Tuesday, April 02, 2013
I hired a personal trainer and started her program this week. Don't think that the irony of starting this on April Fools Day wasn't lost on me.
I couldn't decide if I was more scared about the food or the gym! I love to cook and generally make something different every night. I also only eat a couple meals a day plus one snack, staying within my sparkpeople goals and everything. This plan has me eating 6-7 mini meals timed every 2.5 hours all day. I spent Monday morning grilling chicken breast, broiling tilapia, and making these little turkey meatloaf cupcakes. I also chopped a gallon bag of broccoli, steamed 2# of asparagus, and baked a couple sweet potatoes. I used a food scale to portion out the various components into square rubbermade containers and stacked them in the fridge. I labeled them with the extras (almonds, grapefruit, egg whites) that go with them, and I had 4 days of meals preplanned and ready to go. I'm so glad I did that!! Eating every 2.5 hours is A LOT for me. I'm so glad I don't have to think about it, I just microwave my meal, add the additions, and eat. It seems like a lot of food to me, but it is right around the high end of my sparkpeople calorie goals. It is supposedly the right balance of micro and macro nutrients for fat loss. We will see!!
I headed to the Ymca down the street for my first workout. OMG gyms intimidate me! It seemed like everyone there was with a friend (not really true, but I was already panicky) and I was all by myself. I made an appointment with a wellness coach who showed me all the machines and how to use them. My trainer is online, so she sent me the workouts for the week, and the wellness coach was very helpful showing me how to use them. I successfully completed workout one and decided to use the stair machine for 10 min. I was feeling pretty intimidated and decided to go home and use my own elliptical in my own safe little basement! I realize this is mostly a "head" issue and will be back there again tomorrow getting it done. I'm confident that in a few weeks I will feel at home in the gym and it will not longer be the big deal to me that it is!
I have four weeks of school left and I am counting down. This semester has been a lot of work and so stinking time consuming. I will be so happy to be done! I should be doing homework right now....
I cut up seed potatoes this morning. I love spring!! We are putting up the pea fence tomorrow and planting peas and potatoes as well as the lettuce patch. We need to get the cold frame out of the shed so I can transplant my seedlings and get them out of the house. They grow so much better with sunshine than with growlights. We are only a few weeks from fresh salads and six weeks from our last frost date!