HYC Update!

I’m down about 1/2 pound this week. That isn’t really anything to get excited about because of all of the fluctuating my weight has been doing in the last 3 months or so. Basically it’s up a pound and then down a pound. If I was sure that the plateau had been broken then I would definitely be excited!

Today is a run/walk day. Because I skipped a run this past weekend I’ll be doing 5 min. run/1 min. walk today instead of 8 min. run/3 min. walk. The weather has been so cold and windy here since late last week that it’s not a whole lot of fun to be outside. At the same time, I get really bored with running for an hour on the treadmill so my plan is to be outside today.

I’ve been very happy with the quality of food I’ve been eating. By that I just mean, virtually no junk food and lots of good whole foods. I have been loving Costco lately. They are really increasing the number of Organic foods that you can buy there. Yesterday I saw three different varieties of organic apples for the same price as non-organic apples. It seems every time I go there I find a new organic product that I didn’t realize they carry. I love that!

Another new item I bought at Costco yesterday was fresh butternut squash chunks (unfortunately not organic). I have really been craving homemade butternut squash soup so today I plan to make some for dinner. Since the squash is already in chunks, it should be so much easier to make the soup! There are so many different spice combos out there for this type of soup so I am having a hard time deciding which one to try first! Curried soup sounds delish!

My workout plans this week include 3 strength training sessions with my trainer and 3 run/walks. I’ll try to fit in some walking on the days I don’t do the run/walks.

I think the cold season has caught up to me. Half of the people at work are sick and now I think I’m sick too. I’ve been sneezing nearly nonstop. Seems all of the vitamins I’ve been taking didn’t prevent the cold. After I conquer this cold I’m going to get a flu shot. I don’t want to get the flu this year.

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Laura asked some really great questions in the comments on my last post so I thought I’d answer them here. 

1)  How many times a week do you work out (run, etc.) and for how long?

I strength train with a trainer 3 days a week for 45-60 min. We do a few cardio intervals as well. I was training 5 days a week with 2 days of HIT training but my schedule changed so now it’s just the 3 days of strength training. To replace the HIT training, I have started a run/walk program recently where I run/walk 3 times a week for 30-60 min. My ultimate goal is to be able to run 30-60 min. I’m definitely improving.  On the days I don’t run/walk I walk for at least 30 min. (Usually about 2 miles). I exercise every day at least once.

2) What kind of diet are you eating? Are pretty mindful of what you are eating? No hidden calories (even from yourself)?

 I am a fairly clean eater. My trainer wants me to eat only oatmeal, protein shakes, chicken breast, fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes and vegetables. Unfortunately, that’s too darn boring for me! I need more variety in my life. Not to mention, I love fruit.

My favorite breakfast is Kashi Go Lean Crunch with 1% or nonfat milk. Some days I eat oatmeal with a scoop of whey powder or an egg white omelet with veggies. For lunch I have salad (with no dressing), chicken or fish. For my carbs I eat brown rice (1/2 cup) or a whole grain pita, wrap  or piece of bread. I don’t eat white bread at all any more. (I guess I did have a Parker House roll earlier this month :)) I probably don’t eat enough fruit and veggies every day but I am working on that.

Now, I am not saying that I am perfect, by any means. I had a hamburger a few weeks ago. And I am embarrassed to admit that I had a Costco dog today. I know, I know… horrible! I was starving and made the mistake of going there hungry.

I love tall, nonfat mochas, no whip. I have one nearly every day. That’s next on my list of habits to kick. They have 180 calories, 32 g. carbs, 2 g. fat and 11 g. protein. The sugar in it is the killer. I hate drinking my calories! I drink lots of water every day (more than 64 ounces per day).

I do write down everything I eat in my food log. On average I eat 1400-1600 calories per day.

Thanks again for the support and the great questions!

Happy Saturday!

The weather today has been absolutely beautiful. I can hardly believe it’s fall. We are having temps about 20 degrees above normal. It was so perfect, the hubs and I went for a 2 mile walk this morning. My legs are pretty sore from running yesterday so I needed the stretch of a walk. It felt great to be outside exercising. The weather will turn chilly soon and I won’t go outside to exercise. I am a total wimp about being cold.

Lately, I have been so frustrated about my weight or rather my lack of weight loss. Up until the beginning of this month, I was strength training 45- 60 min. 3 days a week and interval training 45-60 min. 2 days a week with my personal trainer. I had to stop the interval training when school started due to the volunteering I do at my daughter’s school. I’ve replaced that with cardio at least 3 days a week but am aiming t0 do more.

I eat between 1200-1600 calories a day. I’ve cut out fast foods, with the exception of a hamburger every month or two when I get a craving. A girl’s gotta have a burger now and then! 🙂 My protein comes from chicken breast, I’ve limited the number of nonfat, no whip, tall mochas. I rarely eat processed foods or sugary sweets. No more refined carbs for me. I ate pasta on my birthday as a special treat and was able to eat only 5 or 6 bites. Anyway, you get the idea. I’ve made huge changes to my diet and haven’t seen much change.

There have been so many days I have wanted to give up completely. One of those days was the day I ate a hamburger for lunch. I’ve lost my motivation to get up early to exercise. I’ve been doing my cardio in the evenings, if I can fit it in with my busy schedule. I’ve been struggling to keep my motivation. I’m battling negative self talk.

But I have refused to quit. I am stronger. I can see muscle definition that I’ve never had before. And I love it! I have more energy and endurance. All of that keeps me going. So, I take one day at a time and try to remember the benefits from my new healthier lifestyle. Tomorrow is a new day!

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~Henry Ford

Success!

I did it! I completed the run/walk… 3.2 miles in 38:39! Yippy! I felt great for completing it! That run is the third run for week 2 in the Prevention Magazine Turn Your Walk into a Run Program. Sunday I plan to start week three which is Run 5 minutes/walk 3 minutes six times. I’ve mapped my run for 4.5 miles. I’m hoping to improve my pace a little but frankly, at this point, if I can finish then I’ll be a happy camper!

My trainer called to tell me that she can’t make it to the gym today for my training because she’s sick. Bummer. So instead of heading to the gym by myself, I’m going to do a bike ride in my neighborhood. If it’s too hot, then plan B is to ride my stationary bike. Today was leg day so if I do some intervals I should be able to get a decent leg workout.

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Look at that delicious plate! Lunch was a wrap with chicken, spinach, avocado, and salsa. Yummy! I’ve been totally craving vegetables the past few days. I baked an acorn squash last night with a little brown sugar for dinner. Loved it!

I’m looking for great salad recipes so if you have any, please post them in the comments. Thanks for sharing with me.