Friday, April 25, 2014

Fitness Friday

Since last Friday, I am down 1.6 lbs and, for the first time, I'm into the next set of 10s. I am very happy with that because it is the first time in 6 weeks that I've actually felt like I'm making real progress.. even though I indulged in pizza, pop, and donuts this week! Before this week, I had been gaining and losing 1 to 2 pounds every week for 6 weeks with no real progress happening.

I feel like I've had a good week so far trying to eat healthier and get more active. Since starting my 21 day challenge (on Monday) to stop eating chips, chocolate, cookies, pop, and cut back on breads and empty carbs, I have only "cheated" a few times. I don't really like the word "cheat" because, honestly, I will never cut these foods out of my diet completely, so I'm not worrying if I have these things a few times in the 21 day challenge. I don't like the idea of forbidden foods as a long term way of eating.  The purpose of the 21 day challenge is not really to forbid certain foods (even though that's what it is - haha). It is more to help me think more about my choices, realize how much junk food I was eating before, and see that eating junk food is not necessary (especially not every day!), which is why I don't worry too much about a "cheat" here or there. Tuesday was a big "cheat" day for me  - our Aunt & Uncle were so generous to invite us over to watch the Flyers' hockey game and have supper with them. We had Pizza Hut pizza (my favourite!), wings, pop, and donuts. It was SO good (and a fun time!) Pizza is one of my all-time favourite foods, and my hubby loves it and requests it once a week.

As for being more active, I had an okay week. I have not been running as much because of my knee. I did a strength (arms) video on Monday, did Week 3 Workout 3 for the Couch to 5K on Tuesday, briskly walked/ran on the treadmill for half an hour on Wednesday, and did nothing on Thursday. I have yet to figure out how to consistently fit exercise into my day as I would ideally like 45 minutes a day, but doing something is always better than nothing, even if it's just a 10 minute HIIT video.

I'm using My Fitness Pal to track food, calories, and exercise. I am loosely counting calories, but the My Fitness Pal app makes this super easy as you can  even just plug recipes into it and it will calculate calories for you.

And...just for fun, here's a picture of us three girls.


Sharon Klaassen said...

Ahhhh. . . . that picture made me miss you guys so much. It's been a really hard transition coming back her to manitoba having spent so much amazing time with family, yet being here all alone. Some real struggles!!!

Wish I had your motivation Jenna. I need to get going on my weight loss too, but we'll see about that. Love you guys and pray for you too!!!! XOXOXO

Linda said...

Hi Jenna, what a sweet picture. With such small children, I think you are doing well just finding the time to exercise. You are right- every little bit helps.

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