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    Maiyama's Daily Battle: 2018 Edition

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Current Weight 169.4 pounds Food Log A Green Apple (95 calories) Mixed Nuts (1 serving: 160 calories) Pop Chips (1 serving: 120 calories) Chili Noodles (1 serving: 190 calories) Chickpeas (1 serving: 120 calories) Veggie Dog with Bun (340 calories) Total: 1,025 calories Workout Log Jogged in place 60 seconds Jumping Jacks: 35 Push-ups: 5 Sit-ups: 10 Chest Press: 3 Sets of 10 Shoulder Press: 1 Set of 10 All too true, I just hope I can get a solid plan in place sooner rather than later. If this is a journey, some days I feel like I keep backing into the mailbox while trying to get out the driveway, haha.
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    Maiyama's Daily Battle: 2018 Edition

    Monday, July 16, 2018 (a retelling) Current Weight 171.6 pounds Food Log A slice of wheat toast A bunch of grapes Snow peas (all out now :/) Pretzels Veggie stir-fry (leftovers from Sunday) Donut (ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh) Workout Log Rest Day Seeing as this is the second time I've had to make up for missing a Monday workout, I may as well switch my rest days from Tuesdays to Mondays. This should help out, as Mondays can get a little hectic transitioning from the weekend to the work week. I've been doing some more research and came to the conclusion that I should begin counting calories. To be honest, I should have started this at the beginning, but subconsciously figured "eh, I can just wing it and everything should be fine." Not so. Using, I estimated exactly how many calories I should intake daily to lose 2~ pounds per week, which is 1,441. Once I get the hang of counting calories, and I'm able to do so on a consistent and daily basis, I would like to start counting macros. I know I keep saying this, but thank you so much for sharing! The more advice guidelines I have to follow, the less likely I think I am to go off track. Also, it was an interesting read. So, after going over the article, I'm now shooting for one larger-than-average meal every week (probably on Sunday mornings, for me), and eat meals with more protein leading up to it.
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    Maiyama's Daily Battle: 2018 Edition

    Sunday, July 15, 2018 Current Weight 169.0 pounds Food Log A slice of plain wheat toast A bunch of grapes Snow peas Veggie stir-fry (wheat noodles, broccoli, red and yellow peppers, green beans, GT sauce) Fruit snacks A handful of mixed nuts Workout Log Completed Day 2, Week 2 of the Couch to 5k Challenge Thanks for the suggestion. That was actually my plan for today, so you beat me to the punch. I switched out the push-ups for sit-ups because the sit-ups are much easier for me to do. The last time I tried to do push-ups I did about 2.5 before my arms started to buckle. But, now that you brought it up, I suppose the only way I can improve is by practicing them more, right? "Calculated cheating", huh? As long as I'm careful, I can see this working out. I've read similar articles that stated most of the individuals who participated in a study at the beginning of a new diet/exercise regimen had more success when they were allowed to occasionally indulge in a few of their favorite treats as opposed to cutting out all junk food all at once. To test if this will work for me, I'll try having one to two cheat-y meals per week. My only fear is that I go down that slippery slope and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays all end up being my cheat days. Please let me know how well it works for you!
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    Maiyama's Daily Battle: 2018 Edition

    Saturday, July 14, 2018 Average Weight (July 9-14) 167.8 + 170 + 170 + 169.6 + 168.6 + 171.1 / 6 = 169.51 pounds Food Log Tortilla Chips Fruit Snacks Mozzarella Sticks A Doughnut Veggie Patty Brown Rice An Apple Workout Log Completed Beginner Bodyweight Circuit (substituted 10 push-ups with 15 sit-ups) What is it about the weekends that completely throws off my regimen? As soon as I finished off the cheese sticks from yesterday I figured, well, might as well eat a doughnut since I caved already. I took most of my healthy snacks to work, so maybe that was it. I'm getting used to the cardio and bodyweight training. Now I need to focus on training my stomach. I'm starting to understand the meaning of "you can't outrun the fork".
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    Maiyama's Daily Battle: 2018 Edition

    Friday, July 13, 2018 Current Weight 168.6 pounds Food Log Green smoothie (spinach, blackberries, apple, mango, pineapple, peaches) 1/2 cup Pretzels rods Veggie Dog 3 Mozzarella sticks Snow Peas 1/2 cup Chick Peas Workout Log Completed Day 1, Week 2 of the Couch to 5k Challenge Walked an extra 5 minutes to make up for the mozzarella sticks :B We ordered out today at the office to celebrate our newest co-worker's first week on the job. Thankfully, I brought lunch so I didn't have an appetite for much. Mozzarella sticks are my kryptonite, though. Deliciously cheesy kryptonite. Now I'm stuck between either finishing off the three sticks I have leftover, or wasting food, which I'm not especially partial to. Haha, thank you! I'm a little surprised you find them interesting enough to read. I will keep them coming, then.
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    Maiyama's Daily Battle: 2018 Edition

    Thursday, July 12, 2018 Current Weight 169.6 pounds Food Log Fruit Bar (100% apple and cherries) Salad (romaine lettuce, arugula, carrots, mandarin oranges, honey roasted peanuts) Veggie Taco (lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, pico de gallo) Tortilla Chips Chickpeas Veggie Dog (with whole grain bun) Snow Peas 2 Sheets of Seaweed Workout Log Jogged in place 120 seconds Jumping Jacks: 30 Bodyweight Squats: 10 Sit-ups: 10 Chest Press: 3 sets of 10 Shoulder Press: 1 set of 15
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    Maiyama's Daily Battle: 2018 Edition

    Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Current Weight 170.0 pounds Food Log Green smoothie (spinach, apple, mango, peaches, pineapple) A pack of peanut butter crackers A personal pizza (spinach and tomato) Fruit snacks Chickpeas Workout Log Jogged in place 60 seconds Jumping Jacks: 30 Completed Day 3, Week 1 of the Couch to 5k Challenge
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    Well, hello there!

    Hi Minnie, welcome to NF! I wish you the best with your goals.
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    Maiyama's Daily Battle: 2018 Edition

    Haha, well it was either take the call or have my supervisor rumble and swear the next time he sees me because he needed me for something important. And yes, double yay, in fact! The logs can be a pain to write sometimes, but I've made some much healthier choices in the past week thanks to them. Thank you, a good part of my motivation comes from getting kind words like yours and Valette's. And I hope your back feels better soon, btw.
  10. Wednesday, July 4, 2018 This is going to be a simple log. Nothing fancy. Current Weight 170.8 pounds Food Log A juice box A handful of mixed nuts A Boca burger with lettuce, onions, and ketchup A medium baked potato cut into wedges with salt-free seasoning and ketchup Two pieces of sweet corn Seven to eight pieces of watermelon (NOT PIE!) Workout Log Chest Press: 3 sets of 10 reps with BodyGym Bodyweight Squats: 5 Lunges: 6 (3 on each leg) Began Day 1, Week 1 of the Couch to 5k Challenge. Completed the brisk five-minute walk, but only three alternating walk-jog cycles. The treadmill was set to 5.0 incline with walking set to a speed of 3.0 and jogging set to a speed of 3.5. Walked for about 2:30 minutes after the fourth cycle. For now, the plan is to work on the Couch to 5k Challenge on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays will be reserved for weight training, with Tuesdays being my resting day. Specifically, Saturday will be the day I complete the Beginner Body Weight Circuit. Going forward, I need to increase the number of squats and lunges and reincorporate jumping jacks and push-ups into my workout routine. Possibly invest in a jump rope. As for the diet, I need to add more vegetables. Make a list of vegetables that are easy to carry around for snacks, such as celery, carrots, or snap peas. Look into fruit-infused water to help with sugar cravings. Stay away from sugary fruit juice. You can do it, Maiyama. Links In Case I Forget Couch to 5k Challenge: Beginner Body Weight Circuit: