Monday, September 15, 2014
What a great workout with Autumn! The 21 Day Fix Lower Body workout is WORK!
Personal opinion of the 21DF program to follow...
I'm realistic, I know that with 50 pounds to lose, nothing is going to "fix" that in 21 days. With that said, I am a fan of Beachbody's 21 Day Fix program.
I had read about the program, and I thought it might work for me. I also figured that for the price, even if I didn't like the eating plan, it was a good price for so many workouts. After completing my order, I thought, "that's silly, with the little dishes and stuff." I kept an open mind, and since I take my breakfast and lunch to work each weekday, I gave it a try.
The plan included several 30-minute workout DVDs and recommended food lists with the foods having the most nutritional value at the top of each list. I mostly ate foods from the top of the list, and I found I was very satisfied all day. I followed the food program too well, and I got burned out on the very foods that helped me be successful.
I took a break from 21DF for a few weeks, but kept up my walking (50,000 steps per week), aimed for 100 oz. of water per day, and continued to pack my breakfast and lunch, getting 5 or more fruits and veggies daily.
Now that I'm back to tracking, I'm using the 21DF food lists as a guide, but I know I've also lost weight using WW Points eating very different foods. (Yes, Points, that's how long it has been.) So, I know that in order for me to continue to be successful, I need to find the balance between eating from the "top of the list" and getting the variety I need to stick with it.
For those of you who take your lunch, what do you eat for lunch to help you be successful?
Sunday, September 14, 2014
What's new with me? I'm tracking...
Tracking my food: When I was doing the 21 Day Fix, I got burned out on eating the same things. I was eating from the top of the list (most nutritional), so I am finding a balance between eating like I did when I lost weight with with WW and 21DF, and of course tracking in SparkPeople.
Tracking my fitness: I'm wearing my Fitbit, working out at least 3 days a week, tracking my workouts, and syncing my steps with SparkPeople.
Tracking what I'm wearing: I'm a goofball, but I'm tracking what I wear each day, how comfortable it is, and rating it on a 10-point scale. As I lose weight, this is the best time to make my wardrobe work for me.
Tracking money: I hadn't really been tracking well, and then I kept feeling like there was "more month than money." I've updated our budget, and I can't figure out why I felt that way, so I'm tracking everything we spend.
Tracking my cleaning: Ok, this isn't really tracking, but after taking 2 days off work to clean my house, I'm back with FlyLady and keeping up with the daily tasks to keep it clean.
I feel so much better when I eat right, I'm active, and my house is clean.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Monday was much like a Sunday as I spent it planning for the week. I planned my meals, went to the grocery store, and planned what I'm wearing to work.
I'm starting my day today with a healthy breakfast of greek yogurt and peaches. What do you enjoy for a healthy breakfast?
For lunch I'll have leftover Unstuffed Pepper Soup for lunch (YUM!) and my snacks are carrots and almonds. Of course I never leave home without a full water bottle!
I'm touched by all of the kinds words from yesterday. I know I can do this, because I've done it twice before. This needs to be the last time!
I hope you all have a fabulous day!
Monday, September 01, 2014
I'm constantly recommitting, and as a result, I am still not at my goal weight. I've been thinking this weekend about what it will take for me to get and STAY recommitted. I'm 47 years old, and I have every expectation of myself that I will reach my goal weight before I reach 50.
I know that in order to reach my goal, I have to be accountable. Here I am, being accountable to all of you. I'll post progress pictures monthly, as embarrassing as that may be. I've been saying, "I'm going to lose 50 pounds this year" for too many years. This is when it happens. Next summer I'll be shopping for a new swimsuit.
I invite you to follow along as I embark on this journey, and hold me accountable. I need to do this for me, and I know myself well enough to know that I need support.
I will reach my goal weight by...
- Tracking: I love tracking, and I love SparkPoints.
- Walking: I've been wearing my FitBit and averaging about 10,000 steps per day. I'll keep this up.
- Drinking water: I've heard that we should be drinking half our weight in ounces of water. I'm aiming for 100 oz, which exceeds that goal, and committing to a minimum of 80 oz.
- Workouts: I'll do at least 30 min of workouts 5 days per week. I'll start lower and increase when I can.
- Eating right: I did a 21-Day Fix (Beachbody) in July. I loved the program and didn't get hungry. I ate the same foods most days though and I burned out on them. This time I'll use 21DF as my framework, and mix up the foods much more.
Please follow along. I thank you in advance, and I'll thank you again.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
It's a cool morning in Central Iowa, not near the 80+ degree high that had been predicted earlier in the week, and we're off to a family picnic.
We'll have tons of fun, laughs, and and of course an Easter egg hunt. And get a load of this menu:
- fried chicken
- BBQ chicken
- baked beans
- potato salad
- birthday cake
- and don't forget the Easter candy!!
Oy!! I'm bringing some veggies!!!!!!!!! And I'll be bringing my own water, because with this group, they'll probably have Coke & Mtn. Dew. (No thanks!)
So I'll be enjoying some BBQ chicken & veggies, and knowing me I'll splurge on a little bit of baked beans, potato salad & dessert OR cake. And when I return, it will be time for my long Saturday workout.
Looking forward to a good time!!
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