unconditional

When I run on the elliptical in the morning I like to watch something to keep my mind off running.  😉  It is hard to find new things all the time, but I recently chose the movie Unconditional.  I really like it!  I love that one of the main characters is based on the life of a real life person.  This man changed the lives of so many kids.  I love kids!  So when a person puts his/her comforts on the line to change the lives of our future…well, it is a winning story for me and I highly recommend that you watch it!

Speaking of the elliptical…kind of…I was so good eating healthy since the summer and even through Christmas and New Years, but I got burned out of eating healthy and took a brief hiatus.  Amazing how all that progress can go away so quickly.  😦  Therefore… I am back to healthy starting today.  I had a healthy breakfast and a great run on the elliptical this morning.  I feel good and am actually ready to get back into the healthy routine.  As yummy as being unhealthy can be, my body really doesn’t feel good when I am unhealthy.  So I am ready to feel good again.  🙂

weekly update

I feel that since I have started the weekly updates there have been more frustrated posts than not.  Hmmm…maybe I should back off and report back in a year?  😉

So “on paper” I should have lost 1-2 pounds this week based on diet and exercise.  In reality…nope.  It is always so much fun to be hungry and tired at the end of a week and have nothing to show for it.  *sigh*.

I have not been doing as many HIIT routines with my foot…but I found a way to tape it to keep it pretty good on elliptical.  It is much better than it was, but if I use it too much it does still turn into that marshmallow balloon foot.  Still…I did get in my weekly workouts and ate less than normal and still…no progress.

Gave into food today, so back to it tomorrow…strict strict strict.  I am still a bit afraid to start measuring body fat…maybe next week…

See ya back here then 🙂

working out

What do you like to do to keep in shape?

I have had a few conversations lately and am curious to know your favorite routines, HIITS, etc.

I like to switch it up.  I get bored with things like running (yes I did train for a half) and yoga, not because they are easy, because they certainly are not, but because my mind focuses on what I am doing and then I realize I am not enjoying it.

I like weight training  A LOT!  I tolerate running and elliptical because it is great cardio, but I entertain myself with music or tv of some sort.  I really enjoy HIIT routines, but with my aging body those routines often cause aching joints.  Jillian and Cassey Ho are my favorite videos…Jillian for longer and Cassey for shorter targeted areas.  I have also recently gotten into some dancing workout videos, which I am having a lot of fun with!

What do you like?  Let me know below.

 

weekly update (late) and stuff

I feel slightly guilty or vain ( not sure of the wording) dedicating so much thought to the weekly updates.  Please know I KNOW there are far more important things in the world…pretty much anything.  BUT…being healthy is a good thing and so I will continue to post the updates.

I am still avoiding the scale because my clothes are still tight.  blah!

However, I have gone to 1 dr, gotten my first round of bloodwork underway and have appts for the next dr and bloodwork lined up, so hopefully answers will come soon.  I also know for 100% certainty some food which cause me to swell up, have allergic reactions or both.

Now that those things are under way a bit, the testing and feeling sick stage is over, though I am heavier, I have a better plan.  And part of that plan is to get back on track with normal and healthy eating, consistent eating, consistent workouts.

As of tomorrow I am putting myself on Cassey Ho’s 90 day meal plan.  I will only stay on it as long as I need to get to my goal.  I am also going to do 3 of her mini workouts a day along with elliptical and weight training.  This is not as time consuming as one may think.  Just requires early rising.  Most importantly I am making my goal of devotion/Bible/quiet time to happen before I exercise…start the day right.

I have made a couple modifications to her meals to avoid foods I know I react to.  I will be staying in the 1200-1300 calorie range.  I will be eating primarily veggies and protein with some fruits mixed in.  One day a week I will allow myself a cheat item (not an entire meal).  I really want to get my body back AND get my healthy eating habits back.

Otherwise things here are going well.  We had a few years of people around us falling apart and the past few weeks we have gotten some great news and prayer answers!  🙂

We are beginning to read the Narnia Chronicles to our kids…a little every night starting with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, of course.  We are all enjoying it.

No complaints, but summer is soon, so gotta get in shape!  🙂

Day 34

So I failed and ate bread today, which led me to crave more sugar, which led me to an utter failure in my calories intake and being sugar free.  I found out some interesting things though…

1.  I am not throwing in the towel BUT I am not starting my 30 days over either.  Today can go away and tomorrow will once again be day 9.

2.  My weigh in day was supposed to be Monday, but I did it today…before cheating…and…no change.  I was pretty bummed, but actually not too surprised since my clothes haven’t changed in how they fit.  By Day 34 I was hoping to be almost done with this weight loss and I am still at the same weight as when I started.

3.  Eating no added or unnatural sugars and living on lots of fruits, veggies and nuts must have shrunk my stomach a bit, because it was not ready for the sugar gorging that took place.  My stomach also doesn’t feel so well right now, so maybe that will help me to get immediately back on track tomorrow.

4.  My body fat percentage is happily set in the athletic category and has gone down a touch, so despite my weight staying the same, my body fat is going down.

5.  I can not eat just one of anything I have been denying my body…hence the downfall.

That’s all for today…am workout was 4 miles on elliptical and pm workout was weight training.

day 26

So I am adding a challenge to my weight loss challenge.  It is going to be hard to reach my reward foods if I keep cheating and eating high calories in foods that aren’t my reward foods.  I might as well just eat the reward ones, but I won’t…alas…someday my will power will work again.  😉

Anyway, my downfall is, and always has been, sugar.  I have tried many times to do a paleo or primal diet and fail after a few days.  This time around I am going to avoid refined sugars for 30 days.  Beginning today and taking me to September 9th, my food intake will be almost devoid of refined sugars.  I am making an exception with my cottage cheese and greek yogurt (they aren’t high in sugar content, but have a little)…for me the protein and dairy are important.

My meals will consist primarily of fruits and veggies, nuts, fish, egg whites and chicken.  As with each new venture in being healthy I am excited, but I am nervous that I don’t have what it takes to do it.  I have no intentions of giving sugar up completely in the long run, but know giving it up short term will be healthy and will hopefully (hopefully!) make me more controlled in my sugar intake in the future.  Since it is a 30 day challenge and I am making it public, I have a better chance of success.

Sugar has a bad rep, but tastes so good.  I know it is blamed for myriad of diseases and health issues, so getting it under control would be a big benefit.

Here’s to another attempt at being healthy!  🙂

AM workout: run on elliptical = 500 calories burned

PM workout: will do weight lifting for arms

Calories planned around 1500

I went over yesterday, but if I stick to my sugar free challenge (I mapped out a daily menu plan for that) I should remain between 1400 and 1600 for daily caloric intake.