Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Currently I am having no trouble whatsoever to stay motivated. But that was not the case last year. I keep wondering "What the heck was I thinking?" when I let myself regain some weight and was ignoring all my healthy eating habits. I know I was disappointed in myself when I was making poor food choices and gaining weight, but at the time I couldn't seem to change back to healthy eating. I was grabbing snacks from the vending machine and the convenience store, and was eating hardly any fruits and vegetables. And it was like I couldn't even imagine how to make a change.
And when I did finally come to my senses and start working towards my goals again, it all fell into place. The first step was tracking food and getting the calories in line, although at first I kept hitting the vending machine for a pack of peanut butter crackers every morning. But eventually good sense came to prevail, and I started making the healthiest possible choices with my calorie budget.
So now here I am, with the weight coming off steadily and feeling like my goal is achievable (130 by June 30). But I know that lurking just beneath the surface are the old bad habits and desires. The real challenge is to keep my happy healthy self in control - to not let the rebellious unhealthy self tease, taunt, and demand to be fed. I don't claim to have any answers. I am just hanging on to my current motivation with everything I've got. Doing more of what makes me healthy.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
I haven't done a blog for a while, but I've been doing fairly well on my goals for 2013 in the month of March.
1. Tracking food: I have been doing that every day consistently. I am not always within my calorie range, but certainly most days. On the days that I've gone over my range, it hasn't been by that much. If I look at each week as an average, then I have been within my range for all of the month of March.
2. Drinking 4 cups of tea per day. I kind of let this goal slide in March. I slipped back into my Diet Coke habit, and now I have to start back at square one and break it.
3. Morning workout. Doing that on most days, unless (like yesterday) I have to go to work really early.
4. Lunchtime walk. I did not miss one single day in March for walking. I surprised myself! When I added it up, I had walked over 100 miles in March...not just steps, I mean the outdoors "take a walk" miles.
5. Eat clean and aim for 9 servings of F/V. I hit that goal most days except the weekend. I have been doing much better on the weekends lately, and I think I may finally get my boyfriend on board with the veggie program which will make weekends easier. I do get at least 6 servings on the weekends now, which is a vast improvement.
6. 80 minutes of exercise per day. I have hit that target almost every day for the month of march, and my average is well over 100 minutes per day.
7. Consistent strength training. Well, not so good. I do love my cardio. I was doing great for a while. I think I will try for a shorter workout time with a more intense workout (heavier weights). If I'm going to be consistent, I really have to do something every single day. If I commit to only 3 days a week, it's just too easy to skip too many days.
GOALS FOR APRIL:
-Kick the Diet Coke habit
-Get consistent with daily short intense strength training workouts
-Do a stretching program 10 minutes per day
-Commute to work on the bike as soon as the weather breaks!
-Continue to track food and stay within calories
-Continue daily morning workout
-Continue lunchtime walk
-Continue eating clean and aiming for 9 servings F/V day
-Continue target of 80 minutes of exercise per day (72 minutes is 5% of my day)
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A bit of a stumble this week, but I've picked myself up and these last 3 days have all been on course for success.
1. Tracking food 6 of 7 days, and within calories 5 of 7 days. There was a party on Saturday and I got off track for the weekend.
2. Drinking tea 4 cups a day, 5 of 7 days.
3. Morning workout, 7 of 7 days. Woohoo!
4. Lunchtime walk, 7 of 7 days. The weather was in my favor this week.
5. Eat clean and aim for 9 servings of F/V: 6 of 7 days. Because I spend Sundays with my boyfriend and my Dad, I find it very hard to eat the way I want. It's usually my Dad or my boyfriend who choose the food. I still haven't figured out how to overcome the Sunday problem.
6. 80 minutes of exercise per day: My average was 83 min per day, and I exercised every day. My lowest minutes for the week was 68 on Sunday.
This is also my 2nd week doing strength training. I'm doing at least 30 minutes of strength training every other day. It's been a while since I committed to a strength training routine. I feel pretty good about adding this to my exercise plan.
I have lost a little this week; maybe a pound. I normally weigh in on Friday, so we'll see tomorrow if I've had any success.
Friday, February 15, 2013
This week is the first week in a very long time where I've actually planned and done some strength training. My muscles are sore. But I am so glad that I did the workouts this week. I was in a fitness rut. I was doing the same old cardio, and taking it pretty easy on myself even with the cardio (mostly walking). This week I really moved out of my comfort zone. I worked with more intensity, in both strength training and cardio, and for the first time in a long time I feel like I've moved forward with my fitness. I don't see any progress on the scale, but there has been a lot of progress in my brain! I need to push myself EVERY TIME I workout. No coasting!
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