Thursday, September 9, 2010

Starting the day right and new commitments...

Well, I started to write a post yesterday, but needless to say it was just a huge pity party post. In summary, yesterday was bad. Everything seemed to go wrong that could go wrong. But, that is life sometimes. And I'm glad to say that today has started off on a much more positive note.

First of all, I woke up this morning at 4:15 and went to the grocery store (was too tired last night). I packed my husband and I both a super healthy lunch. Mine is pretty big since I won't get home until after 9:00 p.m. tonight, I included breakfast, lunch, and dinner in my bag. The menu for today is:

Cheerios w/Granola Clusters
Trix Yogurt (the only kind my hubby will eat)


Low Sodium V8

Turkey Pepperoni
Cheddar Cheese

I will admit that I finished off the box of pop tarts that were in my cupboard. So, after that and all that is in my lunch box I'll be hitting approximately 1600 calories for the day.

Not too bad, and definitely better than the 2500ish calories I've been having daily. I have decided to create a reward for myself if I stick to eating within a healthy calorie range for the next week, I will be ordering myself a bento box. This one to be exact:

I am really excited. Just one week and I can get this super cool lunch box! :) It is kind of neat to be excited about a reward that is obtainable and a reward that isn't eating. I almost ordered it yesterday but decided it would be more fun to see if I could push myself for a week.

I have decided to commit to 3 things within the next couple of months.

1. A 6:30 a.m. Health Related Fitness class that meets at my work gym every Monday and Wednesday beginning on 9/20/2010. The Health Related Fitness (HRF) Program’s method is to connect the brain with the muscle by combining an education component with prescribed exercise. The Basic Course for beginners runs for12 weeks. Each class meeting includes a 15-20-minute lecture on such topics as training principles, caloric expenditure, weight management, environmental effects, and the role of exercise in various chronic diseases. At each meeting students follow individualized exercise prescriptions, which are based on assessments of aerobic power, body fatness, muscle strength, muscleendurance, and flexibility. The exercise prescriptions are in two parts, aerobic training and muscle fitness. These plans provide specific workouts on the aerobic and resistance equipment available in the work gym. The staff is comprised of exercise physiologists with advanced degrees and certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine. So yeh, I have my fitness evaluation next week. I'm pretty excited to have the accountability of this program, and to network/meet other people with the same problems/goals as myself.

2. Wellness Walks on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. The walks take place around my work place and officially begin on September 21st. Again, I'm excited to meet people around my work place with the same goals as mine. Not to mention with the wellness walks, plus the HRF class I will be getting in 4 days of working out at least a week.

3. Bike around the Bay. Now this is the one I was really reluctant to commit to, because I haven't been riding a lot. Bike Around the Bay is a fully supported two-day, 150-mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay. The ride starts in Anahuac, Texas, and continues along a scenic route that includes many fascinating sights and highlights. I will be going over two HUGE bridges on this ride, but at least the rest of it is flat. I'm also hoping for cooler weather. This means I must start training. So, I have to start training. I plan to read up and refresh myself on bike training today, so I'll be posting up more plans for training. For more info on Bike Around the Bay go to

Thanks for reading! I'm so glad to be blogging again thanks to my best bud Candy!