29 January 2013

No Excuses Here

I haven't had a lot to say lately, but I have been up to a bunch.

For starters, I have been more or less on track/in control since 1/2. This includes eating much less sugar, no added sugar, no fake sweetners, reducing the amount of fruit I am eating, etc.

I've also been eating pretty much exclusively whole foods.  For example- today's foods are

Old fashioned Quaker Oatmeal with 6 strawberries and a tablespoon of raw almond butter
coffee with 1% milk.

Salad with red peppers and garbanzo beans
Thousand Island Dressing (not clean, but I am not a wasteful person, so I am using it up)

2 slices of cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread with  2 tbsp natural peanut butter

Hummus with veggies and a whole wheat pita (snack 1)
1/2 grapefruit with a string cheese (snack 2)

This is enough food to keep me quite full and satisfied and craving almost nothing. 

I've also been working out.  Real workouts with strength training.  That's new stuff for me!  I have one structured group workout with my besties per week, plus try for yoga on Sunday afternoon and try to fit in 5 cardio workouts per week plus two additional strength training workouts.

Some other changes.  I've been eating meat again.  The transition to clean left me craving meat left and right, and feeling kind of weak and HUNGRY.  I added a little bit of meat here and there (maybe 2x per week) and all of a sudden, I am feeling better, more satisfied.

I don't know that this is perfect eating, or perfect living, but it feels good, man.  I like it and I am not going to change it until it stops feeling good.

How are you?  Have you made any big changes?

15 January 2013

It's been a hard 4 days.

I haven't been able to follow my challenge really at all.

First, my son got the flu.  Very snuggly and clingy, he passed the flu on to me in short order.  On Friday night, I left my house for the first time in about 36 hours and got my haircut.  Shortly after getting home from my haircut, I started coughing.  That stinks.

I coughed throughout the night. I woke up feeling like I was hit by a truck.  By noon, I was running a very small fever.  My appetite tanked.  I had enough energy to move from couch to kitchen, refill my water glass and back to the couch.  The cough gets worse. The congestion really sets in.  I'm sick as a dog at this point.  I sleep fitfully and rest.  Sunday morning, I wake up, burning fever, 102.5.  I can hardly breathe.  The simplest movement exhausts me.  I struggle through the day.

Monday, I wake up with a fever of 103.5.  I make an appointment at my doctor's office.  The verdict? unsurprising. Influenza.   The swab to test for influenza is very unpleasant.  It goes up your nose and down the back of your throat.  It burns some.  It will clear that portion of your nose, you know?  Gross.

I finished the day with a fever of 100.5, snuggled up in bed dosed up heavily with Nyquil.  I waited too long to go to the doctor, so it wasn't worth it for me to get Tamiflu.  I decided to be swabbed because Raj hasn't gotten sick.  If I have a positive flu test, if Raj gets sick, he just needs to call our doctor and she will prescribe Tamiflu for Raj to hopefully minimize his symptoms and duration.

I woke up this morning with a very small fever.  Just 99.6.  I took some NyQuil.  and now I am feeling pretty decent.  Tired, have a bad cold, but pretty healthy.  It's good to be back(ish)

07 January 2013

Friend Makin' Mondays: Simple Questions

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section over at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Simple Questions
1. Outside my window I see...our pine trees, some street lights, the neighbors' houses and a ton of snow
2. My kitchen counters are...in desperate need of replacement
3. Yesterday I drank...lots of water and coffee.
4. My cell phone is..a Droid Razr.
5. My computer is...getting old.
6. My favorite reality show is...Top Chef.
7. My workouts are...tough for me.  But I'm doing them.
8. The last book I read is...a book I've read many times.  The Namesake
9. My week will be....challenging. It's my first week of clean eating.
10.  So far 2013 has been...a good year.  I've made some goals, and I'm working toward them.  More on that later. (I didn't change Kenlie's answer because it works well with my answer)

Now it's your turn to answer this week's questions.  Don't forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday, friends!

03 January 2013

Day 2

Yesterday's promises were all kept.  The planks by the skin of my teeth.

Today's promises are

  • To do my planks.  Two 1 minute thirty planks
  • to run the stairs 30 times up and down
  • spend 15 minutes organizing Deven's art supplies.
  • 20 minutes of Zumba this morning (already done)
  • to eat as best I can.  (We are having a work catered lunch)
  • to spend some individual time playing board games with Deven.
I am feeling tired today.  It was hard to get up for Zumba.  But I did it. 

02 January 2013

Promise Keeper

This morning I got up, did 20 minutes of Zumba and did my plank (one minute, thirty seconds this morning).  I made a healthy lunch, packed 64 oz of flavor infused water and drank my coffee.  I made my favorite breakfast and did some laundry.

I feel like this is a really solid way to start the work week.  I'm excited about this positive start to my day.  I've got my outfit for work planned in my head and I feel so cute just thinking about it.

A black skirt and black tights, a purple argyle cardigan with a white tank underneath and my new knee high boots. 

I'm taking care of me.  Keeping promises to myself.  Doing things that make me feel good. 

Tonight after work I promise

  • To do one more plank.
  • To run the stairs in my house at least 30 times up and down. (ten times at a go)
  • To clean in the kitchen for 15 minutes (I will set a timer)
  • To take the time to apply lotion before bed so I wake up with soft feeling and good smelling skin.
  • To fold the laundry.
  • To play one board game with Deven.
  • To knit at least 4 rows on Raj's socks.
This is all small stuff.  It's all BIG stuff.  Because little movements amount to big change.   I'm waiting to see what my trainer has in the works for us on Sunday, but I am not waiting for her.  I am fixing myself little by little.  I can and will make the life changes I need to make.  I can and will be accountable on this blog.

Life is most sincerely good.  Make the most of it.


01 January 2013

Easing Back into Healthy Living

Today, I am being mindful about my choices, I am tracking my food.  I made a point to move.  I did my plank from my challenge. 

Oh, planks are really hard for me right now. Which is precisely why I am going to push myself to do something that is really hard every day. I will watch for Rebecca's e-mail and do her daily challenge.  And I will set weekly promises to myself.  Because I plan to be nicer to myself in 2013, I will keep my promises to myself.

For the rest of this week, I promise to  complete Rebecca's workout challenge EVERY DAY.

I promise that during at least 3 commercials per night, I will run the stairs 10 times.

I promise that I will get up and do WiiZumba at least 3 times this week.  Preferably before work.

I promise to feed my body with healthy, delicious food.

I promise to track my food.  Even if I am over the calorie target.

I promise not to beat myself up for going over the calorie target, if I do.

For this week, I promise to reduce stress in my life by taking the time to tidy up a little every day instead of waiting until I am so anxious about the state of our house. And to forgive if it is messy.

and I'm going to knit.