Almost 2 years ago, I got fed up with how I looked and joined a gym. Found a trainer and got really motivated and excited about losing the weight that had crept on me. I weighed in at 173 and at that moment when I saw the results of that scale, I had one of those Biggest Loser moments of shame, shock and desperation. I was motivated by the uncomfortable feeling I had being in my own skin and my sister's upcoming wedding. This was August of 2008. I lost over 10lbs for the wedding that was in October but what started as a desire to lose weight became a passion for running.
That feeling lasted for over 6mos and I even ran a 5K in November (just 4 short months after starting my journey). I slowly slipped off that horse and begin a more sedentary lifestyle and not watching what I ate as much and so 7lbs crept back on. Weighing 170 again... I was determined to get back out there and start running again back in March of this year. I lost 5lbs in combination of watching what I ate (more on that in a sec) and running and incorporating Slim in 6. But I've learned the hardway that consistency is the key and it was the one major player in the triangle of fitness that I felt that I was lacking. I ate decent (although... I've learned that I still ate too much processed foods) and I excersised but I never put these two things in place DAILY!
So this past June, I made the decision to make myself more accountable. Weighing in at 162 at my parents house made me realize that my running efforts just weren't cutting it and I needed to step it up if I really wanted to push past this plateau weight that I've been sitting at for years. So, here's what I've been doing:
Mon, Wed, Fri: Run 3-4 miles
Sat or Sun: Run 5-6 miles (and this will increase by a half mile to a full mile each week)
Tues and Thurs: Slim in 6 for one hour
I have one rest day a week (the day on the weekend I don't run).
I am working up to doing the Slim in 6, 5 days a week and keep my running days in there as well.
Here is how my diet has looked:
(Keep in mind, I used to fill up on coffee for breakfast and not eat anything substantial until 11pm or noon, then I would eat whatever I could find or eat out and then snack all afternoon and evening before and after dinner)
Breakfast: Oatmeal prepared with water and a 1/4 of a cup of fat free half and half with a little splenda for sweetner, 2 egg whites and one whole egg with mushrooms or just salt and pepper. Coffee.
Late morning snack (about 2 hours later): Light and Fit vanilla yogurt with granola and raisins or carrots and fat free ranch dressing
Lunch: this varies but lately I've loved having:
Fresh lite deli turkey (from the deli as opposed to the pre-packaged stuff in the meat section of your grocery), low fat cheese, lettuce, tomato on a whole wheat bagel or bread. A handful of almonds and a piece of fruit (watermelon, apple, etc.)OR
whole wheat english muffins, 3 oz tuna in water with lowfat mayo, tomato slice and low fat swiss cheese toasted, again with some almonds or baked lays (just a few... I'm addicted to these so I have to remember NOT to eat straight from the bag) and fruit or lowfat yogurt.
Afternoon snack: Brown Rice cakes with almond buttter or fat free jello
Dinner: of course this varies and I'll share more about this soon in a detailed post. I try to keep it to 600 calories and full of protein, good carbs and veggies.
Evening snack: I have been snacking a bit and I'm planning to cut this out by having a shakeology shake for dessert after dinner and help me curb my appetite until morning.
I'm going to be on a 1400-1500 calorie diet and my goal is to burn 300-500 calories daily (or nearly if you don't count my rest day).
SO! I'm being completely transparent and vulnerable by posting these before photos of myself. I have a long way to go to have the body that I envision for myself but hopefully you will stick with me on my journey and watch me as I try to get in the best shape of my life.
SO.. there you have it... NOW! Watch and see as I TRANSFORM!