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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. 🙂

Maleficent – Mistress of all Evil (Review)

So, I am a HUGE Disney fan. I think it’s an osmosis thing as my father is also a huge Disney buff and, in fact has a Disney room in my parent home. Oddly enough, however, I was never into the Princesses or Fairies or anything like that. Granted, I had a soft spot for Ariel cause, well, a red-headed mermaid that LOVES to sing? Yeah, that one’s right up my alley.

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But ultimately, I was a Disney Villains girl through and through – to include Stitch.

 

 

 

But always, ALWAYS my favorites were the Evil Queen (lesser known as Queen Grimhilde; it’s no wonder she was so obsessed with vanity with a name that would cause me to be sour too!)

 

However, my heart tried and true always went to Maleficent. Yes, she’s an evil fairy. Yes, she curses a baby to die on her 16th birthday for nothing more than just being born and spiting the King and Queen to whom she was born. But there was something about the woman that just resonated with me. Not sure what that says about ME per se, but c’est la vie!

I was thrilled when Once Upon A Time mentioned that they would indeed have Maleficent in the show, as I fell in love with Lana Parrilla playing Regina/Evil Queen to counter Ginnifer Goodwin‘s Snow White. But I wasn’t at all happy with the work up that Maleficent got in the show and was duly disappointed in how she was portrayed.

Though played by Kristen Bauer van Straten (the infamous Pam from True Blood; so there was promise at least), OUaT’s Maleficent not only looked horrible, but lacked everything that she was supposed to be – wicked, delightful, elegant and menacing. Instead OUaT’s take on her was a cast off character who paled in ability next to the Evil Queen (which, as much as I LOVE Regina in the show, c’mon!) and who was at best fodder. Even in her dragon form, she was no match for, well, anyone. That is nothing against Mrs. Bauer van Straten at all. It’s simply how OUaT’s writers developed (or better, didn’t develop) the character. She had no OOMPH and even a solid actress in evil roles like Kristen couldn’t salvage her. I was ultimately disappointed at the loss of opportunity and potential for a good, solid, antagonist in the show to play off against Lana Parrilla. (Think of the triangle that would have made!) But I get it, with Regina and the formidable Robert Carlyle as devious, witty, insane and  twisty Rumpelstiltskin, there would have been far too many villains for one show.

Needless to say, when I saw the initial teasers of Angelina Jolie portraying Maleficent in a full length movie, I was cautiously optimistic. I LOVE Angie, for a whole slew of reasons but also cause knowing her past, I knew she’d have to have to have some idea how Maleficent should be. Then when I started to see the trailers for the actual movie, I got really, really excited. She looked correct. She had the poise, grace, elegance and dripped in wicked from the scenes that they showed us. Now, lets just hope that the story and direction held up to the aesthetic.

Could I be optimistic? The more I saw the more anticipation grew.

Now,  I haven’t been to an actual theater in over three years now. Its generally not worth the costs anymore and with a 52 inch flat screen and premium sound system at home with over 500 channels available to me, going to the movies and paying the exorbitant prices for them just isn’t my cup of tea anymore. I used the be the person that would boundfully take in at least one movie a weekend, if not more, and would gladly stand in lines for over an hour on opening night to be among the first to see a much-anticipated film. Not so much anymore. But Maleficent, she got me out of the house and into my local AMC on opening night no less. (Though apparently, no one goes to the movies anymore either as the 9:45 showing on a Friday was practically empty.)

Worse, as I sat down I prepared myself for the possibility that my expectations would not be lived up to (as is the case in far too many instances when it comes to retellings or reconstructions of much beloved characters) and settled in with my $11 cherry coke and popcorn.

I wont go into too many details with the story line itself because, ultimately, it’s rewriting that we thought we knew about the Mistress of All Evil. Jolie is a little too over the top in spots and I think there was some footage left on the cutting room floor which could have been added (the movie clocked in at an hour and 38 minutes, so they had a little room for additions) BUT the camp fits and isn’t over done so much that it turns the drama of the important moments into a comedy. There are, of course, the endearing moments and Maleficent is more than just a wickedly delicious evil fairy. Far more than that in fact.

Visually the movie is stunning and The Moors are someplace I would love to be able to live myself. Action fares well, and they dont scrimp on it. Magic, of course, abounds, and though the movie is quick there is decent character development in everyone except Aurora, who rightfully so is more an afterthought in this movie than in the original animated feature of her own name. Elle Fanning is somewhat annoying as Aurora actually as Aurora in the animated film comes across far more mature and intelligent than Fanning’s portrayal.

None the less, I enjoyed it and would gladly see it again, though I’m not sure I’m willing to shell out another $22 to see it. Maybe next time I’ll skip the soda and popcorn. Its a good film to take children over 6 to as some of the creatures may scary them just in their visage, but though the violence is well done, there is no blood that I saw and death was implied. Either way, it will be one I add to my collection when it becomes available on Blu-Ray and ultimately, I wasn’t at all upset with the retelling and was quite pleased with the work up that my favorite Disney character received. It makes me love her all the moor…

 

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The Game Plan

I admittedly haven’t been disciplined enough lately to stick to any sort of plan to get myself healthy again OR follow a plan that will set me up for success. There has been a LOT going on at home and we all know how stress, uncertainty and general malaise can set in when things at home aren’t good. The irony is that when things at home aren’t ideal, that’s all the more reason to focus on yourself and especially getting you into a better mind frame, both physically and mentally. At the very least, if you aren’t taking care of yourself it’s going to spiral into worse situations to handle down the road when attempting to get fit. Meanwhile, getting your head on straight and proverbially taking care of yourself internally (personal aesthetics none-withstanding!) will better assist you in dealing with all that stress, and especially anxiety, that can come from daily life.

My biggest issue? I eat emotionally. When I’m upset, I eat. I LOVE sweets. Love. Adore. Gimme. If I’m not being emotionally fulfilled, I’ll turn to chocolate and especially soda. Yes. Soda. The calorie killer. Worse, caffeine can increase the affects of anxiety; which I also have. So it makes sense doesn’t it? I’m upset, stressed, sad and I turn to the two things that are highest in caffeine (and caffeine is also highly addictive) and therefor will raise my adrenaline levels to create a sort of feeling of excitement.  Now, in moderation this wouldn’t be an issue. But whose’s talking moderation when one’s upset and just wants to feel a little better?!

I have taken steps to try and eat better at home. Unfortunately this hasn’t gone well with my current schedule. So lifestyle changes need to be made.

So what exactly is my Game Plan then? (and how?)

 

1.) Wean myself off of soda – One a day max for the next week, then one every other day for the week after, etc until done. Now if I get there sooner, than great.

2.) Plan meals as much as possible.

3.) Have back up quick meals available for those times when scheduling doesn’t go as planned.

4.) Eat smaller meals/snacks a day – 5x a day. At: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

5.) Don’t eat after 8pm

6.) Start taking vitamin supplements. Especially since I haven’t been eating well at all.

7.) Start taking my protein shakes again. Most likely as my 1pm meal after a work walk.

8.) Start running again. Even more important since I am now not only signed up for the Haunted Happy Family 5k at Walt Disney World in October, but have also registered for the Inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 10k in January.

9.) Start strength training 3x a week again. I’ve been considering getting the P90x3 or the T25 programs from Beachbody as I used to do P90X but an hour at home isn’t too easy to accomplish. 30 minutes I can find time for.

10.) Most importantly, make time for ME.

I have a plan. Now, GO!

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.

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