I’m happy to report good news! After months, actually more like a year, of being stuck at basically the same number on the scale, stuck eating the same thing and doing the same exercises, something finally clicked. I’ve made some changes and finally, finally, I’m seeing some success again.
In the last few weeks I’ve lost about 4.4 pounds! Every time I find myself saying to myself, “Oh, it’s only 4.4 pounds. I still have a long way to go.” I remind myself what just 5 pounds feels like. When was the last time you picked up a bag of flour? Pretty heavy, right? Well, that’s 5 pounds.
What I’m Eating: I’ve written about this recently, and my diet really hasn’t changed. I’m still eating a Special K breakfast sandwich for breakfast, followed by Greek yogurt with flaxseed as a snack. Lunches vary. I try to eat mostly veggies and protein, such as my favorite Chipotle salad bowl. But on occasion I have had a Mexican meal or two that has been more carb heavy. I’m working on that! My afternoon snack is almost always an apple with a Nutella mini cup (or two).
If I’m a little extra hungry, I have one of my Graze snacks. Dinners are usually protein (lately a pork chop, chicken breast or small steak) plus a vegetable and sometimes a small serving of rice or a sweet potato. And I usually do have dessert — either grapes or a Skinny Cow treat.
My Exercise Routine: I’ve been trying to vary my workouts, but I’m still walking and/or running a lot. I’ve been adding in circuit-type workouts that include a lot of jump roping in between exercises such as planks, crunches, push-ups, squats and other moves. My friend found these workouts at Way of Gray and her workout plan is just $10. I think it’s definitely worth the money! And, as I wrote about before, I’m also doing a weightlifting class at Inspire Fitness that I’m really enjoying it and learning a lot at.
During the next couple weeks I want to add in something like kickboxing and Zumba for extra cardio, and maybe a Body Pump class or two.
So that’s what I’ve been doing, and I’m pleased to be losing a pound or so each week so far!
It’s important for me to state that I’m not a nutritionist or personal trainer, so what works for me may not work for everyone. Please don’t follow what I’m doing exactly without considering your own abilities and needs with your own doctor or experts.
But I do welcome any questions and advice!
I want to know: What combination of cardio/strength training works for you? Do you do each form of exercise a certain number of days each week? And what are your go-to snacks during the day?