May Goals Review and June Goals

Today was a “meh” day, mostly because my nausea is back. The good thing is that it comes and goes, so when it’s gone, I can enjoy my Saturday. When it’s back, all I want to do is sit and stare blankly until it passes.

It isn’t fun, but these withdrawal symptoms reminds me that it’s best not to be on any medication unless you absolutely need it. After getting off a medication I’ve been on for years, I can feel my body try to manage itself again after not exercising control on its own. Lesson learned!

Sometimes when you feel totally crappy, brushing my hair is what I need to feel a teensy better.

Trying my best to manage an “I’m okay, really!” smile.

Continue my success in healthy eating. Slowly add in exercise, paying great attention to injury prevention.” 

DONE! Weight: Land in the neighborhood of 125-126 lbs. It’s not much, but I’m taking in consideration that I may not be able to work out hard enough to lose weight. If I lose, great! If not, I’ll be happy if I maintain.
Result: I ended the month weighing 124.3 lbs. I think that speaks for itself!
Mostly Done Food: Eat smaller meals, supplement with snacks if needed.
Result: Most of May I ate smaller meals that I used to, but they still filled me up to the point where snacks were not necessary, so the cutback was not enough.
DONE! Cardio: Get back into it slowly.
Result: I took a lot more days off than I wanted to, but my leg needed it. It paid off though, because towards the end of May, I was able to walk more than 2 miles on back to back days! Win.
Not Done Strength Training: 2 exercises/day (Day 1: Lunges, Plank, Day 2: Squats, Crunches)
Result: Zilch. Sometime in May I decided that I needed to mostly focus on rehabbing my leg so that it was well enough to walk. ST might have been overboard.
Not Done Flexibility Training: 3/day (Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel)
Result: None. 😦
Not Done Bloggy Stuff: Write up the About Me page
Result: Oops.

  • Waking up early again. While skipping workout after workout benefited my leg greatly, sleeping in was a luxury that started to interfere with my productivity, and eventually, made it difficult to get going on the days I wanted to work out. Now that I’m working out more frequently, it’s a teensy less difficult to roll out of bed to do my thang.
  • Workout selfie. Erhm, yes. If I didn’t so this every time I worked out, I would be rushing out the door and underappreciating myself for enacting the discipline to do what I need to do. The selfies force me to take a moment and think about what I am doing and it makes me want to pat myself on the back for it.

  • Skipping flexibility training. Now that I am working out more, my muscles are tight! Plus, I need those few minutes to zone out and just breathe before the craziness starts in my day.


Although goals were not reached, I consider May a great month. For one, I took a lot of days off after workouts for my leg to heal; when I started doing so, my leg started healing at a faster rate. Second, I lost weight! And third, I finally broke down and plunked $$$ on a new pair of kicks that is not only motivating for me to wear and workout, but is so much better for my body than my old, crumbling pair of Brooks. These were the goals I most wanted to accomplish for they are actual steps toward my goals. So I’m happy.


Slowly build mileage, strength, and flexiblity while paying great attention to how my leg feels.

  1. Weight: I would love love LOVE to see 122 lbs… Or even 121 lbs!
  2. Food: Eat super small lunches and an afternoon snack during the week.
  3. Cardio: Reach 3.5 miles per walk.
  4. Strength Training: 2 exercises/day (Day 1: Superman, Plank, Day 2: Squats, Crunches)
  5. Flexibility Training: 3/day (Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel)
  6. Unofficial Goal: Get a massage

Ohh-Emm-Gee it was difficult to get out of bed this morning. I still don’t know how I did it! Dawn and Saturdays do NOT mix.

There. I did it. I woke up at dawn o'clock on a Saturday to workout. Medal, please.

There. I did it. I woke up at dawn o’clock on a Saturday to workout. Medal, please.

Unfortunately, my 2.85 mile walk today killed my leg today. I should have known something was up before my workout, because while walking around the house I could feel tightness in my calf. I figured that whatever I was feeling must have been my imagination (because my bed was soooo cozy), so I ignored it. I went on my walk and within five minutes of starting, the tightness developed into a soft, dull ache. I ignored it again, thinking that it was just my leg needing a longer warm-up. Finally at 0.75 miles, the ache escalating into a pain and by the 1.0 mile point, I was almost limping home. Eek!

So it looks like my immediate plans to go on that 3.0 mile walk needs to be postponed a bit until my calf heals from all the walks from last week. I am so close though, I can taste it! I just need exercise a little more patience.

Since I was forced to DNF my walk, I decided that I should at least take a stab at accomplishing my new workout goals, so I completed the following:

Strength Training:

  • 2 x Superman at 30 seconds
  • 2 x Plank at 30 seconds

Flexibility Training: 

  • Forward Bend
  • Downward Dog
  • Pretzel

Although the pain experience during my walk was alarming, I am glad I did it because I got to learn how my leg is doing in the rehab process. Plus, it felt great to be outside so early in the morning when everyone is asleep! No regrets.

Tomorrow is a rest day, and I think my calf is going to be very happy about that. 🙂


6/7/14

Beverages

  • Coffee
  • Silk soy creamer
  • Water

Breakfast

  • 2 McDonald’s Egg White Delight with no cheese

Lunch

Um, I almost never crave burgers, but today I had to have one.

  • Turkey burger with lettuce, tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and Thousand Island dressing on a sesame seed bun
  • Side salad with a sprinkle of Italian dressing

Dinner

And this evening I had to have Mexican food. Bad idea, because I ended up being way.too.full. Another reminder that big meals make me feel terrible.

  • Asada salad (lettuce, rice, beans, carne asada, guacamole)
  • Chips
  • Salsa

 

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Because eating is not a hobby

I want to be honest with you: one of my goals for May is going absolutely, downright terrible. The goal in question is the one where I eat smaller meals and supplement with snacks in between.

Why have I not succeeded at least one time so far this month? Oh, that’s an easy answer: I love to stuff my face. Like, eating is a very enjoyable experience and I always dread the end when it’s all gone, so why not prolong the experience by dumping more food on my plate! And who cares if I feel uncomfortably full after. It was fun!

Which is precisely the reason why I need to stop it. It’s unhealthy. And pathetic. And it’s not doing my body any good. Eating is not a hobby; activities like knitting dog sweaters and painting cats on canvas are hobbies. Sure many people can handle food being the central part of their lives, but just like my out-of-control addiction tendencies for cookies, I cannot. And that’s where my new plan comes in.

For the month of May, I will use the following guidelines to make my relationship with food … a little less intense.

  1. Drink at least one glass of water before eating. I drink a ton of water throughout the day already, but now I think I need to strategize when I drink it. I think my problem is that I sip throughout the day without much thought and drink a bunch after my meals when I am already full from food; therefore, I’m too full to snack. I should be doing the opposite! That way, I will still feel satisfied with less food and then be more open to snacking.
  2. Bring tupperware with me to restaurants. Split my meals immediately. And if I forget my plastic containers, ask the restaurant for some to-go containers before I stuff my face eat.
  3. Fill my pantry with exciting but healthy snacks. This is so I will feel more motivated to eat less during meal times so that I can fit in these foods.
  4. Measure out my food. Since I am unfamiliar with how much less is enough, I’ll do this for the next couple of weeks at least so that I learn how much I will be eating from here on out.
  5. Use a smaller plate. A nice little trick that most diets recommend.

I am making tomorrow my Day One. Look out food, I will conquer you!

EXERCISE LOG

None.

Update: Leg was complaining big time as I walked through Home Depot today, so tomorrow is definitely a no-go. 😦

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Coffee: 12 oz
  • Silk vanilla soy creamer: 1.5 tbsp
  • Water: 101.4 oz

Breakfast

  • Egg white veggie frittata
  • 2 slices wheat toast with butter and jelly <– I am so cutting this down to one slice next week. I was already full after eating my frittata, so WTH do I need to eat two slices of bread! Oh wait, I know why…
  • 1/2 slice white toast with butter

Lunch

  • Strawberries with Fage Greek Yogurt and a little cereal sprinkled on top

Dinner

  • Cereal with almond milk

Oh oh, and one last gif to accurately illustrate what I will no longer feel about food:

lovefoodmorethanpepes

Sigh.

Weigh-In Thursday, April Goals Review and Goals for May

And it’s Thursday! And it’s also now MAY! (Where did you go, January, February, March and April?)

And to celebrate May Day, I present to you this:

2014-05-01 weather

Oh yes, it feels like 89 degrees and not 93. And if I want to get reeeally optimistic, I will say that today is five to seven degrees “cooler” than yesterday. A wonderful consolation, says my dog who is passed out drooling in the darkest, coolest corner of my bedroom.

Please stick me in the fridge where it’s cool and I can be with all my delicious BFFs, namely Mr. Leftover pizza.

(I may have turned on some lights to snap a pic of his mug.)

Anyway, as if I needed a reason to eat cold cereal for dinner, today’s weather will serve as my excuse today.

WEIGH-IN

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.6 lbs Total Loss: 2.6 lbs

SW: 130.2 lbs, CW: 127.6 lbs
Total Loss: 2.6 lbs

Starting Weight: 130.2 lbs

Current Weight: 127.6 lbs (+0.6 lbs from last week)
Total Loss: 2.6 lbs

Goal Weight: 109 lbs
Weight to Lose: 18.6 lbs

Sooooo there’s an itty bitty 0.6 lb gain. I’m not entirely concerned because 1) I haven’t worked out, thank you hurt calf, and 2) TOM is knocking on my door, thank you cramps for telling me last night.

Although… I did step on my scale two hours later for kicks and found it to read 124-something lbs … Hmm.

As long as my calf reports continue to be boring from now to Sunday, I’m thinking Monday will be the day I start my workouts up again. I’m feeling it!

April 2014 Goals Review

April was supposed to be all about re-establishing my healthy habits, which went particularly awesome for a grand total of … 10 days-ish, when I realized that I strained my calf. Since then, I rested a whole lot, but continued the eating part at the very least, so April wasn’t a total wash.

1. Weight: Lower calories to maintain weight (this is so that my body can get used to eating less and not become shocked)
  >> RESULT: I lost 3.2 lbs and gained 0.6 lbs which made for a total of 2.6 pounds lost.

2. Food log:

  • Week 1+2 – Record only, no calories
  • Week 3+4 – Record + calorie 1200-1500

>> RESULT: I recorded everything I ate, but did not restrict calories because… Well, I didn’t feel that I needed to.

3. Cardio: 210+ min/week
>> RESULT: Abandoned it when I hurt my leg

4. Strength Training: 2 exercises per day

  • Day 1 – Lunges, Plank
  • Day 2 – Squats, Crunches

>> RESULT: Also abandoned… 😦

5. Flexibility Training: 3/day

  • Forward Bend
  • Down Dog
  • Pretzel

>> RESULT: Nothing after I hurt my leg.

6. Bloggy Stuff:

  • Blog daily
  • Thursday weigh-ins

>> RESULT: Done and done!

7. Unofficial goal: Continue drinking 100+ oz water/day
>> RESULT: I managed to drink 100+ oz of water almost every day! On the days I didn’t make my goal, I accounted for my morning tea, which brought me up to my goal.

What worked:

  • Drinking a ton of water. Food-wise, it helped me to snack only when I’m hungry and to feel more full during meals. Physically, I no longer get headaches and my joints are less cracky. I will definitely continue drinking 100+ oz of water a day.
  • Keeping a food diary. Now, I mentally commit to memory what I eat so I can remember to type it out here, but what it really does is make me review my decision. It is so easy to eat 15 cookies and just forget about it, but with a food diary, I actually need to remember that I ate those cookies! So because of the simple fact that I now record what I eat, I did not commit any mindless eating/choosing this entire month.
  • Not eating any chocolate and pastry items. This was super unofficial goal that I decided to undertake because right before I started this blog, I realized that my consumption of treats was getting out of control. Going cold turkey on the stuff helped me to reset my palate, stop craving sugar, and start wanting fruit instead again. In fact, there’s a BIG batch of chocolate chip cookies sitting on my kitchen counter right now that I have not even touched!

What didn’t work:

  • Doing too much too soon. I dove into my new workout too quickly and did not give my body enough time to rest. Total rookie mistake! In my head, I am still that person who walks six miles a day and runs 5 miles on a “short” day. When I get back to it, my workouts will be paced much slower with gradual increases.

May 2014 Goals

Continue my success in healthy eating. Slowly add in exercise, paying great attention to injury prevention.

  1. Weight: Land in the neighborhood of 125-126 lbs. It’s not much, but I’m taking in consideration that I may not be able to work out hard enough to lose weight. If I lose, great! If not, I’ll be happy if I maintain.
  2. Food: Eat smaller meals, supplement with snacks if needed.
  3. Cardio: Get back into it slowly.
  4. Strength Training: 2 exercises/day (Day 1: Lunges, Plank, Day 2: Squats, Crunches)
  5. Flexibility Training: 3/day (Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel)
  6. Bloggy Stuff: Write up the About Me page
  7. Unofficial Goal: Buy new workout shoes 🙂

EXERCISE LOG

SOON!

FOOD LOG

Beverages

  • Jasmine Tea: 20+ oz
  • 101.4+ oz (12.7 glasses)

Breakfast

  • 3/4 cup Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 30 g Special K Vanilla Almond cereal
  • Banana

Lunch

  • Leftover pan-fried chicken breasts
  • Mashed roasted butternut squash

Dinner

  • Cereal
  • Almond milk

 

Day One

Ohhh I do not like “Day Ones.” But how else do I define the first step back into my journey of healthy living?

Whatever reservations I may feel about it, without it, there cannot be a Day 100 or Day 365. And the latter cannot happen without a plan, and since I want to get to Day 365, here are the first steps of my plan to get 364 days past Day One.

Stage One: First 30 Days – Establishing Healthy Habits

  • Thursday weigh-ins
  • Food log: Week 1-2 – Log food only, Week 3-4 – Log food and calories (1200-1500)
  • Two ST exercises/day: Day One – Lunge and Plank, Day Two – Squats and Crunches
  • Cardio: 210 minutes/week
  • Stretch daily: Forward Bend, Down Dog, Pretzel

Stage Two: Month Two – Time to Sweat

  • Thursday weigh-ins
  • Month Two Progress pic
  • Food log: Food and calories
  • Three ST exercises/day
  • Cardio: Start Couch to 5k
  • Stretch daily

Stage Three: Month Three – Time to Sweat

  • Thursday weigh-ins
  • Month Three Progress pic
  • Food log: Food and calories
  • ST: Intensify, 3 days/week
  • Cardio: Continue Couch to 5k
  • Stretch daily