Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fitness Update: Healthy Eating & Accountability Partner

Ever since November, I've been working on eating healthier and working out several days a week.   A friend had told me "If you can't stick to working out 2 out of 7 days of the week, you are kidding yourself.  He was right, who am I kidding?   There is NO excuse.   So I began exercising as often as I could (as long as I wasn't too sore).   In December I really started to go crazy with it and I even recruited a friend from California to be my accountability partner. 

photo by mikebairdvia PhotoRee

An accountability partner is basically someone who checks in on you and what you plan to do.  Just the act of them asking you, is enough to remind you or push you to do it.  Every morning, Kate texts me and asks what I'm going to do that day for my workout.  After I tell her my plan, I get a text from her that night asking how it went.  The whole reason this works for me is because I feel like I have someone challenging me.  There's no way I'm going to lie to her because she's my friend, so when I start to feel lazy I think "No, I HAVE to do this because when Kate texts me tonight, I don't want to let her down when I tell her I let my workout plan go out the window." 
So far, I've basically been working out 5-6 days a week.  I don't get bored because I now have about 6 different Jillian Michaels workout DVDs to choose from on any given day.

Also, I've been eating much healthier.  For lunch I make a turkey and cheese sandwich rather than eating a frozen dinner.   I am eating more fruits like bananas as a snack and I'm also eating much healthier portions.  I have tried to curb night time snacking, by keeping busy up until I go to bed.

And here is my measurement progress:

I am measuring myself every two weeks. On 12/26 I lost:
.25" in my waist and .75" in my hips.  My thighs stayed the same but are very toned.  So I hope to have some measurement progress with them in the future. 
I'll keep you updated each week with what I'm doing.

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