I know, I know…there hasn’t been a fitness Friday since, well…the first one. But! It’s not without good reason. Things were a bit screwy at the gym for awhile with my fitness eval person being fired (sadness, I loved her), my trainer being sick, and me just not wanting to take the extra time to go in for an eval (bad Amy, I know!). I am happy to report though, that things in the gym have finally settled down and I am scheduled for my next fitness eval next Thursday!
I am excited to see how much muscle I have gained in the last few months—I know I definitely feel stronger and I work out with much higher weights. Truth be told though, I honestly haven’t lost much, if any weight, and in fact, have been weighing in a bit higher than I’d like to lately. With my first dress fitting looming in late July, I finally got my act together during the last two weeks…and I am definitely feeling much more healthy and motivated now! With that in mind, I thought today I’d share with you some of the things that have been working for me:
1. Eating at least six times a day. I tried the six small meals a day idea, and I love the concept…but I found that it was either too much food or too little food at certain times of the day. I am one of those people who needs a bit more in the morning to jumpstart my metabolism, and not so much during the afternoon…so, I tweaked the concept. Instead of eating six small meals a day, I just make sure I eat something six times a day. A typical day, for me, consists of a heartier, heftier breakfast, a morning snack of fruit and nuts, a lighter lunch, an afternoon snack with veggies and protein, and a light dinner followed up with some berries or soy ice cream for dessert.
2. Similarly, try for protein at almost every meal. This has done wonders to keep me satisfied! I am a huge carb-aholic, but I have been trying to be very mindful of how much and when I eat carbs. I load up in the morning and try to eat very few, if any, with dinner.
3. Log your food and exercise. Many of you know that I am a member of the weight loss website CalorieKing.com. Just checking in there every day to log my food & exercise and see what my carb-protein-fat ratio is has done wonders to keep me in check. I know exactly how much I am eating and how much I am working out. Calorie counting isn’t for everyone, but it has served me quite well in the past, so I will continue to use it to get to my goal.
4. Get exercise anywhere and any way you can. I’m lucky in that I get an hour for lunch…so every day that the weather has cooperated, I have taken the first 20-30 minutes of each lunch break to go for a walk. It’s a great way to get out of the office, enjoy the weather, and catch up on my reading (yes, I read a book while I walk. MAJOR DORK ALERT). I really look forward to these walks every day!
In July, I am taking my workouts up a notch as I embark on a crazy challenge:
Not many of you know this, but this is the first summer in two years that I am not actively training for a long-distance endurance race. Two summers ago I was training for a half-marathon, and last summer I was training for the big one—a full marathon. I didn’t think I would miss training, but I have to say I have been feeling a bit restless with my workouts and not having a particular “schedule” to follow. When my friend Terrie from CalorieKing mentioned that her gym was starting a triathlon challenge, I asked her the particulars so I could do my own challenge at the gym…so this month, I will be attempting to run 26.2 miles, bike 86.5 miles, and swim 35,000 meters over the course of July. Only what I do AT THE GYM counts, so any walks or runs I take or bike rides I go on outside of the gym don’t count towards this goal.
I bike, swim, and run/walk regularly already, so this is really just going to take my workouts up a notch and force me to focus on a particular goal. The swimming, in particular, is going to be a pretty hard goal to meet—our gym has a 25 meter pool and I will have to swim 5 days a week—about three more days than I normally swim—in addition to the biking and running to hit 35,000 meters. But I am ready for the challenge…are you ready to cheer me on?!
The training plan:
I’ll keep you posted each week as to how I’m doing…and if you want to join in, please do! It’ll be fun to cheer each other on.
What are you doing to get in shape for your wedding?
*It goes without saying, I ain’t no doctor. So, you should do what works best for you, and take my advice with a grain of salt. Also, if you plan to do the triathlon challenge or take up any new fitness regimen, make sure you check with your doctor first, y’all!
*Triathlon Challenge logo by me in my favorite design tool, good ol’ Microsoft Word. Feel free to steal it if you want to participate!