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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We came across this documentary last night on Netflix and decided to give it a go.

Firstly, I am really happy J watched this with me. Sometimes I feel like he thinks I'm crazy and going off the healthy deep end or something ("What do you mean you had too much sodium today? You didn't add any salt to ____." or "If you want it, just eat it. You're too strict with watching calories.").

The documentary discusses secrets and tricks the food and weight loss industries don't want you to know in order to get you hooked on their products. They have a whole slew of scientists, nutritionists and other experts in the fields to explain what happen inside and outside of your body when you ingest these substances. They also explain that you're unsatisfied after a lot of processed foods because your body is still starved for many essential nutrients.

One interesting concept they brought up is the “you can’t out-exercise and unhealthy diet.” Instead of discussing it from the perspective of weight loss, they discussed it from the perspective of increased toxins in the body. A lot of the nasty nasty (the ingredients you can’t pronounce) are fat-soluble and burning fat without decreasing ingestion of these toxins can cause a buildup of said toxins. It was an interesting perspective and further backing to make changes to your diet and then incorporate exercise.

They also really emphasized the concept of our sugar addiction in the US (and elsewhere) and how even if you’re not spooning sugar onto your food, it is lurking everywhere! (Most breads, crackers, yogurt etc) J and I even joked on it because he has seen me get crazy on each of those items searching like a wild animal for sugar (yes, I just admitted that in public)
The only thing I really didn't agree with is juicing. They had a good 5-10 minutes where all of the experts were talking about all of the positive benefits of juicing. J and I talked about it afterwards and even he was interested in juicing! I believe you need some substance/fiber to your meal or you’ll be hungry again. J was pretty sure they were using a food processor (aka food pulp stays in the juice). I’m pretty sure juicing “juices” the food. I did like the mention of adding the green veggies and spices to the juice to help rid your body of toxins (kale, swiss chard, cilantro and parsley were all specifically named)

Either way, I feel like the documentary opened food discussion between us and helped inform him with a lot of the knowledge I’ve gotten through my journey with Sparkpeople. He even showed interest in doing a healthy detox (I HATE that word/concept, but I digress…) of eating only fresh fruit, vegetables and unprocessed meats for a week or two to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle.

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REVIVED 3/7/2013 10:33AM

    I loved that documentary, life changing for me! I will say this, juicing is very very healthy and beneficial. And the reason is because when you're juicing, there's no digesting happening, which requires a lot of energy so all those nutrients that are normally absorbed by the digestion process are able to be streamlined to other areas where they can be maximally effective. We still need fiber. Juicing isn't meant to be the exclusive way that you consume produce. But you'd have to eat a whole lot of greens for the same benefit. So its a great way to supplement. and detox. You should check out Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead.

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CLPURNELL 2/26/2013 6:43PM

    I will have to check that out!

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SHMARA 2/26/2013 5:04PM

    Awesome! My family watched it a few weeks ago, and it also reinforced our good habits. I have been that crazy person refusing to purchase or consume foods with gross ingredients. Glad you and your man watched it! I guess they have an older film called Food Matters I wouldn't mind seeing.

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SDLEE514 2/26/2013 3:22PM

    wow! That's awesome. I really want to watch that now. So glad your SO is on board with you, I love it when that happens (which yeah is not always). I too get the "what do you mean you had too much xxx today" he's dumbfounded when I plan dinner and have it over a bed of greens --what do you mean it's not on pasta??! (dear...if you want pasta, cook it yourself, I'm just having greens).

Thanks for sharing, sounds like some good information there!

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WILLNOTSETTLE 2/26/2013 2:45PM

    That's awesome that he watched it with you! Maybe I'll have it on it the background when me and my boyfriend are watching tv one day...the wheels are turning haha

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STODD251 2/26/2013 12:21PM

    It's great that you're talking about diet and lifestyle changes with him. It can be a difficult conversation to bring up because the other person can feel like you're forcing healthy on him, but it sounds like watching this documentary definitely led to some great conversations! One of my sisters has mentioned doing detoxes, but I have never really wanted to do that. I believe in everything in moderation. It;s served me well so far, so I don't really want to change it, plus I do believe it is healthier than cutting out food groups even if it is for a brief period of time.

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Camping meal plan

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weather is up in the air. Friday is calling for rain/freezing rain (60% chance) and 50% chance of rain on Saturday. If it's raining, I don't really see us going hiking. I still plan to get in a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise regardless on Saturday.

To cut down on drinking:
1. I bought a smaller Tervis tumbler. Smaller cup= smaller drinks
2. Seltzer water between drinks
3. drink 5 cups of water before drinking any alcohol

Meal Plan:

eggs and oats, yogurt, fruit
(others are having a breakfast casserole with eggs, potatoes and sausage on Saturday and sausage gravy with biscuits for Sunday)

chicken tortilla soup or bean soup (both are homemade, so low in sodium)
(other are also having kielbasa or hotdogs

chicken pot pie (reduced fat crescent rolls, veggies, potatoes and 2 cans of reduced fat cream of chicken soup. Not the healthiest, but better than some options)
macaroni and cheese (others are also having steak, I'm having a piece of grilled chicken)

quesadillas (with reduced fat cheddar)
non-fat greek yogurt
granola bars

dessert: (because what is camping without a dutch over dessert)
peach cobbler

I'm going to the gym tomorrow to do a 3 mile run and upper body exercises. I took off work Friday so we can do our 8 mile run before we go (now that's dedication!)... and because last time we didn't get there until 9pm and it was REALLY freaking cold!

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LAURAAT 2/21/2013 2:48PM

    Awesome! Go you, planning everyrthing in advance, putting thought into it, AND getting in your exercise. emoticon

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CLPURNELL 2/21/2013 11:45AM

    Awesome plan!

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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 2/21/2013 12:12AM

    Hope you have fun! It's supposed to be raining here as well. I was hoping to get some outdoor time in myself. Sounds like you have a great plan. Stick to it and come back with a great report! Enjoy!

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STODD251 2/20/2013 11:20PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan in mind and good for you finding ways to get your workout in!

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Does my brain come with a reset button?? (also- puppy pic!)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sorry to say, but this is another non-meal planning week again. Tonight is the only night J has off work. We're making a recipe we've made previously

Honey Mustard Roasted Chicken

We're making it in the crock pot again since that worked well last time. This will be dinner tonight and probably tomorrow night. I made a bean soup in the crock pot yesterday (no recipe, just threw some stuff together) that will be my lunch this week and probably dinner a for a night or two. I have also been eating salads with my lunch to get some extra veggies in.

I will have a camping food menu by the end of the week. I have volunteered (and it has been requested of me) to do the camping food shopping and prep again for the trip. I actually enjoy this, so it's not really extra work. J wants me to remake the chicken tortilla soup I made last week to bring with us.

(mods: I added 3/4 cup pre-soaked dry navy beans and used 3-4c of chicken broth, fresh jalapenos in place of canned chilies and fresh tomatoes in place of canned)

Today is our makeup day for the long run we were supposed to do over the weekend (7 miles). We have been trying to do the long runs together, but weather and our schedules have not worked out so well. I decided against running the the snow/rain on Saturday. J ended up working late and it was just a slushy mess outside.
I've had 3 days in a row doing the bare minimum 10 minutes of exercise to keep my streak alive. (no running since Wednesday!). We added an extra 3 miles into last week's runs to eat up one of the 3 milers for this week. The next long run (8mi) is planned for Friday morning before we go camping.

My brain:
My brain/body is all out of whack. I've been consciously eating more than I should, even when I'm not hungry. I feel like I'm succumbing to the winter blahs! And also the "I deserve this because I've been running lot" justification snacks. Except the snacks are things like cheesecake, chocolate fundue, brownies and lemon cake. (yes, all thing I have eaten more than one portion of since Friday...).
I'm losing sight of what I want to achieve here! Healthy lifestyle, healthy relationship with food, enjoying exercise, feeling strong, looking great and feeling great about how I look. Okay, so maybe I know what I want, but I keep zig-zagging over the path on how to get there! And I have been in this same boat for almost a year- gaining and losing the same 5-10 pounds!

End on a positive note:
My mom got a puppy yesterday!!

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CLPURNELL 2/19/2013 5:06PM

    Cute puppy! Awesome plan for the week! The mental part of all this is the hardest thing. Find your happiness inside and it will start falling into place. Appreciate the awesome health you have the handsome husband and all the things you have instead of the few things you may not have yet. Things will fall into place! Remember you are AWESOME and deserve to be happy!

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SDLEE514 2/19/2013 3:13PM

    HA! I wish my brain had a reset button too. and what is it with this cycle? I feel like we always have the same hurdles to fend off. Your eating sounds like mine lately and your blog mirrors my blog. anyway, that is THE CUTEST puppy and as long as we keep reminding ourselves of why we are here and checking in...we'll beat this and keep going!

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LAURAAT 2/18/2013 11:04AM

    Eeeeek! What a cute puppy!

Ok, now that that's out of the way, haha! Sounds like you have some really great plans coming up. And camping, so fun! I love that you're excited to do the food shopping for the trip, and even better, it means you can ensure the things you end up making are full of the good nutrients you're going to need.
As far as the 'deserving' the snacks - I've been working lately to continue to remind myself, I do not 'deserve' that crap food that will do absolutely nothing for my body. What I deserve, is good, wholesome foods that will feed my body the things that I need, and, in the long run, make me feel better and look better. And you, my dear sparkfriend, are deserving of those same things.

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VW_STEPH 2/18/2013 10:00AM

    Oh my GOSH what a cute puppy!!

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    I had to edit this comment.

You're amazing. Stop kicking yourself and just get right back on it.

Enjoy the camping trip!!

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CHRISBEM 2/18/2013 9:45AM

    camping ... sounds like so much fun! I just realized, too, reading your post, that one of the things I love about camping is the food. Being able to grill stuff can make it so easy to make healthy stuff!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I haven't been as active on SP since I was in San Antonio a few weeks ago. I have still been tracking my fitness minutes and nutrition, but not as active in the spark community (sorry! working on it!)

1/2 marathon training is going well. I haven't had nearly as many "mental hurdle" runs as I thought I would (the ones where you have to force yourself to keep going). We're also planning ahead for weekends where we will not be home to make sure we reschedule the long runs without missing any shorter runs.
I have also started doing yoga videos off of youtube. I love it! It is so relaxing and has helped me not be sore from running more miles each week. Whenever we move from here (pending new jobs...), I'd like to join a gym that offers classes so I can do yoga and get back into spinning.

I've been doing well on most days ( a lot more days recently where I'm not pushing my max calories, which is a good change). I also had my worst day on record this past weekend. 3,729 calories. In one day. And only 20g of fiber and 61g of protein. It was mostly candy, cupcakes and alcohol. The weight I gained is definitely not all water weight- I ate over 1 entire pound's worth of calories! I also felt like a big blob all day Sunday (and still kind of feel that way today!).
I need to find a better way to deal with food and alcohol. I think deprivation is leading to binges. With alcohol, I don't really drink unless there is a special occasion, which is fine because I don't crave it. With sweets, I actually have been craving them, and allowing myself to have something a few times per week (mini candy bar etc). I feel like I've tried each of the methods- abstain, moderation and eat whatever you want with no success.

Meal Plans:
I haven't made a meal plan worthy of posting since before I was in TX. I didn't have one that week because I wasn't home and didn't have one the week afterward because J worked every night except Monday. We made a one dish meal last night with chicken, green beans and potatoes with an italian dressing mix packet.
I'll be making a plan for next week and next weekend and will post them when I finish. We are going camping next weekend, and will probably do the joint meals again, as it was easier to pack and coordinate.

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CLPURNELL 2/12/2013 7:57PM

    Sounds like you have been doing an awesome job!!!


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LAURAAT 2/12/2013 3:19PM

    Glad to see you're still around, and tracking, at least! And, you seem to have been doing pretty well, overall. You'll get the sweets thing under control. Between the holidays, and now Valentines Day, the temptation is everywhere, making it that much harder to fight. But you've got this!!
Can't wait to see your meal plans. I hate, hate, hate meal planning! Most weeks, anyway. I love to see others', just for inspiration.

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YOJULEZ 2/12/2013 12:13PM

    I've been struggling a lot with the sweets too! I think it's carry over from the holidays. I indulged A LOT, and ever since then I've been wanting cookies, candy, etc. Yesterday I went to the store and bought a cadbury cream egg, and it was 170 calories, which got added on top of what I already had planned out for the entire day. So, today I changed up my breakfast plan to make a yogurt parfait sort of thing... 1/2 cup 0% greek yogurt, 1/3 cup cinnamon raisin granola, and an apple cut up into chunks and some extra cinnamon mixed in. It was only about 250 calories, but very good and SUPER filling, and I'm hoping it'll help combat the sweets cravings, because it was very desserty tasting.

I also hear ya on the meal planning. I'm still posting mine every week, but as you've seen with those, it's been really hard with J's work schedule (or lack thereof). Very uninspiring. I look forward to seeing yours this week though!

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February goals

Saturday, February 02, 2013

So I made a few goals for January:
Continue 10 minuted daily exercise streak
Eat within calorie range 28 days this month
no drinking alcohol

I did so-so with these. I am still going strong with my 10 minutes a day streak. Participating in the January Jumpstart Challenge really helped me make that a habit. I did decide to drink alcohol (once at a party, 2 days of camping and 3 random glasses of wine during the month). I will admit that I went a little overboard drinking during the party and during camping.
I'm a little bit behind on my goal of 700 miles for 2013, but will be ahead at the end of February due to half marathon training.

New February Goals:
*Continue 10 minutes of daily exercise streak
*Follow half marathon training plan without missing a run
*Incorporate strength training at least 2x per week
*Eat mindfully. Taste each bite. Slow down. Realized when I'm full.
*3 "treats" per week. (treats include candy, pizza, pastries, cake, basically anything offered to me at work. and peanut butter. I've been going overboard with the peanut butter...)

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CLPURNELL 2/5/2013 8:10PM

    Great work!! Hope you have an awesome February!!!

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