Saturday, November 09, 2013
Okay... so, this has been the 1st week of my new plan. I just thought I'd share. Maybe it will spark a little inspiration for you or maybe it will just help me be accountable.
Once I put it out there, I definitely feel more accountable.
As I mentioned in a previous blog, I get plenty of fitness minutes in to my day. I sneak them in everywhere I can all day long. The problem is that I need to add in some more CARDIO to get the scale really moving. I also want to add in some more strength training again. I've got a little too much jiggle in my arms. LOL! Plus, it just always makes me feel better. So I've updated my goal board on the new SP start page to include just those things AND I review it daily. It does help! I'm also planning it carefully, along with some rest days so I don't hurt myself and wind up getting discouraged.
Food / Eating
I think most of my issues fall in to this category. Even if you're eating healthy and nutritious, too much is still too much! Ever heard of too much of a good thing? Anyway, I noticed that we were eating out of balance meals and a little too much prepared food. Time always seems to be an issue and we wind up letting he portion sizes drift. Week nights are the worst! Nobody really is up for cooking once we get home and we wind up making less than the best choices. I REALLY, REALLY need to get to a healthy place. Yo yo isn't good for your body / health at all!
In the past, I had used Diet to Go. I'm fortunate that they've opened a local pickup near me. That means I get to add in fresh salads and my meals aren't frozen. I was incredibly successful with the plan and lost 40 pounds in 3 months. That said, I was on their 7 day, 3 meals a day plan and was strict about it. I've made the decision to use it again. But this time, I'm going to do it differently and make myself more accountable in the process. Here's my updated plan... I'm getting 5 days a week, 2 meals a day (lunch and dinner). I don't think breakfast is really a problem and all the tracking I've done this week has just reinforced that. So, I'm tracking diligently and realized that the combination of my breakfast and DTG meals leave me a little bit low on the calorie side. This can be just as much of a problem as too many. So, I'm also adding in snacks to keep myself in range. Not just any random food either... it's mostly fresh fruits, nuts and some whole wheat crackers. This time I'm measuring and controlling the portions carefully. I want to keep the balance set by the nutritionist. With my new plan, I'm also now responsible for the weekend meals. I'm on my own... so I'm using what I've learned and the extra time available on the weekend to cook balanced, healthy food. Baby steps, right? That way I can put in to practice what I've learned and I can get in the habit of cooking and planning.
This always seems to be an issue for me. So, I'm making efforts to get more sleep. I seem to have trouble getting over 6 hours and I know I need to improve that. I don't have much insight on this, it's definitely a work in progress...
This was the first week I've really started putting all of this in to practice. It seems to be working since I'm down 3.5 pounds...
I'm not getting too excited yet though... I think a lot of this is just my body adjusting to the changes and I'm not expecting to see this each week. I'll keep you all posted! I feel good that I'm taking these steps and making very deliberate decisions towards my goals. I definitely feel like I've got more energy and a clearer head. I hope these stick with me!
Hope you all are having a great weekend! I'm looking forward to relaxing a little bit and catching up with things. Spark on my friends!