In January, I presented my fitness goals for the year. I’m pretty happy with how things have come, so far. I’ve tried the new Weight Watchers plan. (Week one was successful. Week two was kind of a wash.) I’m sticking to the traditional program of tracking (and not focusing on the Simple Start plan.) And I’ve run a few races that I’ve been pleased with.
Trying the different Weight Watchers programs really helped me, I feel. The first week remind me how strict I need to be with myself. It didn’t focus so much on portions, but rather eating more filling foods. (Or, rather, power foods.) And now I’m back to more portion control. (Right after the two weeks of Simple Start, I went on a work trip and everything just kind of went by the wayside. I was exercising, but I was not making the greatest food choices.)
I’ve increased my exercise. Now that I am doing it more during the work day, I find myself starving at around 3 or 4:00. It can be tough and I want ALL THE FOOD.
The good thing about my job? It’s hard to eat out all the time. The bad part about my job? It’s hard to eat out. No, really. There are three restaurants on Main Street, and then I have access to the cafeteria. I tend to go to the cafeteria on Wednesdays, and I make sure that I’m at least attempting to choose healthier options. (Instead of the full-on wraps, I’m getting the chicken and adding it to a salad.) I rarely eat at the restaurants on Main Street, mostly because I feel exhausted after I overeat on a huge meal, and also because I just don’t want to spend the money. (I get discounted lunches at the cafeteria.)
I bring all of my snacks. All of them. I don’t have vending machines in every corner. That’s a really good thing. I tend to bring plain Cheerios (I snack like a two-year-old, apparently) and granola or nutrition bars. ZonePerfect recently sent me another box of their bars and I’m loving the Perfectly Simple bars (fewer ingredients AND I can pronounce everything? Winning.)
I also received chart detailing a few nutritious food swap suggestions from ZonePerfect. (That link is a printable PDF of the potential food swaps you could try.) For example, we’ve already been eating more quinoa versus brown rice. And I do like sweet potatoes a lot. I need to start baking those more than white potatoes. My mom actually made a macaroni and cheese with cauliflower a few months ago and my toddler loved it. That was such a smart food swap!
Next up: I’ve switched to water and flavored water. I notice a huge difference in my energy levels and just how things fit when I drink more water versus soda (even diet soda.)
Finally, I’ve brought out my Train Like a Mother book to kick start my half marathon training. I’m hoping this will help keep the weight gain at bay, too. The workouts are great and they are do-able! I first purchased this book a year ago and I loved it (I also had a fantastic PR at my June half marathon. I’m hoping for similar results in a couple of months!)
I’m excited to bring you another giveaway this week! The folks at ZonePerfect sent me a portable charger and I used it several times while I was traveling last week. It was SO handy and fit into my purse with no issues. I loved having it in the middle of a session or at the airport when I couldn’t find a spare outlet.
I also happened to have it on hand at work one day when I left my work phone charger at home. It works with my Samsung and my iPhone. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! And they sent me an extra to giveaway!
Let me know what you’ve done to help reach one of your goals/resolutions this year (are you still sticking to your resolutions??) The giveaway will end in one week on April 17 and a winner will be announced via Rafflecopter.
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**Note: I did receive ZonePerfect bars as a part of the 2014 Blog Forward challenge, but I have not been compensated in any other way for my posts. With this challenge, I also received a charger to review, and one to giveaway. All opinions are my own and I’m free to rave or rant about the product, as I choose.