Restriction

Wednesday's Workout

Wednesday’s Workout

I’m a few days into my challenge and I’m feeling great. I’m doing really well with getting active every day and making mindful choices about what I put into my body. I’ve had a few indulgences, sure, but I haven’t gorged to the point where I feel bad physically or mentally. I know that it has only been a few days but this has been a very good jumping off point for me. I can’t wait until my Shakeology comes (either Friday or next week, I’m guessing it will depend on this crazy weather we’ve been having) and my new program as well, so that I can really get busy.

I’m not going to share the program until I can show some results, which will really force me to adhere to the schedule and eating plan. I’m determined to make a change in my health, that will help me on the inside as well as the outside. Since I have shared that I’m restarting Shakeology (which I cancelled before based on budgetary concerns while I was still in school), you probably guessed that the program I am starting will be a Beachbody product as well, but that is where the clues end!!

One thing that I have found that does not work for me is restricting foods completely or changing to a “healthy” version of them. I’m not talking about organic things versus conventional, but fake foods that are just made from chemicals and additives. I would rather eat real food in a smaller amount and prepared in a more healthful way, than to fill my system with diet foods that taste like nothing. That is why I have such an issue with a lot of plans out there. I want an egg, I don’t want a bottle of egg white product. I want cheese, not a fake cheese spread. See what I’m getting at here? So while I am being careful of portions and how many grams of carbs/protein/fat I’m taking in, I’m not restricting myself to certain brands or weird food that I don’t like. How can I sustain a food plan if I don’t like the food in it? I like eating, and if I’m miserable doing it, I’ll just go back to what tastes good, even if it isn’t actually good for me.

I’ve also been doing great with my only spending money on essential items goal for the month. I love saving money! It helps that I have a lot of gift cards from Christmas that I can use instead of my income, to save a little bit. Now let’s just remember how great it feels to save money the next time I walk past a Finish Line… I’ve also been thinking about switching over to a cash system, or to only use a credit card (once I pay them off) and pay down the balance every month. All things that can be decided in time, but for now I’m just paying down my debts and cushioning my bank account a bit.

How is your January going? Are your resolutions still holding up?

xoxo

Fresh!

I had been bothered by the look of my blog for a while. It seemed too busy but I hadn’t found a free substitute, and I wasn’t blogging enough to really do anything about it. So this little number fits the bill. It’s fresh and light and not bogged down by boxes and lines and things. Huzzah.

Speaking of fresh, I am good to go on this new year as of right now. My physical checked out and my doc is going to review my previous workup, and I’m going to get some blood work done next week. I feel better having talked to someone, especially a doctor that I trust. He said that my blood pressure is fantastic and I can just keep doing what I’m doing.

Which means – another challenge! A friend from high school, who is a fitness instructor and definite healthy living enthusiast, does these accountability groups and thirty day challenges monthly. I’ve mentioned her before when I participated in one (and failed), but I feel like I’ve hit a new low in my fitness and health and am determined to make a positive change.

Maria is a great motivator. She has lost, and kept off, 35lb and is such a positive pilar in the Indianapolis fitness community. I don’t feel like, with some other coaches, that she is just a salesman trying to make money. Obviously she wants to make money, we all do, but that is not the main focus behind her healthy living campaign.

The most weight I have lost has been about 30lb, of which I have gained back about 15. I was on a roll on Weight Watchers. A roll that I have not been able to hit since. I’ve seen success after success with the ladies I work with, but have not been able to make the connection that I once had with the program. Myfitnesspal, I’m convinced, made me gain weight. Lost It! as well. I’m on the lookout for a simple, hopefully free, program that will help me count calories and keep myself in check. Maybe I just need to come up with an algorithm myself. Yeesh.

Another fresh look that we’re trying to take is that of our budgets. Neither Joel nor myself have been the best with budgeting money. We’re not reckless spenders, well, he’s not anyway, but we need to reign in some savings. He came up with a budget spreadsheet thing but it doesn’t make sense to me, so I’ll have to figure out how to do mine in a way that makes sense to me.

My small change for this month is only spending money on necessities. I’m really good at talking myself into “needing” something, when I very well know that I don’t. I’m also going to go through all the stuff that I already have and weed out what I can get rid of. But that doesn’t mean I can replace! I think I could do a lot of good for myself with understanding moderation in all aspects of my life. Other than love. Love in moderation is kind of lame.

So how are your resolutions going? What aspect of your life could use a fresh look?

xoxo

Recapapalooza

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2013 was a big year for us. Here’s a little list of accomplishments that I can toot my own horn about, in no particular order:

1. We bought a house!
2. I started work as a real life nurse.
3. I finished a half marathon.
4. We went on vacation!
5. I started and quit weight watchers at least twice.
6. I read 23 books. Which is pretty lame, but we shall shoot for more!
7. We finally finished painting the downstairs of our house.
8. Joel pretty much nailed his brisket recipe.
9. I FINALLY made a pecan pie that didn’t leak everywhere when I cut it. Plus probably the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever made.
10. We got the best coffee maker in probably the history of man.

I’m making my resolutions just like everyone else, and I’m trying to keep them realistic. I need to help myself out a bit, but first I’m going to the doctor tomorrow to make sure everything is good to go. I’m not getting any younger, and honestly after the weird stuff I have had happen to me after a lot of exertion I just want to make sure there isn’t something going on that could hurt me. Once I’m cleared I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with some crazy fitness scheme. A friend told me that fitness is a gift we give to ourselves, and as much as I don’t want to admit it, she’s pretty much right.

As far as resolutions go, I’m going to approach this year like I have approached work. Every month I focus on one thing that I need to remember to do. This can be anything: printing and posting strips, putting in co-signature notes, having my morning charting done by 1000, remembering to stock the room for the next shift, etc., etc. Sometimes things are crazy and you have no control, but for the most part I have been able to make positive changes to the way I get things done and I don’t feel like I’m forgetting a ton of stuff when I go home at night. I do this every month because a week just isn’t enough time. When you’re only required to work two or three days a week, that just isn’t enough time to make a habit out of something. A month is much more appropriate. So that’s how I will approach this year. I will make twelve positive changes about my life and lifestyle. Twelve things that may be small or seem insignificant, but will help me to be happier, healthier, and have more confidence in myself.

Sounds great doesn’t it? Haha, I’ll attempt to keep you abreast of the progress. One of the goals is to consistently blog, especially since I like blogging, and it helps me work through some shit.

How are you approaching this new year? Already have your resolutions planned out? How did 2013 treat you?

xoxo