Leaning Out

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3 weeks into my health challenge and I am feeling great! I have been run/walking 6 miles 3-4 times a week. Last week I recently started the Insanity program again. Again? Yes, again! I have done Insanity in the past and did not complete it the first time. I was only 8 workouts away from finishing it. The reason I stopped was because I was cheating myself into believing I can do Insanity and eat whatever I want. Although I did not gain weight, I maintained and this was not my goal when I did Insanity the first time around. My goal was to lean out, build more muscle tone, and be fitter.  This time around I am incorporating better eating habits and making the time and commitment to focus on what I want the outcome of my challenge to be.  There are a couple of things I am following to help me out. This advice was given to me by a great friend who happens to be a fitness fanatic, a yoga enthusiast, an avid runner, and an OB/GYN.

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  1. Finish my last meal by 7:30 p.m. (or 2-3 hours before going to sleep). If hungry, drink unsweetened hot green tea (great for the antioxidants) or water.
  2. Go at least 12 hours from your last meal to your first meal in the morning even if exercising.
  3. Limit my carb intake to low glycemic carbs (sweet potatoes) and eat those right after cardio (your body burns fuel for the first two hours) or early in the day.
  4. Replace one meal (breakfast or lunch) with a protein shake. She recommends Dymatize Elite – Chocolate mint  and mix it with almond milk.  (I am not fan of protein shakes and I hate chocolate mint but I will be purchasing it this week (a different flavor)  and give you my opinion)
  5. Dinner should consist ONLY of protein and veggies. No carbs, especially starch. She advised me to take in zero carbs after 4 p.m.
  6. Do weekly weight-bearing activity. The Nike app is great for this!
  7. Hydrate to flush your fat loss and support your metabolism.

Yoga. Ugh, I am almost there. I just need to take the first step or in this case the first stretch. I have tried yoga in the past but have never given it a full effort. I read the benefits of what it does and this is why it intrigues me to give it a full-on chance but I find yoga to be more exhausting than running. Holding a position for so many seconds is not for the faint of heart. If anyone tells you yoga is easy there is 99% chance they are not doing it right.

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Gym (YMCA). Have not visited this fairy tale place that automatically withdraws my money on the 15th of every month. They have kept up their promise in debiting my account so I should keep my promise to make it worth their while.

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Remember I not a physician so consult yours before you begin any physical challenges.

If you are taking a health challenge to better yourself, I hope this helps. They say fitness consists of 80% diet, 10% exercise, and 10% genetics. I have one of out the three but I am getting there.

P.S. Are you a fan of protein bars? I am not but I have finally found a company that makes great protein bars. Naturally 4 You Protein Bars and Spreads are THE BEST!!!!! Check out their Facebook page here to see all the great stuff they provide with no preservatives or artificial flavorings! I DIE every time I have one.

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Day 7

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It has been a week and I am keeping my end of the bargain (although I am the only one who is in on this deal) of this 90 day challenge!

A review of the first week:

Meat – didn’t eat it.

Exercise – I did it!

Yoga – zip

YMCA – zip

Overall grade – C+/B-

This week I am focusing on taking 2 spin classes at the Y and I even roped a friend to join me.  Tomorrow I scheduled myself to do yoga at 9:30 a.m. Last, I planned out my meals for the week so I am one step ahead of the game.

I wanted to tell you I am doing a smoothie challenge for the month of April. Check it out here. I’ll let you know what I think at the end of the week.

Also, this morning I ran 2 miles at 10:15 a mile. Go ME!! I am getting there.

Have a great day!!

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Day 3 of 90

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Today I had a breakthrough!! As in I did not break any of the commandments I have told myself to follow through in doing my fitness challenge.  On the other hand, I use the word “challenge” loosely as in how I conquer my day.

Did I exercise? (sheepishly) yeah. One pedometer said I took 9000 steps; the other said, “Chick! You only took 4300 steps.” This is definitely one of those times when less is not more.

Did I have any meat? No. I stuck to my guns.

Did I eat clean? Sort of? Kind of? Maybe? I had eggs for breakfast, California Pizza Kitchen Wild Mushroom Pizza for lunch, and literally a quarter slice of Costco pizza. Oh, and a chocolate raspberry cupcake (but it was dark chocolate and a really fresh raspberry on top – I believe it was organic).

So I am slowly getting there. There are 4 days left in this week and all I have to do is make it to the YMCA twice, run twice, practice yoga once, and stick to a cleaner eating palette. Piece of kale – I can do it!

 

Lemon Hearted

A Bitter Sweet Lifestyle

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