Monday, September 9, 2013

Body Revolution Week 4

We had weigh in at my Bod 4 God Bible study last night. I was down 3.5 lbs. Their scale is about 2 lbs higher than mine at home and I weigh fully clothed so I was at 194.7.

I just want to say that tracking on My Fitness Pal has been a huge eye opener for me. I have a gluten allergy so eliminated all wheat three years ago. I've been eating clean for about a year. I wasn't tracking my calories, proteins, sugars, or anything. Basically I tried to eat 5-6 meals a day including protein with each meal. I cut simple carbs (white rice, sugar, etc) and limited my carbs to breakfast and lunch eating a baked sweet potato or brown rice. At supper I kept my carbs to vegetables- focusing on green veggies. I ate grilled meat.

All that sounds so good. I was trying to eat quality foods. What I have found is that I was barely getting over 1000 calories a day. Since I was eating 6 times I surely thought I was getting way over 1500. I would look at diets limiting you to 1200 and thought they must be crazy, I'd starve! I've been trying to do two 30 minute workouts a day and I was crashing. I felt like I could sleep all day. Some days I would start my workout and felt like my legs weighed a ton each and like there was nothing left in my body to push through the workout. As much as it is a struggle to start a workout routine on its own, feeling like that made it a daily battle mentally and physically. I'd go a couple of weeks and fall off and start taking a day to rest. That turned into two.... until I woke up and it had been two weeks I hadn't exercised and I'd lost all the endurance and benefits from what I had done.

I began tracking for Bod 4 God. As I learn what to fuel my body with I try to plan out what I will eat each day. As one category hits its limit I start tweaking, taking out items or adding in where I am low. I've not been able to hit my calories or protein without some supplementation through protein drinks. As I am getting more calories and protein I am seeing an increase in my endurance and energy throughout the day. I've not been hungry at all because I feel like I am eating all day long. 

I am on my fourth week of Body Revolution. I did workout 3 today and increased my burn from 325 to 385 by jumping in the jumpropes and pliĆ© squat jumps and not modifying as much.

I've worked up my menu for today to try to get 1400 calories.

Breakfast- Oatmeal smoothie
mid meal- Greek yogurt, 10 almonds
Lunch- Beef fajita meat, onions, peppers, 1/2 c brown rice, 2 boiled egg whites, 1 oz cheddar cheese
mid meal- premier chocolate protein drink
supper- grilled chicken with greek seasoning, 2 boiled egg whites, 1 cup steamed broccoli,
mid meal- chocolate protein drink

I am trying to be good, but don't know if I can sustain a diet like this. I want sour cream on
top of the fajita meat. I'm trying to be super committed right now so I can see how much my tastebuds will change and if getting sugar out of my system will help with cravings. I really want to lose weight this time.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

I got a cold and then we had a family reunion birthday party and the next week my Uncle George died, so I ended up going 3 weeks without working out. Here is a photo at my uncle's funeral. I can use it to see progress :)


Two Sundays ago I started a Bible study/ weight loss group at a church in town. Well, actually I was at the funeral that weekend so I didn't weigh in until Wednesday night. You are put on teams and the teams compete to win. There are also individual winners. At Wednesday's weigh in I weighed 198.2 with jeans and fully clothed. Normally I weigh naked so I don't like the added weight of clothes, but I guess we don't walk around naked so it's more true.

It was Labor Day weekend after weigh in so I really didn't get going until Tuesday of this week. I am redoing week 3 of Body Revolution and week 2 of Couch 2 5K. My runs were 90 seconds this week and the run portion has been very doable. I can see where I've gained endurance. I am really nervous about going to 3 minute runs next week, though!
Three weeks until our trip to Italy. So, I am doing my Body Revolution every day. I do the C25K  three times a week and then the BRev cardio or hike on Wednesday and Saturday. I am going to try to do Tae Bo on Monday afternoons, Pilates on Wednesday, and my stepper on. Friday. We are  also walking every night. I know it sounds like a lot, but it is two 30 minute workouts a day, plus a walk between 30 minutes and an hour. If we hike it is about an hour and a half.

I'm tracking my food on My Fitness Pal trying to keep my macros at 50% protein, 30% carbs, 20% fat. I am going for 1350 -1400 calories a day. That means I am having to supplement with protein powder to get in calories and protein. I think my tummy is adjusting. I can't wait to weigh in tomorrow night!