My friend Katie is starting off the year on a great note and is tracking her emotions, eats and exercise. After looking at this year’s resolutions, I thought that tracking these three buckets would really help me in staying healthy and keeping myself accountable.
Plus, I recently found out that I am standing up in two weddings in May and August, so this will be great motivation to start tracking my progress to maintain a healthier lifestyle!
So here goes my first week!
Last week, I got on the scale and was NOT happy with the number. I lost 30 pounds last year with Weight Watchers and have gained about a third of it. Crazy how hard it is to take it off and how EASY it is to put it back on! It’s not that my happiness is defined by a number, but I certainly feel like my clothes are a little tight and just feeling bleh (I blame part of it on stress at work, and the other part on the weather! Crazy cold and dark Chicago winters- grr!)
Regardless, I was frustrated and know exactly why it’s happening: I eat like crap. I exercise on a regular basis and have that part down, but it’s the kind of food I’m eating (and the volume) that are really problematic for me. And that brings me to…
This week, I decided to start a food journal. I think that writing down each thing will at least be a good start for me to be mindful of what I am consuming. That means I will definitely be more conscious when I reach for a handful of baking chocolate chips (yes, shameful I know. Self professed chocoholic here.)
I must say, the journal has been pretty helpful so far. I am consciously trying to fit in more fruits and veggies and writing it down helps. But I’m also a huge snacker after dinner and always crave sweets so I’m trying to curb it slowly but surely or at least find some alternatives that are sweet & tasty and are at least decent for you…any suggestions?!
This week, I was able to take advantage of group fitness classes at work which really helped me mix it up from my current DVD + treadmill routine.
Saturday- 50 min, 5.1 miles on the treadmill
Sunday- T25 Ab Intervals + T25 Stretch DVDs
Monday- Muscle Sculpt class…this was Tabata-like in nature with :45 exercises and :10-:15 rest in each move
Tuesday- Spinning (it’s been a while since I’ve done a spin class but I enjoyed it! My butt, however, is still sore.)
Thursday- Muscle Sculpt class
Friday- Run with Kim…outside!!! (last time I ran outside was on Thanksgiving with Kim, so this will be major! Hoping for double digit temps this afternoon.
How was your week? Any good (or bad) food choices? What kinds of workouts did you do?