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#134 - Day 2.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Yesterday was a pretty good day for me in regards to my mini-challenge. In fact, I'm kind of enjoying it a bit. However, it been tough when it comes to guilt and coming to terms with some food. I'll explain more in a minute.

Breakfast --

Pictured is a Luna peppermint stick and a Oikos strawberry Greek yogurt. This is probably one of my favorite breakfasts because it's so easy and fairly healthy. Plus, there's no cooking involved! emoticon

Snack --

My apple was bad so I really only had almonds.

Lunch --

I made this soup in the crockpot Tuesday night. It has water, chicken broth, shredded chicken, Lima beans, carrots, squash, zucchini, and onion. It came out pretty good! I put some Cajun seasoning in it to make it spicy too! Like my snack, I barely got to eat any of the apple since it, too, had gone bad.

Snack --

Pepper, hummus, and black beans with Cajun seasoning. This was a tasty snack!

Dinner --
I forgot to snap a picture for a good reason -- my Mom met my boyfriend last night! It's a long, complicated story, but I'm just so happy that it finally happened. Anyways, the three of us went to a Mexican restaurant. I was still a little full from my snack, so I ended up eating about half of my fajita nachos with a few chips and salsa. Instead of water, I had a pink lemonade.

Circling back to the introduction, I'm having some trouble this morning letting go of the guilt and making peace with my body after last night's dinner. In reality though, I shouldn't because I left the restaurant satisfied, not overly stuffed like I usually do. This means I need to spend a little more time in the mirror this morning telling myself it's ok and that I'm proud of the accomplishments I've made thus far. I'm determined to let go of this guilt. Food won't have power over me anymore.

  
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C8TSON 6/6/2013 2:50PM

    Great job! Don't let that food control your emotions girl! I think you did a fantastic job with your meal plan! All that food looked super yummy! emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/6/2013 2:26PM

    I love that hummus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHODGES83 6/6/2013 10:38AM

    Let go of that guilt! It's pointless and more toxic for you than anything you ate last night. You are making healthy choices and you are treating your body well. Keep it up and STAY POSITIVE!

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RITEEBEE 6/6/2013 9:57AM

    You are so right! No need to feel guilty, that just makes things worse! You did great not over stuffing yourself! That is an accomplishment you should be proud of!!

Way to go!!

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#133 - Day 1.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Lately, I've been going through a lot -- trying to find a new job, healing my foot injury, worrying about the upcoming races, etc. These things have produced lots of emotions which have led to plenty of binges. These last few weeks have been tough, and I had decided to quit my journey of finding health and a lower weight.

I've realized, though, that quitting my journey wasn't going to help me at all. In fact, it only added more problems -- how I felt about myself and how I felt physically. I've been bloated and puffy for the past month now which has made me hate my body more. Because of this hatred, I've been sticking to clothes that do not show my stomach. In addition, I haven't been feeling well. I've been fatigued, irritated, bloated, dehydrated, etc. The last few weeks haven't been great.

I'm friends with Fit Mama Training on Facebook; I've been silently reading her blogs and statuses that are filled with talk about her journey to health. While her journey is far different than mine (she did it for her daughter), there are many things that I can apply to my life. For example, she talks about putting away the scale and connecting with your body through food and exercise. One of her biggest things is listening to your body and taking account of how you feel about you eat and exercise. Here's an excerpt:

"What do you think would happen if you stopped focusing on what's wrong with your body, what the "right" exercises are and what's "bad" to eat? And instead focused on what's good about your body and what makes your body feel good physically (exercise and food wise)? Do you really think letting go of all the rules and self criticism would result in some terrifying end result for your body? Because I happen to think without all the rules and negativity you might find yourself MORE fit, MORE active and eating healthier because it made you feel amazing. And because you'd know you deserve to feel amazing." -- Fit Mama Training, Facebook

Since all of my attempts have focused on weight loss instead of how my body feels, I've decided to go about my journey a different way. Instead of hating my body, I'm choosing to make peace with it in the mirror every day. I'm choosing to be grateful for this body and what it can do. When it comes to food, I'm choosing to listen to my body and eat things that make me feel good. I'm also deciding to take it one meal at a time. One meal at a time, though, doesn't mean perfection. There will be times that french fries sound better than quinoa; that's ok.

I've challenged myself to two weeks of making peace and listening to my body. I'm striving to get rid of the negative self talk because my body doesn't deserve it. Hatred has not been working for me in the past, so now, it's time to love.

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Food Diary -- I may or may not do this every day, but since I'm not tracking, this will be a good way to keep tabs on what I've eaten. Again, it's not about "good" and "bad"; for me, it's about awareness.

Breakfast -- Although I don't have a picture, I had donut holes and a Pepsi.

Snack -- Same as breakfast.

Lunch --

I got a grilled chicken salad and a fruit bowl from Chick-fil-a. This was my first time trying blueberries, and I actually like them.

Snack --

I listened to my body yesterday. After eating the cucumbers and hummus, I still felt hungry, so I sliced up a green pepper. Upon finishing the green pepper and hummus, I realized how much I love that snack. It's so good.

Dinner --

BJ got home late, so we did something quick -- chicken salads. Mine had lots of stuff to it -- lettuce, tomatoes, onion, yellow pepper, chickpeas, chicken, a few bacon bits, a little cheese, and dressing. It was delicious!

Water -- 6 cups.

Sorry this blog is a bit long.

  
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WALKING_WONDER 6/5/2013 3:32PM

    GREAT idea! I may have to give it a try too! Thanks for sharing!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/5/2013 12:04PM

    mmmm both salads for lunch and dinner look delish! How did you like the chik fil a salad? I tried their southwest one a few months ago and it was okay. Kinda missing some flavor. That one looks great though! Proud of you for realizing all of this Sam. You're awesome!! :)

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CHODGES83 6/5/2013 11:01AM

    Wonderful! Seems like we've been thinking the same things lately. Gotta give up the negativity/restriction and treat yourself well. Positivity will lead to a more healthful way of living!

PS - I heart hummus

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#132 - I Have a Problem.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hi everyone!

It's been a few days since my last post; I guess I just haven't had much to share. Yesterday, I had an appointment for my foot injury, and I'm being booted for another two weeks. I'm a little disappointed, but I'd rather it heal correctly than for there to be problems down the road.

Last time I posted, I talked about how this injury was a blessing in disguise because it provided an opportunity to focus one area of health -- food. While I'd love to tell you how amazing I've been doing, I am not going to lie -- I've been stuffing my face every chance I get. Take out, candy, soda, and entire bags of chips have been my friends lately. It's disgusting.

It's funny because I've been trying to put my finger on the "why", and I can't seem to figure it out. I've come up with a few that I thought were it, but I'm not sure that they are. Even if they were, how would I even deal with them?

1 - I'm not proud of my body at all because I'm so incredibly bloated. (For example, last weekend, my boyfriend and I hung out with his coworkers by the pool, and I refused to wear a bathing suit. I wore shorts and a t-shirt that didn't show my stomach.) It can't really be this reason because I've always been bloated and ashamed of my body.

2 - It's that time of the month. In the past, I have eaten a lot before and during it, but I've eaten SO MUCH that it's almost like I'm eating for two (I'm not pregnant though!).

3 - My foot and the two races that are coming up. The last two weeks, I have been pretty anxious about the two July races that I'm supposed to be in because I've not had any time to train due to this injury. I'm not even sure I will have any time. If I do, it'll be 2-3 weeks which won't be much. However, the last few days, I've accepted the fact that I will most likely be walking them (maybe walk/run).

4 - I've been debating a couple life changes recently. First, I hate my job, so I've been thinking about going back to school or moving to a new city. Where I live now, there aren't many jobs available, so one of those options are going to have to happen. Both of these are big steps, and they make me very nervous. Secondly, my boyfriend and I have been looking at engagement rings, and to be honest, it's kind of scary. It's a big step especially when my family is just now coming around in regards to our relationship. I've just been having a lot of doubts -- what if we can't make it? (Is this normal?) Being a child of divorce, I don't want that. In addition, I've caught my mind wedding planning even though he has not even asked yet.

5 - My last possible reason is that I might have a eating disorder. If that's the case, I can't seek help right now because I've got way to many doctor appointments that have been costly. It's just not an option.

What doesn't make sense is that I feel like crap, but I continue to eat poorly. I don't know what to do. I'm scared to get on the scale. If I don't change something soon, I'm going to find myself back at 171 in just a few short months. I need to somehow find my way back on track.

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DORENC 6/6/2013 2:53PM

    At least you are thinking about things and not pushing them off. If you focus you will succeed. Work at one thing at a time. You can do this!

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SUGIRL06 6/3/2013 11:56AM

    I have been in the same boat for the last few months and it basically dawned on me one day that I am mildly depressed (don't really talk about it). It came on due to tons of stress with school, finances, etc. and living away from my husband. Now that I'm home, its better but I'm still alone all day, the finances are still bad, I'm still eating crap. At least now, I don't have as easy access to fast food as I did when I was living at school.

Anyway, my point is that sometimes there are things in your life that make you feel out of control and you do things that you don't understand. I want to get healthy so badly and lose the weight (because I so do not feel good in the body I have right now) but those other stresses are still there, eating away at me. I'm just trying to take it one day, on meal at a time. I know that workouts are important for me. For you, it is tough being in a boot (I know, that was me last November!). Can you do air boxing or anything to help relieve stress? I know exercise helps me a ton to stay on track.

Finally, find an accountability partner! I am in a group right now that is texting pictures of everything we eat (As you saw in my blog today!) I'm always willing to be there for you! Email, spark people, whatever! But find a group or a person who will check in regularly and make sure its someone non-judgemental. You need to come out of it on your own and I know you will, but its so much easier when you have a cheerleader on your side!
~Ang

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PAPER_WINGS18 6/3/2013 9:23AM

    emoticon we are all here for you as you figure all this out Sam. YOu are a strong person and will figure this out! We are here for guidance if you need it. You can do anything you want!

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CHODGES83 5/31/2013 12:44PM

    Body image is such a huge issue. I don't think there's just one reason or motivation. If I had the answers I would share them. Just know I'm thinking of you and if I had any suggestions worth sharing (or that haven't already been expressed by others) I would share them with you.

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GIANTMICROBE 5/31/2013 10:55AM

    I would go back to school. That was the first thing that popped into my mind. It's scary and it's hard, but you will be so much better for it. I'm currently trying to get to grad school. Basically if you are having a hard time finding a job, NOT furthering your education is unlikely to be of help. You know?

Hang in there!

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KATIEM929 5/31/2013 10:45AM

    I recognize that we don't know each other, so please don't take anything I've written the wrong way. I mean this as a friend, not in a critical way at all.

1 - Our bodies are absolutely amazing machines that do so many astounding things, regardless of our weight. It's okay to not love where you're at, but at least try to have respect for all the things your body does right. Treat yourself (and talk to yourself) like you would a friend...you wouldn't tell a friend that you are ashamed of her body because she isn't at the "right" weight, would you? Stop focusing on what you don't like and focus on something you do like...my hair looks great today, I love my eyes, etc...just something positive, no matter how "trivial" it may seem.

2 - Adding hormones to stress is a recipe for disaster. Recognize that your body is needing a little extra compassion this week. Try adding a healthy snack along with a treat. A food/feelings journal might help too..write down what you eat and how you're feeling at the time. Make a conscious decision each time you eat, try not to mindlessly munch. Portion out one serving each time and it might help you eat less of it. Moderation, not deprivation.

3 - Sounds like you're pretty disappointed about not being able to train. I think this is where some of the stress eating is coming from. Injuries happen, life happens. It's totally okay to walk a race this time so that your foot can heal properly and you can get back to training for the next race. It's not a failure, it's making a tough but smart decision now to protect yourself for the future.

4 - Life changes = stress and often stress leads to comfort eating. Is there anything that would make your current job more enjoyable (eg listening to music at your desk, having a "quiet time" without phone calls so you can catch up on things, etc)? Can you make any suggestions for reasonable changes in the workplace? Can you go out with your coworkers to get to know them better? What about bringing in a "just because" treat for the office morale? I don't know what you do, so these might not be helpful. My point is this: the job market is tough everywhere right now and you've got some other life stress going on - now might not be the best time to change jobs anyway so can you look for ways to improve your current job while you look for another? On to your possible engagement...it is scary and it is a big step, but that doesn't make it wrong. Do you love your boyfriend? Does your boyfriend love you, treat you well and respect you? Does being with him make you want to be a better you? I'm assuming that the answers are yes. How would you feel if you were to never be with him again? Terrible? Your marriage would not be like anyone else because you aren't anyone else, so it's not fair to compare it to anyone's marriage. Your parents' divorce, though painful, does not automatically doom your relationship. My husband and I both come from dysfunctional divorced parents and we're still very happily married 13 years later. We have some bad moments, but neither of us have ever considered calling it quits. It's normal to have doubts, it's normal to not want to go through the pain of divorce. But don't trade in your potential happiness for what might or might not happen sometime in the future. None of us ever know for sure, just trust that it's good now and has no reason to change.

5 - If you think you really have an eating disorder, it's important to get help. I only know what's on the page here, but to me it sounds like you're a little depressed and under a lot of stress. Start with a small change that you can sustain. Make sure you drink enough water, take a walk, start a hobby, volunteer somewhere, do something good for someone else.

You'll figure it out. Remember to be kind to yourself...you're worth it.
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HIPPICHICK1 5/31/2013 10:41AM

    1 - I've been there and it's not a nice place to be. The only way to become unashamed is to:
a.) accept it because you are more than your body. Think about how loving and kind and wonderful you are which is way more important than anything else, but keep in mind that if you want to live an easier life the best way to have that is to be at a healthy weight.
b.) stop suffering in your shame by letting go of the ego. Your ego wants you to be a bombshell.

2 - I had cravings too when my TOM came around. I used to buy a large bag of M&M's to soothe my craving for chocolate. After I got into eating only real foods I became more careful about what I decided to put into my body and yes, IMO, dark chocolate counts as real food. Try and stick with the recommended serving size on the package so you don't go overboard.

3 - If it were me I would pull out of the races entirely if I could get my entry fees back. You don't know how your foot healing will progress. You may hope it will get better, but it might not. That is an absolute unknown factor. If you can't get your fees back then walk, don't run. In the end it's only disappointing because you have a desired or expected outcome. If you drop your expectations the disappointment will go away.

4 - Hate your job? Quit. Life is too short to do something you hate. School sounds good, but will you be able to find a job in your present city after school?
If your BF hasn't asked you to marry him, why are you shopping for rings and wedding planning? I think you need to talk more with him about this before going any further.

5 - Thinking you may have an eating disorder is speculation on your part, especially since you feel you can't afford to get help. Personally I believe that food creates our mood. Once I turned my back on ALL non-foods and started eating only REAL WHOLE foods my mind became clearer and my mood shifted from dark to sunny.

And lastly, "Take out, candy, soda, and entire bags of chips have been my friends lately." These are NOT friends. Maybe you can start to think of them as poison instead, because really, candy, soda and chips aren't real food. Remember that there are hundreds if not thousands of people employed in the junk food industry that are researching the "right" combination of non-foods that will get you addicted and keep you addicted. Personally I refuse to contribute to those who are manipulating us for profit.

All you need to do to change your life is change your mind.
Keep on keeping on, grrl!!
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CAROLYN_ROSE 5/31/2013 10:19AM

    It could be all of them combined. There is usually never just one reason why we do this to ourselves. The common thread in all of these problems you are facing is your confidence. You are not loving your body, your job, etc, which all equal to your not loving yourself. Change is so so scary I am dealing with crazy changes myself. But the thing we must remember is to trust our guts and it will show us the way. Love yourself and things will start to fall into place better. Trust your instincts. You can face all of these head on!

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MUFFIY831 5/31/2013 10:11AM

    I agree that it sounds like maybe emotional eating. It's a step in the right direction that you're actively thinking about why you're overeating. Maybe keep a food diary for a week or so - not just of what you're eating but how you feel when you do it. Stressed, scared, anxious, bored, whatever. Once you identify the patterns, you can do something to address them, or avoid some triggers.

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CIPHER1971 5/31/2013 9:56AM

    Sorry to hear you are booted for another couple of weeks, my guess (from what you have written above) is that it is some kind of emotional eating (stress seems very likely). I am only just starting to acknowledge that I emotionally eat myself, so I have no advice on that, other than try going back to basics - cut out one thing and go for a 1 day, 1 week, 1 month streak, make sure you get your water, and do what you can with you poorly foot.

Wishing you a sunny weekend

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#131 - Foot Update.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thanks to all of you who have sent goodies and well wishes in regards to my foot injury. It's been tough the last couple of days, but I really appreciate the love. emoticon

I haven't discussed what I did, so I'll do it now:

On Sunday, I was getting ready for church, and my clothing garment was stuck at the back of the dresser drawer. I pulled the drawer out, laid it on my lap, and retrieved the garment. As I was putting the drawer back into the dresser, it fell and landed on the top of my foot. Swell, bruising, and throbbing happened quickly. For the remainder of the day, I iced and propped it up.

After a few days of crutches, a boot, and no improvement, I decided to see an orthopedic specialist to see what, if any, damaged had been done. Unfortunately, since there are so many bones in one's foot (and they overlap each other), the only way I could know the extent of the damage without a doubt would be to have an MRI. Considering those aren't cheap and provided that my exam showed no displacement of bones, he decided to boot it for two weeks. I also have physical therapy exercises to do twice a day.


Heavy duty!

On May 30th, I will see him again to see if things are going well. If I don't have any pain, I assume I will be allowed to exercise again. If pain is still present, I will have another x-ray along with an MRI.

I have mixed emotions. I have two 5K races in July. If it heals, I'm looking at about a month and a week for training. This frustrates me as I really want 3.1 miles to be a distance I can fully run.

However, I'm beginning to look at this situation as a blessing. Lately, I've had no energy or motivation to eat clean or workout. These next two weeks give me the opportunity to really focus on nutrition. I'm looking to take out both gluten and sugar out of my diet. With those two gone, I'm hoping to renew both my energy and motivation.

Right now, my issue is commitment. I'm not good at it when it comes to a healthier lifestyle. I always find excuses for not exercising or eating healthy. My hope is that maybe it will become a habit by May 30th.

As for eating healthy, any favorite breakfast, lunch, or snacks you'd like to share?

  
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MARYONAMISSION 5/24/2013 2:14PM

    So sorry to hear about your foot. I hope it heals up quickly. I like that you turned this negative into a positive. It is a blessing in disguise to be able to focus on yourself and what you put on your body and focus on healthy, nutritious foods.
Let us know how the no gluten and sugar makes you feel. I keep meaning to try to cut out sugar but so far haven't been to motivated. Thanks for the extra kick in the pants, lol.
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LAURENXX19 5/23/2013 3:04PM

    Sorry to hear about your foot injury! I hope it heals quickly.

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WINNIE1978 5/18/2013 7:03PM

    I hope your foot heals quickly!

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CLWALDRO 5/17/2013 7:27AM

    I hope your injury heals quickly so you can get back to your training for the 5K runs you have scheduled. as for favorite foods i am a veggiehead. I love all different types of vegetables so i always have them cut up and ready to eat any time. I also like the gluten free rice cakes and the wasa crackers for snacks.
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HIPPICHICK1 5/16/2013 1:48PM

    Wow! Bummer. I hope you heal well and quickly.
Find excuses TO eat healthy and exercise instead of the other way around.
My excuse for eating healthy is that I want more energy and a body that runs well. (Sometimes I think of my body like a piece of machinery and needs fuel to run.)
My excuse for exercising is that it will keep me out of the old age home!
As for breakfast I these days I often eat oatmeal for breakfast and following that some plain Greek yogurt for the protein. I mix the yogurt with grated lemon and lime that I have frozen. Yes, I freeze whole fresh lemons and limes then use my micro grater to grate them. I put a good 1/2 tbsp or more of grated lemon and lime in the yogurt and then sweeten it with a bit of stevia which is an herb that comes in a white powdered form and also in liquid form.
Here is a link to a micro grater/zester in case you need a visual.
http://us.microplane.com
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rater.aspx.aspx


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BREW99 5/16/2013 11:16AM

    Oh so sorry to hear of your injury - hopefully it will be a blessing in disguise (under that big boot). There are a lot of good exercises out there you can do while sitting down and not going to the gym. My friend had this issue too and I wrote this article for her- it has some good workouts that are fun. Maybe it will help... http://genkikitty.wordpress.com/201
3/03/20/workouts-for-upper-body
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FITNAPTURAL 5/16/2013 9:57AM

    I hope the boot works! I eat a smoothie for breakfast every morning and it usually holds me til lunch. Lately I've been obsessed with quinoa so this week for lunch is quinoa, fresh squash and zucchini from the farmer's market, and chicken. Dinner is usually something simple and quick like an omelet lol. This is probably a great time to explore new recipes that you want to try. Whenever I need inspiration to eat healthy I usually try to experiment with new recipes. emoticon emoticon

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C8TSON 5/15/2013 9:51PM

    So sorry to hear you had this happen to you. I hope it is a time that you can focus on your nutrition though, and take some rest for yourself also. Hang in there, and good luck with the physical therapy!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/15/2013 4:10PM

    oh no!!!!!!!!I was off running for almost 4 weeks! it killed me! Nutrition is the key to everything! Good luck friend!

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LESLIES537 5/15/2013 2:29PM

    I was in a boot just like that a few months ago. It sucks! I'm so sorry you have to go through this but it sounds like you've got a great, positive attitude about it. Hopefully you'll be painfree in two weeks and ready to train. Take care!!

My favorite snacks--greek yogurt, fruits, cheese, protein bars, apple + PB or banana + PB = yummmm! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 5/15/2013 2:18PM

    ugh! i am so sorry Sam! I hope the boot helps it heal. :(

I am a big fan of greek yogurt for breakfast. Chobani or Yopa(they sell it w/ granola in the lid to mix in! love it!) I'll eat a banana with T sunflower seed(or whatever nut butter) alongside this.

I was also making english muffin breakfast sandwiches with egg and cheese, and sometimes a Morningstar "sausage" patty. (got sick of those though)

Lunches this week I made a batch of a quinoa recipe.. so yummy!

http://allrecipes.com
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GOOBERIFIC1 5/15/2013 2:10PM

  Ouch :( i really hope that there's nothing broken in there. you should come up here to Canada.. the price of the MRI is completely covered!

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ALLIEALLIE2 5/15/2013 2:08PM

    bummer emoticon I hope it heals ASAP! Good for you on taking this on as a blessing and an opportunity to focus on nutrition emoticon emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/15/2013 1:49PM

    Oh no! I hope it heals quickly! Good idea to take this time to think about nutrition (and maybe upper body lifting too? haha). Lately, I've been on a hard boiled egg kick from breakfasts paired with some fruit. Lunch is usually a salad (yesterday was mixed greens with cranberries, sliced almonds, and salmon with a slightly sweet dressing). I'm always at a loss for dinners. Usually just some sort of meat and veggie combo. Good luck!
~Ang

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#130 - May Goals.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Since my last blog on Friday, I've continued to struggle with eating and exercise. Instead of being upset about it, I decided to make some goals for May. Hopefully, these goals will put me back on track with my healthy lifestyle.


1. Attempt to limit gluten to 1 meal a day 5x a week.

I think this is a good starting point as I've felt a bit overwhelmed by the gluten issue especially when eating out. However, at the grocery store, I try to stick to organic and gluten-free items, so I am doing somewhat better with this.

2. Limit eating out to 3x per week.

It seems like my boyfriend and I eat out all the time especially on the weekends. I've noticed that when I do eat out, I don't always opt for the healthiest meal, so I'm hoping by limiting the carry out, I will eat better.

3. Drink 8 cups of water per day 5x a week.

I've been doing much better with this one. Again, it's the weekends that I crave soda and juice instead of water.

4. Either calorie count or log meals 7x a week.

I'm working on getting back to calorie counting even though I hate it, so that's why I've decided to add the option on logging my meals too. Also, I added it for when I eat family meals that I don't have the nutrition facts for. I need to become aware of the food I'm putting in my mouth.

5. Exercise 4x a week.

Lately, the idea of exercising sounds great, but I just don't feel like doing it (thanks, gluten). To get back on track, I've decided to start small. If I choose to do more, great! If not, that's ok too.

6. Be more active at work 5x per week.

I have a desk job, so I'm pretty inactive for 8 hours of the day. I'd like to start getting up every hour for 2-5 minutes to stretch or walk.

7. After waking up, stretch for a couple of minutes 5x per week.

Recently, I started stretching after waking up. It wakes me up and makes me feel good.


I've decided to not to add any goals pertaining to the scale or tape measure. This month, I'm going to begin loving my body how it is. I'm going to rely on how I feel. I think I've been focused too much on a number and beating myself up for not getting there. That's only hurting me, and it's no way to live.

Right now, seven seems like a lot, BUT I feel confident as many of them are small. I'm just going to do my best, and that's all I can ask for.

  
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BREW99 5/11/2013 8:48PM

    You have so many wonderful goals! My husband and I used to eat out a lot on the weekend too. Thankfully I took control (or I like to think I did) and we have gotten into the habit of making fresh loaded salads and other meals to-go. I make extras throughout the week and then we have ready made meals on the weekend that I take along in a glass container. I also make sure we have "hippie bowl" ingredients ready all the time to assure we have food. Not sure if that helps but I know it did for us and now we have some nice, romantic picnics outdoors. emoticon

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WIFEALF2 5/2/2013 11:51PM

    great goals!

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DJSQUISHIE 5/1/2013 10:47PM

    Great goals! I especially like the one that doesn't involve numbers of any kind. I might copy you on that one.

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GOOBERIFIC1 5/1/2013 9:54AM

  great goals!! i should come up with some for May as wel!

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KANDOLAKER 4/30/2013 6:53PM

    Great goals - and I wish you the best. I completely understand on the issues of eating out. I am the same way, so try to eat the majority of meals at home (or take them with me). So much easier to stay on track this way. Super blog. Have a wonderful May!!

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LESLIES537 4/30/2013 5:23PM

    Awesome goals!! You got this! emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 4/30/2013 4:27PM

    It's a great goals list!
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PAPER_WINGS18 4/30/2013 3:57PM

    Great goals, Sam!

Something I've been doing the last few days(since the weather has been beautiful here, for once!), is walking with a coworker for our 30 minute lunch. It wakes me up and gets me moving a little, which is good! Just an idea! Plus the 30 minute walk goes by fast if you have someone to chat with.



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CAROLYN_ROSE 4/30/2013 3:28PM

    Those goals are great and they are specific which will help you keep on track!! You can do it!

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