Fitness Challenge Kick Off

I began a fitness challenge. I did not look ahead so, I have no idea what to expect. I am actually doing three challenges at once. Each are intended for 30 days. I am hoping that the challenge will take me from 236 to as close as I can get to  226 or lower — in a healthy manner. The three challenges are basically, abs, legs, and arms.

I am still using my FitBit to count steps as well (my low impact cardio for the time being) and, I will continue to use to to count calories. My goal is not to deprive myself of the necessary calories I need. My goal is to eat 1000 less than I burn. If I burn more, I can eat more. My absolute minimum caloric intake goal is 2000. I am trying to eat at least 2500 a day though. Of course, all the while, I will continue to eat food primarily at home…and food that is good for you.

My future goals:

At 226 lbs: Continue the 30 day fitness challenges at a higher level. Continue walking.

At 215 lbs: Continue fitness challenges at a higher level. Ramp up cardio by implementing the Couch to 5K program.

At 200 lbs: Continue Couch to 5k program. Replace fitness challenges with light crossfit routines.

At 185 lbs: Reassess goals and situation to determine what I am actually looking for..muscles/strength? running endurance? weight loss? Healthy body?

 

Cooking Adventures: Zucchini Pizza Bites

So, I tried to make this:

(Recipe Here)

I modified the toppings and used mushrooms instead of peps but it was basically the same process. This is what they look like in reality. The first round, I forgot the sauce. This is round two:

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Despite the disaster zone on the cookie sheet, they were actually pretty good and a nice pizza-ish treat while trying to lose weight. I think kids would approve. Much better for you than bagel bites. Prep time – 10 min? Bake time 10-15 total? I preferred them a little crunchy which means cook them less.

18,480 Steps

Sooo many steps today. We went on two extensive walks. First one was more of a hike!

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I have definitely lost a few pounds using the FitBit. This happened the last time I used it also. As long as you are logging your food, you can’t lose!….I mean…you DO lose…but in a good way, haha!

In case you were wondering, we ate breakfast around 11am: left over fajita meat and vegetables scrambled with eggs. Then, we had raisins, a banana, almonds, and a cranberry, chia seed bar for lunch on the trails. Once we finished hiking today, we pulled right into a Burger King and had an ice cream cone. For dinner, we had Caesar salad, chicken and rice leftovers, and a bowl of strawberries.

10,849 Steps

Today I spent my lunch walking on the treadmill and reading my GRE prep book…and then I ate my lunch while I worked.

Mental notes for if I do that again:
-bring deodorant to work
-bring a towel
-bring another shirt
-bring shorts

The break helped me get a good amount of steps in. I also noticed that FitBit added a new feature to my phone app when I updated the software today. It probably came out ages ago but my automatic updates are turned off on purpose for my apps. It now logs your hourly steps to see if you can achieve 250 an hour. I like it.

Tonight’s final count: 10,849

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Let’s see if I can fix the sleeping tomorrow night.

11,756 Steps

11,756: Today’s step count…with the treadmill assist after work for 30 min (while reading my GRE book of course). I also climbed 13 flights of stairs which is actually unsurprising given the building I work in now.

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Today is the first day in a long time that I wore my FitBit. Last time I wore it, I lost about 15 pounds. It only helps you lose weight if you log the food though so, I am trying to do that also.

A sad realization today: I drank zero glasses of water…

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I used to wear it to bed because it would tell me how much sleep I got and how often Inwas interrupted. I will wear it tonight to see how my sleep is these days.