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No Sugar and No Alcohol Update

Monday, October 20, 2014

I made it through a full week! emoticon

Sugar: Well, the cravings are still here. Iíve switched to eating sweet foods without added sugar, which I guess, is better than eating a ton treat foods (eg, having a frozen banana blended with plain greek yogurt or eating an apple/strawberries/grapes instead of _____). My cravings are happening at night. Not sure if thereís something else triggering it, or if itís because prior to last week, I used to eat my treats sometime after I got home from work.

Alcohol: I feel like my body is mad about not having sugar, so the alcohol part has been a piece of cake, internally. Externally, it has been a bit of a struggle. I would much rather go to a wine festival with my mom and grandparents on a Saturday afternoon instead of watching a marathon of Gilmore Girls, but I didnít trust myself not to drink at the wine fest (and the peer pressure from my mom to go to the wine festival pretty much solidified that I would have ended up having at least some wine if I went).
And then thereís the little things, like last night DH made an old fashioned that looked tasty and ordinarily I would try a sip of it, but had to stop myself. Thankfully, he didnít say anything negative or peer-pressurey when I explained that I wanted to try it but couldnít (or wouldnít?).

All that aside, Iíve been super slacking on my running goal for the month. Iíve been coming up with fantastic excuses on why I canít get a second run in each week. Itís just a bad case of the I-donít-wannas, but I have been short on my measly 10 miles goal the past 2 weeks because of it.

Hope everyone is off to a great start this week! Determined to make this week better than last week!

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/20/2014 4:19PM

    Way to go on staying away from sugar and alcohol! Both of those are not easy, especially when others around you are doing it. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2014 2:57PM

    Good for you on both the sugar and alcohol. It's TOUGH! Glad that you recognized the situation would cause you pressure to do what you are working on not doing ! You put yourself first. Good for you.

HUGS and good luck. Know you're not alone.

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The Time Has Come

Monday, October 13, 2014

Iíve been whining a lot about what Iíve been eating, but I really have no ground to stand on because Iím not doing anything about it! I am literally complaining about eating too many sweets, and then going and buying (or getting DH to buy) more sweets! And this all culminated in us going to Sweet Frog in lieu of having dinner last week. Yes, we did that.

Well, the time has come for me to do something about it, starting today and going through the end of the month.

My plan:
No added sugar, artificial sugar, candy, sweets, etc.
No alcohol

Yes to more veggies, fruit and lean protein

I actually texted DH and his first response was, ďwhat about backpacking?Ē This is going to be an uphill battle... We usually have Cliff bars, oatmeal with brown sugar in it, a victory beer at the campsite, drinks by the fire, etc. on our backpacking trips. It is definitely going to be tough, especially since it's looking like we will have a group with us. I even toyed with the idea of not having wine but having other drinks, but that felt like a cop-out (because it is!).

Foods/snacks that I need to replace:
Cliff bars- need portable high protein snack for backpacking
Alcohol- need something exciting to drink at the top of the mountain
--Thinking sparkling water with fresh lemon or lime?

Openly soliciting ideas for the above items for our trip next weekend emoticon

I didn't reach all of my goals last week either, and I had a total lack of energy/motivation. There were 2 days where I planned to run (and even changed into my running clothes on one day) and didn't run!

Plan for this week:
emoticon Find a new salad dressing recipe that doesn't have honey in it
emoticon Run 3 days this week
emoticon Do yoga videos on my non-running days
emoticon Stick to IF M-F and one day this weekend

DETERMINED to make this a great week!

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IRP1114 10/20/2014 10:37AM

So happy for you. It takes a lot to just make the commitment to really cut out the junk. Congrats on that girl. Hope it is going well and you are feeling the benefits of your efforts already!
I like the ideas of nuts and larbars. Also another option is just a bigger breakfast so you don't need the snack. For days I don't want to have to stop to eat I like oatmeal with a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Keeps me full for hours! You know a really quick "dressing" I like to use is just some lime juice and sea salt. Sounds very plain but it actually makes greens very tasty. Love it when I want to add lots of avocado too because I don't have to worry about too many calories from fat this way.
Good luck! Keep us posted on how it is going : )!!

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SDLEE514 10/14/2014 9:26AM

    For snacks I suggest larabars and nuts. the no alcohol thing is hard, something about a campfire that just says wine/cider/beer. At the same time, at the end of a hard hike or exercise, all I want is water, not alcohol! Good luck to you and your goals--where are you hiking? We're headed out to shenandoah this weekend but with my parents so unfortunately I think we'll be doing more driving than hiking.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/13/2014 12:49PM

    Read labels carefully!!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/13/2014 11:51AM

    You don't realize how much sugar is really in your diet until you try to eliminate it all! My favorite all-time high protein snack is almonds. They seem to really do the trick!

Good luck on your goals this week! emoticon

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October Check-In

Monday, October 06, 2014

So my goals are going okay so far. If you count the end of September, I did complete my 10 miles, did two yoga videos, tried out IF on the weekend and made a new recipe! I had 14 hour fasts on Saturday and Sunday, which is more than normal. Much easier to control when I eat when I am home. I would also include 'what I eat,' but that is not my strong suit right now...

Everything else is pretty blah. I think I need to eat more food during the day so I don't get so ravenous when I get home.

Anyways... I did a ton of prepping and cooking this weekend. I made veggie broth, chicken broth, two different kinds of chicken soup and 2 enchilada casseroles. I made enough of each to put some in the freezer.

Speaking of freezer, not sure if I've already told people or not, but I save all of my veggie scraps in a bag (ok, multiple bags) in the freezer and then use them to make veggie broth, or chicken broth if we have any chicken bones saved. I found the idea online awhile ago and always save my scraps now. Its super easy, eliminates a lot of waste and homemade is always better.

All of the bags of scraps that came out of my freezer:

Chicken soup recipes:

For this one, I added chopped onions and carrots and didn't add the frozen peas or corn.

This week, I'm planning to meet up with my mom and maybe some people from the running group Tuesday and Thursday. Hoping to get a faster run in on Wednesday with DH (depending on if he wants to exercise on his only day off...). Planning to keep working on finishing the videos in the 30 day yoga challenge series on the non-running days.

Anyways.. hope everyone has a good week!

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IRP1114 10/10/2014 12:53AM

    Way to go staying on track with the set goals! Sound like you have a good thing going with cooking/meal prep! I think it is a challenge for all of us to not get ravenous at night. It seems to take so much effort to just stop eating sometimes! Hope you figure out something to help control it ; )!

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/7/2014 1:11PM

    Love the veggie idea!

Glad things are going well with your goals! October is going to be a great month! emoticon

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STRIVERONE 10/6/2014 10:07PM

    We do the same thing with produce that is past it's peak. You can't use frozen lettuce in a salad, but it can fill out a stew or soup.

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ROBBIEY 10/6/2014 9:32PM

  I love the idea of keeping food scraps to make soup. I will definitely use that this winter. Thanks for the idea. emoticon

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October Goals

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Well, it's been awhile since I started the month off with some concrete goals! Happy to report I thought of something things I want to achieve BEFORE the start of the month.

Goals for October:
- Run 10 miles per week
- Do yoga video 2-3 times per week
- Aim to stick to IF on at least one weekend day this month (and all of the weekdays)
- Make 1 new recipe per week

I think two fitness goals and two healthy eating goals is a good start for October. I find that when I give myself too many goals, I end up quitting when I can't keep up with everything. The running goal sounds small, but I've been running once every week or two, so 10 miles is kind of big at this point. I will still try to work on last month's goals of tracking every day and trying to get some sort of exercise every day. As usual, the weekends are my biggest challenge. Hoping that not having any plans for this coming weekend will get me off to a great start :)

Happy first day of October!

Also, cute pic of my sisters and me last weekend, visiting the youngest one at college for the first time emoticon

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STODD251 10/7/2014 4:11PM

    Maybe I'm missing something, but what is IF ? Also that's an awesome picture of you and your sisters!

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GREGGWEISBROD 10/6/2014 4:21PM

    Adorable pic! :D Love the goals, go get 'em girl! :D

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/1/2014 1:08PM

    That is a fabulous photo!

Love your October goals! A few goals hit is always better than a lot of goals that are never realized. Although I will admit that it is hard to get this concept through my perfectionist brain. emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/1/2014 12:07PM

    Awesome - love the picture of you and your sisters

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BRAINYBLONDE5 10/1/2014 10:43AM

    sounds like you are going to have a fabulous october! emoticon

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JAB2010 10/1/2014 9:59AM

    emoticon Sounds like a good plan.

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EVIE4NOW 10/1/2014 9:32AM

  Your goals are great and doable. I especially like the 1 new recipe a week that I think I will borrow from you. Thanks for the idea.

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SUNSHINE99999 10/1/2014 9:30AM

  sounds like a good plan, I raise my water glass to your success. emoticon

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KESTRYLL 10/1/2014 9:26AM

    Happy First Day of October to you, too!

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Backpacking Trip!

Monday, September 22, 2014

I have been meaning to write a blog, and keep putting it off for some reason.

DHís internship did not turn into the job he had hoped it might, and he is still looking for jobs in his field. Therefore, he is back to bartending. This is good financially right now because the internship really cut into our income all summer. He is actively looking for something new (if you know anyone who needs an entry-level GIS person, weíre open to moving!).

DH and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last Wednesday! We actually went backpacking the weekend before as our celebration, but went out for dinner (and Sweet Frog...) on Wednesday.

BackpackingÖ I thought it was going to be brutal (it was), but we had so much fun! We essentially did 3 circuit trails that all shared the same parking area. We hiked a 6 mile loop with a daypack on Friday then headed back to the car to get our big packs. It was super foggy everywhere, so we didnít get any pictures of the great views we were supposed to have had. Temps were mild, which was nice since we were working up a sweat! We hiked 3 miles and slept in the Cowcamp Gap shelter off the Appalachian Trail. Woke up to more fog and rain and hiked out to the car. These trails all had wide open meadows at the top (reminded me of The Sound of Music), but with more fog. Not gonna lie, we spent like an hour in the car attempting to dry off, eating and trying to decide when we should get back on the trail.

Side note: As weird as the do-a-hike-then-stop-by-the-car thing was, it really helped with the weight, as we carried less food/water/clothes with us the whole time. And I got to change my pants and boots after our soggy morning hike! emoticon

We started the Tar Jacket Ridge hike around 11:30 in the rain. In a cloud. There were giant ferns, like 10-15ft visibility and lots of cool looking trees. I asked DH if it was weird that I thought I was going to see a dinosaur pop out at any moment (he didnít). Very Jurassic Park. AnywaysÖ we had picked out our future camp spot on the map, but passed a couple hiking north who said there was a nice looking spot 10 minutes from where were on top of the ridge. It was awesome! Clouds dissipated around 7 and we had the best sunset view ever. We made a fire, dried our stuff off, had dinner and made some drinks. (Also- finally tried using our dehydrator to make backpacking food. Veggie pasta was a success!).

We were on the trail by 8:15 the next morning and hiked a little over 5 miles to the car. Did about 27 miles total.

I had MAJOR sweets cravings all last week, and gave in pretty much every day. Not sure what the deal was. Free cake at work, requesting DH to bring me something sweet 2 days this week on his way home from work, cupcakes at a birthday party... It was bad (but tasted so good!). Determined to make much better food choices this week. Food is fuel!

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ARUNNINGKAT 9/23/2014 1:15PM

    Love your photos! It looks and sounds like a truly awesome weekend! I need to get out on some trails before the cold sets in.

Sweets could easily be the downfall of me. Ugh! They just seem to call my name! Haha

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IRP1114 9/23/2014 10:17AM

    SO COOL! You weekend sounds like it was awesome. Love all the pictures of you and your hubby. Too cute. LOL you made me laugh about the dinosaurs. But it made me picture more of what you meant to describe! And AMAZING you totaled 27 miles!!! That must have felt great! Thank you for sharing. Good luck with cutting back on the sweets this week. Maybe try adding some fruit to your breakfast or for a snack to get some "sweet" in before your cravings hit?
Oh and good luck with the hubby's job situation! We are dealing with some issues in that department these days too!

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STODD251 9/22/2014 9:42PM

    Looks like fun! I wish I could do things like that sometime.

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