I prefer to call it a “lifestyle change” as opposed to a diet.
Diets are not my thing.
In my post last week, I wrote about how one of my very good friends told me (very politely may I add) that I was gaining weight.
She was right.
I decided that it was time to make a change.
The truth is, I know how to do it.
I’ve lost a tremendous amount of weight in the past few years.
It’s just about getting into the right mind-set.
My week in Review:
I got on the scale.
I’m about to admit my weight publicly.
This is a big deal for me ladies.
I gained roughly 10 lbs since I moved to Israel.
I let out a sigh.
This is what happens when you don’t weigh yourself in over a year.
Things need to change.
The first thing that had to go was my daily pb&j sandwhich.
I substituted for a fruit cup.
For lunch I made a huge salad with an egg (protein is very important)
That night I cleaned the dust off my gym clothes and down I went to the gym.
I did 20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes treadmill, and a 20 minute stomach core class.
I sweated profusely.
But I felt good about myself
Came home and ate a huge salad
I downloaded an AMAZING app for my phone called My Fitness Pal. It lets me input my food intake and exercise. This app def kept me on track.
Watching my caloric intake with the app, I ate well and made sure I was not over my calories for the day.
Went to the gym- did the same routine.
Stomach core class 2 days in a row may not have been the smartest thing to do to my poor underworked abs.
Decided to mix it up with gym classes.
I have the day off on Friday and my girls were in school so it was the perfect time.
I went to an aerobics class (60 minutes)
Followed by my first Zumba class (60 minutes)
Now mind you, all of the people who have tried zumba tell me that they LOVEEEEEEEEE IT (or at least that what they write on their FB status)
I liked it.
I think I would have had more energy if it weren’t the second class in a row that I was taking.
None the less- AMAZING.
Went to the gym for 20 minutes since I had other time restricted obligations. But felt I needed to go- even if it were only for a little while.
We celebrated my boss’ birthday with an insanley expensive cake. I needed a bite. So that’s what I had. A bite. It felt good not to have a slice or two. Sometimes you just need the taste.
Did a kickboxing class that KICKED MY ASS (60 minutes). I was the one in the class trying to keep up. My instructor was so wonderful at the end of the class, encouraging me to take it slow.
I was bold- I got on the scale.
I lost 2. 5 lbs!
All in all, I am ENJOYING the gym.
I never thought I would say that.
But I find it to be relaxing and it’s my me time- someone who I usually never have time for.
I feel good about myself and am motivated to stay on track.
The tips I have so far:
Drink a lot of water
Eat lots of fruits and veggies
Remember your protein
Also- eat well after your work out
Take your time- even if you can’t keep up with everyone in class (or even with those people on your TV screen).
Give your body a break- don’t go to the gym every day (I’m learning this the hard way as my body is currently aching)!!
Stay tuned for next week!
Any tips ?