Persistence pays off

I realized I haven’t written in almost TWO MONTHS and I finally found the motivation to do so. I was in a bit of a rut for the past two weeks but I finally snapped out of that! I was beating myself up about debating my meeting this morning and I’m glad I decided to go. I realize that not every week is going to be perfect but I somehow managed to lose!

I have come to the conclusion that people ask me most about what I eat and how I do it. It sounds simple now because I’ve been doing this since February and I attempted this once in college. I will give an example of what I eat within a day and the cardio/weights I do.

Breakfast: Yoplait 100 calorie Greek Yogurt (2 points) or a Jimmy Dean’s Delight Breakfast sandwich. (5 points) (These are a lighter version of their regular breakfast sandwich.)

Snack: Special K Pastry Crisps or fruit

Lunch: Smart One (they vary in calories and points)

Snack: Fiber One Brownie/ Weight Watchers Snack Bar, my favorite are the confetti cake! Either choice is 2 points

During Recess or on the drive home: Special K Protein Bar (6 points)

Dinner: This is the hardest meal for me because it varies every night on choices and what I feel like. My “go to” choices are: Special K Chocolatey Delight Cereal, Pasta (I’ll split my serving in two and have left-overs for another night) or sometimes I’ll stop at Subway by the gym. I also always have Smart Ones on hand.

Snack: Smart Ones Sundae Cups (4 points)

At the gym, I usually do at least 1 hour of cardio. Lately I have done 45 minutes on the arc trainer and then 15 on the elliptical. Today, I did 10 minutes on the arc trainer and then ran 2 miles so that probably did not equal an hour of cardio but I figured the two miles was good enough! Then afterwards, I have a weight circuit that I complete and you’d have to see the machines and the reps in person. For the most part, I do a little bit of each body part. Then I do stretching and abs. I know it’s not super specific but just a snapshot for those inquiring minds : )

I’ve also learned to take it one day at a time. You can’t look at the number you want to lose as a whole, that’s how people get discouraged. Also, if you want your favorite snack, or ice cream, have it. You can have anything you want in moderation. My problem was I’d eat the same band things 3 times a week. If I want sonic, I will get a small size and have it once every few weeks. It’s not going to kill you. As long as they are “mindful” decisions and not “mindless.” Each little bit adds up and as long as you’re making some small change, you’re going to get there. Many people comment that I’m an inspiration, but you are fully capable as well. As soon as you get into that routine, the minute you get off track your body begins to miss it and you just feel “off.” So keep on’ keepin’ on because losing allows you to gain so much more! : ) I’m down 24 since Feb. 6th and I still have a ways to go in this marathon!

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