A Food and Fitness Update

A few weeks ago I posted that I wanted to start doing the gym thing more often and eat healthier and ultimately lose 10 pounds. Not the first time I have made a statement like this, and normally around this time I’d be all “Welp, that didn’t happen…” and I’d vow to get back on the healthy bandwagon again. But then it wouldn’t last and then repeat and well, you know how it goes.

But this time… I’m happy to report that it’s been a solid month (over a month!) of going to the gym 4-5 times a week and eating (mostly) healthy and I have to tell you, I’ve lost 6 pounds.

I know I said 10 pounds was my goal but I don’t know if it is really my goal (or even the timeframe, really), I just wanted something concrete to measure. I do love my body, always, HOWEVER. I was not feeling the most confident in my skin and I knew there was room for improvement. I would see photos of myself from a couple of years ago and I would notice how defined my arms were and that my chest wasn’t trying to bust out of everything I wore and that my chin wasn’t quite as doublelicious…and well, I missed those days.

I weighed myself just to see and I came in at 188lbs. That is not too far from the 200 pound mark and only four pounds away from the highest I’ve ever been. That was NOT a good weight for me. I really think I do weigh more than I look, and I am pretty tall (and big boned don’t forget!) so there’s that. But generally I just want to feel comfortable in my clothes and not have my muffin top pushing my pants down. So now I am at 182lbs and the 6 pounds is a win for sure. It is so incredibly motivating to see any results. But the bigger win is how I feel.

I can definitely notice a difference. Definitely. Everything is fitting better and I just feel more svelte, which makes me feel more confident. Yesterday I was sitting at my desk with my hand absentmindedly on my bicep area and I moved that arm and I felt a muscle that was definitely not there before! It surprised me and it was exciting.

The biggest change has been the workouts.

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Pics or it didn’t happen, right?

Evan and I have been going to the gym about five times a week, as soon as we get home from work on weeknights, before dinner, and around noonish on the weekends. We have been doing weights and then cardio, and our typical schedule has been looking like this:

  • Monday – Chest and triceps + Couch to 5k
  • Tuesday – Legs + Couch to 5k
  • Wednesday – off
  • Thursday – Biceps and back + run (for me)/racquetball (for Evan)
  • Friday – Couch to 5k
  • Saturday – off
  • Sunday – Shoulders + Couch to 5k

We might switch up the days a bit, but you get the idea. Having Evan working out with me is still a huge motivation. I am always the only girl in the weight room. I have only seen another girl in there once in the time we’ve been going. I don’t feel weird or anything, but I do stand out and having Evan around makes me feel more comfortable. I’d go without him, but I haven’t had to because he is up for it every day.

My eating has not changed drastically at all, and I am still eating all the foods I love. I’ve just tried to keep the mindless snacking to a minimum. I have been tracking my calories in MyFitnessPal and I find that is super helpful to keep my portions and snacking in check. Like, do I really want to eat that bag of chips? Because I’m going to have to add those calories and it’s going to bring me way, way up. I have been eating about 1450 calories on non gym days, and about 1800-1900 calories on gym days, and while I do go over sometimes (ahem, Monday with the mac and cheese), usually keeping the cals in that range is no problem and I have enough left for a glass of wine (or two) in the evening.

So as far as eating… I am still doing the oatmeal thing every day for breakfast (on weekdays, weekends usually eggs). And weekday lunch is typically leftovers from dinner or a BIG salad.

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Homemade salad with salmon (olive oil and vinegar dressing)

I bring my own lunch most days, but I have to say I am also a pretty big fan of Subway’s chopped salads.

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Roasted chicken salad from Subway

And some dinner examples for you…

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Pita pizzas!

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Ham, mashed potatoes, peas, roasted beets

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A shriveled turkey sausage, sauerkraut, frozen veggies, salad with oil and vinegar dressing (and I went back and had a second sausage)

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Dumplings (or steamables!) and soya sauce, plus green beans and (unpictured) salad

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Beef tacos wrapped in lettuce with Spanish rice on the side

The above picture may be misleading, but I am not eating low carb at all. I am just trying to make better decisions. So the eating has been pretty normal, and delicious. It also helps having Evan around for this because he loves to cook and is a HUGE help in dinner prep (Evan has also lost about 5 pounds if anyone is curious).

So that’s what’s up, lost 6 pounds and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I am not saying this is the only way to lose weight or that I’m an expert, but I do think you can enjoy all the food and still live a healthy lifestyle. Whatever I am doing seems to be working.

And if you’re wondering if I’m going to keep this up while in Cuba. NOPE! I will not be tracking anything. The most working out I will be doing is lifting pina coladas to my face. Well maybe some long walks on the beach… I will be eating all the things, all day long. And I’ll probably be enjoying frequent double meals. So I’ll be spending a week getting fat. But the foundation is there when I return! I feel like we have successfully made this a habit so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get back into it when we return. I also signed up for two 5k runs coming up in April and June so I gotta be ready for those!

Have a great weekend!

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22 responses to “A Food and Fitness Update

  1. How tall are you? I always pictured us as around the same size so Im kind of surprised you weigh more than me! You obviously carry it well girl!! PS- I totally read Steamables as “steambabies” :)

    Good job on the weightloss!! Hopefully it warms up soon so the Blogger Joggers can get started!

    • 5’9″. Also I’m pretty sure there is at least 10 pounds in my chest and I’m not exaggerating. It is the first place I gain weight and it needs to get outta there.

      But thanks! And I can’t wait for Blogger Joggers! April for sure.

  2. I think you look amazing!!

  3. Congrats, Lindsey! I’ve mostly been consistently going to the gym since January but just three times a week. I figure I should set my goals low but (more) attainable. Then again, the last couple weeks I haven’t been able to go even the three.

    MFP is great! It’s so much easier to see what you’re eating.

  4. You go girl. I’m pretty excellent with guessing weights and I would never have guessed you to be in the 80s. I’m also counting calories on Fitness Pal (hit me up – merdypops) and also going to Cuba in a few weeks! Also love KD and hardly ever order it in restaurants for the same reasons as you. So many similarities.

  5. Awesome stuff! It sounds like you’re doing a great job! Feel free to come by the studio if you’re ever in this area for a class or session! It would be nice to catch up!!!

  6. Look at you fancy pants! Congrats! *so proud*

  7. Good for you! Keep it up. It’s a tough battle for us taller folks. We wear it well but in our hearts we know we’re heavier than we should be. I was up to 230 lbs at one point late last year. I’ve made a real effort to be active, eat better and sleep more and I’ve gotten to my goal weight of 205!

    Keep it up!

    • Well shitballs, this just proves my point. I never would have thought 230 for you! I haven’t seen you in a while but that still sounds like a lot though I’m sure you wouldn’t be able to really tell on you. But that’s awesome, congrats! You should start a healthy living blog, haha.

  8. Nice work, lady! If you and Evan are ever in DC, you are totally invited over for him to cook for me. hee!

  9. I love your blog so much. You and I are so much alike yet I feel like you’re the more badass version. Coincidentally, you and I are both 5’9″ and weigh exactly the same. I feel like I don’t look like I weigh that much either, but height is a funny thing. I’ve lost 10 lbs recently and I’m down to 180. I agree, it wasn’t too terribly hard (wasn’t fun either). I use the sparkpeople app to add my calories and I really hate searching and finding the food because I’m lazy. So I ask myself if eating the snack is really worth the effort and usually it isn’t. Isn’t it funny how losing a little bit of weight (which isn’t a tiny feat at all!) makes you feel like you can wear all the small sizes when in reality you just fit better in your current size. Congrats on eating healthier and losing some pounds!

    • Hey thanks. Haha, badass version.
      That makes me feel better that you weigh close to what I do. This was definitely also the first time I have admitted my weight on the internet, but meh. I’m not ashamed.
      My friend just switched from SparkPeople to MyFitnessPal and likes it way better! I have never used SP so I don’t know, but on MFP you can actually scan the barcodes of foods and everything will be automatically entered into your diary. It’s pretty convenient.

  10. Awesome work! Your post motivates me to keep going on my journey to 5k :) Have a fabulous weekend!

  11. Awesome work! We’re pretty much the same height and build, so your progress is a great motivator for me. I just started back at the gym this week and I’ve been eating paleo-ish (I hate that term, but its suitable) for quite a few weeks now. I’m doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit + c25k at the gym, it’s a good mix if weights and cardio.

    The biggest change in my gym mentality was literally the first chapter of The Slight Edge. In essence, when we’re at a “failure” point, we’re willing to put in the work to get to “survival” – aka pretty much every time I’m like, “omg this cannot continue, I NEED to go to the gym.” Then once we hit our survival point, we stop doing the *exact same thing* that got us there — soooo, every time I’m like, “omg I actually really enjoy the gym! I can see changes!” It’s self-sabotage and I do it literally every time.

  12. Well done! And definitely the most important thing is how you feel, rather than what you weigh :) Sometimes i feel so fat and think i must have put on at least 5kg and I’ve only put on 1kg. Other times i feel like I’ve lost weight and I’ve put on 2kg!
    And all your meals look delicious so you definitely aren’t losing out!
    Cheers to lifting Pina Coladas to one’s face! As if you would restrict your food intake while in Cuba! That would be one sucky holiday.

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