FGG Week 1

So, I just finished up my first week of the Fit Girl’s Guide 28-Day Jumpstart. The best way to describe this week was a struggle.

My meal prep got off to a rocky start and I was never really able to regain my footing. I am used to prepping for a few days worth of lunches on Sunday evening, but prepping for three full meals per day was serious. I put off some of the prep and thus was scrambling to put together dinners each day of the week. Snacks were overlooked and I often went off the rails.

Needless to say this committment to clean eating thing is hard work. I think I took it lightly because I had a “guide” to follow. For whatever reason, my thinking has been, as long as I know what to make I’ll just do it. Not so fast…I had three meals spelled out for me but the hard part was the cutting, sauteing, mixing, and cooking for each meal…Perhaps other ladies starting this journey are more skilled in the kitchen but I felt like I was floundering.

Add to that my schedule. This was the last week of classes at work. Being new to this position still, I feel a good amount of pressure right now because I am still learning. Then throw in my master’s program, top with family (arguing with a three year old is no joke!) and you have a recipe for exhaustion.

The exercise portion of this program? Almost non-existent. Drinking enough water? Yeah, no.

For a status update, I will not call this week a loss. I think the majority of what I was ate was better than I normally eat. I increased my whole food intake substantially; barely anyting processed. I made a conscious effort to drink more water and that is steadily increasing, though still not optimal. I cooked for myself healthy, virtually salt-free meals. I exercised. I was conscous of everything I ate. I’ll give myself a passing grade (C) but I won’t say I high acheiving.

While I cannot say that this first week was “successful,” I will say that it was a step in the right direction with the necessity for improvement. This program does not focus on perfection. Nevertheless, self-control and awareness are needed for me to make changes.

On to week 2! I’ve already started my grocery list and know in my mind that I will need to give myself more time and energy toward my food. Wish me luck!

P.S. – Here’s  a look back at some of the things I did well this week 😉

Done!

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My Mother’s Niche 30 Miles in 30 Days challenge is in the books. Though I only ran a few of the miles, I added an extra 30 miles over the month of September. It wasn’t much, and with all that has been going on lately, it has been tough. but I’m happy that I was able to finish this challenge. Go me! What’s up next for the month of October, weddings, moving, grad school, and travel! Wish me luck!

Jump Start

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Happy Labor Day weekend peeps!

I decided to get a jump start on my challenge this evening. I gave it a test “run” if you will. I think it went pretty well. As you can see from Nike+ Run app picture above, it is about 1.12 miles from my door, to the park, three times around, and back to my door.

I’m testing out a few apps to track my miles over the course of the challenge, including the aforementioned Nike+ Run, MapMyRun and Runtastic. I think my fave so far is RunKeeper. It allows me to add my own goal, namely my 30 miles in 30 days challenge. My run tracker, in combination with my Fitbit tracking my overall steps, floors, calories, and distance for the day, should give a pretty accurate view of how I’m doing throughout my challenge. 

Even though taking on a new challenge can be exciting enough, I think I need a few things to enhance my experience, such as:

  1. New walking/running shoes (I hope to earn/deserve/need these by sticking with my challenge)
  2. A new sports bra (for obvious reasons)
  3. A reflector or vest if I decide to go early or after sundown
  4. An armband for my phone
  5. New workout pants and shirt

I think this is a short, doable, non-flashy list. Maybe even basics to some but as someone who hasn’t committed to this kind of routine before, I think it’s fair I have some things I need to get off to the right start. 

If you can’t tell, I’m a little excited. Again, and as always, wish me luck!

Fitness Challenge: Accepted!

So, I am posting this with the hope it will keep me accountable. I am normally not one to participate in monthly “challenge” events, but something about this particular challenge jumped out at me.

I was browsing Pinterest today and stumbled across a challenge called 30 Miles in 30 Days on the blog, Mother’s Niche. Clearly, the goal is the run 30 miles in 30 days. While the most straight-forward way to complete this challenge would be to do one mile per day, the best thing about this challenge is that instead of saying what I need to do each day, it is giving me a goal for the month, but allowing me to set my own schedule. If for some reason, such as work, school, motherhood, illness, etc., I am unable to get a mile in one day, I can always roll it over to the next day. This built-in contingency might keep me from feeling guilty if life gets in the way of my challenge. Of course, my goal will be to do one mile of walking (running perhaps?) each day.

I was reading an article from Lifehacker the other day about mini habits. How starting off with a very small goal, like one push-up per day (or in this case, walking, running, or swimming one mile per day) can lead to big changes without the pressure of completing a long-term goal weighing on you. I hope that this mindset helps me. That just focusing on way day, one mile, getting moving long enough to accomplish that one daily goal, will help me stay on track.

Wish me luck as I try to stick to this goal. I am hoping the help and motivation of the blog and Instagram participants will keep me going. Starting Monday, I’m off and running! Get it?! 😀

 

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The Biggest Loser – One Month Down

Happy Monday and as always, I apologize for my absence.

We are about a month into our Biggest Loser Challenge and work, and while I had success as the biggest loser for last week (I’m the only one who lost), I’m definitely feeling defeated today. I know that fluctuations are normal and I am finally fighting an uphill battle but days like these, it hurts to not see any progress.

I have been working out 3-4 times per week. Not as much as I would like but it is progress.

I have been eating somewhat better. I know this is my real problem. I am not consistent with the foods I eat at all. The weekends are the worst. I don’t know what to do when I get bored. After Gabriel goes to sleep, I’m not sure with my time.

Self control. Will power. This is what I need to succeed.

Additionally, I am dealing with some medication issues with my doctor/insurance. I am in transition and so I think noting being on my medication is part of my issue. I don’t want to rely on medication to help me lose weight but I feel like it is a good starting point for me right now to get my diabetes in better control.

We have eight more weeks of our challenge and though I don’t think I will win, I know I will build some great habits along the way and hopefully continue to get healthier.

Challenge Update, etc.

First let me apologize for my absence. With work overwhelming, the end of one terms of classes (straight As by the way), and the start of the other. Did I mention my husband is still in the hospital and I’m still flying solo doing the mommy thang? Yep, that’s been my 2013 so far.

As for my personal challenge to reduce my social media use…I have failed. Miserably. For the first few days I struggled. When I would open Facebook mindlessly, I would have to consciously remember to close it out. I think it did help, especially at work. But I also think I am the master at finding another distraction when another one is unavailable. Finally, I gave in. I don’t police myself anymore and I’m a little disappointed I gave up the challenge so easily. Maybe I needed to make my goal more manageable? IDK, seemed pretty straight-forward to me. Maybe I’m just weak. I think that is the more likely of the two. Such is life…

Two more days son turns one year old. This is a bitter sweet milestone for me. I can’t believe we have made it a year. It’s been magical and trying but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I look back at some many things starting with my pregnancy to having him and it makes me well up. And then I think of all the wonderful things to come. That makes me smile. This year will be especially tough because my husband won’t even be able our son’s  first birthday party because he is still in the hospital. It can’t be avoided so we’ll just have to  to do FaceTime, take video, and lots of pictures. 

In the meantime, this mama is just trying to keep all the balls I am juggling in the air. Can’t let anything drop!