June 30, 2012, will mark a full month into the Miss TeJota vs. the Pudge battle. Currently I am neck and neck in battle points with the pudge. I've lost weight and inches. I'm successfully pushing through the 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups programs. I'm above target for each program and that makes me very happy. I am eating better and usually under my daily caloric intake. I'm still in the process of figuring out how many grams of carbs is the proper amount for me, as well as protein.
I rarely reach the My Fitness Pal suggested 245 grams of carbohydrates a day for the weight loss program I am on. Due to that, I think I'll try to keep the amount of carbs I consume daily to between 80-120 grams. This number lets me still have oatmeal in the morning, a good amount of fruit, and some gluten free bread on occasion. Figuring out my how much protein I should have a day has been tricky. I've read that I should consume between 30-60 grams a protein a day. However, since my diet as of late has been tailored to my wallet, I've been consuming more meat. My local grocery store had a major meat sale. Boneless and skinless chicken breast for $1.99 a pound for family packs. I had to jump in on that deal, so hence all the chicken I am eating as of late. A friend gifted me a dozen and a half of eggs from a farmer's market. Since they are organic, they don't last as long so I need to eat those bad boys up. So consuming these items can bump up the amount of protein I eat to as much as 92 grams in a single day. I hope to get an understanding and handle on how many grams of carbs and protein I should consume a day to make for a healthy lifestyle that will also allow me to shed the pudge.
Where I'm losing points in the battle is with working out. I'm consistent in keeping with the push-up and sit-up programs, but I haven't added in a decent cardio and/or strength exercise routine. My sleep habits have been quite horrible and it's making me extra lazy. The sit-up and push-up work-outs take no more than 10-12 minutes each session. So I never miss a session. I'm hoping to get on track and add at least three cardio work-outs to my week ranging between 20-40 minutes. I think if I could add this in and successfully keep up with it, I'll beat and win my battle of the pudge.
If any of you have any suggestions please let me know.