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Recovering...and food triggers


Sunday, August 10, 2014

I got really excited about my fitness plan when I started up with SP again a few weeks ago. DH and I were dancing quite a bit, and we'd started training for a Couch to 5K program. I'd just bought some new running shoes to help me train. There's a lot of life change going on here. We just moved to the midwest from Colorado/Arizona, and I have a job that should give me more time for fitness. Of course I got new shoes for my new job. I made the poor decision to buy heels and dance shoes, train very consistently with running, and alternate all of these different shoe types in rapid succession. Well...I overdid it a bit! I think I got plantar fasciitis from training too quickly. After reading up on signs, symptoms, and treatment, I took a break from activity for a few days. I started doing some gentle yoga yesterday and feel fine, so I'm trying to ramp up the activity slowly.

This past week was my first week in my new work environment. Although I had been doing very well with eating nutritious foods, I began caving when a coworker started snacking on snickers bars and cokes in the afternoon. I haven't been drinking soda for 6 months, but on 3 separate occasions last week, I drank a full coke zero bottle and got food (like chex mix or starburst) from a vending machine.

I've realized that I need a plan for snacks. I've not really packed snacks for work before. Any favorites that you like?
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DANCINGMASTER 8/14/2014 12:39AM

    Keep thinking about those triggers. Identify them, and let your husband and friends know how they can help you avoid or overcome the scenarios.

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HIPPICHICK1 8/11/2014 8:51AM

    Oh no!! Sorry to hear that you are having troubles with your foot. Ouch!
Baby steps are really the way to go when getting back into fitness. Ramp it up from 20 minutes a day for a week to 30 the next and then maybe 40 the week after that. Good Luck!

As for snacks at work I would take some flat bread like Rye Crisp and nut butter. Almond butter is my favorite and the good fat is good for you! Alternately you could take raw nuts, have a fruit smoothie, make an extra serving of a side dish you had for lunch and eat that for a snack, or eat a banana...just keep it real. Eat real food.

Soda is not real food and neither is a snicker's bar or chex mix...although I'm sure chex is far more nutritious than a snicker's. Anyway, this is how I look at it: All food manufacturers of junk food are in it for the bottom line which money, and they do it by engineering the taste of the edible junk to GET YOU HOOKED SO THEY CAN PROFIT FROM YOUR ADDICTION. Why in the world would you want to give your hard earned cash to a company like that? It's despicable what they do. Have no part of it.

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