BrandyRelaxing's Journal, 06 February 2013

I've heard the saying "Plan to succeed or you're planning to fail", a lot. I think it's one of the many sayings that I've seen over and over again, but every time I see it, I think to myself, "That's exactly right! Why haven't I planned better?".

Over the last couple of weeks, I've had a few ups and downs and haven't been planning well. Prior to my mother-in-law's passing, I had my days I was going to work out marked on my calendar for the week ahead, and even had a buffer day in case something went awry. Now I'm just on a day by day, and I know without a plan, I'm going to wind up not working out. While I can lose weight just by controlling my food, but I'm not as strong and as happy as when I workout. Don't get me wrong, I still haven't arrived at the place where I want to work out, but I know overall, I feel better when I do workout.

So today while I made pizza for lunch (yep, 535 calories for 1/2, and it is AWESOME), I also prepared my lunch and dinner for tomorrow, and planned out all my food. Total of the food is 1350 calories, and it's a bit low, but I know I underestimate what I actually eat, and with all the days I've had well above the goal amount, I really could handle one low day.

In case anyone is curious, here's what made up my pizza ingredients (for the whole pizza):
-Molinaro's Thin Crust, including tomato sauce package
-6 cherry tomatoes
-1/4 of a sweet red pepper
-two slices of red onion, chopped up
-30g of feta light cheese
-60g of Kraft light mozzarella
-160g of chicken breast slices

Calories are 535 for half the pizza, with 45g of protein, 12g of fat and 70g of carbs!

My exercise plan for this week, is to work out tonight (hubby's at class anyways, so I'm just hanging out with myself tonight). I'm going to work out once of either Thursday or Friday, and then again Saturday or Sunday. That will get in the 3 times per week I'm shooting for, and just get me back on track.

My vegetable intake is definitely lacking, so having a salad for lunch tomorrow will be a good start, but I'm not sure if I'll make the 4 servings per day average. Luckily, I have enough lettuce (yes, I went to the store on Monday night) and can make another salad for lunch on Friday.

So that's my plan for success in the near-term, and I'm thinking I'm going to have to plan like this for a while, until it's just gut instinct to eat better and workout more consistently.
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I agree. Every night I plan all my meals for the next day and go ahead and put them on my log. That way, I can see what I need to eat more of and I'm less likely to eat junk that they have hear at work. I like knowing that all of my calories are taken for the day and there's no more room for cake! lol. As far as working out, I have been getting up early (which is very hard for me!!!)Monday-Thursday to go work out at the gym a block over from my job. It's good because it's routine and whenever I miss a day, I have people at the gym asking if I'm ok! Lol. So now I feel like I'm obligated to show up so they wont worry lol! 
06 Feb 13 by member: AquaSurf00
And a great plan it is! I'm trying to get back in the groove. I'm so not happy with my scale. I'm taking it one meal, and one day at a time. My husband just got transferred in his job, closer to home and first shift this past week, from 1 1/2 hr drive one way, second shift position for over a year. (Before that he was a truck driver away from home every other night). Lots of changes for us, #1 being able to sit down as a family and eat supper. Now, I just need to come up with healthy and yummy meals again. :D 
06 Feb 13 by member: kcook323
So glad to see you're back at this Kendra, I've really missed you being around! 
06 Feb 13 by member: BrandyRelaxing
Aww, thanks. I'm trying. My mom got some bad test results (triglycerides were up) so I have been watching her trying to eat healthy. She has been asking me lots of questions on what she can eat,etc. It makes me so mad that I know how to do this and what I need to do, I just don't do it. It's easier (lazier?) to eat unhealthy. I guess it goes back to the old saying, "Anything worth having is worth working hard for".  
06 Feb 13 by member: kcook323
Thats a great journal. Planning helps me. My best planning is when I cook a bunch of chicken for the week, then I have protein to quickly grab. That pizza looks AWESOME!!!!! It is easy to plan, the execution is my prob :-) 
06 Feb 13 by member: Lizzygracemusic
Sounds like good planning to me, Brandy. Where and what will be your exercise? 
06 Feb 13 by member: Helewis
So the workout schedule is pretty much the same - cardio first, usually walking intervals on the treadmill - somewhere between 30-60 minutes (usually about 40), and then weights and stretching. Tonight and Saturday/Sunday will be at home in our basement gym, and then Thursday/Friday will be at the gym at work. 
06 Feb 13 by member: BrandyRelaxing
Great pla, Brandy girl. Go get 'em! 
06 Feb 13 by member: Helewis


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