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Cleaning out the Closets

So last night I get a wild hair and decide that as of April 1, I’m going to ‘reboot’ and get my proverbial health shit in order. My home has been rather healthcentric in thought processes lately and food has been one of them. We have to wonder how our own mothers did it but then again, the average work day when my parents generation was raising us was 9-5 and you were home by 5:30 if you weren’t a stay-at-home mom to be able to get things like cooking a decent, non-processed meal done. Now a days, I’m not home until 6:30 – 7:30 depending on what needs to get done after work and I’m up at 6, out the door by 7. So that means I’ve got to work within the time frames that work, school, family and what not allot me.

Last night, I went through my pantry and cleaned everything out. Reorganized, disposed of anything with an expiration date that wasn’t within this calendar year and made space. I don’t have much of a kitchen – it’s small and the three counter spaces that I have available to me were all covered with this and that – a microwave on one, the Keurig on the other and an organizer that hasn’t effectively been used since moving in years ago. Well, if it’s not being used, then it needs to be moved and I found myself at least a little space in which I can conduct food prep.

Cleaning out the closets also meant that I was able to take stock of what we had, what we weren’t eating that we had anyway and what we might need. The refrigerator still needs a once over as does the freezer, but that I’ll do after I go and restock supplies. Thankfully I know what’s in those so it’s just getting rid of what may have expired.

After restocking the shelves, I’m going to look into a scale that will sync with my Fitbit Force, or at least a reliable one that I can utilize for in home use. I generally go by how my clothes fit, and indeed it seems I’ve lost a bit here and there, (the hips though…ugh the hips!) but I’d like something to use as a regular, reliable touchstone.

I have vitamins that I can take to help out here and there with things and Bodybuilding.com MuscleTech Phase8 Protein Powder to make shakes with (which will become my after walk snacks at work)

So:

Food: Check
Weight Monitoring: Check
Reorganization: Check
Vitamins: Check
Motivation: Check
No Fast Food: Check
No Soda: Check

Starting tomorrow, (alright, March 31st instead of April 1), I will pledge to myself to become better. I deserve it.

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Changing Lifestyles – Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So what do you do when you’re first meal of the day ends up inevitably being most of your daily allowance of calories? Changing your lifestyle isn’t easy! It’s far more convenient to live in the manner with which you’ve become accustomed and that’s exactly what I’m fighting with right now.

Take this McDonald’s ‘addiction’ I have. Its not so much that I prefer to eat at one of America’s most well known and horribly-unhealthy for you fast food chains! But the sheer fact of the matter is, it’s the most convenient option for me! Or, at least, I keep telling myself it is when I get up in the morning. I have four of them that I can count immediately that are directly between my home and my work. FOUR! It’s no wonder that the restaurant chain owns the largest share in it’s market!  And, well, yeah, I do have a soft spot for their Coke and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Yummmy! Too bad three of these bad boys = 480 calories!

 

I’m also the sort that isn’t hungry upon immediately waking up. I’d rather wait an hour or so before I ingest some wonderful sustenance. But I also have a tendency to wake up basically an hour before I need to leave the house to head into work. I dont have quite the same issue, for instance, on the weekends when I dont need to go anywhere first thing. I can take my time, wake up, and then eat when I’m ready. During the week, running around, trying to get into work, I would prefer to wait and generally dont find myself hungry until about an hour after waking. Issue there? By then I’m in the car and hey look…it’s one of those four McDonalds!

So then, the question begs to differ, how best to change my lifestyle to avoid the Calorie Pit? I can try to eat at home, prior to being hungry but the issue there in is that if I’m not hungry, I simply won’t eat! (Which makes sense, right? Why bother eating if A.) you’re not feeling it and B.) you’re not going to ENJOY what you’re putting in your mouth?!) I can eat when I get to work, but that entails making sure I have food there to eat – which also requires me anticipating what I’m going to WANT to eat for breakfast on any given morning.

 

I need this to determine lunch at work!

 

The first lifestyle change I think I need to make, is to stop going to fast food places first thing in the morning and eating 1000 calories right off the bat, and figuring out a different way to change how my mind thinks about breakfast.

Tummy Troubles

Went home early from work because I had a serious case of tummy yuck and the sincere feeling like a MAC truck had hit me. I was falling asleep at my desk so thankfully work understood and let me head home to rest. I should be good for work tomorrow which would be of great benefit. I hate missing out on a few hours pay, but I certainly needed the rest. Came home and slept for close to four hours!

Made the mistake of getting McDonald’s for dinner. Ugh. Tummy is icky again. I REALLY have to break this McDonald’s habit I have. That and soda. Soft drinks are going to be the death of me. Some people it’s gambling, alcohol, drugs, coffee (namely Starbucks) etc. For me, it’s soda pop..primarily McDonald’s coke and Cherry Coke. OMG yum.

Needless to say, coming home early meant no walking for me today and I’ll need to make up some hours during lunch the next few days so I’m going to have to find creative ways to get my exercise in for the week. I’ll manage.

Life is hectic, insane and rather uncertain right now. Lots going on and not quite ready to talk about it all just yet.

 

Starting Over

So after a wonderful weekend at Walt Disney World, in which the Walt Disney World Dolphin is our home resort of choice for a number of reasons, I am starting over today with my plans for better health and well-being. Five smaller meals a day and focus on walking when I can at work. It’s raining here today in Sunny Florida but I still got my butt out the door and walked, albeit at a slower clip, on my lunch break.

I started this morning with L’Eggo Cinnamon Toast Wafflers (2) and did stop at McDonalds for a soda and cookies. Yes, not necessarily the best choice, but I gotta wean myself off the soda! Cold turkey just isn’t an option for me. Lunch was a couple of slices of Boar’s Head London Broil and Overgold Turkey with White American cheese and there was some Publix Chocolate Cake in the break room that I grabbed a small sliver of.

I’ll get there!

I’m currently at 2.22 miles walked, 5,457 steps taken and 1,195 calories burned per my Fitbit.

 

Bandwagons…I’ve Fallen

So, I was doing great working on getting myself centered and back into a healthy lifestyle in order to get my body where I want it. I’m not unrealistic. It’s going to take a while and this Size 12 will be a bit before it’ll see a Size 5 again (or even a 6.)

I had started with eating five smaller meals a day as well as walking (power walking) every day at lunch. I mean, I get an hour and I don’t need that long so what else was I going to do?!) Now, if I could RUN during lunch that would be awesome, but I have no desire to gross out my coworkers with the glistening dew that will inevitably grace my presence after working out like that. So power walking it is!

Then I slid slowly off the wagon and let it all go again. Work, school, family…I’m starting to become convinced that I will be unable to attain all of my goals physically until I’m no longer having to worry about school! At least my final summer session is right around the corner.

So here is the game plan – I’m going to use the blog in part to help hold me responsible for meeting my goals. I’ll start posting my daily caloric intake/use and activity level (if any) for that day. I need to start getting myself disciplined. I have no excuses for that.

 

Been A Bit…

And I promised myself I would try to update this blog at least once a week, but for some reason the last few weeks that has gotten away from me. Maybe it’s work, school, training and general family stress across the board. Maybe its just that I simply haven’t had time.

I know everyone goes through that. I just don’t want this to become one of those things I start and never ‘finish.’ Course, it’s a blog so when is it every really done, right?

My training is going well, though I would like to do more and I certainly need to start adding more strength training to the mix. This week, my intention is to do my distance run tomorrow (Sunday); the training schedule says to do 7 miles, but that was if I were training for the 10-miler. I am going to do 4. I’ve done 5 in the past, but I’m running the 5K this go round for my first official race, so I figure 4 should take the car. I’ve been averaging 2.4 in the 30 minute timed runs during the week. My other intention is to also run the first mile without stopping. THAT I should be able to do. Will keep you posted for tomorrow on that one!

I also need to work more on my nutrition. What I have been finding is that I truly want to eat cleaner. Granted, I give myself the leeway to have junk every now and again. But the McDonald’s and what not needs to be cut out completely. Even on the few occasions I’ve ‘indulged’ in the Golden Arches, I haven’t felt very good after and its impacted my running.

I’ve also slowly started to incorporate protein powder (non-creatine variety) into my regime to help fuel my runs and burn off some of the extra fat I have that I want to get rid of. I’ll write more on that later.

To quote Walt Disney “Keep Moving Forward….”

 

F&*K Cancer!

There was an interesting thing that happened to me today. I found out that our new HR person is dealing with a family member in the late stages of cancer. We talked a lot about it and I am glad that they entrusted me enough to confide in me that information.

I then came home to be informed that my uncle, who has been battling cancer himself, has been told today that all they can do now is make him as comfortable as possible. That’s it, so sorry, we are going to give up on you.

I’ve lot too many people to this disease, and all young, vibrant and happy people who didnt deserve it. No one deserves it. (Okay, well Hitler deserved it) But here I am watching my father deal with the knowledge that his youngest brother will likely pass before he does and that another member of my family will likely become another statistic.

All I can say is that I hope he, and everyone else dealing with this insidious disease, fights. Fight like hell. Fight like your life, and those of your family, depends on it because it does and there is SOOO much to live for. Attitude is that ultimate life saver and I can only hope that in spite of the news my uncle was provided today, he soldiers through it. I pray for that to whatever Powers That Be will listen.

Being Sick Sucks!

I haven’t gotten to blog in a while because I was fighting some dreaded summer cold that has had me, and my household, laid up for over a week now. I’m finally finding a moment to get on the computer and write a little something down.

My running is progressing, though slowly due to being sick. It took a serious hit this last week, that’s for certain, but I was rather proud of myself the other day when I got back on the treadmill. My pacing wasnt great, just under 15 minutes a mile, but I was only running for 30 minutes, was STILL sick and recovering and I slowed my speed down to accomodate this. What I was able to do, however, was jog for a far longer period in slowing down my speed. SO though the pacing wasn’t as great as my previous runs, I still feel some great progress was made!

I’m registered and on track to complete the 5K in October at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Happy Haunted run in Orlando!

In other news, life is life! I have to remind myself sometimes that things are not as rough as they seem and that I am unbelievably lucky to have everything and everyone that I do. Its not always easy, particularly when stress levels are high and healthy problems are involved, but it IS worth it.

Saw this today, and I think its apropos:

 

Tolerance….

So I’m watching Sister Wives on TLC and marveling about the intolerance that some people have. The Browns have started a business based on one of the wives designs under My Sisterwife’s Closet. They took their business to an expo where the Warren Jeffs cult existed (which may have not been the best bet for a starting expo) and there were a number of folks that bashed their way of life. Now, I can understand given the culture that resides in that particular area where the locals may not take to kindly to it. However, to pass judgement on a whole family who obviously love one another and do everything they can to make things work is absolutely wrong as well.

The same can be said for other groups as well. I see it within those that paint a the law enforcement community with a broad spectrum brush. I see it with those that are painting those for or against the Zimmerman/Martin controversy. I see it every day that people have opinions on groups of individuals, and honestly I wish there were more tolerance.

I know I’m not perfect. There have certainly been times where I could be more tolerant myself (Hello, Disney! Why do people insist on cutting of folks with strollers and/or young children or motorized scooters?!)  But it appalls me when I see a lack of tolerance against a whole community that is not hurting anyone.

Now, if your community promotes violence, lawlessness, or otherwise causes harm to others (or yourself), then I’m sorry, I have no tolerance for you. But to see someone say that they hate a family simply because they live a differing lifestyle then they do is appalling to me. Warren Jeffs is a monster and his lifestyle hurt others. The Brown family hurts no one. Their children are intelligent, nurtured and well-adjusted to the realities of not only their family but also how the outside world can and will look at them.

I only wish there was a little more tolerance. It would go a long way in this world I think….

Love is…

choosing to stay even when things aren’t ideal. In this day and age when kids are looking for instant gratification, when you can access anything online and the next best thing is just around the corner, it’s no wonder that the divorce rate in America is so high. Gone is the generation that knows, needs and understands you have to work at things. Those are the folks that find love and stay married for 20, 30, 40+ years. 

Why is that? What makes that love? Love isn’t a Disney movie, though there are things in Disney movies which are realistic and what one should work towards. (If you’re curious what I mean, just go to Pinterest!) Love isnt a fairy tale. Once the honeymoon is over and the chemicals are settled down, you have to decide every day is this where you want to be? Is this who you want to be with? Can you imagine living another day without that voice, that face, that smile, that being next to you? 

You may not like that person RIGHT NOW. You may wake up and something happens and you’re angry and upset with that person. But just because in this moment you are unhappy, either with them, or with yourself, that doesnt mean that the next moment things may change. 

Just because TODAY was tough doesnt mean that tomorrow will be. 

And that’s where I think that this generation coming up is missing the mark and doesnt understand what previous generations, the ones that made it 30+ years together, understands. If you wake up and EVERY DAY is miserable, then yes, get out. If the relationship is abusive then you had BETTER get out. But if its just today, then stick with it if you love this person. Life isn’t ideal, its not a fairy tale and that high you feel in the beginning wont always be. To believe that is to be unrealistic and to set yourself up for disaster. 

Love is perseverance, understanding, empathy, communication, patience, and most importantly….WORK. 

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