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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.

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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.

 

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….”

 

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