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!