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One Day at a Time

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It has been such a fun end of the year for me. My family and I went on a cruise the week before Christmas and I did very well with all the walking and activities (thank you physical therapy!). I definitely noticed that my cardio is nowhere near as strong as it used to be and I even got a little winded going up and down stairs (just like at home). My breakfasts (yes, I ate breakfast every day) were healthy high protein and there was no time for unlimited snacking (like I do when I home) because we were so busy with all the activities and fun things to do on the ship. I was surprised that I didn’t gain weight after the holidays and cruise; in fact, I lost three pounds. However, I was so winded from walking and using the stairs that I quickly realized that it is time to add some exercise back into my life, especially cardio.

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This new year I have decided to take a different approach to getting healthy, much different than the past four years.

I am not going to stress about counting calories or what the scale says or fad diet plans or anything at all. I am going to focus on my body; feeding it healthier alternatives, healthy snacks, and lots of water and green teas. I will be using all the information and knowledge I have gained over the past four years and continue to find new healthy recipes to keep the variety.

I am going to start exercising with the lower impact exercises until my leg is fully healed and ready for my normal exercise routines again. I will start with the elliptical and try doing the T25 (following the low impact modification) and/or OrangeTheory to push myself a little bit in order to get back into the swing of things with my exercise routine.

I am not going to beat myself up if I miss a workout or overindulge/eat unhealthy foods on occasion. I’m not looking for fast results. I am looking for a consistent routine that will develop into good habits and hopefully wonderful results.

I will continue to keep you posted on my progress and any new items to post but mainly I am just going to live and enjoy each moment. It is time for me to just…be.

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Week Seven Overview

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Losing Inches

Well, over the past two weeks I have put back on another pound, so I am still right at 130 pounds. However, I have lost another 1.5 inches this week alone! With the walks, runs, circuit training, HIIT exercises, housework, and chasing after four children I believe that I am gaining lean muscle mass while losing fat (according to all these experts and my doctor). I wasn’t discouraged to see the scale not moving at a downward pace because I can see I am thinner; I can fit into jeans and shirts I haven’t been able to wear in over a year; my bras are getting a little loose; my skin is glowing; I feel energized and amazing! I am happy that I am learning to not place a huge emphasis on the number on my scale, rather how I am feeling and looking.

Monitor Fat Intake

On the nutrition side of things, I have noticed that 2-3 days per week (over the last two weeks) I have exceeded my daily fat (40 grams of fat per day or 30% of my daily diet should be coming from fat). And on those days of high fat intake, we are talking about 40-60% of my daily diet was fat (EEKK). I love MyFitnessPal because I can see exactly what is going into my body and I can adjust my nutrition accordingly. For example, on days when I have half an avocado (14 grams of fat for half an avocado) for lunch, I should not have a high-fat dinner followed by a high-fat dessert. Light Bulb Moment: I think this is another reason why I am maintaining my weight; I am having several high-fat days during the week and then exercising that fat off, not so much the pre-existing fat. (Make sense?) So now I can adjust my nutrition and select healthier and lower fat options for snacks or desserts if I am getting close to my daily fat allotment. I will be starting Week 8 with these small changes and see what happens.

I hope y’all are motivated and sticking to your nutrition plans and fitness goals. It truly makes a difference in your mood, your appearance (I am literally glowing), and your life. I just feel better; I am HAPPY! And I hope y’all are experiencing the same results.
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