I have returned!
After a (somewhat) brief hiatus, I have decided to return to the blogosphere! After I graduated, my motivation to blog went out the window (this project was for one of my classes). However, in my seemingly never-ending battle with getting healthy, I’ve come to realize that I need some sort of accountability to keep me motivated. So here I am, airing my dirty laundry and getting back on the wagon. I’ve had some major ups and downs these past couple of months. I moved into a new apartment, started a new big girl job, got a new car. I also suffered the loss of my childhood pet, Maddie, which made the last month pretty difficult. But I’m feeling better, and am ready to re-commit.
Unfortunately, I’ve officially hit my heaviest weight. Ever. It’s only a pound or two more than I was a year ago when I started my last major weight loss plan, but even still, it’s a scary number. As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’ve done pretty much every diet. And every time the pounds come back, with a couple of their friends. I read a lot of health forums and blogs and etc, and everyone stresses the importance of making a lifestyle change, and not thinking of it as a diet. That’s what I’m really trying to do here. I’m still on the veg wagon, working hard to keep my nutrition balanced. I’m officially a member of Planet Fitness. The fact that I’m paying for the service makes me a lot more likely to go. It doesn’t hurt that I also get free unlimited guest passes, which means the SB gets to (aka has to) come with me at least once a week when we see each other.
So here’s the plan. I’m going to use this blog to post what I’m eating and my exercise regiments and achievements. I’m going to aim for between 1700 and 1800 calories on days I workout, and closer to 1600 on days I don’t (aka Fridays and Sundays). I’m aiming for my calories to be 50% carbs, 30% healthy fats and 20% protein. As far as workouts, I’m going to the gym Monday-Thursday and Saturday. Monday and Wednesday I do the bike and strength, Tuesday and Thursday I do Couch to 5k and Saturday I do a combo of both. Though I am trying to be transparent here, I’m not going to post my weight because the updates go to Facebook and I’m still a little weird about some kid I was in a class with in sixth grade knowing my number on the scale. But I will keep track of how much I’m losing. I’m going to weigh in on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow, yikes), and am going to invest in some measuring tape so I can try to keep track of my progress that way, too.
Let’s start with today, shall we?
Breakfast, 250 cals:
- Morningstar Farms veggie sausage patty
- Thomas’ “Healthfull” 10 grain English muffin
- Smart Balance
Snack one, 130 cals:
- Dry roasted, unsalted almonds
- Dried cranberries
Lunch, 423 cals:
- PB&J made with TJ’s natural peanut butter, Welch’s natural grape jelly and Wonder Smart White bread
- Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips (seriously, this things are amazing. FSTG rocks.)
Snack two, 105 cals:
- Yoplait light strawberry yogurt
- Strawberry (I brought more but they turned out to be moldy, only one was still good. Major bummer.)
Dinner, 921 cals:
- Mom’s creamy pasta and broccoli (I was home for the weekend, couldn’t resist! Thankfully I only had enough for one meal, because man that stuff is bad for me. Not an indication of what I usually eat for dinner.)
- Pure Protein shake with 1% milk
Today at the gym, I did a half hour on the bike, then did two sets of eight and one set of ten chest flies with 10 lb weights, 50 situps, a 33 (yes, I’m being precise) second plank and a couple minutes on the High Step at home after I realized how much pasta I ate. My legs and arms are feeling like Jello, so even though I didn’t do that much I think the fact that I’m in terrible shape means I actually did get a pretty good workout. Silver lining?
So there you have it, day one of my commitment. I promise I’m going to be consistent posting on this thing. I also finally got my invite to Pinterest, so check out my boards there and follow me. I’m going to be posting fitness and healthy eating tidbits I find searching around.
See you all tomorrow!