Monday, January 6, 2014

Get Fit, Feel Confident, Be Healthy

Hi ladies! It is Monday, and time for our first weekly Get Fit, Feel Confident, Be Healthy Linkup!

One of my goals for the New Year is to finally shed the extra pounds I've packed on in the last year. In October of 2011, I was put on Prednisone when I first started experiencing symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was on the steroids until about March of 2012 and in that time, I gained at least 10 pounds. I would like to blame all my weight gain on Prednisone, but lets be real here. I did not drop those ten pounds after going off it, but somewhere it the recent months, I gained at least another 5.

I stepped on the scale on New Years Day to weigh in for the Diet Bet I joined. The Diet Bet works like this: I bet $25 dollars I would lose 4% of my weight in a month. About 40 other people also bet the same amount, and whoever DOES lose that 4% at the end of the month splits the pot. The money is a huge incentive for me to lose the weight. Even if I just get my $25 back, I will also be 5 pounds lighter and that is a good first step in the direction I want to be.

Weigh In:
This Week: -.5 pounds
Total Weight Loss: -.5 Pounds
Goal for January: -5.5 pounds

Food Diary:

Monday: Italian Chili
Tuesday: Turkey Spinach Meatloaf
Wednesday: I have no idea, because I know we didn't eat what was on the meal plan for this day. Oops.
Thursday: BBQ Chicken Salad
Friday: Stuffed Peppers
Saturday: Fiesta Chicken Salad at Applebees
Sunday: Taco Soup 

I had the intention of sharing what I ate + the workouts I did last week with you today, but I over estimated my ability to remember all those details, and can't exactly remember my meals every day.

For breakfasts I either had a Kashi Whole Grain Waffle or just fruit and a Kind granola bar. I attempted to drink more water each day, and had fruit and veggies with hummus as a snack. At night, when I craved desert I cut up apples and microwaved them with a tiny bit of brown sugar or honey and cinnamon. It seriously helped cure my craving for sweets SO much. We also made fruit smoothies on Saturday which kept me really full for most of the day.

Monday: Weight Training at the gym
Tuesday: Skipped my workout, oops :)
Wednesday: 30 minute run (And Ronnie came with me! Loved that!)
Thursday: 25 minute run on a snowy/icy trail-more like a run/walk
Friday: 20 Minute HIIT Treadmill Speed Work + Lunges and Squats at the Gym
Saturday: Too sore to move my legs
Sunday: Skipped my workout because I was feeling really icky 

My goals for this upcoming week:

1. Write down all my food intake
2. Run at least 3x
3. Lift weights at least 3x
4. Lose at least 1 pound
5. Drink at least 4 big bottles of water per day

If you are also working towards a fitter, healthier, more FABULOUS you, please grab this button, follow your hosts, and link up with us! Tell us how you're doing, what is working, what isn't working, the progress you're making, new healthy recipe ideas, etc. We are looking forward to being in community with other girls who are on this journey of a healthier YOU in 2014! 

 Brittany from Happy is a Choice                                 Sam from Life Style Love
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This link-up will happen every Monday, but it is absolutely not necessary that you join in every single week (although we'd love to have you!) Get Fit, Feel Confident, Be Healthy is all about ANYTHING having to do with your journey to a more fit, fabulous, and healthy you in 2014!
This can be:
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Your new favorite workout songs
A salad you made for dinner that was healthy and delicious
Something you struggled with last week
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  1. I absolutely love this idea! What a great way to get girls connected and be there for each other while improving their health! Can't wait to see how you do on your personal goals, along with the occasional link up :)

    xo. Kailagh

  2. Hmmm--I'm sure that that bet would be a great incentive you accomplish your goal! I am working on being more active lately--since it's so cold that has meant playing the xbox kinect dancing games every day... :P

  3. you can do this!! it takes a well thought-out plan and goals to hit your targets. form the habit by doing the same things every day around the same times every day for 4 consecutive weeks and your habit of eating right and working out will be part of your daily routine.

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  4. The diet bet would be a good incentive for me as well! Thanks for sharing your meals & snacks! The apples sound like they would be a good thing to cure a sweet tooth!

  5. I'm so excited for this link-up! I'm really focused on my goals for the year and what a better way to keep myself in check and encourage others than through this awesome link-up! Thank you for hosting. Good luck this week!

  6. I'll def be joining at some point! Ive got 10 months until my wedding so sh*t is getting real here :)

  7. I love this post. Coming off of steroids can be very hard on our bodies, particularly as women. Keep up the good work! Lots of water and encouragement!

  8. Way to go girl! You are on the right track!! That is a GREAT idea if you're craving a dessert at night - I'll have to keep that in mind. This is so motivating reading about other people's journeys!