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"Out with the old, in with the new"

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Starting today, 12/23/12, I have made it a goal to blog once a week, to record my progress, all things related, positive AND negative. has helped me realize how beneficial it is to keep track of my nutrition and fitness routines. More importantly, I love having the ability to view trends and SEE the numbers. It's not all just jumbled up data in my head anymore, it's clear as day.

About eleven weeks ago, I began changing my existing habits. What I did correctly this go around (have tried to get healthier in the past many a times...) was I went at with patience, and didn't overwhelm myself with trying to change my day to day routine in ONE day.

So to jumpstart my progress, as I am eleven weeks behind on my blogging!:
What I used to do with my day was: Wake up at 07:10AM, have just enough time to get ready for work at 08:00AM, eat whatever food may be on the breakroom table for breakfast, lunch or snack, drink excessive amounts of coffee throughout the day (often times with added sugary liquid creamer), drink hardly any water, go to the grocery store on the way home from work to buy dinner foods, go home walk the dog for 30-40 mins (only exercise I'd get basically) cook dinner, eat quickly, drink juice with dinner, continue to snack throughout the night if I wasn't full after dinner, and then I'd get tired earlier than I'd prefer, and go to bed by 08:30-09:00PM.

My daily routine now consists of: Waking up by 06:30AM, make coffee, wash dishes from dinner the night before, tidy up living room and kitchen, take the dog out to potty, shovel if there's snow!, if no snow then I do a short 10 min SparkPeople workout video, shower, get ready for work, get packed lunches out and ready, go to work, eat KIND bar for breakfast, one piece of fruit for snack, eat packed lunch (at least one serving of vegetables included), drink a few cups of water throughout the day, after work go directly to the gym, do high intensity cardio for 35-45 mins, weight training three times a week, stretch, go home and make dinner (at least two servings of vegetables), eat slowly to savour it!, lots of water with dinner, eat a small serving of something sweet, login to to track nutrition, fitness and other goals for the day, pack lunches for the next day, read a book, go to bed by 09:30-10:00PM.

Other things I've added to my weekly schedule include: Intro Spinning Class on Wed evenings & Sat mornings, making a meal planner for the following work week on Saturdays, grocery shop once a week on Sunday mornings.

Things I want to add to my routine: Swim once a week, bootcamp class or TRX once a week once the Spin course is over 01/12/13, start running regularly.

Long term goals: Run a 5k, compete in Alpine run in July '13.

All in all, a lot has changed, and I have accepted this as a way of life, not a quick fix to being a overweight. It has taken me almost twelve weeks to slowly incorporate all of the new habits, which has made adjusting a breeze. It hasn't been difficult because I feel like one good habit led to another (i.e. going to the gym before dinner made me not want to stuff my face aftewards!) I feel way more productive every day, and I am way more optimistic about life and where I'm going with it. I am enjoying this new outlook on life!
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