Middle Finger to the Crap Food

It was an excellent weekend, and after a whole week of eating CLEAN, WHOLE food, I’m down to 162lbs.  I feel a thousand times better, and I’m determined to stay focused on eating the best absolute food, and no processed junk.  Yesterday, a neighbor and girlfriend came by and we had a little birthday party for her son.  She brought some delicious pizza pies, and cake and cupcakes, and I gave it one or two thoughts about eating them, and then decided against them.  At this point, my cravings are gone, but now I have to stay focused and on track.  It felt awesome waking up this morning – and feeling so good.  Giving the middle finger to crap is awesome.

Yesterday morning my honey ran out to the grocery store, and came home with fresh grub.  He purchased bags of apples, and bananas, and raspberries, and blueberries, and strawberries, and kale, and arugula and spinach and coconut milk, and sweet potatoes and honestly – all food that feeds our bodies better, and helps them grow stronger and longer.  It was nice to ask him to go to the grocery store and say: buy whatever you think we can use from the produce department!  And so he did.

He’s also down a solid 10lbs.  He decided to stop eating processed food, dairy and all meat.  He feels really good and I’m so proud and happy for him.

My children are also eating so much better, and they are eating strawberries, and pears and apples and grapes and raw food whenever they are open to it.  Instead of filling our cabinets with dead processed junk food, we are filling our fridge with live food.  I also put out several bowls around our kitchen and filled them with washed apples, and pears.  So whenever someone wants a snack – grab a fruit and enjoy!

I’m looking forward to doing more and more for my body.  I’m excited to see how it continues to evolve, and how it continues to change for the better.  Mentally, I already feel a whole lot better, and now I’m ready to keep it going, and keep eating really good food.  There is nothing better than feeling good from the inside out!

For breakfast I had two eggs and baby carrots.

For lunch I had a romaine salad with organic arugula, with cut up cucumber and broccoli, and then walnuts.

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After this I ate two clementines and an apple.  I’m hungry again, but this time I’m thinking I’ll make some hot coffee and enjoy a little java with cinnamon!

 

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Gym Everyday, 3 days down…

Saturday (7am), Sunday (7am) and this Monday (5am) morning, I went to the gym as soon as it opened!  I ran for 20 minutes & 2 miles (+) each morning, and I felt FABULOUS as soon as I was done.

Working out/running specifically for me, makes me feel so good, so fast.  From April 2009 until April 2010, I ran each and every day, no less than 2 miles per day.  I ran for 365 days & then some.  I ran into my 12th week of my first pregnancy.  In the past 6 years I have done some running, but nothing that I would call consistent, or every day or dedicated or focused.  It’s been haphazard.  If the time was right, if everything felt right, if I had all of the time possible, and if I was in the mood – I would run, but other than perfect circumstances – it was a no go.  The stars would have to ALIGHT perfectly, for this to happen.

(Oh, I did train and complete a  sprint triathlon last Sept, so I did put in a lot of miles from July-Sept of last year, but nothing past that).

And so, here we are today, Day 3 into my 365 days of running challenge.  365 days seems so scary, and unrealistic, that I don’t even want to via written word, challenge myself to 365 Days of Running.  I have two little children, and these little people are unpredictable.  But so far, so good. I’m three days in, and this morning, driving home from the gym at 530am, I felt SO GOOD.  Like so strong, and feeling just right.  After I got off the treadmill, I did the row/pull for 3 sets of 20, and that felt awesome too!

I have also been eating well as well.  I decided to eat breakfast at 9am, snack at 11am, lunch at 1pm, snack at 3pm, and then dinner around 6-7pm, and not eat past then.  I have read that intermittent fasting is so good for our bodies, so if I can give my digestive system a “break” from 7pm – 9am, that is exactly 14 hours of digestive rest!  I also have to force myself to snack when it’s time to snack.  Often I skip the snack (when trying to eat great), and then I get too hungry, and overeat.  I have been going back and forth so often with healthy and non-health eating, that I really want to make this now a lifestyle, and stick with it forever.

I don’t think forever is too scary of a word.  What is scary is the pain, suffering, illness and mental angst that comes with consistently overeating, eating sugar, and not taking care of one’s body.  Cheers to another try – and cheers to daily focus on both running & Whole30/Whole30ish eating!

 

 

 

Missing Exercise

I’m really yearning to get into a regular, consistent, every-day exercise plan.

I would like to incorporate running, weight training & yoga into my daily life.  Once I “retire” I’ll be able to commit to exercise, but when I’m still working, I need to be able to commit and execute a FITNESS and HEALTH plan as well.  I predict I may be even more busy once I am out of the 8-5pm, so if I can figure it out now, the sooner the better.

Pre-Children, I was at the gym most mornings, every morning.  I loved working out, I loved running, I even ran 365+ days in 2010.  Last summer I trained for & completed  a triathlon!  It was AMAZING, and AWESOME and I felt super cool.  I was also 20lbs lighter.  Right now I just feel cool cuz the temp in the office is set on LOW.  But physically, I don’t feel stellar.

The children aren’t always the excuse, but because my baby gal is sleeping so inconsistently lately, it’s hard for me to get enough rest, and set a schedule.  Hard to wake up at 3am, be up for an hour, and then wake up again at 5am to get out the door.  But you know what this is: another excuse.  And I never thought I would be spewing them out, but I am.

And so, I’ve been thinking about this all day.  Maybe I could go to sleep as soon as my lil gal goes to sleep, between 8-9, so even if I am up at 5am, I just stay up and work out – and I would be well rested.  Going to sleep this early means I don’t have that “doing nothing but sitting with my hubby, drinking tea, or water” time.  It’s a pretty uneventful time, but it’s our alone time where we catch up, discuss the day and enjoy our conversation.  Is that worth giving up for fitness?

Or I could use this time (once the children go to sleep) to work out.  But I can’t see that continuing once the weather changes to fall & winter, and it gets dark by 5pm.

Ideally, I should start a running streak, and commit to running for 20 min per day, and see how that goes. Can I run each and every single day of August?  What would happen if I ran each day in August?  I know my body would adjust and wake me up each morning at 5am.  It would be easier and easier to get out the door.  And if my lil gal was up, I could take her for a run with me.  She loves the stroller, and she certainty likes it more the faster we go. Weee.

Let’s see.  Maybe I should start tomorrow morning, so by August 1st, I’m ALREADY in a routine.

100% Whole30 compliant tomorrow.
100% of 20 minute per day running starting tomorrow.

Let’s see how the plan goes. If there is a WILL there is a WAY.