Monday, January 9, 2012

Weigh In and Week Two

Well, I did week one! Whoo-hoo, learning to make it a habit. I was a little discouraged to weigh in yesterday and I have only lost 1.2 lbs. I've worked so hard all week and really wanted a higher number. I know that sounds whiny, but I am just being honest. I can feel changes already... changes in my endurance, in my energy level, in my ability to shut out the voice that tells me to skip this one. I wasn't going to do measurements until week four, but in a group I am in someone posted their 1 week stats and it was amazing. So, I measured.
Bicep- zero loss
Bust-1 1/4"
waist- 3/4"
abdomen- 1"
hips- 1/2"
thigh 1/4"
So, that made me a little happier to see some progress there. I need to measure my calf because it wasn't on the Eat Clean Challenge form to do, but I want to add that one since one goal is to be able to wear boots. I can't fit into boots now because my calves are too big. I guess I am used to losing quickly because of water weight. Since I am eating 6 meals and drinking tons of water maybe that is why that didn't happen. Whatever.... I feel the changes and will keep on.

I did the 2nd day of the Shred video. I am going to do it this week along with my weight and walking to do twice a day workouts. It gives me a challenge and something where I can see my progress as I am better able to do it. I am looking for my Firm Sculpt video to do once a week for weight workout. I had taped it from my VHS but I cannot find it. I can't do the VHS upstairs.

Tonight is the Alabama game so I am making red beans and rice and wings. I am using this as a cheat meal for the week. I am not supposed to have the sausage in the beans. I need to go to the store for more food for the week, but don't have time today.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cheat Meal Day

I get a cheat meal each week so today was my day! I didn't plan for it so just got lazy tonight and decided it would be cheat meal. I didn't get real bad I had a salad with grilled Greek chicken, boiled egg, cucumber, tomato, Ranch, bacon bits, cheddar cheese. I also had 8 white chocolate with peppermint kisses to polish off what has been on my counter all week. I have thought every day that I would just have one, but every day told myself I would not give in and save it for my cheat meal.

I didn't exercise today. It was raining which brought on a headache all day. So, tomorrow would have been an off day and I will go walk or do something tomorrow to get in today's workout. I am learning to make it a priority and not let it get totally pushed off my schedule. It really helps me to think of my big goal and that it has been broken down into bites and this is what portion I "have" to get done this week or today. I will weigh Monday morning and get to see if anything is changing yet. Well, I KNOW there are changes I can feel them. I have more cardio endurance after just one week. I feel I am not as dependant on sugar.... hope I didn't kill that with my kisses tonight! I feel I am making working out a habit. My muscles have been sore. So, whether the scale shows it or not there are changes going on.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Eat Clean Menu

I thought I would share some of my meals that I have had this week.

Italian chicken, steamed broccoli, and 2 cups of salad greens.
BBQ pork loin, green beans, and 1/2 a sweet potato

Chicken fajita over 1/2 cup brown rice.
1/2 cup (precooked) of gluten free oats with apple, splenda, and cinnamon
Vegetable beef soup, salad

I've had a real hard time remembering to eat all six meals! Some are just greek yogurt with 10 almonds or an apple with nut butter, but I get busy and forget. So, I have not had six meals yet. Today I am setting a timer to remember to go get my snack. The reason to eat so often is to get your metabolism going.

Yesterday was horrible! It was my 3rd day no sugar. I know from getting off sugar in the past you usually have this day about 3 days in as your body adjusts from having a regular sugar/carb fest. I don't know for sure but I think our bodies go through a lot of chemical adjustments to switch the source of fuel it uses.... meaning going from its regular supply of carbs through sugar to using your stored fat. Well, I felt like I was in a fog and was hardly able to concentrate. I had a dull headache, kind of like sinus congestion in my head. I was very irritable and shaky and just felt lethargic and had zero desire to workout or do anything. I went to the gym and walked for 10 minutes then did a really good lower body weight workout. I am so proud of myself for going and not skipping that workout! It has been my continual habit through the past years to "give myself a break" and wait until I feel better, but that is something I am working on changind. I am NOT going to feel like working out most of the time. I just have to do it, because I want to change both my body and mind and fight for myself.

I have gone to the gym every night this week and twice went a second time in the daytime. I want to do two a day every day with an occasional time off. I am not trying to overdo it.... just a morning workout with weights three days and 3 days of morning walk increasing to running... then go at night with my husband and walk again a mile and a half or do the elliptical increasing to adding my Tae Bo one day and Pilates one day.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Today not tomorrow

I went to the gym TWICE today. Yay, me! I am on fire! Ha,ha. I needed to do my weight workout so I went when we finished school for the day. Then, my husband and I went back tonight and I walked 25 minutes. I feel so good! I didn't ever get to the point of feeling tired/legs aching/any of that.

I didn't get all my food eaten today. I ate the almonds of my M2 (Meal 2) but didn't eat the yogurt. Then, I totally didn't eat my banana and peanut butter for M4. I ate vegetable beef soup before going to the gym to walk, but haven't eaten the salad. I got the banana with pb in after the gym, but don't think I can eat the salad. I am supposed to eat it through the day to get my metabolism going so I don't want to cram it all in tonight. I think I will set my timer tomorrow to remind myself to eat.

I took my before photos today. I knew it would be totally humiliating to see them and post them in the challenge for the other ladies to see. But, I had no idea the emotions that would come from seeing myself like that. To see the back and side view that you just don't get to see of yourself. I don't know, when I look in the mirror I don't see myself as bad as the photos show. A real eye opener. But, after being sick at my stomach, hurt, sad for the girl in the photo I told myself that I can either keep eating like I was, keep putting off the hard work of exercising, keep making excuses or I can look that girl in the eye and see the fat and misshapen body and use that as a driving force to do something, everything I can to change. So.... Hard work... Dedication... Dedication... Hard Work!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Meal Plan for the Week

On the Eat Clean plan you need to eat every few hours. This week I am keeping my complex carbs at breakfast and lunch. I am only drinking water, cutting out sugar this week so am doing without tea. I don't drink coffee. I don't like oatmeal, so this is BIG for me to be trying to develop a taste for it. I have the gluten free oats. If I can't stomach them I will just switch to eggs, but I am going to try hard to get them in.

1. 1/2 cup oatmeal, apple, cinnamon, and Splenda
2. 10 almonds, greek yogurt
3. bbq pork loin (no bun), green beans, small sweet potato
4. banana, 1 Tbsp peanut butter
5. vegetable beef soup, 2 cups salad with LC Italian dressing
6. chocolate jello

1. 2 eggs
2. 10 almonds, orange
3. chicken fajita with pep and onions, and alvacado( no tortillas or cheese), brown rice, edamamme
4. protein shake
5. taco chicken breast over 2 cups salad with corn, black beans, alvacado, tomato
6. chocolate jello

1. 1/2 cup oatmeal, banana, vanilla
2. 10 almonds, greek yogurt
3. soy lemon chicken, sweet potato, grilled squash
4. apple and 1 tbsp peanut butter
5. grilled pork chop, 2 cups salad, grilled zucchini
6. SF gelatin

1. 2 eggs
2. 10 almonds, orange
3. LF mozzarella cheese stuffed/cooked in chicken breast coated with crushed Chex cereal blended with italian seasonings, 1/2 cup brown rice, steamed mixed vegetables
4. protein shake
5. Greek seasoned chicken over 2 cups salad with 1 cup vegetables, LF dressing
6. SF gelatin

1. oatmeal and apple with cinnamon and splenda
2. 10 almonds and yogurt (have reg. need to eat, but am supposed to have Greek yogurt)
3. turkey/beef mixed hamburger with peppers, onions, tomato. sweet potato, grilled squash
4. banana and 1 tbsp peanut butter
5. Italian (LF dressing) chicken, 2 cups salad, green beans
6. SF pudding

Sunday (1 free meal today so will add what I want to the supper- it is my husband's request to have wings for the Alabama game)
1. 2 eggs
2. 10 almonds, orange
3. Stir fry chicken, brown rice, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots in stir fry
4. protein shake
5 bbq and garlic wings (baked not fried), 2 cups salad, raw veggies and ranch dip, steamed edamamme
6. jello or other treat to be determined

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Don't you just love new beginnings like the start of a new year? It gives you a chance to reset and regroup and have a place to start. So, I want to publicly post my goals for 2012. Can't wait to see what this new year brings and just live life to it's fullest... healthier and better able to enjoy each moment.

Lose 80 lbs
Run a 5K
Water ski- tried last year and was drug underwater never to come up!
Front flip on trampoline :)
Front walkover
Knee board
Walk/run 312 miles (average of 6 miles per week)
Snow ski
30 push ups
10 pull ups
Swim 32 laps
Go ice skating
Play tennis
Play volleyball
Cycle 52 miles
Dance lesson
Rosetta Stone Spanish- work 15 minutes 5 times a week
Do Algebra I book
Take 1 photo a day- learn manual settings
Read 24 books
Read through the Bible
Make a quilt
Have people over once a month