I started my journey towards healthy living back in February by regularly attending Dailey Method classes. Then I delved into altering my diet. While my goal is to be healthy overall, I knew that weight loss definitely had to be a part of that. I’m happy to report that my clothes are looser, and I generally feel more energetic and less irritable. During this time, I was occasionally weighing myself, but I was trying not to be too obsessive about it because the proof was evident: my clothes actually fit me 🙂 However, I never took exact measurements until recently.
So in an effort to track my progress, I finally took measurements and weighed myself last week on Thursday, May 24. This morning, I did the same thing, and I am hoping to continue to do so on a weekly basis. I made a new page to show my progress based upon the percentage of pounds and inches I have lost. I am happy to say that in a week, I have made some progress! Baby steps right?
Check it out: Pounds and Inches
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As I mentioned in my previous post, I have had various experiences with trying to get in shape. Nothing really stuck, and I just figured that working out just wasn’t my “thing”. I’m just not “one of those people” who worked out…right?
Around February of this year, I started to feel really negative and depressed about my eating habits, lack of exercise, and increasing waistline. I was sitting on my couch after watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, which was definitely motivating and inspirational in its own right, and I decided that it was time to literally get moving. Then the “reality” set in. I thought to myself, “I’ve never kept anything up, what makes me think I will this time?”, “I can’t exercise because of my foot”, and, “I’ll just eat really healthy, maybe try juicing, Weight Watchers, or just anything so that I don’t need to workout”.
Then, a recent memory popped into my head. I was having dinner with friends and overheard a friend talking about how she usually gets up early in the morning 2-3 times a week to work out. Then I realized that this friend not only is married, has a full-time job, and a home to maintain, but she also has 3 young kids. So what exactly is my excuse? That I “can’t” get up until 7am every morning because I need sleep? Hmmm…most of the world is able to get up early, so again, what is my excuse?
Then…I had a moment of clarity. I am just looking for excuses when, in reality, I have none! I knew it the whole time, but I just didn’t want to accept it.
So, I finally came to ACCEPT that I have no excuses besides laziness. I want to look and feel fabulous, but I don’t want to put in any work. So I can either stay that way and pay the consequences, either now or later, or I can do what I CAN do. I have no control over what may happen in the future, but I can control what I do now.
That is how my journey towards healthy living began. I am happy to say that in less than four months I have seen positive results through exercising and eating healthier. These are not just physical changes but also mental changes. I am so much happier after I workout and throughout the day. I’m less irritable and less irritating. I am much more motivated to do work simply because I started my day off right by exercising and eating a healthy breakfast! When I feel sluggish, I drink some water or eat some fruit or nuts instead of going to the vending machine.
Sounds easy, right? HA! Not so much, but re-training habits is definitely hard work. The good news is that it gets easier! Don’t get me wrong, I have cravings for junk food and mornings that I just sleep in and don’t work out. However, I no longer allow those choices to become long-term habits.
Please share your own motivating experiences and/or challenges with keeping up regular exercise and diet. I’d love to hear them!
In the revered words of LMFAO…I do work out! For the first time in my life, I am exercising regularly just because. Growing up, I was definitely not athletic. BUT, I was really good at Red Rover 🙂 Seriously though, I was lucky if I ran faster than an 11 minute mile. I did try to challenge this statistic by running the 2006 Chicago Marathon. While I was grateful to cross that off my bucket list and that I did not slip, I didn’t necessary beat any specific time. I was OK with this, and I have accepted that I am definitely not a runner. Also, the evening of the race I had a shooting pain originating from my right heel that still fires up every now and then. In addition to this, having flat feet, and a bone that occasionally decides to pop out of place in my foot, cardio exercise like running, kickboxing, Zumba, etc are a little too much for my feet to handle. I have gotten it checked out by a bunch of docs, and the verdict is that my feet just kinda stink (they smell too, I’m sure). I have orthotics, but they’re not magic, so I have to be careful. I loved using my feet as an excuse to NOT exercise, but I am ambulatory, so I knew there had to be other options.
I tried swimming, but showering then swimming then showering and washing my hair, etc was just too time consuming and inconvenient for me. Pilates was great, but I still wanted something a little more intense. Also, when I was trying all these different options, I had no discipline to be consistent. One day, I remembered some awesome classes I had taken at The Dailey Method in 2010. It was actually the first Groupon I ever bought! I remembered loving the classes, but at that time, I still didn’t have the self-discipline or right attitude to keep it up. So, what happened this time around? Well…I’ll make you sweat (pun intended) until the next post to find out 🙂 What motivates you to work out on a regular basis?
Here’s a video describing The Dailey Method to pique your curiosity:
Here is my breakfast from yesterday morning:
This breakfast is derived from an evolution of various “diets” I have completed. The latest diet was based on Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Body. I went on this diet in 2011 and lost some weight, so I figured I’d try it again. To summarize, the diet basically calls for eating a protein (meat, eggs, or fish), veggies (not starchy ones), and beans at every meal. You could also have coffee (phew!) and occasionally snack on nuts. Eating avocados was also ok (this was very enticing for me). It was also important to drink lots of water. No calorie counting. No sugar or refined / whole grain carbs (sugar substitute is ok, but fruit is not). No dairy (no cheese 😦 ). And the best part….there was a cheat day! One day a week, you can have all the cotton candy, Rolos, and Kraft Mac & Cheese that you’d like (yes I actually did this) 🙂 I was on this diet for 6 weeks, and, the funny thing is, I started looking forward to cheat day less and less. After having consistent meals for 6 days a week, eating junk all day started to make me really sick. It was also really difficult for me to just eat in moderation on that day. I’m the kind of person where if there is something with sugar in front of me, I will keep eating it, even if I am getting sick of it! Also, around week 5, I was just getting so sick of the beans! Yes, it kept me satiated, but I also started feeling like I was forcing it down when I didn’t even want it. I had lost a few pounds, but I came to a point where I know I needed something different…something that was really going to be long-term and not so forceful. I should also state that this is the first diet where I was also exercising regularly, so while I lost less weight than the first time around, I do believe I was gaining muscle mass.
Well, it was perfect timing when I came upon the Whole9 Program. This diet, or as I prefer to call it, lifestyle, is very similar to The Paleo Diet, however, it’s based on health, not history. The Whole9 Program has a 30-day challenge called Whole30. It differs from The 4-Hour Body diet in that there is no cheat day (which was no longer appealing to me anyways), you CAN have fruit (yay! I really missed that), you cannot have any sugar or sugar substitute (I was/am not excited about no more diet sodas or Splenda/Stevia in my coffee), soy products are not allowed, and you cannot drink alcohol. The website was pretty informative, and I especially enjoyed reading some of the manifestos calling attention to the health dangers of grain, dairy, and legumes – after all, I did want to know the reasoning behind torturing myself with this kind of plan. The legume manifesto really got me thinking about how much my stomach was not liking me for force feeding it beans 3 times a day.
When I was making the decision to try Whole30, I realized that I had already been training myself by not eating any sugar (even fruit) or grains/bread/rice 6 days a week for 6 weeks, so why couldn’t I do this? So currently, I am what I’d like to call “in training” for starting Whole30 in July. I’m going to test the waters, ease in some of the changes, come up with some menus for dinner and lunch, determine the best way to do Whole30 while dining out, and go from there! I do have some commitments in June that will require me to cheat, so I think it’s a perfect time to try it out without truly myself. So far, it’s only been 3 days, and I feel great! I did have a Boca burger (soy), and I have been putting sweetener in my coffee, but, as I said, I’m easing it in 🙂 I do not feel deprived, and I have a good amount of energy. What I really like about this program is the fact that it encourages a change in lifestyle. I’ve done Weight Watchers (lost 20 lb, gained it all back and then some), South Beach (lost 10 lb, gained it all back), and 4-Hour Body (lost 7 lb, gained it all back). I went on all of those diets as a temporary fix. My largest weight loss was for my wedding, which was pretty motivating. “I’ll lose some weight, and then I can eat whatever I want to”, I thought to myself. HA! The truth is, that is not how it works. And it no longer is just about losing weight, I really just want to be healthy. Many of the experiences shared by people who have tried the Whole30 challenge talk about never wanting to eat the way they used to again, and it cites many of the health benefits that came along because of the program. After the 30 days, I hope to be rid of all the not-so-good things in my body. I probably won’t be able to do this forever, but I do think it might help to improve my overall eating habits and reduce my intense carb (mostly sugar) cravings.
So, this is my new diet aka eating lifestyle plan. To me, it’s not a diet in the temporary sense. It’s more of an everyday, this is what I’m putting in my body, kind of diet. Maybe it seems extreme, but nothing changes if nothing changes, right? I hope to share my trials, tribulations, and successes with this new lifestyle. Feel free comment, question, or just let me know what you think (it’s OK to tell me I’m crazy, hehe)!
Well, I kept the standard WordPress title for this post because, well, that’s what I wanted to say anyways! You can learn a little bit about me in About.
So here I am after being all talk about starting a blog for the past 5 years. I finally feel that I have something to write about, and, no, it’s not about literally or figuratively “cutting the cheese”, ha! Rather, it’s about making healthy choices in my life which includes eating healthier (hence, less cheese), exercising, and also trying to have healthy thoughts – all of which I hope to share.
I started this blog because:
- For the first time in my life, I have been sticking to a real lifestyle change related to eating and exercise – not just a diet that is fleeting or training for a specific race, etc – I am truly working towards being a better me.
- ACCOUNTABILITY – If I share what I am doing, well…I better try doing it! Does that mean I have to be perfect? No. BUT, it does make me accountable to reporting what I did or did not do.
- I’ve never really stuck to a creative outlet – I’ve tried playing various instruments, drawing/doodling, writing calligraphy, probably others that lasted for such a short time I don’t remember. So, hopefully this will be it 🙂
This is all still a work in progress, and probably always will be to some degree. Check out some blogs that I like in my blogroll, and feel free to comment! Hello world!