Today, I’m going to start a new series—Fitness and Health Friday. I want to be accountable on here, Dr. Readers, so I can continue this journey to a healthier me. I’d love it if others would link up in the comments with their own fitness and health posts, so I can visit.
I’m so very proud of my behavior this month! I’ve made some really significant changes in my habits. I’ve been practicing clean eating, which is fantastic! But, the most significant change has been in my portion control. I’ve really been depending on my kitchen scale and my measuring cups/spoons for every item I eat. Chicken, fish, whatever, I’ve been making sure to eat the correct portion size, rather than eyeballing it.
One of my proudest changes is that I’ve been eating breakfast. This is a really big change for me. I have never really been a breakfast eater. On weekends, I like to do breakfast, but most days, my idea of breakfast is coffee, tea, or nothing at all. Lately, I’ve been really working hard to choke down something, even if it is a Kind bar or a banana. I am taking some baby steps and I’m really excited about it!
As of today, I’ve dropped 6.5 pounds this month. I was hoping for a bigger loss. Nonetheless, my ultimate goal is to lose an average of 1 pound a week. I’ve met that goal and for that, I’m happy! I’ve noticed some big differences in how my pants and shirts are fitting. I’m going to use that as my guide.
This week, I had my biggest non scale victory yet. I ran a full mile without stopping. This is HUGE! It has been a long time since I ran a full mile without stopping to catch my breath, time my shoe, get a drink of water, or to walk. I couldn’t believe I did it, so I tried again yesterday and GUESS WHAT?! I did it again! Holy moly! I’m making progress. When I first started thinking about getting back into running shape, I started small. I walked, with little tiny stretches of jogging. Sometimes, that would mean a 16 minute mile. I was mostly walking. Then, 16 minutes decreased to 15, then to 13, and now, as of last night, I clocked an 11:59 minute mile. I know that’s slow by most standards, but it’s progress and I’ll take it! I’ve been running, on average, about three days a week. The rest of the time, I’ve been going to boot camp.
I signed up for boot camp classes a few weeks ago and I LOVE the trainers! They are awesome. They have been pushing me so hard and I’m finally starting to workout without complaining, because evidently, complaining is annoying. Who knew? I’ve been going to boot camp about 3-5 days a week. It’s really tough for scheduling though. The schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays are such that it interferes with Allie’s swim practice or my Thursday commitments at church or Mr. Bear’s work schedule. I’ve been there whenever I can, however and the results are really rewarding. I’m seeing muscle definition. I am stronger than I was. I have more stamina. I feel amazing.
That is my week in a neat little nutshell. This first month of 2015 has kicked some major ass!