Feeling Lost

It’s almost impossible to be healthy during the school year. Not only have I not had any time/energy to exercise over the past week or two, but my meals have been horrible.

Eating breakfast at 6 AM does not leave the door open for many healthy choices. My breakfast needs to be prepared in less than ten minutes, and it needs to be very light since I’m not even hungry at 6.

Lunch always has to be portable and small. I will say that my lunches are pretty balanced, but there is still room for improvement.

Snacks are my vice. I always need to have a quick snack in between school and everything else. I’ve promised that I’m not going to waste my money in vending machines anymore, so my snacks are mostly crackers or pretzels.

Dinner recently has been whatever I can pull together since I’ve been so busy (last night, I didn’t even have time for dinner). Needless to say, it’s not that nutritional.

I don’t think that I’ve been eating way too many calories…I try to shoot for 1900 per day, but I think that I’ve been closer to 2100 or 2200 daily over the past two weeks, with less exercise than I would like. I hate school.

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A Challenge

It was hard sitting at the dinner table tonight and watching my family eat KFC while I ate a salad and some mashed potatoes, but now I am happy that I had my own meal.

If I were to have eaten with them, I would have had a biscut, two drumsticks (Original Style), mashed potatoes, and a soda. Here is nutrition information taken directly from the KFC website:

Serving Weight
(grams)
Calories Total Fat
(grams)
%DV Saturated Fat
(grams)
%DV Trans Fat
(grams)
Cholesterol
(milligrams)
%DV
340 610 32 48% 7 36% 4.5 130 43%
Sodium
(milligrams)
%DV Carbohydrates
(grams)
%DV Dietary Fiber
(grams)
%DV Sugars
(grams)
Protein
(grams)
Vitamin A
(%DV)
1940 81% 49 16% 2 9% 3 31 8%
Vitamin C
(%DV)
Calcium
(%DV)
Iron
(%DV)
2% 8% 25%

1940 mg of sodium? 610 calories? No thanks! Instead, I had a Caeser salad, iced tea, and mashed potatoes (from KFC). 480 calories total, and way less sodium, fat, cholesterol, and carbs.

Total calories today? 2070! 456 were burned due to exercise alone (I had some issues today with running). Go me!

Badonkadonk

I was buying clothes for school today at the mall, and I noticed that I have a lot of junk in my trunk. This butt belongs to a girl or a gay porn star, not me. Those jeans make my butt look HUGE.

BOO-TAY!

I didn’t buy them.

Making Progress

The hotel that we were in had an awesome gym in it. We were away last night and this morning and we stayed in a pretty spiffy Sheraton.

Yesterday morning, I ran in my neighborhood. When we arrived last night, I had a really bad headache from all of the screaming children. I bought a bottle of Excedrin for $8.99 (yes, ridiculous) and headed off to the gym since exercise endorphins usually make my headaches go away. I ran an additional two miles last night and did a mile on the stationary bike. Viola, no headache!

This morning, I headed off to the gym on an empty stomach (bad decision). I managed to run a mile, but I was too hungry afterwards to continue. I headed back to our room, showered, and to my dismay the rest of our party was not ready to leave and clearly would not be ready for a while. The only food that we had in the room was a donut, so I had a sour cream donut. I felt like a cow.

No CalorieWe went to breakfast, and it was pretty hard to try and eat balanced. I had a bagel, diet iced tea, sausage patty, and a banana. I wanted home fries/hash browns and/or pancakes, but my whole “cutting out empty calories” plan prevented me from doing that. It was a pretty filling breakfast, which surprised me. I had lunch at Subway. Did anybody know that Subway served pizzas? I was disappointed to find out that it was basically a microwave pizza, but I still got it as well as a bottle of flavored water. I’m trying to find drinks with no calories whatsoever. Luckily, the diet green tea (see left) and flavored water were both that way (thank god). Hopefully, I’ll be able to find other beverages that are like that because I know already that I will not be able to drink the same thing for a long time. I need variety!

I’m proud to announce that, since I began my jogging program in May, I’ve lost ten pounds. My weight isn’t that important to me, though, because muscle mass throws that off. Instead, I prefer to rely on my body fat percentage. This is, however, a nice incentive. It’s nice to know that I’m making progress!

Taking the Stairs

Let’s face it: America is a hard place to stay healthy these days.

In a country inundated with fast food, vending machines, soda, and people who openly embrace a sedentary lifestyle, it’s hard to find inspiration to lost weight and, once you find that inspiration, it’s even harder to be persistent in your promise to yourself. Anybody can decide that they want to lose weight, but it takes a strong person to actually lose the weight. Up until now, I haven’t been that person…but I want to be. I want to have the willpower to overcome my problems, and I need somebody to turn to when times get tough. So, Internet, I’m turning to you. I’ve been blogging for several years (and I continue to blog), but I want to do this anonymously to make it a bit easier on myself.

Four months ago (in May), I began a running program. I’m trying to run four or five times a week. The running isn’t extremely hard, but the motivation is. During the summer, I often used the excuse that it was too hot to be safe (at times, it really was) and I only ended up running three times a week. Although it’s better than how often I used to run, I didn’t feel too great about it. Now that school has started, however, I am going to be finding myself with less opportunities due to increased amounts of homework, school activities, etc. In addition, I’m not sure how/if I’m going to be able to run in colder weather once winter is upon us. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I’d begun to eat healthier long before my May running program began. Although I wasn’t eating a great balanced diet, I was doing alright. I was eating more protein, salads, and fruits, and less of the bad stuff. Now, however, I want to completely revamp my eating pattern, cutting out all empty calories. I admit that I eat too many things from the bottom of the food pyramid, and I want to change that. From here on out, I will be cutting down on the following foods:

  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Bread/rolls
  • Cakes/cookies/pastries
  • Crackers/chips (a couple months ago I completely stopped eating all chips except for baked tortilla chips and I haven’t had any since.)

I will be completely eliminating the following:

  • Soda (even amazing Diet Coke, which contains no calories!)
  • Coffee (bye bye, Starbucks :[ )
  • Candy
  • “Fake” foods (processed things, etc.)

It’s very ambitious, and, frankly, I’m kind of scared. Here are my plans for my running program:

  • Make more time for running (run at least three times during five-day school weeks.)
  • Warm-up more effectively before I run (I hate when I cramp in the middle of a jog because I didn’t stretch adequately).
  • Work towards being able to run longer and farther. I need to work on my cardio…right now, I can run at least a half mile. I want to be able to run at least a mile without stopping.

In a future post, I’ll give more details about my running route. I want to also start doing more sit-ups and other exercises that build muscle mass in areas other than the legs. I’m not going to worry about weighing myself, because scales are deceiving. I’d rather focus more on my body fat percentage. Last time I checked (which was a while ago), I was at 19%, which is categorized as “acceptable”. I want to get that down to the “fitness” category (read more). To help with my fitness, I want to take a dance class. I enjoy dancing and I need more training because of the career path that I’ve chosen, so it seems like an obvious choice.

So, I’ve spilled my heart out onto the Internet and shared my goals with you all. I’m excited…let’s get this thing started!