Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Anyone get cold after a workout?

The past few weeks, I haven’t exercised as much as I would have liked. To make things worse, I got sick and was out for about a week. But I still made the effort to eat healthy and have regularly sized portions, and to walk to and from work when it wasn’t raining. I’ve also been drinking a ton of water and remembering to take my vitamins. 

Despite not being at the gym as much as I would have liked, I started feeling better in my body. This morning when I went to the gym, I weighed in and saw that I’m at 135.4 lbs! That’s 0.4 lbs away from my first goal weight!

When I got home, I couldn’t find anything to wear and tried on an old pair of Levi’s skinny jeans and they fit great! It’s amazing what just a few pounds can do. NSV FTW!

The gym was great— I really just wanted to get some cardio in, so I was on the spin bike for a bit. Does anyone ever get cold after a workout? I noticed it today, and for some reason I think that this may not be good. 

Day 10: Do you feel like you have given anything up over the course of this process? If yes, what is it, and how do you feel about making the sacrifice?

I am giving up on Coke and trying to stop overeating because a food may be extra delicious. I’ve been making progress, and although I usually want to eat more or drink the occasional soda, I’ve been doing pretty well. I have everything to gain. 

Day 11: Promote your favorite fitblr! Why do you like their blog?

Healthyhitsthespot, skinnyforme and -eatdrinkme are a few of my favorites. I like when people post pictures of their food, share what they’re going through (the positives and the challenges), and share some personal things about themselves. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Goals for November 2011

  • go to 6 classes at the gym this month
  • exercise at least 3x a week
  • run 40 miles
  • only buy lunch 1x per week max
  • indulge, but don’t get out of control at Thanksgiving
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Perspective: 2 lbs

I think I’ve lost about two pounds so far. I have no idea how much of that was fat or if some fat became muscle, but I feel pretty great. Two pounds seems like such a small number and I didn’t think it would mean anything to me, but already I’m fitting into clothes a little better. I fit into older shorts today, as well as a fitted Nike running top. When I first got that top, I felt so self conscious that I wouldn’t go out/exercise in it— my tummy was too big! Today it seemed to fit fine! I didn’t feel embarrassed or awkward. It felt great. I ran around 7.5 miles today (on the elliptical, definitely not as difficult as on a treadmill or outside) and had the greatest stretch after. I just felt so good.

Also.. I noticed I am either gaining muscle in my calves or I lost some fat around my calves (or both) because the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed some muscle definition. I mean.. THERE IS MORE MUSCLE THERE, KAY?? Like.. when I poke at it, it doesn’t just jiggle around!! And when I flex, I can see it! 

I’m definitely not as far into my fitness journey as many of you are, but this is a huge step for me! I went from not exercising at all to going to the gym 4-5 times a week (I want to up this to 6x/week) and eating healthy! Making myself eat a good breakfast, packing a day’s worth of food (meals and snacks) with me so I don’t buy unhealthy food elsewhere. 

Today I was just thinking about how doable this all is. What if this is the start of something so much bigger? What if this isn’t just a fitness phase, but the way I am going to live the rest of my life? Tomorrow I’ll take a pic and compare it with one I took last week. Hope I see a difference!