The first full week of the new year starts now! How are planning on making it unforgettable or at least foundational?
I am starting a weight loss challenge today with some cousins and it is lasting 6 months long. In this post, I said that my goal was to be consistent in my eating and exercising… I have thought about that a lot and how it is going to play out this year and I have decided to take an approach that I would now have chosen in the past. Starting today (although I did follow this last week) I will be focusing on my running… 3 miles every day. I will be following a rule I heard Bob Harper use on the biggest loser…
I really don’t intend on putting much more thought or planning into my exercise routine at this time. I did make a workout (found at the bottom of this post) and will be using this to aid my running at least for this week. I did something similar to what is below this last week and really enjoyed it. I will just simply be focusing on getting my 3 miles in…on or off the treadmill and improving my speed for at least the next month.
In terms of eating, I am taking things slow and steady. I have already received text and facebook posts from people who have lost anywhere from 2-4 lbs., and although I am very happy for them, this is not my intent. I want to lose weight at a slow (1 lb. a week) and steady rate. In the past, when I have lost weight at a rapid pace (more than 1 lb. a week), I gain at a rapid pace. Six months is a long stretch and it is plenty of time to fall off the band wagon. I want to prevent falling off in a drastic way and I feel this is the best way for me to do so.
As far as specifics are concerned, I am really enjoying getting a juice or a smoothie in for breakfast. There is something about the morning juice/smoothie that really just wakes me up and the effortlessness of it seems to actually give me a bit of a boost of energy. Dinners have been clean, high in protein and very green. I’ve come to the realization that I enjoy a light and fresh dinner and I’m embracing it. A lot of lime, lemon, dill, garlic and parsley seem to keep me satisfied and full.
I can’t seem to get enough of green beans, I seem to be eating them every other day and I don’t intent on slowing this down. They are very healthy and are a great source of fiber. I also have been loving fizzy waters this last week. They seem to really hit the spot and seem to keep my water intake interesting enough to ward off any cravings. I am also currently working on a light chicken marsala recipe which I expect to be finished with this week!
Guys… I beyond love my fitbit! It is wonderful and gives me great realistic goals as well as hard facts to monitor myself with everyday. I currently am *slightly* tracking my food and just simply focusing on my 10,000 step and 5 miles a day goal. I am using myfitnesspal.com to track my food (it connects directly to my fitbit) and although I am not being precise about it, I am making sure to get a good idea of the macro nutrients I am consuming as well as making sure that I am creating a calorie deficiency.
Here is this weeks workout, it is definitely a beginner workout but can easily be adjusted for any level of fitness. I hope you enjoy it and please let me know below how you have done this last week as well as what your plans are for this coming week.
I also very quickly want to touch on my other goals that I have set for this year, as health is not only about the physical. As I guessed it would be, my effort to be more patient is difficult to keep up… I catch myself annoyed with Mollie (Coop’s dog) and say a quick prayer asking God to help me. Here is to hoping that being more aware of this is the first step!
In the books department I am killing things, which isn’t very surprising. I am also focusing on a year long bible reading plan and am genuinely enjoying what I am learning. Supplementation is also going well, my liquid iron as usual taste terrible, however life goes on. I am also loving the effects of using this magnesium lotion on my feet nightly. Magnesium deficiency is an issue for me so this really helps. I think one of the greatest effects I see from it is that I sleep unbelievably well when I am using it regularly!
Finally… the shift bar, guys this one might be a lost cause and unlike my other goals, I honestly don’t know where to start with this one. This is going to sound crazy but… do any of you have shift bar issues? If so, please let me know, I am feeling very alone and lost concerning this. I think I probably should have tried harder in my 12th grade (hello procrastinating teenage Leah, I’m pretty sure you are supposed to take this class much younger) typing class.