I am linking up with Amy over at Marvelous Mommy for my Weekly Weigh-In. Click the button below to go to her blog and read about it.
Yay! 5 pounds down, 24 to go!! I seriously need to tone up!! I have got to get with the push ups and crunches but running is just so much easier than that!! UGH! I am definitely happy with the weight loss, I will be happier when my old clothes start fitting but I will get there!
Ok some of you have asked about what I am doing to lose weight, I hope this is the best way for ya'll to find my reply! :)
I run 3 miles 3 times a week, Mon, Wed, and Fri (next week I will be running 4 miles, 3 days a wk). I run in intervals of 2 minutes running, 1 minute walking. When I am running I try to keep my pace at a 10 minute mile pace, I have a Garmin running watch that tells me my pace but you don't have to have gadgets to do this! Next week I will be running 3:1 intervals and after about 3 or 4 weeks I will move to 4:1. This way I am constantly working and changing and my body doesn't get used to it. That is one reason I love intervals, your heart rate goes up and down which is good!
I play softball Tues and Thurs nights (trust me it's not a workout and I play because it's fun, however, it also keeps me off the couch).
During the week, Mon-Fri, for breakfast I eat either 3 scrambled eggs, a bowl of oatmeal plain (nothing in it at all), or a bagel with cream cheese. This morning I had 2 scrambled eggs and half a bagel with strawberry cream cheese. I try not to eat the same breakfast two days in a row and I try to eat protein (I know bagels aren't protein hehe). And, of course, coffee... not the best choice but come on.
I try to have a snack at 10:30, apple or banana with peanut butter. I eat lunch around 1, a sandwhich, leftovers from the night before, or veggies and protein like cucumbers and chickpeas (which are AMAZING!), black beans and half an avocado. Morning Star makes an awesome Spicy Black Bean Burger patty and a good Garden Burger too. I would eat those with avocado and tomatoes, sometimes I put it on a bun. Speaking of bread, I try to only have bread once a day.
For dinner I try to cook lite. But more than that I just try to limit portions. A GREAT website for low fat recipes is LowFat Lifestyle. They are easy and taste good... I have tried several and only had one that wasn't a winner.
Now I am just doing what has worked for me in the past. I am certainly not trained to give advice and don't claim to be but my best suggestion would be this... If you are not working out, start. If you are working out, kick it up a notch. If you are doing nothing, start walking, slow is better than nothing and you have to start somewhere. If you are walking, walk faster. If you are jogging, jog a little faster... just keep increasing whatever you are doing :) set goals, run to the next tree, walk a minute faster than your last walk of the same distance. Push yourself, you will be so surprised and so excited to see just what you are capable of!! Your body CAN DO IT, it's your mind that will hold you back. I fight with myself my entire run because I want to stop but I know my body isn't tired it's just my mind trying to trick me into stopping! (If only you could hear the war that internally happens everytime I hit the trail!! haha)
If you have questions or if you are interested in a walk/jog/run schedule let me know!! I would love to help. Oh and one big tip.. schedule your workouts like you would schedule a meeting or a lunch. I write at the top of every Mon, Wed, Fri in my planner, RUN. Then if something else comes up I schedule it around my run, it's priority.