Five Pounds Down!

My first 5 pounds is shed off! I feel really good! I’ve also made working out my priority! I don’t text in the middle of my workouts or waiver on the time I’ve dedicated to do them. I’ve been doing runs on the weekend and alternating days of HIIT during the week – they are short yet powerful, make me feel good, and work with my schedule. I started this way because I’m a former athlete and enjoy active routine. I’m trying to build myself up to 6 miles like I used to do, but I’ve only been able to achieve 4 miles at a time. It’s all a process. I forget that I haven’t exercised and consumed healthy food in quite some time so I’m forgiving myself and starting fresh. I’ll probably incorporate some p90x moves next month – decided to not do p90x as a starting point! One month at a time = one step at a time. March will be dedicated to just running, HIIT exercises, and continuing to eat healthy (and saving money of course!). 


Above from left to right: egg whites, baby kale, salsa, shredded cheese, and ground beef; corn tortillas, baby kale, ground beef, salsa, and shredded cheese; kidney beans, baby kale, salsa, and cheese; cucumbers with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Let’s taco ’bout it! Don’t ever take away my Taco Tuesdays, Taco Twednesdays, or Taco Thursdays, etc! I count calories and YEEEEES tacos are still doable! However!, I noticed a pretty big difference in how my body felt after eating tortillas after not having eaten them for a while. Not that I felt entirely sluggish, but more like I’d eaten a brick. 
I just ate: 2 eggs, ground beef, kidney beans, and salsa for breakfast while writing a portion of this blog. 590 calories feels so full. I wanted a substantial breakfast because I’m running today and need fuel!
I’m thinking I’m going to lessen my meat intake and do more tofu and fish. I already have a lot of that in my fridge and freezer.
My go to lunch has been: 2 cups of baby kale with some sort of protein (meat, fish, tofu) with a balsamic vinaigrette AND a 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 210 calories of nuts = 395 to 555 calories depending on the source of protein. This is hands down the most powerful lunch I’ve ever eaten (and cheeeaaaap!). I feel ZERO burn out after this type of lunch. I feel so good, my mood is elevated. I cannot go back to greasy food for lunch especially because I just feel SO good eating this way! It’s an amazing feeling! Part of packing on the 40 pounds I gained back at the end of grad school was a terrible feeling. However, I like feeling good now, so why not. 
I’ve got a goal to lose 2 pounds this week and an overall 10 by the start of April. The overall 40 by July and maintaining/setting new fitness goals then.
My goal is to be at a genuine strength.
Oh yeaaaah…almost forgot about stretching! I dedicated a day (and plan on continuing this) to stretching and only stretching. I’m talking 30ish minutes of making my body feel recovered. Fitness Blender has a good one! I love their videos!!
Until next week, roughly!

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Above: egg whites, kale, onion, cheese, and a bell pepper variety for breakfast; a can of tune with arugula topped with a balsamic vinaigrette and 1/2 cup of oatmeal with an individual package of nuts for lunch; a green apple, banana, and almond butter for snack (usually eat an orange and maybe another banana if hungry), prawns with sautéed arugula, minced garlic, and a bell pepper variety for dinner. 

Lessons Learned –
I got a little overzealous this week and so had to take a break from exercising. I’m back on board, but will work my way up to double days. Today I endulged in a HIIT exercise which was amazing. It’s from Fitness Blender – “HIIT the Ground Running”, which I found on YouTube. I personally found that I feel amazing after. 
I also ate processed chips, a frozen burrito, and a candy bar one day for lunch and it ripped my stomach to shreds! I will NEVER do that again. I could barely walk. After eating clean and healthy, my body doesn’t like it.
I’m going to try to eat like this 90% of the time while continuing to exercise because it feels good. I used to work out regularly and then fell off about two and a half years ago. I have nothing to lose though by going back to that routine of working out and eating healthy. Somewhere in-between I lost all that. Somewhere in-between someone told me I wasn’t good enough and I believe it. I have to get back to and used to the feeling of feeling good and paying attention to what doesn’t feel good. Right now, I’m back to that same feeling of way back when, when I ran and ate healthy and did things for me.

Health

An entire month of being conscious of spending?! I can’t believe I did it! Saying “no” to things to reach a personal goal is really empowering and makes goals seem so much more achievable. 
I’m ready to apply “no” to health and fitness. Saying “no” to others priorities really means saying yes to my goals, values, etc. I used to do things out of guilt to please other people. In fact, I still get those feelings even though I might not act on actually pleasing the other person; the feelings of wanting to/anger/resentment are there. This has been a massive problem not only in my financial life, but in my fitness life as well.
My fitness life took a back burner in December due to constant travel. In January I really wanted to focus on finances. One goal at a time. Baby steps! Now that I feel secure in my ability to maintain finance goals, I can move to health and fitness goals. I started back up on p90x on Friday and did a double day yesterday. I’m ready for it! Let’s do this! 

Motivation: Part 1

How 12 months of savings adds up!
Saving $50/month = $600
Saving $100/month = $1,200
Saving $200/month = $2,400
Saving $250/month = $3,000
Saving $300/month = $3,600
Saving $400/month = $4,800
Saving $500/month = $6,000
Saving $600/month = $7,200
Saving $750/month = $9,000
Saving $1,000/month = $12,000

I didn’t add up all the posibilities of savings, but sometimes it helps to just take a look at those posibilities.

Saying “No” is becoming easier and easier. Prioritize. If people drop off your friends list, etc because you are committing to better yourself, then so be it. Get rid of the negative, non-supportive folks anyway. With that, I’ve decided to not be tempted to take off on trips that are not necessary. This is a three day weekend and so instead of “having fun” and posting all the “fun” on Facebook, I’m laying low. I didn’t really get the concept of spending here and there and then all of the sudden someone wants to do something and I’d struggle to afford the possibility. Also, just because I have money doesn’t mean that I have to spend it. Repeat that last sentence!
This is the year to save and not feed needs with material things. January is going rather slow because 1) it’s after the holidays 2) weather doesn’t make me want to go outside sometimes 3) re-evaluating takes some energy. I want to come out of this year on top!