Ok. Maybe the caps is overkill, but seriously. The worst thing about eating “right” is these random bouts of hunger… I mean seriously. Nobody needs that. Now before you start freaking out an say, “Eat already!” Let me tell you that I know this hunger does not stem from, well, being hungry. There are many factors here.
- I’m not hungry, I’m just bored.
- I’m tired
- I’m thirsty
- I’m procrastinating
- I’m feeling sorry for myself
- I’m feeling happy for myself
- I’m going through caffeine withdrawal
- I’m bored
So before you take a bite of whatever you are about to shove into your mouth, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” I know that personally, right this second, I am suffering from at least four of the options listed above. But water helps. Thank goodness for my little camelbak.
This is me before today’s workout (Sorry for the crap picture):
- Height: 5’7″
- Weight 135
So far I’m feeling pretty good. The first few days of the challenge were difficult, but things are getting easier. As long as I make sure I’m meeting me fruit and veggie quota, everything else seems to balance itself out. My only worry is drinking too much tea. I’m a major caffiene junky, and right now I’m averaging about 4 glasses of tea a day. Ideally I want to be around 2 on average.
Weight-wise I have lost one pound since beginning this challenge last Friday. The weight isn’t flying off, and I wasn’t expecting it to. I have always led a relatively healthy lifestyle, and this is simply taking things one step farther. Serious change doesn’t happen over night (but it will happen by bikini season.) I am noticing more muscle tone in my legs and arms, but I think that just comes with the territory of teaching more group ex.
I hope everyone is doing well with their goals, give this a shot! Lent is coming up!
The gym I work at is curently holding monthly challenges for members (and employees) to participate in in order to mix up their normal routine and to spur that competitive spirit. So obviously I need to do the set as part of mine workout tomorrow. Here’s the plan:
Warm Up: 10 minute Stairmaster
Challenge: 9×9 of the following
- Jumping Jacks
- Push Ups
- Dumbell Rows
- Squat Jumps
Resistance Training (Lower Body)
- 4 Sets Squat
- 4 Sets TRX Lunge+Knee to Chest
- 4 Sets TRX Crossover Lunge
- 4 Set TRX Bridge/Hamstring
- TRX Super Set (4×30 Seconds): Plank w/ Adduct/Abduct, Center Pyke
Cardio Set (20 seconds work x 10 sec rest)
- Jump Rope Normal
- Bleacher Push-Up
- Jump Rope High Knees
- Ladder w/ hands (pictured)
- Jump Rope Right
- Jump Rope Left
- Ladder w/ hands
- Ladder w/ hands
- Ladder Runs Forward
- Ladder Runs Side to Side
- Floor Touch
- Jump Rope High Knees
- Jump Rope Regular
Sorry for being MIA most of this week, internet connection has been down at my work, annnnd EXAMS! Moving on though, today is the very first day of the 30-Day Challenge!
And I am already having a hard time. For a recap, we are doing one month of eating right. That means the way we are supposed to be eating. No processed foods or artificial ingredients. Free rand/wild caught meats.
So far today I have had:
- 1 Chai Tea
- Egg Salad Sandwich on Prarie Grain Bread, and Baby Spinach
For the rest I plan on having half a spinach calzone I made yesterday and then some strawberries, and I don’t know what… But what I do know is that I could kill for a diet cherry dr pepper. OMG this is going to be HARD.
How do you deal with gift giving? With Valentine’s Day coming up I feel like Clarke is a little stressed. For some background info, I honestly want for nothing. Sure there are many shiny things out there that I would adore, and many random items I would die for, but what’s the point? I have never been so happy with someone as I am with him. He does so many wonderful things for me on a regular basis that I really don’t want him to stress out over it. He keeps asking what I “want” for valentines day, because he wants to get me something nice, because he hasn’t yet. I could give him specifics, but I kind of want him to figure it out for the first nice gift he gets me… I mean we’ve only been together 2 years.
Girls, Guys, How do you deal with this? Guys do you simply succomb to the traditional expectations, or are you like me and jump at any opportunity to do something special for someone? Girls do you give him a list, or what? And girls, you better do something for your man too! Since I work tomorrow night, I surprised him with Valentine’s cupcakes, and his favorite desert, plus some takeout from his favorite restaurant. A nice Friday in.
This week marks a week of calorie counting (homework for my nutrition class), not to mention this is a perfect prep for our 30-Day Challenge. So stay tuned for what I’m eating, nutrient score, etc.
As for more information on the challenge, here are the basic guidelines:
- Fruits and Vegetables: Have at least 2 servings a day. About 1 cup per serving.
- Carbohydrates/Grains: This should be whole grains only. Nothing on the label should say “enriched”, “vegetable shortening”, “partially hydrogenated”, etc. If you don’t understand an ingredient, DON’T GET IT.
- Meat/Protein: Grass fed, Free range, Wild Caught (fish)… it’s worth the price difference. (Unless you like eating feces).
- All natural, organic preferred.
A few of my goals:
- Organize my pantry so that all natural is together and things with preservatives are together.
- Make my own oatmeal for breakfast.
- Eat 2 servings of fruit or vegetables daily.
- Local bread
- Whole Grain pasta
- Have one cup of tea daily
- Have a glass of water before every meal
My intentions in writing this blog is not to tout the greatness of healthy lifestyle and how working in this industry makes leading a healthy lifestyle that much easier, but instead to show that we are all human. Yes I may have worked out 5 days this week, in addition to teaching group ex, but you know what I did today?
I ate. A lot. I ate a lot of… junk.
Why you ask? No reason, boredom maybe? I did make lobster with asparagus and some potatoes, but I also nibbled on… chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, garlic rolls (OMG), and a little left over PF Changs from my pre-valentine’s dinner for Clarke.
So there, in a nutshell is mine, and countless others’ problem. Ruining my hard work with my diet. As the saying goes… abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. This is why I am so looking forward to our 30-day challenge beginning Feb. 17th. This coming week I will be tracking my intake (everything) in preparation, and with that is my second reason for this blog, to create my own imaginary support group. To hold me accountable to setting the example I wish to.