I’ve lost track of my weeks. And I know that I could go back and just check, but, I’m feeling lazy. Besides, starting next week I’ll be adding in my new diet modifications, so I’ll restart a count then.
Last week was an awesome gym week. This week has been pretty good too. I’ve started running my miles slower – but longer and more consistently. Instead of sprinting a mile in under seven minutes and then gasping for breath/holding my side together for the next seven, I’m running for 30-40 minutes at a 10:30 pace and feeling good at the end. Tired, but good.
About the only bummer here has been my results. I’m still sitting right around 156; my measurements are still fluctuating around the same inch or so. I’m feeling great and on good days I can sort of see results. I can feel the firmer ab muscles, but they’re hiding.
But, let’s say I run on the elliptical for 33 minutes around level 12. Today that equaled 3.30 miles and 300 calories. Now, K from last week would come home and decide she was hungry. And since she had worked out she would have a “healthy” snack – typically wheat thins with laughing cow cheese and maybe some fruit – and right there she would negate the 300 calories that she had burned. Now, it’s simple math to know that calories in has to be less than calories out in order to lose weight. Which brings me to the new health resolutions for March:
1. No more soda. None. No Mountain Dew. No Coke Zero. Sodas are about to become a treat only for me. It needs to happen. I used to only drink diet sodas, but B drinks MD so I’ve been drinking it. And those empty calories add up.
2. No more late night snacking. This is costing me anywhere from 200-500 calories right before bed. They couldn’t be more useless. I want to actually feel the results of my workouts and not “blow” them by stuffing my face later. I also want the freedom to eat what I want at meals (within reason) which I can do if I’m not trying to eat again right before bed.
Enough of what I’m not doing anymore, here’s what I’m doing:
1. Eating breakfast. It seems like a no-brainer. But B and I have just finally started getting up early enough to actually eat breakfast. It’s my least favorite meal because I’m all cranky about not being in bed anymore. My goal for March is to eat either a fiber muffin (Fiber One makes amazing apple cinnamon and blueberry bran muffin mixes, yummy and good for you) or a bowl of oatmeal with a banana. Something warm and filling plus a fruit serving!
2. Up my fruit and veggie intake. I’ve gotten halfway decent at the 1 of each a day. Now I’m going for 2 a day. Some days this is easier than others. Sometimes I crave a salad, other times I crave french fries. My goal for now is to cut down on the amount I give in to french fries by subbing in the veggies.
3. Drink more water. And juice – mainly orange juice fortified with calcium (because I don’t drink milk, blech) but also some V8 Splash. I need to drink more liquids that hydrate me.
The hope is that all of this will just become part and parcel with every day life. Not to mention result in me being down 10 lbs by my cruise. I’m ready to see the chanegs that I’m working so hard on achieving. I don’t just want to feel them, I want to see them.