Lifestyle Changes, 1 Month Update

Lukemom

I’m cheering mom on!

I honestly felt like I had slacked this month, that maybe I hadn’t done enough, or I ate too much when we went out. Let’s be honest counting calories at restaurants is hard.

Lets just start with the stats.

Weight – down 7 pounds!

Right Arm – Same

Hips – down 1.5 inches

Waist – down 3.1 inches

Right Calf – down .6 inches

Right Thigh – down .5 inches

Clearly numbers don’t lie. This is much better than I expected, and my inch loss in the waist was definitely surprising to both my trainer and I. The hard work is paying off.

I had a chat recently with some girlfriends, about counting calories, I have come to realize that I HAVE to do it. I can eat healthy, but since I am home every day the desire to snack is definitely increased. If I don’t keep myself accountable I will snack all day long. Even if it is healthy foods, they still have caloric value.

I think in addition to this “snack” revelation it is also important to note that healthy foods should still be eaten in moderation. Before I started counting calories I would eat healthy foods and wasn’t as conscious of my portion control because it was a healthy food. Check out this article from Shape magazine, that breaks down healthy foods and why it is still important to count calories for healthy foods.

In terms of workouts I have been running and mixing in strength training. I am trying to increase my mileage and train for some races.

I am a little nervous with what the next month will bring. We have a lot of obligations out of state and I am hoping I can keep my calories in check and my workouts strong!

In addition, I am super proud of Nick who has started to weigh his portions and count calories to lose 20 pounds and he is down 5.4 pounds, yay!

Lifestyle Change, Week 1.

As I posted my goal here, I thought it would be good to do updates with my fitness and what I am eating to keep myself accountable, but also to share with those who are on a weight loss journey as well. Exchanging ideas about food and fitness.

I plan on sharing my numbers as well, but in terms of body measurements, I don’t think a weekly share is worthwhile. I will be sharing those numbers monthly, and my weight weekly.

This week in terms of food, I had to change my diet a little bit in order to keep within my 1400 calories.

I usually have oatmeal made with milk for breakfast, I usually add 1 serving of natural peanut butter or granola. Somedays I use both. A few hours later I will have a snack, usually a banana or hard-boiled egg. For lunch I have either soup or a raw veggie salad (tomato, cucumber, green pepper and carrots) with 3 oz of no salt turkey and italian dressing. For dinner it varies, I like to keep things light, even if there is meat.

In terms of fitness, Monday I did a 30 minute Bosu workout.

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Tuesday, my lungs were still feeling a bit sickly, so I went to the mall to spend some gift cards. I ended up walking around with B for 3 hours. He was spent.

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Wednesday I took a rest day, I woke up still feeling like crap so I wanted to give myself one more day of rest.

Thursday I ran on the treadmill, 3.02 km. I felt winded but I think a good portion of that was because I was pretty sick for almost 2 weeks.

Friday I ran again on the treadmill, 3.10 km.

Saturday, I ran for 20 min then I met with my trainer where I did an hour of strength training and core work. I really wanted to burn a lot of calories today since it was date night, and I wanted to have some wiggle room in terms of my options for dinner.

Sunday I took my 2nd rest day of the week.

I am down 3 pounds in one week. I am pretty happy with my results, especially since I know I can step it up in the workout department. I took it easy on myself because I was still getting over this lingering cold and I didn’t want to push myself into a place where I would end up hurting myself.

I am coming for you this week.

What are your go to workouts when you are sick?