I can remember coming home from work and the first thing I would do when I walked through the door would be take off my tight pants and bra and put on sweats and a sports bra. Now that I’m home with my son, it is important that I’m in some sort of comfortable outfit all day long because he’s so active.
Honestly, I hate wearing anything but t-shirts, sports bras, tights/ leggings; the typical workout gear. Unless I’m meeting up with a group of friends or Holiday family gatherings, I rarely dress up. When I do have to put on jeans (or something else but stretchy pants) I stare at them for a good minute and decide the plan of attack. When I finally get those tight jeans on I usually go through the process of lunges and stretching out the top with all of my might. Sometimes, I even get my husband involved, “here honey, hold on to this and I’ll lean back.” He’s so awesome.
As much as being comfortable means to me, I am uncomfortable most of the time. It’s hard for me to go anywhere and not think, ” people are staring at fat ass..” “why is that person looking at my muffin top?…” “My thighs are so thick they could be hippo legs…” OK, maybe I go too far sometimes, but you get the point. I have recently discovered that I am also uncomfortable working out at the gym. I think I am being judged while I am there, and most likely I am not. The reason I’m like this though is only my fault because I am the one who got myself here and I am the only one who can change that.
I just need to remember that great things never come from comfort zones. I think a lot of people need to keep that in mind. Whether you’re on a weight loss journey like me, wanting to make a career change, or just trying to figure out who you are. It’s a difficult step, but going outside that zone will only benefit you in the long run. The hardest part is starting. Whenever you start something, it sucks. Do I find it fun to work out? No, it sucks right now, but if I want to make progress on being fit it’s apart of what I need to do. When starting something outside the comfort zone you also need to accept the suckiness of it it! You will be stronger for it. It also helps if you have support around you when you go through this uncomfortable, sucky situation. Have people you can talk to about this experience. It makes it easier to get through the hard parts.
During my week 2 of meal prep I only lost 1 lb. I’m not getting discouraged, though! 1 lb. is better than no pound. Here’s what I did: Breakfast- Oatmeal with peanut butter. Lunch- spinach quino salad with cucumbers and tomato. Dinner- Turkey burgers (patty only) green beans, black beans, and mashed cauliflower…which was really delicious, actually! My workouts consist of 30 minutes on the elliptical and weights. During the elliptical I change up the resistance every 5 minutes, for example:
0-5min: 5 resistance
5-10min: 8 resistance
10-15min: 6 resistance
15-25min: 9 resistance
25-30min: 7 resistance
I really work up a sweat and I can tell the more I do this the more resistance I am able to do. Keep in mind that every elliptical resistance might feel different. I also found some really good resistance workouts for an elliptical on pinterest! Side note- I LOVE PINTEREST!
I really need to work on my weekend shenanigans! It’s easy to get carried away with carbs on those days! Which has an affect of how much I lose during the week 😦 boo me.
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