MyFitnessPal

Today marks day 1 of me getting back on the MyFitnessPal wagon. I’ve always had success with calorie counting in the the past as long as I’ve stuck with it. I’ve come to the point where I am definitely not losing weight with exercise as I should be, and they say diet is 80% of weight loss, so today’s the day I set that straight.

I’m choosing MyFitnessPal because I’ve looked in to some of the more restrictive diets, and I don’t believe that I need that drastic a change at this point. Last time I did MyFitnessPal, which was about 4-5 months ago, I lost 13lbs fairly quickly and that was without exercise. Given that I’m working out 4x a week at Greco, I think that if I get back to tracking my calories and ensuring that I’m not going over, I can have that kind of success again.

The most obvious secret to success for any diet is being able to stick to the plan. If I can follow through, I know it will be successful because it has been before. Lately, sticking to the plan has been the challenge, but I think I need to be stricter with myself and my thinking. Just say no, and mean NO! That is always the hard part.

Strength

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Back in January, I decided to give Greco Fitness a try. I was skeptical at first, as I’m tired of joining gyms and not being motivated to go, and Greco is a little more expensive than what I’m used to, but it’s turned out to be a very positive experience.

I like the way their classes are structured by stations and you workout using a broad range of exercises and tools. It sort of reminds me of circuit training, or on some level crossfit I guess, whatever it is considered, I’m really loving it. I’ve been managing to go about 4 times a week. While I’m not seeing the results I’d hoped for (and I have been going since the beginning of January), I can’t blame it on the workout. Greco has been doing everything for me that it should be, and I notice differences in my strength and tone overall, and generally my energy and mood has seen so much improvement. Greco is great.

The only issue I’ve been running into, and this is all me, is that I’m constantly hungry and all I’ve been craving is sugar. While I have the motivation and control to get myself in to the Greco classes and do the workouts, I feel like I’ve had zero control over hunger, cravings, and ensuring I’m not over-eating. So that being said, not only have I not lost a single pound exercising, I’ve actually gained weight. I feel like a lot of it is being converted to muscle, and that’s great, but I’m not looking to be a muscle woman and I need to find a way to stick to a diet that will help me slim down.

My annual physical is coming up with my doctor and I’m going to go in there with some questions that maybe he can help answer. Are my cravings telling me something? Could I be lacking something in my diet? Are there other factors at play? Is it an aging thing? I figure it’s good to eliminate some of these things first, maybe get all my levels checked and go from there.

Fitness is always this evolving and ongoing thing. Just when you think you have one problem solved, you seem to end up with another. I really would just like to be able to take charge and while I have the workouts working for me, figure out what foods I need to be eating to eliminate cravings and get me on the right track with my diet. I consciously try to eat healthy things every day, and generally try to mentally track what I’m eating, but then it all gets blown out by a box of cookies at the end of the day and I know that really just isn’t healthy on all fronts.

I’m not trying to be hard on myself, I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, but I’m feeling so challenged and defeated with food lately, I need to get it figured out.¬†I will likely go back to actually tracking calories because it’s so much easier for me to actually know what I’m eating, but I wonder if it would be worth getting a nutritionist involved too at some point. There must be something lacking somewhere, either in my diet, hormonally, or something else that has me craving and eating sugar to the point where my teeth hurt, and overeating even the healthy stuff. It’s frustrating because if I could get my diet on track, I know I would have so much more success, but I just can’t seem to get it together yet… I will be trying harder.

Hello 2019

This year, I want that beach body… or realistically, I just want to look my best. What am I doing to get there? Greco, and changing my eating habits, both of which I started just before the new year.

I heard about Greco through a friend, and even did a free trial class with her a few years ago. I never signed up because I wasn’t in the right headspace I guess, and the price tag for Greco is up there as far as “gyms” go (although Greco is not a gym, only classes). I’m currently doing a month trial because the cost to commit is also up there, so I want to make sure it’s something I like.

Greco is circuit training that combines cardio and different weight exercises to burn fat. (I’m sure they word it better, this is my brief rendition). The exercises are hard. I find it challenging to get through one part of the circuit, but the exercises are also fun, as well as the group environment, so that helps me to stay motivated. The locations are also great, there’s one in almost every neighbourhood, and the one I go to is a 2 minute drive from my house. They have decent class times as well that I can work in to my busy schedule, so that’s really important too.

I’ve been attending the classes 4 times a week for the last 3 weeks, and already I’m seeing great improvement in my strength and I can physically see the differences in my body as well – that right there is great motivation to want to keep doing it. I’ve also been eating relatively well, counting calories but not being overly strict. My daily calorie goal is 1200, but I generally eat more accounting for the calories I burn for exercise. Doing this has been working for me, and leaving margin for error in my food consumption because by no means will my eating ever be PERFECT.

I look forward to the Greco classes. I don’t look forward to leaving my house when the windchill outside is -38 like it was last night, but once I’m there I’m in the zone and grateful for the workout.

Here’s to 2019, may it be what you want it to be!

BodyBoss Week 1 Fail – Starting Over

Well, I had good intentions last week to get started on the BodyBoss Method, but only managed the first workout. The problem was that I started a new medication last week that had me feeling nauseous, so the rest of the week went down the drain. Now that I’m feeling better, I’m starting over. The program starts on a Monday anyway, and today is the day.

From the first workout that I did do last week though, which was essentially all lower body HIIT training, it was very challenging. I liked the exercises, but I found that some of them were very hard on the knees. Either I’m not doing it right (which by watching some videos, I don’t think I was), or I need to modify some of the exercises so that they aren’t so hard on the knees.

I will give a better review of the program when I get through the first week.

Blog Resurrection & BodyBoss

It has been a long LONG time since I have posted on this blog – about 3 years! A lot has happened in my life in that time, but the highlights have been having another baby (who will be two this August), and leaving my old job to take on a much more challenging role as the manager of a team of multimedia designers and developers. While these have been very positive things to happen in my life, they have consumed a lot of time, and have not been all that conducive to leading the healthiest of lifestyles. I know that it is entirely possible to have a job, children AND a healthy lifestyle, I’ve just found it to be particularly challenging.

Lately my anxiety has been ramping up, and while some of it is just who I am, I know what plays a big role in aggravating it is not finding the time to put healthy living at the forefront of all of life’s other tasks – and so that’s why I’m here again.

Last time I was here writing about the 21 Day Fix, which was and still is an amazing program, but this time I’m trying something new. As much as I loved the 21 Day Fix, it is a program that is 7 days a week. While there are less challenging days than others in the program, I feel like 7 days a week is too much of a commitment for me to make with all the other things going on in life. Apart from fitness, I do also need time to just read a book, or watch tv, or do something that has no level of physical or mental effort.

Over the last year, this BodyBoss Method stuff has been coming up in my Facebook feed. I’d glance at it occasionally and think, ‘yeah that looks cool, but there’s so many of these things out there’. A few months ago, a friend of mine took the plunge and decided to try it. She’s a busy mom with two kinds under two years old, and she’s been finding the time to make it work for her and she has been having success with it. I always find these things to be more motivating when someone you know personally is doing the program and succeeding. I’ve decided to try it, starting today. (Technically the program is supposed to start on Monday, but I’ll be starting it today because I’m a day late and don’t want to wait until next Monday).

With the BodyBoss Method the workouts are the main focus. While they do now have a nutrition plan/guide, it is only expected that you eat healthy and reasonable portions. It is a 12 week program running Monday to Friday, 3 days a week of intense workouts (approximately 36 mins including warmup and cool-down), one rest day a week and one day of any kind of cardio a week. Already with just that schedule, I’m optimistic that I can make this work.¬†Weekends are always so jam packed with doing stuff for the kids that I’m happy that I don’t have to try to make exercise fit in to the weekend. When I did the 21 Day Fix, it was always the weekend workouts that were the biggest challenge, because the only time I could fit them in was when the kids went to bed, by which time I was already exhausted.

I will leave it at this for now as this post is already turning in to a novel. I will kick off the first workout tonight and report back on how it went. I look forward to continuing to update this blog with progress on the BodyBoss Method fitness program, as well as other things like recipes I find that are healthy and delicious, or other health or fitness related stories.

 

 

Powerblocks!

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Yesterday I finally gave up on the exercise band for doing my workouts. While I think that exercise bands are a great, and much cheaper alternative to buying free weights, for some of the 21dayfix workouts I find them to be more trouble than they are worth. I can’t tell you how many times I have snapped myself in the butt with that thing on leg day, and I can never switch out and set up fast enough to keep up with the video.

I went to Fitness Depot, and I was originally just going to pick up a set of 7 and 12lb dumbells, but a co-worker had shown me these Powerblock dumbells beforehand. As the cashier was ringing up the sale of my 7 and 12 pounders, and it was totalling up around 70 dollars, I’m thinking – this is kind of nuts. Chances are in another couple of weeks I would be back there buying another size or two for another 70ish bucks or more. I decided instead to opt for the Powerblock dumbells. http://www.powerblock.com/prod_homeuse_u33stage1.php While the up front cost is a little pricey, they are cheaper than buying free weights individually, so I sucked up the cost and went for it. I tried them out last night and they are awesome! I bought the 3lb – 21lb set and I think that will be good for the purposes of this program. They switch out fast, they are stackable and take up very little space for storage. So far, I’m really liking them.

I started another round of 21 day fix yesterday. Round 2 was okay, and round 3 I really just didn’t commit to, but the good news is, despite not having really followed the exercise plan over the last 2 rounds, I have not gained any weight. We really have done much better with eating overall because this program really has changed the way we eat, and I think that is a win for sure!

21 Day Fix – Round 2

Yesterday I officially started Round 2 of the 21 Day fix. The week before I kind of half-assed it, and well, turns out things don’t work as well when you half-ass them – SO, here I am at day 2, round 2.

Over the weekend I didn’t exercise, and I ate all kinds of junk and it’s amazing what a toll that took when I went to do Total Body Cardio yesterday. I’m sooooooooooooo tired this morning. This happened last time I started the fix though and now that I know what lies ahead (more energy, feeling great, stronger etc..), I’ll push through this first few days to get back to where I was before.

We’ve been trying recipes out of the Fixate cookbook, so I haven’t been posting recipes (copyright infringement would be bad) but I will get back at it as we continue to come up with new dinner and snack ideas.

Every recipe out of the cookbook so far has been really good. The best so far that we’ve tried was the Turkey Chili – I mean how can something with red wine in it not be good? I will definitely be making that again!

Last night, Tim made the Italian Wedding Soup and though a little time consuming (probably should have made the meatballs the night before), it was really good. We served it with a side salad of zucchini noodles (made with the Veggetti), chopped spinach, grape tomatoes, orange peppers thinly sliced and the Dijon vinaigrette from the Fix guide.

We also tried one of the desserts from Fixate, which was the chickpea brownies. They were delicious! As close to brownies as you can get without all the flour and sugar. It’s hard not to want to eat the entire pan though, and since you can only have one three times a week, probably a good idea to go ahead and take your portion and just go ahead and pop the rest in the freezer so you won’t be tempted!