So, my biggest resolution for 2015 is to finally lose all that baby weight. I want to look and feel good about myself again, so I need to focus on myself more.
The whole process really started at the beginning of the year. I basically gave up soda altogether. Cold turkey! That surprised me most of all because I was drinking a can of soda like every day for the longest time. It was actually much easier to give up than I thought for some reason. Sure, since the new year, I’ve had a sip of soda here and there, but I actually don’t enjoy it as much as I used to. Is this that “all in the mind” thing people talk about?!
The next big thing is watching what I eat. While I was at home, I was still eating a lot of junk – pizza, fast food, pasta; but I was eating less of it at times. Now, I’m away on rotations and usually when I go away, I’m pretty good about not eating much. I’m very simple. For lunch, I just make myself a ham and cheese sandwich and a ziploc bag of chips. I mix things up for dinner though.
This first week has been a toss up from chicken salad with ranch dressing and cereal. I’ve just been alternating between the two. I also eat some chips and yogurt throughout the day as snacks and to keep my metabolism going. Add that to the fact that I’ve been drinking anywhere from 5-8 16oz bottles of water, and that’s pretty much my diet. I will admit that this past weekend I went home and cheated a bit, making pasta on Saturday and having pizza on Monday (MLK day). On Sunday, the hubs made fried chicken and broiled pork that I ate with rice. Yes, the weekend was terrible for my diet, but I don’t feel bad about it, because I ate in moderation.
The second week has been a little more diverse, mostly because we’ve had quite a few drug reps come by the clinic and they always bring food. So, I’ve had my share of soups & sandwiches from Panera, pasta from Olive Garden, and seafood from a local catering service. That means a lot of calories at lunch time and eating my sandwiches for dinner. I also spent one day eating leftover fried chicken the hubs made and last night I had chicken salad.
I’ve been good at not restricting myself so much and being more forgiving if I do have the occasional junk food. In the past, I would go hard core, keeping myself from all the foods I love. In the end, I would stop dieting and basically binge on everything and gain all the weight back. Yeah, not a good way to diet.
I finally started working out these past two weeks. Wow, those first couple of days were really brutal, especially that first day! I was so worn out, I could barely move. Since I’m on a tight budget, I can’t really afford to go to the gym or try one of those weight loss meal plans, so I’ve resorted to workout videos on YouTube. The first week, I was doing HIIT workout videos from Fitness Blender. I did the same routine all week, just to build up my stamina and get my body used to working out again. I’ll admit, I like the FB videos because they’re on point with their workout routines, but then I don’t really like them because they’re pretty boring.
This week I mixed some FB videos with some PopSugar Fitness videos. The PSF videos are a bit more fun because the trainers are more energetic, there’s music and noise in the background, and things just seem to move along faster. I started off with a dance workout. Last night I just did a full body workout from PSF and just added a few moves of my own in between sets that I couldn’t do. I also tried some Zumba videos, because I really like working out to music, but I haven’t found any on YouTube that I really like yet. Yeah, I haven’t found a true workout regimen that I really like yet, but I figure if I’m moving out and doing some kind of routine, it’s still something.
So, I’ve been working out for a total of 8 days now. I didn’t work out during that 3-day weekend when I was home, unfortunately, but considering that I haven’t truly worked out in a few years, I think starting slow is the way to go for me.
On a more positive note, I weighed myself today at the clinic and I’m starting off at 170lbs. I remember going to the doctor in mid-December and I weighed around 180lbs, so I think I’m off to a good start!