28-Day Challenge Days 8, 9, 10, and 11

Nothing very exciting has been going on so I decided to bundle up the last few days into one post.  It’s mostly been work and studying.  I’m super excited about being back in school and am loving my first class.  I am working towards my certificate in Publishing at Ryerson University and my first class is Practical Grammar and Punctuation.  It may sound tedious and boring to some, but I’m enjoying it (I know, I’m a total geek).

I got in some cardio and strength training on Saturday morning, finally focusing on exercise as I said I would this week.  the weather on Saturday morning was beautiful—sunny with a cool breeze—and I couldn’t wait to get out there for a walk.  I power walked 30 minutes listening to some tunes and all felt right with the world.  I’m so happy the nice weather is here.  I love being outside and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.

I tried something different for my strength training session.  I recently came across Tone it Up! a website of strength training workouts by these two fabulous ladies Karena and Katrina.  I found them on YouTube which led me to their website.  They have great strength training workouts of various types and lengths (plus so much more – nutrition, tips and tricks, recipes, etc.).  They just started their summer Bikini Series so I did the total body Bikini Body workout.  Some of the moves were a little difficult for me, but if I couldn’t do something I just substituted a different exercise so I still got the full workout and benefits.

On the food side I did a little grocery shopping and stocked up for the week.  This week I’ll try and share with you some of the dishes I’ve been enjoying.  Right now I’m typically eating a lot of the same things every day, which some people may find boring but it works for me.  As I start to try out more recipes I’m sure my meals will become more diverse.  I say if something works, go for it.

I also indulged maybe a little too much this past weekend.  You let your guard down for one minute and suddenly there is a chocolate chip cookie in your mouth…and then another…and then…well let’s just say I learned my lesson.  Even though I ate a few things I probably shouldn’t have, I’m proud of the way I handled it.  I got right back up off the dirt and kept on moving.  No feeling sorry for this girl!!

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28-day Challenge Week One Recap

Well here we are at Day 7!!  I made it through Week One and it was a pretty good one if I do say so myself.

The Highs

I think one of the best things this week was that I managed to keep my eating mostly on track.  I had a couple of—we’ll call them indiscretions—but for the most part I stuck to eating whole foods and stayed away from the processed and packaged junk.

The other good thing this week was that I think I stuck to my intention of showing up, at least when it came to eating.  I planned, I cooked and it worked in my favour because I had yummy, healthy eats available.

The Lows

The low this week was my utter lack of exercise.  I only got in one strength training workout this week and only about an hour of cardio.  It was something, but I’m going to try harder this coming week to make exercise a priority.

The other low was the bagel and cream cheese I ate at the train station on Day 6.  That was me just eating because I could and not because I needed to.  I thought about why I ate the bagel and the only thing I could come up with was that I felt like I deserved a reward.  I had just come from my first class at Ryerson that went really well and I’d been having a really great eating week.  When I emotionally eat, my brain doesn’t seem to distinguish between happy and unhappy.  When I’m unhappy, I’m eating to soothe, when I’m happy I’m eating to reward.

Week One Weigh In

Drum roll please……………………….I lost 6 lb!!  I’m very excited and going to use this as momentum to push ahead into week two.

Week Two Intention

My intention for week two is to move my body more.  I did a piss poor job of exercising this past week so I’m going to focus on that this week.  I’m looking forward to week two—incorporating more exercise and refining my eating a little more.  It’s going to be a great week!

28-day Challenge Day 6

Day 6….what to say about Day 6?

Day 6 started out well enough.  Up early, good breakfast, off to work…typical morning all around.  Then I got to lunch time.

I went to Subway to have lunch with a colleague.  I ordered a 6 inch turkey sub on 9-grain bread.  Sounds like I’m doing ok, right? After I ordered, I turned around and looked in the beverage cooler behind me intending to grab a bottle of water.  For some reason though, my eyes moved quickly from the water to the chocolate milk one shelf above.  I saw it, I bought it, I drank it.  I know it has refined sugar in it, which I’m supposed to be staying away from, but it was good.  Really good.  Strike one.

My day was incredibly busy, and I had to rush to get a few tasks finished by the end of the day.  I also has my first class at Ryerson, so it was a pretty packed day.  I packed myself some dinner the night before, specifically so I didn’t have to go out between work and class and find some dinner that might be unhealthy.  My day got so busy that it was already after 5pm before I even realized what time it was and I still wasn’t finished the task I needed to complete before I left work.  I was rushing around thinking I wasn’t going to have time for dinner before I left.  I went into the work kitchen where I was greeted by this:

Candy

Yeah, that’s the snack cupboard I have to look at whenever I’m in the office.  Talk about temptation!  And I was soooo tempted to just grab a bag of chips and a chocolate bar and be done with it.  I looked at the cupboard, took a deep breath, and proceeded to open the refrigerator instead and heat up the chicken and pasta dish I brought with me for dinner.  Small victory, but I’ll take it!

I managed to scarf down my dinner, finish my task and then rushed off to school (couldn’t be late for my first day!).  Three hours later I was back at the train station waiting to head home.  Once again, surrounded by the sights and smells of every possible food that I shouldn’t be eating.  I tried to resist, but I ended up scarfing down a bagel and cream cheese. I know…tsk tsk tsk.  The worst part is that I don’t even know why I ate it.  I wasn’t really hungry, but I was waiting, it was there, and it happened.  Strike two.  Sometimes resistance is futile I suppose.

So a couple of indiscretions yesterday, but I’m not too upset with myself.  Normally this would be the point where I get upset myself for not having any willpower, throw in the towel and tell myself that I’ve ruined the week so I might as well eat whatever I want and start again Monday.  I’m not going to do that this time.  I’ve scheduled myself a workout this morning and I’m ready to get back on track.  Thursday is my weigh in day and I’m very excited to check my progress.

NO GIVING UP!  I CAN DO THIS! (and so can you!!)

28-day Challenge Day 5

I’m starting to revel in the little victories.  I’ve had a lot of them lately and they are starting to add up.

Yesterday my lunch plans fell though and because I had no lunch packed with me I needed to go and wade through the sea of food court food stalls looking for something to eat.  I made myself a promise that I wasn’t going to go out until I had a plan.  The plan was a whole wheat grilled chicken pita wrap with lots of veggies.  I got in, got the pita, and got out.  I stuck to the plan and felt great about that.

After work I had to go over to the Ryerson University campus to pick up some text books.  I’ve gone back to school to get my certificate in Publishing and my first class starts Tuesday (very excited!!!).  I walked from the office over to campus, which is about a 20 minute walk.  I was going to walk from campus to the train station to go home, but it would have been about a 30 to 35 minute walk and I was already so tired, I just wanted to get home.  I had ended up at campus a little longer than I had anticipated so it was 6:15pm before I caught the train home.  I stood in the train station looking at all the food stalls—Cinnabon, McDonalds, Tim Hortons, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Dairy Queen—and I was soooooo hungry!  But I thought really hard about all the progress I’ve made over the last five days and I just didn’t want to ruin it.  I grabbed a bottle of water and managed to hang on until I could get home and make myself something healthy to eat.

I think the lessons learned yesterday are about planning and being prepared.  Now I couldn’t foresee my lunch plans changing, but I did put a plan in place before I went to the food court.  I could easily have just said to hell with it and eaten whatever I wanted, but I didn’t.  I could have given in at the train station, but I didn’t (and frankly I even surprised myself with that one).  Going forward I’m going to start keeping some healthy snacks in my bag—an apple, some almonds and sunflower seeds, or even a protein bar.  Then I have some healthy options available all the time and I won’t be tempted to stuff my gob with double cheeseburgers.  Mmmmm… cheeseburgers………sorry…lost my train of thought there. 😉

I’m really looking forward to doing a weigh in on Thursday.  I’ve made some great progress this week and I’m excited to see if it will be reflected on the scale.  Even if it’s not, I still had some great victories. 🙂

28-day Challenge Day 3

“If I only had Doritos, everything would be ok.” – Victoria

Yes, I said that.  The fact that I think Doritos are the answer to all my problems is rather disturbing, isn’t it?

I was in fact craving Doritos, but I did not succumb to my cravings.  It’s starting to get easier to make good choices, but obviously I’m still thinking about eating la junk food.  Temptation is everywhere!  Remember yesterday when I mentioned not grocery shopping while hungry?  I would add looking at Pinterest while you’re hungry.  Not a good idea.  At all.  So many pictures of gooey chocolate treats and deliciously-rich pasta dishes.  I can feel my blood sugar spike just looking at them.

I had another good eating day yesterday and honestly I’m pretty impressed with myself.  Like I said it’s starting to get easier.  Keeping the refrigerator full of healthy food choices has made it easier to eat the right things.  I bought some steel cut oats last week so I’m going to give those a try.  My friend Kim told me about how she makes her oatmeal—cinnamon, vanilla, and some frozen berries—so I’m excited to give it a try.  I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal, but I know it’s good for me so I’ll give it another shot.

Next week is going to be interesting.  I am having lunch with a friend on Monday and I’ll be in the office a couple of days next week as well (I work in the office part-time and work from home part-time).  It’s going to mean some planning on my part.  When I don’t plan I get into trouble.  Especially if I don’t bring my lunch to work.  I wander over to the food court and lose all sense of reason.  Cheeseburgers, pizza, dim sum, bagels and cream cheese…I have no chance.  So it’s better if I just stay away for now.  The friend I’m having lunch with on Monday is well aware of my efforts so I know he’ll steer me in the direction of a restaurant where I can find a healthy option.

Here’s looking forward to a successful Day 4!

28-day Challenge Day 2

Oh Day 2, why couldn’t you be as nice to me as Day 1?

Day 2 didn’t start out great since I didn’t sleep very well the night before.  I’m not sure if I have mentioned this on the blog before but I’m not a great sleeper, I never have been.  Plus, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea over a year ago—you try sleeping with a giant mask strapped to your face and see how well you do!  I’m sort of used to it now, but sleeping, for me, still comes with some challenges.  And Thursday night was definitely a challenge.

The other issue was that I had a massive headache all day long.  I think part of it was from the weather here in Southern Ontario—it’s been raining all week long—and the other part was my lack of sugar intake.  You know that refined, white, granulated yumminess??  I think I’m starting sugar withdrawal.  I seriously considered just having anything—a cookie, a granola bar—just to see if it would help, but then I thought that I’d feel much worse after I ate it.  So I took a pass…score one for me.

I headed out to the grocery store around dinner time to pick up a few things that I needed heading into the weekend.  You how people tell you not to shop when you’re hungry?  Yeah, that advice is pretty valid.  I shopped the perimeter of the store first, as I normally do, but then found myself strolling the aisles thinking about having a “treat”.  Just one treat, I thought, no one has to know.  My brother, who has a pretty serious ice cream addiction, is also trying to watch the number of treats he has.  To give you an idea about how desperate I was, I actually tried to bargain with him the middle of the grocery store.  It went a little something like this:

Me: I want a treat
My Brother: No, you don’t.
Me: I NEED a treat.
My Brother: (shaking his head) No, you don’t.
Me: Aren’t you going to get any ice cream?
My Brother: Nope, I’m trying to stay away from that stuff.
Me:  I’ll make you a deal.  You buy ice cream, and I’ll buy my treat.  We’ll eat them and no one has to know.  You and I will be the only ones who know.
My brother: (Laughing at the absurdity of what I just said) I don’t think so.

So there I was, denied.  I can be a master manipulator when I want to be, but I couldn’t even coerce my baby brother into helping me.  Although by saying no he probably helped me more than if he had given in to me.  Why didn’t I just indulge even if he wasn’t going to you might ask?  The thought of him watching me buy something, let alone eat something I shouldn’t, when he knows what I’m trying to accomplish with this 28-day challenge just brought on massive feelings of guilt.  So I cashed out with my green beans and rotisserie chicken and headed home.  So score two for me, with an assist from my brother.

All-in-all, not a horrible day, but it had its challenges.  It certainly hasn’t been the first day like that and it won’t be the last.  I’m glad I stuck it out though and didn’t breakdown and eat something that would have made me feel worse off than if I hadn’t eaten it.  It makes me think that I really am taking this seriously now and I have a chance of forming some really great habits.

28-day Challenge Day 1

Day 1 – stick a fork in it, it’s done!

Yesterday was actually an excellent day.  My eating was on track and I didn’t feel deprived at all.  I think I was too busy to be deprived come to think of it.  It was a busy work day and I had an appointment in the afternoon, so between work and running around I didn’t have time to think about noshing on something I shouldn’t be.  I ended up working through my lunch, but it was pretty yummy so I won’t complain at all.

Enjoying my turkey salad while I work!  Busy, busy!!

Enjoying my turkey taco salad while I work! Busy, busy!!

The only thing I really need to do is increase my water intake.  My water bottle is sitting on my desk still half full from yesterday afternoon.  Not good.  So I definitely need to be conscious of that.

In terms of exercise, I did do any full on routines yesterday.  I did, however, have to hoof it to the bus I was about to miss, so I’m counting that as at least a little cardio today. 😉   I’m going to do my first strength training workout tomorrow morning and I’ll follow that up with a walk in the evening.

All in all, Day 1 was a good one.  I did what I said I was going to do and I showed up.  I’m pretty proud of myself for that.  Now I just have to keep that momentum going.

Tell me friends, how was your day?  Leave a comment below and let me know how your first day of the challenge went.  If you haven’t signed up yet it’s not too late…head on over to Prevention.com and join the challenge!

On to Day 2!!