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 😉

Challenge Up!

Happy Monday! Posts two days in a row? No way?!

Yes way!

A few months back (August, I think) I did a 30 miles in 30 days challenge and I really enjoyed trying to meet my goal. I was able to easily exceed it and decided that December is time for a new challenge.

This time, I’ve enlisted the help of some of my friends. I’ve started a Facebook group and added a few friends, near and far, to join me in starting and finishing a monthly challenge. This is different in that I’m asking them to do any challenge they want. The goal of the group is to support each other, not just do a specific challenge. I’ve actually posted a few on our group page, and tonight I decided to mix and match the different workout moves to make my own challenge.Tomorrow, I will probably mix and match day two from a few of the challenges I’ve posted. Below are the ones I posted for the group chose from:

30_day_kickstart holiday_challange multi_30_Day_challenge standard_30_day_challenge

Interested in getting motivated and healthy in December? Try out one of the challenges!

Happy holidays!

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.