Tired

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I am going to visit my family tomorrow, so I have so much to do around the house today. I didn’t do a workout today, but my eating has been pretty good. I don’t know what I’ll do as far as eating goes, at the airport tomorrow. There’s not a lot of healthy options. I don’t have a lot of time between flights, so I might just have to grab what is close! I’ll probably write again after I’ve gotten where I’m going!

May 26

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I was totally on point yesterday and today. I worked out, ate a lot of veggies, drank all my water, and went to bed early. Today I did my Firm workout and was totally productive around the house. All in all, a very good day. Just keepin’ in short today. Trying to keep accountable to myself.

Victoria Day

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I don’t even know what Victoria Day is all about, but I don’t care. (I guess I could Google it, but I’m not really bothered enough to check.) The boyfriend has the day off, so I am a happy girl. The weather has been mostly sunny with a bit of rain, but it’s still been pretty good.

I did enjoy my free day with some delicious wings from my favorite restaurant. I feel like I’m set and ready to handle another week of exercise and healthy food choices!

I did my workout today. I’ve eaten only healthy delicious food today, and life is good!

No Late Night Snacks

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Instead of vegging in front of the TV with some random junk food, I decided to blog about how I did today.

I had a very busy day and didn’t get to exercise until about 4. Normally I blog about exercise right when I finish, but I had to do a million things. I am really liking this kickboxing video. I didn’t think it would be much of a workout, but I’ve had more sore muscles from this video that my much harder 500 Calorie workout.

My eating has been so on track this week. I haven’t even felt too tempted to eat any junk. I think it’s the cottage cheese I’ve added to my diet. It fills me up and lasts long in my tummy!

Long weekend, here I come! And Free Day, here I come! And No Rain Tomorrow, here I come!

Monday, Monday

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Usually, on Mondays I’ll say to myself, “Aren’t Monday’s the worst?” But today, Monday isn’t feeling so bad. Maybe it’s because yesterday was such a bad day, that the tiredness of today doesn’t feel so bad.

The boyf and I were just crabby to each other all day. And that doesn’t make for an enjoyable stuck-inside-rainy-day. Today, we woke up more cheerful and happy. Which is odd for a Monday.

I stayed OP yestderday. Actually, I ate better than I usually do on Sundays. I’m slowly but surely taking off the pounds. I can’t wait to be able to have a ticker on 3FC, so I can track my weight visually. This website has been so motivational for me. I really feel, for the first time ever, that my “healthy eating” is sticking. Most of the time, I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. I feel like I’ve just decided to eat things that are good for me.

My old go-to junk food was chips. Doritos, Ruffles, Lays, Fritos, Cheetos, anything. I could eat a bag in one sitting. And then I would feel sick. But I loved them. We used to buy two bags of chips every week when we went grocery shopping. “They were for my boyfriend’s lunches.” When I started eating healthy, I cut out chips, which was hard to do. When I went to go make the grocery list the next week, I realized that we still had one and a half bags of chips left. Which meant that I had been eating one and a half bags of chips all by myself. Every week. That is gross. I must have lost 5 pounds just from stopping the chip binges!

I do have to say, regarding my free days, that I can tell the difference in how I feel on free days vs. how I feel the rest of the week. After we eat out, and have a treat and lay down a bit, I always feel sick to my stomach on Saturdays. And I’m figuring out, it’s because of all the garbage that my body is not used to eating anymore. It’s kind of made me more aware of how junk food really affects my body. Eventually, I’ll probably cut “free day” to “free meal” and then maybe phase it out completely. Right now, it’s a crutch to help me not eat junk all week long. But I won’t always need it. And that thought makes me happy.

Well, I was all over the place today. Maybe tomorrow, my thoughts will be a bit more organized.

It’s Friday! And Free Days

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I must admit, I am glad that this week is over. It’s kind of been a roller coaster emotional week. Probably because TOM is coming around soon. But I’m still learning that when I’m having a bad day and I feel like crying, it’s better to just cry and get it out, instead of laying in bed and snacking while watching TV.

I finished my workout this morning. Again, finished at 10:30. I really love this workout. I mean, I hate it while I’m doing it (So hard! It burns!), but when I’m done… I feel amazing!

Tomorrow is Saturday which means that it’s my free day. I know some people don’t agree with “cheat days,” but it’s helped keep on the right eating path the other six days of the week. We eat out once a week, and it’s on Saturday. The other meals are our normal healthy meals. If there’s a dessert I want, I’ll wait until Saturday and have it. But I don’t gorge myself on Saturdays. I still drink a ton of water.

For example, last Saturday, for breakfast I had 2 hard boiled eggs and some strawberries, along with a liter of water. For a snack, I think I had one of those rolls of Smarties. (Rockets in Canada, but I’ll never call them that. It’s too weird.) Lunch, we went out to eat and ate Chicken Biryani and Chicken Tikka at our favorite Indian restaurant. I had a small bowl of ice cream at some point during the day. I can’t remember what dinner was, but it was the usual healthy meal which is always served with a big spinach and romaine salad.

I really feel good about having Saturday as a free day. During the week, if there’s some craving I have, I’ll just tell myself that I can have it on Saturday. That is good enough for me at the time. By the time Saturday rolls around, all of the things that I’ve told myself I could have, I don’t really want anymore. And it’s working so far.

Tomorrow, we’re going shopping. I’m hoping clothes will be fitting a bit better than last time I shopped. It’s been awhile!

Temptation

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There are some days/weeks, that I can look at a box of my favorite cookies and not be tempted at all. Last week was one of those weeks. It was my birthday, and I told myself I could be a little easy on the dieting. But none of the junk that my boyfriend keeps in the house sounded good. So I just kept it healthy.

But this week… is a whole different story. Everything sweet is tempting me. Even gross wafer cookies sound like a dream to me. I haven’t caved yet. I keep hoping that the boyf will just hurry up and eat them all so they won’t be in my life of vision when I open up the cupboard.

I am eating pretty good though. I finished my exercises for today. Tonight, we’re going out for a walk/jog/stair run. I’ll be glad to get a double work out in!

Discouraged

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I weighed myself today and I have gained 3pounds since yesterday! How is that possible? I ate so clean yesterday and I worked out for over an hour. Either I’m doing something so wrong, or I’m retaining water because of hormones or something. It’s crazy. I did eat out on Wednesday for my birthday, but I didn’t go crazy or anything.

I’m trying to not let this get me down. But it’s been hard today. The boyf had cookies and donuts laying around, and normally I don’t even let the thought cross my mind to eat them. But today, I almost caved in and ate a couple of donuts. I was thinking, at the time, “Might as well have a couple, I already gained a couple of pounds.” But that’s the kind of thinking that’s going to put me on a downward spiral. I told him that he need to get those cinnamon sugar donuts out of the apartment. My willpower is too low today for such temptation!

So I ate fairly clean today. I did have a couple of mini rice cakes, but I don’t think that’s too bad.

The weekend is finally here. I give myself breaks on Saturdays. But even though I’m not exercising, we still pretty active on the weekends. We try to walk around downtown as much as possible, and I’m usually sore by the end of the day!

Wish me luck to eat well this weekend!

-B

Being Accountable

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I started my new workout and healthy eating program at the beginning of March. I made a chart of daily goals, that I marked off everyday. I made 9 weeks of charts (finishing on my birthday, as a kind of celebration). I thought that since I was doing nothing before, the pounds would just melt off. For a month, I was eating pretty healthy and alternating different workout videos (some bollywood workout, and Slim in 6/Ramp it up). I didn’t lose a pound. But the exercises were getting easier, so I think that I was getting in shape. At this point, in the past, I would give up and go back to being lazy and eating a bunch of junk. But I decided to keep going.

I was so bored with Slim in 6, so I got some Firm workouts from the library to switch things up. I started with the 500 Calorie Workout. And it just blew my mind away! It was so tough, by the end, I was literally drenched in sweat. So for the next month, I did the 500 Calorie Workout alternating with a couple of other Firm workouts. After two weeks, I had lost 5 pounds. It might not seem like a lot, but after losing zero in the first month, I was so excited.

Then I got a nasty cold. I tried to keep up with the workout, but I was too weak, and I was coughing so much. I took a 3 day break from exercising. In the past, illnesses would be where I would get off track and stop exercising. So when I took the break, I was very apprehensive that I would lose all my motivation. But I didn’t!

I got back on track and two weeks after my last weigh-in (do I sound like an episode of Biggest Loser or what?) I had lost another 5 pounds. I was ecstatic! Ten pounds in a month is pretty awesome.

So that was last week. I weighed myself this morning and I didn’t lose anymore. I’m pretty sure that it’s because I went a little overboard with my birthday dinner last night. But it was my birthday, so I don’t feel too bad. I got right back on track, and ate a healthy breakfast this morning, and a healthy lunch. I finished my workout and I’m feeling good.

But I went to go mark off all the things that I had done today, and I realized that my 9 week checklist of goals is all filled in! I have never lasted so long eating healthy and exercising consistently in my life. So I need to make a new checklist with some new improved daily goals.

Also I wanted to start another way to be accountable, i.e. this blog. I’m going to try to write after I exercise and eat well everyday. And maybe explore different eating plans and exercises. Wish me luck!

-Bee