Monday, February 03, 2014
January Jumpstart Challenge
RESULTS: I'm happy to report that January was a complete success! I completed my nutrition goal, a Whole30; and despite a daily mental struggle I completed my fitness goal, Jillian's 30 Day Shred. I also completed all my Tracy Anderson workouts (which I LOVE) In the process, I lost 8 pounds and a total of 8 1/2 inches.
New for February.... Bahama Mamas Team
Fall In Love February Challenge
MAIN CHALLENGE: Loving ourselves isn’t a one-time event. It’s an endless, moment by moment ongoing process. Commit to doing your best to do something loving for yourself, however big or small, for the next 28 days.
Seven-Step Prescription for Self-Love. (From Psychology Today)
I've chosen to work on the following three steps.
2. Act on what you need rather than what you want. You love yourself when you can turn away from something that feels good and exciting to what you need to stay strong, centered, and moving forward in your life, instead. By staying focused on what you need, you turn away from automatic behavior patterns that get you into trouble, keep you stuck in the past, and lessen self-love.
3. Practice good self-care. You will love yourself more, when you take better care of your basic needs. People high in self-love nourish themselves daily through healthy activities, like sound nutrition, exercise, proper sleep, intimacy and healthy social interactions.
6. Forgive yourself. Practice being less hard on yourself when you make a mistake. Remember, there are no failures, if you have learned and grown from your mistakes; there are only lessons learned.
BONUS CHALLENGE: Self Improvement. It isn't hard to feel good about yourself when you accomplish something. Trying something new, learning a new skill, or even overcoming a bad habit makes us feel better about ourselves. Set aside some time this month for a Self Improvement project.
I've decided to work on my flexibilty by adding Yin Yoga practice.
NUTRITION GOAL: Eat Primal/Paleo clean at least 5 days/week.
FITNESS GOAL: Complete Tracy Anderson's Meta program.
Monday, January 06, 2014
with a new challenge, for extra accountability. The Bahama Mama team is doing a 30 Day January Jumpstart Challenge, Jan 2nd - 31st.
MAIN CHALLENGE: Set a 30 Day Nutrition Goal. I've decided to do a Whole30, whole30.com/ . I completed a Whole90 last year, and it was the BEST thing I've ever done for myself. Eliminating sugar, is what I anticipate being the most difficult aspect for me, since I am a sugar addict, but it's also what I'm most excited about and it's what I NEED.
BONUS CHALLENGE: 30 Day Fitness Goal or Streak.
Fitness has always been the easiest part of this lifestyle change for me. I LOVE so many things, that it's hard to find time to do everything I want to do. It won't be a challenge unless I get out of my comfort zone, so I've decided to do Jillian's 30 Day Shred. (I started it on Dec. 9th made it to day 16 and stopped. This time I WILL finish it.)
I can't give up, my normal fitness program, because I LOVE it. So, I'll still be doing Tracy's Meta Muscle Restructuring & her Mini Trampoline workout. I'm also doing the arm portion of her Mat Workout, at least 4 times a week. No matter how often I do it, it still makes me feel like I'm going to die, but in a good way. If want to improve the shape of your arms, you should check it out….
Free Arms: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWrLU1vt_ds&
Arms with Weights: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjUrQhDOe9M&
Today is day 5, of the challenge. My Whole30 is going great! On the Fitness front, I'm definitely counting down the days, until I don't "have to" do the Shred. It's fast and a great workout, but I don't love it.
“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”
- Arnold Bennett
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
May each new day of 2014 be your best day!
Happy New Year!
Friday, July 26, 2013
This week was supposed to be about adding back in some of the less healthy foods that I had given up for my Whole90 and testing my body's reaction to them. I didn't do the official testing, like I should have, because there really wasn't anything I wanted to add back in. I intended to officially test dairy, on day 91, by adding grass fed butter to my Bulletproof coffee, but I couldn't do it. I used ghee.
Then, Wednesday, we went out to dinner with friends, to a Tapas restaurant. I gave myself permission to eat anything I wanted, without worrying about what oils were used when cooking or what hidden ingredients there might be in any sauces. I shared an order of bacon wrapped dates with my husband, but couldn't help but wonder if it the bacon had nitrates and sugar. Then I had the tuna tartare without the sauce, steamed mussels (which were cooked in a curry, garlic sauce), and shrimp (cooked in a butter, garlic, and chili sauce).
I thought I was living it up, but our friends were annoyed with me for not sharing a pitcher of Sangria with them, for ordering my Tuna without sauce, and for not eating bread or any of the fries they ordered. Since my "crazy diet" was supposed to be over. They just wouldn't let it go, so I finally had enough, and told them that what I eat or don't eat is my choice and has nothing to do with them. Needless to say it was a little uncomfortable after that, but I didn't care. I'm not going to eat complete crap to make them feel better about their own choices.
Unfortunately, I woke up at midnight that night, with a stomach ache and my throat feeling swollen. I couldn't go back to sleep and I felt like crap the next day, and I have no idea what my body reacted to, Lesson learned. Today I officially tested grass fed butter. So far I feel fine. Tomorrow, I will test sheep or goat cheese.
This week was week 6 of the Season of the Beast challenge, which required us to incorporate 3 raw food meals. I've been eating a lot of raw food over these last 94 days anyway so this challenge was easy for me. Here's some photos of my favorites.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
BONUS CHALLENGE: 3 day photo food blog.
I won't have a computer the rest of the week so, I have to get this done today. Oh and even though there aren't any pictures, the only thing I drink other than my morning coffee is lots of water, normally with a splash of pure lemon or lime juice or cranberry concentrate.
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and Chocolate Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes with coconut butter and raspberries These really should be called egg cakes.
Lunch: Forgot to eat.
Snack: Apple with coconut a cashew butter
Dinner: Citrus Pork Tacos, sweet potato chips, and a spinach salad
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and Eggs scrambled with pork, sweet potatoes, red onions, and spinach
Lunch: Forgot again
Snack: Apple with coconut & cashew butter
Dinner: Best Chicken You'll ever Eat, sweet potato, and simple salad. My picture was blurry so I've borrowed these from theclothesmakesthegirl.com
Breakfast: Coffee with coconut milk and scrambled eggs with ground grass fed beef, onions, sweet potatoes, and spinach
Lunch: I've planned to use the leftover Best Chicken Ever for tacos with sweet potato chips, and a simple salad. Fingers crossed I won't forget to eat.
Dinner: I've made my husband's favorite Chocolate Chili from Well Fed/theclothesmakethegirl.com I'm planning on making parsnip chips and a simple spinach salad to go with it.
The rest of the week, I'll be cooking for one
GO BAHAMA MAMAS!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
These last 30 days turned out to be both easier and harder than my first 30. Easier because I wasn't afraid of failing. I knew I could eat Whole30 clean, because I had just done it. I had already figured out both meal planning and cooking. Plus, after my first 30 days, I felt great, had more energy, and was happier than I had been in a long time. Harder, because I finally experienced a couple of the expected stages of the Whole30 timeline that I had skipped the first time around. Starting with the sugar cravings, which led to the "kill all things" stage. It wasn't pretty.
The sugar cravings were strange and STRONG. For a few days in a row, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. my mind was completely obsessed with thoughts of cherry coffee cake, strawberry scones, lemon tarts, and homemade sugar cookies with white butter cream frosting with pink and blue, sugar sprinkles. (yes the color of the sprinkles really mattered to me). But then around 11:00 the cravings were gone, and I wasn't hungry for anything. I'd have to force myself to eat lunch. Eventually I realized what was going on. I was waiting too long after I woke up, to eat breakfast. Once I changed that, I felt great again.
Today is day 61, and I've decided to push on, and go for a Whole90. Partly, to give added support to my SP friend, JITZUROE, with her Whole60; but also this time, when I evaluated which of the "less healthy" foods (sugar, alcohol, dairy, legumes, grains, etc) that I'm "missing", the answer was sugar and alcohol. I don't really need to test my body's reaction to those things, to know they aren't good for me. They contain zero nutritional value, and cause so many negatives, that there's just no logical reason to put those delicious poisons back into my body right now. I can finally relate to that saying, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" although, it's not about "skinny" it's about feeling healthy. I don't want to give up feeling this good for a cookie, even if it does have the proper color sprinkles.
Whole60 Results: NSVs are the same as the end of my first 30 days. I couldn't find my tape measure today, but I can tell, I've gotten smaller. Funny how I didn't notice much change, until yesterday. It was like I had shrunk overnight. Especially in my chest. (for me that's a good thing.) Plus, I've lost 6 more pounds. That's 10 total in 60 days, but it feels like 15 (since I started the program after my typical 5 pound drop, that I normally would have gained back right away). The best part of losing these 10 pounds, is that all I did was live my normal life, and eat real food. I never went hungry. I didn't have to count a calorie or track anything. I just ate as much, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, nuts, and healthy fats as my body wanted. My husband is down 16 pounds, and actually trying to eat more, to build more muscle. Men!
These next 30 days will be the hardest yet, since we will be busy. We have dinner parties scheduled, 2 vacations, and a big holiday weekend planned; but I'm not worried. I have the confidence to push on and get it DONE. Not that long ago, I was cooking dinner, and my husband came in and thanked me for all that I've been doing to change our lives. He told me how happy he is with the way his body's been changing, and that he doesn't want to go back to our old ways. So, there's no turning back now. When I'm done with this Whole9Life program, we will continue eating Paleo.
Life is good! Hope you're all doing well with your programs too!
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