Exercising My Life Update 1

I promised I would give regular updates on how my exercise quest is going.  So here goes.  I have been doing very well.  For the last few weeks (since the beginning of March) I have been exercising regularly and watching what I eat.  The last month I stepped it up a notch and have been exercising every day.  For a while I tried three times a week but then I found myself making excuses and only doing two sessions.  It has been hard and exhausting.  Every day around 3 pm I am exhausted and need to take a nap (that comes from a normally non-nap taker!).  Luckily I have the support of my employer (my dad) and a job that is flexible enough to allow short naps (20 minutes).  I am hopeful that the longer I keep it up the less tired I will feel.  Hopefully someday I will feel energized from exercising.  Right now my body is fighting it hard!

Each week I have seen consistent improvement until this week when I actually gained a pound 😦  I know there are variations in water weight and that increased muscle mass makes a difference but it was discouraging at first.  Part of the gain might be that I had 2 ear infections last week and only exercised 3 times.  Still, I was proud of myself because usually I use getting sick as an excuse to eat comfort food, which I did not do.

There have been many subtle changes like that.  I have been keeping a food log and here are some of my comments.


” I’m beginning to think I shouldn’t go out in public.  Too much to tempt me!  Everywhere I go there is food and my little brain thinks of every excuse to get some.  Today staying inside and kind of doing a fast to get back on track.  I can do this”


“Today I decided to take a sick day because I still feel exhausted from the last few days.  Between the infections, lack of sleep and hard work I just am tuckered out…At least I tried to not go overboard on the whole being sick comfort food thing.  So I found out that Thai food is super bad for you.  I was shocked because nothing is deep fried and it seems kind of healthy.  Not so much…Learn something new on this quest every day!”


“Lately I’ve been craving steak but its so expensive and not good for me….It is so hard to resist the craving but getting easier with every right decision. Today I did 27 minutes on the bike and my heart rate went up to 151.”


“Today I feel like I could sleep all day.  When will I get more energy? It seems like it will never come.  I think I will exercise tonight while watching Dancing with the Stars.  Determined to eat well today!’


“Today I exercised for a half hour and burned 175 calories.  I’m still super tired especially around 4 pm but am going to get an iron supplement.  Hopefully that will help.  I ate good today.  I made one of my favorite dishes, crepes, but instead of white flour I used buckwheat flour and eliminated the butter. They were surprisingly tasty! … I got a new quote today that inspires me “you have to want to be skinny more than you want the bad foods”.  I put that on my fridge. Hopefully it will motivate me to continue to make good choices.”


‘Last night I got super hungry and had a midnight snack I should not have.  I am feeling the result today.  Next week I will have no food after 9. Moving onward!”


“Today made pancakes with buckwheat flour and eliminated the butter on top and in the recipe.  Still mighty tasty! Tonight at Grandma’s will be an interesting test of my self control…”


“Today I exercised hard (190 calories on the bike and did weights) and was tempted to go to fast food rationalizing that “Subway was the healthy way…”  Resisted and was glad I did.  I’ve got to fight those cravings.  It is 5 and don’t feel as tired.  Maybe getting more used to exercise (hopefully!) and maybe the iron pills are helping?

Yesterday we had Mothers Day meal at grandmas.  Did pretty well….Only had  a small serving of mashed potatoes (they were so good!).  The victory of the night was leaving before the pie was made.   It was my favorite- lemon meringue.  There are some things I know I can’t have just one bite of and lemon meringue pie is one of them!”

As you can see there have been some small set backs, but I am proud that I have not eaten fast food in close to a month.  I have gone out a couple of times but I’ve tried to limit it and to select healthy when I do.  I am exercising nearly every day and trying to keep my spirits up and my motivation high.  Thank you to everyone for all your love and support.  Will update again soon.  Hopefully this time with more weight loss! Any tips you can give on having more energy (not being so tired from exercising) would be appreciated. Keep me in your prayers. I need all the help I can get.

12 thoughts on “Exercising My Life Update 1

  1. Comment from my uncle Tom:
    Here is a light at the end of the tunnel. When you get in tip top shape and can ride the bike for an hour and burn 500 to 1,000 calories you will be able to eat anything you want. The trick is making time to work out consistently and go hard and get into that tip top shape that burns tons of calories.

    And eliminate drinks if you can even diet drinks. Drink water and non fat milk and orange juice (sparingly). Drink water when you exercise not energy drinks. Never drink anything with caffeine.



    The goal is to get into tip top shape so you can do the really tough things like Angel’s Landing and Timpanogos and lots of other places!


  2. You’re doing great! You can totally do it.
    I second what Tom said about drinks. Try to stick to water as much as you can–try it with a little lemon or lime juice if you want. I say drink way more water than you think you need to each day and then you will probably get enough!
    I know you’re going to make this journey and I’m so excited for when we can go hiking, biking, cross country skiing and run a 5k together! I love you!

  3. one more thing–I think soup is a really good low fat way to get filled up and hydrated! The vegetable soup in Grandma’s cookbook is yummy.

  4. Thanks for the tips! I couldn’t do it without your support.
    I can’t wait until I can do all those things that I can’t do right now. We will have so much fun!

  5. Drinking your calories can be a big problem. I’ve been doing pretty good on that front. The soup is a good suggestion and cheap too!

  6. I’m so excited to read this and hear that you are doing so well! I’m also glad to hear that you discovered buckwheat flour, I think that it’s really good. Something else to try is Quinoa. It’s a super grain. It has a nutty taste to it and I just make it in my rice cooker, delicious. They also have quinoa flour =)

    1. Thanks for the comment. Please keep reading. I hope all is going well with your new assignment at work and your new apartment. We should get together sometime.
      Quinoa is a good suggestion. I was at Costco the other day and thought about buying some but figured I better try it in a small batch before buying in bulk.

      1. You’ll have to come over sometime and I’ll make some for you so you can try it =)I was gonna try to go to the temple tomorrow when I get off work if it’s not too late, you should come if you can. I should be off around 5 unless they need me to work over.

  7. Way to go Rach! I am so proud of you!!! You are doing so great!
    I have just started exercising too. Every day while I’m in london I will do it! this morning I almost said “nah” but then I forced myself! That’s what you do all the time now! You inspire me!

    p.s. the day I found out thai food was unhealthy was the saddest day of my life.. but I decided to disregard the information and have been eating it with just as much gusto anyways. It’s the coconut milk and carbs from the rice. The currys are so fatty.
    and delicious!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Keep it up on your end also! When else will you be able to go running in London!
      The thai thing really was shocking. Did you know one serving of massaman curry has 60 grams of fat? All of the curries are over 30 grams! I calculated it and I probably eat over 150 grams of fat and thousands of calories when I go to thai food. I guess in the grand tradition of delicious food it is bad for you. Maybe someday I will be able to eat it again but not for a while. I wonder if the are any low-fat thai cookbooks?

  8. I used to HATE running, but my mom always said “stick to the task (insert running, or exercise) ’till it sticks to you!” I used to tell myself that when I was out running and hating it. I would think, I want to like running…I am going to learn to like running. Admittedly, it took me a few years to get to that point, but now I LOVE running. I need to run becuase I can’t live without it!

    You may just end up enjoying exercise, but if not or until then, kudos to you for forcing yourself to do it even though it’s hard!

    I totally agree on the drinks thing. That is such an easy way to cut a ton of empty calories. Stick to water. I love water and drink it all day long. Don’t drink soda, limit the juice (only drink 100% juice when you do drink it), and stick to skim milk.

    1. I hope I will someday enjoy exercising. That’s the dream! It is awesome how you run and train with all those boys. It’s inspiring!

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