Oct, 2017

It has been about a month since I decided to start eating better and working out. I know some people call that a lifestyle change but I never liked that term.  I don’t think your lifestyle can be defined that easily so it always seemed weird that people called it that.  I like to think that I’m just changing for the better and so far it has been going exceedingly well.

I was never a big breakfast eater so I didn’t have to change much in the mornings.  Most mornings I only have coffee and maybe a slice of wheat toast before work. I have started eating a hardboiled egg when I remember to as well for some protein.  A bigger change has been lunch. I was never one to pack my lunch and always went out to get something.  I was going out to the likes of McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Chick Fil A.  It wasn’t like I was getting salads either. I had to stop doing that so now I’m bringing my lunch Monday to Thursdays. I do still go out on Fridays as a sort of reward but I try to get something a little healthier than I used to. Last Friday I got a grilled chicken sandwich and a side salad instead of French fries. As for what I now pack it is usually a turkey sandwich and an apple or some grilled chicken and brown rice. It doesn’t taste as good as that Big Mac value meal but it is definitely a lot healthier.

Dinner has been more of struggle. After work I am always starving and pass those same fast food places. What I have been doing is going straight to the gym after work instead. I push myself pretty hard and am usually so exhausted afterwards that it dulls my hunger pains. I have been working out the last two weeks with a personal trainer named Tim. I thought I was doing a pretty good job on my own before him but he has me doing things I never would have done myself. Some of the workouts he has me doing are really out of the box. Right now I’m focusing more on my cardio as I am really out of shape with that. When I started I could barely jog a mile before I thought my lungs were going to explode. Two nights ago I ran a mile in 12 minutes which for me is really good. My ultimate goal is to run in a 5k next year.

The weekends have also been a test of my wills to some extent. I don’t see Tim on weekends but have been going by myself and trying some of the workouts he has me doing during the week. The hard thing is watching what I eat. I eat so well from Monday to Friday that my body keeps trying to trick me into eating whatever I want on Saturday and Sunday. I have come to a bit of a compromise on that with myself as I allow myself to eat one bad meal usually on Sundays. This past Sunday my ‘cheat meal’ was a hot fudge sundae from the local dessert restaurant. It tasted so good but afterwards I felt so guilty that I went for a long walk.

Overall I think I’m going to be ok. I have already lost some weight so that has been good motivation to keep it up. The other day a coworker even commented on my appearance. I am just going to keep going and try to limit those hot fudge sundaes as much as possible.