Hello everyone! Thanks for following my journey, you are all awesome. If you are doing a journey I’ve been trying to follow blogs that are working on their journeys as well and if you can link yours below, that would be awesome. I’m going to keep the same “formula” as last update, and do one “weekly update,” with a bunch of “daily updates” below it.
Weekly Update: Week 2
This week was more difficult than last week in terms of exercise. It’s my last week off before classes start up again and I’ve been trying to fit in as much social time as possible, while still maintaining my commitments to my diet and exercise program. It has been trying. This week I lost 1.3 pounds. So, it’s right around my goal and I am satisfied by that.
HOWEVER, I really need to figure out an exercise schedule. I don’t think I’ll be able to complete the ab challenge as it exists, as it has become too “challenging” for someone in my fitness level range to do. I think day 10 is really my current max when it comes to performing the exercises in the ab challenge with proper form and without risking injuring myself. I will have to replace the Ab Challenge with something else, and perhaps reattempt it when I’m in better condition to attempt to do so. Another issue is that my husband and I have yet to choose a gym. I thought about making an executive decision on that one and just paying the $10 for Planet Fitness and, since there are no contracts, just stopping payments if we choose a different gym. I think there’s a gym on campus, but I don’t know how the facilities are- and in my experience, campus gyms are legitimately dangerous (old/ broken equipment) and fill me with an uncomfortable feeling that can only be attributed to a sense that I’m being watched. I’m not giving up though!
Finally, I’ve determined that I need a better strategy for drinking water. I am usually getting about 4 glasses a day, but that’s only half my goal!
I’m actually excited for school to begin on Tuesday because of the regular schedule and stability it affords me.
Today was such a mixed bag. I had such a stressful morning followed by an absolutely wonderful evening. I had dinner with friends I hadn’t seen in quite some time. What I LOVED about the restaurant we went to was that they had the calories listed next to every meal, so I had real information instead of having to guess. Today was my “Rest Day” for the Ab Challenge and I also took it easy with regards to any type of strength training. Only 4 glasses of water again. I think I need a better strategy for this…
Did ab challenge, but not much else. Spent the day cleaning the house and catching up on a promise I made to a friend to write something for his blog. Did well on my calories, almost 200 left over.
Really busy day today, did the ab challenge, but over ate a little with my family at dinner. We went to Ruby Tuesday’s and I had the Bourbon Salmon for 465 calories, but I ordered the Brussel’s Sprouts and they came all yummy and covered in stuff that’s probably bad for me. Oh well. The rest of the day I spent doing some spring cleaning. I’m trying to do some purging before heading back to class on the 19th. Drank 4 glasses of water
I was really sore today too. I don’t exactly know why. I took it easy and just did the ab challenge. I also had a get together with friends where we discussed what we’re going to be cooking in an upcoming competition. I am going to be making poutine. Yes, really. We just don’t know whether we’re going to enter it into the “beef” or “exotic” category. Hahaha. Did well on my calories, despite the availability of yummy food at the get together!
Rest day. Went out to dinner with the girls. It was great. We talked about weddings and wedding planning. We went to a restaurant and I ordered a salad and the tuna steak. It came with dessert. I took one glorious bite and brought the rest of the coconut cream pie home for my husband to munch on. I looked up the caloric values on their website and was pleasantly surprised to see that I had 100 calories left over at the end of the day.
NSV: My face looks less puffy.
Got another Vitalize Peel today. I’m planning to write a review of them, but also, on days when you get them you’re supposed to avoid strenuous activity. I think I made up for it by eating less, but I really need to get back to my workout DVDs. I still completed my ab challenge for the day. Stayed under my calorie goal.
Busy day today! Dental appointment, then lunch with a friend, followed by a debate-watch party. I watch all the debates on both sides. I really enjoy political discourse and watching skilled debaters spar. I completed the ab challenge, but they’re getting much harder. I think I might have to reconsider this goal. Went a little over today in my calorie goal, but not by too much.