Checking In

So far, we’re keeping about a C average on this Glow Up challenge. Here’s where I’m at.

Where I’m doing well

I’m trying to be more conscious about what I’m eating. When we go out I don’t over eat. I still do have some unhealthy trends but I’m working on it. I’m doing some small workouts.

Where I need to do better

Even though I’m eating a bit better, I’ve gone of my meal plan. I’ve had a lot of family in town which results in going out a lot and getting away from a routine. I’ve been doing some of a skin care routine but not all of it. And the workouts need to be everyday.

How I’m feeling

I think ultimately disappointed in myself. I’m supposed to be trying to improve myself but because it’s been a stressful and busy few weeks, I haven’t been keeping up. I think I’d feel better all around if I just stuck to the plan.

How I’m going to change this

It’s not too late. We’re going to redo my meal plan and routine to something more doable and get back into action.

30 Day Glow Up Challenge: Day 1

I’m not as prepared as I had planned.

In all fairness to me, it’s been a crazy week. But we’re going to start anyway. First, my weigh in. As a reminder, this isn’t anything where I have a weightloss goal in mind, it’s just a drive to do better. That said, I’m starting at 170lbs. I’ve fluctuated a bit in the past months.

Ultimately, this was just a hard day at work and it left me wanting to binge like crazy. I did snack but they were low cal options like popcorn. I’d grade myself a C+ for the days’ accomplishments.

What To Do When You Run Out Of Energy

You know the feeling. You had a crappy morning and now you feel drained. So drained it takes everything you have to just move at all. You want to lay in bed for the rest of the day. Let’s not.

It’s not an uncommon feeling, especially attached to mental health conditions. But I’m not a doctor or a counselor so instead of focusing on the why, I want to explain how I snap out of those days. (Side note: if you believe you are showing symptoms of mental health problems, please seek the help of a trusted professional).

Before we get started, this list seems dumb. If you’ve never felt the way I described (first of all, that’s great), you may not understand why this list is so basic. The truth is, there are days when some people need a list of the bare minimum. Bad days happen and it’s all we can do to get by. So if you do find the list a bit basic, please try not to judge those who need it.

The first thing you need to know is that you’re going to have to force yourself, at least a little. You have to make yourself do each task on the list and it may not be easy. It helps to only think of the task at hand, instead of focusing on the whole list or what you’re trying to accomplish after. The second thing you need to know is that sometimes, this won’t help. Sometimes you might not be able to do the list. And that’s okay. Berating yourself will not help and may make it much worse.

1. Don’t focus on what you’re doing wrong.

I kind of just said this one, but it’s important. You can’t move forward unless you stop beating yourself up.

2. Change your clothes

Usually when this feeling comes on for me, I’m in my most uncomfortable work clothes or I’m still in my PJs. Even if you’re going from PJs to PJs, change your clothes. Something fresh will make you feel much, much better.

3. Comb your hair

I can’t speak for people with super short hair, but for me, this helps make things feel a bit more in place.

4. Wash your face

Would a full shower be better? Sure, but you’re going for the bare minimum right now. In fact, on the off chance this step is even a bit much, face wipes go a long way.

5. Brush your teeth

Again, if this is too much, at least swish with mouth wash. Anything you can do to get your mouth feeling fresh.

6. Drink water

90% of the time that I feel like this, I haven’t been drinking water. Force yourself through one 8oz glass, then refill it and sip it.

7. Move

It helps to feel like you’ve moved around today, so I suggest trying an exercise that’s easier but doesn’t require a lot of preparation or effort. The key isn’t too workout, rather to get your heart beating slightly. Some great examples include:

  • YTWs
  • Jumping jacks
  • High knee march
  • Summo squats with side punches
  • Jog in place
  • Standing side crunch

Day 26 Update

It’s been a while since I gave a personal update. I’ve been keeping up with working out, either going to the gym or doing at home workouts. I’ve also gotten much better at restricting my calories and keeping count. All that said, I still haven’t lost more than my initial few pounds. The optimistic side of me hopes that’s because I’ve been building some muscle, which I believe a bit because I actually have gone down a dress size and there’s a bit less around my stomach to grab onto.

I know I still have a way to go but I do feel better and I’m excited to keep working out and blogging.

Day 4: I Feel Like I’m Doing This Wrong

I have a tendency to go into things really headstrong and end up kind of sizzling out really soon after I start. I actually don’t know that I’m really doing that this time, but I definitely am expecting more than is realistic. For one thing, running. I haven’t run in literal years. I get out of breath going up stairs. I don’t know why I expected to just be able to bust out an easy mile (especially because a mile has never been easy for me).

I’ve been trying to slowly increase my distance up to a mile this week and while it was going well, today I was the captain of the Struggle Bus. I decided today that I’d be increasing my total running distance to a mile and just break it up with walking in between. For some reason, I also decided to increase my speed as well. Honestly, I don’t think that was the nail in the coffin. I feel like I wouldn’t have hit a mile anyway. In fact, I barely did three-quarters.

The lesson to learn from me is to set reasonable goals. My dad has been telling me that this whole time, but I’m so anxious to already be healthy and active and lose weight that it’s hard to be patient. Really, it’s about finding a balance between pushing yourself and knowing your limits. I still think that by the end of the week I can do a whole mile, but I need to approach it a little slower.

I think this goes for dieting too. I’ve been eating whatever I want for the past year and I can’t expect myself to immediately adjust well to only having 1300 calories. It’s a fine line, folks. But we’ll just keep on walking it (and maybe run).

Day 3 Update: What I’m Struggling With and What I’m Not

In the past I’ve used a calorie tracker to just get a general idea of what I’m eating. When using it casually, a lot of the time I wouldn’t actually go far above their suggested 1300 calories (their recommendation was based on my height, weight, age, and activity level). Now that I’m A. consistently working out and B. trying not to go above it at all, I’m actually struggling to stay within my limits.

April 1st was my boyfriend’s birthday and he requested homemade pizza rolls. By the end of the day, I had over 2000 calories. I think it’s having so many days like that has increased my appetite so much. Even today, it’s only just past breakfast but I’m already almost to 500 calories. I remember sitting with my parents at IHOP the other day looking at meals that would have maxed me out for the whole day.

I think part of this has to do with how we as a country eat as a whole. For one thing, food is a really big part of our culture (as it is with most). In a lot of countries you don’t eat quite the same portion sizes as we do, particularly in European countries. I’ve heard a lot of stories about people coming to visit and being just astounded at our portion sizes. And with so much of our food being heavily processed, it really packs a lot of calories into everything we eat. As well as a bunch of stuff we should probably be limiting. I’m not trying to blame the country for my weight and eating habits, but I do thing it normalizes it, making it easier to fall into bad habits.

On a different note, the things that I’m doing well with are:
1. Remembering to track my food
2. Running!
3. Meeting my step goals

With running, I’ve been starting off very small. I’m not really supposed to run because I have some problems with my knee. But most of the stuff I do anyway is pretty high impact so if I stick to some of my PT exercises, I don’t think running is going to be much of a problem. That said, I haven’t really gone running in years.

When I was younger, every few months I’d get this idea that I was going to join the military (which I really just don’t think is a good fit for me at this point but that’s not to disrespect those who do choose to serve). Every time I would get into this mindset, my dad and I would go running together. I never really could consistently keep up with it but it was always my place to start.

Having not run in a few years, I can’t even run a mile. That’s why one of my goals for this week is to just run half a mile each day and build up to three-quarters. I’m surprising myself though. Day one I ran half a mile and broke it up in half with walking in between. Yesterday I ran half a mile in one go and after cooling off with a walk for a few minutes, tacked on an extra tenth. Today I did three quarters of a mile broken up by .6 and .15. I think I’m going to change this weeks goal to doing a full mile in one spurt. Next week I can focus more on my mile time but for now, baby steps.