Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A little every day.

I'm on another upswing of focusing on health and wellness, which means I've logged back into this blog in an attempt to stay on track.

Some highlights:

  • I'm on a 104 day streak logging my meals on My Fitness Pal. (I'm nicycle, let's be friends!)
  • I've been logging at least 30 miles per week on my bike, which is not a high number for me, but is consistent and thus worth celebrating. 
  • I've been preparing my meals with intention, whole foods, while on a budget. This is tough, so this is a big one. 
  • I've committed to focusing on ONE goal per week, which will be implemented every day. 

That last list item is a new one. It's basically what all health experts tell you to do: choose one small thing to focus on and do it every day for X amount of time... then build on it. 

This week, I'm committed to intentional exercise each day. 

The last several mornings I've been working out in my living room. On Tuesday AM I did a strength training routine that I love from Fitness Magazine.  It requires only a stability ball and a set of dumbbells, and because it utilizes "supersets," which are compounded, it goes quickly and works a ton of muscle groups in together. 

The other two mornings I've been using YouTube videos by adding them to a playlist which I can access through the YouTube app on my Roku player. This is super convenient because it's MUCH easier to work out in front of the TV than the laptop. Some of my favorite YouTube workout videos are Kettlebells with Sgt Shanahan, almost anything from JessicaSmithTV , and this Cardio Dance workout from PopSugar Fitness

I'm excited for Spring to stick around for a while so that I can get back out on my inline skates, my favorite - however nerdy- outdoor activity. It absolutely feels like I'm running at incredibly speeds, but without the high impact of running. Plus... THE SUN!

To further support my goals for activity this Summer, I purchased a used road bike for bike camping or just longer rides. The gear ratio allows me to be SUPER FAST, which is a fun change from my tank of a winter bike, and my light single speed. I'm psyched. 

Hopefully I won't forget to come back here and talk about stuff. xo. 


Monday, February 22, 2016

She's baaaaaaack....

It's funny how easy it is to let the weight creep back on. 

I'm exactly where I was the last time I came back to this blog to restart the habits I know help me reign things in. 174.4 pounds. That means I've gained back half of the weight I originally lost over the last 10 years. 

I still consider that a success. A lot of people struggle to keep the weight off for more than a year. 

I am struggling, but I think I've developed a much healthier relationship with food in the meantime, and that is incredibly valuable. 

I also quit smoking this year. I have 46 days of being smoke free under my belt, and with that, an extra 5 pounds. I can accept that. What I've gained in weight I've also gained in life, so... I still win. 


I came here to make some goals for myself. I often make goals that are bigger than what I can do. I rarely make those goals here. Here, in this blog, I make simple, basic goals that I can achieve to continue building my confidence and giving back to my body. 

Goals for the Week
  • Track all the food! Everything! It's ok if you go a million calories over what MFP says you can have in a day, just be accountable. Keep this data to look for patterns. Are there certain days that are more prone to over eating or binging than others? 
  • Move some more! I don't have a gym membership. I can't afford it and I don't have time. I ride my bike every day. I walk a lot at my job(s). I also sit a LOT during the day, and this is a factor I don't often appreciate. I need to figure out an intentional way to get more fitness in during the week. I am committed to doing 2 at home workouts over the next 7 days, just to get me started. 
  • Make a meal plan. This is something I've been doing for the past week as a way to stretch my grocery budget. I make the meal plan, I make all the food, and I stick to it. It does often mean that if something isn't up to par, I still have to eat it. Boring food often makes for a snacky Nic. Keep an eye on this. 

That's that. 

Any advice for someone intending to return with focus?