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Hello out there!!  Sorry it’s been a while!  I’ve been using the past two weeks to move half way across the county, move into my new house, and show my cousins around the wonderful city of San Antonio!

In order to spare you some reading, I’ll just kinda bullet the things worth mentioning…

  • Since getting here, I’ve noticed a significant loss of “poofiness” in the lower belly area.  I attribute it to the lack of sweets and snacky foods at my house.
  • I haven’t been to the gym since the day before I moved and it’s driving me crazy!  I’m pretty sure I’ve found my next gym, but I won’t be able to start up with them until school starts because of day care issues.  I’ve already asked Nick for some ideas and I’m pretty sure I can use this time to find out if I love the stuff on Blogilates as much as I think I will.
  • I have pulled myself from the marathon in November.  Two reasons for this: (1) I don’t have the child care resources to get in the runs I need to train appropriately and (2) I don’t have the drive I once did to complete it.  I will still be running, and once I have the child care, my mileage is going to go up considerably, but I know I won’t be marathon ready.  It was a hard decision for me, but I know it’s best to hold off this year, and then kill it next year (hopefully).
  • Going grocery shopping in considerably easier to do when you have nothing to start with!  I can really set my nutritional goals and so far, it’s been working.  We’ve eaten out a few times, but not nearly as much as I could be lol
  • I am absolutely in love with my house!
  • My sleep schedule is all jacked up and has been causing issues for me during the latter half of the day (like concentration, focus, mood changes) so it’s something I’m working on.  I do think part of the problem though is that I haven’t been getting out the extra energy that my body had gotten used to producing for my trainings with Nick.

I think that covers the big things so far.  Leave your questions/comments below!  I know some of this is kinda vague, so just ask whatever’s on your mind, or just share some love!

–Being fit isn’t a goal, it’s a lifestyle.

Before you read any further, you can rest assured this is not a debbie-downer post.  🙂  (It’s also not my most upbeat post either) (also, it may seem similar to my last post, but this is more about the why’s)

If you’ve been following along for a little bit, you’ll remember this post.  I can say without a doubt that it was during that one meal that all my motivation went out the window.  And then it snowballed.  One thing after another, after another.  It sucked.

I had a wonderful vacation and even found my new house!  But, honestly, things just never picked up to how they were.

I can’t say for certain what happened in my noggin, but whatever it is, it has been damn near impossible to fix.  (Notice I said “near”)

Sitting in my bed last night, chatting with one of my besties, I realized what my problem was, and then had my thoughts spoken for me by my trainer.  My emotions have gotten all out of whack.  I am a very emotional person, whether or not I show it.

I have been within the same 10 lb range since January.  My jean size had dropped to a 6, and I’m now back at an 8.  I am constantly comparing myself to strangers, and even worse, my friends.

I realized last night that my mentality had completely shifted, and not for the good.  “I’m just gonna gain it all back so why not eat that brownie/cake/cookie/extra slice…” (you get the point)  I’m glad I’m realizing this now instead of AFTER I would have gained the weight.

I’ve acknowledged that I’m at a motivational/emotional low point in my journey.  I’ve said on more than one occasion that motivation is not a stagnant idea.  It waxes and wanes like the moon.

Just to put this down on paper though, I think these are some of my triggers:

1. I set my expectations higher than I was willing to work for

2. The stress from the upcoming move (next week, eeeek)

3. It’s summer break and I’m not used to having to entertain both of my kids at the same time

4. I’m already feeling like I’ll be “lost” without Nick… 

5. I’m nervous I will gain the weight back since I seem to found a “comfortable” weight

6. I’m frustrated that I have to work so hard and either (a) those around me don’t appreciate my efforts or (b) those around me aren’t supporting my lifestyle that I’m TRYING to live…

7. I’m currently watching my two kiddos (ages 1 and 5) as well as my nieces (ages 3 and 7) and getting enough exercise in as well as the right foods is way harder than I thought it would be

I’m hoping that I can get back on track once things have settled down.  There are only so many things that are in my control that I have to learn how to deal with the things that I can’t control.  My marathon training starts Tuesday… and yes, I’m very nervous about it.  One of my biggest stressors about that is that I’m supposed to run my first 6 miles the same day I am to start the move…  I do know that if I’m not going to make it far at all in this training if I don’t change some things though.  

**I’d love to hear your comments/stories about any setbacks you had and how you overcame them!**

Today wasn’t perfectly whole 30, but nowhere near as horrible as yesterday’s “cheat.”  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a cheat meal here and there, but yesterday I definitely overdid it.  There were some immediate effects from all the crap too.

1. I was so bloated!  It literally looked like I had gained 5 pounds in my stomach alone.

2. I was super drowsy.  So much so that I went to lay down on a couch because of the headache, and before I knew it, I was being woken up over an hour later!  I had no idea I had even gone to sleep.

3. I was more irritable.  Maybe it was a combination of the yucky feelings on the inside mixed with some guilt, or maybe the food really just made me more irritable.  I don’t know.  I do know that my kids were irritating me more than normal yesterday 😉

4. I didn’t sleep as soundly as I had been.  I woke up twice.  Not long, but enough to remember it the next day.  And both times it was because I was uncomfortable.

Those are just a few of the things that stuck out to me.  Honestly, the cheat wasn’t worth it.  It was delicious, but not worth it.  Moderation is the key, and I apparently forgot that little mantra.  I am really hoping that with the amount of water I drank and the effort I put into my food choices today that I will hopefully start feeling better tomorrow, or more likely the day after.  I’m already preparing for another detox, but hopefully since it was only the one REALLY bad meal, it won’t hit me as hard.  Here’s hoping.

Besides my food, as far as the rest of my self improvement goes I did minimal core work along with my headstands (which are coming along nicely now, although I still need support), as well as some house/garage cleaning since today was supposed to be considered an active rest day and I played Bingo with my grandma as we do every Saturday night.  Tomorrow is a full on rest day, so I will be planning out and cooking my meals for the week as well as taking care of other minimal chores around the house.

finally a picture of the full breakfast

finally a picture of the full breakfast

I have literally been dragging all day today.  I blame two reasons… (1) I didn’t go to bed until 1:30 this morning and (2) my body has finally started the “transition.”  This transition is apparently very normal as the body goes from having a constant glycogen store that’s easy to get to from all the carbs and sugar to now having to rely on utilizing glycogen stores from proteins and healthy fats, which is apparently harder to do.  You can read more about it here.  It’s actually a timeline of what to expect as you go through it.  Luckily I didn’t get the “hangover” that’s typical on days 2 and 3.

It hasn’t been that hard so far.  I can honestly say it’s because I prepped for it.  What still gets me is late at night… I’m not necessarily craving the sweet stuff so much as I just want it, almost like a finisher for the day.  Last night I gave in and had three oreos and a small (like 3 oz) of milk.  I knew it wasn’t on plan.  I knew it’s the farthest thing from clean, and I didn’t have that “need” for it… It’s a weird feeling.  Anyway I ate it, felt satisfied and went to bed.  (1) I learned my lesson with milk.  Waking up with bubble guts is definitely not something I’d recommend to anyone.  Ugh.  It went away after I started really getting myself morning, but yea, no more cookies and milk for me.

had to change up lunch since I ate the rest of the fish I made yesterday.  Turkey meatloaf on lettuce

had to change up lunch since I ate the rest of the fish I made yesterday. Turkey meatloaf on lettuce

During my training (bi’s and back) Nick had to ask me a few times if I was okay.  I just kept saying I was tired.  I was.  All day.  I attempted to nap while A was sleeping, and even got the Goober in bed with me so she’d nap too.  While they slept soundly, I just kinda laid there… for an hour and a half.  I’m not complaining though… It was nice to not do anything, and I think I definitely need the mental rest just as my body needs the physical rest.  So, while the girls slept on, I broke out some crochet and watched The Voice from last night.  It was nice and mindless.

The pest guy got here, sprayed, and told me that my spider was not a recluse!!  Whoo hoo.  It was just a typical garden spider that wondered inside… a very healthy spider by its size. LOL

And right now I am literally going through the “I want something sweet” thing.  Blah.  Maybe I’ll just down a protein shake and go to bed.  Yes, I think that’s what I’ll do!

Well I have a feeling the whole 30 days are going to start sounding very familiar considering I’m eating essentially the same thing for a week at a time.  I know that doing my food this way will work for me, but won’t be very entertaining for y’all reading this.

coconut thai curry chicken with onions, red pepper and zucchini

coconut thai curry chicken with onions, red pepper and zucchini

I finally had the curry I made and it was honestly delicious!  I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m very happy with what I got.  And more times than I can count I’ve found myself so happy that I have pre-made meals that just need to be nuked.  I finally took my progress pictures (found below) for my past month.  I am very happy with the results to be completely honest.  Yes I know I have further to go, but coming from where I’ve been, I’m happy!

Hmm, what else has occupied my past two days?  Oh!  A big a$$ spider!!  I don’t know how many people know this, but while I was in the Army I was bit 4 flipping times on the top of my thigh by a brown recluse.  It happened while I was sleeping and I guess he kept biting me probably because I kept moving.  Yes, a nasty creepy crawler was IN MY BED!!  Mind you, before this, I wasn’t scared of spiders at all.  I was that person who let them live in the nooks and crannies because they ate the more annoying bugs.

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Anyway, it was graduation/family day and I saw the “bug” bites but didn’t think anything of them.  They progressively got worse, but I refused to let some stupid allergic reaction stop my family day.  But, by 10 o’clock that night, the bites were filled with puss, there was an area about the size of a large dinner plate that was turning purple, and from knee to hip crease, my leg was bright red and inflamed.  I finally went to the hospital, found out what actually bit me, got the antidote (which felt like FIRE), and considered myself very lucky.  Since then, the only spiders that live when I’m around are easily identifiable ones, and they have to be little, like your average wolf spider.  Tuesday morning I went to pick up my cat’s food plate and holy shiz!! There was a huge spider guarding my cat’s food!  I flipped out and ran upstairs to get my Mom so she could kill it.  I was absolutely terrified.  We sprayed it and had to trap it under a bowl because it was bouncing around.  Later on I actually got my brother to get a good picture of it…  IMG_2039

Needless to say, pest control is coming out!

I will have an update as to what kind of spider it actually was in the next post!  Please oh please don’t let it be a brown recluse….

And now onto the before and afters…. Horribly lead in I know, but I was getting the heeby jeebies again….

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glute/hamstring connection (crossed)

Breakfast – red pepper, zucchini, and onion frittata with sides of strawberries and mashed sweet potato

red pepper, zucchini and onion fritatta

 

red pepper, zucchini and onion fritatta

Immediately Post workout – protein shake made with water and some watermelon or strawberries

Post workout meal (lunch) – tilapia (x2) with a splash of lemon, a spring mix salad with lots of cucumber, and a side of butternut squash

Mid day meal – handful of cashews and almonds

Dinner – coconut thai chicken curry with a side salad

before bed (if needed) – protein shake made with almond milk

IMG_2029I’m drinking at least 2 glasses of water as soon as I get up, and while I’m eating breakfast, if I need it I drink a small cup of coffee with 1/2 tbsp of liquid creamer (I know it’s not “on plan”).  I am working my way to black coffee since I honestly don’t drink coffee that often, maybe one a week or so.  I don’t drink any juice or soda, and I’m not adding any of the to-go packets into my waters.  I’m getting between 1/2-1 gal of water a day.

As for supplements I’m taking a multi-vitamin, fish oil, a blend of healthy aminos, calcium, probiotics, OxyElite, glutamine and BCAA’s.  If I’m training, I take two (pill) BCAA’s with that first glass of water in the morning and then while I’m working out I put a scoop of BCAA’s in my water to drink and refill as necessary.  If I’m not training, I just take the two in the morning.

If you have any questions about what I’m eating or have any ideas for me to try shoot them on over!!

Day 2

Posted on: June 3, 2013

breakfast with one of my future sewing projects

breakfast with one of my future sewing projects

I had some leftover red pepper and shredded zucchini from my omelet yesterday so I made another egg white omelet and added some super yummy strawberries to it to help round it out a bit more.

Today was yet again another day that didn’t go as planned, but that’s not to say I went off plan.  I fell back into my not-eating-at-the-right-times thing.  But everything I did eat was definitely on plan!  Yay!

For those of you who don’t know, I am living at my parent’s home while Link is playing in the sandbox.  So last night the family decided to go out instead of cooking dinner.  I knew the menu of the restaurant we were going to pretty well so I knew I’d be able to stick pretty close to plan there.  It’s our favorite Mexican restaurant, which used to mean lots of carbs and cheese and deliciousness!  I ordered an entrée that was chicken with a multitude of veggies on top with the typical sides.  I asked for the sauce on the side and to cook in minimal oil.  It was DELICIOUS!  IMG_2027

No one in my family had ever had that dish before and I couldn’t get over how excellent the chicken was so I started passing bites around.  We all agreed that it was amazing.  I devoured as much as I could have that, took maybe two forkfuls of the rice and was stuffed!  And yes I know rice isn’t on plan but I’m okay with the two forkfuls I did it.

To quickly clarify something:  I am not doing the Whole 30 Challenge as a cleanse.  I am doing this as a means to really appreciate the foods I’m putting into my body.  To savor the foods natural flavor and enjoy any seasonings I put on it as a compliment to the food, not to overpower the food.

Back to the day.  After dinner we got home and we got the girls in bed for the night.  Once I knew they were down for good I knew I had to prep more meals or this just wasn’t going to work.  I ended up making enough fish for at least two days, breakfast for the week, and dinner for the week.  The next post will be the intended meal plan for the week (each day being the same thing).  I am definitely excited now!

 

Day 1

Posted on: June 1, 2013

So here are my stats for the beginning of this challenge:

Weight – 152 lbs  Body Fat – 22-23%

Chest – 37″               Bicep – 11.25″            Hips – 40.25″

Waist – 30″              Thigh – 22″                Calves – 14.25″

Forearm – 10″      Shoulders – 40.25″       Neck – 12″

First thing this morning I went to weight watchers and stayed for the meeting about emotional eating. After that I went straight to our local farmers market and picked up some red bell peppers, zucchini, strawberries and a seedless watermelon. I went home a got to slicing! I love fresh produce and lucky for me, so do my kids!

Today wasn’t a well planned out day though lol Once I finally got around to breakfast (three egg white omelet with sautéed zucchini and red pepper) we went off to the grocery store.

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slicing and dicing!

I brought some veggies to snack on, but I could definitely feel myself get hungry. Once I got home I had to rush off to a kid’s birthday party so I grabbed some cashews and almonds and headed out.  Once there I saw what was being prepared food wise and thought “oh no.”  It was typical BBQ foods, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, two different cakes, chips and dips, some Italian potatoes.  I felt like I was defeated before I had even begun.

I asked my cousin (the host of the party) what type of burgers they were.  He told me they were typical beef burgers.  I went ahead and asked if he’d mind grilling me one without the cheese, which of course he obliged.  I figured I had to at least try so I ate the burger sans buns, grabbed some fruits off the fruit tray and drank two bottles of water to make my stomach at least think there was more in there.

All in all the day wasn’t horrible, but I definitely wasn’t prepared like I thought I was.  I learned my lesson!

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omelet from breakfast

It’s May 31st so that means my Whole30 challenge starts tomorrow.  If you read one of the last posts (click here) you know that these past few days I did some nutritional cleaning so that I’m not as shocked for what awaits me with this challenge.

Brain fart.  This isn’t a challenge!  It’s an opportunity!!

Back to what I was saying…  My diet consisted of A LOT of white fish and lean chicken for my protein sources and a ridiculous amount of broccoli, asparagus and spinach for my greens.  My traditional carb intake was next to nil, and in it’s place stood the wonderful sweet potato.

First off, I believe I am mentally ready for this.  While preparing myself for this, I have been reading the book “It Starts with Food” which goes hand in hand with the Whole30 Challenge.  I read the section about not including grains and I thought, “dang, not even quinoa?!  I just starting liking the stuff!!”

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Yesterday and today I had my blood sugar drop too low because I was training too hard without enough fuel in the tank.  This morning I needed a sugar hit fast because all the yuck was coming with a vengence.  I ate a bowl of almond milk and some honey bunches of oats (it’s what was in the house…).  Now, you’re probably asking yourself why I’m telling you this.  Because for the rest of the day I had bubble guts!

Sorry, it’s a wee bit gross, but I swear… one week off of “traditional” carbs and primarily processed foods and my stomach went into temper tantrums!  It’s over 12 hours later and I’m just now finally feeling some relief.  I had no idea it would effect me like that.  I had no idea that eating so clean would detox my system so quickly.

I am ready.  I know there will moments I will cave and in those moments I will have to endure the consequences.  Hopefully I remember how this feels.  Because this sucks.  I already know there are a few exceptions I’m making to my challenge and it’s simply because of the workload I pull during my trainings.  (1) I will have a protein shake (with just water) immediately following my training sessions and (2) I will have a second protein shake (with almond milk) directly before bed to help me sleep and hold me on through breakfast the next day.  I don’t honestly know how the Whole30 folks feel about supplements but I will still be taking my stash of those too.  The big cuts and adjustments I will have to learn to live with are virtually no “traditional” grainy carbs and absolutely NO refined sugars or artificial sweeteners.  My sugar will be severely limited and restricted to coming from plant sources.  I am also going to up the amount of veggies I am taking in and learn how to get really friendly with the spices 😉

These are all changes that need to happen.  My nutritional intake in completely under my control. I am excited and nervous about this.  I can’t promise I’ll update daily but I will be taking pictures of some of the food choices I’m making.  And for starters:

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If you’ve got any advice or suggestions shoot them my way!  Or even if you’ve got questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do the best I can to answer it 🙂

This weekend I didn’t eat clean, didn’t eat bad.  I was mindful but I was also letting myself indulge.  And every single time I did, I felt like crap afterwards.  This is a good thing.  I want to remember why these foods are “bad” for my system.

Being the week before my Whole30 challenge, I am using it to get my shopping list together, arrange the pantry, freezer and fridge so it’s friendlier for what I am about to do, and mentally prepare.  My nutritional intake will be on point, and will be 80-90% clean.  I’m hoping this will make the transition into the challenge less “shocking” on my system.  My psychological system that is…

Just as a reference point:

Addiction – (broadly) persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be physically, psychologically, or socially harmful

I’ve got addiction that are not food related, and for the sake of this blog I will list a couple of them.  Smoking (broken!!), sugar, simple carbs, weighing in on the scale (broken!!), and compulsive spending.  If you’ve been reading my blog since the scale challenge you know how hard of an addiction that had become for me.  Its results determined my outlook for the entire day!!  I now weigh in once a week, but take into account numerous other factors as well as what non-scale victories I’ve had recently.  If you have no idea what challenge I’m talking about head over here to catch up.  When it came to quitting smoking, I knew the only way for me to succeed was to quit cold turkey.  I couldn’t ease out of it.  So far so good, as I haven’t had a cigarette since March 2013.  As for the compulsive spending, Link and I have set up a separate checking account for monies not included in bills and fixed expenditures and are basically utilizing an envelope system to help me break that one.  Now, I’m hoping, the Whole30 Challenge will help break my addiction and cravings for sugar and simple carbs.  Time will tell….

You don’t need to share your addictions with me but I’m curious to know if you’ve found any particular way to help stop them….


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