Tracking CRON days, not all days perfect!

I decided to keep a monthly calendar of CRON days.  Instead of trying to go for perfection and losing all hope, I’m going to track and celebrate the days where I can eat really well, make awesome choices, and keep it going.  I don’t want to despair or get so upset that I can’t CRON each and every single day of my life. Instead, I want to start with small steps, and right now this includes tracking the days where I can CRON and do it successfully.

9/28-10/6 – CRON
10/7 – went out with friends, had wine & burger
10/8 – CRON
10/9-10/12 – lots of sweets, home made pizza and calzones
10/13-10/14 – CRON
10/15-10/17 – lots of sweets, birthday party for kids
10/18-today – CRON

Instead of starting over and over again, today I celebrate the 14th day of the month eating CRON, eating mostly raw fruits, raw vegetables, a big salad, and keeping my calories limited to the healthiest grub possible.

It makes me incredibly happy I was able to do it this way – and figure out I don’t have to be perfect each day, because it’s very upsetting starting and quitting, starting and quitting, starting and quitting, over and over again.  Even though I would like to be perfect and motivated for eating CRON, and less than 2K or 1800kcals per day every day, I need to come to terms that some days I will not do a great job eating well.  And other days, I will.

But because I know that I can have more and more good days, and by tracking it this way – I know I can eventually limit my unhealthy grub, and extend my CRON eating days for multiple days, weeks and perhaps even MONTHS at a time.  I also want to quickly jump back into CRON.  I don’t want one meal or one party to ruin my healthy CRON motivation for the next week or month.  Instead, I want to say:  Okay, you had a great time at the birthday party yesterday – now it’s time to load up on the greens, eat low calorie and absolutely nutritious foods – and get back on the horse, immediately!  That’s exactly where I want to be in my life.  I want to eventually move away from having a horrible food day from breakfast until dinner, to having one unhealthy meal, and eating well the rest of the day!

Small steps.  I’m 33 and it’s pretty ridiculous that I’m just getting a hold of this right now.  I mean, I couldn’t have figured this out like the other 13-years of my life?!?!  But at least I have figured this out now, and now I can put it into practice.

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I actually feel so much pressure taken off my shoulders.  I feel so much lighter because I know that I can EAT CRON, EAT WELL, but I don’t have to do it forever.  I can go to a birthday party, have a slice of pizza, have some cake, drink a soda, and then jump right back into CRON.  I’m going to aim for more CRON days then non CRON days.  So far for October – I’m determined to accomplish this.  Including today, I have eaten healthy and CRON for 14 days!  This is a HUGE HUGE deal, and I’m so excited about tracking my success, and moving on and not despairing about the rest.  A CRON day means I will eat health and low calorie and super nutritious foods ALL day.  There are 12 days left in the month, and let’s see if I can eat AWESOME most of those days.

I already know that we’re going as a family to a Halloween birthday party on the 21st and on the 31st is Halloween.  So, those days, let’s say I enjoy some candy, grub, and non-CRON diet.  That leaves me 10 other days where I can enjoy CRON perfection. So, let’s get it done!!!

Planning for this success is actually making me feel so much relief, it’s taking so much pressure off me, and bringing me so much happiness right now.

A friend yesterday, posted an article about the fact that our WILLPOWER isn’t the reason we’re successful.  We’re successful in achieving our goals because we AVOID temptation!  And hence, why I’m planning for a non-CRON diet on those two days.  I will go to the B-DAY party with my kids, and I will go trick & treating with my kids on the 31st – both days planned for!  Instead of trying to use willpower and eat well, I will indulge.  If I wanted to be CRON on both days, I would avoid both of those events, which I refuse.

But I will avoid OTHER events, events that are going to take place the other 10 days!  Cheers to CRON perfection on those days!

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Calorie Restriction, and unexplained, painful symptoms.

My second day of CRON, which was Friday, Sept 30th, my one knuckle on just one hand, started to hurt.

Then on Saturday, as the day went on, my body started to really ache.  My hamstring hurt, as if I ran a race – and had no memory of it!  By the end of the day on Saturday, I was very achy, and feeling a lot of pain throughout my whole body.

When I woke up Sunday, I did not feel like myself.  I went to pick up my daughter out of her crib, and it felt like my fingers were broken.  Every time I touched a part of my body, my skin – it hurt.  I had a mild sore throat and all parts of me ached.  I did not have a headache, nor was I dizzy, or foggy-brained.  I actually felt quite happy and clear headed.

I have heard that one may get flu-like symptoms during fasting or a cleanse/detox before, but I did not understand why I would experience these, as I have been eating and taking in at least 1K+ calories/day.  I asked online for help, and someone did suggest it could be a herxheimer reaction, which means that a detox or a cleanse would give one flu-like symptoms.  Others suggested I may be just getting sick.  Another one suggested it could be the salmon.

Sunday, I went to the grocery story to buy some pumpkins with my son in the AM, and I was limping by the time we got back.  I ran cross country in high school (16+ years ago!!!) – and I gave myself a stress fracture – turns out – my foot does hurt from time to time (always just first thing in the morning), but today – during the day – it was throbbing.  As were my hamstrings, and biceps, and fingers and hands.  What’s really strange is I really felt like this is what a person feels like that is in a car accident.

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I felt run over.  BUT, my brain felt really clear.  I was still happy, not really complaining just incredibly sore.  I did take two aspirin in the afternoon, and felt better as the night went on (thanks to the medicine).  I never take this stuff – I probably take less than a dozen a year.  But today, I really needed some relief, especially with how hands-on I have to be with my little ones (almost 2 & almost 5).

I woke up at 3am this morning, and my arms/hands felt so bad.  Again, I have never experienced any hand/finger/arm pain in the past.  I am imagining it feels like arthritis – where pain just shoots up my arms, and limbs.  By 430am, I hobbled downstairs, and took another two aspirin.  I was able to get back to sleep for another hour – and then it was time to get my two little humans up for school.

I’m sure that the effects of the two aspirin I took this morning are gone, and my arms are still sore.  From my biceps to my forearms and my fingers.  My legs feel much better, and my ribs/chest/breathing does not seem to hurt.  No headache or cold symptoms.  I am feeling 50% better than I was at this time, yesterday.

I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel tomorrow morning!  Hopefully all better.  I’m staying on track with the CRON diet, because I’m already seeing the POSITIVE benefits of it.  My mind is on track, I feel motivated, the skin on my face looks already years younger, and I love eating the healthy, natural, raw grub – it’s both easy & challenging, a perfect combination.

Cheers to another day.

 

Calorie Restriction, Optimal Nutrition – Day 2, 1083kcals

What, another day, and 1081kcals!?!  Because I’m eating ONLY nutritious foods – I went to bed feeling extremely satisfied yesterday.

I started off my day with warm water & lemon juice from a fresh lemon, and I woke up around 5am.

I then came to work and drank a black coffee, and a raspberry leaf hot tea (two cups) at around 8am.

For breakfast at around 930am, I had two hard boiled organic eggs & 100g of baby carrots (35kcals for the carrots).

I then had two apples, on my way to the grocery store at noon.  I spent a bit of my lunch shopping for more raw goodies at the grocery store.  I want to be prepared.  This diet/lifestyle requires fresh food to be available all of the time.  I don’t want to get stuck “not having fresh grub” and choosing something processed instead.
Also, because I’ve improved my diet 100% by eating mostly fresh fruit, veggies, I want the same for my kids.  I purchased more strawberries, cucumbers, pears – all of which they ate up for dinner last night.

At the store, I drank a Kombucha.  Usually I would pick a flavor of Mango or Cranberry, but this time, I turned each one around, and found one for the least calories.  Turns out – the original one had a total of 60kcals for the whole bottle.  I absolutely love Kombucha.  This brand is my favorite, and my financial goal in life is to become so financially free, that I can enjoy one per day – without financial guilt.  That’s not asking for that much! 🙂  At $3.29 a bottle, it is a luxury right now.  I allow myself to get one, each time I shop – especially for HEALTHY GRUB!  I buy one for my sweet honey bunny too – he loves Kombucha just like me!

For lunch, I ate my greens, with grapes.  This is the ONLY thing I didn’t look forward to. I’m not a fan of eating dry greens.  I really have to figure out how to make them taste better, but not by adding fake fat or sugar (like salad dressings and such).  I ate them with the grapes, which made it better.  But today, I’m feeling the hunger, so I’m assuming they will go down a bit easier.  Get in my belly you awesome green nutrients!  Amazing that it took me the longest to eat 10kcals of food!

About 2 hours after lunch, I dove into half the avocado that I purchased the previous day!  It was ripe and ready for slicing!  I didn’t have my food scale with me, but I googled that half a Hass avocado is about 110-130kcals.  This guy was on the smaller side, but full of deliciousness, and nutrition.  I’m going to avoid “added fat” in oils, but I will eat avocado!  It’s so good for the brain, the bod, and filling up.

(Later last night I made my son a strawberry, almond milk, avocado & Greek yogurt smoothie before bed!  It was so thick and filling, and exactly what my naturally thin little boo needed right before bed!)

Before I left for the day, I ate some cut up cucumber and a banana!

Once I got home, I made 144g of salmon.  After I cooked it, I put it on the scale, but I can’t remember if it was 114g or 144g of salmon.  I was so hungry, that my short term memory completely failed me!  I added 144g into the Cron-O-Meter, just to be on the safe side.  I also sprinkled some turmeric on the salmon.  At first this spice is a bit offending.  But once it sits on the food for a minute or so, it blends in so nicely!  It was the first time I cooked the salmon without any added oil.  I actually put it in a little pan, and added some water.  The water helped cook/steam it, without burning any parts of it.

This is part/later part of my food diary from yesterday.

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I slept mostly well.  My son did wake me up at 1230am, and tell me he had a nightmare.  I laid down in his twin bed with him, and when I saw his eyes still open, I asked him about his dream.  He said, “Zombies were coming to the table, and eating all of the food.”  My poor sweet almost five year old boy, dreaming of such stuff!  Once he settled down a bit, I went back to bed, but I couldn’t get back to sleep!  I ended up fishing Gone Girl, and finally getting back down.

The scale this morning read 162.2lbs.  This is down from 164.6lbs from the previous day.  Mama is heading toward 139!

Thank you to everyone who has written about CRON, practice it, put information out there about it – all helpful in my own pursuit of great health, and physical and mental stealth.

2 Mile Run @ Gym!

Just got back from the GYM, where I ran for the first 10 minutes, walked 1, ran 1, & so on, for a total of 20 minutes & 2 miles.

I’m super psyched to get back to the gym.  My husband goes at lunch every day, and he walked into my office at 12:07pm, and said:  You ready?  And I had no choice but to head out!  I packed my bag before leaving for work, and had everything I needed to get this workout completed.

We got to the gym, I changed quickly into a pair of yoga pants and a running top, and hopped on the treadmill.  Then after my workout, I got back into the locker room, found my shampoo & conditioner and towel, and took a quick shower.  I forgot my brush so I just pulled my hair back into a ponytail, and ended up getting dressed, and finishing up!  There was no one int he locker room, which is nice, privacy is always nice!

It feels so good to feel fit, and I feel exercise is such a life motivator, and a life boost for each and every day.  Plus, I really need to remember that daily exercise is so good for the body, mind, heart and most importantly our health.  It’s easy to say we’re busy, and we don’t have time, and we don’t want to – and all of that is true too – but we have to fit it in.  I wish the gym was a TAD bit closer to my office (like walking distance would be nice) but I can’t be picky at this point, and I have to make it work.

I would like to run daily, every single day, for at least 20 minutes.  It’s an amount of time that is not too long, and not too short.  At 20 minutes, I could run quick and get 2.5 miles in – eventually.  And I could always run longer, if needed/wanted.  Ideally, as I mentioned before, I would like to run each and every day, do some type of YOGA, and then also some weight training.  If I stay focused on these three goals, I’ll incorporate them in my daily life more and more consistently.

I would also like to eventually do some regular racing.  I’m not interested in doing another triathlon, but a 10K or a 5 miler here and there would be nice.  At this point, I’m not fit enough to sign up with ease, but that’s the goal:  to be able to run one anytime I want to.  My kids are growing up and getting older, and I know they will be active fit children.  Nothing would make me happier than to race with my babies!! There are so many awesome local races – and why not make racing a family event?  What better way to connect with the community, and to stay fit & focused on health?

 

“Cheaper” Day @ The Beach

We spent all Saturday at the beach!  It was so hot, and so beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, and the water was FREEZING.  We ended up going to the beach with many of our neighbors & friends.  Another family suggested this particular beach, and so we tagged along.  The parking was $12, but our neighbor offered to pay for this parking spot (she hopped into our van with her son for the ride).  The entry fee onto the beach was $9 per adult, so we paid $18 to get onto the beach.

I made sandwiches, brought grapes, strawberries, juice boxes, water, and other snacks.  I did not want us to have to go out and buy lunch, buy snacks, buy water – when we had everything at home, already purchased, and purchased with thought.  It’s easy to overspend on day trips, especially when we are ill prepared, and they are not well planned (or there is just lack of time).  I like to make the food, I like to feed my family exactly what we made, and what we prepared ourselves.  I’m not a huge fan of eating out, both for the cost, and the lack of health in fast food.  My children are just 1 & 4, so they are a great age to not know any different.  They grab grub from our cooler and are happy.  I’m sure once they get older, they will understand that we can buy pizza, and other boardwalk deliciousness, but for now – they are eating “at home” and I love it.

The entry fee to this beach is a bit steep, but because I was not involved in the planning, I did not want to complain.  We did spend 8+ hours at the beach, with lifeguards on stand by, so it was well worth it – especially for a full day of fun & activity.  I have already done some research for less expensive entry fees, and we’ll try those beaches next time.  I also have to weigh it against the actual distance it takes to get to the beach.  The shorter the ride, the less it costs.

Cheers to your GOALS, and making the adventures of your life, as cost effective as possible.

Pineapple, and it’s okay to eat more.

Sometimes we need to overeat, have more than enough food available – to stay on track.

Post lunch, I always want/need more food.  Even though I just ate a healthy salad of romaine lettuce, and carrot, and tomato, and 3 whole eggs, I just need something else.  Usually this makes me start negotiating with myself.  Well, you can have one Clif Bar, but nothing else, or a handful of pretzels will be just fine.  And yesterday, I decided to do something different.  I decided to go to the farmer’s market and get myself a delicious “snack” but one that would keep me 100% on track, without compromising my Whole30 diet plan.

I purchased this delicious cold pineapple, and once those cravings hit at 3pm, I was able to SATISFY them by enjoying all of this pineapple.

The other day, I ate my salad, with some pieces of my rotisserie chicken on top.  And once I was done, I was REALLY HUNGRY or REALLY craving something else.  And in that instance, I realized, I could have more chicken (and stay on plan) or overeat on processed junk.  And so, I decided to make myself ANOTHER bowl of chicken, and I stuck with my plan.

My current weight is at 159, down from 165, where I started.

And I’m motivated to keep going, as my goal is 139lbs.

Healthy eating with weight loss as the goal, does not mean you will ALWAYS and FOREVER have to fight cravings, or under-eat or go hungry.  Sometimes staying on track means you have to OVEREAT or just eat MORE of the healthy grub.  I would rather have another heaping plate of SALAD with my favorite fixings’ than have a handful of zero nutritional pretzels or chips, or a food that would make me want to eat MORE food (like a donut or cookie).

Everyone is different, and I’m certainly figuring this out as I go.  But what I know for sure, is once I lose this weight, I want to keep it off, forever. I have successfully lost 25lbs and 19lbs in the past, and gained all back, twice.  And this time around, I don’t want to gain it back again.  Instead, I want to add into my life and diet plan and health plan, options to eat ALL of the pineapple, eat 3 bananas, eat some peanut butter, eat an extra salad, eat more chicken – if my body is craving it – in order to stay on track.

Cheers to our goals, and adjusting your plans, as you see fit.

 

Down 6lbs, thank you Whole30, Day 9.

I got up on the scale this morning, and I’m down to 159.  I ended up just having some cucumber for dinner, and basically chowing down on an apple standing up.  Instead of a dining room, we have a big island that connects our kitchen to the family room.  The kids sit & eat around this island, and my husband likes to eat after the kids go to sleep, which is around 8/9pm.  This is too late for me, so instead, I either eat with the kids, always standing up, watching over the little birds.

I was so hungry at lunch yesterday, that I ate what I needed to (a combo of sauteed kale, zucchini, tomato, peanuts & raisins w/ salad dressing), and then a really cold delicious banana, and my hunger/appetite subsided for dinner.  I really don’t need to do dinner each and every night, especially if I eat enough at lunch and in the afternoon, which makes sleeping more pleasant (less digestion) and I certainty don’t need the calories for the next 7-8 hours of rest.

Creating the healthiest diet lifestyle for ourselves truly involves figuring out what exactly works for us.  It’s not always three meals per day, it’s not always 6 mini meals.  It’s what works for you, for that day, for that meal.  Yesterday for me, this meant eating a larger lunch, and a tiny dinner.  It’s easy to get upset with our minds, our bods, when we aren’t able to go along with what we think we should do/eat, but instead, make up your own rules – from the evidence you have – your life.   And keep pushing forward.

Health is the goal.  Feeling fit.  Feeling good.  Feeling well.  Feeling rested, and being all of the above is more important than perfection.  Get it done, and do it right – whatever is right for you.