As I finished up the past two weeks, I am so proud that I am still going strong. I am eating healthy and exercising. I have had a couple cheat meals over the past two weeks and I haven’t worked out every day these past two weeks but I feel amazing.
I am actually starting to crave healthy foods over the junk I used to eat. When I had the cheat meal, I was ridiculously sick and my body was so mad at me for eating the cheese tots and chicken fingers. I immediately got back on track and my tummy tea works so well. I can tell that my stomach is shrinking because I don’t eat as much in one sitting. Also, moderation is easy now; I can eat one or two Doritos and not have the intense desire to eat the whole bag.
Every day brings its challenges but I am so happy that I am able overcome and keep moving forward.
I am amazed by the emotional side of this journey. At the end of the day, this isn’t about the pounds and the inches lost (bonus!), the cheat meal(s), missing some workouts; this is about building yourself up, gaining confidence with each choice you make, with each mile you push yourself to finish. I have not been this happy in a looong time. I don’t let life just throw me around anymore. I don’t let my personal obstacles beat me down anymore. I rise up, above the negativity, and stand confidently; knowing that I am worth it. I am an incredible woman. I am enough.
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.
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.
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.