Day 4

What a very stressful day!  I had an interview that last for an hour and a half and I did so much running around for most of the day trying to get work done for my new job.  All I kept thinking about was how I won’t finish my assignments for the week since it’s all due tomorrow.  I pretty much got thrown into it right away with barely any training.  Because I didn’t have time to do anything, I didn’t eat much.  On top of it all I wasn’t able to get my workout in yet again.  I have to try to get most of my assignments done by tomorrow but I’m for sure going to get up extra early to get my workout in.  On my Birthday might I add…

*All meals below were accompanied with water*

Breakfast:
2 Boiled Eggs

Lunch:
Protein Shake

Snack:
Protein Shake

Dinner:
Grilled Chicken Breast

On the upside I weighed myself because like I said in yesterday’s post, I feel like I have lost a little weight already.  I was very curious so I weighed myself first thing when I woke up.  I lost 6 pounds since Monday!  I’m very amazed at how fast I lost it.  This is only going to push me more and get me motivated.

I’m going to be having a very long day tomorrow since I have to wake up early to workout and finish my visits.  After my visits, I have to go to my other job and from there I have to go home and quickly get ready for my Birthday party.  I’ll probably have to wake up early again on Saturday and I have a good feeling I am going to be VERY hungover haha.  I’ll barely get any sleep but hey, I’ll make the best out of it and enjoy my 26th Birthday the best I can : )

Day 4 down, 361 days to go

Day 3

What a very long day I had today.  I wasn’t able to work out because I didn’t have the time.  Good thing is I only have to do this workout at least 5 days a week for an hour.  Personally I’m going to try to do it everyday and keep pushing myself to do more as I get more in shape.  The soreness feels a little bit the same as yesterday.  I feel like I have lost a little weight though.

*All meals below were accompanied with water*

Breakfast:
2 Boiled Eggs
2 Scrambled Egg Whites

Lunch:
Stir-Fry with Chicken (Ate only half)

Snack:
Ate rest of Stir-Fry

Snack:
Protein Shake

Dinner:
Hamburger Patty
Steamed Green Beans

The withdrawal was not as bad as the past couple of days.  I had a bad craving tonight and I almost slipped up.  I had this really big urge to eat some dessert but I was able to control myself.  I think it’s getting easier for me to eat smaller portions and eating healthier.

I’m thinking I might try the diet I did a month before I went to the National Championships in tennis when I was on the Women’s Tennis Team my freshman year in college.  This was when I was 19 and I’ll be turning 26 in a couple days.  I ate healthier and smaller portions along with lots of water and juice.  I completely cut out pop.  I also played tennis everyday for at least 4 to 5 hours a day.  If I can work out a lot and eat right, that’s another thing to try.

Day 3 down, 362 days to go

Day 2

Yeah, I’m a little sore today.  I bet I’ll be more sore tomorrow though.  I need to get myself to work out in the morning instead of in the afternoon or late at night.  I just finished my workout since I kind of had a busy day.  I got a new part-time job as a merchandiser today and I unexpectedly ended up having to cover a couple stores tonight.  It seems like I’ll probably end up working out as soon as I get home from work tomorrow night.  I have to wake up early to cover a few stores for the new job and then work at Rosetta Stone downtown.

*All meals below were accompanied with water*

Breakfast:
2 Boiled Eggs
2 Scrambled Egg Whites

Lunch:
Grilled Chicken Breast
Steamed Vegetables

Snack:
Protein Shake

Snack:
Protein Shake

Dinner:
Hamburger Patty
Steamed Vegetables

I still have the feeling of withdrawal all day.  I just looked it up and one website said it’s similar to any other addiction.  I can’t wait to get over it and hopefully I’ll get over it within the next couple of days.  Time to finally eat dinner.

Day 2 down, 363 days to go

Day 1

Today was my official start date of dieting and exercising.  My diet is high protein and low carbs.  I absolutely LOVE carbs so it’s going to be a little tough in the beginning.  I snack throughout the day to make sure I always have protein in my body so I will be eating 5-6 times a day.  As apart of my snack or meal replacement, I went to the Vitamin Shoppe to buy Super Pro which is a protein powder along with Acai Cleanse and Detox to rid my body of extra water and toxins.  I also take a supplement to help suppress my appetite and boost my metabolism.  On top of that, I drink 1 gallon of water throughout the day.

*All meals below were accompanied with water*

Breakfast:
2 Boiled Eggs
2 Scrambled Egg Whites

Lunch:
Grilled Chicken Breast
Steamed Vegetables

Snack:
Protein Shake

Snack:
Low Fat Cottage Cheese

Dinner:
Grilled Salmon
Steamed Vegetables

Snack:
Protein Shake

It was a little hard getting through the day today since I’m not used to eating very healthy and eating smaller portions.   All day I felt like I was going through withdrawal that’s similar to quitting smoking, alcohol, etc. except my withdrawal was from food.  I know it’ll take some time to used to.

My new workout plan lasts at least an hour.  I haven’t done any type of exercise in a very long time so today’s workout was exhausting.  It amazes me how out of shape I am.  Not to mention it amazes me even more that I weighed a lot more than I thought when I weighed myself first thing this morning.  I’ll be weighing myself in one week to see how much weight I’ve lost.  I will probably be very sore the next few days but I’ll be ready and I will keep on going until I meet my goal.  I just need to remember to take on one pound at a time. 

Day 1 down, 364 days left to go…BRING IT!

The Day Before

On Saturday and Sunday, I pretty much enjoyed my last “fatty” meals as much as I could.  I won’t be able to eat a lot of the things I enjoy for a while.  I went to my favorite restaurant in downtown Naperville, BD’s Mongolian Grill, and used up the coupon I received in my email for a free Birthday bowl on Saturday with my cousin Elaine and her boyfriend Bert.  And on Sunday night, I had BBQ Ribs and mashed potatoes.  Even though my Birthday is coming up on Friday and I have my Birthday dinner on Sunday night, I’ll still stick to eating healthy or at least eat small portions.

I guess it’s time I should get to bed so I can wake up early to start the new workout program right by eating breakfast and doing my workout.  From here on out, it’s all healthy eating and exercise from here!

0 days down, 365 days to go

Everything Happens For A Reason

I believe everything happens for a reason.  We meet people in our lives for a reason.  During work a couple of weekends ago, I met Alex Ong and his wife while they were looking for a new TV.  Alex Ong is an inspirational speaker, coach, and natural health author of the self-help book titled Mind Your Own Wellness (http://www.mindyourownwellness.com) .  He is a specialist on the subjects of stress, weight-loss, obesity, productivity, healthcare cost reduction, natural health, and wellness.  We talked about his book and what led him to writing it.  While speaking to him, he had me say “One Pound At A Time” out loud 3 times.  After saying it, I believed in it.

I came across an opportunity to try out a new workout plan.  It made a lot of sense and has gotten me very excited to try it out.  After coming across this opportunity and meeting Alex, I knew this was right the time for me to lose weight.  I knew I will finally achieve what I have been trying to do for years.

Weight Background

I have tried different diets, supplements my mom has had me try, exercising on my own, and exercise equipment I bought that I’ve seen on commercials.  I get myself motivated to try to lose weight and I end up losing that motivation and get off track.

I was a pretty skinny as a young kid while growing up.  I think I started gaining weight at the age of 7 or 8 while I was in the 2nd grade.  Every year I would gain a little weight but it really did not bother me until middle school.  I would get very tired and get very winded after running for only a few minutes.  Even though I played on the girls basketball team in 7th and 8th grade, I still had a disadvantage because I was not as fit as the other girls.

As high school came around, I started getting more and more self-conscious of my appearance.   I was on another sports team and this time it was on the Girls Varsity Tennis Team during my senior year.  After high school, I played on the Women’s Tennis Team at the College of DuPage during my freshman year.  Sure I was overweight and bigger than the rest of the girls on the team, but I was a great hustler.  I would sprint towards every ball and would usually get to it.  Sometimes I would surprise my opponents, teammates, coaches, spectators, and even myself.  A little over a month before Nationals in Texas I put myself on a diet on top of still playing tennis almost everyday at least 3 or 4 hours a day.  I lost 20 pounds before Nationals but right after that, I stopped eating healthy and gained weight again.

I was not able to play the next year and every year after that, I played less and less tennis.  My arms and legs weren’t as toned and I wasn’t as athletic.  All I did was lay around and go out.  I gained more and more weight and I am now at my heaviest.

My feelings and problems…
I am sick of feeling tired all the time and I am sick of feeling so self-conscious.  I want to be able to not have a hard time looking for the right clothes that will look good on me.  Trying to find a new outfit stresses me out because most of the time, they do not fit me or do not look right.

I know it’s not all about looks these days, but it’s hard looking for a guy while being overweight.  Too many people judge on looks and not personality.  But of course there has to be some attraction as well.  People say it’s all about confidence but I just don’t have any.  And I know as I get closer and closer to my goal weight, I’ll gain more confidence.  I just want to feel better about myself.

Most importantly, I am worried about my health.  I do not want to have more health problems as I get older.  I do not want to have a heart attack by the age of 30.  Diabetes and high blood pressure run through my family and I would like to lessen my chances by losing weight.  I have Severe Sleep Apnea.  For those who do not know what Sleep Apnea is; it is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep.  Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.  In summary, I do not get enough oxygen to my brain which makes me tired during the day and I sometimes fall asleep even while driving.  It also causes me to snore very loud.  I have to wear a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) to help me sleep through the night.  I have to lose weight in order for me to not wear a CPAP for the rest of my life.

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my blog!  The main purpose of One Pound At A Time is to document my journey and progress as I try to reach my goal of losing 110 pounds in 365 days by trying out a new workout program.  This blog will help motivate me to stay on track.  Depending if I can generate any readers along my journey, I’m hoping this might inspire others in trying to reach their own goal; whether they’re trying to lose weight themselves or trying to achieve any other goals.

My official start date of exercising and dieting starts on Monday, November 29th, 2010.  I will be following a new workout program and I will have a couple of months to stay on track.  I will write about what I eat, how much weight I have lost, and will include pictures when I can.  With permission and upon successful completion of this new program, I will share in detail what type of exercise I have been doing.

In the meantime, the address to this blog will be https://xtinec.wordpress.com.  I was not able to renew my old website in time and will have to wait a couple of months before I can renew it again.

Feel free to message me if you have any questions or leave a comment!  However if anyone feels like writing anything negative under any of my posts, your comments will get deleted.  If you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself.  I want this blog to be free of any negativity.

Thank you in advance and Happy Reading!

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