Getting Started, For Real This Time

I started this year with my resolution to lose weight and get healthier, specifically to lose 50 pounds and run a 5K sometime this year.   Then I set a couple of daily goals for myself to help me reach those goals.  I wanted to try to walk 7,000 steps a day and drink 64 ounces of water a day.  Well it’s almost February and I hadn’t met either of those goals at all … until today.  Today, I have walked over 9,000 steps and drank lots of water.  Why was today different?  Because I decided to make it different.

Losing weight is hard.  I’m doing WW and I’ve lost 4 lbs already, with 2.4 lbs of that lost this past week.  I talked my husband into joining with me and it’s been really great.  He’s my accountability partner.  I think having him know how many points things are and understand what I’m going through will really help me to stay on track.  I’ve been thinking about it and how I said I wanted to do 7,000 steps a day and how I haven’t achieved that yet (until today).  I decided that I just need to get out and walk.  I can’t go through my normal day and hope that somehow at the end of the day I’ve magically walked enough to have reached 7,000 steps.  That works for some people, but my job is spent mostly at my desk.  While I do need to get up and walk around every now and then, it’s just no substitute for scheduling the time and taking a walk.

Today, I brought my lunch (boiled eggs, cucumbers, string cheese, turkey, and V8) and ate at my desk while watching a training video.  Then I loaded up a few songs on my Amazon Music app, grabbed my jacket and headphones and headed outside.  I walked (swiftly) around the building a few times for the remainder of my lunch hour, which was about 15 minutes of walking.  I finished all of my songs, had a great time, and felt energized by my walk.  Weather permitting, I’m going to do the same thing tomorrow and the next day, and the next.

For me, the key to success is planning and consistency.  I need to plan my meals so that I am eating healthy and plan my exercise so that I can jumpstart this weight loss and help get some of my energy back.  I have my Bellicon and I’m also going to try to consistently do 5 mins of light bouncing every day.  I’ve done my five minutes for tonight.  So, in the spirit of that – here is my PLAN (not my goal… which was apparently not a strong enough word for me to consistently achieve it):

  • 7,000 steps daily
  • 64 ounces of water a day
  • 5 minutes a day on my Bellicon

I’ll check in with y’all tomorrow to let you know how it’s going!

Day 6 – Missing the Gym

Today was a lazy day.  I slept late and then watched a Hallmark Christmas movie.  Yes, I’m that person.  I have about 20 Christmas movies recorded and I’m looking forward to watching all of them.  Then I took the kids and we went swimming at the local recreation center with a friend.  So that was my exercise for the day.  I don’t think it really counts, because honestly I didn’t do a whole lot of swimming.  I just floated around a bit and chatted with my friend.  The water, even though it’s heated, was just too cold to swim.

Afterward, the hot shower made me reminiscent of the steam room at my local gym.  I used to workout and then steam for 15 – 20 minutes.  It was so nice to sit in the steam and just be.  It was a time completely to myself to just relax as a reward for working out.  I haven’t been there in ages but I think it’s time to change that.   I want to commit to one day a week at the gym.  On Thursdays I can bring a friend for free, so that’s a good day to try.  Unfortunately this week I need to travel for work so I’ll be out of town for the later half of the week.  But hopefully, the following week I can get to the gym at least once.  I have the trampoline at home and the online workout videos, but I think it might be good to get back to the gym.

When working out a home, I either need to get up early enough to do it before the rest of the house is awake or try to workout when we get home.   The problem with working out in the evenings is that if I try to do it before I put the kids to bed, I often get interrupted and I just feel too guilty to lock the door and let my husband handle the kids while I workout.  There isn’t that much time between the time we get them from school and the time we go to bed.  I feel bad for not spending time with them.  If I wait until they are already asleep them I’m usually too tired and just want to relax.  I think I should start re-thinking my “me time” and instead of going out to get a pedicure or shopping or Starbucks, spend the time at the gym instead.

Do you workout at home or in the gym?  How do you like to spend your “me time”?

Day 5 – Workspace Upgrade

Hello again!  I totally missed writing yesterday.  I fell asleep watching TV with the hubby and then was too tired to write.  I didn’t get my 7,000 steps but I am doing better with drinking lots of water.  I didn’t do my online workouts either.  I need to start getting up early and exercising before the rest of the family gets up.  One of the reasons I wanted a Bellicon in the first place was because it is so quiet.  I’ll try to get up early and bounce a couple of days next week and see how it goes.   Maybe if I can get my bounces in during the morning and do the workouts in the evening I’ll start to get in the rhythm of things.

Even though I didn’t post anything yesterday, I did work on the blog a bit and added a side menu with a calendar of my posts (all 4 of them after this one), an easy link to follow the blog, and some of my Goodreads stuff.  I’m still working on it to get it how I like it, but it’s shaping up nicely.   When I tried to view the site on my laptop at home though, the side bar wouldn’t fit because the page was too small.  It really was difficult working on such a small screen when my day to day at work is with two 24″ monitors.   So, I decided I needed an upgrade at home.  I searched around a bit and found at 31.5″ Dell LED monitor at Staples on sale for $139.99.  I couldn’t resist.  So it took a bit of moving things around but it’s totally worth it.   I love the screen.  And, as a bonus the screen will work great as a way to view my online workout videos for the both the online training and the Bellicon Home videos.

What do you think?

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Day 2 – Small Changes

First things first – how did I do with my two baby step goals?  Not terrible, but not great.  I did drink at least 64 ounces of water if coffee counts.  I think coffee with no cream or sugar should definitely count.  I’m normally a “have a little coffee with my cream and sugar” kind of person.  So, the fact that I had two cups of coffee today, both with only Truvia to sweeten it and no cream at all is progress to me.  I only had two packs of Truvia in each coffee too, which some people think is way too much, but I quite like my two packets thank you very much.   Maybe I’ll work my way down to one packet in the future, but come on.  I normally have at least 4 Tbsp of creamer and a couple Truvia and maybe even a little sugar on top of that.   You know what was really cool about the coffee I had today, I could actually taste the coffee!  🙂

So, next baby step goal – FitBit steps – not as great.   As of right now I’m a little over 5,000 steps.  I’ll get in some more before bed, but I doubt I’ll hit the 7,000 mark.  Oh well, I won’t let it get me down.  Tomorrow is a new day to try again!

I did get a little bit of workout time in tonight.  I’m doing online personal training.  She posts videos each day and I’m supposed to follow along doing as much of it as I can.  I did almost half of it tonight.  I didn’t stop because I couldn’t finish.  I stopped because my five year wanted all of my attention and I was trying to check on the dinner that I was cooking at the same time.   My arms are already sore and tomorrow I probably won’t be able to wave at anyone.  But that’s good, right?

Now, on to dinner.  I know I’m trying to do a low carb and make healthier choices, but I had bought all of the stuff to make tonight’s dinner before the New Year and I wanted to go ahead and try it out.   It was actually really good!  It was definitely not low carb though.  It was a dish called Chicken & Noodles that was sort of a cross between chicken and dumplings and chicken noodle soup.  It had the consistency of chicken and dumplings, only with noodles instead.  I made it in the instant pot and it was a one dish, super easy meal.

Instant Pot Chicken & Noodles 

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Ingredients
  • 2 small cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 small cans chicken broth
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 lb frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 24 ounce package of Rheams frozen egg noodles
Steps
  • Put chicken in Instant Pot first
  • Pour in the 2 cans of soup, chicken broth and butter on top
  • Put the lid on the Instant Pot and use poultry setting for 15 minutes
  • Natural Pressure release
  • Pull chicken out and shred
  • Put chicken back into broth and add the bag of frozen noodles
  • Stir and put lid back on pot
  • Set the Instant Pot to the Soup setting for 5 min.
  • When complete, use quick release, but very slowly to avoid starchy spray

This is the recipe that I used but I made a couple of changes.

After cooking the chicken, I left it out while I cooked the noodles.  After reading a few reviews I decided to cook the noodles for 9 minutes instead of 5 and they turned out great.  After cooking the noodles I added the shredded chicken back to the pot and mixed everything up.   My husband and my five year old LOVED it.  Both of them had a second helping.

Alright, that’s enough for today.  I need get a few more steps in before bed.  Goodnight, all!   See you tomorrow!

New Year, New Me

Happy New Year!  Today is the day that thousands of people across the globe will set new goals for a healthier, happier new year … and I am jumping on the bandwagon.  I’ve been trying to get healthy for a while and get my life a little more organized but life always seems to get in the way.   Looking back, trying to start Weight Watchers in October with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas coming up was not my best decision ever.  Oh well, today is a not only a new day, it’s the beginning of a New Year.

My big picture goals for 2019:

  • Lose Weight (50 lbs minimum)
  • Get Fit (complete a 5K)
  • Read & Write more (do both everyday, even if it’s only a little)
  • Clean and organize more (goal 1: clean out bedroom closet)

Phew!  That’s enough for now.  Just typing all of that makes me tired,  LOL

Since one of my goals is to read and write more I hope to make these blog posts a regular thing.  I don’t want to commit to writing here daily because I’d just be setting myself up for failure, but I would like to post at least three times a week.  I can use these posts to update you on my progress (and inevitable setbacks) and in that way I’m almost my own personal accountability coach.  You’ll have to keep me on my toes.  If you don’t hear from me for a week, drop me a comment to let me know you’re here and missing me.

For Christmas, my wonderful husband got me a writing desk for the bedroom.  It was on my Amazon wish list.  I wanted a desk that can double as a vanity table for the mornings when I want to wear makeup (which is starting to be more often as I get older).  I’ve been having so much fun setting it up.  First I had to clean up the space, which had an old entertainment center piled up with stuff.  We went to Big Lots and bought 6 cube storage shelf that I’ve setup in front of the bed instead of in the corner.  I’ve moved the TV to there for now, but will probably mount it to the wall above the shelf later.   I’ll post of pic of that in a different post.  Right now it’s still a work in progress.

This was the before pic of the area where I wanted to put the desk.   What a mess!

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And the finished product!

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I bought a new chair, a lamp, and a makeup mirror to personalize the area.  I love it!   It’s where I’m sitting now to type this.  Alright, well that’s enough for tonight.   Here’s to a new day and a new beginning tomorrow.

Baby step goals for the day:

  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water
  • Walk at least 7,000 steps

What are your big picture goals for the new year?   What about baby steps?