A few weeks ago I posted that I wanted to start doing the gym thing more often and eat healthier and ultimately lose 10 pounds. Not the first time I have made a statement like this, and normally around this time I’d be all “Welp, that didn’t happen…” and I’d vow to get back on the healthy bandwagon again. But then it wouldn’t last and then repeat and well, you know how it goes.
But this time… I’m happy to report that it’s been a solid month (over a month!) of going to the gym 4-5 times a week and eating (mostly) healthy and I have to tell you, I’ve lost 6 pounds.
I know I said 10 pounds was my goal but I don’t know if it is really my goal (or even the timeframe, really), I just wanted something concrete to measure. I do love my body, always, HOWEVER. I was not feeling the most confident in my skin and I knew there was room for improvement. I would see photos of myself from a couple of years ago and I would notice how defined my arms were and that my chest wasn’t trying to bust out of everything I wore and that my chin wasn’t quite as doublelicious…and well, I missed those days.
I weighed myself just to see and I came in at 188lbs. That is not too far from the 200 pound mark and only four pounds away from the highest I’ve ever been. That was NOT a good weight for me. I really think I do weigh more than I look, and I am pretty tall (and big boned don’t forget!) so there’s that. But generally I just want to feel comfortable in my clothes and not have my muffin top pushing my pants down. So now I am at 182lbs and the 6 pounds is a win for sure. It is so incredibly motivating to see any results. But the bigger win is how I feel.
I can definitely notice a difference. Definitely. Everything is fitting better and I just feel more svelte, which makes me feel more confident. Yesterday I was sitting at my desk with my hand absentmindedly on my bicep area and I moved that arm and I felt a muscle that was definitely not there before! It surprised me and it was exciting.
The biggest change has been the workouts.
Evan and I have been going to the gym about five times a week, as soon as we get home from work on weeknights, before dinner, and around noonish on the weekends. We have been doing weights and then cardio, and our typical schedule has been looking like this:
- Monday – Chest and triceps + Couch to 5k
- Tuesday – Legs + Couch to 5k
- Wednesday – off
- Thursday – Biceps and back + run (for me)/racquetball (for Evan)
- Friday – Couch to 5k
- Saturday – off
- Sunday – Shoulders + Couch to 5k
We might switch up the days a bit, but you get the idea. Having Evan working out with me is still a huge motivation. I am always the only girl in the weight room. I have only seen another girl in there once in the time we’ve been going. I don’t feel weird or anything, but I do stand out and having Evan around makes me feel more comfortable. I’d go without him, but I haven’t had to because he is up for it every day.
My eating has not changed drastically at all, and I am still eating all the foods I love. I’ve just tried to keep the mindless snacking to a minimum. I have been tracking my calories in MyFitnessPal and I find that is super helpful to keep my portions and snacking in check. Like, do I really want to eat that bag of chips? Because I’m going to have to add those calories and it’s going to bring me way, way up. I have been eating about 1450 calories on non gym days, and about 1800-1900 calories on gym days, and while I do go over sometimes (ahem, Monday with the mac and cheese), usually keeping the cals in that range is no problem and I have enough left for a glass of wine (or two) in the evening.
So as far as eating… I am still doing the oatmeal thing every day for breakfast (on weekdays, weekends usually eggs). And weekday lunch is typically leftovers from dinner or a BIG salad.
I bring my own lunch most days, but I have to say I am also a pretty big fan of Subway’s chopped salads.
And some dinner examples for you…
The above picture may be misleading, but I am not eating low carb at all. I am just trying to make better decisions. So the eating has been pretty normal, and delicious. It also helps having Evan around for this because he loves to cook and is a HUGE help in dinner prep (Evan has also lost about 5 pounds if anyone is curious).
So that’s what’s up, lost 6 pounds and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I am not saying this is the only way to lose weight or that I’m an expert, but I do think you can enjoy all the food and still live a healthy lifestyle. Whatever I am doing seems to be working.
And if you’re wondering if I’m going to keep this up while in Cuba. NOPE! I will not be tracking anything. The most working out I will be doing is lifting pina coladas to my face. Well maybe some long walks on the beach… I will be eating all the things, all day long. And I’ll probably be enjoying frequent double meals. So I’ll be spending a week getting fat. But the foundation is there when I return! I feel like we have successfully made this a habit so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get back into it when we return. I also signed up for two 5k runs coming up in April and June so I gotta be ready for those!
Have a great weekend!