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When “Advice” Goes Wrong…

When “Advice” Goes Wrong…

I have not been posting on here much lately… Sorry about that! Honestly, I have just been too tied to form words! Lol! But I am doing great with my exercising… And I am working on doing better with food. But that is not why I am writing today.

Pet peeve time!

Something that I absolutely cannot stand about the fitness industry and something I have seen a lot while on my fitness journey is food shaming. Is that the actual term for it? I have no clue. But that is what I am calling it!

Just this morning, I had a page flash on my Facebook newsfeed with a post that seriously made me want to delete the page. I have not yet. But I might be. The page owner posted an article about how horrible bread is and said that everyone following her page should have given it up by now. Granted, this is a page with a low-carb emphasis, but still.

I cannot stand it when people try to dictate how other people should be eating. Are you someone who measures out every grain of food? That is totally fine. Do you have one splurge meal every week? Great! Do you drink Shakeology for every meal? If it works for you (and you can AFFORD that!), do it. Do you eat hot dogs for dinner and do not consider it a splurge because it is built into your calorie allowance? Do you bake French fries (not homemade ones) as part of your lunch? Do you eat zero sugar? Do most of your meal consist of Lean Cuisines? Do you eat a Big Mac for a meal now and then? Do you put two tablespoons of sugar in your coffee? As long as you are eating the right amount of calories for your body, and getting enough nutrients, I honestly do not care what you are eating! (And yes, some of these scenarios MAY apply to me… As I have French fries in the oven right now! Lol) But feel free to pass along awesome recipes!

The point of this post is to say that EVERYONE has a different journey. Each person has different exercises that they love and hate. EVERYONE has different food choices and plans that are going to work best for them. You have to find what works for YOU. And, please, stop bashing other people’s choices. This world and this journey is hard enough without having people trying to micromanage every decision that you are making! And we are hard enough on ourselves without other people adding extra pressure.

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February Wrap-Up…

February Wrap-Up…

February… it was good! Even though I definitely still have had my days of zero motivation, I stuck with it. And I definitely feel more like myself now! I am super psyched to see what March brings! Here is the schedule I have set for myself. I will be focusing more on strength training this month, as well as continuing to do my Leslie Sansone DVDs. Does anyone want to join me? :o)

Click to view a larger version (great for printing!).

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Weigh-In Monday…

Weigh-In Monday…

I have been trying to figure out all day how to go about doing this post, with no luck. So I am just going to say it. After a full week of being totally on point with my exercising and mostly good food days, plus an on-track weekend, I weighed myself this morning. ***drumroll*** I have lost 3.5 pounds since last Monday!! Eek! And yes, I know that the scale is not the only (or most important) tool out there to track how we are doing, but it sure is nice when it cooperates like that! Lol! I actually looked back over my weight log that I keep and figured out that I have only had that big of a weight loss three other times… And I was eating WAY less calories then than I am now!

One nice thing about such a fantastic weigh-in is that it really helped motivate me today. I was totally not feeling the workout groove today. I have been fighting a lingering migraine since yesterday, plus have my pinched nerve being finicky, and have just felt drained. So exercising was the last thing that felt good. But I reminded myself that I had a rest day yesterday. And I remembered how fantastic it felt to have such a great week last week. And how I am finally starting to feel like I am getting out of this glump that I feel like I have been in the past couple of months. So I turned on my DVD and got to work. And I tried to talk myself into doing just two miles instead of three. Actually, Satan tried to talk me into it. I was still feeling super tired and that second mile felt like the longest mile of my life. But I had committed to three, so I pushed those thoughts away and kept on.

And you know what? That third mile really felt great. It woke me up and it had my favorite moves. It was totally worth it! To me, the crazy thing about exercise is that it can be soooo hard to get into the habit of doing it. But once you get into that habit, and have been consistent for a while, you actually miss it if you take a “break” from it. That is totally how it has been for me. I have actually missed working out, but I was not willing to do what it took to get it back into my life… Until now!

Here’s to another fantastic week!

Feeling Determined!

Feeling Determined!

Determined.. That is the only way to describe how I feel after the day that I had today. I was on my feet almost the entire day, not really getting a chance to sit down until dinner. Library, groceries, and a massive amount of deep cleaning (apparently I have the spring cleaning bug right now!), all followed by a 5k walk with Leslie Sansone! I actually wish that I was wearing one of those Polar watches today to see how many calories I burned today! (Unfortunately, my FitBit is currently on the fritz so I do not even have a step count for the day!) All that I know is that my feet are currently throbbing and, as soon as I got cleaned up after Zeeva went to bed, I was suddenly ravenous, even though we had a late dinner tonight. I practically inhaled a plate full of ants-on-a-log! Which, by the way, I have decided is one of my all-time favorite snacks. Crunchy, salty, sweet, with protein and healthiness thrown in? Sounds good to me!

On top of having such a high calorie-burn day, I am also on day two of being great with my eating! Woohoo! If you have been following me for long, you know this is something that I have been struggling with for a while. So this is definitely a victory for me!

The main reason why I say that I feel determined right now is that, at several points today, I felt so strong. It made me feel so amazing. I have not had a “strong” day in months. I feel like I can do anything right now… Especially reach all of my fitness goals!

And now my body is aching virtually everywhere, from all my intense activity today… It honestly feels great! I am so ready for this. I am definitely back where I belong!

Day TWO!

Day TWO!

February 5, 2014

Today was a big day for me… Not only was I FINALLY able to eat normal food for every meal and not regret it for the first time in several days (thanks so much food poisoning!), but I was able to work out for the second day in a row. Honestly, I am not sure that I remember the last time that happened. :o/ Sad, I know. But I have been living with this shoulder injury that has been flaring up on and off since September (and has mostly been stuck in “on” mode), plus have been plagued with a few illnesses during that time. So I am feeling psyched about today.

Not only did I get in my scheduled three-mile walk with Leslie Sansone, but I also spent fifty minutes shoveling our driveway out (we got yet another eight inches of snow. Goodbye winter!) and the pulled my daughter around on her way-too-small sled for a bit. (That is her, perched on top of one of the piles of snow from clearing the driveway. I think she likes it when we have to shovel!) Then, on top of that, the DVD I did incorporated some arm exercises, which I decided to try. And I did them! Were my muscles singing? You bet! They have barely been used for months! But it felt AMAZING!!! Seriously, I actually highly miss strength training. It is one of the best feelings in the world. So I am hoping that this trend can continue and I can start working (lightly) on my arms again.

And, yes, I will absolutely say that I never would have ever thought that I would be the type of person to say that I missed doing some form of exercise. Never. But I definitely do! And it felt great to get back in the saddle tonight!

And, in a completely unrelated tangent, I have to say that I will never grow tired of hearing my daughter play with her toys and all the voices she comes up with and conversations she has. Seriously… It is one of the best things ever!

A Crazy Revelation…

A Crazy Revelation…

I had an interesting revelation about myself tonight. As a bit of background, let me start by saying that I gave a painting that I did to a friend today. She is pregnant and it is something I made for them to hang in her daughter’s bedroom. I even consulted with them, to make sure that I was going to paint something they would actually like. Everyone loved the painting at the shower, and even more people have now said so after they posted a picture on Facebook. Here is the crazy thing… I am still doubting myself and whether it is actually any good.

Why in the world is that?? I grew up in a very supportive home, one that fully encouraged any endeavor I chose to partake in, from softball to art to singing to schoolwork in general. My parents never had a bad word to say, even when I chose to back out of a few things (did anyone else suddenly become a complete klutz once puberty had fully kicked in??). So I have absolutely no clue where this tendency for self-doubt comes from within me. And, I have something that is even crazier sounding… I actually do think that I am a decent artist (and a decent singer, for that matter). But I still doubt whether anyone else will actually think so. I do not even know how to explain this without coming off sounding like I am just asking you all for praise or something. In fact, I am really not wanting that at all.

The revelation part of this whole thing (since none of this is new news for me) is that I think this actually relates to my weight-loss issues that I have had lately. In some bizarre and twisted way, I think that I have been sabotaging myself lately because I doubt whether I am actually worth it… Whether I deserve to be healthy. I will be honest… I have had a HORRIBLE week. I actually do not even know if I can put myself through the misery of stepping on the scale tomorrow. But I do know one thing… I will be getting in a major workout. I am stating right here and now that I will be doing a long walk tomorrow, plus I will be starting 30 Day Shred. And I will be eating healthy and tracking everything and drinking enough water. My reasons for doing this, even after having this revelation? Because, even if I am doubting in the deepest recesses of my mind lately whether I am worth it, I know in the very depth of my soul that my family is worth it. My daughter deserves to know what it is like to have a healthy mom. My husband deserves to not have to worry about his wife not being here. My family deserves to have many, many, MANY fun years with me.

That is why I will do what I need to do tomorrow. I am promising myself and my family that right now.

Time To Talk H2O!

Time To Talk H2O!

Do you drink enough water? The formula that I have been hearing a lot the past couple of years is to take your weight, divide it by two, and that number is the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. Plus, you need to add extra if you’re working out a ton and really sweating. I first started my weight-loss journey 23 months ago at 217.8 pounds… And I was lucky if I got in 20 ounces of water a day. I now weigh around 168 and I try to get 96 ounces a day. And there are days when I am THIRSTY, so I drink way more than that. When I first started out, I never would have ever thought it was even possible to drink that much water. But, as you increase your intake, your body gets used to actually being hydrated, and you actually start to crave more and more water. I can now tell when I haven’t had enough… And sometimes, I can even tell when I am feeling “hungry” because I’m actually starting to get dehydrated. Yep, hunger is a symptom of dehydration! It’s actually one of the first. Who knew??!

For more symptoms of dehydration, check out this link:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/510463-how-body-mistakes-hunger-for-thirst/

Now, what do you do if you are not used to drinking water, or maybe can’t stand the “taste” of it? Here are some of my tips:

- My number one tip is to use a system that keeps track of how many bottles you’ve had to drink. I have a favorite type of bottle because it has a dial that you can turn on it to keep track of how many times you’ve filled it. And it comes in all sorts of colors! I have four, I think. Lol. http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Nissan-Intak-Hydration-Bottle/dp/B001EGGQB6

- An option for those of you who don’t like the taste of water is to add fruit to your water bottle. (Or to a pitcher of water you keep in the fridge) Berries, watermelon, citrus fruits, cucumber, mint… The options are pretty much endless. And I have even now seen water bottles that are specifically designed for this purpose, that have a compartment that you put the fruit in so it infuses your water, but you don’t end up eating it and can use it for a refill. http://www.amazon.com/AdNArt-BTA711-Tritan-Flavor-Bottle/dp/B00CJBL5PM This is just one of MANY that I’ve seen, including some that are water pitchers instead of bottles.

- One last suggestion is for if you’re looking for a special drink, or really craving soda. I have two words for you… Sparkling water. You can add the fruits, like I mentioned above, and have a delicious fizzy drink without the added sugar (and chemicals!) of soda!

Does anyone else have any other suggestions? What’s your favorite way to drink your h2o?

Yesterday’s Workout…

Yesterday’s Workout…

I am on fire with my workouts! Three days in a row of sticking with them and not giving up at all… Today will be day FOUR.

Yesterday was a 5k training day. However, it was also a very busy, rainy day here. We were out of the house for almost the whole morning. Luckily, Zeeva was hungry early for lunch so she ate and then got in her stroller for our run. Then, as soon as I left the garage, I heard it… Thunder. I had already checked the radar, so I was hoping I would have enough time to get in my full 5k walk/run. My training runs are actually not usually that long but yesterday was my participation day for a virtual 5k that Sara over at Sara – Use It To Lose It puts on monthly. So I was really hoping to get in the full distance.

It was an extra challenging one for sure… We had a dog join us for a while, which made me a bit nervous. She was very friendly though, and went away after a few minutes. And I upped my training level for this run, so I was definitely pushing myself extra hard. The nice part of this run was that it was a bit cooler out, only in the lower 70s, and there was a decent breeze. That always helps.

Then the rain started. Lol. I was all the way on the other end of my neighborhood and probably about 3/4 of the way done with my run when it started. So we were going to get wet whether I finished my distance or not. (Myself way more than Zeeva, who had a lovely canopy on her stroller to hide under) So I decided to just keep up what I was doing. I even ran a few extra distances, once my official “training” portion” was over, just to get home a bit faster. Thankfully, it the really heavy rain decided to wait until after we got home! Actually, I am pretty sure it started within minutes of us getting home.

I am really proud of myself though. I could have gone back at that first distant crack of thunder. I could have turned around as soon as it started sprinkling. I could have called my hubby and asked him to come pick us up. But I kept going on, not letting a little rain keep me from reaching my goals. I am determined to be able to run that 5k in just a few short weeks!

Me, after my run… it’s hard to tell, but I’m very wet. lol. And me with my running partner in crime! :o)

Ps… I rocked today’s workout(s) too! 2.86 miles of walking with my kiddo and TurboFire Sculpt… My body is very happy with me!

Weigh-In Tuesday…

Weigh-In Tuesday…

I am rather confused. I have not been eating real great the past few days and I have not had a real exercise session in a week or so, ever since my daughter got sick. (She seems to be finally more like herself today, by the way!) I decided to weigh myself this morning, to keep myself accountable. Even though I had pizza for dinner last night. Lol. And here is the crazy thing… I somehow managed to maintain my weight EXACTLY from my last weigh-in. I am very confused by that. And I do not really see how that is possible. The even stranger part is that I can tell that I am seriously retaining water today. So, in reality, it is likely that I actually lost weight this week.

Yep, I am very confused. But I will take it! Since I have been doing so poorly lately, I have decided that I need to set some new goals for the next week to help get myself back in track.

    WATER! I have been doing HORRIBLY with my water intake for the past week or so. It started because I was drinking other things, in an attempt to get Zeeva to drink something when she was sick. She had a fever for four straight days and rarely drank anything. We finally turned to Popsicles, which helped. But I was drinking anything and everything in an attempt to get her interested.
    Stay within my calories! The past few days have been extra hard on this. I have gotten into some bad habits too, like not measuring out my food. That stops today.
    Make better food choices. Just because I have the calories for frozen yogurt every night, this does not mean that I need to be consuming such empty calories on a regular basis… And my bank account will thank me for not doing this too! My goal is to skip dessert for the next week.
    Exercise! I need to do something… I am just not entirely sure what. I am doing a modified version of Couch to 5k right now, for sure. And I was doing TurboFire. But I am not sure that my foot can handle the cardio workouts on that program until I can get some new cross-training shoes. So I may just do some toning workouts on my days off of Couch to 5k.

I was going very strong for the first week of June on hitting my mileage goal for the month. It is going to be harder now, since I had so many days off… But I am still determined to do it! I am currently at 160.1 pounds. My goal for next week’s weigh-in is to be back in the 150s. I was able to maintain being in the 150s for more than six months… I do not like that I creeped back up into the next decade two weeks ago!

My Thirty-First Birthday!

My Thirty-First Birthday!

Today is my thirty-first birthday. Happy birthday to me! Lol! I had so many plans for today… Even though I already had my actual birthday celebration, I had many plans for today. I was going to exercise my butt off… That was going to be my birthday present to myself. I was going to build a snowman with Zeeva (and yes, it is very depressing to say that there is snow on the ground on my birthday!). I was going to take some new pictures with Zeeva. I was going to take a nice, long bath to relax. And I was going to cook an amazing dinner.

Unfortunately, the only piece of that which I was actually able to accomplish was the bath. Why, you ask? Because I woke up sick this morning. Pukey sick. Thomas joined me a few hours later. Thankfully, Zeeva seems to be fine (in fact, she was a bit TOO fine today, as in way too active and drove me nuts). I am finally starting to feel a bit better (as is Thomas), but I am bummed that my day did not turn out nearly like I had planned. I am praying that we all feel better tomorrow so we can make up for today!

I have something else to share too.. I have been working on this for about a week now. I, like many people, am signed up for the clubs that many restaurants offer, in order to get an occasional discount. I used to be excited around birthdays and anniversaries, because it was always fun to see what kinds of offers would roll into my inbox. I would not use them all, but it was always nice to have choices and ways to save some money. This time around, I did not use a single discount that came my way… And I got a LOT of them. Thirteen to be exact! Even though I did not use them, I did decide to save them in my email so I could keep a tally. I went through and figured out exactly how many calories each dish would have been… And then I added them all up.

If I had used every coupon that came into my inbox, I would have consumed between 8,186 and 11,196 calories! The low end is if I had shared some if the appetizers and desserts (which is likely). The high end was if I was a major pig and ate every morsel by myself. And neither of those numbers includes the other food items I would consume while in the restaurants… Main meals, free bread, salad… It would all add up to a LOT more calories than just the freebies! Would I have saved a bunch of money? Sure! Would it have been worth it? Absolutely not.

Happy birthday to me!