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:

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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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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. 👍😊

Week 5 Health Challenge Update and Happy Post-Friday!

We made it through this 4-day week! Is it just me or whenever it’s a holiday weekend and we get a shorter week, it almost seems just as long or even longer than a regular five day week?

Confession time… So I had a couple of cheat meals this week… I went out to dinner with friends Saturday night and had salad, but allowed myself to have buffalo wings and indulge in a brownie sundae. Then we celebrated my father-in-law’s birthday Monday evening with a cook-out, in which I may have had a cheeseburger… I also made a cake for him, and of course had a piece (or two…). No judgment please.

Don’t worry, I went back to low carbing the next day.

I felt extremely fatigued this week so I didn’t go to the gym as much as I usually do.

So I was not surprised to see that I didn’t lose anything this week.

But you know what, that’s okay! I am not perfect, and I’m not going to beat up myself over it. I’ll pick up the pieces and keep going. The good news is that I didn’t really gain either (unless you count 0.2 lbs a gain… but if you do, keep it to yourself) so at least I was able to maintain my weight. I’ll use this tiny little setback as motivation for next week!

To help offset some of the extra calories, my hubby and I went hiking on July 4th at Great Falls. It was really hot, but we had a good time and the view of the Potomac River was beautiful. Also, considering that I can get pretty moody when I get uncomfortable, I was extremely… okay. For once, my hubby was the one who wanted to end the hike, when normally I would be the first one ready to call it a day. Instead, I felt like I could have kept going! But I sure slept well that night. I didn’t realize it then, but when I got home, being out in the heat and sun really took a lot out of me.

So in staying with the spirit of remaining optimistic and always learning, here are my five things for this week:

  1. Self-discipline and willpower is a must. When I am able to follow a low-carb diet to the extreme, I have very little cravings, and it’s easy to stay away from blood-sugar-spiking goodies. However, I know if I want to make this a long-term thing and keep it sustainable, I have to work out my willpower muscles. If I don’t exercise them, I can easily have a piece of cake and just fall off the wagon completely. I need to know how to go back to healthy from unhealthy easily and with little hiccup. I also need to make things easier for myself, so I make less decisions, and therefore have more energy for exercising my willpower when I really need it. I used to think it was all or nothing. Now I know better.
  2. I need to motivate myself daily. Staying focused and reviewing my goals daily is a good way to stay on top of things. Have you ever told yourself that you’re going on a diet, but then kind of forget about it and ended up eating junk food anyways? If it’s not constantly on my mind, I get careless. Journal, blog, make lists… I’m going to do whatever I have to do!
  3. Being content and fulfilled in one part of your life does wonders for the other parts. I don’t want to jinx myself, but for the past few weeks, I’ve generally been in a better mood, and dare I say… happy? It just goes to show that happiness really does come from within. I’m focusing on doing something better for myself and it has really helped my state of mind and well-being. Even when I have a bad day, I seem to be handling it better.
  4. I envision having tiny superheros in my body whenever I eat healthy. They are powerful little beings improving me from the inside. I envision my fat cells getting destroyed by these itty bitty Kimmy-version Avengers and X-Men. Smash! It’s silly, but makes me feel good! Hey, whatever works, right?
  5. I’m figuring out my happy medium. I basically had 2 cheat meals this past week which still allowed me to maintain my weight. And this was with minimal exercise. I’ll continue to monitor this as I lose more weight to determine how much I can still indulge without going overboard.

This week got a little busy, so I got delayed in publishing my post. I will continue to aim for publishing my check-in update posts on Fridays unless other circumstances dictate otherwise.

Do you have any great tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle? I’d love to hear about it! 


 

10 Motivational Quotes to Keep the Week Going

It’s Wednesday! Hump day!

I still can’t believe it’s only Wednesday, but at least it’s not Monday.

Whenever I get into a slump, I like to look up things that inspire or motivate me, like quotes. I’ve compiled a list of 10 quotations for some needed inspiration to keep me going on my journey.

I’ve been in compliance with my diet for my health challenge, but when the novelty and excitement starts to wear off, I like to re-ignite it with some inspiring quotes. Hope you enjoy them, too!

I hope my weigh-in and measurements on Friday will give me some good news and even more motivation!

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I know I’ve already used the last quote in a previous blog, but I just love it!

Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by!

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