Thursday flew by yesterday! And now it’s hard to believe it’s Friday…the weekend is here! I’m done with my clients for the week and had this to tweet about after my last session:
It’s true! When a Friday workload becomes significantly less, it’s much easier to embrace than on any given Monday or Wednesday. Plus, in my job, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid. So it’s a give and take. But all my clients worked hard today and I really enjoyed training them. It’s so fulfilling when people want to make the most of their time, want to see change, and are ready to do the work to make it happen.
Something I’m struck with, however, is the truth that just 3 hour long sessions a week will not change your body in the way you want it to be changed, generally speaking. Working out 3 times a week will bring positive changes to your body as far as strength gains, more energy, better bone density, improved heart functions, and a great feeling of accomplishment and confidence in yourself and your body. But if you’re looking to see weight changes, it’s going to take more than just 3 short workouts a week – think of all the hours in the week! 3 hours is not much to change your life. However, making smaller changes in your lifestyle is what will create real change that will last. Cutting your calories, trying crash diets, and working out obsessively will do something to your body, but it will not create lasting change, and that’s what we’re going for! Long term, lifestyle changes take place when we take control of all aspects of our lives.
If you’re looking for change but haven’t found it yet or have plateaued after 3 hours a week of workouts, check your nutrition: how are you eating? Keeping a food journal might help you be more aware of what you’re actually putting in your body. It’s very possible that with increased movement, you’re hungrier and possibly eating more. Keep that in check and remember that at the end of the day, “abs are made in the kitchen.” How you look and maintaining your weight is actually about 70-80% dependant on how you eat, so stay consistent both in the gym and in the kitchen.
So yesterday, as I was working in a coffee shop with Mikey, I was hit with a new realization about my own eating. We were working hard, plugging away at work for the upcoming film tour, and the morning passed without my usual snack. This might not seem like a big deal, but usually I eat on time throughout the day like clockwork, and it surprised me that I wasn’t even hungry. I know it wasn’t me getting lost in my work, because that’s something I just don’t do (my husband, on the other hand, most definitely forgets to eat while he’s working! No idea how his body does that!). It made me realize that perhaps I’m eating more at home than I’ve realized. I’ve put on a few winter pounds and while I’m happy with my workouts and running, I’ve been constantly finding it necessary to keep my eating in check. Working all day and eating less (granted, I was more sedentary), made me think about how much I’m actually eating. So I decided to start keeping a food journal myself! I’ll be logging my info and keeping track of what I eat not for the sake of calories (I’m not a calorie counter, although it works for some people), but for the sake of me being more aware of what my body needs. Still working on my mindless munching, the hardest of my March Fitblogger Goals!
Last night, I made a conscious decision to eat well while celebrating out at a fun, fancy meal! I never overanalyze what I eat when I go out – those are special meals that are fun to enjoy! That being said, I still find it important to make the best choices while I eat out, so that’s what I did, and I enjoyed every bite of a special meal!
So what were we celebrating? My father-in-law’s retirement! After 37 years of hard work with his dental practice, he’s done! Free! And ready to explore the world Muriel.
We went out to the Calgary Tower and enjoyed a celebratory meal and had a blast together! Here are a few more pictures from our fun night out:
The food was delicious! I passed on my own appetizer but ate a bit of Mikey’s goat cheese/arugula/beet salad (yum!) and had a great herbed chicken with pearl barley and squash, mushrooms, and asparagus. SO good!
Although the desserts sounded good, they didn’t appeal quite enough for me to order my own, so I sipped a great cup of coffee and nibbled on a bit of Mikey’s ice cream (he always gets the lower sugar/calorie desserts because that’s what he loves! I appreciate his tastes – it helps me not go overboard!). All in all, the night was a good one and we were happy to celebrate. Happy Retirement, Maurice! You’ve sure earned it.
That’s about it for this Friday! I’m actually off to do a combo workout and run outside if I can brave it outside…it’s sunny and beautiful out but for some reason I’m feeling an indoor workout today! Maybe just a walk outside will help with that Vitamin D. How are you spending your weekend? Any tricks that help you with watching your food intake more closely? And do you feel like working out is enough for your body each week? I’d love to hear some of your lifestyle changes and encourage you to keep them up! One day at a time, one step at a time. Make it a good weekend! Live well & be well,