Day 1: I can & I Will / by Rattaya Nagorski

 Photo by bernie_photo/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by bernie_photo/iStock / Getty Images

I love quoting stickers. Yes, it sounds cheesy to do so, but it's simple enough. I Can & I Will just seems like a concrete way to approach the year of change for me. I'm part of a few Facebook journaling groups and so many people have been searching for a one-word theme for their year. Mine will be CHANGE. It just fits so well. 

I wanted to start the year off right with a no-sugar diet. While it sounded easy in my head, that approach went out the window. We had a good amount of food at home, so I wanted to cook all that food instead of throwing it away. So the no-sugar thing would have to be on hold. I wasn't about to throw half of the kitchen away. No, we didn't typically have sugary snacks or candy in the house, but the salad dressings or orange juice, I didn't want to waste money. 


Here's my workout plan today:

  • 21 minutes on the treadmill. I started to do the Couch to 5K regimen. This week, I'm supposed to walk 3 minutes, then run for 30s. 6 times. That equals to 21 minutes. 
  • 15 minutes on the elliptical. 
  • 3 reps - low incline dumbbell press.
  • 3 reps - machine chest flye.
  • 3 reps - standing shoulder press.
  • 4 reps - overhead tricep extension.
  • 2 reps - dumbbell rear lateral - NOPE. Didn't get to these!
  • 3 reps - situps. 

So I feel kind of cool planning this workout. It feels like I'm a trainer (ha ha), until I don't know what most of these workouts are and while I'm motivated now, I'm a bit skeptical I will keep up. It's silly to already doubt yourself on the first day, but I know myself way too well at this.

 So, no, I don't really know how to take a panoramic picture. Especially when I was bopping up and down on the elliptical. But here are some awesome workout buddies!

So, no, I don't really know how to take a panoramic picture. Especially when I was bopping up and down on the elliptical. But here are some awesome workout buddies!


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The Couch to 5K plan is actually a genius idea for people like me. I typically hate the treadmill (or any running really) because I get so bored. Music and tv don't really do it for me, and I end up running less because I'm just staring at the timer. The second it hits my designated time, I'm immediately done and will normally just give up. 20 minutes become 15 next time, then become 10, then I will just justify not doing any treadmill at all. 

But the Couch to 5k plan this week helped me out tremendously. I had a focus. Walk 3 minutes, run 30sec, so watching the time clock on the machine had a purpose. I had a game plan for the next few minutes, and the 3 minutes in between was just the right amount of trying to catch my breath and reset my plan. 

I took a screen shot of the plan from Pinterest and kept it in my phone. Sorry if it looks blurry or awkward! 

Now for the strength training, it was actually fun! I enjoyed doing all the reps and while I had to grunt and bear a few of those reps, planning it out worked well for me instead of doing random reps of random machines.

FOOD:

I ate what I would normally eat. I'm not a big sweets person, but I do love food. I stayed within calories, though! But what killed me today was the chicken salad with crackers from HEB. It's like crack, but I was disciplined. For now, we will see!