Saturday, July 19, 2014
Eye of the Tiger is the song that was playing as I finished up my run this morning. I used it to ponder my next steps. Before I go int those, I'd like to ask for your help and advise.
I have struggled for the past few days to eat healthy. I've been drowning in potato chips and chocolate chips...I may have to boycott any food with the words chips in it--for eternity. They seem to be a major trigger food.
What I have learned this week from my nonsense binge: I have a hard time knowing what to do with my emotions. Why do I think I even HAVE to do anything with them? Why cant I live in harmony with them vs battling them? I need a new battle strategy at best, cramming food down my throat is NOT making the emotions disappear. Its creating more emotions, the negative kind....
Its a WAY better experience if I've been eating Paleo, something about sugar and grain...it gives me foggy brain (for real, I wish I was kidding lol). So this is step one, starting today I will be enjoying Paleo again. Its a happy medium for me from the strict anti-candida diet and so much better than eating the SAD (standard american diet) I used to revolve my day around. My mind is quieter in general when I'm fueling properly for my body. I do know this is different for everyone.
Running helps so I'll run every other day, do strength/full body work and core on the off days. Stretching and breathing. Quiet time to reflect on the day.
I still have yet to pick up my STRONGER study and get back into it. I will locate that this weekend and dedicate time for myself, alone each day, to get in touch with and take these feelings/emotions I don't know what to do with, to the Lord. He happens to know ALL. Why do I forget that sometimes....brain fog or pride?! Or people pleasing monster? He's been trying to work his way back in lately too.
Yikes!! Usually I delete the blogs I write like this one. This level of transparency makes me squirm. Please be kind with any advise you would have for me. I am looking for productive ways to live in harmony with my emotions....any advice? Prayer would be much appreciated as I walk through this valley. Thankfully I'm not alone!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Well, its been quite a struggle the past month! BUT I am on track now, 3 days and counting! It feels so much better to be in control than to eat with wild abandon and live with the guilt hangover!
I am eating whole, healthy food. Food undressed, in its original form (well I do COOK the food) but its not processed into something that resembles food but really has not benefit to the body. I'm enjoying it!
I had introduced dairy, gluten, sugar, coffee, grain back into my diet a month ago, its all gone again! I refuse to keep them hanging out when all they do make me sick. Not to mention add weight on. If something is not helping me meet my goals, its gotta go. Sugar and grain both seem to make me CRAVE food. It just seems easier to live my life without the constant fight to want to binge eat. I'm sticking to Paleo, whole food type diet for awhile. Why bother with anything else when I know what works for me, all the way around, mentally and physically.
My working out has been on again/off again. My weight has fluctuated by about 8 lbs. Not really happy about this fact, but its reality. I'm not giving up. Just learning as I go, I mean learning as I grow.
Growing in the Word has been slow. I am reading my bible daily but only a few verses. I am ready to dive back into a study! Until fall studies start, I'll jump back into the last study I started, but never finished.
New focus: For the rest of July, I'm focusing on the habits that have served me well:
Eat food that fills me up and keeps me from cravings and physical hurts: lots of greens, fruits/berries, organic meat whenever possible, fish, sweet potatoes, almond butter, pecans....all this yummyness and more!
Exercise: I will alternate running or walking with YOYOG workout DVD. Sworkit app is pretty great and the core workouts my chiro taught me. These all keep me injury free when I stretch daily.
Getting my house in order from the summer chaos and prepping for upcoming school year. We actually do school year around, taking off when we want to. It serves us quite well! However, the house gets cluttered, I get stuck on doing everything perfectly and then do nothing instead. Well, it seems that extreme but its really not that black and white. What I will do is a little each day. I am loving the Flylady website and Cozi calendar to keep me focused each day on a new task to finish. Its only day 3 and I am seeing progress. The kids are jumping in too!
Life is rolling along nicely! In a few short months we are going on our first week long family vacation ! I'm not kidding when I tell you my husband has not taken time off for a vacation in 12 years. Sad but true. THIS is our year! A week in Orlando FL!! Taking the kids and going to make some seriously great memories! Lots of firsts for them...first time on airplane, first time to ocean ! I'm very excited, as our the littles, as you can imagine!
I'm off now to get a run in along with some errands.....
Thursday, June 05, 2014
I am settled into a good groove at the moment. I am still eating a high nutrient, anti Candida diet, and loving it. I am wearing shorts size 8 & 10's right now! Last July I was busting the seams of my size 14's. I feel great, healthy and strong most days. I gave up coffee & black tea last month. I am convinced it is why I'm feeling so good. I am so much more chill. I had no Idea how it was affecting me, until I gave it up. I'm running a few days a week, walking a few, doing full body workouts a few days a week too. About twice a week I spend a few hours in the kitchen. This has helped me to be prepped for success! I'm loving me some homemade soups & salads! This the season for fresh and delish produce! I ended the month as 180.4! My goal was 179, close! I'd love to be at 175 by June 30th.
Cheers to a new month! Let's make each moment count.
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