Daily consumption ideal:
5 servings vegetables
2 secondary veggies or grains
2 servings fresh fruit
5 servings lean meat
4 servings healthy fats

Vegetables
Kale, spinach, broccoli, squash, peppers, carrots, cauliflower, okra, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, green beans, peas, cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, mushrooms

Secondary
Quinoa, beans, lentils, brown rice, oatmeal, pasta, corn, bread, tortillas

Fruit!

Lean protein
Eggs, chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, red meat, catfish, tilapia, shrimp, lobster, crab

Healthy fats
Nuts, seeds, flaxseed, hummus, avocado, cheese, butter, oil

Lemon, lime, vinegar, garlic, herbs, tea & coffee

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Friday, I went back to the first workout I did because it made me the most sore, but it didn't make me sore again. Guess that's progress. Time to work harder.

Today I went for my first walk in a looong time. I live in a really hill-y neighborhood and about a half mile away from the lake. There are more houses than there used to be so you can't actually walk all the way to the water, but it's a pretty perfect for me to walk Lou and get a bit of exercise. You may notice above that I didn't eat breakfast, I seldom eat breakfast. I've come across a practice labeled 'intermittent fasting' and that seems to be my natural habit. I pretty much only eat between 3 & 9 PM, so that's 18 hours of fasting besides, 1 cup of coffee & water. Now that's not every single day, and when I eat as late as 9 PM that means I'm going to sleep around 2 AM.

I didn't take any pictures while walking because right when I was about to another dog ran up and I wasn't sure if it was friendly so I had to make sure there was no fighting. There wasn't. It was a cute dog, didn't take long before it's owner noticed it was missing. Anyway, there will be plenty of photo opps because it's literally the street I live on. Literally no excuses for me not to walk every day. I didn't run, although I did gently jog the down hills, and believe me walking the uphills was enough to get the entire backside of my legs burning. Back home I did a bit of stretching and attempting some exercises by Zuzka Light, they are slightly more difficult!

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Wednesday night I went grocery shopping and got enough stuff for a week of eating healthy. I got ground turkey and eggs for breakfast stirrups, plenty of stuff for protein shakes & smoothie bowls, turkey wraps, chicken & salmon with lots of veggies for dinners. Thursday night I cooked the salmon, as well as asparagus, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, potatoes & spinach! This was enough to feed the family as well as 3 more meals. I should tell you after I went grocery shopping I did have some Taco Bell & a Pepsi... last fast food for a while!

My immediate goal is to continue eating as well as possible & exercising every day for 21 days. That's how long it's said to build a habit. The only reason I plan to exercise everyday is because I am easing in by doing 20-ish minute workouts at home. This week has all been Rachel Aust workouts from Youtube, focusing on full-body fat burning. Be sure to check her out, she is also super educating when it comes to eating healthy.

Soon I will be adding walking (eventually jogging) every morning. I'm not a morning person, so that's a real challenge. So many of these changes I want to make are lifestyle changes, so I need to make them small, slow & sustainable. The lazy has run deep for too long in my life.

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Welcome to the beginning of my fitness journey. I'm sick of not allowing myself to do things because I feel too overweight. I never really had a weight problem (although I had symptoms of Body Dismorphic Disorder) in my youth, but I was never especially active. I gained 50 or so pounds during pregnancy and never lost them. It's been 3+ years now and I'm done struggling to make any progress. My heaviest was about 197lbs, I got to 180lbs but turned right back around and put 10lbs back on. I would say my starting weight for this journey is 190lbs, and my end goal is 140lbs.

I will be posting anything that I find helpful in my journey, inspiration & tracking whatever I can. Encouragement is always welcome. I will be honest & I have a lot of bad habits to overcome, please join me on this adventure to making fitness a lifestyle.

This is today's workout. Rachel Aust is one of my biggest inspirations from Youtube! Meal prepping to minimalism, I love her content! Did I mention I have no equipment or gym membership? Luckily Youtube has tons of channels to help me out. I haven't been working out in a while, so I got started moving by doing some vacuuming. When I began the workout, I was under the impression it was 3 circuits so when the 4th started I was like DAMN. But I did it! I didn't quit anything except for falling down the last few seconds of each 'plank'. Oh & Rory (my daughter) did most of it with me too, making it look pretty easy as well.

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