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Productive Sunday

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Today because of a flooding, my work was closed. So I got a free Sunday!! This never happens so I was so excited to take advantage of it. To begin I went to the gym. It was so nice to be able to work out for over an hour and not be stressed about time constraints. I have always been able to push myself to do cardio but it is much harder to push myself to do exercises like lunges, squats and other strengthening exercises. I was proud of myself today because after my cardio I had enough time to go off to the side and do a few minutes of these exercises.

I think I get a little self conscious when I'm doing those exercises because I'm not as strong as I used to be. So I tire quickly and I get frustrated. Today, I just took my time and did a few exercises and I know tomorrow I will feel it. It's almost gratifying when you wake up in the morning and a muscle you had forgotten about is aching.

After the gym I went grocery shopping and successfully resisted the bulk candy section. I came home and started on the cooking. I wanted to make a few dishes to ensure I had healthy options for the week. Today I made chicken chili with ground chicken, onions, celery, carrots, corn, kidney beans, lentils and tomatos. Super hearty and I've got more than enough for the week. I also whipped up a batch of couscous with roasted veggies to serve the chili with. I continued onto homemade hummus made with yogurt instead of tahini and it tastes great. Finally I finished with making my weekly batch of homemade granola which I eat almost every morning.

My granola is super quick and easy and gives me a great start to my day. It has 1 ripe mashed banana, a scoop of peanut butter, some plain or vanilla yogurt, half a scoop of protein powder, cinnamon, quick oats, large flake oats, wheat bran, hemp hearts, chopped apple pieces, raisins, coconut, rice cereal, and a hint of cocoa. I bake it for a few minutes to get everything tender and it is so good with some yogurt in the morning.

I am excited about the upcoming week because there is one less thing to worry about, that is my food! I could get used to having Sundays off and prepping for the whole week. Hope everyone can find their own time to prepare healthy meals (that you actually like to eat) and feel good about it.


Reaching goals

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This morning during my morning run on the treadmill, I suddenly realized how much better I felt. Maybe about a month ago I was really trying to commit to daily runs and when I started I would take a walking break every 10 mins and I would end up working out for about 30 mins. Today without even thinking about it, I ran for 40 mins with only a brief water break at the halfway mark. And I felt really good.

I haven't seen a whole lot of changes on the scale but that wasn't my only goal. I want to get back into shape and back feeling better. Today I really noticed the difference. I can't wait for the winter to be over so I can enjoy longer runs outside in the park. Today I feel really good about myself and how I've improved already. I know I can maintain these changes in my life. I am excited about it.

When you find a small success to celebrate, it really makes you want to continue your work and reach your other goals. I think it's important to make numerous goals in the pursuit of losing weight, being healthy and getting fit. If you only give yourself one massive goal of losing X number of pounds, it's harder mentally every time you don't see direct progress to that goal. But if to lose weight is just one goal but others include improvement of fitness and strength and endurance, you get more successes to celebrate which I think really helps with motivation. It's okay to set goals high, but have lots of little ones along the way to help you out.

I am really happy about my improvement and I can't wait to improve even more.


My first struggle

Friday, January 25, 2013

So just as I started Spark People, I had my first obstacle. I just had a tooth extracted and I am still quite sore from the procedure. It was a back molar and the removal causes my jaw and mouth to really ache when chewing. My normal diet has consisted of quite a few salads, however salads are really hard to chew with a sore mouth. All my body was craving was ice cream and and sweets (things you eat when you are feeling sorry for yourself). Despite a couple small snacking errors, I managed to stay true to my new lifestyle.

I luckily had homemade soup on hand which was soft and easy to eat. As well I increased my yogurt intake. Normally I eat fresh fruit and homemade granola with yogurt, however both things were difficult to eat so I improvised by cooking up and softening fresh fruit to top my yogurt. I was quite happy that I didn't devour a big container of ice cream!

The only aspect of the past few days that I am not completely happy about is the exercising portion. I had gotten into a good routine of going for a run before work, however, I am instructed not to do any intense exercise for a while until my mouth heals. So today I did some easy elliptical and biking. Hopefully in the next few days I'll be back to my running routine.


Getting back to healthy

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I've always been a very active person involved in sports. Throughout high school, weight was never an issue for me, especially as I was growing constantly (I am 6 feet tall). In university, I joined a varsity team and again, never once thought about weight as I was always working out. However, once I got injured and trained much less and eventually stopped competing, my weight crept up on me. I didn't make any changes in my diet and I thought I could continue to eat whatever I wanted, when I wanted it.

I am a sucker for junk food. As a kid, my mom never allowed it in the house, so I whenever I had it, it was a treat. Now that I am an adult, I always crave junk food, specifically gummy candies and I give in most of the time.

The reason I joined SparkPeople, is not because I am extremely overweight, my BMI is in the healthy category, but to get back to making healthy choices. As I am tall, my weight can fluctuate a lot and it doesn't show much, but I notice it. I want to get back into a more lean, athletic shape and improve my exercise performance. I have set my goal to be to lose 25 pounds, however, to lose 10 would make me so happy.

I am starting to make little changes first, trying to make new routines and habits that are better for me, starting with what I keep in the fridge and always getting to the gym. I am starting my Masters degree in several months, and I would like to made a noticeable difference by then. I am excited to have this site as a support system and I can't wait to get back to healthy!