Truly- I’ve had enough. I am tired of excuses. I am tired of having no energy. I am tired my clothes fitting just a little too tight. I am tired of it all. I just want my body to be healthy.
That is my motivation as I go forward with my new eating plan and morning routine. To give me a kick in the pants, I am being held accountable through a biggest loser contest one of my friends is hosting as well as online accountability through 12 months to a healthier you. The contest is a just a fun little get together every Saturday morning where we weigh ourselves and talk about how our weeks went. We all paid $10 and whoever has the most weight and inches lost success will take home the money. Talk about motivation!
I have made it my goal to stay between 1200-1500 calories per day which I am tracking through My Fitness Pal. I used to be really good at tracking my calories. For me, budgeting calories is similar to to budgeting our money. It just works for me. However, when I don’t do it, it shows.
Five lessons that shocked me this week are-
::I really enjoy fresh fruit, and when I stock it well, I eat it well.
::Actual portion sizes are much smaller than what I have been eating most of my life. I ate portion sizes this week, and guess what, it didn’t kill me. I actually am finding I feel *more* energized when I eat less food. It helps that I’m making better food choices over all- i.e. a piece of fruit for breakfast instead of a donut.
::I feel my body getting stronger with each work out routine I complete. If I skip a morning work-out, I actually miss it!
::It’s actually really hard to reach 1,500 calories a day when I am not eating fast food and eating proper portions. Even with three, well-balanced meals a day and a snack, I am barely hitting 1,400 and most days it’s closer to 1,300. I definitely did not expect this, but it is so many less calories than I was eating a month ago.
::I feel much better when I don’t drink my calories. I have pretty much stuck to tea and water (both drinks I love anyway) and by cutting out pop, sugary juices, and high caloric coffee drinks etc- I am in a much better position to use those calories to the foods my body needs.
My Week in Working Out
This was the first week I really jumped in with the exercising because I didn’t want to change too much at once. I have also started off pretty easy so I can allow my body to become adjusted to working out regularly again. Over this next week, I plan to up the intensity of a couple of my workouts a little bit. Note that all of my exercising has been at home.
Monday: 15 Minute Express Workout (It’s from a weight watcher’s DVD my mom gave me)
Tuesday: Circuit Training (from a Jillian Michael’s DVD I checked out at the library)
Wednesday: 30 Minute Beginner’s Workout (From the same DVD as Monday)
Thursday: 3 Mile High Power Walk (from a Leslie Sansone recording)
Friday: Unplanned Rest Day- I definitely could have found 15 or 20 minutes to do *something* in here, but I didn’t. I really missed it throughout the day.
Saturday: 30 minute walk outside while pushing my daughter in her stroller
My Weigh In Progress
I woke up bright and early to go weigh in this morning. So far, I have lost 3.4 lbs! It felt good to see that after a couple weeks of working hard to track my food and exercise. Overall, that puts me a little over 15% lost for my goal weight.
Questions for you-
Do you have My Fitness Pal? I’d love to track our progress together!
How did you move your body this week?
How do you feel about your overall health? Are you needing improvement like I am?