I live in an area where I can see a lot of people running by our house. The women wear their shorty shorts and the men in their shorty shorts too ?. Someday I’ll join them in the shorty short trend, but not quite yet! However, last night I decided to go run because I didn’t get the chance to get to the gym.
It’s been a long time since I have ran or jogged, about two years. But I thought, oh no big deal, I’ll be fine. I turned on my music that gets me real pumped and away I went! I got to the stop sign down our street (like two blocks), and I already was thinking F***!!! (Fudge, you dirty minds)- I didn’t stop there, though!! I made my way to the park and then stopped, haha. I kept walking and running, switching back and forth every so often until I finally got home.
While running, I could I feel every part of my legs jiggle. I couldn’t help but giggle at this…then the giggle turned serious when I felt “the itch” coming on. This itch is both good and bad. Good, because you know this is your body’s way of screaming off fat. Bad, because you want nothing more than to flop on the ground in a scratching frenzy-well at least I wanted to do that. I also felt accomplishment that I was finally doing this again, and it felt good.
For some, running comes easy. They have been doing it their entire lives and it has become a way life. For others, it’s difficult to get down the road without falling over. This plays into life as well. Some people fly through life so smoothly and effortlessly, seemingly knowing what they are meant to be in this world. While others seem to stumble along the way. For those who stumble, it’s important to keep stumbling forward because soon those stumbles turn into strides and before you know it, you’re a champion.
This week I changed up my breakfast routine a bit! I saw “overnight oats” on Pinterest and decided to give it a shot! I looked through some recipes and thought some were a little too much for me, so I made up my own. Using a small mason jar, I put in a half cup of original oats, half cup of light almond milk, a few banana slices, and a tsp of vanilla extract. I shook it up real good and let it sit in the fridge over night. Turned out AWESOME! I made two of those. I also made two with cake batter protein instead of banana and no vanilla. I’ll let you know how that turned out!
I can remember coming home from work and the first thing I would do when I walked through the door would be take off my tight pants and bra and put on sweats and a sports bra. Now that I’m home with my son, it is important that I’m in some sort of comfortable outfit all day long because he’s so active.
Honestly, I hate wearing anything but t-shirts, sports bras, tights/ leggings; the typical workout gear. Unless I’m meeting up with a group of friends or Holiday family gatherings, I rarely dress up. When I do have to put on jeans (or something else but stretchy pants) I stare at them for a good minute and decide the plan of attack. When I finally get those tight jeans on I usually go through the process of lunges and stretching out the top with all of my might. Sometimes, I even get my husband involved, “here honey, hold on to this and I’ll lean back.” He’s so awesome.
As much as being comfortable means to me, I am uncomfortable most of the time. It’s hard for me to go anywhere and not think, ” people are staring at fat ass..” “why is that person looking at my muffin top?…” “My thighs are so thick they could be hippo legs…” OK, maybe I go too far sometimes, but you get the point. I have recently discovered that I am also uncomfortable working out at the gym. I think I am being judged while I am there, and most likely I am not. The reason I’m like this though is only my fault because I am the one who got myself here and I am the only one who can change that.
I just need to remember that great things never come from comfort zones. I think a lot of people need to keep that in mind. Whether you’re on a weight loss journey like me, wanting to make a career change, or just trying to figure out who you are. It’s a difficult step, but going outside that zone will only benefit you in the long run. The hardest part is starting. Whenever you start something, it sucks. Do I find it fun to work out? No, it sucks right now, but if I want to make progress on being fit it’s apart of what I need to do. When starting something outside the comfort zone you also need to accept the suckiness of it it! You will be stronger for it. It also helps if you have support around you when you go through this uncomfortable, sucky situation. Have people you can talk to about this experience. It makes it easier to get through the hard parts.
During my week 2 of meal prep I only lost 1 lb. I’m not getting discouraged, though! 1 lb. is better than no pound. Here’s what I did: Breakfast- Oatmeal with peanut butter. Lunch- spinach quino salad with cucumbers and tomato. Dinner- Turkey burgers (patty only) green beans, black beans, and mashed cauliflower…which was really delicious, actually! My workouts consist of 30 minutes on the elliptical and weights. During the elliptical I change up the resistance every 5 minutes, for example:
0-5min: 5 resistance
5-10min: 8 resistance
10-15min: 6 resistance
15-25min: 9 resistance
25-30min: 7 resistance
I really work up a sweat and I can tell the more I do this the more resistance I am able to do. Keep in mind that every elliptical resistance might feel different. I also found some really good resistance workouts for an elliptical on pinterest! Side note- I LOVE PINTEREST!
I really need to work on my weekend shenanigans! It’s easy to get carried away with carbs on those days! Which has an affect of how much I lose during the week 🙁 boo me.
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Welcome to my new blog! The contents of this blog will contain my journey to getting fit and what I consider a healthy lifestyle! I feel like keeping up with a blog will also encourage me to hold myself accountable while on this fit path. Being a mom to one precious baby boy has opened my eyes that being fit will benefit not only me, but my family as well. The way I see it is if I feel better physically and mentally (about myself) than I will be a better mom and wife. My husband is on this journey too, however, I don’t think he is as serious as I am, haha (sorry, love).
Growing up I was never skinny. I would say that I was fit going through high school. I was involved in softball, enjoyed working out, and lifted or did cardio everyday. I attempted to continue this trend as I ventured onto college. I did well the first year! I even thought I was going to be a personal trainer at one point (I was also drowning trying to decide what I wanted to do the rest of my life). I also met my husband during that year! Being fit turned less into a priority and more like a chore. I was a really busy college student. I worked part time, went to school full time, and visited my husband on the weekends. Those weekends consisted of beer, Taco Bell, and the occasional fraternity party. Needles to say, I wasn’t focused on my body image and more just enjoying myself…ultimately “letting myself go.” Fast forward 7 years, being married 2 of those years, and 1 baby later…here I am, wishing that I could go back and eat one more taco while drinking a beer and not feel guilty.
Now, I’m not going to tell you how much I weigh at this point. If I succeed in this journey I most definitely will! I have taken before pictures and everything! I will tell you that I am not going on some fad diet plan. I already know how to lose weight and get in shape. It’s just a matter of mental strength and the will to accomplish my fit goals. I plan to eat better and exercise more! When starting to exercise some people aren’t sure what to do exactly. However, I don’t feel this is an area I falter in only because I did it seriously for 6 years of my life. However, eating healthier is going to and has been the hardest challenge for me. To help me with that I’ve decided to meal prep. I have found it to make my days more freeing and not to go astray from what I’m trying to do. I’m starting out slow because it is the first time I am meal prepping and the better I get at it the more complex my meals will be.
For all the weeks ahead my breakfast will continue to be the same unless I see it necessary to change. I’m using a cup of plain oatmeal and putting a tbsp of peanut butter in it. It keeps me so full that I don’t even want a snack before lunch. During my first week of meal prep I made ground turkey mixed with rice and bell peppers, sliced carrots and broccoli on the side for lunch. For dinner I made lemon Tilapia, half of a sweet potato, and a mixture of asparagus and broccoli. I made the dinner portion for two because my husband wants in on the fun! After my first week of meal prepping and working out, I lost 3 lbs! After this, I’m pretty confident in what I have planned for myself in this new fit lifestyle. I hope you will join me and see what I have planned! Look for my next post to see what I did and how much I lost during my second week!