What is success?
How does one meet their goals?
What is wrong with me?
I want to be a success story.
Oh, boy. Hey everybody! I am a few days late getting this blog post up but please forgive me. I just returned to school to complete my final semester of classes as a physical therapy student. It has involved a lot packing, driving and one last hooray at the beach in Reedville, VA- a beautiful “town” on the water thats isolated, wooded, beachy, organic, a green and blue beauty! It feels so great to say I’m close to graduating- it has been a loooong road getting here. Never did I think I could overcome so much to become a PT. Anyway, on with the main show.
As I stated in my previous blog post, I didn’t have the backbone for a “before photo.” However, during the trip to Reedville I got a photo on the beach and I am willing to share it and hope it can serve as an idea for where I am starting with my weight. I will admit that the fact that I’m willing to post it means it doesn’t show all of my imperfections up close or even very well for that matter. But I think its still useful.
Alright. Here we go.
There’s something I don’t want to tell you.
So its with deep regret I am here to inform you that I have lost NO weight. In fact, I may have gained a pound. 140lbs. What a great start to my first week of weight loss, what do you think? Where is my Spartan Warrior drive that needs to match my Spartan Warrior body?
So, lets dive first into what I did right this week! Because it wasn’t all bad.
I made it to the gym three times this week, meeting my exercise goal. I ran for 25 minutes at 5.2 mph, with a 5 minute warm up and cool down at 3.5mph. My HR stayed above 160bpm during the middle to end of my running and in fact it was typically 170+bpm. Following the treadmill, I completed 5 weight machines: leg extension at 100lbs, hip abduction 80lbs, hamstring curls 20 lbs, lat pulldowns 65-85 lbs and chest press 40 lbs. Biggest success of the week: I actual managed to run for 25 minutes without stopping and also I increased my lat pulldown from 65 to 85 pounds!
A lot of my meals for the week were also healthy and plant based! Here’s a brief rundown of the meals I ate at home throughout the weak:
- Breakfast: Baked banana, oat and peanut butter balls- it’s super easy, fast and delicious! The recipe can be found at https://frommybowl.com/budget-friendly-vegan-breakfast-ideas/. Or I had watermelon- a staple in my summer diet.
- Lunch: Soup! One of my favorites actually that I have created from a mixing of two recipe from Forks Over Knives. In it includes 2 tomatoes, 1 cup corn, 1 cup whole grain pasta, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 cup of lentils and 1 can of cannellini beans. Plus plenty of delicious seasonings.
- Dinner: Chili- a new recipe actually. You can find this one on the Forks Over Knives website at https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/black-bean-chili/#gs.46SQoP8. Making it was a little outside of my comfort zone but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I’ve found as I grow into this plant based lifestyle that I have to be willing to try new things. The ingredients include 5 tomatoes, 3 bell peppers, 1/2 red onion, 2 cans of black beans, 3 celery stalks, 1 cup of corn, 1/2 bunch of kale and tons of delicious seasoning again.
- Snacks: My breakfast foods often substituted as a snack option. I also mixed in buffalo sauce with original flavored hummus and used my leftover carrots and celery to dip, along with a few wheat thins.
Overall, I learned a lot this week and grew in my exercises and in my meal planning. I also learned that feeling accountable to this blog was a fantastic way to motivate me while I was in the gym! And, I mean, just look at this fridge!
Now lets talk about what went wrong. Because a lot went wrong. Did I mention I enjoy cheat meals…like a ton.
This is going to be really embarrassing to post but I want to be honest. So the weekend following my first blog post was horrendous. I ate out several times and drank quite a bit – I can’t even recall how much I ate out/drank that’s how much it was! During the week, I was driven by cravings and I ate taco bell twice. I had subway at team building day for school. I ate Sheetz nachos and a bagel during our trip to Reedville. In Reedville, I was served a breakfast sweet and then ate goldfish.
As you can see, I had a lot of victory’s and a lot of failures.
All in all I’m not surprised I haven’t lost weight! That’s a large amount of “cheats” meals. To the point I think we could agree its hardly cheating but more like my regular diet. That’s very hard for me to admit. But along with gym motivation, I found this blog is helping me to be honest with myself. I think many of us lie to ourselves and others about how much we eat. We don’t want to face the truth because doing so would mean change. And change isn’t easy.
What I can say overall is, I’m not happy and if this were a graded assignment I’d get a 55% for half-ass effort. Seriously, I failed. However, I’m going to take what I learned from the week and carry it forward. I know I want to be healthier and fit but I have to keep reminding myself of that when the next sugar craving strikes. And again, I appreciate keeping this blog to help me along the way. Sneak peek, into this week- it’s going better!
Before I wrap up, I also want to mention that I could have listed out a bunch of excuses why this week didn’t work out for me- vacation, moving, the stress of starting school again, not having food due to the move. Okay, well now I just did list them but the point is they’re all explanations and not excuses. I chose to eat what I did and that’s that. See you all next week!
Yours Truly, JennyXO
Here’s a few more of my photos from the trip- no family posted.