My Fitness Progress


This is to help me be more accountable as I work on my fitness goals! I'm a grad student getting married in 8 months and trying to get in shape before the big day! Juggling wedding planning AND graduate work is a little crazy, so I'm trying to find ways to keep me motivated and on track!

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Day…16? I’ve lost count! :p

Oh my goodness I think working out makes me sleepy. :P It’s only a little after 9 here and I’m ready for bed!

Finally kicked my butt back into gear after the crazy weekend. Since I was behind on the workouts for the week, I decided to do full body today, to get that in, and then do the individual areas the rest of the days as appropriate. Ended up getting in that 50 minutes of POP Pilates videos for butt, abs, arms, and legs. And… I WAS ABLE TO DO ALL THE PUSHUPS IN THE ARM VIDEO! Oh my gosh, that’s the first time I’ve ever been able to do it without pausing or falling on my face in the middle :P Okay, so the last couple in each set were REALLY shaky, but they all got done! I was stoked! Also got in 30 minutes of cardio run/walking intervals at the gym before I left the university today.

Food intake:

Breakfast: 1/2c oats, 2cups of coffee w/splenda and 2tbs creamer

Snack1: apple

Lunch: Protein bar, salad with romaine, roma tomato, red bellpepper (was running late this morning and didn’t have time to find something better)

Dinner: Cooked chicken breast w/ 1/2 head of broccoli, mushrooms and soy sauce

Snack2: Post workout protein bar

Before bed snack: ?? TBD. Maybe some frozen mango.

Calorie count so far: 1223

This is the first good day I’ve had in a while, guys. Ungh. I feel so much better about myself when I actually do this, but it’s soooo easy to put off working out when I make excuses (tired, too much homework, etc). Or the whole “I’ll get back on track tomorrow” excuse….

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End of week 2/starting week 3

Hey all!

This weekend was really nuts so sorry for the lack of updates for a few days. My fiance and I were on a retreat for engaged couples as part of marriage prep. Needless to say we were kept pretty busy for most of the time, and so I wasn’t able to get a workout in at all. The food was interesting as well: in fact, we were kind of laughing at how they gather together a bunch of people who are probably on pre-wedding diets, and all they serve is hamburgers, fries, cheesy enchiladas, etc. AND there is a perpetual table of cookies/candy/chips! It was SO hard this weekend not to grab a snack everytime I walked by that table! I was glad I had packed some protein bars as a back-up option, and there was a salad bar which helped. It wasn’t the most amazing weekend diet-wise: I did eat a biscuit (<— I CAN’T spell this word to save my life!) for breakfast one morning, and had a couple of homeade cookies, but I did try to limit myself to choosing one thing that day and not everytime there was a break. :P

I had turkey and whole wheat roll the first night, scrambled eggs and an apple for breakfast/snack, salad/protein bar for lunch, and salad with another turkey/wheat roll sandwhich that I had leftover for dinner. +cookie. Second day was scrambled eggs with a biscuit, protein bar and salad for lunch, +cookie, then came home and had chicken breast and sweet potato for dinner.

So, not totally on the diet, but I feel like with the exception of the cookies I did the best I could to work with what I had and what was there. :P

Going to definitely get a good workout in today though! We’ll see how it goes!

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Day 10

So where I’m at, the weather got really cold today and it was rainy and super windy. As a result, I kind of continued this process of getting up for a bit then taking a nap. It was really cozy, and also for whatever reason, motivated me to cook! Something about listening to the wind blow like crazy outside makes me appreciate being snug in my little apartment and wanting a good hot meal. So I made a stir fry for dinner (hey maybe not much to any regular cooks out there, but it was the first time I’d tried it!) and made pumpkin pancakes for tomorrow!

Breakfast: erm, didn’t happen. I ran out the door rushing to a mtg so I just grabbed a cup of coffee.

Snack: Apple

Lunch: Went to Panera’s for a lunch date with my future mother in law, and although not strictly on the meal plan I got a smoked turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce and tomato only.

Snack: post workout protein bar

Dinner: Stir Fry! Chicken breast, some red bell pepper, broccoli, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, garlic, and soy sauce. Since I AM on this diet, I didn’t add the crunchy noodles like I might have done otherwise, hehe, but despite that I still thought it was pretty good.

Snack: my little cheat because I was REALLY craving something sweet: 1c of Silk Chocolate Almond Milk

Total: about 1326

Workout: 45 minutes of POP Pilates Ab videos. My abs were definitely dying, but I was able to do a little more this time then before. Teeny improvements! Legs a little straighter here, planking on hands/knees instead of elbows/knees, and I really focused more on breathing so I didn’t get that tension headache that I got last week from inadvertently holding my breath when it got hard. :P

I’m kind of impressed that I’m still sticking it out this long. I’m so bad about starting something then getting bored or thinking it’s too hard and quitting. I blame YOU GUYS! :) I love seeing all your posts about how you’re doing— it’s awesome to read about your successes and really helps me to kick my own butt to stay on track when I’m feeling lazy. :)

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losing-it-ftw:

hopeforaskinnyfuture:

guess what?
this little blob monster is a pound of fat.
it usually hides in your thighs, or your chin, anywhere you can imagine.
but guess what ELSE?
you probably killed one of these little monsters this week! 
and killing ONE monster is a HUGE success!!!
KEEP KILLING BLOB MONSTERS!!!!

I’m sorry fat, even though you look kinda cute like that, I have to kill you&#160;! Sayonara&#160;!

Oh my goodness, so cute and kinda gross at the same time&#8230; had to share! Yay killing blob monsters! :D

losing-it-ftw:

hopeforaskinnyfuture:

guess what?

this little blob monster is a pound of fat.

it usually hides in your thighs, or your chin, anywhere you can imagine.

but guess what ELSE?

you probably killed one of these little monsters this week! 

and killing ONE monster is a HUGE success!!!

KEEP KILLING BLOB MONSTERS!!!!

I’m sorry fat, even though you look kinda cute like that, I have to kill you ! Sayonara !

Oh my goodness, so cute and kinda gross at the same time… had to share! Yay killing blob monsters! :D

Source:

Day 9

Arm day again! Oh man. SO hard for me, but today I did http://blogilates.com/workout-index/tuesday-upper-body-workout with a few tweaks (I can’t do quite as many as she suggested yet, at least in pushups and tricep dips) But I did as many as I could and now my arms are exhausted!

No major binges today, but my meals were a little weird since I stayed up most of the night working on a homework problem and writing a presentation (No stats problem should EVER take 13+hrs by the way!) and so by the time I was done with classes around noon, I just came back and crashed, so lunch didn’t really happen.

Breakfast: 1/2c oats + 1/2c eggwhites + 1/2c blueberries, coffee

Mid Afternoon/Workout snack: protein bar

Dinner: Sweet potato, chicken breast, and salad with romaine, broccoli, and red bell pepper.

Before bed snack: 1c strawberries

Question for all you fellow meal-plan-ers out there. What do you guys do to handle the noon meal?  Someone pointed this out in a comment, and I’ve noticed this myself, that I have a hard time figuring out how to get my protein in at lunch and tend to either skip it, or go with what I can grab and store in my backpack. I don’t really have time to come back to my apt and make anything, but I feel like it isn’t a good idea to let a chicken breast just sit in my backpack all morning either. What have you guys been doing?

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Short girls weight-loss blogs!

healthy-again:

Please reblog this if you’re 5’5” or less, I’ll make a list of all of us short girls! :D Every lost pound matters, but if you’re short, each pound makes even bigger difference.

 5’4” here :)

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Starting Week Two!

Despite the struggles in this first week, I was super excited when I got on the scale this morning and was down 2 pounds! Yes, probably water weight or whatever, but I have been stuck at the same number for weeks, so it’s kind of exciting. But more exciting than that is looking in the mirror. I’m definitely noticing a little more definition in my stomach area than I ever used to have before (which means, more than absolutely zip…) but YAY!

Today was not perfect because I had a lot of studying to do (stupid statistics homework that took EIGHT hours!) so I only got in 30 minutes of pilates. But the meal plan went ok.

Breakfast: 1/2c oatmeal + 1/4c fresh blueberries = yum! Also 1/2c eggwhites

Lunch: Salad…2c romaine, 2 roma tomatoes

Dinner: Last of the venison/pasta = no more carby goodness for me now! Sad times because that is my biggest craving, but good times because it will be healthier! Also a sweet potato.

Have to figure out a before bedtime snack. I’m still a little low on calories. But I have had a lot of water today: 3l, going to see if I can get the last one in before bed or not.

Guys, I am so pumped to start week 2! :D Doing my next round of shopping tomorrow and stocking up on more chicken/veggies!

Also I have to share because my sister (who’s also doing the challenge) was teasing me:

Me: “So I was getting food at the store…and I got the chicken breasts, but I couldn’t find the tilapia breasts anywhere….”

Sister: -dies laughing- “Umm, let’s think about that for a minute…”

So… I fail at basic biology apparently! ;) But hey! Whatever! :D

Ready, set WEEK TWO!!!!!!!!

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90 Day Challenge - reblog this if you want me to follow u!

blogilates:

Hey guys,

So it’s getting kinda hard trying to copy n paste URLs from facebook to tumblr. I wanna check up on u! Will you simply reblog this and say “I’m on the 90 day challenge” or something so I can follow you back easily?

 I’m doing the 90 day challenge and would love to have you follow me. :)

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Yesterday (Day Six) I went out&#8230; It was lots of fun, but also lots of temptations. I didn&#8217;t stick to the plan perfectly, but I ate before I went so that I wasn&#8217;t going to be as tempted and hungry, and I was able to limit the cheating to one drink and one sweet (chocolate, duh!) Ended up going out dancing, which I am totally counting as my fun cardio for the day. :)
So even though it wasn&#8217;t perfect, it was definitely better than my binging day earlier this week, and a lot better than I normally would have done! So I&#8217;m just going to keep on going and doing my best. There are so many food-centric holidays on this diet, oh my goodness!
Side note: I love corsets!! Err, well the ones now anyway, not the ones that squeezed your internal organs out of place :P I always feel so teeny in them since they emphasize the smallest part instead of belly pooch or thighs. ;)

Yesterday (Day Six) I went out… It was lots of fun, but also lots of temptations. I didn’t stick to the plan perfectly, but I ate before I went so that I wasn’t going to be as tempted and hungry, and I was able to limit the cheating to one drink and one sweet (chocolate, duh!) Ended up going out dancing, which I am totally counting as my fun cardio for the day. :)

So even though it wasn’t perfect, it was definitely better than my binging day earlier this week, and a lot better than I normally would have done! So I’m just going to keep on going and doing my best. There are so many food-centric holidays on this diet, oh my goodness!

Side note: I love corsets!! Err, well the ones now anyway, not the ones that squeezed your internal organs out of place :P I always feel so teeny in them since they emphasize the smallest part instead of belly pooch or thighs. ;)

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Day 5….embarassing to post!

Today was really a low day that just failed. Being brutally honest, I lost self-control at one point, decided that the diet was jsut blown for the day, and… kept eating. Pretty sure I probably ate over 2000 calories today, which is really depressing. I can’t really track the calories exactly since it was homeade things at the halloween party but the average I came up with from approximating was pretty bad.

Oat cereal + skim milk: normal breakfast

but then… chili, cornbread, and a cookie at the party. And then I had to work on my presentation so I went to a coffeehouse to workl since I get too distracted if I try to study in my apartment. There, I ended up eating two eggs, two slices of turkey bacon and uh…. like 5 pancakes, over a span of 4 hours. Yipes! Talk about being bloated now. I think I must have just really been missing carbs and went crazy. Feeling really awful about how bad today went, ugh. :( I think I may try to do some extra working out this weekend to make up for it. I really don’t want to lose any progress I’ve been making so far.

I did get a workout in today before all the crazy eating happened, which is good. Today I did:

Pop Pilates for Beginners, Legsercize, Saddlebag Shaver, and Summer Slimdown parts 1 and 2

Now if I can just get on task tomorrow and try to do a little (read: a lot of!) damage control. -sigh- For the record, I’ve never tried this blogging thing before really, but I think this is really helping. It’s a lot more incentive when I have to post about everything, and as I’m finding out, really embarrassing to admit the messing up. But it is so great to get on and read about the struggles and successes that everyone else is going through and encouraging to hear how you all are managing! :) So nice to know there are all these blogs out there by people who are working at the same thing!

Hope you all had a much more successful day than I did today!

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