm not going to allow my family members to derail my progress. I was born to exercise. I was born to eat clean. I was born to be healthy. That's exactly what I am going to do.
So, this weekend while I am out of town, I will be putting together a new plan that includes exercising, eating right, and self-care.
This morning, I read EMFRAPPIER's blog, and it really resonated with me. She said that just having "weight loss" as a goal is not enough. It's not a strong enough goal to make me exercise or eat healthy. That's why she chose to sign up for a race.
The many times I had attempted to "get healthy", my number one goal was to "lose weight". Each time that it was a focus, it always failed for me because I thought "Well, I know I want to lose weight, but I can have this one 'cheat' meal, and I will get back up tomorrow." If I had a more tangible goal, then there wouldn't always be a "I will get back up tomorrow". There would be a deadline. So, I have decided that my tangible goal is to run a 5K. I'm shooting for the race to be in May. I found two that I am looking at. One is May 19th and the other is May 20th. I think this will give me plenty of time get ready if I start on Monday.
So, I have decided to do C25K. For me, I know from the last time I attempted this program that it was easier to do it on the treadmill as I can control my pace. However, since I am running a 5K, I will need to be experienced outside. So, for those of you who have done this program (or are doing it), do you have any advice?
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
So yesterday was a little stressful after I posted the "Happiness" blog.
Work is stressful because no one knows how to do their job. It's a family-owned business, so every person in the family feels as though the employees work for them (even though it's not really like that).
Yesterday, I went from lunch (1:30ish) to about 8pm without eating. I was just so busy. At 8pm, my stomach was hurting, so my boyfriend and I went to the Mexican restaurant that I love. Needless to say, I ate the chips, salsa, and cheese dip. Also, I ordered what I usually ordered which probably isn't calorie friendly. However, I guess since I waited so long, after the first few bites of dinner, I felt sick. Maybe it was because I knew that I didn't make the right choice. Maybe it was that I waited too long to eat.
I was lazy last night about getting my food ready this morning. I got up at 6:55am to get my food ready, but I ended up forgetting a bowl, so I guess I'm not eating breakfast.
I was supposed to get up at 5:30am to do Day 3 and Body Rock, but I chose to go back to sleep.
I'm exhausted and sore. I don't really want to eat healthy today.
I get in moods like this. I'm sabotaging myself. Why do we do it? The last few weeks have been pretty good (minus weekends). Why do I want to sabotage all my progress? How do you get past this?
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Wow, so I haven't really blogged since sometime last week. I didn't have much to say, but today, I am full of good news!
- Drank 8 cups of water.
- I didn't get much sleep (boo).
- I made an exercise plan for the week which meant that I re-did Day 1 of the 28-Day Boot Camp.
- I also tried out my first ever Body Rock (See below)!!!
My first ever Body Rock - the "Butt Buster". Oh yeah. (Thanks to Chrissy for suggesting these "beginner" workouts!) The Gym Boss was a little confusing a first, but I got the hang of it. Also, I really enjoyed doing it with Zuzana. I like when trainers do it with you. By the way, I modified everything. Here are my scores (Don't laugh!):
- Elevated Left Leg Lunge Jump (No Jump): 21, 15, 15
- Elevated Right Leg Lunge Jump (No Jump): 17, 15, 17
- Elbow Plank Side Hops (No Hop): 12, 19, 15
- Exploding Star (Half-way Down): 15, 16, 13
- Pendulum: 18, 18, 17
- Ab Buster (Modified): 11, 15, 28
I don't think I did too bad. I was drenched with sweat, and I was exhausted by the end of it. I did the 28-Day Boot Camp (Day 1) afterwards, so needless to say, I was tired. However, after I did Body Rock, I was completely in awe over the fact that my body could do it. I felt so strong and healthy. I'm not terribly sore though, but that's probably because I modified things. I'm just happy I was able to make it through. I woke up this morning on wanting to do another Body Rock, but I decided to do it just three times this week just to get the hang of it.
This morning, I got up at 5:30am (WOW!) to do Day 2 of the Boot Camp as well as Level 1 of Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown. I'm not as thrilled with the Yoga Meltdown as I thought I'd be. To be honest, it was seemed really hard. There were several times I felt like giving up, but I found a way to push through. I need to get a yoga mat before next week since that's when I'm supposed to do it again. Hopefully, I will grow to like it. It's the same movements from my Body Flow (Tai Chi, Yoga, & Pilates) class at the Gym which I loved. I think I just miss being in the class.
Lastly, as I have written on my status, I am officially an aunt! My sister-in-law gave birth at 3:30am to a precious baby girl! Her name is Alexis. I'm hopefully going to Atlanta this weekend to meet her!
Monday, February 13, 2012
Quick update in regards to the weekend.
- I drank eight cups of water.
- I took a rest day since I was exhausted.
- I ended up going to bed around 9:30pm, so needless to say, I got plenty of sleep.
- My boyfriend and I went out for dinner. We went to my favorite Mexican restaurant. My meal probably wasn't great in terms of calories and such, but I ate slowly, and I stopped when I was full. I eating about 60% of the dish. (I usually eat way more, and I end up leaving too full.)
- Exercised for 51 minutes.
- I started my challenge: 50 crunches, 50 squats, & 50 modified push-ups.
- I cleaned the entire apartment.
- I went grocery shopping for this week.
- I ate healthy for breakfast & lunch.
- I was feeling exhausted that night, so we went out to dinner. Needless to say, I didn't do too good here.
- I got plenty of sleep.
- I drank about six cups of water.
- I ate wonderfully all day! I stayed within my calorie range.
- I batch cooked for my lunches all week. I also cut up my fruits & veggies for the next few days.
- I didn't exercise. (Boo. I did the laundry though, so I had to have burned a few calories!)
- I didn't drink my water. (Boo)
- I got about 7.5 hours of sleep last night.
Although there were a couple hit and misses, I don't feel as though I did terrible this weekend. I was able to get in some exercise. As for food, I feel like I accomplished something. I ate two bad meals this weekend - Friday and Saturday nights. Usually, I would eat out for every meal. So, I feel like I did much better than I usually would!
Friday, February 10, 2012
- I wasn't feeling great. For some reason, my left arm felt achy all day. I think I might have done something to the muscle in my upper arm since this morning, it's throbbing (not too bad).
- Since I wasn't feeling tip-top, I only got in six cups of water.
- I ate well during the day. However, my mom and I went out to eat, and I splurged a little. I went over a about two hundred calories, and I had went over about 10 carbs. Everything else was ok. The sodium was a little more than I usually have, but it was less than what SP recommends. I will have to say that I was freaking out about eating the meal, so I didn't really enjoy it. I ended up eating about 85% of it, so I saved some calories.
- I took a "rest" day yesterday. I hope I can get some energy to exercise tonight. I don't like "rest" days because I'm afraid I will fall off of the exercise wagon. Oh well, it's a part of the journey.
- I didn't get much sleep last night which is why I don't have much energy today. I got about 5 1/ 2 - 6 hours. I will be getting my eight tonight!
Other than that, everything is ok, I guess. My boyfriend and I have been having problems the last two days, so I've been an emotional mess to be honest. Yesterday, I almost gave in to the emotional eating (darn you, chips and salsa - they need to find a new home, haha), but I didn't give in. I thought about it. This was a good thing considering I had a heavy meal later on that night. If I had given in, I would have been way over my calories, and I would have ruined all the hard work I put in this week.
Anyways, on to better news: I think I am going to start a challenge for myself. Right now, I am only doing cardio as I am just trying to get into a routine. I commented on a friend's blog yesterday, and she had talked about a challenge she had completed. It was "1,000 push-ups in one month". I really liked it. This would be a great way to introduce ST into my routine. Plus, it's simple. So, I am challenging myself to 1,000 push-ups, squats, and crunches (each). It turns out that I would only have to do like 35-40 reps for each exercise every day (minus one day off a week). So, I am going to try to start that tonight.
1. Drink eight cups of water. - I only got in six. Boo.
2. Work on the Restaurant Guide.
3. No soda.
4. Eat one serving for dinner.
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