I did a running challenge last month. I wanted to log in 100kms of walk time but I failed. I was pretty consistent during the first two weeks but had to stop because of some personal matters that I need to attend to.
Suffice to say, I think that I still was able to walk as many miles as I can, since I have been commuting to and from the city, taking the train and walking the stairs to the 3rd floor of a hospital numerous times. Thankfully, I don’t smoke or have tried smoking a cigar from Famous Smoke Shop.
I promised myself when I hit my half goal I would buy an amethyst ring or a pearl or bracelet. (February is my birth month. I wonder if there are specific birthstone rings for mothers.)
My last post about my weight loss was last February.
So I am down 13 lbs since January.
That averages roughly 4lbs a month.
(I haven’t weighed in this month yet).
I am actually doing well with my physical goal: EXERCISE. I need help curbing cravings and choosing healthier food. I find that if I track food religiously in MyFitnessPal, I still go over my 1,400 calories/day requirement even if I exercise for 30-40minutes. That’s saying something.
If I can avoid colored drinks and rice this month I think I can do this.
I want to hit the 20lb mark this month. I still have two weeks to go.
I CAN DO THIS!
There are times when we need help to achieve results we want in a lesser amount of time. There are different kinds of supplements designed to help you achieve a specific goal. For example, male enhancement supplements help with virility and fat burners help with fat metabolism.
If you’re looking for a workout supplement to complement your exercises and training, make sure you choose something that is appropriate to your requirements and would help you better achieve the ideal physical fitness and appearance that you are aiming for.
Here are some basic types of bodybuilding supplements:
One of the most popular workout supplements is protein powder. What this can do is aid in muscle growth and recovery during your workout sessions. Protein is easily derived from normal food, but as people exert more energy during their workouts, they will need a higher level of protein to build muscles and increase their energy.
Fat burners or fat loss supplements are ideal when you want to increase your metabolism and reduce appetite but feel energized for workout. Supplementing your workout with fat burners can help you burn more calories and tone muscles at the same time.
Creatine is comes in capsule or poweder form. It is a popular choice of supplement because it helps in boosting energy and improves strength that is necessary for people who work out or train heavily on a regular basis. It also increase muscle mass that is essential in body building.
SparkPeople members answer: “When I don’t feel like working out, I ___.”
- Do it anyway. (This was the most popular answer!)
- Tell myself to go for 15 minutes. If I still feel bad or unmotivated, I can quit. I have yet to quit.
- Look on Pinterest for motivation! (Check out Pinterest’s Fitness section and follow SparkPeople’s Pinterest boards.)
- Ask a friend along to the workout it helps us both with accountability.
- Do a heavy house cleaning (vacuuming, moving furniture, scrubbing) so I have a reason to work out.
- Watch a Crossfit video on YouTube. It always inspires me. Then I get it done.
- Take a 10-minute brisk walk.
- Take the dog for a long walk.
- Force myself anyway and feel better for it.
- Go to a yoga class. It gets me moving, and I always have fun!
- I sit by myself for a few minutes and think about all the things I can’t enjoy because of my poor health.
- Sometimes I find myself doing it just to get my fitness minutes for the month. Proof that SparkPeople works!
- Work out anyway…then bask in the awesomeness!
- Find something new to do! If you run then go for a swim or a bike ride. Maybe you are getting bored with the same routine.
- Complain about not feeling motivated, then go do it, since I don’t like hearing myself complain.
- I drag myself to the gym anyway. Before I realize it, an hour is passed and I’m glad I went.
- Post about your lack of motivation on Facebook, and get chewed out.
- Do it anyway because this is for me.
- Try to force myself to just do something for 1 minute (jumping jacks, squats, etc.). But usually I tell myself I will be happier that I did it instead of mad at myself for not doing anything.
- Put on my work out clothes, lace up my shoes and go for a walk. Once I’m out and moving I find my motivation.
- Do a SparkPeople workout video! They are always great workouts and I love that they are not super hard and complicated!
- Remember a time when I couldn’t work out, and how sad I was when I was heavier, and how I don’t want to feel sad again!
- Listen to some music—something with energy that I like. It’s funny how the right music can make you move even when you think you don’t want to, and it usually provides a mood boost, too (which is probably why I didn’t want to workout in the first place).
- Put my feelings aside and use logic and reasoning. My feelings then change after a good workout.
- Follow an “easy” DVD and tell myself I’ll do just one part of it. I end up doing it all usually.
- Put on my workout clothes!
- Do a workout at home instead of going to the gym.
- Remind myself why I started working out and how much better I feel and feel about myself when I am done!
- Do it anyway, just not as long.
- Remember how easy it is to loss fitness even after missing a few sessions.
- Put on my workout clothes first thing in the morning. Once I’m in them there’s no reason to not work out!
- Remind myself of one of Gods promises in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- Think how good I feel after a workout! Nothing else gives me that same feeling!
- Go bowling.
- I go get my small weights and start toning up.
- Do something light and slow, like yoga.
- Start working out anyway, and then, I figure I’ve already started, so I may as well finish STRONG!
- Put on dance music and move!
- Call a friend to encourage me.
- Think of all the people who can’t and I go do it and am grateful that I CAN.
Every 35 days, your skin replaces itself. Your liver about a month. Your body makes these new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. You have a choice in what you are made of simply because YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.
I am all for clean eating these days. I have seen the dire consequences unhealthy living and too much stress (basically, not really taking care of yourself) can do to you. I am still young. I want to experience so many things, including camping out underneath the stars with my family in our Buy Big Agnes Scout tent. I want to finish a marathon. I want to take care of my future grandchildren.
That being said, there must be solid steps to be able to accomplish my goal. I am not going to go vegan and an all-organic person, but I will be more mindful of what I eat from now on.
1. Eliminate soda from my diet.
2. Cut down processed food drastically (hotdog, processed meats, bacon, etc.).
3. Limit junk food to once a week, gradually weaning to once a month.
4. Limit fast food, if we can totally eliminate better.
5. Do detox once a week. A green juice would do wonders.