As I type this, my sister-in-law, Crystal, is running the Disney World Marathon. She ran the half marathon yesterday with her cousin, Becky, and is running the full marathon today. That’s 39.3 miles in two days. I am so proud of her. That is an accomplishment that not many people can say they’ve done.
She had her personal reasons for wanting to run the half marathon and full marathon together and after a lot of time, an injury, and hard work, she will accomplish her goal! Great job, Crystal!!
She even got to meet Jeff Galloway, whose training plan she’s been following for the half marathon/marathon!
Go, Crystal, Go!
As I’ve mentioned before, the weekends are always a struggle for me when it’s comes to sticking to healthy eating. Danny’s home, the kids are home, we’re out and about. My schedule is different and that always messes me up. However, I have been doing pretty good this weekend. Granted, it is only Sunday morning so I’ll have to see how today goes.
I have finally accepted the fact that there is no magic pill or secret diet or unhealthy detox to weight loss. It’s simply eating healthy, exercising, and burning more calories than you consume. Eat good foods. Eat protein. Eat whole grains. Eat fruits and veggies. Eat treats in moderation.
For me personally, my “weight loss rules” consist of burning more calories than I eat and be in a deficit. 3500 calories equal a pound. So if I have a 500 calorie deficit a day (through exercise and diet) that’s a pound of weight loss a week. I use My Fitness Pal to track my calories and the FitBit and heart rate monitor to track my calories burned.
I realize that both these devices just estimate for the most part so I just use the numbers as a guide. Then, I record my numbers on paper so I can see the difference.
I also make sure that I’m eating enough fat and protein and not too many carbs. If I stick to 1500 calories a day that doesn’t mean I can eat 1500 calories of rice, bread, and fruit. There has to be a healthy balance.
Finally, I always save calories at the end of the day for a treat. I feel like when I deprive myself of all treats is when I tend to overeat. Danny and I usually eat a Yasso Greek yogurt bar, a Special K brownie, or a candy candy tootsie pop.
This past week, I did perfect all week. I stuck to my calorie goal everyday and burned more than I consumed. I decided that if I eat perfect all week, I would let myself have one meal on the weekend that I didn’t worry about. I’m not calling it a cheat meal because I really don’t feel like any food is ever off limits to me. It’s simply portion control and moderation for any food.
I really wanted to go out to a Mexican restaurant but Jaden is on a very strict dairy free diet for two weeks so there wouldn’t be anything he could eat and that kids loves cheese quesadillas with sour cream so it was just a bad idea. Instead, I made chicken fajitas at home.
Even though I ate a good amount of food – chicken fajitas with cheese and sour cream, chips and salsa, and Phish Food ice cream for dessert, I still felt better about eating at home than I did about eating out. And today, I am back to tracking my food and going to the gym.
Note: I just want to say that I realize all the calorie counting and figuring out numbers might be slightly obsessive but it’s the only way that weight loss works for me. If I don’t have concrete numbers and food portions to follow, I tend to overeat and not really care. Weight loss is different for everyone and this is what works for me. You can lose weight and not even record a single number but I have found that method doesn’t work for me. However, it does work for Danny. He simply eats smaller portions, adds more fruit and veggies, and goes to the gym and he loses weight. Everyone is different.
Jacob had an eye doctor appointment yesterday morning and it always takes hours so I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to the gym. Instead, I woke up early and did the Bikini Body Mommy Day #6 workout twice.
Today, Danny and I went to the gym.
We worked on back and biceps. Unfortunately, I hurt my wrist halfway through biceps so I wasn’t able to finish. My wrist has been bothering me lately, but I really messed it up today. I’m going to have to take it easy on my wrist for awhile.
Have a great afternoon!!
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