Fox and Broom

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Week One. Completed.

I decided to join the Gold’s Gym 12 Week Challenge. And I am using my Couch 2 5K training alongside the challenge. The C25K training (for those who do not know) is a nine week-long training session that should prepare a person for running a full 30 minutes without stopping.

I had my measurements done last Monday. And was pretty disappointed in myself on how out of shape I have allowed myself to get. This past year has been a hard one, and I really let myself just eat and lay about. So, this week was challenging in that I had to keep reminding myself that I was not allowed to have this or that. I didn’t totally take out treats, but I have definitely done better about keeping treats in their place. Treats are treats. Not a replacement for a meal or a snack.

Inadvertently, I also managed to eat strictly vegetarian Monday – Friday. With beans, quinoa, and dairy, I still managed to make sure my protein intake was really good (yay for FitnessPal!). It was really good for me. I try to eat more veggies, but I know I don’t eat enough, so a vegetarian menu really helped with that problem. However, I did have some issue with my sodium intake being a bit too much. Probably because I do use canned beans. Gonna have to try to use more dried. I don’t really add very much salt to my food, so that is where I believe the sodium levels are coming from. I will have to start adding recipes again. I made a 3 Bean Chili that was fantastic. Especially added to cauliflower tortillas (low carb, low-fat, high in vitamin C). I also experimented with a chickpea salad sandwich (think of the texture of egg or chicken salad with a more hummus-like taste) that I found on it doesn’t taste like chicken. That blog is pretty awesome if you need some easy vegan recipes.

On Week One of C25K: I did alright. I will actually be doing Day 3 tonight as I was not able to do it yesterday or Friday.

Overall, I am already feeling more energetic and I have already lost a few pounds. Not sure if I will win the 12 Week Challenge, but getting myself into it was definitely something good for me.

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A New Year, A New Beginning

I feel like I am following the whole New Year’s resolution thing. I have never been fond of that. I guess I have always felt I shouldn’t use the New Year to change something about me. If I truly wanted to change it, it should be a work-in-progress for life that should start at any time. In any case, all the health challenges seem to be starting up now. So, I am going to take advantage of them.

I am starting in on the new Get Off Your Broom challenge hosted by The Domestic Pagan. This challenge has already started (I just haven’t gotten online to blog about it, til now) as of January 1. It is a 3 month challenge. I am combining this with the Gold’s Gym 12-week Challenge. The Gold’s challenge doesn’t start until January 28. My biggest dilemma with the month time difference is actually the measurements. I would prefer to use the Gold’s measurements since I think they will be more accurate than my own fumbling one-handed with my tape measure and their scale is definitely more accurate than mine. This weekend, I will post my own measurements and I will weigh-in on one of the Gold’s scales to at least start off the Get Off Your Broom challenge. I can say for certain that I did horribly during Christmas with all the temptations. I had hoped to regain some semblance of will-power with the first round of Get Off Your Broom, but I was sorely lacking in that category. Maybe if I practice harder all year, I will be able to resist better next year…

 

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