Healthy Living Survey

Tina Reale’s Best Body Bootcamp is coming to an end this week, and she put out a little Healthy Living Survey that I wanted to participate in.

  1. What did you eat for breakfast? I’m getting over an illness, so my eats have not been “standard” this week. Today I had two slices of whole grain toast smeared with Kerrygold butter and two poached eggs. I also had two glasses of orange juice to up my vitamin C intake!
  2. How much water do you drink in a day? I have a big 20 oz. cup that I keep at my desk and I fill it up at least 3 times during the work day. I also usually have at least 1 cup of herbal tea and some water in the morning. I’d say my daily intake is about 60-80 oz. on a week day. I struggle to get water on the weekend, and I need to make more of an effort. On a weekend I bet my intake is closer to 40 oz.
  3. What is your current favorite workout? I’m a little bit burned out on spinning and weight lifting, to be honest. I am LOVING interval runs on the treadmill and yoga.
  4. How many calories do you eat each day? I do not track my calories, and my daily eats are not steady whatsoever. I definitely eat more than 2,000 per day.
  5. What are your favorite healthy snacks? I love fruit and nuts! In fact, I really need to cut back on my nut intake.
  6. What do you usually eat for lunch? A big salad with lots of veggies (cucumbers, peppers, carrots) and chicken breast.
  7. What is your favorite body part to train? Arms!
  8. What is your least favorite body part to train? Legs because I have sensitive knees.
  9. What are your bad food cravings? Anything sugary. Especially chocolate! And ice cream.
  10. Do you take vitamins or supplements? I take a daily vitamin D supplement (4000 IU total).
  11. How often do you eat out? Once or twice a week. Keith and I used to go so much more often but we have been really good about cutting back.
  12. Do you eat fast food? Not normally, but I have been known to stop for a McDonalds Shamrock Shake during the months of February and March!
  13. Who is your biggest supporter? Keith is amazing. He tells me I’m beautiful every day, supports all of my weird diet phases, and is extremely supportive of my gym habit.
  14. Do you have a gym membership? Yes, I belong to a local gym and it costs $19/month. I signed a two year contract and got a great deal! This gym has seven locations, tons of classes, and great equipment. Recently I also buy additional passes for spinning (maybe $30/month) and yoga ($99/month – OUCH!).
  15. How many hours of sleep do you get at night? I go to bed around 10pm every night, and get up anywhere between 5am and 7am (depending on my days schedule), so anywhere between 7-10 hours a night.
  16. Do you have a “cheat” day? I don’t schedule it, but I “cheat” a lot, and lately, way too often!
  17. Do you drink alcohol? Yes, but my consumption has decreased a lot over the past year or two. I used to drink heavily Friday and Saturday night every weekend. Now, I will have a few drinks on Friday OR Saturday (not both) and some weekends I don’t drink at all. I feel much better this way.
  18. Do you have a workout buddy? No, I prefer to work out alone. Sometimes Keith and I will hit the gym together on a Saturday or Sunday, but I consider working out my “me” time.
  19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle? My confidence has skyrocketed, working out is part of my daily lifestyle and it is a source of stress relief and something I look forward to (rather than feeling like I have to do it). Also, I have learned that I’m stronger than I think I am!
  20. What is the last healthy thing you did? Like I mentioned above, I have been sick so my days have been very ice cream laden. But I signed up to go to a yoga event tonight and I’m really looking forward to it!

I Am An Athlete

I used to workout because I wanted to look good (read: skinnier).  I motivated myself by pasting photos of bikini models on my bedroom wall and computer desktop screen, and I wrote myself little hate notes in my agenda when I scheduled my workouts (they would say thinks like: workout, chubby!).

I mean, when comparing yourself to Victoria’s Secret models, one will always look a little chubby.

Even though at this time of my life I had gotten quite thin (this shrinkage was also due to having a very disordered relationship with food), and I worked out almost every day to burn more calories, I hated the process of working out. I saw it as torture, a dreaded task that had to be done every day but was arduous and anguishing.

My constant goal was to “lose 5 pounds” or “decrease body fat percentage by 1%”.

I can’t pinpoint exactly when my shift in mindset started happening, but it was some time over this past summer when I started falling in love with spinning. The classes gave me so much energy and the enthusiastic vibe of the class made me start looking forward to my daily workouts.  As I attended more classes (spinning, kickboxing, body pump, pilates, etc), my goals started to change.  Instead of focusing on weight loss, I began to desire to shave time off my mile or increase the amount of weight I could lift on a particular exercise.

I recently joined an eight-week Bridal Bootcamp program at my local gym, and tonight I completed my fitness test, and it was the first time that I have actually felt like an athlete. We had to run 1.5 miles as fast as possible, complete as many rounds as possible of certain exercises, and do other various strength and endurance tests. My results were off the charts, and for the first time I thought: I am so proud of what my body can do!

I joined the bootcamp for the motivation to keep pushing as I strive to reach my best body for my wedding in August, but tonight I realized that I have already accomplished so much when it comes to fitness… I fell in love with the endorphines, I created lifelong habits, and I have grown strong.  This outer strength has also led to an inner sense of confidence.  Knowing that I am strong, physically, makes me feel stronger, mentally. I know that I have the strength to push through a hard workout, so I can also muster up the strength to push through a bad day. In fact, on my worst days I crave that time at the gym to relieve some of my frustrations through sweat.

Ideally, I’d still like to shave about 1% off of my body fat percentage by my wedding. I’m at 18% right now (per tonight’s caliper test) and I would love to get to 17% because I’m just feeling slightly “softer” than I prefer. But even if nothing changes in my body composition, so long as I keep pushing myself beyond my limits each and every day, I will know that I have accomplished more than I ever thought I could.