Wednesday, July 13, 2011
So! I've begun a new term at school- this term is shorter than the normal terms by an entire week; making it a ten week term instead of eleven. My goal is to drop 15 lbs within those ten weeks. I have already begun my week 1- with an outstanding gym attendance of nearly everyday. (except Saturday). And while I've been at the gym, I've been really good at reaching that 400 calorie burn mark. My problem recently has been watching my eating habits and getting back into the strength training exercises.
I want to cut atleast 400 calories from my diet, but it requires me to be knowledgeable on what foods will keep me fuller faster. Here's where my other challenge comes to play- I have celiac disease- an allergy to wheat, gluten and its biproducts. So, things like crackers and bread, I can't eat unless they're made from rice or corn. So a normal diet plan doesnt work for me.
I need to figure out the best way to balance my diet... I need to get more fruits and veggies in my system, but quite frankly I get bored with it pretty easily... What should I eat? What foods help make you feel fuller that aren't full of fat or bad stuff?
I am currently using the SparkPeople Nutrition counter and its been REALLY helpful in letting me know that I eat a lot of crap! So I want to eliminate some of the crap I put into my system.
I love eggs.
I love milk.
I love cheese.
These are all high in fat... but I don't want to compromise them from my eating because then it'll REALLY feel like a diet- and I've discovered that diets that feel like diets DONT WORK.
Here's another doozey.... I work at a chocolate shop. TEMPTATION ISLAND. It's typically not too hard for me to say no, except on receiving days. It's a belgian chocolate shop so I don't make any of the product; but I do receive it and check it all in. Even though I've worked here the last couple of years and generally don't smell chocolate anymore, when I open a fresh box, I get the brief glimpse of smell to my nose... and the craving KICKS UP. I've been doing things like drinking green tea with honey to help curb the need for "sweet" but it doesn't always work.
So I guess what I'm saying is, I have 10 weeks to drop 15 lbs. I've hit the gym regularly again, and hope to start seeing the results soon. But I know a big factor in losing weight is not only building muscle, but watching what kind of stuff you feed your body.
15 lbs. 10 weeks. Eat atleast 1200-1600 calories a day, rich in fruits and vegetables and watching my fat intake. Atleast 400 calories burned at the gym 5 to 6 nights a week. 1 day of rest. 3 days of strength training. 6 days of cardio. Too far fetched?
Friday, July 08, 2011
My best friend turned 23 yesterday and went skydiving. We've lived thousands of miles away from one another for nearly 6 years now and I couldn't help but feel so proud of her when I glanced through her skydiving album on facebook. When we were in high school, I was always the skinny one. She was only 4' 11" and rather round. We were a perfect contrast- as I was 5'6" and very lean. But as I looked at her photos this morning, I noticed a different person- an inspiring person! In the last two years she has dropped a total of 100lbs. Crazy! She looks absolutely amazing- she's healthier, happier, and just overall looking fantastic. And even though there's that small sense of green envy (since now I'm the heavier friend) I also look to her as an inspiration in my life. She did it! So, now it's my turn! She's shared with me her struggles over the last couple of years- having to change her diet completely, having to fight the urge to stay home rather than exercise.... and the plateau after weeks of continued success. Knowing what she went through, I think further motivates me to do it on my own as well!
Yesterday afternoon I got a call from another friend... the two of us had done a "gym" date thing after class one evening and I invited her to join my fitness club two months ago. She told me she wanted to think about it. Yesterday afternoon she called to tell me her decision... she was joining the club and that she wanted to partner up with me on my nightly workouts. Fantastic! I am officially part of the buddy system!
I've heard, and read, through various outlets, that having a buddy makes the motivational factor go up tenfold. And right now, I need all the help I can get! Some days I feel SO positive about tracking my food, tracking my exercise.... but other days I feel like nothing I'm doing is right.
Right now I've set my goals to burn atleast 2000 calories a week. to date I've burned about 750 or so.... granted, I started my regime a little late this week and ended up skipping the gym one night already, but I think next week will be a little bit more of a steady go. This week was just off the a rocky start to begin with!
I start classes again next week- which means an even more hectic schedule than right now. But, with scheduling my workouts at night, it wont interrupt any of my daytime stuff, and I can easily hit up the gym after my evening class on my way home. I've just got to remember to stay positive, stick to my goals.
Even though I wanted to say no to the gym again last night- I went. And after my workout- I was literally DRENCHED in sweat- I remembered why I went in the first place. The feeling afterwards is so relaxing and euphoric..... yes it sucks those 50 minutes or so I'm putting my body through hell, but damn it felt so nice to walk out of that gym at 11:30 last night... I was free- like all the stress of the day had dripped out of my body in the form of that sweat.
Tonight's schedule is a 45 minute cardio session followed by a half hour or more of strength training. I just gotta keep going.... I also gotta remember that looking at the scale EVERY DAY is an unhealthy practice. I've currently locked it away in my bathroom cupboard. Out of sight. Out of mind, right?
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Yesterday I went to the gym for the first time in atleast a month. I had been putting it off and putting it off and finally last night, I gathered the courage to just go. I have recently upgraded my membership at 24hr Fitness, and took advantage of the new upgrades by walking into one of the newer facilities. It was so nice! I got on the elliptical trainer, plugged in my MP3 player and went to work. Only, I was more compelled to watch the television screen that was attached to the machine than listen to my music. "Cardio Theater" I guess is what it's called? Amazing contraption! Before I knew it, I was ending the weight-loss cycle on the elliptical and it was time to go home. 33 minutes had passed! Tonight will most likely be tougher, as I've scheduled my cardio and strength training this afternoon, but it was nice to know that the gym wasn't as boring as I previously found it! I've set a goal for myself to burn atleast 2,000 calories a week... more would be awesome, but as long as I hit that 2,000- I'll be right on track again. My new band's first stage performance is the last day in August, so I've got 8 weeks to improve myself a little bit~! I'm hoping to drop atleast 10 lbs in those 8 weeks. I think it's plausible. I just hope I'm not setting myself up for failure.
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