I faced down temptation today - a sunny flower shaped cookie from one of the best bakeries in Des Moines - Highland Park Bakery. Why are they so good? Perhaps the mounds of creamy yellow butter? Anyway, when my friend Chandler opened the famous white bag and offered me that sugary delight, I smiled and said, "No thank you, I am being good." And amazingly, it wasn't that hard.
In fact, I haven't had a brownie, cookie, candy, anything of that ilk since Sunday. But I haven't been missing it. I have no idea why, other than I am ready for change. I am ready for sweat, aches and fresh foods. I am ready to be me again - energetic, smiling and determined. So, that's exactly how I am taking this challenge on. I may grunt, I may whine, but I will do it. Trainer Gwyn experienced a bit of that today.
I met up with Gwyn at 1 p.m. at the Mercy/YMCA Healthy Living Center, it was our first training session together, after our initial meeting yesterday. She immediately put me through my paces, which thrilled me. I do not want to dance around, I want results. Gwyn had me walk to warm up, then do this seated stair step machine called the NuStep. Then it was on to working my shoulders until my arms felt like jelly. Gwyn asked if it was the exercises that made me grimace and whine a little. I assured her, no, it was just my body trying to remember the moves and getting a bit cranky. We added in some balance moves and some stretching and called it good. 90-minutes of pure sweat. Only thing I really need to do is remember to breath, I'm bad at that.
After training I bounced back here and found my food plan from Nutritionist Katie. She had done exactly what I asked, she concentrated on calories and how they should be put together. I will be meeting up with her for 5 minutes tomorrow after my workout for her to answer a couple of questions and give me a booklet that is a cheat sheet of foods that are the best options.
As far as food, so far I have been doing my own thing. Trying to cut the fat and keep the calories at 1,400 or less. Katie's plan will be a much scientific and help my body lose fat in the healthiest way possible. It also will create better habits and long-term success. Along time for now when I am ready for maintenance, I will have Katie revise the plan to account for my life going forward.
Well, I better go for now. FYI - Tomorrow's plan - Water therapy with PT Kristi at 6:30 a.m., Workout at 1 p.m. (Gwyn is out but she will have someone else check in on me) and a brief meet-up with Katie to go over nutrition plan at 2:45. Until then...
Yours in Health,