So I've had other logs, and I have waited a few weeks into my new venture into "being healthy" to start this one.
I started out at a dismal 151.8 pounds at my "official" weigh in, though I think I reached a higher weight. Basically, I used to live near mountains and had a relatively strenuous serving job (the restaurant was the length of a city block with the dining on one end and the kitchen on the other), in short, I was really active and on my feet a lot. Then I moved to misery and started nursing school and my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away shortly after. Perfect storm for becoming a fat ass.
So for the past year I've dipped in and out of trying to get healthy. Last year I was battling a mysterious chest pain and that was sort of freaking me out. At 5'6" and 150 pounds, I was also teetering on falling into the "overweight" category for the first time in my life. Blood work showed anemia, low thyroid, and high cholesterol. For someone who has always felt relatively healthy, this was all ****ty information. Anyway, recently I started taking iron, thyroid pills, and now I'm off birth control (just to see what "normal" is like for me since I've been on hormones for so long). Interestingly enough, my chest pain has gone away (huzzah) since being off the BC. School has also let out, though, so the lowered stress may actually be the route cause of the pain and it's disappearing.
So anyway, that's the long-ass background of why I'm here and why, hopefully, this new log will aid in my sticking to it. Like I said, I've been diligent for the past three weeks (and I weighed in at 149 pounds this morning).
My goals are to 1) lower my cholesterol, weight, and pant size (can I please fit into my old clothes... please!?!?) 2) look good naked and in a wedding dress 3) increase my functional strength since my nursing job demands quite a lot of manual labor. 4) I would eventually like to run a mile that's faster than 10 minutes, non stop. (I have never been able to run quickly
Most of you have heard this before, but I *hate* going to gyms, and so I've invested in some body weight and at-home weight stuff. Kettlebells are awesome in my opinion and I currently have a 25 pounder. I'm hoping to get 30# and 35# sooner rather than later. I understand that lifting a bar with heavy weights on both ends is the most efficient path for my goals, I really do. However, I am so intimidated and I hate going to the gym so much
that it's sort of counter-productive since I make excuses and quit. (see more excuses for why I am not doing it).
Anyway, I will log my diet every day (I do it with the loseit! app) and my exercise stuff. I walk my dogs 2 miles every day I am not working, and try to get 10k steps in (at the least) on every day that isn't an "off" day. I got a fitbit
for my birthday last year and it's just a really fancy pedometer. It's nice, though, because when I go run/do stairs, it tells me how far and how fast I went.
Today I'm planning on doing 20 minutes of jump rope skipping in intervals. 20 seconds of skipping and 10 seconds of rest.
Tomorrow I will do some bodyweight/kettlebell stuff and I hope I can get some advice on program kind of stuff. I've basically been doing circuits of things like lunges, push ups, goblet squats, swings, burpees, dive bombers, etc. I write down what I do and how fast I do it and then hopefully the next time I do the circuit I can do it with heavier weight and less breaks. This may not be the most efficient way to do things, though, so any advice is welcome.
I have taken "before" pictures this time, but I don't feel comfortable posting them (yet?).
My diet basically includes a salad with chicken most days and a lot of black bean tacos and since it's summer lots of "protein green" smoothies. Since diet is the number one thing in weight loss, though, it's where most of my diligence should (and will/does) go even though calorie counting is a pita.
Sorry for the book.
This is me at like 135 pounds, though, and my "goal weight". I can really tell the difference in my face :/