Sunday, August 17, 2014

Weight Loss Journey: Day 5

It is officially "Day 5" of my weight loss journey. I am excited to report that I haven't missed a beat.

Everyday since I started this journey (on August 13, 2014), I've gotten in at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise. Today, I also squeezed in 15 minutes of strength training, including squats, reverse flies, and lunges (all without weights at this point).

There is not a considerable difference in my appearance and to be honest, that is to be expected. It hasn't even been a week. I continue reminding myself that it will take four weeks for me to notice a difference, eight weeks for those around me, and twelve weeks for the rest of the world.

Today, I'd like to share with you my regular routine and what I typically eat throughout the day.

In the mornings, the first thing I usually do is drink a bottle of water (Dasani) and cook/make breakfast for myself and my children. Afterward, I take my Bikini Ready Energy Gummies and my daily multivitamin. Prior to my cardio workout, I stretch for about 5 to 10 minutes. I then work out on my air-resistance exercise bike (with moving handlebars). After 30 minutes is up, I stretch again.

In the afternoons, I typically take a shower and then cook lunch for myself and the kids. If it happens to be a day of the week that strength training falls on (Saturday, Monday, or Wednesday), I will stretch for 5 to 10 minutes, get in at least 15 minutes of strength training, and then stretch again. If I'm hungry in between lunch and dinner, I'll have my snack.

A pretty picture of myself that I took to stay motivated.

In the evenings, after dinner, I try to relax a bit and get prepared for the next day. I try to get in bed by 11 p.m. or 12 a.m., but sometimes I'm up a little later (my husband works late). Despite this, I try to get in at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

I often do things for myself, such as oil my scalp, paint my nails, and take pictures to make myself feel better and more motivated. When you look good, you feel good--and that's what I'm aiming for. I have an incredible support system, as you can see below in this Facebook post:

My weigh-ins are going to be every week on Wednesdays. Along with reporting weight loss, I'll also be keeping track of inches lost on various parts of my body. If my clothes fit differently, I'll say so.

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