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Goals of the Week

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This week is going to be another set of the same plus one different goal. I’m pretty stubborn so it may be harder than it looks on paper. Last week went well. Surprisingly just adding one more work out a week was more challenging than I thought it would be, but I made it happen.

Goal 1– Continue working out 5 days a week-

Goal 2– Meet up with my newly hired dietitian/trainer Roger Adams who can be found here- eatrightfitness and listen to what he says

Goal 3– Eat a veggie snack- I’m hoping Roger can help me figure out how to do this

Another quick and simple set of goals. After meeting with my dietitian I’ll probably have some fresh goals to add

Diet or Lifestyle

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Diet or lifestyle? That is the question. A couple of weeks ago I attended some training, and one of the guys in the class was a Keto diet success story. He wasn’t a pusher of the diet, thank goodness, but when asked about how he lost the weight he promptly pulled out before and after pictures and talked highly about the diet. I’ve never subscribed to the popular diet plans, mostly because of the issue where you do see results for a while, but then once you stop eating that way you gain back the weight plus more. I did do some research on the diet and found out that it actually had been introduced back in the 1920s, way before the Atkins diet came out. I guess now it’s coming back, like old fashion styles do.

During my research I found many people who this diet into a lifestyle change. Sighs… I just don’t understand how it’s sustainable, but I can’t say much because I haven’t tried it. Wanting to get back into cycling, and having “bonked” before- this is what happens when you deplete energy that comes from carbs and get dizzy and damn near pass out- I don’t think this is the right fit for me due to the lack of carbs in the diet. What I do know is that whatever I’ve been trying to do all these years, all on my own, reading books and researching how to lose weight, isn’t working for me. So what have I decided to do about it? Diet or lifestyle? I’ve decided to hire a dietitian/trainer to help me on my change in lifestyle journey.

His name is Roger Adams, and in future posts I will refer to him as simply Roger, mostly due to the fact that I can never spell dietitian correctly. He not only does nutrition training he also does physical training as well, so I’m really happy about that. There’s so much more about him on his website eatrightfitness

We had our initial 15 minute consultation, which I felt went great, and our first meeting is this Tuesday afternoon. I’m so excited to meet him and see where we go from here. I’ve already filled out a questionnaire that asked some challenging questions such as list three short term goals along with dates that you want to accomplish. Next week I’ll be sharing with you how it goes and explain what the next chapter in my life will look like. I’ve already told my friends and work peeps and they are anxious to see what progress I can make. A lot of things in my life will change, and I’m going to face many challenges. For instance right now. It’s Mother’s Day and my mom- in-law wants fried chicken, so I’m searching the internet to see if there’s some healthy options out there.  This means I’ll be inconveniencing those around me to eat the healthy things I need to eat.

Regardless of what’s to come, I’m ready for this and anxious to get started. For all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day. You are shaping what the future will look like through your kids. Hold them close and love them.

Check in next week to see how my meeting with Roger went.

Until then, Eat Well and Prosper!

 

Goals of the Week

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I’m running a little late on posting my goals of the week. We went to go see the Avengers movie on Sunday and also got caught up getting prepared for the week. Great movie. Not saying anymore. I don’t do spoilers. YAY!

Last week I spent a week in a training center and one of the people in the class was a success story with doing the Keto diet. He showed us pictures and showed great will power with the food that was provided. I thought about him quite a bit. He believed in the plan because it had and still is paying off for him, but I don’t do fad diets. Actually that plan was created in the 1920s, but still. Anyway, it got me thinking. Doing it my way hasn’t provided the results I’ve desired, so maybe going at it alone just doesn’t work. So my solution is going to show up in my goals for the week below so stay tuned.

Goal 1– Work out 5 days a week- I’ve been pretty successful doing 4 days a week and I believe I can do this. I’m on level 2 of the Daily Burn True Beginners course, and its hard, but I can feel my legs and core getting stronger which I like.

Goal 2– Check into seeing a dietitian- I found a dietitian/ trainer that’s near by and scheduled a 15 minute phone consultation for Wednesday at 3pm CST. I’m excited to see how this goes. I hired a dietitian a long time ago, but that has been ages. If the phone consult goes well I’m going to go forward with the initial visit that gets me a tailored meal and workout plan and support afterwards.

Goal 3– Eat a veggie snack- I’m super stubborn and not letting this slide. I still don’t have an answer but I’m working on it.

Quick and simple this week. I can’t wait to share with you how the dietitian meeting turned out so make sure to tune in next week.

Until then, Eat Well and Prosper!

Goals of the Week

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This week is going to present some interesting challenges for me. I’ll be attending some technical training this week at a training facility. I typically take my plastic re-usable Starbucks cup filled with my homemade decaf coffee, but at a training center I won’t have a way to clean it out and store it. I’m also not sure how eating lunch is going to work, so the first day I won’t bring lunch and venture out for lunch near by. I noticed there’s a Jason’s Deli in the area and I’ve scoped out some things I can eat that keeps me in my calorie range. After that I’ll figure out the rest of the week’s food. I also won’t be able to go walking and in order to keep up with working out I’ll have to get up earlier because my travel time to get there is adding 30 minutes to my normal one hour one way.

Goal 1- Keep Drinking Decaf Coffee- I may have to test my lack of an addiction to caffeine this week and just drink bottled water since I won’t be able to take my plastic coffee cup with me. This will be an interesting one. Normally the only coffee provided at these training centers is caffeinated. Maybe I should bring my own decaf hot tea.

Goal 2– Resist eating sugar- In my past experience with training centers they usually provide snacks that include donuts and other sugary treats. I’m going to have to try to resist eating them. I’l probably come up with some portable snack ideas that I can slip into my laptop bag. I haven’t figured out what these will be yet but I’ll come up with a plan

Goal 3- Keep working out at least 4 times a day- I’m getting pretty good at this. Last week I finally saw the first positive effects of this when I weighed in and lost 1.8 pounds this past week. Score!

Goal 4– Eat a veggie snack a day- My goodness…what to do with this one? I’m keeping it on here because I need to find a solution. I think I’ll do some research on finding a vegetable juice that I can keep down. It’s just so gross.  I’m sure there are others out there in my situation so perhaps consulting the all knowing Google will provide some answers.

Check in next week to see how I did!

Goal Update

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Goal 1- Drinking decaf coffee- I’m still doing well with this. Thankfully, the agitation that I was experiencing after quitting caffeine has passed. My friends and co-workers are even happier than I am about this. One more week of success and I’m going to consider this a new habit and take it off of the goal list.

Goal 2- Do some research on finding a way to up my energy now that I’m not drinking caffeine- I found a great article with some ideas that I’ve tried out and it appears to be working.  Some of the ones I’m trying is drinking more water, walking around the block, eating oatmeal,almonds and some apples and peanut butter for snack. I was happy to see that my decaf iced lattes count because of the milk. Sadly I’m unable to include the power nap at work.  https://www.webmd.com/women/features/10-energy-boosters#1

Goal 3- Up my workout goal to 4 times a week – I was successful with this goal plus one. I did four True Beginner workouts in the mornings and went kayaking with my inspirational daughter on Saturday. We were so excited that the weather was favorable for getting out on the water. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out. Unfortunately we got horrible burns on our legs, but all in all it was worth it. Next time I”’ remember the sunscreen.

Goal 4- Eat a veggie snack a day- Still a problem. I wish I liked drinking vegetable juice, because that would make it easy, but I can’t stand the taste.

Goal 5- Try to write more often- I’m excited to be able to blog this week. Here lately I’ve only been able to write every other week. I’ll count this as a win.

It’s been a productive week! Stay tuned for next week’s goals.

Eat Well and Prosper!

Goals of the Week

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A few of my goals this week are a bit of a repeat of last week’s, but I also have some new ones.

Goal 1- Keep up the good work on drinking decaf coffee. The desire to drink caffeinated coffee isn’t there anymore, but I’m struggling with lack of energy and getting agitated more easily. I’m hoping to push through this soon.

Goal 2- Do some research on finding a way to up my energy now that I’m not drinking caffeine.

Goal 3- Up my workout goal to 4 times a week. My goal the last two weeks was 3, and I’ve done 4 for two weeks, so I think upping the minimum to 4 is possible. I’m sticking to using the Daily Burn website to achieve this. All you have to do is show up. They plan the workout for you. Easy Peasy.

Goal 4- Eat a veggie snack a day. This still remains a challenge. It has never been a habit for me but I’m hoping that if I stick with it, that eating them will become a habit.

Goal 5- Try to write more often. My job demands a lot of time, and is very stressful, but I need to make time for me.

I think that’s enough for one week. Whew! I’m being pretty ambitious here, but my spirits are up and I know I can do it.

Have a great week and check in next week to see how I did!

Goal Update

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I’m pretty excited about my progress over the past two weeks. I’ve been drinking decaf coffee, working out with Daily Burn’s New Beginner Series 4 times a week, taking a 15 minute walk at work each day and struggling through eating a snack of veggies. The veggies remains the hardest goal which still surprises me. I received this in my email from my fitbit. It’s pretty cool. Since I’ve been able to do 4 days a week for exercising I’m going to up that setting from 3 to 4. It feels great to finally stop thinking about becoming active and actually doing it.