Are we ugly?
I've been thinking about this post for a long time. Ever since I decided that this was it. This is the time I was going to lose the weight, and stick to it, no matter how long it took. And I resolved that it was going to take a while, and I was going to be ok with it. I figure the best way for me to do that was to start slow. Especially because right around the time I was examining my behaviors, and habits, I was offered a new job. And seeing that I am a creature that thrives in a routine, and with structure I was very wary that my efforts would be thwarted by the new stresses of a new job. What I didn't expect was that it would help!
I decided to start with small goals instead of overhauling my whole lifestyle. In the past I have said ok, on Monday I'm gonna start working out 5 days a week, eat 10 servings of veggies, and only chicken breast, turkey breast, seafood, whole grains, and no sweets. That may work for some, but not for me. So I started with the things that I thought would have the greatest impact.
1. Eating Breakfast
You hear it all the time. That breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I knew that, you knew that, pretty much everyone who has ever thought about losing weight has read it somewhere. And what they say is true, it fuels the fire. It breaks the fast. It jumpstarts your metabolism first thing in the morning so that your body doesn't think you are starving it, that way it can efficiently burn calories, instead if storing them as fat. On Friday, I mentioned the fact that I was never a breakfast eater. And that I am making a more conscious effort to eat within and hour of waking. And that even though I still don't wake up starving, due to the fact that I can sometime eat pretty late at night, I am drinking my breakfast via protein smoothies. It doesn't feel like I'm eating a big meal when I am not hungry, but it is enough calories that my body knows I'm eating.
I am loving on this particular smoothie that I've been eating about 4 mornings a week. And it legit tastes like a chocolate peanut butter milk shake! And clocks in at about 384 cals, and 36g of protein!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
-1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
-1/2 of a frozen Banana
-1 Tblsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tblsp Creamy Peanut Butter
-1 Cup skim or unsweetened non-dairy milk
-1/2 tsp Xantham Gum
-3 Ice cubes (add more if you like yours icier)
~Place everything in the blender, and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!~
2. Eat Every 2-3 hours
This is another one of those things that I knew I should be doing, but didn't. I just didn't understand how eating every couple of hours would help me lose weight. I understood that it would keep my metabolism going, and burning, but I didn't understand how my body knew what it should be burning. Until I saw this video about Jamie Eason's Live Fit Trainer. She basically goes on to say that when your body is fed consistently throughout the day your body releases the stored fat it's been holding on to "just in case." And if you eat too little, and burn to much your body goes into fat-storing mode, thus, weight gain. I have been doing a much better job of eating every couple of hours, especially when I am at work because I make sure to pack all of my snacks. Believe it or not it is harder for me to eat every few hours when I am at home, because I don't want to leave my cozy basement to go up to the kitchen for food. I know it's working because when I do eat breakfast, and my snacks, I find that my body is hungry every 2 hours or so. Which makes it easier!
3. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night
The truth is I am a sleeper. But I am also a night owl. Which doesn't always go hand-in-hand. Sometimes I am up until 3 in the morning, only to have to wake up at 7am. And then when I have a day off, I will sleep for 11 hours. I know it isn't the best for me, and so I am making more of a conscious effort to go into my bedroom, turn off the lights, laptop, and phone 8 hours before I need to be up. Inevitably I will fall asleep within 30 minutes or so. I have found that 7 is a good number of hours for me, and so I usually end up getting right around that, sometimes a little more. Now I just need to work on not hitting snooze 3 times!
4. Drink More Water
My new CamelBak water bottle is a savior! I bring it EVERYWHERE! And I LOOOOVE the bite valve, there is something so convenient, and soothing about it! My water intake has increased exponentially since getting it, it still isn't as much as I should be drinking, but it's a lot better than it was, which is def a small win!
So those are the 4 things I have been working on last week, and this week! I would say that I am doing pretty well, and having lost 5 pounds is definitely motivation to keep going. I plan on adding on a few more mini goals every two weeks, and compounding my new healthy habits until I am the ultimate, healthy, strong, She-Woman!