Day 5 of “The Struggle”

Well, it’s been a struggle! This week was way more jam packed than I had anticipated. But I did do it. I survived a week of gym everyday. This, following up last week where I went 6 days in a row as well. I can honestly say that today, despite having a really sore muscle in my right shoulder, I actually was looking forward to my gym time. 

Lori Harder says that it is dependent of you what you get out of eat sesssion. She is absolutely correct. So, when I go to the gym I people watch. It’s really an unconscious thing for me. And I compare my workout to there’s. Which is really the wrong way to go about it. Your mediocre might be someone else’s top level. We all start somewhere, after all. 

Anyways, I am proud to say I started the week at 222 and I weighed in at 219 today. I don’t think that is a steady rate and I’m sure there is some wiggle room there because I certainly didn’t try and loose 3 pounds. That may not be a safe weight loss rate. But, regardless, that’s what the scale states! The best part though is the way I feel and the parts of me that are firming up.

My workout routine consists of cardio and weights. I have done at least 10 minutes of cardio every day I go to the gym. And I do weightlifting, focusing on different parts of my body each time. However, I do squats consistently. What I don’t do very much of is core work. That is something that I will be working on this coming week and researching so I can learn what to do.

My cardio is stationary bike, elliptical, treadmill, swimming, walking or any combination there of. The thing I have really started to like to do is the elliptical front words and backwards. Obviously I’m not a personal trainer so I can’t say for sure, but I have noticed that the elliptical backwards really makes my butt sore. So, I am guessing that this firmer and higher backside that has shown up this week may have something to do with that.

As for my diet, well, less food for sure! I have been trying a few different things, including eating earlier. Mostly because I’m the kind of person will eat dinner at 9:00 P I have been trying a few different things, including eating earlier. Mostly because I’m the kind of person will eat dinner at 9pm. But I know that’s not good for digestion and what not, so I have been trying to eat earlier. The problem I run into is that I’m often up late and I get hungry at about 11 o’clock. So then I’m looking for a snack. But I have taken to eating an apple with some peanut butter or drinking a naked juice or making like four small chocolate covered strawberries.

My caloric intake has kind of been all over the place. I downloaded the my fitness pal app and I punched in all my statistics and it gave me my daily allowance of calories. It says in order to lose the weight I want to lose I should be consuming about 1770 cal. Obviously I’m trying to intake less than that but, if my fruit and my vegetables are what are pushing me over, I am not stressing it too much. Honestly, we know what we should be eating obviously I’m trying to intake less than that but, if my fruit and my vegetables are what are pushing me over, I am not stressing it too much. Honestly, we know what we should be eating, we know what’s good for us, and we know how much we should be eating. Eating until my stomach wants to explode is definitely not healthy even if it’s carrots that are making me that full. 

The biggest thing I have learned through this last week, is that I need to trust myself. I need to focus on myself, nobody else. I am the only person who is as important as my health. Because without my health, I cannot be here to help anybody else. So, my advice to you, you can do it! And I’m going to do it for another week and see where it gets me.

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Author: Jennifer

George Orwell once said, “When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing." His statement perfectly defines my relationship with writing. I seek to uncover, expose and educate society on the issues we face as a country and as a world today. My background in English and History has given me the means and the knowledge necessary to understand what is happening and how to explain it to others. I want my career to take me into different parts of the world where I can continue to learn and grow in my personal life and my professional life. There is a clear separation between the people we could be and the people we are. I want to educate and promote the best in mankind. With this, only then, can we be truly healed and find the success we desire.

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