June recap

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Wow guys, where did the time go? It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post and I certainly did not intend to go this long between posts.

Lots to catch up on! 

First, a No Junk June recap: the first 2 weeks of June went really, really well. The last 2 weeks didn’t go quite as well, but it was still okay. What I took away from this little experiment is that I enjoy eating healthy and the reason I ever usually turn to junk food is because it is easy. It’s easier and faster to grab a cookie out of the package or to cook a meal from a box than it is to plan and prepare whole foods. But I found that I was less satisfied with the packaged stuff anyway and I really do prefer the taste of fruits/veggies and wholesome meals made from scratch. I also learned that I do like a little indulgence now and then. Indulgences and treats taste so much better when you eat them only 20% of the time vs the 80% I was eating before June. I felt no guilt when I ate the cake pops that my daughter made because I knew that it was a one time treat. I think that is where my balance is going to lie – knowing that as long as I am eating healthy most of the time, there will still be room for treats and sweets occasionally. I’m going to keep this trend going because it makes me feel good AND it makes me happy. It’s a win-win! 

Part of the reason I lost focus at the end of June is because one of my friends discovered a new eating plan that she was super excited about and she wanted me to look into it too. Instead of keeping with what I knew was working, I ventured into this new eating style and it completely screwed up my momentum. The gist of the plan is that you work out and lift heavy and eat a ton of calories. Which is all well and good if you are actually working out and lifting HEAVY, because you need those calories to fuel your badass workouts. The problem is that neither my friend nor myself work out that hard nor do we lift super heavy. My friend has already gained 12 pounds in the last month. I gained one in the last week and I’m already face-palming myself because I liked what I was doing before and I was having some success with it – why mess with that? There’s a lot more to her plan than what I’m describing here, but I realized that it just wasn’t the plan for me. So now I’m back to plain ol’ eating healthy well and working out. 

I will say however, that even though my eating got off track, my workouts are still going strong! I completed one whole month of working out 6 days a week – a freaking miracle if you know me. What’s even weirder is that I really like it! It’s a circuit-type training where you do 30 seconds of strength training then 30 seconds of cardio, and there are about 6 circuits in a typical workout. I started out with 3 pound weights, then moved up to 5 pounds, but I think I’m ready to move up again to either 8 or 10 pounds. I can feel myself getting stronger each week and I’m finally starting to get some more energy, although I will say that going to bed earlier has helped with that too. I’m doing the JNL Fusion DVDs, if you’re interested you can get them here. (in full disclosure, that is a link to my niece’s site. She is a BodyFX coach)

I also have cancelled my Weight Watchers account. I wasn’t losing enough to justify paying $40 a month for the meetings and I intended to just do WW Online, but I haven’t signed up for that yet. Since counting points this time around didn’t make me a crazy person (as per usual), I decided to sign up for My Fitness Pal and just keep track of my calories there. I’m only doing it as a way to observe what I’m eating, not to restrict myself, if that makes sense. Just like the number on the scale, I’m using it as information, not a compass to measure whether or not I’ve been good or bad. If I feel like it isn’t working for me, I’ll sign up for WW Online, but for now I’m doing okay with it. 

I wonder though, why I did so well on WW for the first month, but couldn’t seem to keep it going after that? I lost 6 pounds that first month and it felt so easy, so effortless. After that I just felt like trying to stay within my points was like running through mud – I just couldn’t get my mojo going for the next 4 months. It’s a mystery to me. 

I’m off work tomorrow (Happy Independence Day America!) and Friday (Happy Vacation Day Me!!) and I plan on keeping up with my workouts and my healthy eating. There will probably be a dessert at some point, but I don’t plan on making the entire 4 days an excuse to gorge myself. I have no desire to do that anymore. (Whaaat????)

It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore!! But that’s okay, I kinda like this new girl who is starting to emerge. 🙂

Happy 4th of July tomorrow to those of you in America, and to those of you outside of the U.S., um…happy Thursday!! 

 

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11 thoughts on “June recap

  1. Yeah on going 1 month of working out 6 times a week – I am stating that this month. I have never worked out that much. Maybe 3 times a week, for 4 when I was training to climb 14,000 feet. But never any other time. I am a pretty nervous to do it this much because I have always gained weight when I’ve work out because I over compensated my calories and rewarded myself. Now I just have a banana while the kids eat breakfast and then eat normally for the rest of the day. Before I think I was probably eating 5-6 extra points (ie an extra breakfast) and then continuing to eat too much all day.

    I’ve been doing WW for 7 months this time – I’ve only lost 23 lbs, but without the meetings I find myself gaining (hello, gained 50 lbs in 21 months after loosing 30).

    • 1. Don’t ever say “only lost 23 pounds”– that’s freaking fantastic!!! It’s better than losing NOTHING, or the alternative (gaining). Great job, keep it up!

  2. SOOOOO proud of you, Jill! See, you *can* have your “cake” and eat it, too! It’s all in moderation…. little treats here and there =) And it FEELS so much better that way.

    {and thanks for the shout out, too! =) }

  3. debby

    Congrats on the working out mojo! That is amazing. I have so been sucked into those kinds of plans–eating a lot-Yah!! Anything that is a manipulation of the human body just doesn’t work in the long run. Healthy eating and working out? Two thumbs up!!

  4. I’m inspired by your MFP use… it’s been a while, and I remember it working for me. It’s the planning and preparing… sigh… my focus is so wooooh-hooooo when it comes to that.

  5. Well I can understand the appeal of your friend’s plan – eating a ton of calories? Haha, sign me up! One thing I realized is that I just don’t burn a lot of calories when I workout, no matter what I’m doing, so there’s no reason to compensate for those piddly calories that ARE burned. I’m glad you’re back to doing what works – and I love hearing how enthusiastic you sound about life these days!

  6. You know, it sounds more like June was about narrowing your options down until you found the kind of plan that fits you. Just you. That’s a big win in my book!

  7. Wow! Congrats on the workout momentum! Very impressive… that’s a momentum that I don’t seem to seek any more. I do a little, but I’m not aspiring to do a lot. For me, it’s more about the food. And that, I’m still working on 😉

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