It’s been awhile since I have posted about my health and fitness workout progress. Not to worry…I haven’t given up on it…just been quite busy piling more and more stuff onto my plate, no pun intended, and haven’t had a lot of time to write my weekly progress reports.
I am officially down 27 pounds since weighing myself Jan 1, 2016. And lately I have been asked by a few people what I did to shed it.
First off, I didn’t drink or eat any junk food for an entire month…well 28 days but
whose counting close enough. I really think that this jump started my weight loss and tricked my body. Just beware that if you are a frequent drinker, then suddenly stop completely, and you are female, it can throw off your cycle. I am quite certain that’s what has happened to me.
I do a lot of cardio. As you know I have fallen in love with Zumba. But I also walk my neighborhood of hills when it’s nice outside, and when it’s not…and there is no Zumba…I resort to the
frightful horrifying grievous dreadful treadmill. Luckily I have learned to tread and blog without falling off (multi-tasking talent I tell ya) which makes the time go by much faster.
I have also been taking GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Energy And Metabolism. It’s a 30 day supply separated into one day packets of pills. It doesn’t make me nauseous or jittery and gives me great energy. And whether or not it’t helping shed the weight, I don’t know, but I have been losing consistently, every week since I started it about a month ago. The cheapest place I have found to purchase a 30 day supply is Amazon.
I usually take the one day supply about 1 hour before I am about to workout. And on days that I forget to take it…I can tell.
I also do some weight lifting and weight machines with my cardio. Usually in the mornings 3 times a week, as it’s always good to let your muscles rest. In my 40’s my body is really good at letting me know when it
has had enough needs rest. I find a lot of workout routines on Pinterest…if you would like to check out some of the workouts I have found, just check out my workouts board. I have been trying to add to it frequently. And when I can’t get to the gym…YouTube is my best friend. You can find any and all types of workouts there. I usually like doing my ab workouts at home as I don’t like laying on the gym floor and the mats they provide look like they go way back and would probably be part of a science experiment.
As for what I eat. My biggest thing is that I try to burn more calories then I consume. I drink a lot of smoothies which usually consist of a banana, spinach, kale, cucumber, a small amount of frozen fruit variety, and either plain or coconut water. I also like to throw in some chia and flax seed as it seems to make me feel fuller longer. Below is one of my favorite meals. Seared piece of tuna (found in the frozen section at Wal-Mart), and lightly sautéed kale and spinach mix. Literally takes 5 minutes to make. The seasoning I use is McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning. I use it to season pretty much every type of meat eaten in my house.
I drink A LOT of water! And I like putting lemon in my water. And when I am craving some carbonation…I have Perrier water on hand. I also like to brew green tea and flavor it with just a small amount of light Agave syrup or my local honey. Consuming your local honey can also help you fight the allergy season of pollens in your local environment.
And even though the Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine meals are not that good for you, I still keep a section of my freezer full of them so that when I am in a hurry (which normally means resorting to fast food), I have them on hand. Much healthier than fast food.
I have also recently discovered that coconut oil is high in cholesterol. Therefore if your cholesterol is high…it is better to use light virgin olive oil or canola oil. I actually found a mixture of both at the grocery store. I know there has been a hype about coconut oil being the new super oil to go to but not if you are trying to keep your cholesterol under control.
I have started allowing myself cheat days about every 7-10 days. I consume some yummy, usually full of carbs food and cocktails and it doesn’t kill me. I actually think it helps me stay on track as I am not depriving myself of some of the goodies and setting myself up for failure. I did however for the first 28 days have absolutely no goodies of any kind.
I have been having a lot of fun with my FitBit challenges with friends. I must say that the fab lady of Bumbi’s Mom has joined my #activitytrackerchallenge
and I am loving her competitive side and the fact that she now chooses walking over golf carting at work! You go girl! Having a little competition amongst friends is a great way to stay motivated.
The biggest difference I have noticed since starting my journey is the fact that I have more energy and when I don’t work out for a couple days I get really grouchy. I realize that I have to rest sometimes but it’s become a physical and mental challenge for me now.
Below is a current picture that I took about a week ago in a public bathroom. Don’t ask me why I decided to take a selfie at that particular moment but I did. And it’s not the best pic since I am wearing a sweatshirt but I can tell the difference from pics of the past.
Vacation is fast approaching and I am hoping to shed at least 10 more pounds before we go. It may be a little unrealistic but I am going to try my best. That way I have some leeway while on our trip.
Happy Hump Day,
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