Fitness Friday: Back on Track {Week 4}

This whole eating right/working out thing is HARD.  Don’t let anyone tell you any different.  I’ve been at this now for four whole weeks, and it still doesn’t come natural to me yet.  I started this Clean Eating and workout regimen with the hopes of making it a lifestyle change, and not just an “I want to lose a quick 10 pounds” kind of diet.  That is still a goal I want to reach, of course, but I thought that by now it’d be a little bit easier.  It’s not.

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Each time I reach for a snack or try to figure out what to eat is a conscious choice, and not one I make easily.  I still crave sweets, chips, and plenty of other things that aren’t good for me, and it hurts a little bit each time I turn them down.  I allow myself a treat every once in a while, but I know myself, and all those little “once in a while” treats start becoming more frequent.  But I know my goal – and I really want to put in the work to get there.  Slowly but surely, I will.

Here are this week’s stats.  I’m glad I lost a little this week – hey, any loss is better than a gain – but probably should up the workouts.

Starting weight:  171.5
Week 1 Weight:  168.0
Week 2 Weight:  166.7
Week 3 Weight:  168.2

Week 4 Weight: 165.8
Total lost so far:  5.7 pounds

What I did:  This week I tried to stay on track with my eating habits.  I did have a chocolate/marshmallow milkshake that I shared with my son, but I wasn’t about to turn down a yummy shake on a lunch date.  I wish I photographed more of my meals this week, but I must’ve been so hungry that I forgot.

Fitness Friday Week 4

For workouts this week, I started off the week slow and didn’t work out at all, but then spent 3 days in a row doing Zumba for over an hour on my Xbox.  I have a Zumba class punch card that I hope to use for the first time in months (probably a year) this week.

Challenges: My challenges this week were all in my head.  Every time I laid down on the couch to watch a show I would tell myself that I would workout after.  That rarely actually happened.  I need to be better about making the time to workout before I sit down for the night.

Do you have any fitness or motivation tips to share this week?  I need all the help I can get!

Fitness Friday: Cheating Always Leads to No Good {Week 3}

Ugh…after such great momentum in weeks 1 and 2, I’m sad to say that week three’s cravings got the best of me.  I found myself unmotivated, bored, and hungry, and it shows in my Fitness Friday: Week 3 results.  Normally, right about now is when I would throw in the towel and forget the whole exercise and healthy eating thing.  I get discouraged easily and – after just one week of negative results – I’d quit.  I’m such a lazy quitter.

Not this time though.  The gain this week is only motivating me more to continue my workouts and to get back on track with eating well.  I’ve put in the work before, and I know this method works.  Eating less/eating better + moving more = weight loss.  Unfortunately I lost sight of that this week and decided that it was ok to indulge – multiple times.  Of course a treat day is totally ok sometimes, but probably not multiple times in a week. Sad smile Here are my stats for this week:

Starting weight:  171.5
Week 1 Weight:  168.0
Week 2 Weight:  166.7
Week 3 Weight:  168.2
Total lost so far:  3.3 pounds

What I did:  Well, the week started out with my daughter’s 15th birthday.  We had a small get-together at the house and ordered chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings (her favorite) and pizza.  Unfortunately, I had both plus soda and chocolate cake from Portillo’s.  (Anyone from the Chicago area will tell you that it is impossible to pass up some Portillo’s cake.  So, already starting off on a bad note, the rest of the week continued with much of the same.  I skipped way too many workouts and even ate Chinese takeout last night.  (In related news:  We spend way too much eating out.)  I also neglected to login to My Fitness Pal all week.

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On a positive note, I did manage a run outside and did about an hour of Zumba.  I really have to focus on keeping my eye on the prize next week.  It probably doesn’t help that I had a Starbuck’s Grande Mocha this morning.  Ugh!  But starting this very minute, I am back on track.  I hope to see a loss next week.

Challenges:  A birthday celebration and a general laziness took over this week and it was hard for me to stick to my plan.  It could’ve been a whole lot worse though.  With my weight gain this week, I really hope I’ve learned my lesson and will post a nice loss next week.

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Fitness Friday: Trying Not to Cheat {Week 2}

You would think that changing your eating habits would get a little easier in week 2 right?  Yeah, me too.  But sadly, that was not the case.  It seemed like temptation was everywhere this week but I managed to keep my cravings in check – even though I probably would’ve killed for a Cherry Pepsi.  Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good week.

Starting weight:  171.5
Week 1 Weight:  168.0
Week 2 Weight:  166.7
Total lost so far:  4.8 pounds

Clean Eating Week 2

What I did: This week I slacked a bit on my workouts at the end of the week, but still did some Zumba and other cardio exercises.  I was also able to go for a run outside for the first time since last year.  One of my goals this year is to run an entire 5K this year – no walking!  But judging by how hard this outdoor run was, we’ll see.  I did 2.2 miles in 32.53 minutes for a 14.55 min/mi.  Not great, but it’s a start!

I also signed up for a membership at Planet Fitness – a new gym that will be opening by me next month.  So, even though I can’t use the membership yet, my good intentions should count for something since I fully intend to be there in April! Smile

Challenges:  I went out to eat a lot this week. The Olive Garden for my sister’s birthday, The Lucky Monk with a friend, Champps Americana with my daughter, and attended a birthday party.  Can you believe that I still managed to eat right, even when dining out?!?!  Yeah – me either, but I totally did!  YAY!

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Fitness Friday: Getting it Started {Week 1}

If you asked anyone that knew me how I looked 5-10 years ago, mostly everyone would probably say “different”…more like “really different” probably.  For years & years I maintained a healthy size 6 figure and…looked damn good if I should say so myself!

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Want to know what I look like now?  Just add 40 pounds to the girl in the photo above.  40 frickin’ pounds!  I always used to watch daytime talk shows about weight loss and how women used to cry, complain, and claim that they have no idea how they got that big.  I would watch those women and think “Bullshit.” 

You mean to tell me that you don’t know how those extra cupcakes, 2 liters of soda, slices of pizza, and years of being sedentary happened?!?!  You just woke up one day and suddenly realized that you weighed the same as a small baby elephant?  That your “extra-large” status was narrowly teetering on the verge of “double x”.  Yeah, right!  Right???

Well, recently I was walking through a store and happened to glance sideways to see a full-length view of myself in the mirror and I thought to myself, “How the hell did THAT happen?!?!”

It was then that I realized that I was that woman.  I had let myself go, and now I’m determined to bring her back.  So – before I start crying – I’ll let you know my weight when I started on Monday, and where I’m at today.  Then every “Fitness Friday”, I’ll let you know what I did that week, what worked, what were some of my challenges, and my progress for the week.  So…here goes nothin’!

Starting weight:  171.5

Week 1 Weight:  168.0

Total lost so far:  3.5 pounds

What I did:  Thanks to a new friend, I started trying to eat “clean” this week.  That means no processed garbage from the grocery store.  It means reading labels, looking for whole ingredients (not things you can’t pronounce), and being more conscious of the fuel we’re adding to our bodies.  I thought there would be nothing for me to eat.  Not so!  I had lots of yummy meals this week and this whole “clean eating” thing isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  And, by the way, steel cut oats are the bomb!  My new favorite breakfast!

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I also started working out.  I hit the treadmill twice (30 min each time for a total of 3.55 miles), plus I started using my Daily Burn account and did 2 Cardio Sculpt workouts and a Zumba workout on my XBox.  Phew – it was a good week!

Challenges:  I forgot to pack a lunch for work one day this week and, instead of buying a sub or a yummy burger, I opted for a Fuji Apple Salad from Panera. YUMMY!

Fingers crossed that I have just as much success next week!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! #AmorConBritax

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It’s Valentine’s Day!

All week long I’ve been sharing Valentine’s Day posts, like a fun, educational Alphabet Match-Up and ideas on spending the day with your kids.  It’s one of my favorite holidays because it’s all about love…and who can’t use a little more love, right?

Love can take on many forms.  For instance, you love your husband differently than you love your kids, and you love your siblings different than, say, you love cheesecake.  But probably the most important form of love you can have is the love for yourself.  YOU are the most important person in your life and, if you’re anything like me, you need to be reminded of that sometimes.

So as I sit here, having gained a very unhealthy 20+ pounds, I think to myself…

What in the world happened to my love for ME?!?!

I used to take so much pride in the way that I looked.  I kept my weight in check, I bought nice clothes, and even glammed it up from time to time.  How sad is it that since I got married I’ve kind of been…blah.

So today, on Valentine’s Day, I realize that I need to love ME more often and start taking care of my appearance.  I have said this many times  before, but I have got to get back to loving the way that I look.  Because right now I just…don’t.  For starters, I’m going to tackle this huge ring of fat that’s hugging my midsection.  I need to work out at home, get the Britax BOB stroller out of the basement to go for a walk with my son, and start keeping track of my calorie intake.

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That’s it.  It’s time to love me.

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the ones you love.

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Lean in 13 Resolutions: January Update

So – how are you coming along on your 2013 resolutions?  Remember those???  Those ambitious goals we set for ourselves about 31 days ago?  Well, I promised to share my resolutions update with you guys to see how I’ve fared, so here goes…

I’m not going to lie…it’s been really hard.  Changing major aspects in your life is rarely easy, and my lofty resolutions list has been no exception.  I’ve done well with some, and could use some improvement with others, but the important thing is that they are still a priority for me and I’m going to keep on trying.

First and foremost, I have not smoked a cigarette ALL YEAR! Smile  Not even a puff.  This was the resolution that I was most nervous about, since I’ve been a smoker since my teen years and have tried to quit numerous times (unsuccessfully) over the years and just couldn’t do it.  So far, 2013 has been my year.  Do I still crave one?  Sure.  But I just have to remember to keep my health a priority, and that has helped tremendously in keeping me away from cigarettes.

And, speaking of health, I managed to exercise every single day in January.  And before you start on the “give your muscles a rest” lecture, I do not work out “hard core” and only work out 20-45 minutes.  In January, I split my weekly workouts between 2 XBox games – EA Sports Active and Zumba Core.

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The XBox workouts keep it fun for me and I’m thrilled to report that I lost a total of 5.4 pounds in January!  I know I said that I wasn’t going to focus solely on the numbers, though, and I haven’t…the weight loss, while great, wasn’t everything for me.  The absence of cigarette smoke coupled with my daily workouts has left me feeling pretty energetic these last few weeks so I fully intend to keep this up!

The last resolution I’ll update you on today is Saving Money.  This one, by far, has been the toughest.  When I start my budget at the beginning of the pay period, I always think I’m going to have money left over to put into savings.  Sadly (and inevitably, I guess) something always comes up unexpectedly that makes it impossible to sock away the money I has hoping.

52 Week Challenge

I did, however, start the 52 Week Money Challenge, so my little mason jar currently has a whopping $21 in it.  It’s not much, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

If you missed my previous Resolutions post, you can check it out here:

Lean in ‘13: 10 Resolutions for 2013

Hopefully I’ll still be going strong in February!

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