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One Month In...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ok, technically one month and four days, but I was gone over the weekend, so...

I have lost one inch around my waist! Lost a half an inch around my thighs and hips, too!

Considering my first month working out was plagued with holiday eating and a few sick days in between, I consider this a pretty fantastic start. I went to the beach this weekend and though it was stormy my dog and I got out there and ran for a bit, and I didn't feel my chest siezing up and wasn't left gasping for air like I have in the past. Yes, it was only for a few minutes before the rain came in, but a year ago I wouldn't have been able to do that. It might be a little thing, but to me that's huge!

For month 2, I'm following the January Jump Start challenge here on SP. I'm on week 2 (got a late start, so I won't end til we're a week into Feb) and so doing one video a day, plus an extra one a few times a week along with cardio 5 times a week. So far, I'm doing my best to stick with it. The real challenge has been to get that 30 minutes or more of cardio in. I'm finding that breaking it down into a few different cardio videos is really helpful for those days when the idea of doing a full 30 minutes at a pop seems daunting. A ten minute video, though? Yeah, no problem! The trick is to not sit down and put another one on after I finish the first one, then repeat after I finish that one. Getting some variety in the activities (little Bollywood dance, little cardio kickboxing, little bit of everything in between) keeps my on my toes and is probably good for my muscles so I'm not working the same groups over and over.

My mom gave us a Nutri-Bullet for Christmas, and I've been enjoying a nutri-blast smoothie every day (except while we were gone over the weekend) since we got it. I completely love it! I'm getting a lot of extra greens along with fresh fruit. I just started adding Chia seeds to the mix, too. I feel like I have so much more energy since starting this, it's great. I usually have one for breakfast before I go to work, then eat regular stuff the rest of the day. I'm still working on going vegan, or mostly vegan at any rate (I like fish, I'm hesistant to give that up since I already only eat it on occasion) and the hardest challenge has been getting rid of cheese. Again! That was the hardest thing to give up last time, too. What can I say, I do love a nice Munster! And smoked gouda mac and cheese, YUM! Just the thought of giving up cheese makes part of me cringe a little. It's just so yummy! But, my allergies totally suffer when I eat dairy products and that is a cold hard fact that I can't get around. I'm hoping that delicious nutrient packed smoothies will help me ween myself away from cheese. If not altogether, then maybe I can make it like fish- a once in a while type of thing. A treat instead of the norm. I could live with that and my allergies would probably be ok, too. It's that dairy on a daily basis thing that really kills my allergies. A small amount once a month I could probably live with, and feel like I'm treating myself to something in the process.

Then again, when I think how bad eating dairy makes my allergies, the idea of something cheesy as a 'treat' really loses it's appeal. My taste buds love it, though!

On second though, perhaps my goal for the next month should be to go totally vegan. Get my system CLEAN. See if I can maintain that for a few months, get through spring (the worst time of the year for someone with allergies like I have!) and then... if I still have a craving for cheese, maybe then I'll have that slice of pepperjack or sharp cheddar.

I'm feeling really good (and a little bit ambitious!)

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