Monday, March 29, 2010

Chowin' Down

My main goal this week: tackle my warped sense of healthy eating! After a mini-trek to Atlanta this weekend and eating that which I shall list below (and I'm INCREDIBLY embarrassed about), I've decided it's time to be much more conscious of what it is that I'm putting into my body. It's nice to think that I'm doing alright with what I'm eating but it will do me no good if it's all make believe! After one month of hardcore ass-kicking workouts and hardly any change in the way I look (with the exception of that baby bicep), it's obvious that I'm a cheater.

This past weekend I ate:
Chik-Fil-A breakfast chicken sandwich, tots, and coke
Zaxby's chicken fingers (can't believe they call it chicken), fries, slaw, texas toast, unsweet tea
Veggie Slice of Pizza
2 Strongbow pints
3 PBRs
Salt & Vinegar potato chips
....and that was all on Friday.
Breakfast burrito with eggs, salsa verde, potatoes, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and soysage (yes, soysage)
Hardee's mini-thickburger, fries, and peach tea
Dynamite sushi roll
....not AS terrible as the day before, but still--yikes.
Pancakes with syrup
Doritos Chili Nacho Chips & Root beer
Chicken & yellow rice with vegetables
Ice cream cake
....Still not the best way to round out the weekend.

I knew that Friday was quite possibly one of my worst days for eating in quite some time, but I feel like putting the whole weekend in writing and in front of my face is the only way for me to see the light.

So, this week, I've shopped for food which I shall cook myself. No more alcohol Sunday through Thursday. And until this is all a habit, I'm writing every little stupid thing down.

Bootcamp was cancelled this morning but it does resume tomorrow and I know that I will pay.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Workin' It

At the onset of March (now, almost the onset of April), I realized that bikini season was right around the corner. Not only have I got a few ripples to smooth out in the thigh region, I've also got a few mental ripples in need of smoothing out. The gym I sometimes went to for so many years is now sadly, out of my way which did not make things any easier when I decided I wanted to make a few changes.

I searched my new neighborhood and found an excellent gym in my area offering a monthly boot camp program. The sessions are four (sometimes 5) mornings a week consisting of work-outs no longer than 45 minutes at a time. I definitely get an ass-kicking, but not so much that I can't function at work the rest of the day. Perhaps it was having to drop some dollars (previously, I paid nothing to work out), or perhaps it was the feel-good endorphins that got pumped through my brain and the sense of accomplishment I got after each workout. But I know I'll be going back next month to do it all over again. I am seeing myself do things I had practically given up on--running a mile, seeing my biceps, push-ups (NOT the girl kind). It's a pretty good feeling.

Exercising has also gotten me thinking a little differently about my diet as well. Growing up in a southern Italian family, it was all fried chicken, pizza, pasta, and a variety of smothered dishes. While I know I can't give up completely some of these that seem like home to me, I know I can change up a lot of what I take in to make things better inside and out. I somehow scored a free subscription to SELF magazine and steal my boss' left-over issues of body + soul, and Natural Health which all have fun work-outs and recipes. I've also scored a copy of Skinny Bitch for my pre-bedtime reading. I don't know that I'll be able to go vegan or even straight vegetarian any time soon, but it definitely puts into perspective everything that I've been putting into my body all these years and gets me thinking about changes I'd like to make.

If I can make this a habit, which I'd ultimately like to do, I'll consider updating regularly on my progress. We shall see!