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Soda Pop

I am a soda junkie. I admit it. It’s my primary vice and weakness next to chocolate. (But at least chocolate can have some beneficial side-effects!) I give the excuse that it’s genetic – my biological father would drink a 2 liter of Pepsi every day.

Regardless, soda (or tonic, pop, coke, pepsi, whatever your geographic preference for it happens to be) is pretty much toxic for you.  It has been attributed to:

This just to name a few! I mean, when you look at that list alone, why would you want to drink this stuff right?! BUT IT’S SOOO YUMMY.

Well, as of this morning I hadn’t had a soda in 4 days. I actually attribute that to my recent purchase of the NLA for Her Performance Her Aminos. It tastes delicious and is just sweet enough to curb my sweet tooth while actually being beneficial for my fitness goals.

This morning though, I had a craving and I’ve learned through experience with my personality that if I dont curb the craving it sticks around, so I broke down and grabbed a small coke from McDonalds. (the BEST place to get fountain soda usually).

I drank half of it.

Then I was done.

*blink*

For anyone that would know me in real life, this in and of itself is a HUGE fete! Its also a promising indication and hopeful that when I DO decide to partake of a little soda in the future then it wont be something I feel the need to keep drinking.

Small steps, at least. 🙂

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NLA for Her? T25?

So, I’ve been REALLY bad lately and have finally hit that wall where I’m done – I wont stay like I’ve been anymore. I want out of this body which is smooshy and weak and back to where I was pre-baby. I’m not concerned about the actual WEIGHT number, I just want to get toned and healthy again.

A lot of that is indeed my diet. I have to change it. No more excuses. I’m entering my late 30’s and the diet I had in my 20’s and early 30’s simply isn’t going to cut it anymore. My metabolism is changing and I have to accept that and work with it instead of against it.

I also need to increase my exercise. I’ve been restarting my running – at least twice a week though ultimately I need to get it to 3 – 5 times. I’m adjusting my schedule to it. I’ve just purchased the Focus T25 program from Beachbody and will get started on that as soon as I get it in. I can find a half hour a day to get that going.

 

I have also been looking into the NLA for Her line of products that are promoted by IFBB Pro Jessie Hilgenberg. I’ve been reading a lot of positive things about the products as well as their taste and after using the Phase 8 protein powders, I’m thinking that this may be a better alternative for me. If you’ve had experience with these lines of products, please let me know your thoughts! I’m considering the standard stack which includes the Her Whey Protein Powder, Her Aminos, Shred Her Fat Burner and Uplift Energy.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I get my T25 in, I’ll take starter pics and post as well as write up reviews.

I’m GOING to do this.

No more excuses.

 

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.

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.

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….”

 

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:

 

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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