If not for the skinny jeans…

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Before you read any further, you can rest assured this is not a debbie-downer post. ¬†ūüôā ¬†(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!**

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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 ūüėČ

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 ūüôā

seem to quickly find little yummies just hanging out, asking to be eaten!  

I have been meaning to write this particular entry for quite a while now. ¬†I am notorious for late-night snacking. ¬†Sweet. ¬†Salty. ¬†Crunchy. ¬†Creamy. ¬†It never seemed to be anything in particular. ¬†It was definitely a habit I made. ¬†While I was pregnant with my second daughter, I would eat a bowl of cereal every night right before bed. ¬†And I’m not talking a little bowl. ¬†I’m thinking the bowls were easily two servings worth. ¬†That little habit I formed followed me into my non-preggers time. ¬†Quite annoying if I do say so myself.

Over the winter (2012-2013) I really picked up an old craft that I learned when I was a child. ¬†Crocheting. ¬†I found a super cute pattern for an owl hat and decided I’d make one for all of us. ¬†They went super quickly and once my husband (who from here on out shall be referred to as Link) received his hat downrange, people actually starting asking if I could make them some. ¬†That they’d pay me! ¬†Well, hey!!! ¬†Why not?! ¬†

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Besides finding out that I really do enjoy crocheting, I have found a “side effect.” ¬†Losing weight! ¬†Haha, yes. ¬†I do most of my crocheting after my kiddos go down for the night since I more or less get lost in my projects. ¬†And since I was getting lost, I was thinking about the little yummies that wanted to be eaten. ¬†It took me a while to make the connection, but once I did, I knew I had to keep it up. ¬†

Eventually the weather started getting warmer, so the orders stopped coming in… and the little yummies have started calling again. ¬†I see the pattern happening already. ¬†Luckily, I know that I just need to get some yarn on my hook and just crochet! ¬†Who would have thought that simply preoccupying your mind with something other than food would work so well? ¬†I surely didn’t. ¬†I am so happy for it though. ¬†

Do you have a something to preoccupy yourself? ¬†Do you read (something besides my blog of course)? ¬†Do you do a craft of some sort? ¬†Are you a super cleaner? ¬†(<—-definitely not me lol) ¬†They say variety is the spice of life, so hit me up!


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