Pros so far: I am definitely stronger. I was able to do ten girly push ups in a row last week. That is AMAZING! You have no idea (or maybe you do), but I've wanted to be able to do a push up for a long time. Maybe by the time this whole thing is over, I can do legit push ups on my toes, not my knees. I also did my workouts first thing on almost all mornings (all but two, I think). That meant getting up around 5:30. I'm really proud of myself for that one.
Cons so far: I haven't lost an OUNCE of weight. Honestly, it's pretty aggravating. I know why, too, so I have no one to blame but myself. I need to eat better. What you put into your body is so much of how it responds. I know that, but I got tired. I got stressed (Election season stressing anyone else out? Why can't it be done already?!), I got lazy. I got something, all right, but as the saying goes, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Also, "Nothing worth having is easy." And my personal favorite,
Taking all of that into consideration, when I went grocery shopping with mom this evening, I bought lots of produce that I know I will eat. We also bought a chicken that I am roasting in the crock pot for dinner tomorrow, along with rainbow carrots (how fun!), and possibly roasted brussels sprouts (Don't hate. Roasted's the way to go!). Tomorrow and Sunday, I'll be working on planning my meals for the rest of the week, including egg muffins for take n' go breakfasts before hitting the gym. Probably start making green monsters the night before as another take n' go option for second breakfast (weight training teaches you to eat like a Hobbit: Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevensies, Lunch, Tea, Supper, Dinner).
Because of the way I've been eating this week, my skin's been breaking out. I have this book, You Are What You Eat Cookbook: More Than 150 Healthy and Delicious Recipes (Google Affiliate Ad), and the corresponding book, Gillian McKeith's Food Encyclopedia, which both have instructions on how to treat acne. First things first is change your diet. That is the plan.
Originally, I was going to just do the workout and be happy with that. But I can't be happy with that if I'm not seeing results. I'm not wired that way. If I don't see results, I won't continue, and that's the real issue. I need to see something in order for me to continue. Having not been an active person for a long time, this is taking work and dedication. I am determined. And thank you, blogosphere, for giving me an outlet (despite my blog being more of the movie/book review type-blog). I needed this.
I'll probably be back tomorrow evening with a dual movie review: Atlas Shrugged: Part I and II. Highly recommend if you're interested in business or personal liberty.
So, to end on a happy note, I can do 10 Girly Push Ups and can get up around 5:30 in the morning. Here is to Phase Two, which starts Monday, incorporates Cardio again, so I'll have to get up earlier, but that's okay. Hopefully with this change in diet, I can be more energetic. They really do go hand in hand. We'll see what happens. Until then, just have to keep my eye on the prize(s).