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'Tis the season

Thursday, December 04, 2014

'Tis the season. The holiday season. The Christmas season. The season of parties. The season of finger foods. The season of chocolates. The season of gifts. The season of indulgence.

And I am trying to take all of those things in but still remain healthy.

It feels like I am starting all over again. And I am in a lot of ways. I have totally fallen off the wagon in terms of exercise. I just restarted my gym membership. I just made a whole shopping trip to get new, healthy foods and purge my house of junk foods. I don't know what happened. It was a slippery slope. It started with just a few indulgences here and there, and ended up with me totally adopting unhealthy ways. I have lost all of my muscle tone. I have gained lots of weight and I have gained inches. I have lost my stamina in the gym. It is so discouraging.

But I am trying to think back to where I began this journey a few years ago. I started worse off than this. I weighed more, I ate worse, and I exercised less. And it was a long journey from there to my "best" a couple of years ago. But it is a journey that I want to continue on. It is a lifelong journey of learning and changing. It is a journey of rolling with the punches and getting back up again. It is a journey of forgiving yourself and loving yourself. And these are things that I have struggled with. And these are things that have gotten me where I am today. And these are things that I have to keep learning.

It is starting today. With readopted healthy eating habits. With gym visits every weekday. With getting up earlier again in the morning and gifting myself some "me" time. I need to realize again that I deserve it and deserve better for myself and my family.

It didn't start yesterday. It isn't going to start tomorrow. It has already started. Give it everything.

  
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BELLAALI 12/7/2014 6:09PM

    I am right there with you lady. Consistency is the killer! One little slip and then comes the slide!!!! Holiday seasons seem to be the clincher. Just know that you are not alone in your struggles and if you did it once you can do it again! Keep up the awesomeness!
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October Blues

Friday, October 03, 2014

Oh, hi.

It's been a while.

Time to get back on track.

I have to admit, the last couple of months since my wedding has been pretty bad. Not sure what happened. I let loose on my honeymoon and it all went downhill after that. I don't regret anything about my honeymoon, but I just couldn't get a handle on my eating and exercising after being out of routine for a while. It's time to get myself together.

I am going to start today. I am planning on going for a walk (though it is a crisp -1 degrees celsius outside!), go through my fridge and clean it out, and get groceries for some new healthy meals and snacks this afternoon. I am going to re-start the T-25 schedule starting on Monday (following their calendar). I am going to again start using the Beachbody Shakeology for breakfast on the days that I work and making sure I get all of my servings of veggies, at MINIMUM on the days that I work. I am going to start drinking more water again. I can really tell the difference since I have been drinking less water. I am going to cut out fast food UNLESS it is the only way to eat a meal during a day (ie. if I am traveling), and if I do have to have fast food, I am going to try to choose smaller and healthier options and opt for the Subway or other healthier option if available. I am going to save splurges for some very specific reasons: celebrating close family members' and friends' birthdays or my own birthday, or major holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter). I also celebrate a girls' night with my friends and I am planning on splurging on every second meeting. Quite honestly, that gives me many chances to have my splurge days. I know that I have been successful in the past with giving myself "cheats" and giving myself rules, and I know I can do it and be objective about what I should and shouldn't eat in order to be healthy. And, most importantly, I am going to track EVERYTHING I eat on sparkpeople. Even on those cheat days, as painful as it is. Not tracking the food doesn't mean I didn't eat it and consum e those calories. After I am finished doing T-25 alpha and beta, I am going to continue with the next level of T-25 or get a gym membership again. I am going to stick with eating my lunches at work, and enjoy small snacks or birthday cakes in moderation when the days come along. I can still have a small piece of cake or half of a treat and not miss out on celebrating, but still stick to my plan.

Another person that can help me along with my journey is my new husband. I feel bad for him because he is so supportive, but he doesn't know how to handle it when I say DON'T LET ME EAT FAST FOOD and then the next evening say I DON'T CARE WE ARE GOING TO GET A BURGER. I need to remove him from being accountable for my choices. I don't want our relationship to suffer because he doesn't know how to interpret what I want. And even worse, I don't want it to suffer because I have no self esteem. One of the greatest things is that he has shown interest in exercising with me in the past. I think this may be harder to do in winter, since we have mostly enjoyed going for runs together outside, and it is starting to get quite cold to continue with that. However, a while ago he mentioned that our Christmas gift for ourselves should be a new treadmill. I think that would be so great! And I want to continue to run with him and hopefully next year I can have the best of both worlds and enter some races/runs along with him!

It is going to be difficult, especially because I feel like I am starting all over again. But I am starting RIGHT NOW and I am going to keep moving throughout all of the joys and stresses of life and take it as it comes.

  


Just about a month til the big day! And feeling pretty good!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Decided to take this morning off of exercising for myself. I have been doing well lately with getting my exercise in daily, even when I REALLY don't want to go. I have realized that I actually value sleeping in and prefer working out in the evening right now, during summer. Only problem is, I am going to have to suck it up and start fitting in morning workouts. As my wedding date approaches, there is no way I will have time to work out in the evening time as well as get my wedding errands done! So I am going to have to drag myself out of bed a little bit earlier.

Still been running by myself and with my fiance. Things have been pretty great. I am feeling better and stronger. Can't complain. That's why I decided to take a break this morning. I am feeling content and just wanted a morning to sit and sip my coffee and get some stuff done around the house. Things are going to get busier and busier this last month. I hope I can keep up my motivation and self esteem!

  
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GRAPEVINE60 6/24/2014 1:13PM

    I'm glad things are going well for you.

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The month before my wedding!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Things have been so busy lately! We are getting closer and closer to THE BIG DAY next month. It is so stressful and scary and exciting and magical all at the same time.

i have been putting in more of an effort to work out lately, and I have been feeling great. My fiance has started running with me sometimes after work, and it is great. Even just going 3km with him has been awesome. I think I am going to continue with this along with my regular workouts.

I am starting a half marathon training schedule on Monday, so that will make workout planning a lot simpler. I have also been doing an app called Runtastic Six Pack Abs. It has been pretty good with giving me (almost) daily ab workouts that I can do to slowly progress. I am not seeing the difference yet since it has only been about a week, but I am definitely feeling stronger in my core already! So that's awesome.

I have been also putting in an effort to eat better. Sticking with my veggies and fruits to make sure I get enough servings. And eating lower calorie breakfasts and suppers. My fiance and I have even made a schedule for the next couple of weeks for what we are having for supper. It has made things so much easier because I don't have to think about what we are having. I just look at the schedule, take out whatever ingredients I need, and that's it. I want to continue this until the big day because there will be enough other things to think about.

Anyways! Got to get off to my friend's wedding. Hope it's a nice warmup for my own wedding!

  
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Feeling pretty good

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Finally, it seems as if summer is arriving! I think my area skipped spring this year.

Did some yard work today and plan on doing some more tomorrow. Hopefully it can start off my tan and give me some exercise at the same time. My fiance left the house with my running shoes in the car, so I couldn't go on my planned jog this evening. I was going to make excuses and stay on the couch all night, but instead I found Bollywood and kickboxing videos online and used those instead. I am actually surprised at my own motivation to work out without shoes! Hopefully my shins aren't paying the price tomorrow..

I think I may cook some chili tomorrow so that I can have some easy lunches and suppers, since I work this weekend. Mom is also bringing me some cabbage rolls and perogies, so that will help make my meal planning a bit easier this week. And I stocked up on so many fruits and veggies that I shouldn't have to go shopping for those for a while! Sure makes life easier.

Hope to post some photos of my flower beds tomorrow. :)

  


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