The Crucial Point

Hi all!

There are a few things I want to talk about in this post. I’ve been really focusing on making my work outs consistent and building a habit of it.

…And I think I’ve finally got it!

It is March 17th and I have successfully worked out since January 8 except for 1 week when I got sick.

It was only a few weeks ago that I’ve really started to focus on weight lifting. I never thought I would be that person. Ever. But I gotta tell you, I am hooked. Maybe it’s the newbie gains, I don’t know, but I’ll take it! I’m all about the squats, deadlifts, and bench presses. I am killing the squats and deadlifts. The bench pressing is a little slow gaining, just because I don’t want to hurt myself and I don’t have a spotter (nor do I want one…), but I will get there. My husband is thinking about joining the gym again, so he can be my spotter!

I was always a cardio person (in retrospect, I really hate myself for wasting all this time!) but now cardio is an afterthought. I still do it everyday, but only to help with my soreness and to increase my calorie deficit. I have a pretty solid regimen going on, I think. I just have to keep going and break through that wall!

I am at the crucial point where I could quit or keep going. There a days when I want to quit just because I feel like I’m not seeing results fast enough, but then I remember that this is the most important part of the journey. I think back to how much stronger I feel, and how much stronger I could get. Also, I want to get my metabolism in a good place.

I remember when I could barely even squat with a bare 45 lb barbell and now the 105 lb squat is starting to feel too easy. It’s an amazing feeling. And I have so much farther to go! I want to get past this point to the place where I’ve never been.

My exercise regimen looks like this:

Exercise Chart

This is just an example. My exercises vary somewhat, but I do try to focus more on compound exercises. If I’m really sore, I’ll try to just do some cardio and some light weights with a part that’s not sore.

Also, Mondays through Friday, I eat healthier and have lower carb meals. I allow myself a couple of cheat meals over the weekend. I am trying to use the 80/20 rule as a guideline: eating healthy 80% of the time.

I’m still ironing things out, but I think I’ve finally found something that works for me. It’s 6 months until my best friend’s wedding and it’s crunch time!

My next post will be an update about my progress with my body. Stay tuned!

 

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Things that Go Through My Mind at the Gym

I am overdue for a post, but I am not sorry because I have been making my workouts a priority!

I’ve successfully kept up my 5 day workouts for the past couple of weeks, and I am quite devoted. I even insisted on going to the gym after work on Valentine’s Day, so I could get my workout in. I just showered at the gym and went to dinner from there.

I’m done not making my health a priority. I deserve this and I know I can do it. I’m also practicing moderation with my diet. Letting myself enjoy certain things maybe once a week, but also keeping in mind to eat healthy a majority of the time.

I’ve been able to do about 2 days of strength training with at least 3 days of cardio. I think it’s really helping. My main exercises on strength is high bar squats and deadlifts, with various arm and core exercises. I am noticing steady weight loss and I can’t wait to see where I am in a few months!

Anyways, of course there are days when I just don’t want to work out. So what I do to avoid letting myself talk myself out of going to the gym is just driving to the gym right after work. I have to say it has been working. Once I’m there I just have to do it. Half the battle is taking away the decision making. I leave the house everyday with my gym bag in tow, and eliminate that effort needed to make a decision to either go or not go.

But it’s not to say I don’t struggle through my workouts some days. I literally have to take it minute by minute.

As I was doing a workout, I became aware of the type of thoughts I was having, and I thought it would be entertaining to write a post about it. So here are some of my thoughts from my workouts. I hope you find my struggle comedic. I did.

For a treadmill workout…

  1. Bitch took my treadmill.
  2. I guess this treadmill is fine… Not as close to the sanitary wipes but whatever…
  3. Okay, I get to walk for 5 minutes before I have to start running.
  4. Let’s get some Family Guy on the tv here…
  5. God this warm up is taking forever. How am I going to get through 40 minutes of this?
  6. Crap only 1 minute until I start running!
  7. Okay, here we go… it’s not too bad… Yeah, I can do this!
  8. Oh god I’m only 25 seconds in! I’m dying!
  9. Woo, I did it. Walk it off. Oh god only 40 seconds before I go again…
  10. OMG I have to go again. 
  11. I am dying.
  12. Last minute of running! Push through it! Then it’s just cool down.
  13. AHHHH….!
  14. COOL DOWN…
  15. I could go another 5 minutes… 
  16. Yes, I did it! That wasn’t so bad. I could do another half hour…
  17. That’s right, I’m a runner y’all. Watch out! 
  18. I don’t have to do this again until tomorrow.
  19. Thank. God. 

For strength training…

  1. Let’s find an area away from the muscle heads…
  2. Ugh, it’s crowded. Don’t make eye contact. Don’t make eye contact.
  3. Pretend like you know what you’re doing. 
  4. Of course you know what you’re doing!
  5. I don’t know what I’m doing. 
  6. Yes! The high bar area just opened up!
  7. Let me put on my pink weightlifting gloves on. Yeah, I’m badass. 
  8. Oh god, I look like such a dork. 
  9. Hey my butt looks pretty good in that mirror…
  10. Okay, I’m ready to go!
  11. Where are the 15 pound barbell plates?
  12. HA 45 pound barbell plates? 
  13. Oh the huge stack of 45 pounds is blocking the small stack of 15 pounders…
  14. Boom. Squat like a beast.
  15. 45 pound bar plus 15 plus 15. Squatting 75? That’s not peanuts… 
  16. 4 more sets of these? I can do this.
  17. I can’t do this.
  18. Let’s do this.
  19. I did it! I could do another set…
  20. On to the deadlifts. PHEW.

I will keep you posted on my progress! Thanks for stopping by!

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Hit a Bump in the Road… It’s all Part of the Journey

Hi all!

So of course I caught a cold last week which caused me to skip about a week of workouts. But I knew if I pushed myself too hard, I would exhaust myself and possibly prolong my sickness. I have this horrible habit of taking things way too far and setting myself up for failure.

I’m recovering but still exhibiting symptoms. I’m hoping the weekend will allow me enough time to recuperate so that I can get back to my routine.

Up until my cold, I was able to complete 3 weeks of workouts 5 days/week. I was so close to keeping that streak going but it is what it is. It’s all part of the journey!

I was just starting my 4th week of my running plan when I got sick, but I’ll just extend it another week.

I was starting to enjoy my me time at the gym. I hope I can get that back soon!

It’s January and ideally I would like to reach my goal weight in August. I try to keep things in perspective and think about how lucky I am for a lot of things, so to have to give up a few things to be able for reach my goal is definitely not that bad. I’m investing in my health and that is a very good thing.

This week I will go back to working out regularly while also adding more focus to my nutrition. I will make it a goal to add mainly veggies, protein, and healthy fats to 2 out of my 3 daily meals.

Some recipe ideas for myself this week:

  • No tortilla taco salad
  • Italian salad and breadless chicken parmigiana
  • Lettuce-wrapped cheeseburgers
  • Spaghetti squash with pesto sauce and chicken

That’s all I can think of for now. Still have NyQuil brain…

Will write more soon!

Check-in: First Week of Workouts after Work – Done and Done!

First week of workouts after work accomplished! I went straight to the gym after work everyday this week. And I stuck to my Run to Healthy Challenge!

It was my first week of work at my new job, so I’m really proud of myself for accomplishing all that I have this week. I was pretty tired when I get home everyday, but I’m hoping that my energy levels will just improve as my body adjusts to this new schedule.

I was able to get a little strength training in, too, but not as much as I’d like. It’s okay. Baby steps. Working out every day this week is pretty awesome in itself.

I just drive straight to the gym after work, so I don’t give myself any give to possibly change my mind and back out. I don’t let myself think about it, I just do it. I’m hoping that I will do it enough so that it becomes habit and I won’t even remember driving to the gym.

I’m still participating in Fitbit challenges with some friends, so I WANTED to get to the gym each day to increase my steppage. I can get very competitive, but hey, it’s all towards being healthier. Gotta make that hustle happen… Especially since this first week at my new job has been mostly sitting and reading in my office. I try to get up and walk around, but I also want to work hard and not waste any time.

My goal for next week is to strength train at least 2 times and to keep running. One thing that has been helping me is getting my gym bag ready with my work clothes ready every night for the next day. My mornings don’t feel so daunting and stressed as I try to get out the door. It has definitely worked and I also feel calmer each night after I get everything ready to go.

After work and working out, I feel accomplished and better about myself. I know that I am being productive while also doing something that is good for my body and for my health. 👍😊

My ‘Run to Healthy’ Challenge

Happy New Year! I said in my last post that I would create a new plan for myself to continue on my journey towards a healthier me. So I’ve decided to create and start a new challenge for myself. One thing I know about myself is that I need to keep things interesting because I get bored very easily. So I’ve decided to modify my “health challenge” to a ” run to healthy challenge”. I’m going to follow a running plan to get back into running. While doing so, I will work on a sustainable eating plan.

I did some online research and settled on this running plan from Active.com:

Weeks 1 & 2 – 3 days per week (30 minutes total)

  • 5 minute warm-up walk
  • 20 minutes alternating jogging/walking
  • Jogging for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • 5 minute cool down

Weeks 3 & 4 – 4 days per week (36 minutes total)

  • 5 minute warm-up walk
  • 26 minutes alternating jogging/walking
  • Jogging for a minimum of 45 seconds
  • 5 minute cool down

Weeks 5 & 6 – 4 to 5 days per week (40 minutes total)

  • 5 minute warm-up walk
  • 30 minutes alternating jogging/walking
  • Jogging for a minimum of 60 seconds
  • 5 minute cool down

Weeks 7 & 8 – 4 to 5 days per week (46 minutes total)

  • 5 minute warm-up walk
  • 36 minutes alternating jogging/walking
  • Jogging for a minimum of 90 seconds
  • 5 minute cool down

Weeks 9 & 10 – 5 days per week (50 minutes total)

  • 5 minutes warm-up walk
  • 40 minutes alternating jogging/walking
  • Jogging for a minimum of 2 minutes
  • 5 minute cool down

I think this plan will be the easiest for me to follow and help me build back up my endurance. It’s nothing crazy or drastic, and progresses at a steady rate.

I’m starting a new job next week and my plan of attack is to go to the gym immediately after work.

In terms of a nutrition plan, I will focus on eating mostly vegetables and protein and healthy fats, with carbs in moderation. Just trying to be a normal person here…

I’ve also signed up for kickboxing classes because I used to love kickboxing and I do miss it. There was a crazy cheap deal on Groupon for 10 classes and I just couldn’t pass it up. One of my resolutions for this year is to not be such a scaredy cat and to just go out and do things!

I’m determined to not live like a hermit anymore in my comfort bubble.

Wish me luck!

Emerging From My Comfort Zone

Hi all! Apologies for my absence. I regret to say that I had fallen back into old habits. I retreated back into hiding in my comfort zone and became bored, uninspired, and unmotivated. I basically stopped caring and became static. I was just going day to day waiting for the weekend just so I could sleep in. This is what happens when I get too comfortable…

Well anyways I’m done with that and I’m back. Time to be productive again and take charge instead of wallowing. I think my next project will be to make a vision board for 2018. Time to get back to my goals!

Here’s a list of a few, just for fun…

  • To continue to lose weight and gain muscle
  • To build confidence
  • To improve on my social skills
  • To improve on my public speaking
  • To make working out daily a habit again

Not exactly small goals but, hey, let’s go big! I’m not getting any younger… and my birthday is coming up!

I hope my journey will inspire and motivate others again, while keeping myself on track. If I can do it, ANYBODY can.

There will be lots of changes coming in the new year, hopefully for the better. I’m excited again, and it feels really good. I’ll go into more specifics later.

I’m determined to make things happen and return to keeping myself accountable with this blog. I want to be a real success story.

One day folks… I promise you (and myself)!

Due to public transportation issues these past few weeks, I’ve been commuting to work with my husband. My husband drops me off at work, and he goes to work, and then has to pick me up after work – all during DC traffic. Very annoying. And we’ve had lots of Chipotle dinners because of getting home late and being too hungry to take the time to cook.

I can’t wait to be cooking again. So my plans for this weekend are to go grocery shopping and go to the gym. And to finish this blog post! And to fold my huge pile of clean laundry…

I’ve noticed one of the reasons why I’ve had difficulty blogging is because I try not to get too personal. But when I don’t get personal, it’s harder to make my writing interesting. So I’m trying.

To keep myself on a schedule, my next blog post will be a new detailed plan for my health challenge. Stay tuned!

Introducing a new member of our family – Snickers! She was a stray we decided to take in.

Bad Food, Bad Mood: Getting Back on Track

Finally, I’m back! I’ve been in a funk lately and I know I really need to get back on track. I was feeling down, tired and moody, probably because of all the junk I’ve been eating. It’s a vicious cycle. What I eat makes me tired, and when I’m tired, I go for what’s convenient (and probably not so healthy), and on and on it goes.

I suppose it’s all part of the journey. There are triumphs and there are struggles. Blah blah blah. So I’m acknowledging this problem and correcting it. Now.

I’ve noticed that I’ve been moodier than usual and very irritable, and I know it’s because of the type of nutrition I’m providing my body. I am a believer that there is a major link between what you put in your body and how it affects your mental health. I believe nutrition is the nature’s medicine. But you have to care and you have to have control. And you have to care TO have control. It’s a constant effort with no time limit.

Ever since I returned from my travels, I’ve pretty much fallen off the wagon with my diet. Coming back after a couple of weeks, I feel out of my element and disoriented for a while. It takes a bit for me to get back to normal. Getting over jet lag is a major drag in itself, but I also came home with a suitcase full of dirty clothes and to a messy apartment. The fridge was empty with a few containers of old food. I just don’t have the energy to get the laundry done, go grocery shopping, and prep food for the week. Knowing I have all these things to do, I want to do it even less. I felt like I needed another vacation. Sad, I know. I suck at being an adult. Anyways, I felt off for a while. As a result, I don’t prep as well as I should and I go to work with no lunch and wrinkly clothes. I try to be easier on myself during this adjustment period, maybe too easy, and allow myself to buy breakfast and lunch, and maybe some snacks from the vending machine. It’s a very slippery slope. And before I know it, a couple of weeks has gone by and nothing has really changed… And enough is enough. So it’s time to get back to it.

I’ve been struggling to get back the motivation and determination. It does not help that it’s getting colder and all I want to do is cuddle up on the couch with a big bowl of candy and watch Hocus Pocus. I do like the cold to an extent, but it definitely does not help with getting back the motivation to go to the gym.

So instead, my focus goes to getting back to eating healthy. I’ll work in the gym later. I started cutting back on sugar yesterday. It’s ridiculous how much of a difference it makes with my hunger and cravings when I choose not to eat white starches and sugary junk.

Yesterday was only the second day, but I could feel that my cravings for junk had diminished significantly. I had a smaller craving, but it was much easier to handle. I didn’t feel the need to snack so much. I was satisfied with my lunch of curry chicken with vegetables. I also did not have the usual mid-afternoon crash.

There was a work thing today and I may have allowed myself to indulge in a cupcake…, but I made a pretty healthy dinner: a taco salad with ground beef, pico de gallo, guacomole, beans, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce. I don’t think I could ever cut out dairy but I can do without the rice. Very delicious and satisfying.

After going through this cycle again, I realize how detrimental emotional eating can be, and how badly it still affects me. Once I allow food to provide me comfort, it’s difficult to break up this unhealthy relationship. But I need to remember how I feel when I put the right things in my body. I feel better and I feel in control, and even a little more confident because I am doing something that is good for me. The losing weight part is not so bad either.

And so the journey continues…

To keep the body in good health is a duty… Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha