Day 20

 

Reaching over the baby in my lap and hoping I don’t wake him up as it is 12:24am and I’d like to get some sleep tonight!

 

There’s one new little factoid about this program I would like to share with you. A nice little side effect of eating healthier and drinking 72 oz of water everyday. My skin is kind of amazing! It is soft and it glows a bit. And this is a new change-  as a result of these alterations I have made to my diet. I am very pleased with this. Anyone else notice this change?

 

I have to say that overall I am enjoying this journey. So far, it has been fun. I like learning about what comes easy to me and what I need to work on.

 

I said I was going to do an experiment and have a serving of pasta every day for a week, but it isn’t quite happening. And that’s ok. Today was wacky because I didn’t go to sleep last night. I was still awake at 5:30am with the baby and I got Ron up so he could take over. Then I slept off and on until 1pm.  So, I had breakfast at 1:30pm, and that threw off my meals for the day.

 

I also want to make it clear to you that sleep is VERY important for weight loss. It helps to regulate your hormones, which have everything to do with everything, including weight. There aren’t a whole lot of good reasons to lose sleep, so try to get between 7-9 hrs per night.  I am definitely not thrilled to be on such an unhealthy sleep schedule (if you can call it a schedule), but baby is my first priority, so it is worth it. And it is temporary.

 

So here’s what I ate today:

 

Breakfast (more like lunch): oatmeal, walnuts, home made granola, blueberries, 1 cup coffee w 1% milk

 

Lunch (more like dinner): chicken, red potatoes, salad: spinach, mesclun, cucumber, tomato, red pepper, strawberry vinaigrette

 

Snack: almonds, red seedless grapes

And lunch was more like dinner because I slept through breakfast so I ended up skipping a meal, which I do not suggest you do. There is no reason to skip meals, it only makes you hungry and stupid, and you don’t need to be either of those. Just eat reasonably and don’t attempt to starve yourself. Remember, this is a journey.

 

Workout:

 

Used the thigh chisel video as my warm up: https://vimeo.com/37502944

 

1-Stationary Lunges:  (or split squats- same thing)- go down into the lunge, do a bicep curl, complete the lunge 8lbs 12x- last time hold down 10 seconds.

 

2-Walk down and up stairs holding the 8lb weights (17 steps)

 

3-Stationary Lunges: left leg forward, with the bicep curls

 

4-Walk down /up stairs holding the 8lb weights

 

5- Squat with Overhead Press 8lbs 20x

 

Repeat 1-5

 

6-Upright Row 8lbs 15x

 

7-Overhead Press 8lbs 15x

 

8-Lateral Arm Raises- alternate arms 8lbs 15x each arm

 

9- One arm Tricep Extension 8lbs 20x right then left

 

Repeat 6-9

 

10- Forearm Plank 20 seconds

 

11-Double Crunch 30x

 

Repeat 10-11

 

Stretch

 

Got interrupted 3x, once by myself wanting to return an email. And that’s ok. But I got interrupted 3x and I missed out on my push ups and chest flies. I was so proud that the other day I finally did a regular push up again. So I hope to squeeze these in tomorrow morning. It’s been since March 2012 that I did push ups because my poor chest hurt so bad throughout the pregnancy I couldn’t do them. But now, I can! Or, I can do at least one. Yay!

 

Would love to hear how you are doing!

 

Your Fitness Coach,

Miranda Zukowski