Hello 2015

It’s a new year, and I have a new outlook on my lifestyle, when it comes to food.
This is the year that I’ll make it stick, I’ve got the tools and determination. Plus, I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past month.
This year will be the year that I’ll reach my healthy weight or I should say be at my fittest and healthiest. Because, well the number on the scale is just that a number. It doesn’t define who I am or how strong I am or what I am capable of. I want to be healthy, and I know I’m on my way.
Of course the past 2 days I’ve not exactly been as healthy in my food choices as I could have been. Well, the choices were good it’s just I are more than I should of. We went out last night for dinner and not that I ate bad foods I just ate more than I have been. I ate maybe 500 calories more than I normally do, which is okay to do once in a while I know this, and so I’m not upset about it, but it is something that I need to be conscious of.
Today, we had a New Years party at the house and instead of making a plate for myself, which is what I should have done I grazed. Which, of course always leads to more eating than originally planned. I however, took accountability for what I ate and logged it all. I again ate about 500-600 calories more than normal which I know was to be expected. Again I’m not upset about it, I’m a little disappointed with myself for not making a plate, because I know if I had I would of eaten a lot less than I did, but it’s okay. Next time I will definitely be making a plate.
Tomorrow, I’ll be back on track with my meal plan and planned out meals. I fair much better when I have structure for my meals. This is something that I hope over time will be something that can get a little less structured but for now it’s what works for me and I’m okay with that. I need to stick with the tricks that work for me.
Last month I did the Whole 30 to motivate me, keep me on the right track, and start becoming healthier. The month of January I’m thinking I’ll be joining a Dietbet. If you don’t know what this is, it’s just that a bet where you put up real hard earned cash in which you bet you can do whatever the bet says. I’m looking at doing a 4 week bet in which I have to lose 4% of my body weight. The way the bet works is you put up the buy in amount in the bet I’m looking at doing its $30. You get sent a special weigh in word which you have to use when you submit your pictures. You submit 2 pictures a full length view of you on your scale and a close up of what the scale reads along with your weigh in word. Don’t worry no one sees these photos except the judges to make sure you’re not doing any funny business and trying to cheat. You take these pictures twice. Once at the initial weigh in/start of the bet and then again at the end of the game. Your photos and weigh ins are looked over and if you have reached the goal 4% lost in this case you win part of the pot. The pot is divided up among all of those who complete the bet. So, as long as you lose the amount required you will at least get your initial buy in money back. They have different length bets some last 6 months. I like the idea of a 4 week bet because it’s something to keep me motivated for the month, and the following month I can pick something else. I don’t want to become complacent or bored. I want to keep up the momentum I’ve gained this past month and continue it through for the next 12 months. You can check out Dietbet here.
What are you planning on doing this year to remain healthy?

Back On Track

Today, was the first day in a few that I feel like I’m back on track and following my workout plan. I did my workouts and even added time to my treadmill time. I did a full hour on the treadmill, and followed that up with 20 minutes of yoga. I also have started to continue with my push-up progression. I’m now doing 2 sets of 25 wall push-ups, and well my arms are like limp noodles, and those 2 sets made the arms burn. I think it might be a little while before I reach 1 set of 50 wall push-ups.

Of course I finally get back on track with the working out, and now I think I’m coming down with a cold. I have been tied and worn down the last few days, and today I woke up after 12 hours of sleep and lounging around, still feeling a bit tired and a sore throat.

I’m hoping by staying active, getting plenty rest, consuming liquids, and eating right, I’m hoping that I’ll kick this cold in the butt.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

Much Better Day

Today’s workout makes yesterday nothing but a little piece of the past. I kicked butt at them today! My run training went great I think I could up the speed for the running portion, although I’m hesitant to do so because I don’t want to get discouraged. I want to get to that point where I can run for 10 minutes straight, and as for it being a mile in 10 I’ll start working towards that after I get this pesky 10 minutes straight thing down.

Today, I also did a yoga workout that incorporated precision toning and dance. It was great, I’ve done it 5 times now, and today it came together for me. I was able to do the moves and flow them together smoothly along with doing correct breathing.

So as for yesterday’s crappy performance it can kiss it, because today I rocked it! I know that I can’t dwell on the crappy days, and remain positive. And, well I have been giving myself that positive encouragement, and moving past the bad.  Positive is the only way to be on this journey.

Three Days A Month This Is Going To Be A Real Challenge

Yesterday I posted about how I was really dragging butt, well today was better in that I’ve been pretty active and have already exceeded my daily step goal. Although, I’m still feeling a bit blah.

Warning, to any guys reading this post, I’m going to be talking about woman stuff, feel free to stop reading. I had a pretty good feeling that my dragging feeling was due to my impending monthly visitor, and well wouldn’t you know I was right. usually, when the dreaded monthly visitor comes to visit I just feel exhausted and this month hasn’t been any different. Although, this month instead of curling up under the covers and telling everyone to go away, I have stuck with my daily plan and have reached my daily goals. Also, which is a huge thing for me, I haven’t really craved the sweets, everything salty, and anything crunchy.  So, that in itself is a big plus. I’m usually searching for anything junk food related to cram down my throat. Now, I’ll admit I’ve had a few pieces of leftover Halloween candy. I saved a bunch of the mini 3 Musketeers, you know the ones, one bite and they are gone. I’m pleasantly shocked that just that small taste has been enough for me, I’m more of a hand me the King Size, and No! I’m not sharing.

I’m happy with the changes I’ve been making in my life, and am loving that choices are becoming easier and easier to make. Somethings aren’t even things I need to think about anymore it’s becoming natural for me.

I’ve made it through the first month’s visitor, and came out pretty much unscathed. Just feeling a bit blah and dragging, but I’ve been able to push through it and reach the goals I set for myself daily. I know that throughout this journey that I am going to face many challenges and it’s all about how I choose to face them.  I will succeed at this, because it’s something I believe in, and want.


Today has definitely been one of the those days where my motivation just wasn’t where I’d like it to be.

I did my morning workouts, which today consisted of 30 minutes with a kettlebell followed by 20 minutes of yoga. However, after that I just really wasn’t feeling much like moving. Along, with this feeling I also had committed myself to the kitchen for a portion of the day to make salsa. And, well with hours of my day tied up in that I just wasn’t moving as much as I’d like.

After finishing the salsa project it was already 2 and I wasn’t even a quarter of the way to reaching my daily step goal. Usually, by 2 I’m within a 1,000 steps or have already reached my goal. I knew I had to get myself moving so I finished up my Everest challenge on Teemo, and well that did get my steps up, however I was still quite a ways from my goal.

I have since reached my step goal about 5 minutes ago, but hey I got it and there are still several hours left in the day. I’m glad I reached my goal, but I’m still feeling as if I’m dragging butt.  I think tonight will be an early to bed type of night, and hoping that tomorrow I don’t feel as if I’m dragging. This is the first time in over 3 weeks, well since I’ve started on this journey that I’ve felt like this. Which, is pretty good I think, because feeling like I was dragging butt was something I felt daily before I decided to make these changes.

There are a few causes I can think of that may be influencing this feeling, and I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be back to my I’m ready to kick my butt into shape mode. Tomorrow’s a new day and even if I still feel like I’m dragging I’ll reach my goals. I did it today it just took longer than usual. Nothing is going to stop me.

Weekly Recap Week 3

Week 3 has made me realize that I do have willpower, and that I am committed to making a change in my life. First challenge this week was Halloween, and all of the candy that was in my house, not to mention the candy that is still in my house, and I’ve managed not to sit down with it and gorge on it. Honestly, I don’t even really want it. The second challenge where the willpower was tested was a baby shower.  I managed, actually it wasn’t even that hard to say No, to cake. I’ve been completely gluten-free for 3 weeks now, and I’m loving the changes I’m experiencing.  A piece of cake is not worth feeling crummy for.

Week 3 started with me increasing my daily step goal up to 6,000 steps, and well I think I might have to up it some more. Getting 6,000 steps hasn’t been even a challenge this week. I am constantly finding ways to get more steps in, and getting to the point where I don’t even think about how I’m going to get those steps in. Being active is becoming a way of life for me instead of a chore. I like this change a lot.

And, now for the stats:

  • 59,898 steps this week
  • 8,478 daily average steps
  • 20,329 calories burned
  • 2,964 daily average calories burned
  • 25.97 miles
  • 3.68 daily average miles
  • 2 hours and 9 minutes of very active activity
  • 17 minutes daily average of very active activity
  • 8,976 calorie deficit this week
  • Weight gain of 0.8lbs

The weight gain is something that I’m not happy to see, but I also understand why it has occurred. I’m only a few days out from my monthly visitor, and every month when that occurs I gain a few pounds. So, the fact that it is less then a pound is something I’m okay with. I am confident that next week I will see the difference on the scale. I will not let this little gain deter me or derail me on my journey. I know that I’ve worked hard this week and I will reach my goal in time.

Keeping On Track

I’m happy that so far today has been a success.  I was a little worried about it, being that today is the first day since I’ve started on this journey that my husband is home. My husband travels for work, and isn’t home as often as we would like. Although, when he’s not home I find it easier to stick to a plan, I guess it has to do with the lack of distraction or something like that. Anyway, I was a little worried that I’d make an excuse not to stick to my plan for the day, but I stuck with it, and so far so good.

I got up this morning did my run training workout, yoga, and even added some of my Teemo challenge in, I’ll fill you in more on that tomorrow. I also exceeded my daily steps goal.  Best part about that is I raised my daily step goal to 6,000 steps, and well today it wasn’t even something I had to think about, it just happened. Pretty easily I must admit.

I have only been working at this for 2 weeks, but I think that I have finally reached that point in my life where I am completely committed to this journey, and failure is not an option. Looking forward to another positive day tomorrow, as well as continuing on the positive note of today.