I’m sitting in a strange spot. I don’t tolerate the choices I was making merely two weeks ago, but I’m not yet what I call on the other side and living a healthier life. Maybe it’s the “fake it til ya make it” feeling? I don’t know, but it’s hard to describe.
Compared to two weeks ago I’ve made a 360* of what I eat, how I eat, my activity level and more importantly, what I think about myself. I’m basically following the pattern I set back in early 2012 when I lost 21 pounds and felt like I was well on my way to lose the weight I’ve carried for so long. I find myself saying, “This is what I did last time and it worked!” And It did, for a short time, until I let certain life happenings derail me and I quickly made that into an excuse and derailed my train farther from the track and down into the freakin’ Grand Canyon! Last time was the most successful and balanced approach I’ve made at losing weight—ever, but last time really didn’t work now did it? It didn’t work because I reverted my ways and gained the 21 back, plus an extra 20. I stopped living that healthier lifestyle. I went back to fast food and filling up my wallet every week with receipts from all the big name drive-thrus and a local Mexican restaurant (hellllloooo guac and chips!). I stopped going to the gym. I stopped thinking of food as fuel and instead indulged.
I guess this is what a work in progress feels like.
But you know what? I haven’t had fast food in two weeks, July 29th to be exact! Which also means I haven’t had soda since then either. I just cut it all cold turkey. For me I have to. There’s no middle ground at this point in the struggle. Instead I eat better meals by planning ahead and having something at home and I drink water like I need to fill a pool. Thankfully I don’t tire of water nor do I find it to be boring. Instead it’s refreshing and crisp, especially the water from my tap at home, and I like to drink it. On average I consume between 10 and 12 glasses of water each day. Living here in Colorado sedentary folks should consume two liters of water a day due to the elevation. If you don’t live here, or ever been here, you know it’s dry and the elevation just seems to suck it out of ya. So how many ounces are in a liter? I have no idea, I had to ask Google, and it’s roughly 67 1/2 ounces of water—a little over two Nalgene or Nathan brand water bottles (32oz each). If you work out you should add another liter to that amount apparently. But as I’ve learned, every body is different, and some people may not need all that water. Mine does. As my trainer says, you know you’re consuming enough water (including water found in fruits/veggies, tea, etc) when your pee is a very faint yellow or clear. Well alright then!
Speaking of trainer, I have one of those now. For the next three months, twice a week, Anna at Lifetime Fitness will run me through the grinder (so I’ve been told) and help whip me into shape. I met up with Anna for the first time on Friday and the first half hour was a ‘get to know me’ session and the last half we determined some starting weight for exercises come Wednesday. Anna also had me hop on an InBody machine and it measured the amount of muscle and fat I have, my weight, my BMI, approximately how many calories I need for myself now and my water percentage. She also measured my chest, arm, waist, hips, thigh and calf and we’ll revisit those numbers once a month. I’ll have to weigh-in once a week. I think I’m really going to like this gal and I hope she can show me some great ways to transform my body by shedding the fat from my short frame of 5’5″.
Saturday morning I was sore from the various full body sets Anna put me through. But here’s the thing, she only had me complete one full set (instead of three) to gauge my starting weight to lift for each exercise. I don’t even know how I’m going to feel Thursday morning after my first full training session with her. Please send happy muscle vibes my direction Wednesday evening, okay?! Anyway, I knew I had Zumba Saturday morning and I was very excited to get up and go since I hadn’t seen Heather or Christi in quite some time. I missed those gals! Heather is the instructor on Saturdays and Christi is always a ball full of energy to dance with in the crowd so it’s a great time. Zumba is normally a one hour class. Little did I know my first week back at the gym, and only two Zumba sessions in, Heather decided to take a vote about going over the one hour since there isn’t a class after Saturday Zumba! The majority won and we cha-cha’ed, shimmied and popped it for one hour and 23 minutes—–and I made it! I burned 616 calories in that time and I was wiped off the map after that, but I also felt fantastic!
To top off the weekend I weighed myself and I’m down another three pounds! So I’ve lost seven since the middle of July—talk about a perk in my step for sure!
How was your weekend? Share a healthy choice you made from over the weekend?