Saturday, July 27, 2013
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who commented on my first blog post. I really needed that positive energy to move forward. It was so helpful to know that I'm not the only person who has found success and then lost focus, only to find themselves back where they started.
I have been feeling much more positive, especially today. My boyfriend got a teaching job about four hours away, but I am still in my last year of my doctoral program where I am a teaching assistant, so I have to be close to campus even after I am ABD (all but dissertation). He moved to his new location about two months ago, and while I have visited him, it had been almost three weeks since I had seen him. He's visiting me for the week, and he is also working on becoming a healthier person. The first thing we did when he got here was go shopping to restock my kitchen with healthy items, and we have been cooking delicious, balanced meals. It's SO much more motivating to cook when you have someone else to cook for! I'm going to have to have people over or do regular dinner parties after he leaves to further motivate me to eat at home.
We've also been doing an excellent job of working out, despite the fact that he is not able to get into the campus gym. Today, we started off the day with a protein-rich, balanced breakfast (whole wheat toast with peanut butter, skim milk, and a banana) and followed that with a walk to the house of an out-of-town friend to collect his mail (he has me mail him his bills and other important items while he is a camp counselor). Well, the walk was definitely strenuous...round trip it was 6.76 miles!!! It took us about two hours, and with my new heart rate monitor, I was able to see that I had burned 941 calories. While we won't be doing this type of work-out every day, it was nice to have someone to exercise with. We have other fun workouts planned for the week. Tomorrow, we are going to do some water-aerobics in my apartment's pool (weather permitting, of course), and we will probably do some mile or two walks on other days. We're considering finding some nice hiking trails as well. In the future, we hope to get bikes to ride on this incredible trail called the Cardinal Greenway which travels through several towns in Indiana. Unfortunately, the bf has been having back problems so his chiropractor recommended he put this sort of activity off for a while since good bikes require leaning forward.
As far as curbing my sweet-tooth is concerned, I haven't had the most intense sugar cravings lately, so it has been pretty easy. But I have equipped myself with healthy alternatives when I get another craving. I stocked my fridge with some fat-free 100 calorie packs of jello pudding. I also have a lot of pre-sliced fruits (pineapples and cantaloupes) in the fridge which are sweet and delicious, as well as smoothie-making materials. The biggest challenge with my sugar-craving is that I have a caffeine/sugar addiction, so I have permitted myself one soda per day to get through the withdrawal in these early stages. After my two-week fast break period, I will switch to only three sodas per week and hopefully after that, I will no longer have this addiction.
I'm hoping that I can manage to stay positive after my boyfriend starts his teaching job. We will both be too busy to see each other regularly, but maybe by talking about our healthy habits, we can still help each other out.
In the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy the motivation by the wonderful community here!