Friday, May 06, 2011
As I've said before, I L-O-V-E food! I love thinking about it, cooking it, watching other people cook it, and eating it! I think this is probably the same for a lot of us. Today I realized that I really love healthy food better than anything. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to sit down to a meal that I know is packed full of vitamins, minerals, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and all kinds of yummy stuff that my body NEEDS! It makes me wonder why I never did this sooner.
I used to blame my lack of fresh, healthy food on our budget and lack of time, but I firmly believe that's just not true. Fresh fruits and vegetables are way cheaper than packaged goods and better for you. They usually contain less sodium which is very important to me since I have high blood pressure. Things that I can't buy fresh, I buy frozen versus canned. Again, canned goods have lots of sodium and have lost more of their vital nutrients than fresh or frozen. As far as time goes, with a little planning and a little preparation, you can eat healthy everyday. I make things in advance or make large quantities if it's something I know I'll probably have a couple times that week. When I go to the grocery store, everything I buy has a purpose. I don't buy based on what I see, but I buy based on what I'm cooking over the next couple weeks.
I didn't realize how guilty I was feeling every time I sat down to eat something I knew was loaded with fat, sodium, carbs, etc. I was eating fast food at least a couple times a week. Taco Bell, McDonald's, and Church's were/are/always will be my weakness. Really, any fast food is a weakness for me. We didn't eat it when I was child and I think as an adult I've been gorging myself on fast food to make up for lost time, but no more. I am human and I'm not perfect, so I don't expect to be able to turn it down every single time, but I do expect to be able to enjoy a smaller version of what I was eating before and not feel guilty because I know that I'm eating right 95% of the time!
Today's Lunch Menu:
Fresh chopped tomatoes (on the side)
Salad w/ broccoli, spinach, and homemade raspberry vinaigrette
Take care, Keep working hard, and Spread the SPARK!!!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
My goal is to do some form of extended(at least 20 min) exercise 3-6 days a week, but today I was just not in the mood .I was on the verge of talking myself out of it. Lucky for me I found some inspiration. I had purchased The Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVD (I've been doing the Last Chance Workout) and decided I would at least watch it to see how intense it's going to be. I'm so glad I did. It made me want to get up, put those workout clothes on, and start moving. So there I am with sweat pouring down my face, muscles screaming, heart rate up, and a huge smile on my face for pushing myself to do it. After this week's weigh-in (I lost 5 lbs) I knew that I owed it to myself to keep working hard so I could see more happy numbers on the scale. If I don't hold myself accountable, no one else will.
There will always be days where I'm tired, not in the mood, or a change in schedule could interfere with my workout, but I have to keep pushing forward. I set goals for myself because I have every intention of reaching them. I ate a very healthy breakfast and lunch and what better way to emphasize my new healthy habits then to complete the day with exercise. I feel so much better mentally and physically, I'm thrilled. If you ever think you can't, just remind yourself that you can. You have done it before, you just need to do it again!
Happy Cardio Y'all!
Sunday, May 01, 2011
I LOVE food. I LOVE to eat. I am definitely an EMOTIONAL eater. Before I started my weight loss challenge, I would eat and eat and eat, not paying attention to serving sizes, eating extremely unhealthy food, and drinking a lot of soda. When I decided that I was going to get healthy and I was really going to work at it, I knew that it would be hard, but I was going to give it my all.
For the first week and a half of my weight loss journey I worked out everyday and severely decreased my calorie intake, so of course I was devastated to weigh myself and not see even a 1lb decrease! I went from approx 4000 calories a day to less than 1300 calories. When I sat down to analyze why there was no change, I realized that my relationship with food is what prohibited me from losing any weight. I was sabotaging my own success. I was so scared of falling back into my old habits and not trusting myself to make good food decisions that it was easier to just stay away from food. Unfortunately, I sent my body into starvation mode.
So this last couple of weeks, I've tried to increase the number of calories I was consuming. I started eating breakfast again or at least a snack in the morning. I haven't eaten breakfast in years so I've really had to train my body to get over the nauseous feeling and accept the fuel I'm giving it. Long story short, I've lost 5 lbs!!! I'm so excited!! This small change has given me so much encouragement to keep going. I'm thrilled leg 4 of the EPIC challenge starts today, I'm so ready to do this. It couldn't have come at a better time to. I have an open schedule to really focus on my new lifestyle goals.
If anyone if struggling to keep going because they haven't seen or felt a change in their bodies, I beg you to keep going! No two bodies are the same and it may take you a little longer to notice results. Don't give up, it will happen. It took most of us years to get to this point, so we can't expect immediate results. If it was easy to lose weight and keep it off, then obesity wouldn't be an issue! If anyone needs a buddy, someone to talk to, whatever it may be, add me! We're all in this together!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Sorry I haven't been around much. Been super busy with finals. I'm almost done, have one more on Wednesday and then my summer can officially start! I've still been eating healthy and trying to get in exervise. Thinking about maybe getting a summer job. Any ideas? It's late so I'm keeping this short! I hope everyone has had a great week and is ready for the weekend!
Monday, April 18, 2011
I was really looking forward to weighing myself this morning to see how successful my first week was, but I started my period this weekend so I'm going to assume that the change I saw on the scale is due to retaining water. Logically I know this, but I'm so disappointed. I really wanted, no needed, to see a drop in weight, even if it's just a pound to keep focused and not discouraged. I know I'm just being overly emotional because my hormones are out of control, but I could just cry. I know I'm being silly, I just can't help it, but I'm going to keep pushing forward.
Much of this weekend was spent prepping for this week. I found lots of new recipes that are healthy and still delicious. We bought lots of fresh fruits and veggies this weekend at Traders Village, so I'm excited to get cooking. As far as working out goes, my knee has been swelling after workouts and getting really stiff. I've been soaking in a hot bath afterwards and using ice and elevation at night. I remember the days when I could exercise hard, really push myself, with no repercussions! Why does it feel like I'm falling apart at 31???
Ok, I'm done being Debbie Downer. Time to prepare a healthy lunch and start thinking about which workout is going to be the least impact on my knee while still helping me to burn a lot of calories. Have a great week guys! Keep moving forward!
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