Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 1: The Tools to Succeed

I must say, this whole blog thing is more exciting than I would've thought. I hope this really is the tool that I need to hold me accountable. I've decided to take pictures of my meals as my method of food journaling. I watched that show Shedding for the Wedding last week and saw that the only women who didn't lose weight were those who failed to journal their meals in a food journal. I didn't really feel like writing every single morsel down in a little notebook, so I figured, "Why not just take pictures?" Hopefully that will be easier, if not just a bit more fun.

I walked 1.5 miles on my lunch break today at work. I used my Nike+ GPS app on my iPhone to record my distance. It is a pretty handy thing to have because all I have to do is turn it on and go, no gadgets or weird things to insert into my shoes. I can have it recording my distance as long as I carry my phone on me. Kind of like a super high-tech pedometer. That plays kick-ass music.

My meals for the day were decent? I question that because I don't really know. I mean, I have subscriptions to Women's Health Magazine, Self Magazine, and Shape Magazine, and I read them religiously. I mean really, it feels like Christmas each time one comes in the mail. I LOVE them. But it is a lot easier to read success stories, workouts, and meal plans than it is to start executing them. I've got almost 23 years of unlearning to do, so I'm going to pace myself. I had toast with dark chocolate almond butter and an orange for breakfast. Lunch was more of a giant mix of appetizers. We had a graduation today (I work at a substance abuse intensive outpatient, one of our women graduated after 9 months of treatment. Woo!), and the women get to pick their "theme" of food. This woman chose appetizers so we had things like cheese and cracker plate, sausage balls, dips, some veggies, you get the idea. I absolutely love snacking, so this was a hard one. I kept it to one plate (picture to come), and I think I did pretty well! I've had 60 ounces of water already today and still counting, so that's a plus. Dinner is on the stove. ONE serving of pasta with a little ricotta cheese.

Step one in my training plan is finding the tools I need to succeed. I want the most comfortable running shoes, a decent bike, some cute work-out clothes, and a sprint-distance triathlon training plan. So far, I've found my training plan on . It has an awesome format where you can plug in the distance of the race, how long you have to train, how many days per week you want to work out, and your current times and out shoots a customized schedule. Simple. Free. Awesome. I chose a plan that focuses more on running and swimming because those are my weakest spots.

The shoes are my next step. I'll write a post on those later because I feel like comfortable shoes are really important to a successful run. I've got really flat feet and finding running shoes has always been a problem for me.

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