Monday, March 22, 2010

Starting the day off right . . .


I always have the best of intentions and do a pretty good job at starting my day off right. Eating a healthy breakfast is a top priority. I usually will eat oatmeal or steel cut oats cooked with rice milk, currants, cranberries, and walnuts.  I like having an egg cooked in the microwave.  And a banana caps off my breakfast.  But for as good as I start off my day, I have these moments where I have a lapse in judgment.  I tend to forget that I shouldn't throw away a good morning's workout on a Clif bar and multiple in between meals snacking, when I am not a marathoner, or on a sugary latte, which as of late has become my Kryptonite.  I have given up on the 2 cups of white rice that I would eat for dinner, and I am now back on my brown rice kick.

This weekend, we travelled to Minnesota and stayed in St. Paul.  We ate out for each meal.  And let me say that we went to the best Chinese restaurant, but I don't ever want to go back there.  The manager brought us so much food and take home package of noodles and fortune cookies.  He was way to generous, which we reheated in the hotel.  The kids wanted to go back the next day; even my son, who never eats Chinese, ate everything. 

Of course, I could have made healthier choices.  What gives me the idea that vacationing is a free for all when eating?  I don't have to make myself waffles at the complimentary breakfast at the hotel.  I would have been just fine with oatmeal, hard boiled egg, and orange.  I did do that on Saturday, but Sunday was all waffles . . . and Friday too.   

One of the things that I've failed to do on this journey is to journal my eating.  I know for a fact that this is critical in weightloss; I did it successfully at least once before.  Weight Watchers encourages such things.  One of the best leaders I had offered us prizes for submitting our journal in a weekly raffle.  It wasn't much, but it was motivation.  And I can't guarantee that I can still make myself write out my eating despite knowing full well that it helps. 

Fitness wasn't the best while away.  There was great cardio equipment at the hotel's gym, but no weights.  And with all the activities, it was hard to steal away time to go to the gym.  Hubby was working during our trip, and with 3 kids, there wasn't much to do with them while he had the car.  No local parks, and I didn't know where to drive to anyway.  Excuses?  Maybe!  But I did go for a short walk with them.

I am back to it today.  Baby woke up crying at 4:10 a.m., she soon fell back to sleep on her own, but I was wide awake.  At 4:30 a.m. I started my arm routine.  It seemed to take much longer, but I was very happy with my routine. I then hopped onto the treadmill and did a random incline walk for 30 minutes.  I would have done more, but I needed to get myself and 3 kids ready for our day. 

GOALS for the WEEK:
* Cardio, 5 days
* Strength training, 3 days.
* Yoga, 2 days
* Drink a ton of water.
* Pack my meals.

I am not going to overwhelm myself with tasks, but I think these are manageable, especially if I do my morning workout and prepack my meals nightly.  What are your goals for the week?


  1. my goal is to write evrything down also and push myself beyond my "mental limit" at each workout this week.

    Good luck to you!

  2. Great goals for the week! My goals week. Do something active every day and to journal my food/exercise daily! Good luck :)

  3. Good for you for sticking with it. We all have our ups and downs. My health is getting a bit better but is miles away from where it needs to be, so part of me is putting the weight loss on hold. I mean it will help to get better but will it bring motivation...hummm. If we ever get spring, I can get out and dig away in the garden, that is work, exercise, right? I sure am full of

  4. Ahh!! It would have been so awesome to meet you! If you are ever hotel-room bound in St. Paul again, let me know and I'll come to the rescue! I'm only about 20-30 minutes away from there!

    Next time. For realz.

    Holly @ Making Over Me

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