Missed the gym this morning. The pup woke us up twice last night- and I know it’s taking me longer to fall asleep because I’m NOT working out. First thing Saturday & Sunday is the gym, because I’m not giving up! I need to be held accountable! I’m also planning on making all my own meals this weekend- necessary after last weekend.

Cardio and core strengtheners are on the agenda (going to give reverse sit-ups and REAL push-ups a try)! I wish I had more time to vary my routine- I normally like cardio, strength training, and non-weight bearing exercises like spin, plus yoga to change things up and have fun.

New trick: Drink a whole glass of water before eating. You already know you need to drink a lot of water. But doing this right before eating will also fill your stomach a little so you don’t go in ravenous. Then once you finish your first serving, wait TWENTY MINUTES. The same goes when you’re at a buffet or during the holidays. If you are still hungry after twenty minutes, then have seconds. But give your body time to feel full.

Also, read your labels! You need to get really comfortable with reading labels and what to look for. A couple of the biggest things to look for are the sugar and sodium content. Unfortunately, they don’t separate out natural sugar from added sugar, so you’ll have to do some digging and look at the ingredient list. Women should only have 25 grams of added sugar A DAY. Look for words that end in -ose on the ingredient list. Luna bars for example have high sugar amounts- but the ingredient list is only a few ingredients and the sugar comes from the natural dates that they use as a base. For sodium, you should limit it to under 2,300 mg a day- which is still a lot!! If the sodium amount is great than the calorie count- look elsewhere.

This is another side tip that when my mom comes into town next month I’m definitely going to put into place- get the right fitting clothes!! If your clothes are too small, you are going to look like you are busting out of them. If your clothes are too big, you are going to look like you fill them up! So reward yourself with well-fitting clothes. It’s a great way to stay motivated. A tailor goes a long way and my wardrobe is in desperate need of an upgrade with the weight I’ve lost over the last few years.

How is everyone doing with the No Junk Food Challenge?? Remember- if are jonesing for sweets, there are substitutes to chocolate! Fresh and dried fruits are natural ways to get your sugar fix.

Hope everyone has a stress-free weekend! And if you aren’t- just breathe. And remember to get what you need!

Yesterday’s food journal

Breakfast- oatmeal with PB and banana


Snack- apple & 2 Laughing Cow cheese wedges

Green tea

Lunch- salad

Snack- KIND bar

Dinner- sweet potato and black bean quesadilla & 2 glasses of Pinot Noir


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