Stepping It Up A Notch

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Okay, so I accomplished one of my goals - 2-weeks on the treadmill, at slow pace of 2.0 and fast at 2.5. Now it's time to step it up a bit. emoticon

So on Monday, I began my new routine of slow at 2.5, and fast at 3.0 -- whoa! 3 MPH might not seem very fast to some people, but I felt like George Jetson, lol! emoticon

I can most definitely feel the burn now. I get much more out of breath, and I'm sweating quite a bit, where as before, it almost felt like a leisurely pace. My goal is to be eventually able to jog, which I've never done before in my LIFE. I just wanted to get back into the swing of exercising before pushing myself too hard. But now it's time to get serious about shedding this fat - once and for all!

I've also been making a conscious effort to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day - which is not that hard, really, since I use Great Value (Walmart brand) Cherry drink mix. I make a gallon every other day, but am working my way up to a gallon per day. There's no sugar or sodium, so it's good for me - and it tastes SO much better than plain water...it tastes like a cherry popsicle, lol!

So I'm pushing water, pushing myself harder in my workout - something should be changing, right? Well, nothing so far. I know it's only been a few days, so I'm not being pessamistic just yet. But there's one more change that I have to make, and this will be the hardest one yet...I have to find healthy foods that fit into my low-budget.

Right now is especially tough for me, because i'm on short time at work, so I have to make my paycheck stretch. Getting paid every 2 weeks is a pain, so what food I buy has to last 2 weeks as well.

Sure, that was a breeze when i could eat whatever I wanted - Dollar Menu fast food, ramen noodles, Banquet meals, Michelena Budget Gourmet...but I can't lose weight eating those, not to mention the carbs are pretty high for a diabetic.

So now I've got to find healthy foods that don't cost and arm and a leg. I've posted this in Spark Cafe, and am hoping for some good advice. I know that ground beef can go a long way, so I'm gonna try a few of the recipes that I found here on Spark - my son pretty much buys his own food (he's 24), so I can just portion the recipe out to make several meals - I'm thinking I might have found my solution in this. My only worry is that if I don't like the recipe, I've wasted food money to make it. Oh well, I guess I can always add some hot sauce to jazz it up, haha!

Soooo, wish me luck - I'm gonna try this new way of doing it. Obviously my way, eating sandwiches, high-fat budget meals and dollar menu isn't gonna cut it. But it really is hard to eat healthy on the cheap. This was a no-brainer, really, but if I hadn't found SP, I wouldn't have all these great recipes to choose from - many of which I think my son will love as well. Keep em comin, ya'll!! I'll keep ya'll posted on how things go.

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    Try doing the measurements section. I'm doing the treadmill and weightlifting 3 times a week, and the scale looks like it fell asleep. But if I use the tape measure once a week, it's all smiles, yup, my clothes really are feeling looser -that is NOT my imagination and the tape measure is there to prove it. Good luck with the cheap, healthy eats. Lots of folks talk up dried beans. I made a Spark Recipe which was a white bean and rice combination a bit like a risotto that my skinny minnie sons snapped up. Right now, canned tuna is my best buddy to fill in the protein gaps in my nutrition tracker. Meat here in Japan is super expensive and I'm allergic to dairy - so it's mostly beans and fish and then there's peanut butter if you've got room in the fat grams.
    2441 days ago
    WOO HOO on water!
    I die on my tready at 2.5 -3 ..no joke.
    Still working on healthy in budget with lots of mouths to feed!
    Keep at it, you will be rewarded!
    2442 days ago
    Woo Hoo! You are doing a great job stepping it up! One of my favorite frugal finds is the great big bags of frozen veggies. I steam them in the microwave and then usually add either chicken breast or boneless skinless salmon (both canned) with some steamed brown rice ( I cook in batches and it lasts for days) and a little bit of salad dressing. Fills me up, gets my good carbs and veggies in and it's EASY!
    2442 days ago
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