Hello December...you snuck up on me!
Monday, December 03, 2012
Wow, end of the year already?!
So, wanted to update how last month went: very well. :)
2 weeks ago I was up to 117-117.5, so it was time to stop that in it's tracks. I blogged, I thought about how to handle it...Then I started calorie counting, and since then I'm down to 115-115.5. :) Tracking calories is the #1 quickest way to remind yourself how fast calories can add up! That and knowing I have to write it down, it makes me think twice before putting something in my mouth, makes me more accountable.
The last 6 weeks I also challenged myself that if I was going to be eating more goodies for the holidays and have more eating-out opportunities, I needed to up my exercise to 5-6 days a week (vs. 3 or 4). Which, I did no problems, luckily my 2yr old has been great at letting me work out! Today he let me do a 50 min Jillian DVD, last week a 4 mile run on the treadmill.
I've also went back to my previous exercise regimen since I am done with my serious half marathon training. I was able to add in an extra day or two of Jillian Michaels circuit/strength training for a total of 3 days a week. (Although last week due to some time issues out of 5 days total 4 were cardio and 1 was JM) I almost immediately noticed a difference in adding the extra day of strength/circuits. I've been trying to keep up the running too, but some weeks i get in only 2 days, while others 3. My "off days"- tend to be my exercise bike- for instance last week I had a busy schedule and a couple of the days I just didn't feel like i had much energy...but I told myself if I wanted to "sit" and read my book, I could do it on my bike- and I have been incorporating more intervals of faster paces. I also tried a new Tony Horton 10 Min workout from Dr Oz's show- I really liked it and will definitely use it on days I am short on time, or want to add another quick exercise "session" in. I wore my garmin and it showed I burned 60 cals, so not bad at all! I also bought a new Jillian DVD- the Killer Abs- I only tried level 1, which I was not too impressed, I need to try another level...I felt some of the moves hard to follow, as they were not "typical" ab workouts...that WAS what I was looking for so maybe with practice I will begin.
One other work out idea I found- a SQUAT Challenge! I love squats, I really feel them working my upper thighs and butt (which being a pear shape I can use!), so I'm doing that for this month. Today I started with 70- 50 with weights and 20 w/o. The chart only called for 30 but I figured what the heck. :)
So let's see, between tracking food, exercising nearly every day and also watching my portions and limiting myself to "bad" snacks, things have been great! I feel slimmer, which is what I needed. It's funny how only a few pounds can make a difference.
Oh, I also tried the Dr. Ox detox breakfast smoothie- I figure I will do his 3 day detox in Jan, but wanted to give one a try on Thanksgiving morning- it was DELICIOUS! In fact, I made one yesterday morning as well- I love that I have all the ingredients (well, I sub sunbutter for the almond butter) on hand minus buying fresh banana and raspberries. I really recommend it!
My goals for December is to just keep up what i am already doing. On days where I'll be eating out I will eat super clean before hand and get in a longer workout. And while at events I will again be practicing my self control. Hopefully that with my exercise I will at least stay at 115 this month, but if I were to be honest, my goal is to get back down to 113. We'll see, every little half pound in the right direction counts. :)