Monday, February 4, 2013

Work It Out

I've started working out again.


How many times have you heard me say that already? Three, four, five? I'm almost annoyed at myself for you.

I've realized a lot about myself in these last few months when it comes to food and being healthy.

I have an unhealthy relationship with food. I eat anything and everything I want. There's no moderation with me. This hit me (like a ton of bricks) when my plate was piled high with snacks from work and my friend had just a few small pieces on hers. I realized that I can still taste things but I don't need to stuff my face. So I'm working on it, but for right now, that means staying away from sweets altogether.
This is not even half of what was on my plate that day.
I set myself up for failure. I told myself I wanted to be in the best shape of my life when I turned 30. The problem was, I wanted to lose two pounds a week to get there. That's a lot of hard work, but I guess I just wasn't ready to push myself that much yet. And I still may not be. This time, my goal is to be in shape by summer. For those of us in Seattle, that means I have until July 4th. My goal is to lose 15 pounds (but I'd be happier with 20.) So I have (roughly) 20 weeks to lose 15 pounds.

I have a sweet tooth. I'm learning that if I don't eat any I won't want more. So I've been staying completely away from sugar.

Screw it I messed up already. I'm one of those people that messes up and then eats whatever I want for the rest of the day like it's a free pass.

So what's different this time?

I'm not pushing myself to lose two pounds a week. I'm kind of taking it leisurely: counting calories and working out. And? I've lost two pounds already this week. I think not having so much pressure is actually better for me.

I'm working out every day. I don't think I can take a day off because then I'll feel bad and eat whatever crap I want. Some days my workouts are more intense than others, but at least I'm moving every day.

Something is better than nothing. Even if I'm pressed for time I still need to work out. I did half my workout Thursday morning rather than the full thing because I was up late the night before so I needed to make up some of that sleep. But, I figured working out a little bit is better than not at all.

I'm counting calories. I always start out counting calories but then a lot of the time I give up at dinner because it's more complex (more ingredients) and it's a pain to figure out how many cups or half cups or quarter cups of something I ate. I'm doing my very best to figure out exactly what I'm eating.

If I screw up, get back to it. I'm one of those people who thinks, "I've already messed up today, I might as well start over tomorrow." Eating whatever I want the rest of the day makes me feel worse. I'm trying really hard to get over that thinking. Until I do, I just haven't been letting myself screw up :) Weekends will be the real test for me.

It's not about being skinny but being fit. In all honesty, I'm ok with the amount of space I take up, I just want that space to be fit and toned. Although it would be nice to see the number on the scale drop, I'm more concerned with how I look and feel. If I look amazing after losing 7 more pounds, I'd stop there. But, right now, I look more like Marilyn Monroe
Don't get me wrong, Marilyn Monroe is gorgeous, but her legs don't look very toned here. My arms and stomach have a tendency to get muscular pretty quickly, so I'd like to see if my legs are the same. Part of this is about challenging myself.  For once in my life, I'd like really toned legs. I'm excited about the challenge.

I'm using this picture as inspiration. My legs may not look exactly like this by summer but I'm hoping they're the toned version of the ones I have now :)

So far, my eating habits have been the hardest for me, but I'm proud to admit that I've been passing up everyone's candy dishes at work, and making healthier choices at meals. My next goal is to get back into running. I was just starting to enjoy it when I got pregnant.

Have you had much success getting toned legs? Any tips for me?

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  1. I am bad with moderation too. It is just so hard to be reasonable!

  2. You got this!! I just got back on the wagon as well...I'm trying to lose 30 by my 30th (july 27th). We can do it! :)
    PS - I think that muscular girl is my motivation too. Damn, she's hot!!

  3. I like the free app and website MyFitnessPal for calorie counting because it gives you extra calories on days when you work out. I have tried many Couch-to-5k programs, but I actually like this one best: I also like the free app Nike Training Camp for toning. I usually try not to set goals like "lose x pounds" or "look this way." While such goals may be good for the body, they are not always the best for the spirit and self esteem- it is telling yourself that you are not good enough if you don't look that way. Instead I try to set a goal with an activity at the end and train for it- right now I am training for a 5k that I signed up to run in April, and then I want to do the Color Run in May. I plan to reward myself with a new purse if I run the entire 5k. The way I try to assess my goals is that if I don't feel comfortable letting my (sadly very overweight, very bullied, and very self-conscious) 13-year old niece hear about the goal and join in some of the fun and work with me, then I can probably find a way to set a better goal that involves more self-esteem building and confidence-building.

  4. Thanks for playing along! I'm in the same boat as well. I feel like I'm constantly starting over. :( You have a great plan of attack, and you WILL have those fantastic legs come summer!!


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