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Hooray! I’ve finished up the first month on this fit and fab journey. Well, technically, since I didn’t start until June 10, I only had three weeks of June devoted toward my fitness goals. These past three weeks, I strived to get my diet under wraps and start a regular fitness routine. And I’m happy to say I achieved both of those.
With the exception of vacation last week (more on that impact on my weight loss later), I ate a diet built around lean proteins, vegetables and fruits. I eliminated most processed foods in my diet; the main culprits being frozen yogurt and potato chips.
I wanted to get back to some kind of exercise routine and my goal was to get in three fitness sessions each week. Between walking on my lunch breaks twice a week and doing Tracy Anderson’s post pregnancy DVD on the weekends, I did it! Yesterday, I even popped in a Tracy Anderson dance cardio DVD and hoo-boy am I sore today!
Lost one pound. womp womp. For those counting, that means the scale this morning read 154. It’s less than I had hoped, especially considering that before leaving for vacation, I was actually down four pounds. It was really hard to stick to a diet while on vacation because I didn’t have the same time and availability to prep my foods, and when you’re eating large family meals with 11 other adults, it’s really hard to be too picky about the burgers and potato salad that someone else put time and energy into making for you and are now serving to you. Sure, I know those can be chalked up to excuses, but you know what else? I was on vacation. I wanted to enjoy myself without overindulging too much and I did just that and don’t feel guilty about it.
I had originally intended to post photos as well, but I’ve been tending to a sick baby the past few days as well as unpacking and gearing up for the work week, so that didn’t happen. I think I’ll just post before and afters in September when I hopefully wrap up this journey. Hope that’s okay with you!
One of the things that really gets my butt in gear when it comes to eating right and exercising is that I remind myself that this day/week/month will pass. I try to take a very pragmatic viewpoint and remind myself that eventually I will be at the end of the day. Or it will be Friday. Or it will one day be July 4th. Then, I look at my available time and realize, I can either use the next hour sitting on the couch watching My Strange Addiction on Netflix, or I can get up and do some exercise and then watch My Strange Addiction on Netflix. That segment of time will pass no matter what. And the truth is that there is not a single other person on earth who really gives a sh*t what I do with it. No one cares if I exercise. No one cares if I eat the grilled chicken instead of the fried chicken. No one. So, if it’s to get done, I need to care about it. You know what they say: if you want something done, you just gotta do it yourself.
My goal for July is to lose 6 pounds. This is more than 1 pound a week, but less than 2. It’s aggressive but doable in a healthy way. I know it will require focus and determination and I’m up for the challenge.
Now tell me, how did your June shape up? (pun intended)