Day 5 – Is this still happening?
So far so good. The first week of starting a lifestyle change is tough enough as it is but when you include Sunday brunch with friends and a holiday it is tougher.
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I went grocery shopping this week and bought a lot of vegetables. I tried to stay away from crackers and snacky items I know I cannot control when they are in my house. However, my 4-year-old insisted on having Wheat Thins as a snack and I relented. We’ll see how that goes.
I have managed to continue working out each day I have planned. If I must admit, there was a day or two that I just didn’t feel like it. I thought, “I could just skip today, it won’t matter.” But in the end, I pushed through and carried on with my workout. I think what saved me is the fact that my daughter works at the gym and I have to pick her up. Plus, she likes working out so I have no choice unless I want to sit in the parking lot for an hour.
Here is my mid-week update:
I have been pretty much on track even with brunch with friends and a holiday this week as potential obstacles. On the 4th, I decided to eat whatever I wanted on the condition that I track everything I wanted to eat at the beginning of the day. I refuse to eliminate any foods or food groups. If this is going to be a lifelong process, I’m going to have to figure out how to have some balance. I am increasing my vegetable intake and trying to stay within my suggested calories. I am trying to stay away from starchy carbs and eating whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, etc.) I’m not saying that I won’t have it, I just don’t want it to be the main part of my diet.
Brunches and Holidays
During brunch, I ended up going through the line twice. The first time, I focused on filling my plate with vegetables and then adding some items that I thought wouldn’t be too bad like grilled chicken and fish. The food was great! I really didn’t need to go back for a second plate but everyone was so I did too. After I ate my veggies, I decided to indulge a little with this second plate. I put a little mac and cheese on my plate (see not eliminating carbs) with lots of shrimp. I figured I would be full from the first plate of veggies and only picked at the second plate. It worked! I didn’t eat everything. Good news! When my friends went up for dessert, I did not join them.
On the 4th, I decided to eat what I wanted. I made myself promise to track everything I wanted to eat at the beginning of the day. This helped me to see if I was going to go over in calories and needed to revise my menu or if I could have some dessert. I knew I wanted to have a turkey burger and a salmon burger so I needed to plan for that. Breakfast was light so I would have enough calories for those burgers. I also went to the gym that morning since it was closed in the evening.
Drinking water is an essential part of losing weight. There are many opinions about drinking water from how much you should drink to what the temperature should be during consumption. I say drink what you can to meet your goal. If you like water with lemon, go for it. You prefer ice cold water, drink that. Your goal should be to drink the water no matter what. I enjoy my water ice cold. I also find drinking water with a straw allows me to drink it faster than if I was sipping it directly from the cup.
My goal is to drink 128 oz of water every day. I purchased this 48 oz water bottle to help with that goal. So far I have been close or met my goal. I have been drinking 48 oz in the morning, another 48 oz in the evening, and 24 oz at the gym. I also drink one last glass at before I go to sleep. I’ve been up in the bathroom during the night but I am hoping this will pass once my body gets used to this.
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At first, I planned to slowly work in cardio and not strength train. Since I’m working out with my daughter, I decided to include strength training since she loves it. My current routine is to do 30 minutes of cardio and alternate between strength training legs and arms. We are going to the gym 5 days a week. I don’t have a definite routine at this time. I am just using the machines that are available at my gym.
How I Feel Overall
I feel the same. I’m a little sore from working out ut nothing unbearable. It’s only been a few days so I’m not expecting any miracles. I will take measurements on Friday when I weigh in and track them every 4 weeks.
Oh yeah – that box of wheat thins are GONE. (Don’t look at me, I have four kids…)
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