Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Let's Talk About Food and Today's Workout

First, I would like to say that I now have Instagram and Twitter accounts and you can find the links to those on the side of my blog. I'd like to get this blog to a bigger audience and maybe encourage some people along the way (including myself) so I'm opening up my social media lifestyle lol.

Now, on to food. My greatest goal right now is to lose the weight and get healthy and strong. I'm doing that by counting calories and keeping an eye on macros. I'm not doing low carb. I'm not "eating clean." I'm not getting obsessed with protein vs carbs vs sugar vs whatever. I'm not giving up most types of food. I'd like to think that everything is possible in moderation and it's the moderation that's so hard for me.

Yes, I do want to clean up my diet eventually. Despite the fact that a lot of my food comes from a box or from the freezer, I am paying attention to the labels and nutrients. I try not to buy anything with high fructose corn syrup in it and the smaller the amount of ingredients the better, but I'm not ready to take a giant leap and change everything about how I eat. I need to take this one step at a time. I plan on posting photos of some of my meals (hence the Instagram) and I'm not going to pretend that all my food is fresh and clean just to get better responses and comments.

My biggest issue right now is staying within my calories and portion control. Once those two things are more on track I can look at the next step. It took me all of Lent to not want chips anymore, then another month or two to give up pints of ice cream (which will still get eaten if they find their way into the house) and only a couple of weeks to give up those big, delicious grocery store bakery muffins. And, like all moderation, if I want some chips I can have them as long as they fit into the calories. The best (and weirdest) part is that I really don't want them anymore.

I'm not sure what's next on the chopping block. Probably the frequency of my beloved Dunkin Donuts but we'll see. I also need to introduce more fruits and veggies into my meal plans. They might be frozen veggies but that will be better than nothing. Maybe the best thing to do is look at what to add rather than what to subtract.

Charles is a great influence on me when considering eating cleaner and better. Almost all his food is fresh, clean and simply made (yes, we eat separate meals) and just about all of it comes from the coop so I know he'll happily help me along the way. In fact, we're going to choose one meal tonight to make from scratch this coming week. Eventually I'd like to have homemade meals for most of the week but, once again, that will come in time.

So basically, right now it's calorie counting and everything in moderation. I have a long, long way to go on this weight loss journey and I have to do it one step, one week, and one meal at a time.

August 12th Workout:
I forgot to turn on the Fitbit to track the actual workout so the info here is according to the treadmill and this was the first day I was actually able to go an entire hour! The first 26 minutes were really hard, then I hit my "groove" and it became better, then the stupid ear buds stopped working in one ear and it became hard again and then I hit the "groove" again for the last 15 minutes.

Treadmill: 65 minutes, 2.58 distance, speed between 1.6 - 2.6 mph, incline between 0 - 1.0. calories burned: 213

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