So I think I am getting the running thing down. Did 3.1 miles last week on Thursday and was able to follow that up with another 3.1 on Sunday. The progress is starting to show and I do feel more motivated because of that.
On another note, Alex and I were getting sick of losing weight all week and then gaining most of it back on our free day (and the free day wasn’t even that crazy…ok it was kind of crazy). So we decided that for the next two weeks, starting on the 12th that we were not going to do a free day till the 31st (excluding a dinner with Alex’s parents on the 17th).
With all of that, last Saturday we had Alex’s parents over for dinner (corn beef and cabbage, shout out to my Irish cousins), but didn’t have a free day only that one meal. The next day was back to normal and starting out this week I weighed a little less then I did at the end of last week, a great place to start.
I am supportive of the free day concept because it gives you something to look forward to during the week and when you do get a craving it is easier to tell yourself that all you have to do is wait for the weekend then to tell yourself your never going to be able to eat that again. One of the bet free days that Alex and I had was when we hiked through SF. Because even though we had half a doughnut and cookie, some breakfast sandwiches and a heavy Italian dinner, almost all of that was counter acted by the hike.
I guess you just have to customize when you are going to splurge and how much your going to allow yourself. As I said before, I think it is crucial to have these free meals, one because you can do it guilt free as it is built into your diet and two it will help you stick to your diet. But instead of having a doughnut breakfast of two or three doughnuts on your free day, have a bowl of adult cereal and one doughnut to cut the calories down.
Getting close to some goals and starting to set my eyes on new ones, it’s an exciting time.
Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)
Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)
Lunch: Lentil Soup (250 Cal. 2.5g fat)
Afternoon snack: Fat-Free Cottage cheese (90 cal.)
Dinner: Lettuce Bean Tacos (425 cal, 1g fat)
Total calories: 985.
As of today I have lost 13 lbs. since we started our blog one month ago!
Today I screwed up at the gym and didn’t change the incline on the treadmill after my warm-up walk. So after my first 3 minute jog I was dying. I thought to myself “holy cr*p how am I this tired?” and then I realized… “You idiot – you were running uphill for three minutes.”
As a result I didn’t run as much as I should of to fully complete my workout so after lifting weights and doing abs I went back to the treadmill and put in another 3 minutes of running to get as much cardio in as I was supposed to.
Now that I’ve lost 13 lbs. livestrong.com has cut the number of calories I can eat on non workout days to maintain my weekly weight loss goals. I have more motivation to work out now because that means I can eat REAL food!
My goal is to lose a definitive 2 more pounds before the end of the month and hopefully fit into my “skinny” jeans.
I ate a lot of little things today that I don’t want to bore you with… but with my workout I still have 275 more calories I am allowed to consume today.
Also – for the past few days my nightly motivational treat of choice has been semi-sweet dark chocolate chips – 32 to be exact (and yes I really do count them).