It was a busy Sunday as always. I am the Children’s Director and a Co-Director of the youth at my church. I go to The First Presbyterian Church in Rogers in case your curious. So every Sunday my schedule goes something like this….wake-up, drink coffee, shower, go to church, eat breakfast at church, come home, eat lunch, put the kids down for naps, lay around, then go back to church, come home, put kids to bed, hang out with my man, post on blog, go to sleep. Well, this Sunday was a little different. I was smack in the middle of my laying around time and I got a text. It was my workout buddy Mary asking me if I wanted to run. Work out buddies are great because without her prodding today I would not of exercised. Thanks Mary! Now back to the story…My immediate response was NO. Then I felt bad and told her it was because I didn’t want to get all sweaty before going back to church. Then I got to thinking how that was such a lame excuse so I texted her back and said, I don’t want to run but how about we do some strength training from the Warrior Dash site because I don’t get quite so sweaty doing that (does that mean I’m doing it wrong?). Anyways, she agreed and that’s what we did. It took about 20 minutes and much to my dismay I felt it wasn’t hard enough! I couldn’t believe it. Me, wanting to work out harder. Who was this person?? Another change from my typical Sunday routine was breakfast. Usually I will eat a breakfast of eggs, bacon, and biscuits and gravy at church. Delicious but not very low-cal you know. Today I ate breakfast at home and took a yogurt with me to eat at church so I wasn’t as tempted. It worked! I didn’t even want the eggs, bacon, and biscuits and gravy. Not even when my friend Karma was all like….Mmmmm, this is soo good. Don’t you want some? I told her she was mean. I know, I know I’m sooo tough. So I had a couple of small triumphs today but then I had a couple of slip-ups too.
Here’s what I ate today.
Breakfast: Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal with sliced banana and coffee.
Snack: Chobani strawberry Banana yogurt and OJ
Lunch. Small salad with Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Ranch and Amy’s Light and Lean Spaghetti with Meatless Meatballs. Meatless meatballs sounds goofy but if you think about it you wouldn’t really want to call it Spaghetti with Balls now would you. Drank water.
Dinner: I ate pizza with the youth…3 pieces…is that too much…it was veggie…oh and a coke zero.
Snack: Skinny Cow Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. I wouldn’t have eaten this except for I only bought 4 and my husband keeps eating them and I was afraid I wouldn’t get any.
And that was my day!
It’s Saturday already and it’s still hard to stay on track on the weekends but I am getting better. Exercising is coming a little easier now and I try hard to not discouraged by my beginner status. Since I’ve committed to do the Warrior Dash in June I have started running. Running is a loose term there. I should say I have started trying to run. I can jog for like 3-5 minutes at a time before I start walking again. I got a reality check the other day when my husband casually said I have to run 5 tomorrow. To which I replied…”MILES?!, without stopping?! To which he replied…”yea” as if it were no biggie. Meanwhile, I am thinking to myself “oh crap do I have a long way to go”. If you don’t remember my husband is way in to working out. He is what I would call pretty “hard core” but compared to me, a lot of people are “hard core”. Anyways, I had a talk with myself and reminded myself that I am just starting out here. He has been seriously working out for like two years now. I think it’s important to not compare yourself to others. But, on the other hand, it’s just as important to push yourself to your own limits and have a plan to improve (which I do by the way). My current plan is to work out at least 5 times a week. It doesn’t have to be super intense (yet). I just want to get exercise to become a part of my normal routine. Just like brushing my teeth. I don’t want to overwhelm myself right at the get go and quit like I’ve done 100 times before and I am happy to report that I am getting there! I am ready to amp it up a bit. I am going to start some strength training and push myself to run farther than I have been. This sudden boost is due to the impending Warrior Dash. It’s one thing to want to look good in a bikini but, it’s an entirely different thing to have to be able to have the endurance to finish something like the Dash. I ate all right today and would have eaten better but we were out of groceries. Here’s what I ate today…
Breakfast: Cheerio’s and coffee
Snack: Pistachio’s and water
Lunch: Leftover spaghetti and water
Dinner: PB sandwich my son made and didn’t eat from lunch and an apple. Water to drink.
If your wondering about Warrior Dash then stay tuned. I will be doing a blog about it for my weekly feature.
My list of motivation keeps growing and growing and even despite that, I didn’t want to get off the couch and hit the treadmill today. I got to thinking about all the reasons I wanted to get healthy and how by not doing it I am only cheating myself. I thought about all the reasons I wanted to get in shape in the first place. Which are…
- To get bikini ready for our trip to Mexico in June
- To get healthy so I can feel and look better.
- To get in shape for Warrior Dash (yes, I’m doing it)
- To look good for a modeling gig for a local dress designer in June.
- Having results to post for my blog.
So after pondering all of that for a while I got up and jumped on the treadmill. It made me think of this picture I found on Pinterest. I walked/jogged for 25 min or 1.55 miles, and burned 205 calories. It’s better than nothing right. I had a list of things to do and not much time to do them in and I chose to exercise. Yay me! That has never happened before. I put my earbuds in and took off. I didn’t even change clothes just rocked it in my jeans. Also, I discovered doing the running man is way funner on a treadmill. I highly recommend it. Hope my neighbors weren’t watching cause I was really busting a move out there. After I finished, besides feeling sweaty and out of breath, I felt GREAT! So great, in fact I am looking forward to the next time. If you are struggling with motivation you should check out this link. It helped me get going in those first few days. I have been at this for 2 weeks now and have lost somewhere between 6-9 pounds depending on when I weigh myself. I will start weighing at the same time of day so I can report more accurately next week. You should know that I am not starving myself. If I am hungry I eat. I am just paying close attention to portion size and food groups. For each meal or snack I try to pair a protein with a complex carb. I learned that after reading a book called “The Eat Clean Diet Recharged” by Tosca Reno. I am far from mastering it though.
And as always, here’s what I ate today. Keep in mind I worked night shift last night so it will seem goofy.
Breakfast (4:00am): Special K breakfast bar
Slept from 7:45am until 1:45pm
Snack: Pistachios and water
Dinner: You know how people tell you not to go all day without eating because when you do you eat way too much. I can assure you that is a true story. For dinner I had a beer, small greek salad, and 2 slices of cheese pizza from Mellow Mushroom. And then we went to Braums where I had a junior size chocolate Heath Bar mix. My husband gave a gallant effort in trying to steer me away from the ice cream but if you know me at all you know that once I want something bad enough chances are high I will get it.
I would love for some of you to share what motivates or even what discourages you. Maybe we can help each other out a little.
January 19th, 2012
If you don’t already know…I am a night shift nurse so 6 days a month my schedule is C.R.A.Z.Y. So, today (Thursday) I rested most of the day because I had to go to work Thursday night at 7:00pm and then get home at 7:00am on Friday. So, I pooped out on exercising today. I didn’t do anything real exciting so I don’t have any fun ideas or thoughts to share so I will just tell you what I ate…
Breakfast: Whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter and a smidge of honey and as always coffee.
Lunch: Panerra half a turkey sandwich with a cup of french onion soup and water.
Snack: Handful of Cheerio’s.
Dinner: Spaghetti and green beans
11:00pm at work: Leftover spaghetti and green beans
Hmmm let me think. I am writing this a day late because I got all busy yesterday finishing some paintings and starting my new Facebook page called “Angela’s Art” please feel free to go ahead and LIKE it. Here’s my best effort at what I ate yesterday…
Breakfast: Egg whites with diced tomatoes and half of a whole wheat english muffin. Coffee
Snack: Even if I had one I wouldn’t remember.
Lunch: Leftover chicken taco salad and water
Dinner: Uhhhh, oh yes. Let me start out by saying I tried. My husband was out of town and I was major grumpy and tired so I decided to take the kids out to dinner. We went to McAlister’s because they had this cool choose two for 500 calories menu. I spent about 20 minutes online deciding just what to get and it was hard because not all the combinations were under 500 calories. Finally, I decided on a garden salad and half of a cheesy potato because it stayed under the 500 calorie rule. Well, I’ll be darned if McAlister’s didn’t give me a whole potato. So of course I ate it all. Then, I got the kids some kids some kids meals that came with a giant cookie. Being the good mom that I am I decided it wasn’t healthy for the kids to eat the whole cookie so what did I do….yep, I ate a chunk off each of one. Gosh!
I did do some Zumba today. I’m getting better but still trip over my feet more than I probably should. I’ve been thinking though….I don’t think Zumba is going to get it done. I want to amp it up a little. So here’s what I’m thinking. I, Angela Grear, am (seriously thinking about) signing up for Warrior Dash. Warrior Dash is a 3 mile run with obstacles mixed in every 1/2 mile or so. My husband is doing it and asked me to do it with him. Ha, I should say, do the Warrior Dash with him. There is a training schedule on the Warrior Dash site that I plan to follow. But, instead of doing their running thing I will do Couch to 5k. My neighbor Mary is my partner in crime and will be participating with me, training and all. I am nervous but I am going to be brave. No pain no gain…right. I am daring you to join me in doing the Warrior Dash. I am doing the one in Oklahoma on June 2nd. Please leave a comment and let me know if you sign up. If lots of people sign up because of me then I will definitely have to follow through with this.