Sunday, November 11, 2012

Week 1 results and goals for week 2

Week 1 went fairly well. I wasn't perfect, but I made the effort and I realize this is a process. I am not focused on perfection. I'm focused on long term goals and permanent change. I completed 2 out of the 4 goals I set for the week. I drank plenty of water each day and I worked out 4 times. I did accidentally skip breakfast once and I ate out twice. I made healthy choices, and one was a special occasion and the other was when someone bought me lunch as a surprise. I don't feel bad about either so I'm happy with how this week went. I only weigh myself once a week and I lost 2 pounds this week! Yay! I'm happy with how it went overall.

For week 2, I want to step it up and work out a little more. I think 4 times a week is realistic for the number of times I will work out, but I'd like to work out longer each time. I want to work out at least 40 minutes, 4 times per week.

I'd also like to maintain my previous weeks goal for drinking water and add to it by eliminating soda completely. This will be hard! I love diet soda. But I think I'll feel better without it. I also want to keep cooking at home as much as possible. I want to plan ahead and pack meals for work like I've been doing.

I want to add a new goal of trying new foods this week. I'm going to search out 3 healthy dishes that I've never made and include them in our meals this week.

I'm constantly searching out inspiration to keep me motivated and I saw this an loved it!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day one

Day one went fairly well. My baby forced my out of bed LONG before I was ready to get up, 5:00! So I made the most of my early morning and exercised for 30 minutes.

My awesome husband made me a yummy breakfast of scrambled egg whites, veggies and a whole wheat English muffin.

Then I started my 13 hour shift at work. This is usually the hardest place to maintain my diet. I work at a pharmacy inside a grocery store for 13 hours. The pharmacy happens to be located right next to the junk food and soda isle. So all day I'm staring at all the things I should have. What makes it worse is that some of my coworkers eat nothing but junk food. I tend to eat the worst at work. This will be a real challenge to see if I can maintain a healthy diet with these obstacles to overcome.

I planned ahead and knew exactly what I would be eating and when, so today ended up being a complete success! But, if I can't be successful on day 1, then I won't be successful at all.

I read a quote today that struck a chord with me. "There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as a life in between." -Pat Riley

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I'm back, and fatter than ever.

I have finally reached the point where I am ready to make serious changes in my life. I am ready to make some permanent changes in my life. I want to be healthy. I need to be healthy. There is no time like the present, so I'm gonna jump right in. I'd first like to start by writing down some long and short term goals. I need this to be permanent. If it's going to be permanent, I need to know exactly what I plan on permanently changing. I know this isn't going to be easy, but I know it will be worth it. I am ready to make changes that will positively affect the health of myself and my family.

This week's goals:

  • Exercise 4 times for a minimum of 30 minutes each time. 
  • Eat breakfast everyday! (I am so bad at skipping breakfast)
  • Consume enough water (I'm going to take my weight in pounds, divide it in half and drink that many ounces per day.) 
  • Eat home cooked meals only. No eating out!

My short term goal is to lose at least 15 pounds by the end of the year. This will prove difficult as the holiday season can be oh so tempting, but I can do it! I will do it! I have to believe that I can. I am capable. I am determined. Now I just need to find the discipline!

My long term goals are going to be a bit more fluid. I think as I get further along in this process they may change, and that's OK so long as it's a healthy change. So for now I'd like my long term goals to be mostly focused on the following:

Long term goals:

  • Lose a healthy amount of weight. (I'm not going to stress over a number at the moment.)
  • Maintain an active lifestyle for myself and my family 
  • Exercise at least 4-6 times per week
  • Eat a predominantly plant based diet
I would like to blog my progress weekly. That would be ideal, but I am a full time mom with a full time job outside my home, so I will do my best at blogging. The thing that needs my best effort right now is my health! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Back on the Horse

I can't seem to stay motivated with my health and fitness goals. I think a lot of it has to do with being unsuccessful at trying to conceive. I really hoped I'd be pregnant by now. But, being as healthy as possible can only help, so I am reluctantly jumping back into my fitness routine.

I have done really well the past 2 days at eating fresh and unprocessed foods. I went grocery shopping and only bought things on our list. That helped a lot. It also helps that I've been home more this week. I tend to forget to plan ahead and end up having to buy something for lunch while I'm at work. That usually means processed foods. Not all of them are horrible for you, but they aren't nearly as healthy as a home cooked meal. Being at home makes it a lot easier to eat healthy.

Well, wish me luck. I know I will need it.

Goal for this week:
Healthy home cooked meals
Exercise at least 3 times

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I'm Back!

After a much needed hiatus, I'm back with a vengeance. It's time for me to get off my butt and get moving again. I've gained a little weight back, but I'm not even going to worry about it. A number is a number. As you can see from this blog, I am very goal oriented so this time my goal is going to be about how I feel physically and that's it. I know I feel best when I'm exercising regularly. I know I feel best when I eat fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid anything processed. I'm not going to count calories. I'm just going to eat what makes me feel good and keep my body going with exercise (which I still absolutely hate and dread the thought of doing).

So of coarse this is going to include several mini goals. The first being to exercise 3 times this week. Starting today. (ugh) I'm gonna lace up those running shoes and get outside!

NOTE: I have a hard time calling anything I do running. I am NOT a runner. It's barely acceptable to call it a jog. BUT, that's why I'm working on it ;)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Met my first goal by my deadline then blew it

I lost the 20 pounds that was my first goal then took 2 weeks off for vacation and my birthday. I happened to gain 7 lbs in that 2 weeks! Wow. Now that I have had a bit of a setback, I gotta jump back on that horse and get running again. This time around I don't have a goal weight. I just want to eat right and be healthy. I would like to trim down a bit in time for my husband's graduation. That would be nice, but ultimately the purpose of this is to get as healthy as possible before getting pregnant. The getting pregnant part hasn't happened yet, so I might as well focus on my health. I still need to run that 5k too. I made a committment and I gotta stick to it. But after 2 weeks off, that May 7th deadline is looming closer than ever. I feel so unprepared. But, no time like the present. First thing in the morning, I'm bustin out those jogging shoes and hitting the pavement.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Week 1 of C25K

Couch to 5K (C25K) is working out well so far. It's the perfect program to get me out running and sticking with it. I went jogging (I feel weird calling it running since I am NOT anywhere close to being a runner yet) yesterday morning and felt great all day. It was definitely motivation to keep going. It's a 30 minute workout 3 days per week and takes 9 weeks. Well, we have 8 weeks including this one before our race, so I am going to have to be an overachiever and do it in 8 weeks instead.

Wednesday night I was talking to my husband about the upcoming 5K and he made it very clear that I am not to run alone. (My mom's friend is a runner and was raped during a run in her own neighborhood.) So I talked him into getting up early with me and putting our kid in the stroller and going together. He reluctantly agreed. I think it will be our Thursday morning ritual. Our schedules are crazy enough that it's probably the only morning we can go together. I will have to figure something out for the other days.

We had a great jog along the river trail and saw some ducks and geese which thrilled my son. He ran along with us for part of the time, but was in the stroller most of the way since it was pretty early and he was still a little tired. The run went great for the first half but once we hit our halfway mark and turned around and jogged back toward the car, we were running against the wind. It was not just a little breeze either. It was pretty strong and steady. It was cold and miserable! My husband gave me dirty looks the whole way back to the car! I am sure he was wondering why he agreed to be dragged out of bed to be that miserable! Luckily we had bundled up the kid. Overall, my husband was pretty good natured about it and even agreed to join me again.

I am sore and tired today since I ran 2 days in a row, but I still feel really good about doing this. I have wanted to run a 5K for a long time now and I am happy that I am committed and FINALLY going to accomplish this goal. It has also helped me to eat better since I run in the morning and don't want  to ruin my great start to the day. It's just the thing to help me out of this stagnant rut I was in. I am excited to keep at it.