Sunday, January 17, 2010
Hubby and I had a lazy morning and we talked about going to the gym later. At noon he said should we go now? I said YES! I didn't think about how I could weasel out of it or postpone it till later when I felt like it. My only thought was YES, let's get it done. No excuses! I take that to mean that I did feel like it.
I felt so pleased when I left the gym, a great feeling on well being - I am back on track. I am where I was in June, in a comfortable routine where I exercised without thinking about 'if I felt like it'. Routine had taken over and I will succeed!
I am doing my full gym routine, the cardio and strength training. I eased into it but I am surprised how in 13 days I am doing all of it. The weights will increase as I regain the muscle, and it is getting easier.
It was so hard when I first started exercising in May 2007. I thought people who exercised had something I never had. They liked exercising right? It was a struggle to make it a habit, and I felt I was walking the dogs because I loved them and they needed the walk.
I stopped snacking after dinner, to the point I don't even think about it. We are continuing to eat high fiber dinners - salad, brown basmati rice, pinto beans, baked squash or sweet potato and lean meats like chicken. It must sound boring, but they are either sides or ingredients for other things I am preparing like stir fries, soups, stews and curried beef. I was surprised when I saw the calories, but it doesn't seem to matter as I am losing weight and never hungry.
I am making a point of being in bed by 9 PM so I don't get the munchies.
In the 2 weeks since I am back at the gym and dieting, I am losing 2 pounds a week. Hubby is losing a pound a week. For him, it's a change in what he is eating as he is a regular at the gym.
I will be ready to hike mountains and tube again!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
I am having a good week - going to the gym, eating high fibre dinners and in bed before 9 PM (just before I feel hungry). This week every dinner includes - salad, brown basmati rice, pinto beans, baked squash or sweet potato and lean meat like chicken. The rice is very fragrant and nutty tasting on its own, so I am not adding anything.
One night I didnít have the high fibre veggie and I felt a little peckish in the evening, so no cutting corners, it will be the nightly trio Ė rice, beans, squash. When I puree the beans I put in different seasonings or sauces to change it up a bit. I varied the salads, but Greek is a particular favourite.
Last night we had a friend to dinner. I made chicken fajitas which go well with the nightly trio. Hubby and I made mojitos, something we tasted during our Spanish class in Feb. And then when we were in Mexico this month. I ordered one and the waiter told me they didnít serve them, but he went off to the kitchen and came back with a mojito he made himself. Our mojitos turned very well and we felt quite accomplished as did a Salut to our success.
I spent 5 hours this week sorting through a large box of misc. papers. I have one more box like that to do (groan). Yesterday we took in old electronics to recycling and took some things to the dump.
When we painted we took all the pictures down and stacked them in the spare room. Now we have to decide what to do with them. Some we will put up again, but some we will donate and one will go on eBay. Bit by bit we are getting ready for a future move. I am glad we are not saving all this till the end, but starting early.
My thighs are a little sore from doing the leg press and adductor at the gym,, even though I had the weights low. It's been a couple years since that's happened. However, I will strengthen up quickly and forget I ever had sore muscles.
Have some fun this weekend!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Yay! I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and then strength training. It's my 2nd trip to the gym this week/year. I am motivated to diet and exercise, but I am still rebuilding the good habits and that is the hard part. Once I am at the gym I know what to do and get at it. Hubby has this week off so I am going with him. Definitely going to the gym early in the day ensures success. I love listening to my iPod audio books while I am doing strength training.
Breakfast - oatmeal, milk, vanilla whey powder
Lunch - mini pizza made from whole wheat tortilla, pizza sauce, artichokes, smoked turkey, chopped tomato
Dinner - brown basmati rice, pinto beans, baked sweet potato, meat loaf
I am sorting through a box of misc. papers to declutter the storage area. I hate it! However, I want to be ready to move sometime in the next 2 years so I have to do it.
I joined a challenge where we weigh in weekly, and we are in till we have a week where we gain. I can be competitive, so I love it. I plan on staying in for the year!
When I had surgeryin June, I was told I was very healthy, which was a pleasant surprise. I was over weight, but still considered healthy? I was complacent about about my weight. I had lost some weight, fit into a 16, and could hike or do whatever I wanted. I guess I wasn't prepared to work any harder.
I have since gained weight and have no intention of buying larger clothes. Also I haven't been exercising much so I will work hard to get back to that level of fitness and weight, then go on from there.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Today I am cleaning, starting to pack, catching up on some office work and thinking of what I want to accomplish by year end. Rather than let the last few days of the year slip by, I would prefer to tackle somethings that still needs to be done. Being optomistic it would be like starting next year with a clean slate, with healthy habits in place.
I am never good with New Years resolution, so best to make the changes today. Think of waking up tired, hungover and bloated on Jan. 1st. It doesn't sound like a winning way to start lifestyle improvements LOL.
in bed by 10 PM (good)
weigh once a week (good)
drink V8 juice to get appetite under control (good)
drink more water so I don't confuse thirst and hunger (struggling)
going to the YMCA every 2nd day (struggling)
record exercise in SP (good)
have protein each meal (good)
have a meatless dinner twice a week (forgot)
1.5 cups of cooked veggies with dinner (good)
put steps to success in Spark Planner (use this list)
update list of 3 things to look forward to (good)
protein at 4:30 PM (forgot)
walk dog on treadmill (fixed now)
8 oz. glass of milk with dinner (good)
snack on air popped popcorn at night (good)
eat breakfast (good)
low fat small homemade muffins on counter ready to eat (good)
spend more time with friends (great!)
make up batches of food in slow cooker to reduce kitchen work (working on it)
eliminate a couple of things that waste time or drain energy (good)
have coffee twice a day (working on it)
I fasted yesterday. Over the last week I ate out 7 times - 3 parties, 2 breakfast buffets, lunch with friends. I needed a rest. I am eating light and hope I can keep it up for the week.
It's a challenge to bake for others but not eat it myself. I have never baked before, but got some great recipes and I found hubby and I are great bakers.
Have a great day everyone!
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