Day 4 – Energy and Adjustment

I am quickly feeling the effects of hour long workouts. I finished up this evening at about 5:15pm and have felt completely exhausted ever since.

The good news is that the workout happened with ease. I had another great cardio session and got to my arms and legs for strength training as well. I put in another full hour, which feels really good. Except I feel like I’m falling asleep as I’m writing this and it’s barely 8:00pm…

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I know that caffeine is not the answer. Eating more protein rich food is definitely the way to go.

This part of re-entry is something I’ve always struggled with whenever I’ve reset my habits like this. I get super excited about the fact that I’m working out and that I made it through another day by eating well, but this fall in energy tells me that I’m not supplementing the way I should.

But for today, I made eggs and put them on a bagel with cheese and hot sauce for breakfast and a chicken wrap for lunch. Right now for dinner, Ben is cooking up pasta with clams, spinach, and morels (that I found for a steal at our local farm stop!) and I am so excited.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go drool all over said pasta. Goodnight, team!

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Day 3 – The First Test

Okay, team. This day was my first test against indulgence. It was WHISKEY WEDNESDAY.

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Ohhhh yes. There is a fancy bar exactly a mile from my house that has HALF OFF WHISKEY ON WEDNESDAYS. My friends invited my boyfriend (Ben. His name is Ben. You might as well know his name if you’re going to be following this blog…) and me out for Whiskey Wednesday.

I’ll get to that in a minute. My day was actually quite fabulous. I had a green smoothie for breakfast (Greek yogurt, matcha, vanilla, spinach, kiwi, apple) and it kept me full all the way to lunch. Honestly, I am not a fan of Greek yogurt. The smell puts me off and the consistency always feels way too thick. But I actually understood why it is such a good staple for morning smoothies. Lots of protein and the thickness really adds substance to drinking your breakfast. I was a fan.

Lunch came around at its normal time for me, which is around 1pm. I had an Italian lettuce wrap and some kettle chips. I also snacked on almonds like a total health nut (ha, puns).

NOW. This is where indulgence decided to slink out of its cave with its very best “come hither” look in its eyes.

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Ben texted me right as I was leaving work to tell me that he was at my FAVORITE bar and that it was Happy Hour. The weather was beautiful, I was leaving work on time, and I do love the drinks there…

“What the hell!” I thought and met him there.

It was during my happy hour drink with Ben that I got the invitation from friends to go to Whiskey Wednesday. Of course I wanted to socialize, but I needed to make sure I got a workout in beforehand. Because let’s face it: no one is going to the gym after whiskey tasting. And so, even though it was lovely hanging out with Ben, I left for the gym. Be proud, y’all. I was very tempted to stay and have another tasty sangria.

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I put in a hardcore 45 minute cardio session on the arc trainer. I pumped up the elevation and the resistance and powered through while watching Friends on one of the televisions (thanks, Planet Fitness!).

Got home, showered, and stuffed my face with salami and cheese on a bagel along with the rest of the smoothie from this morning. Ben and I decided to walk to the fancy bar and back, so I put in another leisurely 2 miles (hey, exercise is exercise).

So, since this was my first real social event with booze involved, I decided to stick to one ounce pours. Fun fact: there are about 80 calories in the average one ounce whiskey shot (86-90 proof). Knowing that little piece of trivia took the pressure off of ordering drinks together. I tried three different whiskeys (1 ounce pours) and had a Manhattan. It was a really fun time and I didn’t feel awful about it when I got home.

I ended up falling asleep early and feel pumped to take on the next day!!

Day 2

Today was considerably harder than yesterday. I didn’t get the best sleep last night due to Cat wandering around the house and letting loose those sad, lost meows. You know the ones.

“rrrRRRAAAOOooww. rrrRRRAAAOOooWWow.”

Granted, she is thirteen and her eyesight is not what it used to be. But seriously, feline. Use the nightlights that were put out specifically for you.

Anyway, I think I might have only gotten about four hours AND I needed to be at work early today. While this is a morning where I didn’t wake up feeling nauseated, my sleep deprived brain steered me to the nearest coffee shop to help with my day. Alas, no breakfast was had.

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As was to be expected after an intense workout the day before, I was STARVING by about noon. I ordered Jimmy John’s to the office since I also forgot to pack my lunch. I had the Turkey Tom and one of those AMAZING pickles (I know the sodium number is outrageous, but my love for pickles always prevails). Copious amounts of water followed.

I got home, took a quick 20 minute nap and woke up feeling energized for the gym. Also to be expected, my body felt slightly resistant to the idea of exercise. But I put in another good hour, mixing both lifting and mild cardio. Got my core, chest and back today. Arms and legs tomorrow.

Got home and devoured some leftovers from a couple of nights ago. Hummus and pita, chicken, the rest of the grapes, a little bit of cheese and a quick spinach salad. I recently started experimenting with making my own dressings again and put together lemon juice, a little white wine vinegar, a little olive oil, sage, paprika, salt, pepper, and the tiniest amount of red chili flakes. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

And then, I had the most glorious shower of my entire life. That shower where the water is the perfect temperature and warms you all the way through. I stayed in there until the water ran out. Not entirely eco-friendly, but my body appreciated it.

Tonight is reserved for reading, possibly some Stardew Valley (highly recommend, by the way). Tomorrow might be a little tricky with getting to the gym since I’ll be driving 40 minutes east to see some family. We’ll see what happens.

That’s all for today. Nighty night, kids!

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Day 1

On Day 1, I am going to swear complete and total honesty within this blog.

That being said, I have had a killer day today. I got up and made it a point to actually consume breakfast. I am one of those awful people that nutritionists and dieticians frown at because I count coffee as breakfast. Since childhood, I have pretty much always awakened to the feeling of nausea first thing in the morning. Because of this, I never wanted to eat when I started my day. I just drank a lot of water or coffee and called it good. I learned very recently that I can no longer use it as an excuse. As irony would have it, that nauseous feeling is actually from blood sugar being too low.

Moral of the story: breakfast is important.

I ate a bit of bread, cheese, and a bunch of grapes this morning before scampering off to work. I also put away a decent sandwich at lunch. Both meals were accompanied by copious amounts of H2O.

I put in an hour at the gym on the arc trainer (some kind of crazy elliptical-meets-stair master-meets-ski machine). That was pretty rad. I was really sweaty and surprised at how tired I felt afterwards. I guess we’ll see if that changes as I go along.

Anyway, my man is making dinner. I’ll report back for Day 2!

Hello! Prep & Stats!

I gained some weight and now I’m working it off!

I didn’t want a long-winded introduction about the purpose of this blog, so that’s the simplest way to put it.

A snapshot of me: I am twenty-seven years old. I work for a university, dance Argentine tango, spin fire on occasion, and eat all of the INCREDIBLE food that my awesome aspiring chef boyfriend makes. I am a musician and a writer by trade. I have the most adorable cat ever and she is bound to show up in this blog at some point or another. If these entries are posted and I reach my goal, it will be the first time I ever successfully kept up any sort of blog. So, here’s hoping I stick to this!

Some history: I was a regular gym junkie from about 2012-2015. I went for two hours a day almost every day. I could run 8-10 miles and lift without much issue. I was in the best shape of my life. Then, in May of 2015, my father fell ill with cancer (stage IV intravascular B-cell lymphoma – crazy stuff) and died four months later. I was his primary caretaker and put my life completely on hold. When he died, I fell into a pretty significant depression (obviously). Couple that with my own medical issue very shortly after and ending my relationship with my partner of six years, health and fitness were kind of the last things on my mind. Through the year of 2016, I think I can count on both hands the times I actually *went* to the gym. The bright side of this story is that I am now in a wonderful relationship with aforementioned wonderful man! …who lovingly cooked for me and wined and dined me, which sort of killed any motivation whatsoever.

Anyway, rambling aside, I am on the edge of being the heaviest I’ve ever been. Not good for me. So, I’m reclaiming my workout habits and doing this for myself.

Beginning Stats:

Height: 5’8″
Weight: 168 lbs (yikes)
Waist: 30″
Hips: 39″
Neck: 14″
Arm: 12.5″
Leg: 24″

I have already been doing at-home exercises for the last seven days. I know I am fully capable of slimming back down to where I feel most comfortable since I’ve already gotten there before.

Goal: 145-150 lbs

I am following no specific diet. I’m just going to do what feels smart:

  1. Increase protein.
  2. Decrease carbs.
  3. Eat good fats.
  4. Lay off the booze.

I’m not a big snacker and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I do love my mimosas. And beer. And old fashioneds. And…I promise I’m not an alcoholic, but I will admit to indulging more than I should.

So, that’s it. Quick and dirty(ish). Day one post to come shortly.

 

 

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