10K steps per day

When I was single, I had all of the time in the world for everything.  And most importantly, I had the time to workout anytime I wanted.  I always wanted to work out first thing in the morning, and I did.  I was able to get to sleep early most nights, and wake up super early.  It worked for me.  I loved every single moment of it.

Fast forward to 2016, where I am a full time employee in an office, I have one boo boo in K, and another one in pre-school.  I am a full time step-mama, and a wifey.  I love to read.  I love to write.  I love to keep my house clean and organized, and my family fed well.  Fed well meaning we don’t eat out, we don’t take out, we just make all of our food – even if ti’s at times processed (pastas, pizzas, pierogies…)  But needless to say – we cook or prepare each day.

And so – the amount of time I have available to actually dedicate to my fitness is minimal.  My daughter still is not on a regular sleeping schedule, and most nights she has us up in the middle of the night, several times.  So instead of committing to a full time workout routine for each day, I’m moving my body by walking & running whenever I get the chance to – and tracking my steps along the way.

Yesterday I hit 10K steps.

I took a walk at lunch, around my office building.

After I picked up my daughter, we walked to my friend’s home.  And then we walked to the local high school, where my son had wrestling practice.  While at the high school, my daughter rode her Strider bike, and I ran after her – adding more activity & steps to my day.

After the kids were bathed and eating din din, I took a walk/run around my neighborhood.  It was just .6 miles, but it put me over the 10K goal, which is just so awesome!!!

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I felt so good, and I felt so good waking up this morning.  I also ended up having oatmeal for breakfast, two sugary coffees, chocolate cashews and left-over pizza for lunch yesterday.  After the pizza, I decided to make myself a hot cup of tea, and put an end to my eating.  I did intermittent fasting, and it felt good.  I did not eat anything from 2pm yesterday until 9am this morning, which means I fasted for 19 hours.

This is pretty exciting stuff, and I’m psyched for the success.

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20 min elliptical and fresh green juice

My little baby gal is not doing a great job sleeping lately. She was up till 1030pm last night, and then up at 3am.  I’m not a night owl, but I am an early riser, but not that early.  I literally felt the stress coming onto me last night when she wouldn’t go to sleep.  I felt the pounds of fat piling on.

But I refused to give into it, like I usually do, and this morning, even though she woke up mighty early, I still had a super morning.  Once all left for school or work, I ended up getting on the elliptical for 20 minutes, and then making some ridiculously delicious green juice:

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It wasn’t fancy or busy, it was just straight love.  I filled a former bottle of GT’s Kombucha for my husband to drink too!  It’s so nice to kick off my morning with fresh raw juice.  I love it so much.

The other day, my sister sent me a quick note she found online about writing out everything you love to do – and then comparing what you actually do each day.  Needless to say, for may people their lists don’t match.

But with an attempt to be able to be happy and share happiness, and feel love and give love, I want to make sure that I’m doing everything on my list.

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Here is what I wrote out that I do love to do:

get massages, manicure, pedicures, run, bike outside, bike on the aerodyne, swim laps in our pool in the summertime, read novels, write, watch Dateline, cook healthy grub, shower/take baths, juice, blog, connect with good humans (especially women), eat healthy, do yoga, drink seltzer, drink hot tea and lemon, delcutter – less is more, make and eat salads, walk everywhere, weight train, walk/hike be in nature

Since I wrote out this list, I have been doing MORE of the activities I love to do.  I have been walking a lot, trying to get to my 10K steps per day.  I have been juicing.  I have been running and workout out.  I have been cooking.  I made a delicious coconut milk chicken with lots of veggies on Sunday.  It was so delicious, and makes me so happy to prep food for my family.

So cheers to staying active, making & drinking juice, filling our lives doing the things we love.

Juicing & Running

I’m pretty psyched I have been able to JUICE this past FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY.  The mornings are pretty wild, so I’m not sure I will have the time to juice during the weekdays, but if there is a will there is a way.

This past Saturday and Sunday we juiced the following:

beets, kale, lemon, apple, carrot, celery and cucumber

The juice was beautiful, red, full of flavor, and so wonderfully healthy for our bods.  My little guy drank about half a glass of the below, and my husband and I drank the rest.  The whole process takes time, and there are no shortcuts one can take – but it is worth it.  First, you have to clean, and chop up all of the veggies/fruits.  Then you juice it – which at times is laborious, because vegetables such as kale do not juice as easily as an apple.  Yet, it’s possible, and I stick apples and kale together, and the use the big carrot to help it juice further.

Once the juice is out – we drink it up!  We want to make sure every nutrient is ingested.

Then, I open up the juicer, and clean it up.  There are 4 parts of the juicer that come apart that need cleaned up.  The cleanup is extensive and the pulp often builds up in my sink, which then needs cleaned.

One of the reasons I want to become financially independent as fast as possible, is because I want to have time to juice, each and every single day!!!  I don’t want to have to rush off to an office job, when in fact, I need to care for my health, first and foremost.

The juice was lovely, and I’m so happy we were able to juice three times.  I hope I can juice MORE days of the week, then not juice.

I also was able to go running the last four days.  I ran full miles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and I was able to run a consecutive 2 miles this morning.  With a consecutive mile I ran on the 1st and 2nd also in this month, my total mileage is at 8 miles.  This is poor and not a good showing, but a good start.  I’m psyched to get back into every single day running.  If I can run 2 miles each and every morning, I would be very happy!  Hopefully my body, and my sleep work with me, to be able to get this accomplished.

Working up to 3 miles per day, would be awesome as well.

 

Dusting off the Jack LL Juicer

It was time to dust off my Jack Lalanne juicer and get back into drinking fresh squeeze vegetable and fruit juice, as often as possible.  When it was just one child, I was able to juice pretty often.  I actually loved juicing.  I loved it so much.  I took a video of my little guy (8 months at the time) drinking a whole bottle of green juice.  He loved it too!

But when my daughter came along, the juicer went under the sink, never to be heard of again.  My health certainly took a back seat due to the increase of children (one that still does not easily sleep through the night), a full time outside the home job, wife/home duties, and everything else!  When listed out it does not seem like that big of a deal, but honesty, having two children, versus one, has kicked my butt x 100000!  But it is what it is, and I love them both so much, I couldn’t imagine a single day without them.

Yet, my health is also my baby, and I need to start treating myself well, each and every single day.

This morning, I walked my son to the school bus, my husband took my daughter to school, and I had a few minutes, before I had to get myself to work, to juice!  I juiced: baby carrots, romaine lettuce, kale, apples, clementine to create a delicious juice!!! Everything went through the juicer really easy, and the cleanup like always takes time, but it is not impossible.

It felt SO GOOD to have this fresh juice in my system.  I actually can’t wait to do it again.  I’m going to hit up the farmer’s market again this afternoon, and perhaps juice for dinner.

Time to declutter!

I’m feeling it!  It’s time!  I’m getting antsy!  I can’t wait to declutter!  I feel like the WHOLE HOUSE needs a decluttering.  I need to have a decluttering PARTY, and I want to be the only one there!!!

Randomly at different times these past few weeks, I have swapped my children’s clothes from summer to fall/winter, and I have done a few other things to transition into the colder months.  But so much needs to get done.  I have also received bags of clothes for myself from my neighbors and girlfriends, and so have the kids.  I really need to go through all closets and DONATE, and remove everything we don’t need, and everything we don’t love.  There is so much we don’t need, and even thought our house isn’t packed to the max, there is still so much we can do to empty out the closets and drawers, and donate and share with others.

We had a birthday party to celebrate the 2nd & 5th birthday of our kids this past weekend, and I went into one of the closest in the basements (to store all of the gift bags we received) and there were so many toys in those closets!  I couldn’t believe it.  My son is 5, and I’m just not sure if he’s going to want to play with all of them again, if we should keep them, or if we should start getting rid of them.  Obviously, I’m a fan of donating them.  I especially don’t want them taking space in our closets.  That feels like a waste!

I also want to go through our kitchen and get rid of dishes, appliances, and everything in between that we no longer need/want.  I have so many things on the higher unreachable shelves, that I just should throw in a big carton, and say GOOD BYE, it wasn’t a good buy, or a gift.  Instead, it can go to someone that can use it!!!  An acquaintance grandmother passed away, and I have all of her tablecloths and cloth napkins.  Even though they are beautiful, and I use them for all birthday parties, and then holidays (this would make about a half dozen uses per year), I have so many, I took too many!!! There’s no way I need actually a DOZEN tablecloths, and then three times that of cloth napkins.  It pains me to get rid of this – but it needs to go.

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Lastly, I have a lot of comforters, which we don’t use, and instead store in our basement.  When my mom sold her house, I took some of them into our home, and now, we have too many!  Part of me feels like it’s a good idea to keep them, and another part of me feels that’s a really silly idea!  We have plenty, and we can never use more than one!!! 🙂

This morning I quickly went through all of the children’s shoes that are in our “shoe closet” in our hallway.  I was able to add to the donate pile all of the summer sandals/crocks that my daughter wore this past summer.  Her foot fit perfectly in those shoes, and once next spring and summer hits, all of the shoes will be too small.  The flip flops that will be too small for my son, I am storing and saving for my daughter!

The biggest hurdle at this time, even though my motivation is here and ready for decluttering, is that when will i find the time to do this!!! My little people are spending less time sleeping during the day, and I work Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday are spent with the family.  There is really little downtime or alone time, or decluttering time.

But if there is a will, there is a way!  So I need to get started, and start decluttering, donating and sharing!

 

Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition – Day 1 – getting started!

Breakfast:

carrots – 100g for 35kcal
2 hard boiled eggs -101g for 157kcal

I made the hard boiled eggs this morning.  It’s the only animal protein I have had all day. The carrots were nice & crunchy, and since they are higher in sugar than other veggies, I thought they were a nice combo with the eggs, which are full of protein & fat.

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AM Snack:
apple – 138g for 72kcal

At lunch, I headed to our local Farmer’s Market, and ended up buying some super healthy grub that I needed to get me through the day.

I purchased:

3 cucumbers
pear
greens
bananas
grapefruit
tomato
avocado
grapes
strawberries

(The total for everything $15 & change.)

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Lunch:

greens – 61g for 11kcal
grapes – 371g for 256
tomato – 154g for 28kcal

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Because I’m staying away from salad dressings I needed something juicy to eat with the greens.  If I really had to do it – I would eat the greens dry, and without anything else, but the grapes gave each bite some nice chomp, and lots of juice.  Add to this the tomato, and it was all just fine.  Did this taste like a Wendy’s chicken sandwich with chili fries?  No.  Honestly matters.

I also wanted to eat the grapefruit.  But as soon as I cut it open, it was so dry, and past it’s best days.  I am not a fan of tossing food, but sometimes we do buy something bogus.  No big deal, moving on, and enjoying eating.

I am unfortunately suffering from a headache today. Not because of the healthy grub I’ve been consuming all day, but because I thought skipping my morning black coffee was a great idea.  Until this headache starting coming on around 11am.  I quickly made a cup, but it was too late. Right now my whole head is throbbing, and my neck hurts.  But no big deal again! The only time I was ever able to successfully skip coffee, was when I replaced it with green juice.  Juicing spinach/kale, carrot, apple, or any other veggies, has been the only way to avoid a headache.  It’s slowly starting to go away, and I’m staying strong. But I am never doing that again – especially on a work day.

PM Snack:

banana x 2 – 261g for 233kcal

I’m not really hungry for the bananas right now, but it’s almost time to go home, and I don’t want to get hit with ravaging hunger when I get home.  Instead, I want to continue to make good decisions about dinner.  I’m most excited to cut up the strawberries, cucumber and grapes I bought today for my kids!  Their pre-din din/dinner or dessert awaits!

I’m heading home with a total of 796kcals consumed.  I do know today is “easy” because today is Day 1 and I am not yet hungry.  Let’s see how tonight & tomorrow goes.

Cheers to staying positive, and eating less for optimal health!

Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition – for best health.

I have known about Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition, since 2010.  I started off reading April’s CR Diary.  It was by far (and still is) some of the most motivation writing about CR, and losing and keeping the weight off via great nutrition.  The idea is simple, you eat less, but only highly nutritious foods, and you live longer.  I successfully lost 25lbs in a 6 month period, doing this exact diet.  I counted my calories, I weighed my food, and I tried to stick to the healthiest of the healthiest of grub.

I’m part of the Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition group on FB, and I’m re-motivated to re-start this lifestyle again.  Besides losing weight, I just really want to feel good.  I’m getting older, and I have so much I want to do & accomplish, and all of it is possible, especially when we are in tip top shape, health, and feeling great from the inside out.

I have so much still to learn, and put into practice, but I’m going to start off CRON incredibly simply.  I am right now drinking two cups of Raspberry Leaf Tea – and lots of water.  I’m skipping the morning coffee.

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I’m soon going to have two hard-boiled eggs for breakfast and perhaps some raw baby carrots.

For lunch/noon, I will have one or two bananas & apples.  Then I’m going to head to the farmer’s market, and pick up more GREEN/raw fruits & veggies. I’m craving avocado & romaine, and some tomato. For dinner, I might eat more of that – or maybe I’ll also pick up some salmon, or eat some shrimp.

I’m basically concentrating on cleaning out the system, especially the first few days.  I didn’t weigh myself today, because the weight will be full of water, and carbs, and all of the junk I ate the last few days.  Instead, I’m going to weigh myself tomorrow, and count that as my officially starting weight.

In 2010, I started my CRON journey at 5’6 and 165lbs. My BMI was 26.6.  This is overweight.  I got down to 139lbs (stayed there no longer than a day).  My BMI was 22.4.  I am a “bigger girl” meaning that my hands and fingers are bigger and long (my ring size is a 10 for my wedding band), I wear size 10 sneakers.  I am not a petite, or thinly built woman.  Instead, I’m large.  I carry my weight in my face, chest and (when overweight) in my stomach.  I have thin/muscular legs. I wear a size 8 or 10 or 12.  But even a large build does not have to have a BMI of 26.6 or have to be overweight.  Or the worst of all :  not feel good.

Good food makes us feel good.  And this is what I want.  I want to wake up each morning – full of energy, full of life.  I want to be happy and healthy and shine from the inside out. So cheers to this new journey, and success.  I want to make this a lifestyle, and I have to start somewhere, and I’m starting TODAY, right now, right here.  It’s frustrating to always have to struggle with food – but I know success is possible, because I’ve been there in the past.

First, in my adult post college life, I lost weight with CRON, in 2010.  26lbs to be exact. 165 to 139lbs.  Then, in 2015, I lost weight following Whole30, 165 to 145lbs.  20 lbs.  I had a baby in 2011, and then another one in 2014, so the past 6 years my weight has gone up and down.  I had two wonderful pregnancies, and with both pregnancies I started around 165.  It seems that is my adult weight “set point”.  But now we have to move that set point DOWN.

These are my goals:

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159

154

149

144

139

And let’s see how I feel with CRON, then.

Starting and re-starting and starting and re-starting weight loss and health efforts is exhausting and at times very depressing and demoralizing.  But such is life.  I can’t look back, I can only look forward.  We can’t get too upset, because when we get too upset we get stuck.  And we have to keep going.  So cheers to success, and taking it one bite at a time, and chipping away at the weight, and the crap inside.

 

 

 

Create the Highest Vision/Version of Your Best Self

The other day, I read:

Create the Highest Vision of Your Best Self, and get it done.

I edited that so it could mean EXACTLY what I want it to – right now.  But still.

Basically – become your absolutely best self.

I know exactly what I want to do, who I want to be.

I want to write, and blog full time. I want to eat healthy, I want to eat RAW, I want to eat organic, I want to juice, I want to fast, I want to CRON (Calorie Restriction, Optimal Nutrition).

I want to read, read and read some more.
I want to write.  I want to write fiction and non-fiction, and children’s stories, and blog.

I want to have ultimate health.  I want to dedicate myself to living the absolutely healthiest lifestyle.

I want to wake up each morning, and take care of my kids.  I want t have tea, I want to walk or run, or yoga or weight train.  I want to be fit, and fit fitness in.  I want to juice for breakfast, or for dinner.  I want to feel good, each and every day.

I want to grocery shop at the farmer’s market daily.  I want to feed my children, nothing but healthy grub.  I want healthy, fun options, available all of the time.

I want to connect with women that want to change their life, that are living their best lives.  I want to surround myself by motivated, smart, women – who are living their own lives – on their own.

I want to be best friends with my husband, he is my ultimate one, and my soul mate.

I want to continue to de-clutter, and need less and less, and only more of great energy and awesome space.  I want to eat well, and do with what we have.  I want to be able to live resourcefully and efficiently.

I want wake up each morning in peace, health, and freedom.  I want to drink coffee or tea or water with lemon, and write, and read, and create, and share, and help others take care. I want to take care of me.

I can see myself creating an incredible site, living an incredible life, with my loves, on my very own terms.

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20 min run; cantaloupe & salad for lunch

What!  What’s better than waking up and getting a work-out in!  I’m not sure if there is truly anything better than this.  For the 5th straight morning, I have gotten out of bed (as soon as I wake up), changed into my workout clothes, and driven myself to the gym.  We have a stationary bike and an elliptical machine at home – but I NEED TO GET OUT, to get my workout in.

I have tried staying home to work out, but as soon as one child wakes, my workout is over.  As soon as I realize that I need to do or fold laundry, or make food, or prep this, or do that – my workout is over.  And so to combat this – I committed to getting out of the house, and actually putting the $10.68 membership I pay monthly – to good use!

Off to RETRO I drive each morning.  I hang up my keys, and plant my legs on the first treadmill that is open, and for 20 minutes I run!  I sweat, I run, I increase speed, I decrease speed, but I run.  I keep it going, until the 20 minutes is up.

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I’m super happy & super proud of myself at the end of the workout – and super energetic on my 8-10 minute drive home!  It’s truly exactly what I needed in my life.  Those 30-40 minutes to myself to kill it – and work my body out.  Most of the time, my family is still asleep when I get in (especially when I get to the gym at 5am), and other times, like this morning – they are up waiting for their mama!!!

I am back with high energy, motivated, and happy!  What a wonderful way tot start a morning.

For snack today – I had really cold cut up cantaloupe!!!

COLD CHOPPED CANTALOUPE.  It was lovely & delicious, and held me until I could eat at 1pm.  I decided to give myself a fair chance at eating well, I decided to eat at 9am, 11am snack, 1pm lunch, 3pm snack, and 6 or 7pm dinner.  This way, I’m not going too long between meals, and not letting hunger get the best of me.  Instead, a lil meal is not too far away.

Last night I attended my son’s back to school night.  I ended up having apples int he afternoon, and by the time i left for his school, I didn’t eat dinner.  When I got home at 8pm, I decided to completely just skip dinner.  I have overeating plenty of meals in the last few months- so therefore – it was good to consciously decide to say NO to a late din din, or any food before bed.  At first I thought:  What if I get really hungry in the middle of the night?  ANSWER:  Drink water.  2nd QUESTION:  What if I am really hungry tomorrow?  ANSWER:  Drink water, and eat fruit.

And so – I survived.  I survived skipping 1 meal, and I’m feeling really good today!  High energy, happy, mentally strong.  I also slept through the whole night, no wake ups due to hunger.  And today – not so hungry.

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I did just have a ridiculously delicious ROMAINE LETTUCE, BABY SPINACH, BROCCOLI, GRAPES, HARD BOILED EGG SALAD!  It was so good, and perfect, and exactly the same salad I had yesterday – except for some reason – it tasted even better today.  There’s something about adding GRAPES into a salad that truly makes it for me.  It was just perfection all around.  If you have YET to eat a salad with grapes, give it a go!

 

Kombucha-Curry-Broccoli-Turkey Mix & another morning run!

Yesterday, my lunch was pretty fabulous!  This past weekend I cooked ground turkey – and to that, I added this lovely curry powder.  It’s so lovely and delicious.  Anything and everything that has to do with India cuisine, I love – so this was just the best.  To my curry turkey mix, I added a chopped up green salad I made yesterday morning (Romaine lettuce, organic spinach leaves, and broccoli!)  The HOT turkey, quickly steamed the broccoli, and it was both warm/soft and crunchy.  To all of this I added a bit of Alid’s Organic Tahiti salad dressing.

All went down nicely, with my Kombucha.  I love Kombucha so much. My vision of retirement, is picking up two daily – on my bike!  One for me and one for my hubby.

Even though I’m extra sore, I was psyched to get up at 5am, and get to the gym this morning.  I ended up running for 20 minutes.  It was easier this morning than the previous three mornings, and with this I’m happy.  I ended up quickly cleaning off the treadmill and finding a quite spot in the back of the gym where I stretched, and where I laid on the floor and did three sets of 20 arm/leg raises, to strengthen my lower back.

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After having two kids, and still carrying both around at times, my lower back hurts.  It’s not permanent or chronic, it’s just painful at times. And so, I know that one way to combat the pain/lower back stress is activity, and it’s important to straighten the back muscles, just as we would our abs.