It’s Not A ‘Diet’, It’s A Healthy Lifestyle

My biggest pet peeve during this journey is when people see me eating a salad or ordering fish at a restaurant is that they ask ‘What diet are you on?’. Choosing to eat healthy doesn’t automatically mean that I’m on a diet. When I explain that I’m changing my lifestyle and what I choose to fuel my body with I get questions like, ‘Yeah, but for how long will you eat like this?’ or ‘You can steal ‘cheat’, right?’. If I want a slice of pizza, I will have it. However, I don’t. It’s not like I’m restricting myself from eating everything and anything, I just don’t feel like having fatty foods. After eating salads, fruit smoothies, chicken, steam veggies, and fish your body no longer craves the junk food. I don’t find it as appetising as I once did. This isn’t a ‘diet’ I will be using for two or three weeks until I shed some weight. No, this is how I plan on eating for the rest of my life. I want to incorporate more veggies (I love carrots, brussel sprouts, asparagus) and high protein foods. It fills me up, it’s tasty, and its better for my overall health. Yes, I desire to lose weight. But you know what I desire more? I want children and grandbabies! I want to be able to go camping with my grandchildren and be able to watch them grow as my grandmother has done with me. I’m 24 years old and when I’m home in Canada I see my grandparents every Sunday for lunch. Even in Australia, my Grandmother is the person I talk to the most from home. I want to have that kind of relationship with my family. Will I have it if I’m overweight, suffering health problems, or dead at a younger age? Hell no. Why risk it when I can reverse my lifestyle and fix what is needing to be fixed now. It’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle I want to continue forever.

Anyways, that’s my bit of a rant. I was ice skating for four hours today with the children at my childcare centre. At lunch, I pulled out my salad and chicken and one of the male supervisors was saying ‘You eat like a rabbit’ and ‘What diet are you doing?’. It just annoyed me because people have the stigma that if you choose to eat healthy, you’re on a diet. It’s black and white. Well, that’s not really the case, is it?

But yeah, ice skating was a ton of fun. I was ridiculously proud of my kids because many of them fell but they continuously got up again. They were unbelievably determined! I skated for 3 1/2 hours and was the only supervisor that stayed on the ice longer then ten minutes.

After ice skating I got home at around 4pm and had a quick individual can of tuna before heading to the gym. I was pretty proud to have a five hour shift and decide to go to the gym even though I only had an hour in between getting home and meeting a friend. I got what I could done and it’s better then if I had stayed at home and watched a 45 minute television show, you know? May as well exercise. That use to be my excuse though: ‘An hour isn’t long enough’. Well it was today. Got in some leg stuff, skipping, running, etc. It was a bit of a weight and cardio circuit and I feel good about it. 

I never know how to end these blog posts. As soon as I get what is on my mind down, I just kind of fizzle out. That’s all I had to say; it’s good getting it all down on the computer and being able to be proud of myself and share it. 

Hope you all are doing well! Keep going strong! 

My Weigh In — Is The Scale Lying?

So I weighed in today…

My Starting Weight; 170lbs
Last Week; 169.2lbs
Current Weight; 166.4lbs

Yeah, apparetly I lost 2.8lbs in a single week. Is the scale lying? 
I feel like I should be really excited but I feel like that’s a little much and that I’m going to gain a bit or be the same next week. I know when you first start off, the weight sort of falls off in the first 2-3 weeks. I just hope I can continue kicking my own ass at the gym!
But yeah, I’m down 3.6lbs since I started really keeping track as of January 1st. That’s pretty good and I already reached my goal of 3lbs a month. I’m hoping next week I’ll be at 166lbs and by the end of the month the scale will say 165.whatever. 

I’m pretty happy with the progress. My only worry is that I work 25.30 hours next week at the childcare centre followed by a few days on duty as a resident advisor. I’m writing up my gym schedule after this so I know that I have to stick with it.

Anyways, hope you are all continuing strong! Keep your chins up and push for progress! 

Power Outage = Free Weights

Half way through my gym session today the power went out. Apparently there was a large accident that took out some power lines. My gym is on the university that I live at so I knew if I went home I’d be stuck in the dark with no computer or anything that would entertain me. So what did I do? I totally took advantage of the free weights. Nearly five minutes after the power went out, everyone at the gym seemed to run off. People were complaining about no air conditioning, no music, and how they could no longer work out. When I do weights, I will do a set and incorporate cardio after. Instead of using the treadmill or rower today, I did step ups and utilised my skipping rope. Ultimately, it was actually a pretty awesome work out.

This week I was able to get to the gym or work out 5 times. The one day I didn’t think I would get a chance to exercise, I ended up doing stuff in my room. I did step ups with my chair, 1000 skips to burn 100 calories, and I attempted some at home cardio thanks to youtube. It wasn’t as good as a gym session would have been but it was better then sitting on my butt on the computer, right? I want to find an at home program that will work for me when I’m stuck on duty as a resident advisor and unable to leave. But yeah, I thought that was progress.

Tomorrow morning I’m weighing in for the second time. I’m not too concerned though. I actually don’t care how much I lost because I’m really proud of how active I’m getting. I went to the gym on a regular basis before the new year (three times a week) but I never really pushed myself. I found a happy place and just stuck to it. However, now I’m running faster then I ever attempted, I’m lasting longer, and I’m experimenting with different workouts. I feel a lot better about myself just by pushing myself more.

Tomorrow is also grocery shopping! I have to update my weekly meals in the morning and figure out what I need to buy for next week. I love grocery shopping though and preparing all my meals. I like that sense of control and organisation. 

Anyways, that was my excitement for the day. Nothing too crazy but I kept moving. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend and being active! 

Who Doesn’t Love Zombie Run?

Seriously, Zombie Run is the app that made me fall in love with running. I’ve probably lost a good 20lbs just from what this app has gotten me to do. I use to hate running; especially out doors. After downloading Zombie Run though, I finally had that inspiration and motivation to do exercise because it became fun for me. Basically, you sync it with any of your playlists and it takes you on a ‘virtual adventure’. You find out that you are a character called ‘Runner 5’ and each time you run, you have to complete a little mission. It’s about two minutes of talking, one song, back to two minutes of talking. It’s great when I was first starting out because I would walk while the game was talking about the mission and run when my music was playing. I use to only use this when outdoors but now I use it on the treadmill too. However, I don’t walk when they talk anymore; I just keep going. 

I’m mentioning this app because I stopped using it for about a month. I became more focused on weight training and intervals of cardio. I stopped working on my endurance until today. I put on the app and I got the best cardio work out I’ve had in at least a month. I burned 610calories in 52minutes. I spent the first 37 minutes at the gym doing intervals on the treadmill (1minute fast walk/1 minutes fast run) before hoping on the row machine and finishing with a 10 minute non stop run. It was refreshing to hear the Zombie Run banter in my ear and I set it to an hour so I couldn’t stop until the mission had been completed.

To date, I have logged 46hours and 37 minutes just with this one app. Crazy, eh?

I think everyone works so differently. You need to find something you love to do at the gym. Whether it’s a type of music, competing with a best mate, or nerding out with an awesome app. What gets you moving? What gets you motivated and inspired to keep going during your workout sessions? 

Have You Tried Insanity?

I’m just curious if any of you have tried the home DVD set of Insanity? It’s a 60 week at home workout that’s suppose to be ridiculously hard but completely rewarding. I’m not sure yet if I want to try this and was hoping to hear from some of you. Is it worth it? Did you enjoy it? Where you able to make it through? What were your results?

I’m curious because I work as a resident advisor at the university that I live at. Due to this, there are some days that I have to stay on the residents 24 hours. I’m unable to go to the gym, go for a jog, or do anything that I normally would for my work out. I figured something like Intensity might help. I can do it while I’m working and during next month when I have to be on the residence a lot longer, I’ll have something to strive towards and keep me motivated.

Let me know your thoughts on the program? I’d love to hear from some real people and users!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week! xoxo

Let’s Get Honest

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I’m always commenting on people’s blogs about how they are brave for doing before pictures and I’ve always regretted not doing initial ones when I was 226lbs. But you know what? These really suck. It’s fine looking in the mirror and seeing your own body every day but to post it for others to see? That’s terrifying. I’m 170lbs and I’m not happy about it. I want to change my body but I really stand in my own way. 

What I don’t like:

  • My two stomachs (My stomach kind of cuts in half at the belly button area so it looks like I have two large rolls)
  • My butt (Look at that thing!)
  • My thighs
  • My back

I’m really not good with my schedule being changed. I’m a planner and an organiser. For instance, today I had planned on going to the gym after work and before a meeting. I finished work at 3:30PM and I planned to be at the gym from 4:30PM-5:45PM. However, before I was about to get going, we got hit by a massive storm. Thunder, lighting, and an absolute down pour. 10 minutes in and parts of the building was already flooding. It stopped me from going to the gym which screwed up my plans. I like to say I’m a flexible person but I’m really, really not. I started beating myself up because I didn’t have enough time to work out as planned. I did what I could in my room though. I ended up doing 100calories from skipping and ten minutes of abs before showering for my meeting. However, at the meeting everyone was having icecream with a waffle cone. Know what? I totally gave into temptation. I was upset about not going  to the gym and instantly my head said ‘You can work it off tomorrow’. Really? Now I’m sitting here saying ‘why?’ and ‘was it really worth it?’. No, it wasn’t. 

I have to start remembering that short term satisfaction doesn’t lead to long term success. I need to really be able to say no to temptation. I’m always really good for 5 days before being bad for 2 and repeating the cycle. I get upset, beat myself up, and start over. I’m tired of the same cycle though! I really, really need a change and I have to soon find the change that will work for me. 

Hopefully tomorrow ends up being a better day. I want to stay true to my weekly meals list (and not deviate) as well as get my butt to the gym. I’ve now had two days off and I don’t want to make it a third! 

Anyways, I hope to be able to take more photos after I lose 10lbs and compare them to the ones above. We’ll see what the difference is in 2-3 months from now!

Tomorrows Turkey Pie & A Rest Day

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Per Serving: 215Cal, 28.3 Carb, 9.4g Fat            (Click for a larger view)

One of my favourite recipes at the moment is this minced turkey pie. Seriously, I love the stuff. The only thing that I hated about it is that it made so many servings. I’m a self-catered student on residence so I mainly only cook for myself. What I’m going to experiment with tomorrow for dinner is to make individual turkey pies! I bought 2 mini quiche dishes and I decided that I’m going to make 2 small pies in those. That way, I will have one for dinner and one for lunch the following day. I’m just hoping that my little experiment works!

Anyways, that’s enough about my ‘pre-planning’ for tomorrow. Today I was suppose to go to the beach in Gold Coast with my boyfriend and some friends but it was cloudy and grey. Instead, the boyfriend and I slept in before making a salad and going to the cinemas. We went and saw The Hobbit 2 (it was pretty good; long though) where he had popcorn and I didn’t ONCE try and take any. I was quite pleased with myself considering popcorn is one of my favourite things.

However, I did cheat a bit today. I had some frozen yogurt (which isn’t really a cheat, I don’t think) before the movie. I did’t finish it though and gave the rest to the boyfriend to finish. I could have been fine without it but I’ve been craving sweets lately. Then, after the movie, we went out to a really nice restaurant. I had a steamed chicken stir fry which was delicious and healthy. After dinner we went to Max Brenner which is a cute little chocolate shop. We got the fondue for two where all I had was 3 strawberries and some bananas. I dribbled a touch of chocolate on them but I didn’t dip any of my fruit in the chocolate and some of the pieces didn’t even get any on them. I cheated today but not to the point in where I am beating myself up over it. You know why? Because it could have been far worse. It’s hard quitting cold turkey and I’m an advocate for being able to treat yourself in moderation. I don’t think it’s bad to go out and have a frozen yogurt or even to have a few pieces from a chocolate bar. I had a lovely day today and I will definitely be able to work off what I did eat tomorrow at the gym.

Oh, and tomorrow morning I step on the scale for the first time this year! Please cross your fingers for me! I’m hoping to have lost a pound. Last time I checked, I was 170lbs. I would be more then pleased if I was 169lbs! Seriously, 3lbs a month is my goad. Achievable? I hope so!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Keep going strong!