I’ve decided to rename my journey to weight loss and my health to my health journey. It’s about more than weight loss, it’s a full circle thing for me. Health and fitness go hand in hand. While I strive to lose 8lbs, I also know I need to improve my overall health. I strive to feel my best every day.
A big thing that I am doing is getting off of energy drinks. Due to my extreme exhaustion, I have tended to lean toward the kick of energy I can get from a can of something like Bang or C4. That’s all changing this week. As of now, I’m no longer going to use them. Consuming them may be leading toward my increased heart rate overall and especially during my workouts. I don’t like feeling overly winded during a long run, and I am hoping dropping the energy drinks is just what I need to get rid of that issue. I know going back to just coffee and green tea is going to be hard for a few days, but hopeful it will be best for me in the long run.
Some good news on the weight loss front is, I am down a pound as of Saturday morning. I’m headed in the right direction on the scale, getting the number down! That means, I have 7 more pounds to go to hit the goal weight I would like to be at again. I am keeping that goal in my sights!
As I mentioned in last week’s Five on Friday blog post, I’m back on daily protein smoothies. I am having one every day for lunch, and I think it helps me feel better. This week, I am going to have either a smoothie for breakfast, or a bowl of oatmeal. That used to be my go-to breakfast, a nice bowl of oatmeal with some protein powder mixed in. It seems to keep me more satisfied until lunchtime. Keeping my appetite as suppressed as possible between meals helps me have better success on the scale.
My workout regime is staying mostly the same. I will still be running 3x a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), and hitting the gym on Sunday and Monday. I do need to add back in strength training, so going to do my best to work that into my week. It’s been best to stick with Wednesday and Friday as my rest days. Fridays are a definite because I have learned I don’t do well on Saturday morning runs if I have worked out on Friday.
If you would like to follow my health journey, I am going to use the hashtag, #healthjourney on Instagram. And, if you are also on your own health and fitness journey, let me know! I’d love to help motivate you as well in whatever way I can!