Monday workout

30 minute HIIT workout on the bike

Reward: get it open Birchbox and Animal Crossing. Plus, new episode of Archer!!!

Bathroom selfie. I’m around 230. I haven’t weighed myself in a few days. But yeah, I thought my whole photo section should be a little more complete. 

12/17/13

Bathroom selfie. I’m around 230. I haven’t weighed myself in a few days. But yeah, I thought my whole photo section should be a little more complete. 

12/17/13

Couldn’t button the button under my boobs last week and now I can. Boom.

Couldn’t button the button under my boobs last week and now I can. Boom.

Pretty sure I’m not eating enough, but I’m also not counting calories…

So, as anyone who reads anything  posts knows, about a week and a half ago, I decided to stop counting calories and also decided to cut refined carbs out of my diet (for the most part). I’m only eating when I’m hungry, but I just have this feeling that I’m not eating enough calories during the day. I feel good other than silly allergies, but I just have a feeling I’m really at a deficit. 

My dilemma here is this: should I continue to eat this way because I do feel good, even if the current thing I have going for leaves me at a deficit larger than I should be at? I’m eating whole foods and exercising 3-5 times a week, so I’d have to say that this is actually something that is healthy and can be maintained. 

Currently doing all the research on this. 

Realization: I put something in my face every time I walk into the kitchen.

Working to remedy this. 

New food thing day 2

So, as planned I’ve cut down on pretty much all my refined carbs and I’m not gonna lie, it sucks a little bit. I did make a dairy-free grain-free pizza today which was actually pretty good. I put some soy cheese in the crust and seasoned it pretty heavily, so I’m sure that helped  a bit. I definitely need to pick up a bigger food processor, though. 

I do feel like this is impacting my mood to some degree. I feel bitchy and kinda tired which is what I expected, but it’s still not really fun. I do think that this is probably a bit easier for me because I’m not really into pasta or bread that much, but still. bagels. 

I dunno, I feel like experimenting with different ways of eating is a good thing. That way I can figure out how my body responds to different foods. Plus, let’s be honest, I’m kinda stuck in a rut and a change couldn’t hurt. 

11/27/13: Progress. Weight gain. Blah. Changes.

Hello, my lovelies. So, here is the news I’ve been dreading to post. I’ve gained weight. I had been maintaining at about 230 for a good 3 months, but in the past few weeks I’ve gone back up to around 237ish. 

Honestly, I feel really mixed about this. Like, personally I feel really shitty about it, but on the other hand, gains happen. Life happens. I’m also glad I’ve caught it at the point where I’m only up 8lbs. I could realistically see that gone by the end of December especially because I’m pretty sure at least some of it is water weight. Another reason why I don’t want this to seem like it’s the end of the world is because I have so many amazing followers and I would never want any of you to feel like gaining while you’re trying to lose weight is something that should be seen as shameful or failure. It’s just a number. Even if I (or anyone) gained back literally everything they had lost, the changes you learned to make are still valuable. 

So, onto the changes portion. I’ve decided that for my body, it would be best to stick to unprocessed carbs from fruits and veggies pretty much exclusively. I’m not going to go and cut grains completely out of what I eat, but I do think that realistically the percentage needs to decrease. I’m still not eating meat or dairy (for the most part) but I am sometimes eating eggs. 

Sooo, yeah. I’d really like to get this weight back off because it’s just weirdly all gone to my face and that’s just not what I want. 

Current weight: 237lbs 

Gym gym

Treadmill for a mile (just over 10 minutes)
Elliptical for 10 minutes at a fairly high resistance
Treadmill again for a mile with hill and speed intervals.

I’m soooo tired. I am glad that my mile times aren’t really that much different even after not working out for awhile.

Mer. I just want to go to bed but now I have to be productive and find a job and stuff.

How have I gained another 2lbs???

I’m hoping it’s water weight or just something else. This is so frustrating.

3 meals down and I ate the way I wanted to all day today. Completely vegan with no processed food. I’ve decided I’m not going to weigh myself until I feel comfortable doing so. I know I must have gained some weight this summer, but I don’t feel like knowing how much will be productive at all for me. I’ll probably get curious tonight and check anyways, but that’s how I feel right now.

Going to start going to the gym with my Mama

Finalllllllly. I’ve been (kinda) putting this off for the last few months because our gym is so disgusting in the summer (but it’s cheap). I love running outside, but I know I do a better job when I’m actually in a place where I have a ton of different options. Plus, lifting is DEFINITELY going to be a thing. I have a feeling it’s going to be what really changes my body. I’m amazed by how much the resistance from hills during running has changed my legs, so I’m really excited to see what lifting will do for the rest of my body. I’m also going to be dedicating full workouts to strength training and just using cardio as a warm up which is something I’ve absolutely never done before, bot I’m kind of excited to do. Don’t you lovelies worry, though—I would never give up my cardio in the form of running/biking/etc.. Soooo yeah, looking to FINALLY start really focusing on fitness. 

According to the scale, I lost like 3 lbs this week.

I’m dubious, but we’ll see tomorrow, I guess. 

If so, then thank god because this plateau has been the most frustrating thing ever. 

Ugh

I ate way too much today. I’m having such a hard time of this lately. I need to clean up my diet and start being honest about what I’m eating again.

I feel like I need to get a calendar

And plan out literally all of my workouts for the month. That way I can also mark the days based on how well I’ve eaten. Being home is so much harder than I thought it would be as far as staying healthy goes. I know it’s my responsibility, but still.

Getting back on track: weekly goals

Since coming home, I’ve definitely let my diet slip, even though I’ve actually been working out more. I’m super frustrated and it just feels so easy to eats tons of shit that I wouldn’t even normally want because I didn’t keep it at my apartment. So, I’m going to start making weekly goals that are focused on going back to clean eating and regular exercising. 

Honestly, I’m really frustrated with myself and my body just doesn’t feel as good without all the veggies and fruits I’m used to eating. My mom has totally offered to bring my grocery shopping and everything, it’s just hard to get organized after doing things a certain way for so long. 

So yeah, weekly goals: 

-115 oz of water per day (no excuses!!!)

-sticking to the 1,550 cal per day limit (net)

-no cheat meal this week

-perhaps some semblance of self control when we go out to dinner

-running 4 days a week