Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you don’t have a chance. ~Alex Rodrigues
Old friend, it has been a while. Since I began my 5k training I haven’t been putting my heart and soul into my workouts. Let’s be honest, the 5k was a diversionary tactic. It served two purposes for me. First, it was on my 2011 bucket list (along with sushi, riding the lightrail, going to a baseball game and a few other things). Second it allowed to me stop focusing on the fact that I can’t break out of the 250lb range.
I would say I stayed on track with my food choices within reason, eating the right things, making good choices, eventually as I was still stuck plateaued I gave up tracking what I was eating. BIG MISTAKE. Why was it a mistake? Did I regain a ton of weight? Well no, I proved that I can maintain my weight and have a life… but it has been like pulling teeth to get back to tracking 100%.
I will admit, I have a problem, I think, with moderation. I can’t do things just a little bit. As I prepped my breakfast this morning I eyed my kitchen scale as I pulled out my sandwich thin. I thought heavily about the consequences of heading back down the weigh the bread route and slapped it on the plate. I did weigh out the almond butter. Sorry a “Tablespoon” isn’t going to cut it when it comes to some things. I know I need to focus on keeping track of everything that I eat. I don’t think I am missing things, but I am also not being able to find where I am stumbling anymore. No behavior patterns to look at along with food consumption. No way to seeing when I am going through heavy phases of nothing but almond butter sandwiches, or heavy bouts of Hummus and carrotts. It also doesn’t let me know when foods are creating lower energy levels for my workouts.
So this week I kicked off the “Back on Track” week. One solid week of being accountable 100% to myself, and to others. One week of giving everything I can to myself because I am worth it. It seems like there are a lot of people ready to jump on the bandwagon and recommit to fit! I think this is awesome and I am proud to be a part of it.
So what exactly did Monday look like in my corner of the world?
Breakfast: 300 calories
- Iced Raspberry Latte (Yes Misty, Ghetto Style)
- Barney Butter (Almond Butter) and Jelly on Sandwich Thin
Lunch: 200 Calories
- Granola Trail Mix Bar
Dinner: 600 calories
- Garlic Chicken Pasta Toss
Snacks: 350 Calories
- Holy Lady Garlicy Hummus
- Baby Carrots
- Black Thai Iced Tea from Caribou Coffee (artificially sweetened)
- Edys Slowchurned Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream
So that ends up around 1450-1500 give or take depending on the number of grams that damned sandwich thin weighed!
I also headed to the gym today to put in an honest to goodness workout with my heart in it!
- 2.75 miles on the Elliptical Trainer (30 mins)
- 5.75 miles on the Recumbent Bike (28 mins)
- Aqua Power Water Aerobics Class (55 mins)
- Slow treading/water aerobics (35 mins)
So all in all I think Monday was successful! Today my BodyFitMedia device is supposed to come. I will likely not set that up until Wednesday, but expect a few tweets and posts about how that is working out. I do have plans for Water Aerobics today plus a walk before class or at least another go-round with that elliptical. I have missed it very much!
For now I leave you with the Sweat Monster! My trophy for wiping the cobwebs off the equipment that was put into storage while I trained for my 5k’s! Good luck today everyone!