Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Before the diet begins....

I have a bucket list of sorts of all the things I want to accomplish before I start the Ideal Protein diet.  It is a short list, but here goes:

  1. Get family pictures taken.  My husband and I are both planning on following the Ideal Protein diet, so I want to get family pictures taken as our "before" picture. And then do it again once we have hit our goal weight, to get our "after" picture.
  2. Eat EVERY SINGLE meal I have saved in my "Yummy Foods" board on Pinterest.  Or at least, make a valiant effort at it, since there are 403 pins on there...
That is it!  Small list, I know.  I should also add give up caffeine so I won't be going through caffeine AND sugar withdrawals at the same time, but I'm not ready for that yet.

I have a goal outfit picked out too - just in time for Christmas.  There is a story behind this particular outfit, but I won't bore you with the details.  So here is the edited version - I can't wait to come strutting in to family Christmas with my gorgeous Iowa Hawkeye apparel I received in a white elephant exchange that I have never been able to squeeze into - but this year will be different.  Yes people, my goal outfit is sweatpants and a t-shirt :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ideal Protien

October 20th I will be attending an informational session regarding Ideal Protein.  My doctor recommended the program durnig a doctor visit I scheduled to figure out how the heck I'm going to lose this weight.  I was so against it in the beginning, but she asked me to try it for 30-45 days to learn how to actually eat right.  After doing some research, I discovered I can get to my goal weight less than 6 months.  So, I've deicded to give it a try, and my husband is going to try it with me.

I'm nervous, but hopefull.  I'm hoping that once the weight starts coming off, it will keep me motivated enough to keep going.  I get so bored with the same food over and over again, so I'm nervous that I will fall off the wagon. But with my husband by my side, I think I can do this! I have to do this!  

I want to lose 50 pounds.  Holy cow - that is a lot!!!  But, I can do this. I have to do it!  I want to blog about my journey, as I have tried to do so many times before, and quit - just like the diet and exercise.

But this time is different - I've finally reached out and asked for help from the experts! And I have a plan - and I even have my plan for when I'm done with the diet to maintain.

First steps are a plan and a goal right? 

I'm so excited to get started.  I'm nervous. But I can do it.  I have to do it!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

People of the Gym....

Have you heard of the people of Wal-Mart website?  If not, and you are up for a good chuckle, you should check it out.  I think there needs to be a similar site called People of the Gym.  I've seen stories on twitter and online.  I go to our small work gym so I don't see all the crazies that others do, but I noticed a few things today and I was running on the treadmill.

First of all, the clothes people wear to the gym sometimes.  One lady was wearing sweat pants and a shirt I would wear to work (business casual dress).  Another lady didn't even change her clothes and was working out on the elliptical.  I would hate to be her poor co-workers when she goes back to work.  Speaking of that...what is up with the people that go to the gym in the middle of the day and don't shower?  Seriously - gross!  The people around you don't want to smell you, and how can you be comfortable in your own stank the rest of the day?

Holy Crap, it exists!
Every time I go to the gym and all of us are running/jogging along on the treadmills, I feel like I am a part of the Wall E movie.  You know, where all the people go through life on chairs? Or I feel like we are just a bunch of hamsters in our wheels for some larger power in space - kind of like Horton Hears a Who..

Yes, these are the kinds of things that start to run through my mind about halfway through my treadmill working.  I get so bored and my mind starts to wander.  Or I try to sneak a peak at the people beside me to see how fast they are going - usually faster than me.  I have music and bring my kindle but that only keeps me entertained for a little while.

Can't wait until the weather gets a little better and I can head back outside.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

THAT is 10 calories?!?!

After lunch I always want something more - usually something sweet.  Yesterday to try to satisfy it, I grabbed a life saver to see if that would cut it.  Just one little, round, fruit flavored life saver - then I faithfully logged it onto MyFitnessPal for the day.  And it came back as 10 calories.  For that little thing?? No friggin' way!  I know it isn't much in the grand scheme of things, but not how I want to use up 10 calories of my day.

That brings me to another thought.  Did you know gum has calories?  I've always tried to figure that one out...it isn't like I swallow it, right?

Monday, January 6, 2014

You can do anything you set your mind to

I have always known that when I set my mind to something, I can do it.  This applies to healthy eating and exercise too...the problem is, I don't set my mind to it for very long- usually.  So I need to make the most of it while I am determined to follow through.

This is the mind set I am in right now.  Last week I met my goal of exercising 3 days and completing the first week of the Couch to 10k program.  CHECK!

This week, I have decided to start watching what I eat more.  I'm not striving to be perfect at this point, but I want to do better.  To help with this, I have started tracking what I eat - again.  And I did pretty darn well today!

Now to just make sure I don't eat anything else tonight.  Eating after I put my boys to bed has been a issue for me for a long time.  To avoid this tonight, I am writing this post and then heading to bed.

I have my gym bag packed to start week 2 of Couch to 10k tomorrow.  With the absolutely ridiculous temps right now, warming up with a nice run on the treadmill sounds like a wonderful lunch break.  I also already have my lunch and snacks packed for tomorrow.  And dinner will go in the slow cooker in the morning.

I'm also starting a 30 day push up challenge.  One thing I miss from the Power 90 program was the definition I was just starting to see in my arms.  Maybe this will help.  Maybe I'll do this month on my knees and next month I'll be able to do it on my toes...hmmmm....

Here is the challenge, which I found on Pinterest.

Post written - off to do my 5 push ups and head to bed watching Blue Collar until I fall asleep.

Until next time, happy running peeps!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

One week down

My first week is in the books - and I did as little as possible while still meeting my goals.  I completed the first week of the Couch to 10k program, running about 5 miles on the treadmill. Only 12 more weeks to go!  If I stay on schedule and don't have to repeat any weeks, I will be done in plenty of time for my first 5k of the year, which is April 13th.  There is also a marathon relay that weekend if I wanted to really push my limits, but I'm not so sure about that - plus there is the task of finding a team.  This 5k is kind of a sentimental race for me because it was the first one I ever attempted to run how many years ago.  Not sure I want to stop that tradition.  It got flooded out last year, so I really want to run it this year.  Plus, I should be able to kill my best time, right?

My diet has been awful this week - I know that wasn't a focus and I have completely taken advantage of it.  This week, I'm going to make it more of a focus, but I don't want to overdue it.  Little steps or I will abandon it all.

Goals for this week:

Run 3x - complete Week 2 of Couch to 10k
Drink Shakeology every day this week.
Bring my lunch to work, and eat it, at least 3 days this week

No changes in my weight, which I didn't expect - just glad it didn't go up!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

I wonder how many blog posts, Facebook status updates, Tweets and whatever else out there that are claiming what I am going to claim right now - New Year, New Me!  I'm pretty sure I have said that before and I have done pretty well once, long ago.

But now I have lost a lot of that progress and gained back about half of what I have lost.  I've tried many things, many different workout programs that work for a while and then I stop for a number of different reasons.  So, I decided for now to go back to what worked the best and what I was able to stick with the longest - running.

Although I do have some loftier goals this year.  Yesterday I started the Couch to 10k program.  I ran in a marathon relay in September and it was the most amazing experience ever!  I ran a 5k leg and was pretty slow, but I knew I would be going in.  I would love to run a longer leg this year if they invite me to run again!  I started last night.

Right now I'm starting slow - getting back into an exercise routine.  Running 3 days a week.  Then I'm planning to add on strength training 3 days a week.  I found a pretty awesome routine in a health and fitness magazine I get through work called a dumbbell complex. You can find an example here. 

I know what I eat is important too, but right now I've decided to mostly focus on exercise and not so much about food.  I'll tackle that one down the road a little more.  I need to get back into the exercise routine first.  And I have chosen running and the dumbbell workout because I can do both of them at home or at work - one excuse I am able to eliminate!

So, Happy New Year everyone!  Be safe and enjoy!

Here's to a happy and healthy 2014!