Off to a Good Start
Day one of this makeover. It went OK - I'm always good about starting out strong. The true test will come in a few weeks because that's when I tend to fold.
One thing I want to do with this makeover is to apply the science of midlife hormones and weight loss, but make it simply. I don't want it to be hard, and it really shouldn't be. It's so cliche to say that it's a lifestyle change, but that's what it is. I was talking with a friend today about her own struggles with weight loss since turning 40. She was explaining her fitness routine and the way that she was taught to workout for fat loss. It was sound science and legit, but what I said to her was that although it might have been the answer once, it's time to try something new because it clearly wasn't working for her now. I can say the same for myself. I'm trying something new because my recent efforts have the scale going in the wrong direction.
But moreso it's the humiliation I'm feeling about my current state of health. Sure, I don't like my aesthetic look. I HATE the belly fat, and yet it won't go away. But, I know that they lifestyle that I'm currently living only feeds it instead of starves it. But, then there are the other issues. I busted a hole in my jeans a few weeks ago. My thighs had finally rubbed the fabric thin enough to break. Sigh. Then there's how I feel. I am tired. I am sad. I have no motivation. That is not OK and not how I want to go moving forward.
So today I started where I knew was a good entry point. I focused on my food and getting a workout in. I'm using the principles right now that I learned in my training with Metabolic Effect. I know I'm a mixed burner type, which means a Zone or Mediterranean diets works well. I tend to lean over to the Paleo-esque side of it too. The focus is on lots of veggies, lean protein, and moderate carbs. Today's menu was:
- Breakfast: 1 egg + 2 egg whites scrambled with tomatoes, broccoli, and about 1/3 of a baked potato. 2 pieces of uncured turkey bacon.
- Lunch: Chicken breast on a salad of lettuce, cucumbers, and bell pepper. A little homemade ranch dress (base was greek yogurt). 1/4 avocado on top.
- Snack: 1 apple with sun butter. Beef jerky
- Dinner: Chicken Chow Mein w/spaghetti squash noodle.
- Having a glass of wine while watching Game of Thrones before bed.
My workout got done. It was supposed to be an Oly day but wasn't feeling it. I stupidly signed up for a half marathon in August. A birthday present for my husbands who is a runner. I am not. But, I'm doing my duty and training - basically a Couch-2-Half plan in 20 weeks. I'm using Jeff Galloway's run-walk-run method. So today was 20 minutes of 1 min jog: 1 min walk, and then ended with an additional 20 minutes of just casual walking. Of course, a quick restorative session when I got home. I'm trying to keep my posterior tibialis tendinitis at bay.
So I'm feeling pretty good about day 1. I was tired and did have to lie down for just a bit, but overall am proud for a good start. Minus the wine. 😉
I'm going to stick here for now. I will probably aim to stay gluten-free and mostly dairy-free. I'm not sure I'm ready to give up my half-and-half with my coffee again. Baby steps.