Niki's Back on Track

{July 11, 2012}   July 10th, 2012

Workout:  Just Dance 2 – 8 minutes

Breakfast:  Apple Toaster Struedel & 3 cups of coffee

Snack: blueberry mini muffins, 1 cup fruit, 1 gluten free rice bar

Lunch: 1/2 peanut butter and white bread sandwich, 1/4 cup pretzels and honey mustard dip, 1/4 cup cashews, 1 cup peaches, 12 oz. papaya juice

Dinner: 2 tacos – soft flour shell, 3/4 beef, 1 tbsp cheese, 1/2 cup lettuce, 12 oz. can of 7 up

Okay, these may not be the best food choices, but it is about progress, not perfection!

I thought about eating a whole lot worse!

Foods avoided today: McDonald’s breakfast sandwich, donuts, junior mints, cake, Hershey bar, and cookies.


{July 11, 2012}   July 10th, 2012

I am claiming the fifth today.  You really don’t want to know my diet yesterday! (I don’t think any calories count on your birthday anyway, so the point is mute.)

I didn’t exercise, but I did talk about it with one of my workout buddies.  🙂

She mentioned the YMCA has a Couch to 5K program.  I may be signing up for it!  They also have a Boot Camp program.  Now, I need to find the time to determine the best schedule.

I found this image.  It makes me laugh, but worry at the same time.  I pray we can encourage more healthy living rather than extreme weight loss!

This is more my motto!  Plus she looks like me when I was in basic!  😉

{July 10, 2012}   July 9th, 2012

I think it may be easiest to write the previous day’s meal once the day is over.  So, here is a continuation from yesterday.

Dinner: 6 oz. filet steak, 2 cups of seasoned potatoes, 1/2 cup of green beans, 2 small slices of italian bread, 1/2 cup of corn, 2 cups of soy chocolate milk

Dessert: 1/4 cup of cookie dough (I should have resisted!) 😦

Today is my birthday, so I am giving myself a little freedom today!  ;p

I believe weight is relative. I’m not particularly concerned with how many pounds I weigh.   I want to be able to feel comfortable in my clothing.  I weighed 100 lbs. soaking wet when I entered the military. When I came out, I weighed 120 lbs. which was mostly muscle weight!  I will weigh myself as another source of information, but I took some initial measurements as my primary data set.  Thank you mom for helping me take these!  I hope to keep track of this weekly.  My mom suggested I only measure my thighs once a month, so she can help me stay consistent.

Waist: 37 3/4 inches

Hips: 42 inches

Chest: 33 1/2 inches

Right Thigh: 23 3/4 inches

Left Thigh: 23 1/2 inches

Weight: 148 lbs.  (According to the attached chart, I am overweight.)

@Megan, I would love to have you help me work through the spark website!  Thank you!

{July 9, 2012}   Sunday, July 8th Update

Breakfast: Coffee & Apple Toaster Struedel

Lunch: 7-up, Plain Turkey Sandwich, Ramon Noodles, and 1 cup of popcorn

Dinner:  ?(Chicken or steak)  fried potatoes, corn (Hubby’s surprise for my birthday dinner.)

Workout: Just Dance 2 /Just Sweat/ 2 songs = 8 minutes


{July 8, 2012}   Why am I blogging?

Hello everyone!

Once upon a time, I was in the Illinois Army National Guard.  I went to basic training as all those in the armed forces do.  I really loved the military!   I was a distance runner and loved the miles we ran almost daily.  During and after basic, I was in the best physical shape of  my life!   Once I returned, I continued to run and exercise.  I had many running or exercising buddies who kept me accountable and motivated.

Needless to say, I have been out of the military for about 8 years now and I am in the worst shape of my life.  Loosing baby weight after two children has been difficult.  I live a very fast-paced lifestyle and tend to have difficulty planning healthy meals and sticking to a regular workout schedule.  My family and I joined the YMCA in January 2012.  I had a strong start to the year.  I was working out three times a week, but that tapered off once my workout buddy and I became inconsistent.

I am very disappointed in myself lately.  I have been eating a lot of fast food and I have not been working out at all.  My goal is to get back on track! I need to focus on eating better and exercising regularly.  If I have an audience, I will be able to have cyber-drill sergeants to keep me in line!!

HELP!  I need your support, encouragement, and advice.  I will be reporting about what activities I partake in and some of my dining choices.  I may even report about when I resist temptation!  I hope to lose some weight and feel better as I dive into my endeavor.

et cetera