WOW! 2 weeks down and I feel GREAT (I can say that now that it’s Sunday)! As expected, this past week was much better than last, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. There were some bumps along the road.
I ended Week 1 with 2 consecutive days of Bikram Yoga (Saturday and Sunday). It was hard, my muscles were still very sore, but I got through it. Then on Monday, I started my weight lifting routine for Week 2. All the soreness was gone so I was able to get through the routine fairly easily. I even increased my weights for almost every exercise. However, I still was not able to do the second set of push-ups. I was still too weak for that, but that was the only exercise I had to miss out on. By the end of the week, I felt pretty good and I’m looking forward to changing it up on Monday.
Since I went back to my old job, I’ve been quite busy. I haven’t been able to work out at lunch so I go after work. I get to work about 7:15am and go pretty much non-stop until 4pm. I’m either going from meeting to meeting or dealing with this crisis or that crisis. I forgot how stressful that job can be. On Wednesday (what I call Hellacious Meeting Day), I didn’t get to eat lunch until 3pm! That put me in such a bad mood so I skipped my workout and went home and binged slightly. I think it was actually a good thing because that was the first break I had from working out in about 10 days. And since I ate more calories, it made up for the 2 days prior when I didn’t eat enough.
Yes, I said…didn’t eat enough. Who knew that that was even possible??? I never had a problem eating enough, but with all the protein I’m taking in, I’m just not that hungry. I really have been trying to eat every 3 hours, so maybe that’s helping too. I’d say not eating enough is OK, but it’s really not. Not only do I need to meet all my nutritional requirements for myself, I need to produce enough milk for my 5 ½ month old son. I can confirm that it’s essential to eat at least 1800 calories while breastfeeding. My supply tanked when I went lower than that. After the Wednesday debacle, I think I’ve recovered so the milk machine is working normally!
I have to give a shout-out to my husband, Greg (even though I know he doesn’t read this)! I’m so thankful that this time around, he’s supportive of my efforts and doesn’t give me any grief about dieting and exercising too much, which he has done in the past. He usually comments on what I eat and how I weigh and measure everything, it drives me nuts! Not anymore. And he hasn’t complained one time about how late I get back from work or how little time he gets to have to himself. He’s a stay-at-home dad so he’s with boys all day. At least on the weekends, he gets some “me” time. I think he finally realizes how important it is for me to lose weight and get back to my old self. I’ll explain why it’s so important to me next week - It’s not just personal, it’s professional too.
As I said, it’s been difficult eating everything that’s required. I think one of the reasons is because I added MRM protein shakes to my diet. I got chocolate and vanilla in the mail last week, so I am able to enjoy 8oz after my workout. They taste pretty good. I’d say they taste like Carnation Instant Breakfast but “thinner” since I mix them with water instead of milk. I drink my shakes on my way home around from the gym, that’s only 2 hours before dinner. So I have to force myself to eat everything on my plate because I’m still full from the shake! Then there’s no way that I’m eating again at 9pm (which is part of the plan), so I end up eating 2-3 Trader Joe’s Dark Belgian chocolate covered almonds. Yummm! Yes, I know they’re not in the meal plan, but I like them, and they’re actually good for me too. It works.
I’d say I stuck with the meal plan about 80% again. I eat about 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fat. I supplement with MRM 100% all-natural protein shakes, multi-vitamins, Omega-3, and Cal/Mag/Zinc.
So lets talk about RESULTS. I don’t know if it’s because I’m losing weight (hopefully it’s fat) or tightening up, but after only 1 week, I lost 1 inch in my waist, ¼ inch from my hips, and another 2.5lbs!!! I can actually see the difference in the mirror. I was more than thrilled when I stepped on the scale this morning…I was down to 180lbs!!! I still think it’s weird to be happy weighing 180 (I used to think I was completely disgusting at 150), but considering where I’ve been, I’m thrilled. And for entertainment purposes only, yesterday I tried on my size 12 pants. They FIT! Well, I could button them up. I would never go anywhere in them because I could barely move, but I got them on!
To end the week, I continued with my back-to-back Bikram classes @ 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. It feels just too good.
Tomorrow is the first day of Week 3 and the start of the muscle-building phase. Bring it on!!!