Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The first week of the Toneitup Challenge Results



So far this first week of exercise and a clean, healthy diet has been fairly easy. As I age, my tastebuds seem to enjoy healthy and natural flavors opposed to super salty and sweet ones. Don't get me wrong, I love a little chocolate and cake, but I can't eat nearly as much as I once could without feeling gross and bloated. 

I have also been a lot more sensitive to coffee drinks lately. I can only have regular coffee or espresso with a little cream and sugar. No fancy lattes. They seem to dehydrate me and I end up wasting most of the drink, trading it for a tall glass of water. I'm glad too, because I just read that too much caffeine can cause your cortisol levels to rise, and cause water retention/weight gain. SCARY. Especially because I have been drinking up to 8 cups of coffee or caffeinated tea every day in the past. 

Anyway, lets get on to my results, ups, downs, and feelings about my first week of this challenge.



Sunday

Sunday was not a workout day. Only Meal prep. I didn't exactly understand what meal prep was until searching the hashtag on instagram. There are some legit meal preppers out there. props to you. But I didn't meal prep this week assuming it was a waste of my time... I should have prepped.

Monday

My work day started early, so I didn't have time to complete my planned workout for the morning and  instead waited until after work around 7pm. It was a late workout, and I was extremely tired from my long shift. The HIIT workout kicked my butt. I had a really hard time keeping up, and my lungs were on fire. 

Tuesday

Today I woke up really tired and sore. Unfortunately due to long work hours and a busy day I was unable to complete the workout posted for toneitup. Instead I just worked in a 20 minute yoga session   to stay moving. Oh, and it was really hard not to eat a donut today... but i abstained. 

Wednesday

Cardo + Weight training today. I burned 200 calories in 30 minutes on the elliptical for my cardio. Then I completed the Booty + Abs workout from Toneitup. I didn't have a ball though, so I had to improvise a bit.  I also had a doctors appointment today and weighed in at 146 pounds. at my 5'3 stature this was really shocking to me... and made me have sort of an emotional breakdown,  I had gained 10 pounds in 2 months, and 25 pounds in this past year. My goal is to get back down to at least 115-120 pounds hopefully by summer, and tone up. 

Thursday

Today's workout was mainly cardio. I burned 200 calories in 30 minutes on the elliptical (about 2 miles at level 5). I also completed 21 minutes on the bike for a total of 402 calories and 3 miles. *heart rate got up to 173 today!

This was the first day I logged my meals too. 
Breakfast:  sausage egg and cheese croissant
Lunch:  Grilled Chicken sandwich
Snack:  Handful of strawberries
Dinner:  Salmon and Asparagus

Friday & Saturday

Oops! I did not log for these days but ate healthy meals and still completed my workouts on toneitup.com



Goals for next week:
  1. log meals and workouts on myfitnesspal app to keep track for journal
  2. eat more protein
  3. Mix up the cardio a bit if possible
  4. Prep meals ahead of time to avoid skipped meals








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