Friday, December 12, 2014

Facing the music

As I mentioned last week, I signed up with a personal trainer recently.  I had my first session with Beth last Saturday.  Mostly, we did the initial evaluation and measurements.  It was not the most fun way to spend my Saturday morning.  Mostly because I had to come to terms with how far off-track I've gotten with my health and fitness goals.

A few years ago, I was six pounds away from my weight-loss goal when I inexplicably gave up.  I've gained 20 pounds since then.  Ugh.  My clothes don't fit well and I just feel blah in general.

But there's still time to turn it around, right?

Right. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

My meeting with Beth was eye-opening, but she helped me set some achievable goals.  I really didn't want to set a target weight because I don't believe the scale always tells the whole story.  But she made me set one anyway.

My main goals are this:
- Four one-hour workouts each week. 
- Eating healthy/clean 70 percent of the time.

I think I'm going to make one of these boards to track my progress:


Instead of the weight area, I think I might add a spot where I cross off my workouts each month.  And I'm going to reward myself for sticking to those numbers.  Not with food though.  I think I'm going to use entertainment as my motivation.  Books, in particular.  There are a few series I'm loving, so I've decided if I complete my workout goals for the month, I'll allow myself to purchase a Kindle book.  And I'm debating giving myself a bonus if I do extra workouts. How do you motivate yourself?

I think the hardest part is going to be getting back to eating better.  I plan to stick mostly to buying items from this list:


The next step will be cooking. I need stuff that's easy to make and translates well into leftovers for work.  I've been scouring Pinterest, hoping to find a variety of options.  I'm just getting so sick of chicken, but I can't take fish to work (I won't be that person).  I need a break.  Any recommendations?


Last week's workouts
Friday: Off.
Saturday: Fitness assessment with Beth. Probably only a 20-minute workout.
Sunday: 3 miles on the treadmill
Monday: Off
Tuesday: Off.
Wednesday: 4.5 miles on the trails -- It felt amazing to get outside again.
Thursday: Workout with Beth + 1 mile on the treadmill

31 miles in 31 Days Running Challenge
Miles to-date: 10.5


  1. Yay for hopping back on the bandwagon. I have never been on the wagon myself, but I really support anyone who is! As for food I eat vegetarian all the time because it's so so easy to roast veggies, make veggie soups and chillis and take it all to work. Lentil soup is a favorite of mine. One of my favorite blogs Budget Bytes because most of her stuff uses expensive ingredients sparingly (like feta and beef and pork) and that tends to be the bad stuff anyways. Good luck!

  2. I personally say be that person - bring some canned tuna to work! :) The smell isn't that strong. But if you really don't want to and you're sick of chicken, get on that ground turkey, girl! Burgers, stuffed in squash, as filling for lettuce tacos, etc. I also say - utilize soup! It's easy to make, you can use turkey or chicken broth as the base and add chicken, turkey, veggies, anything really. So many varieties so you won't be bored and it's easy to bring as leftovers to work :)

  3. I created a motivation board in my bedroom on a corkboard--I'll take a picture and tweet it to ya now!! I really like it, but I haven't lost any weight so I haven't been able to move anything on it. Still, it gets me moving.

    Sometimes I think we just need a kick in the butt to remind us of what our goals used to be so we can get back on track. I hope that your other times with Beth have been good!!


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