Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Aspiring Loser

I thought I'd do a quick weight loss update this week. Over the weekend I was able to drop a little more weight. Considering how much I worked, I'd say that was to be expected when I was on my feet most of the time! It's difficult when you get out of your normal routine. It's much easier to eat anything that's convenient when you're super busy. Luckily, I planned around some of that.

I brought one of the Special K protein bars along with me and it actually tasted pretty good. I hadn't found one I liked very well in the past, but the chocolate one I tried was pretty good. It gave me enough energy to get me through the day. I appreciated the fact that it didn't taste like cardboard!

I also brought along some dry cereal to snack on. Much easier than binging on chips, hot dogs, and pizza the entire time. I love cereal because it's low calorie and helps with some of the sweet cravings that you get.

So, I'm officially 13 pounds away from my goal! How awesome is that??

My parents gave us some money at Christmas. Ryan and I ran across a deal on a home gym last week that we simply could not pass up. It was on sale and I could not believe the price. He assembled everything this past weekend while I was away, so we cannot wait to start using it this week! It does everything I loved to use at the gym when I used to go.

Now that I have my elliptical that Ryan got me for Christmas and this home gym, I have no need for any kind of a gym membership. Which is extremely fortunate since I have absolutely no time to go to one! Plus, who wants to pay that kind of money every month when you can buy the equipment once? I was able to get the home gym for the same amount two months at a local gym would cost us. I got the elliptical for much less than that. If you're looking for equipment, check Craigslist or your local sporting goods stores in January.

So many people want to know how much I've worked out to lose almost 50 pounds. I didn't at all....but it took me a little longer to get there. I wanted to show that I could completely control the weight and lose a significant amount of it by making healthier choices in my diet. It was one hundred percent food and portion control. I very rarely eat fatty, greasy, salty or sugary foods. I drink a regular Coke maybe once a month. In the past, I could drink 3 a day! Now they taste way too sweet.

Even though I've lost a lot, it's time to get in shape. I have all of the tools to get me there, but I have to find the time to do it. I've really struggled with the whole balancing act. I am working full time (and then some),  co-raising a wild toddler, trying to play housewife and chef, and spending time with my husband. By the time, I cook and clean in the evenings after Caleb goes to bed I am absolutely worn out. I think for me to be able to fit in working out, I am definitely going to have to organize my day well.

I know I definitely need to work out at this point. I want to be toned now that I've lost weight. The weight will also continue to drop since muscle weighs less than fat and you burn more calories at rest the more muscle you have. Once I develop a working schedule of my day I will share with you how I adjusted our lives to include more physical activity. Deal?

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