Day 53

May 31st

On normal days, my house is quiet until 5:50- then our myriad of alarms start going off. This means, I need to be starting every at-home workout by 5:20, unless I want to wait for my husband to leave for work– in which case workouts would start at 6:15/ 6:30. The problem is, if I wait to workout til he leaves, I get distracted by other things (like making breakfast- this morning’s was flax cereal with Almond milk–yummy!)…like this morning. I want to have restful mornings, but I also want to workout. You know what, I have time. I am going to quickly squeeze in a Jillian Michaels 20 minute kickboxing workout right now. I MUST HURT IF I WANT RESULTS.

From now on, workouts at 5:20- it really is the only way to get a workout in and still have time for a relaxing morning.

*Wish me luck!*


Day 52

May 30th

In hopes of bolstering our productivity, we turned off our router and were internet-free for the day! It helped, of course, but now I am posting a day late because I couldn’t get online yesterday. However, I will type as if it is still the 30th.

Workout at the gym this morning was short- only about 25 minutes long. I had a physical therapy appointment at 8:00 and had woken up late. At therapy, the put my on an elliptical machine for the last ten minutes set on a 15 incline. Geez, I burned like 120 calories in just that short time. The elliptical machines at my gym do not have an incline, but now I wish they did.

My eating habits today were pretty good, but I kinda just nibbled my meals all day rather than sitting down to eat them at a specific time.

Tomorrow, no snacking, only three regular meals and a banana at 11:00. DRINK MORE WATER & workout abs.

Day 51

May 29th

Two words: fresh. donuts. That’s right people, I had 1 and 1/2 donuts this morning. Granted, they were small, but it threw off my self confidence for the entire day. Took a really late lunch (2:30) and had a salad with hardly any toppings, then had dinner at 7:30, which was a Morning Star veggie burger on 100 calorie flatbread. Despite eating only healthy foods for the remainder of the day, I still feel dirty– like I cheated. I’ve decided to take a few hours each weekend to plan out and cook, if necessary, my meals for the week. I think I will stick to a closer meal plan if I invest the time like that.

I saw a motivational-type poster today. It said “my body is the real record of my progress- no matter what I write down”. Confession: I don’t think my body lives up to my expectations of my own fitness. I am not in shape. Now, don’t misunderstand, I am not fat– but I am not healthy, not fit, not nearly what I could be. But I strive to be.

Workout: tomorrow 5:30 a.m. at the gym with hubby. :)

DAY 50!

May 28th

Today I was good! I stuck to my no snacking plan (though I had salad for dinner instead of lunch and 1 Hershey’s dark chocolate kiss on my way home from work) and it was surprisingly easy. No cravings and I felt so much better! I think I will repeat this behavior tomorrow. This morning I worked out to a Jillian Michaels DVD (I did “Killer Abs”– don’t know where my “6 Week 6 Pack” disc got to) and I am headed to the gym as soon as I finish this post. I am 1/2 an hour late, but my cat, Wulf, decided now was the perfect snuggle time– so rare! I couldn’t put him down.

Off to the gym for 45 minutes on the elliptical. Physical therapy appointment Thursday and I am so glad; my ankles have been killing me. After the gym today, I am going to elevate them on heat and try to stretch them out before bed.

I wish I didn’t have to go to work and could devote all my time to planning the perfect diet and fitness routine. Unfortunately, working out and eating healthy does not, for most, earn one money, so I will have to keep getting up early and squeezing time into my evenings.

Day 46….47…48….and 49

May 24th

Ate healthy foods, but did not work out- busy Friday, but that shouldn’t be an excuse.

May 25th

Went to an out-of-town wedding and was gone all day- mostly driving. However, I tried out a new seat/abs workout (ie while I was in the car). You sit on the edge of your seat and slowly lean back until your shoulders touch the chair behind you. Next you crunch your abs to pull yourself upright again. Simple, but effective. The second move is even easier: sitting on the edge of your seat, lift your legs up a few inches, leaving your knees bent and legs hanging. Repeat several times, either on leg at a time or both at once for even more resistance.

May 26th

Sunday. I had one donut hole (out of a box of 24 so that’s not too bad). Figured out I do actually need some carbs for energy and to keep my brain clear, I just have to figure out a strict plan until I get better at diet and nutrition.

May 27th

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!! This morning I burned 250 calories on the elliptical machine. I ate healthy foods until dinner time: at dinner I participated in a great American tradition and had a hot dog with some baked beans. Come on folks, it’s Memorial Day. Thank you to those who served (several in my family tree)!! I didn’t totally go nuts though: my hot dog was a lean, 95% Fat Free, turkey dog, with no cheese and minimal condiments. My serving of baked beans was only 1/4 cup or so.
Here is the plan for tomorrow:

5:45- Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six Pack
6:20- Walk the dog
6:30- Shower

->Pack a breakfast of a banana, to be eaten at 9 o’clock.
->For a snack, bring a Greek yogurt, to be eaten at 11 o’clock.
->Lunch is at 1:30 and will consist of salad (lettuce etc + sliced turkey dog for protein)
->After lunch, no food until dinner time. THAT’S A RULE.
Evening workout will be 1/2 hour on the elliptical machine at 6:30 p.m.


Holiday weekends are always hard to keep track of. I am not completely proud of this one, but I didn’t binge eat or anything horrible. Plus, by some miracle I am actually down a pound from last week. Is this…is this progress???


Day 45

May 23rd

Hey, shocker: I was pretty good today. Flax cereal, almond milk, and two slices of turkey bacon for breakfast, banana for snack, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit for lunch, and dinner was seasoned tomatoes (diced tomatoes and marinara sauce- effectively tomato soup). I had 4 Dark chocolate Heshey’s kisses, but my real “cheat” was 1/3 of a Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit with some coffee mid-afternoon. I started to eat pizza for dinner, but remembered my goals and traded it for the tomatoes. Same-ish flavor once I doused them in garlic and added grated parmesan cheese.

I just got back from an hour + at the gym. I did ~45 minutes¬† of cardio, with the rest of the time split between stretching and abs. For cardio¬† I worked on the elliptical and the stationary bike. All this workout has me so sleepy. Think I’ll take an early bedtime, falling asleep over my laptop a-errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeee¬† (see that. That is seriously me dozing off on the keyboard)

Good night folks.

Day 44

May 22nd

How long should one wait after eating to workout? This morning I was afraid I had hurt my back in yesterday’s workout; I was too sore to do 30 Day Shred like I planned. However, I am now fairly confident that it is merely muscle soreness and not a true injury. As soon as my dinner (veggie burger (plain, 90 calories), corn, and seasoned tomatoes) settles, I am going to the small gym here for a cardio session. Breakfast this morning was two egg whites, turkey bacon, and low-sugar grape juice. Lunch was bad….a co-worker brought pulled pork BBQ to share. It was delicious, but a foodie sin. BACK TO TOTALLY HEALTHY EATING!! I need to be reminded sometime. Here’s another reminder: SWIMSUIT SEASON IS UPON US! It was in the upper- 80s today.

Next Scheduled Workout: JM “Rock Hard Abs”, tomorrow, 5:20 a.m.