I’m still here!

I feel awful that I did not post ANYTHING last week! I promise to try and do better this week.

By contrast, I had a pretty successful last two weeks working out and eating healthier. The last full week of February, I got in 5 workouts, and last week I had 4. AND I think I even lost a few pounds.

My work week was a circus, but I won’t go there… So glad I have the opportunity to go to the gym and work out all the stress.

I am aiming for another 4 – 5 workouts this week. Yesterday was NOT a good day for food choices, but I will not beat myself up over it. (I was out of town all day – went to the Big South Basketball Finals – AND got to see all 3 of my children. So what I ate comes second fiddle.) Today I will be back on track.

on a roll now!

The past week has gone well – diet wise, I have done well making good food choices; and I have had several great workouts!

Last week, I worked out Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. And I worked out Sunday as well.  My knees still hurt, but otherwise I am feeling better. When I got out of bed this morning I realized that I felt much better than I have in a long time. Oh, and I went to bed at a decent hour last night. Granted I was up early Sunday, plus I went to the zoo AND the gym – but my head was on the pillow with lights out by 10:00 pm!

I am hoping this week gets even better – planning to work out tonight and so far holding on to the diet…um healthy food choices.

SLEEP – WATER – EXERCISE – EAT HEALTHY!

life happens

I am hearing from so many of our RBL’s how “life” is interfering with their weight loss/get fit journey. Many have had the stomach bug (me included); flu; sick children; job hours too long; and the list continues. Yes, Life happens. But we have to just deal with these issues as they present themselves and get back on track. We will all fall down at times, but we just need to get back up as soon as possible! Don’t stay down – trust me, the longer you stay down, the more difficult it becomes to pick yourself up.

Personally, I am still struggling to just get myself to the gym. I am sleeping much later than I would like, and I tend to stay up too late at night. So, that is going to be my mission for next week – going to bed at a decent hour and getting up earlier so I can get some early morning exercise in. I know from past experience, if I get it done in the morning, it gets done! Otherwise, it becomes too easy to let other things interfere as the day progresses.

This week has been a challenge for many reasons. My weekend was spent with the stomach bug, and Monday I was still out of it, so I missed my Monday workout. I did get up early Tuesday to work out with my trainer, Bev. In a short 30 minutes, she had me exhausted! I could barely get to the shower and get dressed for work. But that wasn’t enough – because we missed our time together last week, I had the privilege of working with Bev AGAIN last night. Our time wasn’t until 6:30, but I arrived early and worked out for 45 minutes with my daughter before my time with Bev. I went into the workout with my knees still in pain from Tuesday, but I plowed through anyway. By the time I began with Bev, my knees had had enough. However, Bev was AWESOME! She had some great workout ideas that I could do seated. And she still managed to exhaust me! HUGE shout out to Bev for being such a GREAT trainer!

On to the next mission – SLEEP! And getting in more CARDIO!!!

WATER, WATER, WATER

Did I mention WATER?!!

I have to keep reminding myself to drink water. Again, another habit I had left behind last year when everything else kind of exploded. When you work in a situation where you are monitored how often and for how long you leave your desk, drinking water doesn’t happen. Thankfully, I am no longer in that situation, but getting back into the habit of drinking water regularly is a struggle.

On a positive note, I have been doing better. I try to drink a 20 oz bottle every morning before leaving the house. Also, I used to put coffee in my creamer every morning. Now, I use a small amount of coconut or almond milk, cinnamon, and stevia or a small amount of raw sugar. Typically, I just have one cup of coffee. Two weeks ago, I was getting a large tea every morning at McDonalds. Now it was “Half-cut”, but they have REALLY sweet tea. I did not get the tea AT ALL last week and haven’t this week either! Small changes can make BIG differences!

My diet is far from perfect, but I am striving to make better choices. I have been especially conscious of adding more vegetables to my daily intake. Last week my kitchen was a mess because we had been having issues with small unwanted critters. I finally got in there and cleaned so now I actually have room to put together a few healthy meals.

When I went Monday for my workout, I was actually surprised that I had lost 1.8 pounds. Like I said, my diet is not perfect – however, I do believe small changes can be helpful.

So – what changes will I work on next week?

 

and so it begins…

This is my first time EVER blogging. Where to start? I want to be FIT. So, what does it mean to be “fit”?  One definition I found states, “the condition of being physically fit and healthy: the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task”. In my search to define fitness, I also discovered many components to fitness – including Cardiorespiratory, muscle strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and flexibility.  (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/7181.php)

I don’t see anything anywhere that says how much I weigh determines my fitness level. So while it would be nice to see the number on the scale go down in this journey, I would much rather feel good! I want the strength, endurance and flexibility to enjoy life not just from the sidelines, but on the playing field. And I want to be able to breathe while doing it!

Twice this week I have been in the gym on the bike and using weights. I love it once I get there and get going. Right now, physically getting to the gym is my biggest obstacle – I live/work  about 25 minutes away and work six days a week. However, I am determined to get back in shape and feeling great again.

So, here goes! Come back in a couple of days and let’s see how things are going.