About a month ago, the HR department at my job told us they’d be switching our healthcare provider. So when I enrolled, I saw that our new provider, United Healthcare, had a “Motion” program that involved getting a pedometer, setting fitness goals, and earning money toward our care. Sweet!
I have never really tracked my steps. I have been on diets before where I counted calories, and also tracked how much I worked out, but that’s about it. Several years ago, I wore a cheap pedometer as an experiment for an article I was writing. I remember being surprised at how tough it was to get steps and I’d be marching around my apartment at the end of the night (while brushing my teeth) trying to up my tally for the day.
Well, I guess I’ve learned no lesson, because after week 1 with my fancy pedometer, I’ve determined I must just be the laziest person ever.
Let me back up. After signing up for the Motion program, I got a credit of $55 that I could put toward a pedometer. I picked the one that was $55 – the cheapest option. It was black, tracked steps, and said it had an app you could sync with to see the stats on your phone. Works for me!
Another coworker signed up for the Motion program, too, and we got our pedometers in the mail just a few days later. I was told I would get a $40 “Swift Start” bonus if I put the pedometer on right away, so I did – I put it on last Monday around 5:30pm when I got it out of my mailbox and then I headed to my usual Monday night routine: two 1-hour dance classes back-to-back.
That Monday evening I got 2,954 steps.
The days following weren’t much different – I admittedly don’t really move once I get to work, which I have heard is WORSE than smoking cigarettes. I’ve heard repeatedly that we’re supposed to get 10,000 steps per day, and I barely got that in seven days. I know. I’m half ashamed.
However, I decided week one should just be an honest look at my life, and then now we make a change. Right? But I’ll admit that each day, only getting 2 or 3,000 steps, I was getting frustrated and I wondered how people got 14,000 steps each day?
I consulted other pedometer-wearers and they all said that getting steps is a challenge. You really have to set yourself up to get steps – whether it’s parking further away, or setting an alarm every hour to walk a few hundred steps.
A friend of mine tracks her steps and when we went to Vegas last year she would tell me when we’d hit 10K – and I remember thinking, “Wow, we’ve walked a TON,” and I felt very sore.
Hmmm. During week 1, I took a few less dance classes than normal, but I also rode a workout bike for 6 miles, and still only got 2,883 steps for the whole day. My best day was Saturday, where I took a 1-hour cardio class and then a 3-hour nap. Go figure.
So, this week – my goal is to walk more while I’m at work, even if that means simply taking a lap around the office every hour. It still may not get me to 10K, but it will be more than what I got last week… right?
If you track your steps, is there a trick that helps? Walk every hour? I’d love to know how you’re getting your steps in!
In exactly 37 days, I’ll be on the beach! So, I have really started to amp up my workout routine, make sure my diet is clean, and that I’ve got the portions under control.
Lately, I’ve been only wanting to eat snacks. I’m a firm believer in eating whatever your body is telling you to eat (within moderation, of course), so I’m still snacking. Of course, I’m going for healthy snacks: raw veggies, hummus, fruit, peanut butter, edamame, Greek yogurt, and protein bars (you should see my pantry).
Need more healthy snack ideas? Check out my previous blog post on the matter.
Anyway, I recently purchased a bag of Melaleuca’s Attain shakes, which contain 10 grams of protein per shake, and are said to contain “crave blockers” and fiber to keep the body feeling full and avoid any temptation to eat junk food. Um, give me that!
I’ve had two shakes now and they taste delish (I mix it with 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk)! It is filling, and I’ve noticed when I do eat, I eat less. WIN.
From the website, “Attain with revolutionary, all-natural CraveBlocker®
helps stop cravings at both critical sources, putting you back in control. You can manage your weight without feeling hungry all the time. Without getting irritable. Without depriving your body of the nutrition it needs. Controlling cravings is an essential part of losing weight—and keeping it off for good.”
It comes in vanilla, strawberry, blueberry, and chocolate… of course I got the chocolate. However, I’m totally getting the strawberry and am going to mix it with the chocolate. BAM.
Just an FYI, I’m a preferred member of Melaleuca, so I get my products for way less dough. If you’re interested in signing up to be a preferred member, shoot me a message and I’ll be happy to set it up!
I seem to be on a protein-kick, and as pathetic as it sounds, I’ve got a little wish list going of protein I want to try. I’ve been eyeing Slender Bend by Protein World. Heard of it? Tried it?
According to the Protein World website, “This low calorie, high protein meal replacement shake will boost your metabolism, help you to feel fuller for longer and support the development of lean and toned muscle as you slim down. Protein is highly satisfying and helps build strong hair, skin and nails. We’ve also added a unique blend of green tea extract, raspberry ketones and multi vitamins to the mix, to curb those cravings and help you to become slimmer and healthier.*
Used as a meal replacement once or twice daily, the shakes help you to control your calorie intake enabling you to lose weight, healthily.”
What are some of your favorite healthy snacks, proteins, or meal replacements?
No, I’m not quite cool enough to be featured on an episode of MTV’s Cribs, but yes, that is the inside of my fridge.
After an incredible week back home, it’s time for me to detox and get back on a tight diet — I can’t lie, I’ve put on some pounds this summer, and I’m feeling jiggly in all the wrong places.
So, here we are.
To combat this added weight, of course I’ll be hitting the gym my usual five times per week, but I’m following the Tone it Up Plan, as far as my meals go.
You may recognize Tone it Up trainers Karena and Katrina, from Bravo’s reality show, Tone it Up. Together, they’ve created a lifestyle that revolves around staying active, and of course, eating healthy.
However, the difference with this meal plan is the timing — you eat five times a day, and you eat certain things at particular times of the day (fruity in the morning, clean & green in the evening).
So, I spent Sunday grocery shopping, and then cooking up a storm in order to prepare all of my meals for the week (or maybe two weeks). Here’s some of the things I purchased:
- Salmon & scallops
- Chicken breasts
- Asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts
- Celery, snap peas, bell peppers
- Kale, arugula, baby spinach
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Greek yogurt
- Low-fat string cheese
- Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, lemons
- Chocolite Protein
- Hummus, guacamole
- Flaxseed, granola cereal
I chopped, cooked, and prepared nearly everything! I prepped tupperware containers with meals consisting of salmon (5oz), asparagus or broccoli, & quinoa (1/4 cup); scallops (4oz), quinoa, & brussel sprouts; salad (kale, spinach, arugula, onion, tomato, bell pepper, snap peas, 4oz baked chicken breast & a side of tomato basil vinaigrette — 4tb).
I also prepped tupperware containers with measured protein for shakes, measured almond milk, and measured cereal for breakfast — preparation is key.
And yes, it took a few hours, but now everything is ready for the week. And while today is only my second full day on the plan, I can say I’m liking it so far. Tone it Up gives me the opportunity to eat the things I enjoy (like fruit and carbs), while learning when and how to eat them so my body can use it as fuel, instead of storing it as fat.
Weight loss, and staying in shape is a constant journey, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of — especially as we get older, I am finding it isn’t getting easier. If you have any questions about Tone It Up, or are on a plan that’s working for you, feel free to share it!