Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Did everything on my list yesterday. I even relaxed and (gasp) left some dishes in the sink!
Today I will:
Drink lots of water
Get in either a swim or a bike ride (it's really humid right now - don't really feel like riding in this, so we'll see what happens later.)
Go shopping for something on my back-to-school list
Vacuum the downstairs
Stick to the eating plan - I have it all figured out!
Last night I went to Power Zen. It's a yoga-Pilates class using a Reebok core board, so the balance is challenging. I can NOT get into the "teaser" Pilates position. Ugh. I am definitely going to have to practice this one at home. But something I noticed - when we had to do to the low staff to plank (a tricky way of saying "push-up), I could do it much more easily than ever before! I could even go from dipping my hips to a low staff with no problem, and then push-up and go into down dog. This is a BIG step for me - that used to be one of the hardest parts of class for me. I was SO excited when I realized what I just did! So then, of course, I had to come home and measure my upper arms. I have lost about 1/2 an inch in each arm (!!!) since the last time I measured, about a month-month and a half ago. Wow! This eating right and strength training stuff is really working!
Another part of my body I notice changing is my outer thighs. They are definitely getting slimmer - I can see it and feel it. These are changes that aren't necessarily showing up on the scale, or even making my clothes fit better, but I notice myself getting firmer and stronger. Hallelujah, the consistency and new goal-setting is paying off!
Went for my walk, had lots of water already, going to enter today's snacks into the nutrition tracker...
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I often have trouble sticking to a plan for more than a week. I get bored, i don't see the results I want... but this time it's going to be different. I laid out a plan for August, and I'm going to stick to it.
As much as I like to make lists and plan, it was nice not having to come up with a whole new plan for this week. Tweak the protein number, and that was it.
Today I will:
Go into school for a little bit to drop off some stuff.
Drink a ton of water.
Stick to the eating plan (I even planned my snacks for today!)
Get to the gym this afternoon for Power Zen and a TM run. My muscles need a rest from weight training - I did a lot yesterday.
Try to relax a little bit - my honey reminded me that I need to take a little time for myself before school starts.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Just some things...
Friday's wedding was beautiful. Bride was gorgeous. Had the vegetarian meal - delish. Did well with the open bar and dessert buffet.
Saturday I spent time shopping with mom instead of going for a bike ride - it was nice though; we don't go shopping together too often, so it was definitely worth it. Got some cute new tops to transition into fall.
Yesterday's eating was all over the place, though. I went out for breakfast and lunch, and dinner was not the planned stir-fry, but instead a PB&J and some crackers. And two cookies. Bleh... but today I am ready to get back on track and have some super delish and healthy food.
This week's goal is to have 70 grams of protein a day. I just snacked on some Greek yogurt, and I had my milk for breakfast, so I'm already over half-way there. i feel like eating more protein during the day is keeping me from getting snacky after dinner.
Made a zucchini bread this morning - most of it is going into the freezer. It's nice to have individual pieces of a sweet for when the mood strikes.
Later today I am going to make some carrot-potato soup for the freezer. We have lots of carrots, and I'd like to use most of them up for the soup. I've been doing really well using up our veggies from the farm; with honey working so much, it has been a challenge for me to figure out what to do with everything.
I had originally planned on going to the gym today, but if I don't get there, I'm not going to sweat it. Today is a day with my honey (he's home for most of the day), and I want to take advantage of that. Maybe I'll take my bike up to the mountain for a little ride around there... it's a beautiful day!
Off to do some grocery shopping...
Friday, August 06, 2010
Starting over with some new goals was the best thing I did in a long time. I set some concrete goals for August, not just "lose weight" or "eat more protein." I gave myself some specific numbers for goals, and I think it's working. When faced with a piece of delicious peach pie for dessert last night, I thought about the numbers.
Will it help me lose one pound? No, especially after eating pancakes with syrup for breakfast.
Will it help me get to my protein goal? Not as much as some Greek yogurt will.
So I made a choice. And my choice felt good. I CHOSE not to eat the peach pie. It stared me in the face, and I chose to turn it away. I CHOSE to have Greek yogurt with blueberries instead. I chose that because I also chose to have pancakes for breakfast. But along with choosing the pancakes, I also chose not to have bacon or sausage with the pancakes. I really felt mentally strong making those choices.
A good friend of mine is getting married tonight. She was telling me about all the wonderful desserts they ordered, so I am going to have to be strong tonight. The scale was good to me this morning, so I think that will help me to keep in control. I am staying at my mom's house tonight - the wedding site is really close - and I'm going down there this afternoon to meet my brother for lunch. It's going to be a day of eating out... so lots of water, fruit and veggies to compensate.
Today (it's a light list today):
Drink tons of water.
Keep in mind that everything I eat and do is a choice.
Got my swim in early this morning - I knew I wouldn't get any "real" workout in later, so I thought "well, I better go now." I'm glad I did - tomorrow I'm planning an afternoon bike ride, so I will get my fitness minutes in this week.
Off to get ready...
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