Mixing it up

Dear faithful readers and avid fans,

I have good news and more good news. I’m sure you’d love to hear both news! I have been back to the gym since I left you all. I’d estimate about 5ish times. And I’m also pleased (and not pleased) to announce that I’ve been on a diet for the past week and a half (yes, I went on a diet right before Thanksgiving).

The first day back to the gym I died. I ran on the elliptical for 30 minutes and ran 3.5 miles. I also ended up burning 378 calories. While running I watched “Moving In” on MTV. My iPod was dead though which sucks. After I got off the elliptical my legs were wobbly and felt like jello.

Another time I went to the gym with my mom and the same deal happened as far as working out. However, I did use the stationary bike for 30 minutes as well as the elliptical.

Let’s talk about this diet though. I started my diet 3 or 4 day before Thanksgiving. However it didn’t even occur to me that I was starting my diet right before Thanksgiving.

Originally, I started out on my diet thinking it would be a soup diet. I started eating all soup and salads and drinking just water. That wasn’t filling enough. I was starving. So I decided to allow myself to eat other healthy foods like sandwiches with loads of veggies. I’m going to be honest. A diet isn’t fun, at all. But just know when you have low breakdown points that It’ll be worth it when your finally healthy and hot.

So far, I’ve come close to breaking down on my diet. I find the biggest problem I have with dieting is falling into a food routine. Eating the same thing everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For example, for breakfast I always have a Nutrigrain bar or Fiber One bar and yogurt. Lame. For lunch, I eat soup and a sandwich from the deli line at lunch. And dinner is usually a lean meat like chicken or turkey with veggies or a salad. I’ve learned that if I eat those things all the time the diet gets boring. YOU HAVE TO MIX IT UP! It’s similar to wearing the same clothes every single day, like a school uniform.

In the past I’ve talked about how hard it is to find motivation to start a diet, but I’ve failed to mention how hard it is to hold onto that motivation. My advice is to stay strong and find multiple “motivation devices” that can keep you float if you lose your way. Remember nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.

Over and Out,

Kyle Braden