Monday, January 23, 2012

Back to Cardio . . .

From Weight Loss

I got up early this morning to do cardio.  I am getting back into working out, and today was the day.  I realized a long time ago that I seem to have a disconnect between my eating plan and workout plan.  I'll start working out and can't make myself eat better or less, or I'll eat better, but not work out enough or hard enough to make a loss on the scale.

I am hoping that because I eliminated grains and have been losing pounds, I'll be able to put this whole lifestyle change together.  My plan for this morning was just to walk on the treadmill.  However, I was to walk faster and vary the grade so that I work harder in a shorter period of time.  The walk was only 30 minutes.  I got off the machine and did 2 sets of 15 repetitions of the Kettlebell Swing, 12kgs = 26 lbs.  I would have done 5 total, but I want to actually walk tomorrow.  I am building up slowly.

The plan is to do 30 minutes of hard exercise during the weekday.  I will get up at 5 a.m. and workout for 30 minutes and then supplement with 4 days of strength training or a Tabata.

I am PMSing and bought some dark chocolate from Aldi.  Let me just say that I am now an Aldi convert.  I was a snob and refused to buy there. When I learned that Trader Joes and Aldi are owned by the same parent company, I changed my tune; I am still somewhat of a food snob. But with 6 people to feed, I have to save money somehow.  I bought quite a bit of their fresh veggies and some spices that I use often.  I will go back on Sunday (food shopping day) to stock up on food stuff we need at home.  If you've never been to Aldi and want to try it, please take 25 cents for the shopping cart, and take some reusable shopping bags to use for your purchases--rookie mistake by not have either.

I have not just gone grain free, but I've gone white stuff free, so no potatoes.  This weekend, I made mashed cauliflower.  Mashed cauliflower is a revelation.  I bought a couple of small heads of cauliflower from Aldi that I hope to make garlic mashed cauliflower--yum!  Hubby has gone grain free for our dinners.  That is a step in the right direction.

How well do you put exercise and eating well together?  What are some of your tips and tricks?


  1. That's excellent that your hubby is going along with your healthier ways, it makes things much easier. Thanks for the reminder on Aldi. I keep meaning to check them out first for fruit & veggies and spices even before going to the bigger chain store in hopes of saving money but habit always makes me go to the bigger chain. I will make a note this time so that the next time I go I visit Aldi first:-)

  2. I started my journey in steps. Got into the habit of walking regularly for quite some time, then realized I needed to change my eating habits, too. Now I know that if I want to feel my best, I need to combine both. I've been out of the exercise habit for a while with lots going on, but am making the effort to get back to walking almost every day. Keep making healthy choices! No Aldi around here! :-) But I do love HEB, they have the best produce.

  3. I'm amazing at what you've accomplished thus far---giving up grains and the white stuff. It seems so hard but I keep thinking about WW "believe" campaign and that word alone is the first step. I don't know if I truly believe I can give up the white stuff but I do have a cauliflower that I bought specifically for the faux mashed potatoes. My daughter made them the other day and they were awesome. You continue to inspire me....


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