Saturday, April 12, 2014
Today I'm going to a bridal shower for my future SIL. It is up in the area where I used to live, so I'm traveling today. I'm one of the bridesmaids, so I've done a lot of preparation for today. I also know what the food menu is going to look like. I have my work cut out for me - I am determined to stick to my healthy eating. I've worked really hard to get where I am, and I feel great. I don't really want to leave the shower today feeling bad about my choices.
I think I kind of forget that the whole world doesn't eat like I do. For me, my food choices are so second nature that I can't imagine anyplace *not* serving vegan meals, or not having an abundance of fruits and veggies as snacks. Need drinks for today? Soda and coffee. Of which I drink neither. I guess it will be easy to stick to my water. But food? That's a different story. There will be chips and pretzels, small tea sandwiches, cupcakes, and a few other little snack-y things to eat. For me, it's easier to eat NONE than it is to eat ONE. The tea sandwiches all have meat in them, so that's no problem. But the chips and pretzels? That is my challenge for today. I will definitely be stocking up on the fruit and veggies that are going to be there. I already ate a big bowl of hot cereal so I can prepare myself.
But really, the most important thing for today is to enjoy myself and have a good time. I think as long as I keep my goals in the back of my head and my Fitbit in view, everything will be fine. (My Fitbit is a great visual reminder not only to walk a ton, but also to eat and drink to support my goals.)
- tons of water
- eat up those fruits and veggies!
- have fun!
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I know that cookies and cakes are my weakness. When I decided to go on my diet cleanse, added sugar was one thing I knew I really wanted to cut out. And I was doing really well! I lost about a pound a week when I was carefully watching my sugar, along with dedicating myself to my workouts. And when I saw that I was doing really well with my weight loss, I thought "one little _____ won't hurt." "I can have some ______ tonight, it won't be a big deal." But added up, it *Is* a big deal. I haven't put any weight back on, but I have been at a plateau for a few weeks. Sometimes a plateau happens, I know that. But this time it got me to look closely at my diet and see what I've been eating that's been keeping me from getting to where I want to be.
So what do I see on my food log in the last month that wasn't there before? Lots of stuff that I should definitely be eating less of. French fries, restaurant food, vegan chocolate chip cookies and cookie bars (Whole Foods has an AWESOME cookie that frequently calls my name), extra bread... I'm committed to getting back on track with my eating. Cutting out the added sugar, having snacks ready so I don't let myself get hungry (which almost always leads to cookies and/or chips), and taking my water bottle with me everywhere. The whole point of buying my water bottle was so that I'd have water with me all the time.
I've gotten into a great running routine - I am working on adding regular strength and cross training into my week. I'm learning to be honest with myself about my workout habits - like if I don't do a workout first thing in the morning, I don't do it, no matter how much I tell myself that I will.
Time to do some work...
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
I already got in my 10-mile run and I'm feeling good. My legs are a bit sore from yesterday's workout, but I finished my run strong.
- drink lots of water
- track my food
- get some teaching stuff done
Sunday, March 23, 2014
The blog I'm writing now is very different than the one I would have written last night. I was feeling pretty blah - I hadn't done a workout for a week, and my food choices were less than stellar. So after some journaling, prayer, and self-reflection, I set my alarm for 6:30am so I could get in an early run. My early run reaffirmed why I consider myself a morning person. I did five + miles before I could make any excuses, and I feel great. My run will set the tone for the entire day, including food choices and attitude.
This past week taught me a lesson about the importance of eating right. In February, I decided to go on sort of a cleanse - more of a diet overhaul. I went totally vegetarian, no dairy, I cut out added sugar and highly processed foods, and I replaced my coffee with herbal tea. All this took time, but it paid off. I lost about 7 pounds and I felt great! First week in March, hubs and I went on vacation and my diet overhaul went out the window. I came back, saw that I had gained 5 pounds (but didn't sweat it - it was almost all gone in a week) and went back to my new diet. Even with the limited workouts I've been doing since returning from Florida, I am *only* up 1 pound since before vacation. I am almost 100% sure that wouldn't be the case if I would have kept my vacation diet upon returning home.
A 5-mile run is a great way to start the last full week of March off with a bang. I have 13 weeks until Wedding #1 of the summer, and I know that my clean eating and determination to get back into a workout routing will have me feeling my best for the exciting events I get to be a part of.
- drink lots of water! I know this helps me feel my best and keeps my body happy and healthy.
- enjoy the time with my family this afternoon
- keep the momentum going!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I think I have the post-vacation blues. Hubs and I had a wonderful week in Florida, but now it's back to reality.
The only part of my diet that I stuck to last week was the "no coffee" part. Sheesh. But it's something! I really didn't want to have to wean myself off of coffee again.
Yesterday was the first day since we got back on Friday night that I did a workout - I ran 4 miles. I ran during vacation, which was good - I need to be consistent for my 10-miler in May. This morning I went to the gym for about 30 minutes. I hit my snooze twice this morning and thought about skipping the gym since I didn't have all that much time, but I talked myself into going. I thought "a little bit is better than no bit." It was an easy upper body workout.
Another busy day...
- stick to clean eating
- manage my time
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