Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts

Post-Workout Lessons

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

In April, I started the 60-day Insanity challenge to help me get into shape for summer. The program really helped me get toned up and slimmed down. I lost a total of 3 pounds during the first half of this program, on top of my already 10-pound loss before my wedding. During the program, I felt that I wasn't losing the weight as effectively as I should be. I felt like I hit a plateau - my pants seemed to still fit somewhat the same as they did before, and I wasn't seeing much change on the scale. I was eating healthy, eating regularly as the program nutrition plan suggested, and working out. However, I was not losing any weight during the second month. That all changed about two weeks after I ended the program. I started jogging around the block and noticed that I had lost another 7 pounds within a week of jogging! I think I was at a plateau - I needed a change of pace to help me lose more weight. Insanity helped to build my muscles and tone me up, which I still have. However, changing it up and doing jogging after this high-intensity interval training program helped my body lose more weight.I am currently back at it with the Insanity program, trying to lose the 7 pounds I have left to be at my "happy" weight. And with the 5k run I have this weekend, my training sessions have helped to keep me on track.

During this entire weight-loss process, I have adopted a new way of eating and living. I no longer visit fast food chains, on occasion have a glass of pop, no longer house junk food in my cupboard, always cook at home using fresh fruits and veggies, and know how to schedule in workouts into my day. I am not a crazed count-every-single-calorie food addict, because I don't believe in living your life so restricted. Nor do I eat low-fat, calorie-wise, nutrient-filled packaged foods. Food should be about eating healthy and natural ingredients. No veggie is a "nutrient-filled", "low-fat", "low-calorie" veggie. When it comes to fresh produce, this shouldn't be a concern. I know there is no real benefit in eating the new veggie bread to get my daily dose of veggies. But instead  my body will get the nutrients from fresh ingredients that go into the home cooked meals that I make. I now truly follow the "everything in moderation" rule - it's what works for me. Can I have a cookie for a snack? Yes. But do I have a half-dozen in a day? No, and I probably don't even in a week. I have educated myself in healthy eating - not only for me but for my family. This was probably one of the most important lessons I have learned through this weight loss journey!

My Insanity Program - A Review

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Since starting the program two months ago, I have been more conscious of what foods pass my lips, how much water I consume, and how much exercise I get. I absolutely have loved the program and recommend it to anyone telling me they need to get into shape. Although I am sad at the fact that it is over, I am considering restarting it within a few weeks and trying to lose the rest of the fat I still have lugging around me. For now, I am enjoying the morning runs since I get the exercise out of the way and I have my afternoons after work to myself. Here is my review on the program.

My Personal Pros
The biggest thing that I gained from this program is my consumption of water has increased. This was such a struggle for me since I never knew exactly how much to consume, and never tracked how much I do drink. Since starting this program and being more conscious of what I put into my body, I now drink LOTS of water daily! Increasing my water intake has also helped my skin clear up, and I noticed a reduction of acne scarring on my face!

The Insanity program was very well structured. Each workout started with a warm up (even though at the beginning it felt like a workout on its own), a stretch, the main workout and a cool down. The schedule was different each day, which is what I love. I don't like repetition, since repetition is when I begin to slowly lose focus and quit. Each workout had it's own focus, whether it was cardio, strength or endurance. I loved that I felt the burn each day, since I know I worked out hard!

Month one is a little less challenging than month two. Don't get me wrong - both months are insane! But the workout videos in month one are only 30 minutes and expand to an hour in month two. Month one really helps prepare your body for the insane and hard-core workouts in month two.

Because I have gotten used to exercising regularly (and Shaun T's motto "dig deeper"), I now push myself and just know I have to exercise if I haven’t done anything physical for a day or two. I just feel so blah if I took a day or two off and sat around doing nothing. Sometimes doing nothing feels good, but after a day of taking “time off” I need to!

My Personal Cons
This program is a 6-day a week program, with only one day of rest. When I first began, I felt so exhausted every day! Committing an hour after a long day of work to hard-core cardio was tough on my body and my social life. I needed to find a time that worked for me, since I found myself putting plans down with friends, and I was physically tired from the exercise by the time I went to bed. However, within a couple of weeks I got into a schedule and have not felt exhausted or tired from working out.

The diet was also tough on me. I learned a lot from the nutrition guide, however I knew it wasn't for me. At first I tried eating less carbs and sugar to help me lose weight and fat. However, after avoiding sugar intake for two weeks, I felt very irritable and cranky and knew that I wouldn’t be able to get used to it. So while I did still have a slice of cake or a square of chocolate a day, I knew that I can only have one small serving per day.

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Most importantly, the biggest thing I have gained is confidence. Confidence in how I dress, how I look and how I represent myself. And the best thing of all? I am very HAPPY with how I look in my swim suit I bought for motivation to keep going. I can jump for joy all day long in it!

Insanity Program - Week 9 Update (Final)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Well, I am officially done the Insanity 60-day program! What an adventure and a great experience it was for me! I was never able to devote my energy and time into completing or even starting any such program, but the motivation that I started with was strong throughout and I am so proud of myself and happy with the results!

I have to admit one thing, however. The past two weeks I barely did the workouts. It was mostly the combination of warm weather and wanting to go biking or for a run instead of being cooped up inside that kept me from doing the workouts. I think in the future, if and when I start this program up again I will definitely be doing it before the warm weather kicks in (like March/April or October/November).

Throughout the entire 60 days, I committed myself to only cooking healthy meals and trying to avoid eating out as much as possible. It was a success, and I have found myself eating more fruits and veggies and being more conscious as to what food passes my lips. This was great training to help me eat better and choose healthier options, which is something I will continue to follow. However, Friday night we went out to Harvey's and I ate my first burger in months. And in all honesty, my body was so used to eating clean and healthy that my body actually hurt after (mostly my stomach). I don't think I will eat any more fast food for a very long time!

Fitness-wise, I have never felt this healthy in what seems like my whole life! I can run long distances and can keep up with Insanity (well...more than I was able to when I first started the program). I have lost a total of 2% body fat, 4 inches around my hips/waist and 3 pounds. You can tell that my pants have become looser around the hip area, which is awesome! I need to go buy a new pair of yoga pants :)

Also my stomach has shrunk down a bit as well. I need to work out a little bit more of the stomach area to expose more muscle, because I can feel the muscle hiding underneath the fat. But I think one more Insanity program and I can get there! :)

I will provide a quick review of the program in a couple days, along with what I found to be some of the pros and cons.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Since starting my insanity 60-day program, I bought myself a new bathing suit for this summer. This is my motivation to keep doing what I'm doing!

Insanity Program - Week 8 Update

Friday, June 21, 2013

Month two - where have you gone?! Only one more week left of my workout program. I am super excited to be done! Not only did I accomplish my goal of working out (almost) every day to get my body into summer shape, I also proved to myself that I could do it! I honestly didn't think I would have the drive to keep going after the second week. And here I am, on my eight week, and still going strong!

This week was more of an intense week than previous weeks. I started jogging Monday morning with an Insanity workout at night. However, by Tuesday night and Wednesday I could barely walk. My muscles were too sore from my Monday and Tuesday morning jogs that I just couldn't bring myself to do Insanity Tuesday night or Wednesday. So this left me with two days of no insanity. Plus the Saturday craziness I had of running around and preparing for Father's Day barbecue left me with no time to work out.

Insanity did seem to really improve my cardio. I remember my running used to be more of a jog to the end of the driveway before major cramps kicked in. However, my regular workout sessions has really improved my cardio and resistance that I can keep jogging without the need to take breaks often. I was able to run a whole 1k Thursday! I am truly proud of myself (and my exercise-buddy friend!!).

I will give you all my last week of Insanity next week! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Insanity Program - Week 7 Update

Friday, June 14, 2013

This month is just flying past me! I have two weeks left (wow!), and I cannot believe just how fast it is going. I am really loving insanity, as insane as that may sound! :)

Month two seems to be easy-going for me. Don't get me wrong: it's still hard work! I am sweating more and more each day. But I think it is the fact that I have been doing this for the past month and a half now, and the protein drinks after my workout that help me get by . I make sure to drink a protein shake in the morning and after my workout at night. It really helps to heal my sore muscles and gives me an energy boost.

Because this week wasn't anything spectacular, there is nothing more for me to say other than the fact that I cannot wait to be done this 60-day program, since I am considering starting another 60-day program again after (after a break of course!).

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I will share my week 8 update next Friday. Have a great weekend and a Happy Father's Day!

Five Reasons to Ditch the Scale

Thursday, June 13, 2013

When I first started the Insanity program, I found myself jumping on the scale religiously to see just how much I have lost pound-wise. Back then, I was so concentrated on losing weight and that is all. After a couple weeks into the program, I was very disappointed to see that I have not lost any weight. And this is when I started to think whether I was doing everything right. However, I was looking at all the wrong numbers.

Insanity is a high intensity interval workout combined with muscle toning. It is designed to help you burn the calories and build muscle, thus shedding the fat. And as we all know, muscle weighs more than fat volume-wise and thus takes up less space. Which is why my body weight stayed the same - however my body fat percentage decreased. I dropped 1% body fat in one month as well as two inches on my waist. I'm not sure if this is good or bad for a month of exercising, but I am happy! This is one reason why you should not only look at your weight. Here are a few more.

1. Measure Yourself - This goes back to the whole fat vs. muscle discussion. Two people who weigh the same might not look the same - their body compositions will be different. The same goes with clothing sizes - both might wear the same size but look totally different. Measuring your waist, hips and chest circumference are better indicators of health than weight.

2. Water Weight - Have you ever felt so great and light, until you stepped on that scale and it told you otherwise? Yes that happens, more often than not. You shouldn't be overly compulsive with weighing yourself day by day, since we all know that our weight changes hourly and daily. Depending on factors like water intake, salt consumption, and (for the ladies) that "time of the month", your weight will naturally fluctuate up and down.

3. True Health - Your weight might not always be the best indicator of your health or fitness levels. You might weigh less but are you flexible? Are you strong? Do you have endurance? A person who weighs 100 pounds might not be able to keep up cardio wise, have a high body fat percentage and be considered unhealthy, whereas a person who weighs more than recommended for their body height might be healthy, have high endurance levels and have a lower body fat percentage.

4. Before/After Pictures - Pictures don't lie, and they will show you just how much your body has changed. It is a great way for you to compare how much you have lost (and muscle gained) instead of stepping on that scale each time. Plus, looking at how much you have accomplished from all that hard work is such a self-motivator!

5. Your Self Worth - You should never allow the scale to tell you how you should feel or allow yourself to get into a depression over a number. It is just a number and as long as you are working hard at your exercise routine and eating healthy, you should never let the numbers rule you. Just because you gained a pound or two from yesterday doesn't mean you should punish yourself by working out double-time or skipping out on a meal. Not only is this harmful on your emotions, it can also be harmful on your body. If exercising is making you a happy person overall, then that scale should never come between you and your happiness!

Insanity Program - Week 5 and 6 Update

Friday, June 7, 2013

I am officially on my second month of the insanity program! I cannot believe just how much time flies! I am really in a good schedule right now, being able to balance working out, work, and free time. I now feel more organized, yay!

I took the recovery week as a partial week off. I ended up only working out two of the seven days. I was exhausted though from the first month, so it was a much needed break. Surprisingly month 2 is going great for me! I am sweating a lot more than during the exercises in month one. The videos are a mix of cardio and strength. Each workout video is about an hour long, as compared to 30 minutes during month one.

I have upped my intake of protein, since I knew that this month was going to be a tough one. I have definitely noticed the protein helping, since I am not as tired as during month 1. If I only knew back then! So now I am in-taking 60 grams of protein or more a day. I am not sure what the recommended level is for someone on the insanity program, but maybe I might increase it as the weeks go on.I am still cutting out sugar intake as much as I can, but have snuck in some ice cream this past weekend.

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Catch up on my previous updates:

I will share my week 7 update next Friday. Have a great weekend!

Insanity Program - Week 4 Update

Friday, May 24, 2013

Holy moly, I cannot believe I am done week 4 and about to start month 2! Time flies! I also cannot believe I stuck with it for this long. All those tiring nights, those lazy days, and those tasty temptations. But I stuck through it! And seeing that I only missed FIVE days from the entire month is pretty awesome! I guess I should have more confidence in myself and what I can accomplish!

I have to confess something. Due to the beautiful weather we had this past weekend, and the fact that it was a long weekend in Canada, I ended up skipping out on two exercise days. Yes, two. *sigh* But, if it makes you feel any better (since it makes me feel a bit better) - I didn't completely spend those days just sitting around. We were like busy bees this past weekend. We played tennis with our friends one afternoon, went for a long bike ride, and we worked on the garden - which I should add is a workout on its own especially since our soil is like cement, so loosening up the soil was a complete body workout. I woke up the next day completely sore!

I am starting to adapt to this new lifestyle. It has now become routine that I come home, eat dinner and then work out. No if's, and's or but's! I am trying to increase my sleep time as well, since I am just so exhausted every night. My body is still changing. My weight has stayed the same, but I am seeing more muscle around my legs and arms so I am hoping that I lost fat but gained muscle. I noticed my waistline, arms and thighs more toned and fit than what they used to be.

I am still consuming lots of protein daily, as well as drinking lots of water. I have really started to see my hunger drop. However, some days I would feel just so starved after my workouts that I have to eat something large or else I feel that uncomfortable sickening feeling. I am not really craving any "unhealthy" snacks or meals, so that is making this whole program a bit easier!

On a side note though, I have noticed my skin looking better and better each day. I think it's the amount of water I am drinking. I have a bit of scarring from my acne during my teenage years, so if I knew early on that LOTS of water consumption would help clear it up, I would've definitely chugged on more water.

So I know you are probably wondering what I look like a month later. Here they are!

Need to catch up? You can read my week 1, week 2 and week 3 updates!
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Next week, week 5, is the recovery week and then I jump into month two. I will give you all an update on week 6 instead. Have a great weekend!

Insanity Program - Week 3 Update

Friday, May 17, 2013

First off, thank you so much to all who have either emailed me or commented on my posts regarding my fitness program. It is great to hear encouraging words from you all, and I always love getting comments on my posts! It helps me keep going! I am at the end of my third week of my nine-week journey. It has been a bumpy journey, that's for sure!

Week three was a tough one for me. I definitely felt more muscle soreness this week, which many times made me think if I should rest until my muscles were better. However, the only day I took off this week was Tuesday, and that was to go bike riding instead (not as many calories burned, but still physical activity!).

I have been noticing lately that I have become more crankier than the other two weeks (sorry dear hubby!). I think it is a combination of little sleep (for some reason 7-8 hours is not enough for me nowadays!) and less sugar intake. I think this was my body crying out for some sugar and some sleep! I have {tried to} avoid anything with refined sugar all week. I snack on fruits or make smoothies when I have sugar cravings. Or I have been eating the sweet cinnamon flavoured CheeCha Puffs (yes they have sugar, but I limit myself to how much I consume, and sometimes I definitely needed it).

I have really started to increase my protein intake by eating more meat, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and oatmeal. With MyFitnessPal, it is so super easy for me to see how much of proteins and nutrients I get in a day. Based on the daily reporting, I have noticed that my calorie intake is low as compared to the recommended caloric intake of 1790 (as per the nutritional guide calculator). I consume about 1500 on average a day. It is mostly from the fact that I am just not that hungry! I try to snack at work on yogurt or nuts, but I just feel so full. Not sure why this is happening. Maybe once I start month 2 I will be a lot hungrier. To give you an idea of what my meals look like, this is what I have been eating this week:

Breakfast (7am) - Oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries; or Apple Cinnamon Cheerios cereal with 2% milk. I would also bring some green tea in my Libre tea glass for work.

Snack (10am) - Cottage cheese; or vanilla Greek yogurt.

Lunch (12:30pm) - Leftovers: Homemade broccoli soup (recipe to be posted soon!); or homemade pizza (recipe to be posted soon!); or stuffed peppers

Snack (2pm) - Mixed nuts trail mix; or Activia yogurt; or fresh fruit (pineapple, strawberries, grapes, apples)

Dinner (5:30pm) - Homemade broccoli soup (recipe to be posted soon!); or homemade pizza (recipe to be posted soon!); or stuffed peppers; or grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies.

Post-workout (8:30pm) - Fresh protein smoothie (sometimes I got hungry and had a bowl of cereal again instead of smoothie!)

I am also drinking lots of water a day!! I have read somewhere that you should drink half of your weight in ounces. So I try to do that as well by drinking about 70 oz a day, which is something I probably never did before! This is an easy one to keep track of for me during the days at work - I bring my Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle, which holds 27 oz, and I make sure to drink one bottle in the morning and one after lunch. Then I drink as much as I need when I get home and during my workouts.
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Catch up on my previous updates:

I will give you all a fourth week update next week! Have a great weekend!

I'm sharing my journey with the "Non-Scale Victories" linkup at KTJ Weighing In

Insanity Program - Week 2 Update

Friday, May 10, 2013

Last week I told you all that I was starting the Insanity 60-day workout program. This is the second week of my nine-week journey. The Insanity program is a cardio-based workout program that combines interval training with resistance training to help you burn calories, lose fat and increase body muscle and cardio fitness.

Being on week two, I can definitely feel myself becoming stronger - both in muscle and cardio. I can keep going all the way of each interval until the next rest break, and I can definitely feel my muscles getting stronger. However, I can also feel myself being more tired than usual. I think I will start to include more protein into my diet to help boost my energy as well as more sleep, which I think I am lacking. I ended up missing two days due to an injury, so that kind of sucked (being in the first week as well!). But I am determined that the next 7 weeks will go smooth.

I am also beginning to see changes, even after two weeks. I have lost two pounds so far and have definitely noticed some extra "space" in my pants and a getting-there flatter tummy. Because I work long days and my drive to work and back is a not-so-fun hour each way, the best time for me to work out is during my evenings. This way after dinner I am packed with energy and ready to go. It's also a great time for me since I can just shower and plop into bed!

I am not really following the Insanity nutrition program - it consists of a very high protein and fibre diet. However, I am trying to intake more protein and fibre with both  my meals and my smoothies. I have also been cutting sugar and sweets out of my diet (although I had a slice of cake this past weekend!). The guide also states to eat five meals a day, all of the same calorie count. I oftentimes don't get hungry to eat the two extra meals between my breakfast, lunch and dinner. Instead I opt for Greek yogurt, apples with peanut butter, nuts, or fruits. This way I am not starving myself before lunch or dinner and I am keeping up my food intake. I still have sweet cravings, but I satisfy them with either vanilla Greek yogurt or make a smoothie. I have really been into smoothies and shakes ever since I started my workout program, and am making one every day. I try to mix veggies with fruits for a sweet drink. I will share some of the recipes I have been experimenting recently with you all in the upcoming days!

Catch up on my previous update:

I will give you all a third week update next week! Have a great weekend!

Starting Out (Again)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

If you have been following my blog, you know that I was trying to lose weight before my wedding in order to lose that extra "freshman-15" (or 20) that I gained throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies. You might also recall my fave workout routine is the Insanity workout program. But I have a confession to make - I have been slacking over the past two months and have been working out maybe a day or two at most while eating snacks in the evenings. Yes, I know, shame on me! And so I fear gaining all that weight I lost and lose all those muscles I gained last year.

So with the warm weather slowly (and I mean slowly...could it be any slower?!) approaching us, I decided to get my butt back in gear and get into exercising again. I work in an office setting all day long, so  you could imagine how much this might will have an effect on me over time. Research has shown the negative effects of sitting at your desk for prolonged periods of time. So if you sit all day long, make sure to schedule in some walking time!
Other than trying to move a little when I get home, I also want to get back into my beach bod! With Christmas and Easter waaay past us (thank goodness!) there are no more upcoming major holidays where eating and eating (....and eating) are considered a must! Which is why I am dedicating my next 60 days to the insanity workout program. Yes I am insane....but I am devoted to complete each day by the schedule provided and while I might not follow their nutrition guide, I will try to incorporate my own healthy dishes and snacks.

And what better way than to blog about it! This way, I am not lying to myself (which most often is the case!) and would feel a sort of "pressure" from you, my readers, to see how my progression is going! Plus I always love reading success stories or stories of people during their workout regime, so I hope to motivate at least one of you out there! Here is my month 1 schedule and what I have completed so far:

My hips/thighs and stomach are the worst problem areas. I have wide hip bones, so my hips are naturally bigger. But the extra fat on them is not natural! So I plan to slim down in this area as well as work on my tummy (and those dreaded muffin tops!) a bit more. I have never struggled with my weight, as I was always a normal weight to begin with. At 5'6", I was always in the 130-pound range. It was only the last 6 years of studying too much and working out too little that has made me gain 20 extra pounds. As a point of reference, this is what I am starting off with.

You can read my week 2 update here.

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I leave you with some motivation! Enjoy!
Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own!

Workout Jams

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I love working out at home. The gym tends to intimidate me. There is something about the atmosphere that I don't feel comfortable with. I used to go to the gym when I was in university and had access to the school fitness centre. But I was never a fan of the machines. I also used to attend fitness classes, which were a blast! But those tend to get expensive. Which is why I work out at home.

In my pre-wedding weight loss journey I shared with you back in January, I talked about the at-home Insanity DVDs I use regularly. I have found this type of workout to be a lot better than any other at-home workout DVDs that I have tried in the past - at-home bootcamps, pilates and the like. Probably because it is a major challenge for me and always leaves me drenched in sweat. In order to help keep me pumped up throughout the workout, I work out with Songza.

Songza makes it easy to find song lists based on activity, mood or artist.

I usually choose songlists under the "Working Out: Cardio" activities selection and usually play the "Euro Dance Workout". I tend to get pumped with club-type music - those with high beats per minute. The last thing you want to do is workout to "My heart will go on" or "YMCA". However, recently I found a great playlist - "Produced by Afrojack". I simply searched David Guetta in the search field and all of the playlists that contained some David Guetta songs were displayed. I tried this one and loved it!

If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can also download the Songza app. This allows you to take Songza with you when you are working out in the gym or driving around town.

Wedding Preparations - Weight Loss Challenge

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I wanted to make a post on my pre-wedding weight-loss journey, since I have been married for six months now and have been really thinking back to my wedding weight loss challenge that started around this time one year ago. It is also a good source for those who are getting married this year and are thinking about getting into shape.

Me and my hubby were dating for over 7 years before he popped the question. We were high school sweethearts and I met him at the end of my grade 11 year. Back then I took care of how I looked, tried to stay up to date with fashion trends, and always made sure to pretty myself up for any outing, especially on our dates.

This lasted for 3 years or so. I then started getting too comfortable in the relationship, and in combination with all the studying, exams and stress during my undergraduate and graduate studies, I ate, and ate, and ATE. Thus, I gained 20 pounds in 6 years. And so I didn't feel the need to dress up or "beautify" myself. The pic below is of me in my last semester of my master's in 2011. Sad, so sad!

In late 2011 I was trying on wedding dresses and picked "the one", but it was two sizes too small. I was informed, however, that it can be taken out and altered. I told myself I will take action and lose weight so I can fit into my dress. Not only did the alterations cost a lot (we are talking about $100+ just for taking the dress out!) I also wanted to feel comfortable in my dress and look my prettiest on my wedding day! That is when I took action! I knew my friend (and bridesmaid) did her P90X exercise ritual at home, so I asked if I can join her. And thus I started my own exercise ritual*!

I took three days off for wedding planning and worked hard for four days. Because I was working full-time, I had to exercise in the evenings. This is just an example of what my week was like (approximately). If I had an appointment or meeting for the wedding planning, I would skip that day and either make it up in the week or add it on to the following week.
At first, it was hard for me to cut down on my snacks. I love sweets and I love to bake! But after a month of working hard I saw I was only two pounds lighter - no joke! So I knew I had to cut back on my baking and sugar intake. We also changed up our exercise routine and started doing a different exercise program - Insanity*.
The first time we tried it, we both thought we were going to die (and I'm talking the first three minutes in!). However, we stuck to it and eventually got used to it. The other bridesmaids joined in by May and it felt good to exercise as a group! By May I was pretty much all done my wedding planning and only had appointments to confirm my choices, so I was sticking to this schedule pretty well!

By June I was afraid to step on the scale. I felt like I did lose weight, since I could definitely feel it in my clothing. But I didn't want to be disappointed with another pound or two that I might have lost. However, when I had my dress fitting, the lady fitting me said (and I quote) "You don't need to get anything altered hun". When I heard that I was so ready to give her the biggest hug and kiss in the world! When I got home that day I stepped on that scale and was honestly the happiest! I was TEN pounds lighter than what I started in January!
When I first started this weight loss journey, I was expecting to lose some weight, but I never actually set a target weight goal - just thought of losing as much as possible within 5 months. After five months, I lost 10 pounds. I am so much happier now and make sure to dress up when I go out. I still exercise (although the holiday season really threw me off track with both setting time to exercise and over-indulging in sweets).

As the warm weather is kicking in, I am really motivated to lose the other 10 pounds I have left. I started the Insanity 60-day program, and you can read about my journey here.

*Just so you know: I am in no way affiliated or associated with the workout programs mentioned in this post. This is not a sponsored post.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hey all! It's finally mid-week....Wednesday! I thought I would share with you all a recent app that I found and have been using to track my meals and what I consume. I want to know how much fruits and veggies, dairy and even water I consume in a day. When I was really into exercising every day, I used to keep a log of what I would eat. But this didn't last long as I would never bring my journal with me to work or when I would go out to eat. Which is why I searched for an app that would keep track of it all and will be with me at all times. It is called "MyFitnessPal".

I downloaded this app for my Android phone. You can also update and input your info on their website. This makes it easy to keep track of what you consume, how much you consume and how much you exercise.

The app is so simple to use. I did screenshots of the online version instead of the phone version, but the phone app has a similar interface. I used my breakfast that I ate yesterday morning for for you to see how it works. You can search up any brand or type of food. You select how much of a serving you had. You can add as much per meal as you ate.

You can view all the items you had that day, along with the total calories, fat, carbs and protein. Even adding water is simple and you can keep track of whether or not you intake the recommended 6-8 glasses per day (which I never used to keep track of!).

You can also add your exercise routines. The only thing to this app is that you need to input the amount of calories burned after a workout. So if you have a calorie counter, it makes it good to keep track. I tend to work out with Beachbody's Insanity program, which is my favourite fitness DVD and search online to see approximate calories being burned by others for that same DVD and input an average number. I create my own workout, how many minutes I exercised and approximately how many calories I burned.

Right now I don't have any dedicated meal plans or calories to burn in a day using this app. I am just using this tool for the fun of it - mainly to see what I eat in a day and how often I exercise in a week. It is a great way to help me achieve my New Year's resolutions of eating more fruits and veggies and exercising at least 3 days a week. 
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