A few months ago I posted about how I started working out, some progress and some information about what I was eating. Since I want to keep up with my routine and healthy habits, I feel that documenting them helps me continue to grow, and see progress over time. I also wanted to answer any questions that you guys have about what I have done so far. I’ve gotten a lot of emails questioning my routines and what I eat, so I thought it would be easier to write it in a post. I really don’t know a ton, and I am learning as I go, but for anyone who has any kind of question, I would love to answer it the best that I can.
I lost a total of 11 pounds, which doesn’t seem like much, but I went down a total of two pants sizes, and in workout clothes I also went down a size. What’s important is not really how much weight I lost in total, but how I feel. I have energy that literally comes from out of nowhere, and for once in my life I am so excited to work out. I enjoy going to the gym, and I have made it a habit, so not going almost seems weird. I think the most important thing to remember is that you need to fall into a routine that works for you. I have a crazy weird schedule , and some days my hours are all over the place, but I find times that fit into my schedule every Sunday, and I make myself stick to those times every week. I also take classes at my gym three times a week. These classes are run by LesMills and they are Body Pump(repetitive strength and endurance weight training), and CX Core(focuses on your core, which includes your abs, hips and back). On the days I take classes, I also do about an hour of cardio, which usually ends up being a little less than five miles. I incorporate this cardio into my workout before the class, so I get my heart rate going.
What do I eat ? This is definitely a huge part of working out, if not 90% of it. I used to have the worst eating habits, sweets, fried foods and cookies were in my daily food vocabulary…Especially FRENCH FRIES. Oh man. Anyway, I rarely eat fried foods now, and if I do, it’s maaaaaybe once a month, if that. My breakfast consists of egg whites, oatmeal and a banana every single day, and my lunch is usually chicken based with veggies. I try to keep things simple, but I also have a lot of snacks in between my day so I stay fueled up with energy. Some of my snacks include an apple with peanut butter, a smoothie, some fruit, celery or carrot sticks, or even edamame (high in protein). Again, it’s important to focus on what you like, and make sure you’re giving yourself enough food to get through your day. You have to fuel the machine!
This has changed my life in a lot of ways…One of the biggest changes I have made is eating breakfast every day. I used to skip breakfast and go all the way to lunch on an empty stomach! Now thinking back I can’t even imagine skipping a whole meal in the morning, but I was doing this consecutively for months. I also feel a lot better about myself, and I feel healthier overall. I know what I am putting into my body, and it’s not harmful or bad for me…This has made most of the difference for me personally.