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A new plan and a change of pace

I have missed you guys! These past few weeks have been filled with so many ups and downs my head is still spinning. I dealt with a lot of shitty stuff for the past couple weeks but I have also enjoyed some great news and happy times as well. I have fallen completely off the wagon when it comes to working out. I am feeling much better than I have been but I’m still far from feeling 100%. In fact, I won’t being feeling 100% for quite some time. I am ready to get back on the workout wagon though! 🙂

Since I have been dealing with so much sickness lately, I have decided to change the way I have been doing things for a while. I was previously very strict about my workouts, pushing myself to my limits, becoming obsessed with how much weight I was losing and working hard to reach my goals. While this is an awesome approach (and one I will eventually do again), I have decided to slow things down for now. I was becoming too focused on what the scale said and getting stressed out when I didn’t lose as much as I wanted to. I was also trying to do workouts (plyometrics) that were too hard for my current fitness level. This was also derailing my workouts and making me dread doing them. The combination of these issues was steering me away from a healthy lifestyle rather than towards it. That is the last thing I want.

Now for my new plan of action. I want to focus more on healthy eating and take a more relaxed approach to fitness. Fortunately, I haven’t fallen too far away from healthy eating like I did with exercising. I have been bad with snacking though. My cabinets are starting to get bare since I haven’t had the energy to go grocery shopping. I will be making a new grocery list packed full healthy foods and snacks this weekend and I will be going shopping sometime soon afterwards. I am excited for the fall because I will be making lots of soups over the fall and winter. I just love homemade soups. Yum!

I have decided to do low-impact workouts and exercising for now. I plan on taking Peanut on lots of walks as well as doing yoga, pilates and other fun easy workouts. I want to slowly build my strength up from being so sick recently and I want to increase my range of motion and flexibility. I will also stop weighing myself for now because it currently isn’t what I need to be focusing on.

That’s all for now! I plan on posting more often again! Sorry for such a long leave of absence.

Weekly Update- June 23, 2013

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Goals from previous week

Do the BeFit in 90 workout each day as instructed yes!
Add more cardio throughout the week yes!
Drink lots of water (even more since its hot) heck yes!
Eat more healthy meals, especially at lunch time no 😦

Goals for the upcoming week

Do the BeFit in 90 workout each day as instructed
Add more cardio throughout the week
Drink lots of water (even more since its hot)
Eat more healthy meals, especially at lunch time
Try more ways to eat healthy that doesn’t irritate my stomach
Eat more soluble fiber and protein
Try food journaling- I didn’t do it today because I thought of it too late but I will start tomorrow.

Weigh-in Time

Start Weight: 270 pounds
Current Weight: 251.5 pounds
Lose/Gain: Gain 1.5 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 18.5 pounds

Weekly Summary

As I said in this post, I had a bad dietary week and it showed. I’m really disappointed but this will give me the kick in the butt I need to find ways to eat healthy without irritating my stomach. I admit I am frustrated but I am not giving up. I refuse to give up. It is not an option.

I have been looking at a few websites including helpforibs.com. One thing I have already started is eating more soluble fiber and more protein. Hopefully this will help as I continue to find the best way to eat healthy for me. Yes, for ME. What is great for one person is not always great for another. I just have to continue to try until I find what works for me. It might take me years to figure it out and that’s okay. As long as I continue to try my best every day and work towards being healthy, that’s all that matters.

Anyway, I did great with my workouts and adding extra cardio. I will continue working out. I love it. I love the feeling after a great workout 🙂

Weekly Update- June 9, 2013

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Goals from previous week

Do the BeFit in 90 workout each day as instructed yes!
Do the 30 day Squat Challenge each day as instructed yes!
Drink lots of water (even more since its hot) yes!
Eat healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours yes!
Try to eat more veggies yes!

Goals for the upcoming week

Do the BeFit in 90 workout each day as instructed
Do the 30 day Squat Challenge each day as instructed
Drink lots of water (even more since its hot)

Weigh-in Time

Start Weight: 270 pounds
Current Weight: 251.8 pounds
Lose/Gain: Lost 1.5 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 18.2 pounds

Weekly Summary

I had a great week exercise-wise. I did all of my BeFit in 90 workouts and all the squats I needed to do for the Squat Challenge. I am happy to say my legs are finally getting use to the squats. So far I’ve done 490 squats in the last 9 days (including today)! Woot woot! Still going strong!

I ate veggies this week but every time I ate some it really upset my stomach. Mainly spinach was the culprit. I haven’t felt great all day. Otherwise everything else was fine. I have been making sure I drink plenty of water.

Hubby, Peanut, and I even went on a walk or two this week. I still love going on walks with my family. Hubby and I have plenty of time to talk when we go on walks together. Peanut loves being outside when we go on our walks.

Peanut and I at my brother's surprise birthday party. She's dressed to party! LOL

Peanut and I at my brother’s surprise birthday party. She’s dressed to party! LOL

Weekly Update- May 19, 2013

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Goals from previous week

Walk at least 5 miles yes!
Do the BeFit in 90 workout each day as instructed yes!
Drink lots of water yes!
Eat healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours yes!

Goals for the upcoming week

Walk at least 5 miles
Do the BeFit in 90 workout each day as instructed
Drink lots of water
Eat healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours

Weigh-in Time

Start Weight: 270 pounds
Current Weight: 256.2 pounds
Lose/Gain: Lost 0 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 13.8
Measurement: See Measurement post here 🙂

Weekly Summary

I normally don’t and won’t change my weekly goals. I did change them this week though. Sunday, I read a post about a Befit challenge. I asked the author of the post a few questions and looked it up. After viewing the videos and trying it out on Monday morning, I decided I am going to do it. Since it was only a day after making my goals and I knew I was going to try this program, I decided to change my goals to accommodate the program. I knew there was a very slim chance of making my weekly goals and this new program. Not to mention, I didn’t want to overdo it on the first week trying it.

The fitness program is called BeFit in 90 challenge. The basic concept behind the program is using a mixture of warm-up, strength training, cardio and cool-down workouts to get fit in 90 days. You always have to do a warm-up and cool-down (that I’ve noticed so far haha) and the cardio/strength training workouts change depending on the day. The workouts are difficult but manageable. The program gives you two rest days as well so your body can recover. I really enjoy doing it. I have problems with the one cardio workout as I explained in this post but otherwise, I like the burn I get from BeFit in 90.

Even though I have been doing this workout, I still managed to go on walks. I am just not walking quite as much. I walked 5.92 miles this week. It’s not too bad considering I’m doing cardio in my workouts. I have been drinking even more water to make up for the amount of water I have been sweating. I have also noticed these workouts have been making me super hungry afterwards (always a great sign it’s working). I have been making sure to eat healthy foods after I workout like grapefruit (yum!) to keep me feeling full and energized.

I will be keeping the same goals this week as last week until I get use to this new program. It takes a lot out of me. I do hope to walk more this week as long as the weather permits. Hope everyone has a great week. I’ll be posting when I can 🙂

Weekly Update- May, 12, 2013

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Goals from previous week

Walk at least 10 miles yes!
Do at least one yoga workout yes!
Do at least one step aerobics workout yes!
Do at least one target area workout (like arms, abs, etc.) no 😦 I did more zumba instead
Practice zumba steps yes!
Try making tofu yes!
Drink at least one cup of mango green tea a day yes!

Goals for the upcoming week

Walk at least 5 miles
Do the BeFit in 90 workout each day as instructed
Drink lots of water
Eat healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours

Weigh-in Time

Start Weight: 270 pounds
Current Weight: 256.2 pounds
Lose/Gain: Lost 0 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 13.8
Navel Measurement: 48 inches (-2 inch)

Weekly Summary

The weather this week was really crappy. It rained most of the week so I couldn’t walk as much as I wanted to. I still managed to make it to my ten mile mark though! 🙂

  • Sunday- 3.78
  • Monday- 1.36
  • Tuesday- Rest day
  • Wednesday- 1.08
  • Thursday- 2.10
  • Friday- 1.51
  • Saturday- 2.43
  • Total miles= 12.26

I just LOVE doing Zumba! I will definitely be doing it more often. Unfortunately, I did another Zumba workout instead of the target area workout because I had so much fun doing it. Its no excuse though and I will try harder next week. Step aerobics is kicking my butt but I really enjoy doing it and it makes me sweat like nobody’s business! haha

I only measured my navel today and I lost TWO inches!!! Woohoo!!!!! This is great since I didn’t lose any weight this week (but at least I didn’t gain any). I believe I gained some muscle due to the added exercises I did this week. Seeing how many inches I lost at my navel makes me tempted to take all my measurements but I haven’t decided yet. I have even lost a pant size.

A friend told me she can tell my face has gotten thinner. The compliment really means a lot to me. It’s reassuring to have friends notice changes as well.

Weekly Update – May 5, 2013

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Goals from previous week

On a hike babywearing Peanut. She fell asleep and the sun was in her eyes so I covered her with a receiving blanket

On a hike babywearing Peanut. She fell asleep and the sun was in her eyes so I covered her with a receiving blanket

Walk at least 10 miles yes!
Do at least one yoga workout yes!
Do at least one step aerobics workout yes!
Try to eat more veggies and fruits yes!
Eat small healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours throughout the day yes!
Drink more water throughout the day. (I drink a ton of water since my daughter is still nursing but I need to drink more now that I am working out) yes!

Goals for the upcoming week

Walk at least 10 miles
Do at least one yoga workout
Do at least one step aerobics workout
Do at least one target area workout (like arms, abs, etc.)
Practice zumba steps
Try making tofu
Drink at least one cup of mango green tea a day

Weigh-in Time

Start Weight: 270 pounds
Current Weight: 256.2 pounds
Lose/Gain: Lost 1.5 pounds!!!!!
Total Weight Loss: 13.8
Waist Measurement: 42 inches (-0)
Navel Measurement: 50 inches (-1/2 inch)

Weekly Summary

This week was pretty crazy. I worked a lot this week, my brother came up for a day from Florida, and we had a doctor’s appointment for Peanut. Even though it was a crazy week, I don’t make excuses and I don’t need to! I walked a total of 13.18 miles for the week (yay!) and managed to add some additional workouts as well.

  • Sunday night, after my walk, I did a step aerobics workout.
  • Thursday, I did a yoga workout while Peanut was sleeping.
  • Friday, I walked over 3 miles at a flea-market. Plus when I got home, I did an arm workout with a 5 minute cool-down yoga routine.

Overall, I have had a great week in regards to exercise. I’m really happy with it. I have also increased my water intake and I will continue to drink a lot but I don’t think it needs to be another goal for the upcoming week. Fruits and veggies have been making a regular appearance on my plate and I hope to continue eating them more often.

Weekly Update- April 28, 2013

Posing for a picture at the park today

Posing for a picture at the park today

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Goals from previous week

  • Walk at least 10 miles yes!
  • Do at least one yoga workout = nope 😦
  • Try to eat more veggies as well as fruits yes!
  • Eat small healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours throughout the day yes!
  • Drink more water throughout the day. (I drink a ton of water since my daughter is still nursing but I need to drink more now that I am working out) yes!

Goals for the upcoming week

  • Walk at least 10 miles
  • Do at least one yoga workout
  • Do at least one step aerobics workout
  • Try to eat more veggies and fruits
  • Eat small healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours throughout the day
  • Drink more water throughout the day. (I drink a ton of water since my daughter is still nursing but I need to drink more now that I am working out)

Weigh-in Time

Weight: 257.7 pounds
Lose/Gain: Lost 3.1 pounds!!!!!
Weekly Summary

I was really busy this week but I made sure I had plenty of time for walking. Not only did I beat my goal of walking 10 miles, I crushed it!!! I was a walking machine this week. The weather was great and I just wanted to be outside walking. I didn’t think I walked as much as I did though. I walked for a total of 15.04 miles this week!!! All I have to say is WOW! No wonder I lost 3 pounds.

I got so caught up in walking this week I completely forgot I wanted to do a yoga workout. I’m not making excuses though. I should have paid attention and remembered to do it. I’ll make sure I do one this week. Otherwise, I completed all my other goals for last week. Drinking a lot of water this week was too hard because I have been so thirsty from all the walking. I’ve been drinking water like crazy and I still feel thirsty.

I have been adding more veggies into my diet this week, including broccoli, and salads. I have been doing great with eating fruits this week as well. I love eating fruit. Speaking of which, I have some yummy grapes and pears in the fridge I’m going to go eat.

Breaking up with my bad habits

I’ve been a big girl my whole life. When I was in middle school, we moved from Pennsylvania down to Florida. Most of the girls in my middle school were so much skinnier than the girls at my previous school. While I looked a couple pounds overweight in Pennsylvania, I felt huge compared to the girls at my new middle school. I was picked on frequently for being “fat”. At the time, I was probably only 10-15 pounds over where I should have been but there was a group of girls who made me feel like I was 100 pounds overweight. Middle school girls can be so ruthless. It got to the point where I just stopped eating while I was at school. It became a habit. Some days I would skip breakfast, every day I would skip lunch and I would come home from school so hungry. When I finally did get home from school, I would eat a bunch of food since I hadn’t eaten all day. I guess I just didn’t realize it before but I still don’t eat much throughout the day. I won’t eat until I feel like I am starving, then I will eat a lot of food. I’ll go hours without eating.

I knew I had some unhealthy eating habits I needed to change and this past week I have been paying close attention to my eating habits. I rarely pay attention to how often I eat or when. I’ve noticed quite a few unhealthy eating habits I need to change. Here is a list of the eating habits I need to work on:

  1. Going hours without eating until I am super hungry, then eating a lot of food.
  2. Not eating much during the day, then eating most of what I eat in the evening or at night
  3. Taking the whole bag or container of food with me to eat instead of just taking a small portion with me, then eating more than I should have (example: Taking a bag of rice cakes with me to watch TV. The next thing I know I ate the whole bag instead of just a few)
  4. Filling my plate full of food. I’ll start to feel full or I’ll become full but continue to eat what’s left on my plate.

I know. They are some awful eating habits. Everything you are not suppose to do when you live a healthy lifestyle. The problem with habits is how hard they are to break. I know it won’t be possible to change all of my bad habits at once. I am going to break them down into easy steps making it easier to develop better habits. I can work on each step individually  Here are some of the steps I can take to break my bad habits:

  1. Portion control
  2. Paying attention to the amount of food I put on my plate and in my mouth
  3. Breaking big bags of snacks down into smaller sandwich bags to control how much I eat
  4. Using smaller plates when I eat meals
  5. Eating smaller healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours to keep me from getting too hungry and binging
  6. Eat slower to feel when I am full instead of eating so quickly
  7. Eat more veggies
  8. Not eating after 8pm

These are the steps I need to take to break up with my bad habits. It will take me a while but the time would pass anyway.

What other steps do you think I should take to break my eating habits? What do you do to keep yourself from falling into bad habits?

Weekly Update- April 21, 2013

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Goals from previous week

  1. Walk at least 8 miles  yes!
  2. Perform at least one strength training workout  yes!
  3. Continue to eat dairy free  yes!
  4. Add one serving of veggies or fruit each day by either eating extra veggies/fruit or replacing a snack with veggies  yes!

Goals for the upcoming week

  1. Walk at least 10 miles
  2. Do at least one yoga workout
  3. Try to eat more veggies as well as fruits
  4. Eat small healthy meals/snacks every 2-3 hours throughout the day
  5. Drink more water throughout the day. (I drink a ton of water since my daughter is still nursing but I need to drink more now that I am working out)

Weigh-in Time

Weight: 260.8 pounds
Lose/Gain: Lost .2 pounds!

Weekly Summary

I walked roughly 9.83 miles this week! I’m so proud of myself! I had a few problems with my phone accurately tracking my miles, but I know I beat my goal of 8 miles. I also did a strength training workout. I don’t have a gym membership so I work out at home using hand weights.

There was a few temptations this week with dairy and it was pretty hard to resist. I did manage to ignore the temptations and stick to being dairy free. I am happy to say I added fruits or veggies every day. I mainly added fruit though so this week I want to work on adding more veggies to my diet.

As a side note, Hubby has been going on walks with me all week. He has lost 2 pounds this week as well!!! I’m so proud of him ❤

Weekly Update- April 14, 2013

 

Every week I plan on posting an update about my progress towards better health. I will post goals I want to accomplish in the upcoming week, if I accomplished the goals I set the previous week, current weight, if I lose or gain weight (hopefully only lose weight), and a brief summary of my activities.

Swinging at the park

Hubby, Peanut and I went on a long walk today. Adding miles towards my goal. We stopped at the park so Peanut could swing for a while. Hubby captured this photo of the two of us

Goals for the upcoming week

  1. Walk at least 8 miles
  2. Perform at least one strength training workout
  3. Continue to eat dairy free
  4. Add one serving of veggies or fruit each day by either eating extra veggies/fruit or replacing a snack with veggies

Weigh-in Time
Weight: 261 pounds
Lose/Gain: Lost 4 pounds!!!!!
Weekly Summary
This past week has been my first dairy free week I’ve ever had. Surprisingly, it was not as hard as I thought it would be. I can’t believe how much food has dairy in it. Its rather daunting, but I try to look for the positive in life. Dairy free is turning out to be helpful because it keeps me from eating junk food like cookies, chocolate, and all sorts of other unhealthy food. Most of the food I want to eat containing dairy isn’t healthy for me anyway, including frozen dinners and most processed foods. Therefore, I have been making my meals from scratch (which I enjoy doing anyway) so I know what I am eating. This allows me to add more veggies my meals.

As far as fitness goes, I have been walking every chance I can get this week. The weather has been warm and wonderful. I’ve taken my daughter on walks almost every day this week. I’ve walked a little over 5 miles. I’m quite proud of myself 🙂

Do you have any short term goals this week you want to accomplish? What do you think of the goals I’ve set for myself this week? Let me know!

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