#FitnessChallenge: I lost 4lbs!!

If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug), then your timeline has been flooded with my quasi daily fitness updates. For the month of May, I challenged myself to be active every day in an attempt to shed some of the "wedding weight" that I had gained. I encouraged others to join me and to tag me in their fitness posts. Though I am genuinely interested in what others are doing to stay fit, the call to action was more for my own accountability. Since starting on May 1st, I've successfully lost 4 lbs and have been active (almost) everyday. With about two weeks left in the month, my goal is to lose another 4 lbs, successfully losing a healthy 2 lbs/wk.

Now, this isn't my first "get snatched" kick. In fact, up until ~2 months before my wedding, I was consistently working out and avoiding fast food. But, when life picks up the scale often follows suit. Between traveling across cities for last minute planning and an all inclusive honeymoon with endless food, I packed on more than a few pounds. After I had enough of my clothes not fitting, I decided to challenge myself to get back to my healthy habits. I was confident that once I became active again and stopped eating out, the extra pounds would begin to shed. And, I was right!

So here's what I've been doing...

I detoxed, but not for long. Once, when I was younger and a lot more disciplined with food, I decided to maintain a vegetarian diet for several months. It certainly wasn't easy, but the change in diet allowed me to lose a substantial amount of weight and become smaller than i've ever been. So, occasionally, when I've eaten pretty bad and want to start fresh, I go back to a no-meat, no bread diet for a few days. These days, anything beyond a week makes me hangry (angry due to hunger), so I don't even go there. I keep it pretty simple, but give myself a variety as to not get bored. These are my go-to detox meals:

    • Breakfast: Oatmeal + Raisins, Pecans, ~1 Tbsp of Light Agave Nectar (sugar alternative)
    • Lunch: 
      • Salad w/ Hearts of Romaine lettuce, broccoli, diced red onions, boiled egg, tomato, 1/2 Avocado + a vinaigrette dressing 
      • Veggie wrap w/ ground spinach wrap, steamed pepper & onions, red pepper hummus, & spinach
    • Dinner:
      • Salad (same as lunch)
      • Zucchini pasta w/ pesto w/ spiraled zucchini using a Zoodle, basil pesto, and tomato
    • Drink: Water, water, water....and water with lemon
After detoxing for a few days, I began eating meat again, but in moderation (only a few meals out of the week). I also try to stay away from dairy as much as possible. Even with traveling quite a bit lately and having to eat at restaurants, I still stick with getting salads and eating a breakfast that consists of fruit, veggies, and protein.

I cook/prepare my meals. I'm not trying to "chef shame" anyone, but I prefer to cook my meals vs buying them. Don't get me wrong, my husband and I do enjoy going out to eat, but not often and frozen food is equivalent to a curse word in my kitchen-- only when necessary. JUST KIDDING!! I don't curse, but frozen meals are only used as a last resort-- typically involving an extremely busy schedule. Besides, there's something about a home cooked meal that just screams, "Healthier!" Having simple, go-to meals makes the task of cooking and preparing food frequently a bit easier. As a rule of thumb, I keep it quick and easy during the week, but do the whole shebang on the weekends. 

I work out. By no means am I a gym rat. In fact, before I started the challenge, I contemplated ending my current gym membership and relying on my at home DVDs. Well, after one T25 workout and a plantar fasciitis flare up, I quickly remembered why all of my at homes programs were sitting on the shelf collecting dust and why I got a gym membership in the first place. I could once keep up with Sean T and all of his jumping, but the closer that I get to age 30, the more my feet and joints disagree. So I kicked my DVDs to the curb and got back into the gym and walking with my hubby. Though my schedule has fluctuated due to being sick and traveling, I still try to get some kind of workout in daily. I rotate between Tabata, strength training, and walking. All are pretty low to medium intensity, so I don't have to worry about hurting myself or burning out.
I track my progress. My dad taught me that if it's not documented, it never happened. Documenting is key for tracking your progress. We've gotten beyond the old pen and paper and moved into the digital world of real time feedback and I love it!  My fitness tracking device of choice is a Fitbit. Trust me, this isn't an ad for their product-- they have a lot of quality improvements to make first. Regardless, its functional purpose and corresponding app for analytics is perfect to tracking your performance to your goals. I post progress pics that are just screen shots of the Fitbit app. You don't have to invest in a Fitbit, but at a minimum, I'd recommend getting a pedometer to count your steps. If you want more advance information, like calories burned, flights of stairs, then I'd recommend looking into the plethora of fitness devices on the market. 

I have support. Trust me folks, if the social media world wasn't holding me accountable and my husband wasn't pushing me, I'd literally be laying on the couch like I am now. Though self motivation has worked for me in the past, I've always found that coupling intrinsic motivation with external support makes for success. So, find a support team or group to join the challenge with you. Hey, I'll even support you! 

It's not too late to jump in on the May fitness challenge! Just tag me on your fitness posts showing that you've worked out for that day. As a matter of fact, I won't stop there...let's ride this thing out until we all reach our goals. What do you say? 



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