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Deadline didn’t quite happen

Well, so I wanted to start off April 1st eating better and cutting out fast food and soda in particular. That didnt happen, unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of my control. I wasn’t able to eat before leaving for work in the morning, so of course old habits kicked in and I got something on the way in since I didnt have anything at work that I knew I would be able to eat.

That being said, today I’m scaling back. I did get my usual bagel with egg and cheese and the soda, but held off on the cookies. I also was able to chow down on a waffle and some raspberries before I left the house. It’s not perfect, but it’s also not cold turkey and it’s a start! Today is the second, yesterday wasn’t a set back and I have the rest of the week to get into the right schedule. Besides, I have a birthday party to go to on Sunday and that will be filled with soda and cake. 😉 There is no point in denying myself and its known that if you deny yourself your cravings it will make it worse.

Its about moderation and in order to get back into that habit, one needs to make steps.

The wives tale is that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Recent research shows that the estimate is actually 66, but just like everyone it’s different from person to person. So, I resolve to make little changes every day and be consistent in them from day to day. This will hopefully allow me to ease into my new lifestyle choices and make better decisions when eating.

Tonight, is grocery shopping. Here I come fruits, proteins and good yummy stuff!

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.

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. 

The Post 5-Miler Check-In

I know I’ve been posting about running a lot lately, but in addition to school, work, and family, its what is occupying a lot of my time and attention!

I was never one to run. Running was for life-saving only activities and even in high school, when we needed to run a mile for the Presidential whatever…I refused. If I didnt clock a mile in under whatever the approved time was so be it.

Then I got hooked on running a few years ago by using the Couch to 5K training plan. It was easy enough that I didnt feel like I was literally hitting the ground running, but successive enough that I could see real results.

Life, however, got in the way and I fell off the treadmill. I also gained roughly 30 pounds. Pounds which I’ve been relentlessly trying to loose. I’m in my  mid-30’s though and loosing the weight now is a lot harder than when I was in my 20’s.

I overdid it yesterday between my run, trying out such a long run for my first outdoor excursion and then meeting up with family at Disney.

My legs are beyond sore, my hips hurt and I think I managed to give myself shin splints. I also think I need different shoes for my outside run compared to my treadmill sprints.

I may have to skip my run tomorrow in lieu of giving my making sure that I rest properly.

 

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