So after about a month and a half hiatus, I am back at the gym. The last time I talked about this Evan and I were doing the Couch to 5k and I was all “We are doing this! We are not half-assing this! Couch to 5k every day!” and then we kind of quit. Well not quit, exactly, but over Christmas and then leading up to my big work event we definitely took a break. There were no active activities. Evan was kind of active because his job is kind of active, but I was not. My job involves sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. It is very sedentary, and if you do nothing but sit all day it starts to show.
Now that things have simmered down for me I have no excuse. The gym is literally at our doorstep. I timed myself last week, and it took 6 minutes for me to get from my door to on a treadmill. And I had to wait a few minutes for the elevator that time, which is uncommon. So it is basically a home gym but they have ALL the equipment. The only thing they don’t have is Body Pump, which is a bummer because it’s my favourite class, but otherwise it’s a pretty sweet setup (and I’m saving about $50 a month on a gym membership, so that’s a win right there).
Normally I go into active adventures with no concrete goal, just aiming to be healthier. That has not worked for me in two years. I will start off strong, but then I will taper, and then I will stop. So I actually have a goal this time, which hopefully will keep me at it. I want to lose 10 pounds. I am not usually big on weighing myself but I need to have some kind of goal and “become svelte” isn’t a good enough one. I need something measurable. I think 10 pounds is a good number that will not require me to do anything drastic. Slow and steady, friends, slow and steady. Lifestyle changes and all that. I am tracking my calories for the first time in years, and my goal is to make it to the gym at least three times a week, but four is a bonus. I think what kills me the most is this used to be my every day life. Eating well and being active was just a habit for me, and I kept it up for almost two years. And then I totally got out of it and slipped back into the habit of being lazy.
So far it’s been two weeks of gym and almost a week of calorie tracking and I’m feeling pretty good. It also helps that I have gotten Evan on board with this so I have a partner in crime. He was huge motivation at the gym this week, especially in the weight room because I really enjoy having a buddy. We have also added each other as friends on My Fitness Pal, so I can fully stalk him and see what he ate for lunch (only half kidding). We are going to Cuba at the end of March (can’t come soon enough!!!) so I’m hoping to be a bit more toned by then.
For the gym the routine has been warmup, weights and then cardio, and it’s working out quite well. For the cardio sometimes I’ll do the couch to 5k program with Evan, or I’ll just run on the treadmill on my own.
And for the calorie tracking I am aiming for about 1850 a day, and so far so good on that. I know I post a lot of unhealthy food on here (poutine after poutine), but I do eat pretty healthy in my daily life. No one wants to see pictures of my breakfast oatmeal every day.
I am usually only unhealthy if I am doing something out of my routine. Yesterday, for example, the girls at work took me out for lunch for my birthday (TOMORROW!), and when you are out for lunch for your birthday, you don’t mess around. We went to Collossus, a Greek restaurant in Port Credit, and it was awesome.
We started with saganaki, fried sheep’s cheese, which comes to your table on fire…
And was the best cheese I have maybe ever tasted. It was SO GOOD. Also to start we had a plate full of all the delicious Greek things.
I would have been happy with that as my entree because snack foods are just the best, but I can’t say no to chicken souvlaki.
I love Greek food so much. It was such a great lunch.
And tonight is AYCE sushi. So no, there is no deprivation going on over here. If I want to eat fried cheese I will eat fried cheese. Not every day but once in a while? Juan Pablo says ees okay.
So, that’s it. I am trying to get back into the whole healthy living thing. But if I start posting pictures of myself flexing on gym machines and using all the #fitfluential #ffcheckin #justeatrealfood ridiculous hashtags, please someone call me on it! Don’t let this go to my head! I don’t want to become an obnoxious gym goer! Merci 🙂
Have a great weekend!