Monday, October 31, 2011

Healthy Lifestyle Change Week 1

Hello Blog World,

I have decided to record my progress week by week, I will record daily so I can keep a better track of things but post weekly, so here goes week one. (Beware long post, but there is a present at the end)

Overall I think I eat quite healthy (maybe a dietician will disagree) and of course I am only human and have moments of weakness.  What is my killer is doing that little bit of exercise I need to do daily to slim down to something vaguely resembling my wedding weight, which is my ultimate long term goal.  Baby steps first, 1 week at a time J

First some visual stimuli
 








Monday
A very up and down day right round - could have been a lot better, but I guess it could’ve been a lot worse.

Highs
  •       1 ½ litres of water consumed
  •         Healthy breakfast achieved – oats made with water – no sweetener
  •         Healthy Lunch achieved  - weight watchers frozen beef cannelloni
  •    Healthy morning tea achieved -  low fat, low calorie, low GI yogurt
Lows     
  •  No exercise (had all intentions to go for a walk/jog on my treadmill after dinner, but after cooking, and cleaning I was too bushed… I know I know excuses)      
  • Small slice of chocolate cake at work (it was someone’s  birthday)      
  • Small glass of Iced Coffee (husband bought a 2 ltr bottle and it needs to be drunk before going off)
Mixed Bag
  • Dinner was a mixed bag of good and bad, baked salmon which is low in calories and fat.  But the sauce was balsamic vinegar, white wine and sugar (not so good) with baby potatoes and steamed fresh green beans.
Tuesday
As I skipped exercise Monday night, I set my alarm for 4:30am!! to try and get half an hour in before leaving for work.  Needless to say my sleepy brain did not agree and snoozed until 5:15am to get up at my normal time.  But all ends well I got off my but and did 40 minutes on the treadmill Tuesday night and 10 minutes worth of strength training, sit ups, lunges, wall push ups.

 Highs
  • Over 2 litres of water consumed
  • 1Healthy breakfast achieved sort of ( hubby bought the wrong oats, he bought proper oats instead of quick cook) so I couldn’t cook in the microwave at work like normal, so I bought an Up n Go from our vending machine which is low in fat and calories
  • Healthy Lunch achieved – Lean cuisine frozen meal
  • Healthy morning tea achieved - low fat, low calorie, low GI yogurt
  • Healthy Dinner achieved -  small serving of steak, steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots with salsa as a sauce ( I have learned that salsa has very little fat and is quite low in calories)
  • 40 minutes of exercise achieved
Lows
  •  1 small glass of Iced Coffee
  •    5 gummy bears
Wednesday
Wednesday was a great day, lots of exercise and a lot of healthy eating; I am very proud of myself and hope to have more days like today.

Highs
  • Healthy Breakfast achieved – low fat yogurt with a handful of muesli mixed in
  • Healthy morning tea achieved - low fat, low calorie, low GI yogurt
  • Healthy Lunch achieved – multi grain sandwich, fresh chicken, lettuce, cucumber and avocado – no butter or margarine, no salt and no pepper, with a low fat Iced Coffee (it’s a really good brand here called Rush, and it’s better in calories, fat and sugar than most juices!)
  • Healthy Dinner achieved – tuna with a  garden salad and low fat tzatziki dip as a dressing
  • 30 minutes of step aerobics
  • 35 minutes on treadmill
  • Over 3 litres of water consumed
Lows
  • Small Glass of Iced Coffee consumed (it’s all gone now) 
Thursday
WOW!!! What a great day!! All healthy, lots of exercise and even some housework!!

Highs
Healthy Breakfast achieved – protein shake
Healthy morning tea achieved - low fat, low calorie, low GI yogurt
Healthy Lunch Achieved - Tomato soup with 2 slices of multigrain bread (no butter)
Healthy Dinner Achieved – Baked fish with lemon, baked onion, zucchini and tomato.
Over 3 litres of water consumed
30 minutes of aerobics
40 minutes on treadmill
NO LOWS!!!!

Friday
WOW!! 2 days of being really really really good in a row.  I was going to put no treadmill down as  alow and I though NO I have been good, I did the 40 minutes of aerobics and ate really well so it’s still a good day,  a bit worried about the weekend though…

Highs
  • Healthy breakfast achieved – oats made with water – no sweetener
  • Healthy morning tea achieved - low fat, low calorie, low GI yogurt
  • Healthy Lunch Achieved - Tomato soup with 2 slices of multigrain bread (no butter)
  • Healthy Dinner achieved – Grilled Chicken with a  garden salad and low fat tzatziki dip as a dressing
  • Over 3 litres of water consumed
  • 40 minutes of aerobics
NO LOWS!!!!

Saturday
I knew today was going to be hard and hard it was…no morning tea and a very bad lunch!! But I did expect the weekend to be hard.  No excuse it just gives me something to work towards

Highs
Healthy breakfast achieved – oats made with water added a bit of apple for something extra
Healthy dinner achieved - Tomato soup with 2 slices of multigrain bread (no butter)
Over 2 litres of water consumed

Lows
Popcorn Chicken for lunch
No exercise, I had full intentions of getting up but I sat down after dinner clean up and managed to fall asleep on the couch as hubby was watching some boring movie (I guess that’s what happens at 8:30pm when you get up at 4:30am on a Saturday 

Sunday
As I said I knew the weekend was going to be hard and having to go to my daughter’s atheletics carnival today made it a tad harder.  It was a great day but a long day, we arrived at QSAC (Queensland Sports and Athletic centre) at 7:30am and didn’t get home until 7pm! Needless to say no crafting, but as I said fun day nevertheless, but long.  Well done to my daughter who worked very hard all day and gave it her best go in all her events. 
Highs
  • Healthy breakfast achieved – Protein Shake
  • Healthy morning tea achieved – half of a ham and salad wrap
  • Healthy lunch achieved – 2 Tuna Sushi Rolls
  • Over 2 litres of water consumed
Lows
  • McDonalds for dinner ( seared chicken burger, small fries and a small juice)
Mixed Bag
  • Not much formal exercise, managed to fit in 10 minutes of strength training before my shower and I    did walk around QSAC for about 8-10 hours all day on a very humid and hot day.  

Well week 1 completed, it was a mixed week with some very very good days and some not so good days, but as I said earlier one day at a time.  I am not a superhero and I know I will mess up but I will get there eventually.  I did forget to take measurements this week so I don’t know if I had any decrease that way but I jumped on the scales this morning and WAH LAH 1.5kg lost. If my weekend had been better I may have lost that extra 1/2kg. 

Seeing this makes me more motivated, I wonder what week 2 is going to bring?

I hope whoever reads this gets something out of it or not but please let me know what you think.  Is a weekly run down too much?  Should it be daily or every second day to save on sooooooooo many words in one post??  I appreciate feedback and will take on board all criticism and suggestions. 

Onto the good stuff I want to see if anyone else is trying to be more healthier, share your ideas, success stories, failures etc... just link up below (i know you want to) and next week I will show case my most favourite. A link back would be appreciated ( I even have a new button for you) but not required.

But until then Happy Healthy Crafting ;) 
 






I will be linking up to the following parties


Confessions of a stay at home mom, Petite Hermine Sunday Link Party, Creation Corner & Lolly Jane Boutique Link Party

1 comments:





NarNar said...

Michelle!!! I'm also trying to do a weekly link party to help others attain/keep a healthy lifestyle (although the party hasn't caught on yet, unfortunately). Anyway, I'll link up to yours if you link up to mine ;-)
It is every Tuesday (No Pain No Gain Tuesday).
I'm very impressed with how much you've recorded in your first week. I certainly haven't been doing that but maybe I should. Good luck and I hope we can continue to keep each other motivated!!

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