Friday, December 28, 2012
2012 has been a great year for me. I've lost a little over 20 pounds, I'm healthier than I've ever been, and I'm working out more. When I was 174 lbs, I never thought I would get to where I am now. I know, though, that to get to my desired weight, I need to do a little better, so below are my plans for January:
1. Eat cleaner/try a new clean recipe once a week.
2. Workout 5-6 times a week.
3. Sleep more (8-9 hours a night).
4. Drink more water (8-12 cups a day).
5. Incorporate Yoga or Pilates 1-2 times a week.
6. Be grateful.
**I say January because I am better with short-term goals. I hope to continue these for all of 2013.**
I struggle on the weekends and on holidays. I guess the lack of a schedule really throws me off which explains numbers 2-4. I think the best way to tackle those are to create a schedule for days that I am not at work. I hope to come up with one over the next few days.
Number 1 is a big deal because right now, I am eating whatever as long as it fits within the calorie range. I would love to get away from processed foods entirely; however, I would need to be better at taking time out on Sundays to make meals. (I will be working on that too!) For January, I would like my breakfast, lunch, and snacks to be 100% clean. Dinner is a little different as I cook for both my boyfriend and I; he's picky. Hopefully, I can switch to 100% clean eating in February or March, but I'd also like to take my time too. It's a big change.
So, how do I begin clean eating? What foods can or cannot eat? Any suggestions? I will be on a budget, so any tips for that would be greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Hi all! Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I did although I ate too much and barely exercised. I'm not particularly proud of it, but it is what it is. I enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and that's what it's about.
Anyways, I received some money for Christmas, and I really want to put it towards something I will enjoy as well as something that will further my journey. I've really been thinking about getting a FitBit One or a BodyMedia Fit Core, but I'm just not sold. I have a couple of reasons:
1. My job consists of me sitting at a desk for 8 or so hours. I try to get up as much as I can, but it's not a lot. Due to this, I am super afraid that it won't be put to good use except for on the weekends.
2. Money. I did get some money like I said, but ahh, bills! Haha. I'm a broke ex-college student (who really needs to find a better job! Haha), so money gets tight. However, it is pretty close to income tax check time...
I know some of you have these products, so I am interested to know your input before buying such a big investment. What are your pros and cons? Also, should I buy it online or go to say, Best Buy? Let me know what you think!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
If you were like me, I was devastated to hear the news about Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. I couldn't believe how someone could take innocent lives of 6-7 years olds. It broke my heart that they would never be able to smile, laugh, or learn. Not only do I hurt for the victims, but it hurts to think about how these families have prepared for Christmas only for their child to be taken away. Presents will remain unopened this Christmas.
With that said, we have a chance to change lives. We have a chance to make a difference. Although money will not bring back those sweet faces, it can help with funeral arrangements and such for these families.
On December 31st, there is a race - Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial 5K and Half Marathon. It's a virtual race that can be done at any time. You can walk, swim, bike, run, anything. It's $20 for the 5K and $30 for the half. If you are interested, here's the link:
I'm not trying to make you but just think about it. If you decide not to, that's fine. All I ask is that you will share this race with other friends on FB and SP, so that we can get the word out.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I probably should do my update from last week, but I'm not happy with how my weekend went. Instead, I decided to show you all what I bought myself as a reward for losing 20 pounds.
I bought this shirt off of FeedJustOne.com . It was only $10, but I fed 16 girls in Uganda. (They have shirts for $20 that feed $30 girls in Uganda.) I loved the idea that I was rewarding myself while also helping others out.
Anyways, I haven't really been in the mood to exercise or eat healthy. I've had some emotional things going on, and it's really put me in a mini funk. When I took the picture, I felt good about myself (somewhat), but here's what really hit home for me:
When I put these two photos side by side, I am blown away. Not because I am successful but because I have committed to this lifestyle and I stuck to it even when it was tough. I never gave up (ok, maybe for a week or so, but I always came back). This is the FIRST time that I have ever stayed this committed to this journey. I never thought I would be able to continue on this path, but I am so grateful I did.
Please don't EVER think for one moment that you aren't making a difference in your life. Spend time on yourself because you DESERVE it. When things get tough, keep going. You may not be losing weight on the scale, but you are giving what your body deserves, and it will reward you in the end.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Yesterday, I went to my first Christmas party of the season. It was for the new museum that will be opening up in March; the Director wanted to give back to her volunteers!
Before heading to the museum, I wanted to get in some quick exercise, so I took a 35-minute walk around the inside of my apartment (silly, I know, but it was raining outside, and I didn't have time for the gym). During this walk, I gave myself a pep talk and came up with a plan. My plan started out with "no soda or candy" because these are December goals that I truly want to stick with. I allowed myself water, iced tea, and lemonade. For food, I decided that one plate with decent portions would be plenty. My goal was to stick with salads, fruits, and vegetables for most of my plate. Lastly, I planned that I could have a small dessert. As for the pep talk, I told myself to remember my goals as well as the fact that I have a 5K in 18 days that I need to prepare for. Eating more than I should would not be helpful. I also reminded myself to try to do more talking with other volunteers than eating.
When BJ (my boyfriend) and I first arrived, we were greeted by another volunteer as well as a small table of appetizers - a cheese ball with crackers, spinach dip, and peanuts were a few of the starters. (Luckily, before I left the house, I ate a Luna protein bar because I did not want to arrive starving which would lead to bad choices. Glad I did! Seriously, I had a mini battle about the cheese ball and chips.) I decided to go find something to drink instead of snacking.
Arriving at the drink table, there were quite a few choices - sweet tea, iced tea, coffee, water, beer, and two kinds of wine. I thought about the wine for a minute, but I knew I had a long ride home, so I decided to skip it for water.
Anyways, my Director really outdid herself with the dinner. She made Greek salad, Wardolf salad, chicken linguine (spelling?), green beans, and bread. Here's my plate:
The Greek salad was filled with tomatoes, peppers, and artichoke hearts (my first time trying them!), so I loaded up on that. I'm a House salad with Ranch kind of a girl, but this salad was actually really good. I stuck to one spoonful of pasta which was good because the sauce was heavy. Although the green beans were cooked with bacon, I tried to eat more of those than the pasta. Lastly, I tried a little of the Wardolf salad. If you have never had it, it has marsh mellows, cranberries, apples, and grapes. It wasn't too bad; I loved that it had so many fruits in it which is why I grabbed some. I stuck to water with my dinner.
Dessert was next. They were in tiny little serving dishes which were cute. Unfortunately, I had eaten my desserts before I remembered to snap a picture, but here's the finished product:
I had a mini cherry cheesecake and banana pudding. I loved both of them as you can tell.
Anyways, that's how the night went. I went home feeling satisfied with my decisions. As for another NSV, when I got home, I was craving cookie dough due to PMS, but I managed to stay away from it. In all honesty, I think I was just really tired, so I went to bed instead.
I'm sorry if this post is long, but I can't believe how well I did last night. I have another Christmas party to attend on Friday night, and I feel like tonight set the tone not only for that Christmas party but for the weekend because of how successful I was!
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