Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Healthy Living: Volume #5

First off, let me apologize for my absence.  It's been a bit of a hectic week since I am going to be off from work next week so I've been trying to play catch up and get everything squared away since tomorrow will be my last day in the office for ten days.  I'm hoping to use a lot of that week to film some videos and get some reviews up.  Being that this is a makeup blog, I haven't been keeping it very makeup-centric lately so I'm going to work on that!

Anyway, to the weigh-in...

Last Week's Weight:  154.2 lbs
This Week's Weight:  155.8 lbs

I'm just going to straight-type this post instead of breaking it down only because I think this is very reminiscent of any weight loss battle.  Losing weight in itself, on paper, seems like an easy thing.  You eat well, you work out, you lose weight (until you hit a plateau and then you lose your mind trying to figure out what is going wrong!).  When you're trying to get started with losing weight, however, getting yourself in the mindset and building your willpower can take a while even if you've been there and done that before. 

I also tend to have an easier time losing weight in any season that isn't summer.  Not to make excuses but I love taking part in barbeque's and eating all sorts of delicious cookout foods.  Plus I just feel like I'm on-the-go a lot more in the summer and I'm eating out more.  Again, not that it's an excuse because there are good options to choose from when you go to most places but I want to indulge.  Plus we all know my obsession with ice cream.  Ugh.  It's just tough!

The most important thing, however, is to not give up.  If the results aren't what you want them to be, take a step back and really analyze everything you're doing.  Sometimes when we're trying to lose weight we see things through rose-colored glasses and only look at all the good we were doing and not the bad that we were doing.  For example, I definitely lost my working out touch this week.  I think I worked out twice, maybe, and one time I gave up half-way through because it was KILLING my legs to do (this was on Monday and they still are killing me today). 

This week will be a better week.  I actually went grocery shopping last night and I bought all sorts of healthy, delicious foods.  I made an amazing Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad last night and have more than plenty left over so I can have that for lunch and dinner for the next couple days.  It's so filling and it's pretty good for you, too.  You're getting your protein from the chicken, your veggies and a bunch of healthy benefits from the quinoa.  I also stocked up on my berries for dessert!  I'm loving my Jersey blueberries. 

Also since I'm going to be off for 10 straight days there is absolutely no excuse for me to not fit in a good amount of exercise in.  I also need to stop using my Just Dance games as my sole resource for cardio.  I have a bunch of exercise DVDs and OnDemand workouts that give me a much bigger challenge.  It's really time to kick it up a notch.

I'm also going to be picking up those little Post-It note tabs you use for page marking.  I saw a great idea on Pinterest that you put 21 of them on the wall and tear one off every time you workout.  It's been said that it takes 21 days to form a habit so by the time you get to that 21st day, working out will be second nature and the excuses won't come so easily.  You just have to make it through those 21 days and know that you are stronger than your excuses and unless you're on your deathbed or are hurt, you can fit in a workout.  There's some great ones out there that ramp up the intensity so you can fit it into 10-15 minutes but it feels like you just spent hours in the gym when you're done.  Daily HIIT is a great place to start, but know that these workouts are very intense so if you're going to try them, do what you can or start with one of their fitness tests to see where you're at and what you can do.  Everyone is at different fitness levels and it's important to not only realize that but embrace it.  The instructors on there are ripped with next to no body fat on them and even they have trouble doing the workouts (and that is their job!) so odds are you probably will too.  Keep working at it though and you'll be able to do it right along with them eventually!

As for me, I'm going to go back to some of my old standbys.  I love my Stratusphere Yoga a lot.  It's a great workout but my only problem is that it won't play in my BluRay player or a DVD player (I've tried a couple different ones and even tried getting another copy sent to me but to no avail) so I have to play it through my computer which takes forever and a day to boot up so that usually works against me.  I also have a couple Brook Burke DVDs that I enjoy so I have plenty of options.  It's just matter of actually doing it. 

Lastly, like I said last week, since I didn't do very well I have gone back to using MyFitnessPal.  It helps a lot and has helped me greatly in the past so if I'm going to commit to this I'm going to go all in on it and really track everything that I'm doing.  I think I'll probably surprise myself with how many calories things actually are and then everything will come pretty clear as to why things haven't been working out too well.

So that's my goals for the upcoming week.  If you're reading this and you're struggling, please don't give up.  Like I said above, on paper losing weight seems like it is an easy thing to do but unless you have iron will power it's going to have its ups and downs.  Hang in there, gather yourself together and figure out what you need to do in order to make this happen.  Some of the things I've said might help, some might not, but you need to figure out what you need in order to win this battle.  And you can.  Don't even give up on yourself.  Don't ever doubt yourself.  Don't ever say to yourself that it isn't worth it.  If you're doing it to be a healthier you it is 100% worth it every step of the way.  Nothing worth having is easy but you can fight and you can do this.