This is my second ever Mamavation Monday post, but really marks the end of my first week of trying to change my overall lifestyle.
I feel like I've learned SO MUCH this week! On Wednesday, Leah (@bookieboo) officially welcomed me to the Mamavation Sistahood! YAY! The support I've received so far from everyone is amazing...it's really made this so much easier for me so far.
So since my overall goal is to lose weight (I don't have a specific target in mind, I just want to be happy with myself) and be healthier I've decided to post my official start weight: 256.8 lbs
Ugh, is it just more or does that number look way worse when typed out in a blog for all to see? Yikes!
This week my main focus has been quitting smoking and getting into the routine of working out. Although I have significantly cut back how many cigarettes I smoke a day, I haven't quit completely - this is definitely something I'll be working on for a while. I haven't been focusing on food as much because I don't want to deprive myself of food and stop smoking at the exact same time. I need a few weeks to adjust to not smoking, otherwise I feel like I'll be setting myself up for failure. However, I have been eating out MUCH less and cooking semi-healthy things at home instead (BBQ skinless chicken breast cooked on a George Foreman grill is one of my favorite quick and simple meals after work).
I started walking/running around a park close to my house when it hasn't been raining (which unfortunately hasn't been often this week) and doing P90X and Pilates videos. Wow have I been sore! I've been trying to power through muscle aches and keep on exercising...if I do it enough that soreness will go away! Also, I ordered Jillian Micharls 30 Day Shred video from Amazon.com and I can't wait for it to come in. I've heard great things about it!
As part of my new lifestyle change, my mother suggested I make a "Wish/Rewards List" of things I'd like to have that will help me on the journey. Here's what I've got so far:
-A treadmill, so I can walk and run on even the rainiest/coldest/hottest/most humid of days! (The cost of this item makes it a reward for when I reach a BIG milestone. Or for my birthday, right Mom?)
-A heart rate monitor. I feel like I've always had a really fast rate and should probably keep an eye on that.
-Wii Fit Plus and EA Sports Active for my wii. Right now I'm doing boxing on wii sports as an extra fun workout.
-Yoga DVDs or set of classes. 10 years of ballet training when I was younger has made me really flexible, and yoga helps me stretch and relax, since "normal" stretches don't do much for me.
-An aluminum water bottle
-A pair of Earth Footwear shoes. I really like the sly blue Exer-Fits! Anyone who lives in the Central Kentucky area, we can find them at Zumfit in Hamburg Pavillion and The Walking Place on Nicholasville Road.
I know, I know...not too much to ask for right? This is just a list of things for me to keep in mind as I'm working towards my goals.
I hope everyone has a fabulous week full of successes!