Personal Health Journey: Week 1

170. At the beginning of this year, I weighed 170 lbs. Granted I am 5'8 and pear shaped (meaning with the "right" clothing, I can easily appear 10 pounds smaller), but in the grand scheme of things, I am overweight. 

My weight was never a huge deal to me until of course I had my daughter. I gained a whopping 60 pounds throughout my pregnancy and got down to 151-152 for my wedding in 2012. Ever since then, the scale has been slowly creeping upward although there have been quite a bit of yoyo-ing in between.

I would say that enough is enough and that this is it; I am going to embark this journey to a better health and physical lifestyle and never look back! But honestly, I have said it all before. I get hyped, start off strong, and then within the process, my motivation dwindles, my drive comes to a halt, and I eventually level back to where I started--overweight.

I realize that I need to change my mentality when it comes to changing my diet and physical habits. I cannot allow my family, friends, busy schedule, personal doubts, etc deter me from striving toward improving my health. I have to want to the change as much as I want to breathe. I have concluded that am not trying to engage on this journey to look better in my clothes (because that will automatically come) but to challenge myself to prove that I do not have to settle for making poor choices in my diet or (lack of) physical activity. I can do much better (all things through Christ). It is important for me to be a better example for my daughter and encourage her (and others) to take better care of her body especially now since she is watching my every move (and lack of).

I am fully aware that accountability will play a huge factor on my pathway to improving my physical health. One way for me to do this is to document things (food diary, exercise log, mental assessment) so I can see where I am going on my journey. When there are no record of progress, I can easily lose sight of where I came from and how far I have progressed along the way. Ultimately, this oftentimes sets me up for failure...I know this from consistent experience. I have always had better results when I track information down and compare results to see what is working and what needs to be altered to help get me to where I would like to go. The problem is that I need to prioritize my schedule and prayerfully improve on my time management skills. 

Regardless of how many times I have failed, I have definitely learned something valuable from each failure to that can help me become more successful in my quest. Above all, I have been prayerful to God to help me in this endeavor and to keep Him in my plans first.

It is my hope to post weekly about details regarding my physical and diet activity for the week. There is so much I need to work on that it is best for me to take baby steps instead of trying to tackle on big goals. My goal for week one was to just get moving. High Intensity Interval Training is my choice of exercise because it really gets my heart rate up in such a short period of time. When I was doing HIIT last year, I would perform 5 different exercises in a time frame of 20-22 minutes and burn on average 200-230 calories (based on my memory). Since it has been a while since I have worked out, I decided to take it easy to do 3-4 exercises within 17 minutes. Oh, I was feeling it. Heart pounding, heavy breathing, sweat dropping. I am soooo out of shape but I know well enough that it gets easier the more I complete the workout. This is what I don this past week:

Day 1: Tuesday 17 minute HIIT (4 rounds: Push-ups, Mountain Climbers, High Knees) 25sec/45sec(rest/jumping jacks/jogging in place)
Burned ? calories (forgot to use my HR monitor-Polar)

Day 2: Thursday 17 minute HIIT (3 rounds: Squats, Side Mountain Climbers, Tricep Dips, High Knees) 25sec/45sec(rest/jumping jacks/jogging in place) 
Burned 191 calories

Day 3: Saturday 17 minute HIIT (4 rounds: Push-ups, Mountain Climbers, High Knees)
25sec/45sec(rest/jumping jacks/jogging in place) + 1 set of 100 jumping jacks 
Burned 225 calories

My goals for this week include:
  • Repeating the same workouts + completing a set of 100 jumping jacks at the end of each HIIT workout (like I did yesterday). 
  • Shutting off all electronics, books, lights out by midnight at the latest every night.  Preferably I would like to be in bed with light outs by 11pm. My body needs enough rest to function plus sleep is excellent in managing my stress and anxiety the next day.
  • Drink 8 cups of water each day.

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