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Healthy Habits I’ve Kept, and Healthy Habits I’ve Lost

27 Mar

After I lost the majority of my weight, I became obsessed with having as many ‘healthy habits’ as I could in order to maintain my weight. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve gained a bit of weight back. So, I thought I would highlight some of those healthy habits that I’ve kept and which ones I’ve lost in the past year or so. I would like to get most of these healthy habits back, so I’ll say it, then I’ll do it!

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Eating a healthy breakfast.

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I’m actually great about eating a healthy breakfast. I always manage to get a good balance of protein, carbs and fat, and I always get some fruit and/or veggies in there as well (definitely try peas on your eggs if you haven’t already). Unfortunately, it’s usually lunch and dinner when I fall off the wagon. I haven’t been very good at bringing snacks with me to work, so by lunch time and dinner, I’m starving and I end up eating way too much. I can definitely improve in this area by snacking smart.

Healthy Habit I’ve Lost: Taking the stairs

My office is on the third floor, and I used to be religious about taking the stairs every single time. Well, I’ve definitely lost this healthy habit. Starting today, however, I decided that I’m banned from the elevator. I think I can improve here by giving myself some sort of stair related reward. A star chart in my office? A weekly stair climbing goal? I’ll think on this, but in the meantime if you have any suggestions, I’ll take them.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Running

So grateful for this one!

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I’m training for the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati, and I’ve been pretty great about sticking to my training plan. I’m definitely going to stick with it! I’ve also purchased two five-class passes for a local yoga studio, so I’m definitely getting my yoga in. The only thing that is suffering fitness wise is weight training. I have no interest in doing even a short body weight or free weights exercise lately. I don’t know what my deal is. I can improve here by making a workout plan each week that includes a yoga class, running and one or two strength sessions.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept/Lost: Counting Calories

This one is a toss up. Although I’ve been logging my food religiously, I’ve gotten in the habit of ignoring things like cocktails and sugary creamer in my coffee.

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Green beers on St. Patty’s Day

I know these things add up – to a lot – but I’ve been having trouble tossing them and not logging them at all is absolutely terrible. I can improve here by logging these things so I can see the damage I’m doing to my healthy lifestyle, and hopefully cutting back on these things.

Healthy Habit I’ve Lost: Walking

It’s been a long winter, huh?

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I used to walk Frank every morning and walk home from work every evening — and that was the very least amount of walking I would do every day. Since we’ve moved to the new house, I haven’t been walking to or from work because it’s a bit farther. But, as I learned during some nice weather we had last week, it’s not too far to walk. It turns out that it is exactly 2 miles from my office to our front door, and it’s a nice walk through the park and everything.

As for walking Frank, I’m going to commit to start walking him in the mornings again. The reason that stopped is mostly winter. It’s been dark until after we leave for work, and the evenings have been cold. I walk him when I can — but I need to do it more often. We both need the exercise. While I’ve kept up very long walks on the weekends (we usually do 3-4 miles most weekend days), he deserves a walk every single day.

Healthy Habit I’ve Kept: Drinking water all day

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I have a water glass at my desk that gets filled every time it’s empty. I’ve kept up with my all day drinking water habit, although I tend to slip a little during the weekends. Although I’ve kept up this habit, I could definitely improve.

I think, overall, I can see where I’ve been slipping in these healthy lifestyle habits. I need to keep up with these things in order to stay healthy and happy. I mentioned my weight gain at the beginning of this post, but really I just want to keep my healthy habits up so I can live my best life. I do feel that I became a little obsessed with these habits after I lost the weight, but now I feel like I’ve become too complacent with them. I’d like to find a happy medium. As I’ve mentioned before, I am perfectly content with my body right now.

Do you commit to healthy daily habits? Which areas can you improve on? Which habits are you keeping up with?

How Crossfit has Transformed my Body Image

6 Aug

Happy Tuesday!

I hate to be anxious for time to pass more quickly — life is short, people — but, I’m very anxious for the next few weeks to fly by because we have some exciting events coming up! Not only is our wedding in just a month and 22 days, but we move into our new home in just 10 days, and we leave for our annual friends beach trip in just 19 days! What a month August will be for us 🙂

I haven’t really been blogging here lately, mainly because as I mentioned last time I posted, I’m thinking of changing up the format of this blog a tiny bit. However, today I am going to talk a bit about fitness!

Since I’ve joined Crossfit Thunder in July, I’ve noticed some pretty amazing changes in the way I look at food, my weight and my body in general, and I wanted to share that with you today. Prior to joining the Box, I said I would never:

– Join a Crossfit box (I did)
– Eat Paleo (I’ve been trying to keep paleo a bit lately)
– Stop weighing myself daily (I weighed myself this morning for the first time in weeks)

Obviously, I’m eating my own words!

1. Food

Before I started Crossfit, I was constantly eating and/or thinking about food. I was obsessed with it. It really started to weigh on me because I knew I was eating too much, but I was obsessed with getting my next meal. I think I definitely overestimated my caloric needs based on my activity level.

This is a paleo (ish) breakfast spaghetti that I invented yesteday. It was so good! Zucchini "noodles", peppers, onions and ground breakfast sausage topped with spaghetti sauce. Yum!

This is a paleo (ish) breakfast spaghetti that I invented yesteday. It was so good! Zucchini “noodles”, peppers, onions and ground breakfast sausage topped with spaghetti sauce. Yum!

Since I’ve been Crossfitting, I haven’t been nearly as obsessed with food. I’m not really sure why that is, other than I have noticed that I’ve managed to start looking at food for what it is: fuel. I no longer feel the need to snack between each meal – I’ll still have a snack in the pm sometimes, but not nearly as often as I used to. I honestly don’t know if this is due to Crossfit, but it happened right when I started going, so I feel like the connection is valid. I can’t express how exciting it is to me to be able to let go of my food obsession!

2. Weight

I have always been a compulsive scale watcher. Well, always meaning since I’ve lost the majority of my weight. Prior to losing the 70 lbs, I was a compulsive scale avoider! But since I’ve started Crossfit, I’ve completely lost interest in the scale. My goals have changed, and I’m more interested in improving these:

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…than seeing movement on the scale. In fact, I weighed myself this morning and realized that I’m 3 lbs heavier than when I started Crossfit! This realization may have brought me to tears before, but now I’m just assuming that I’ve been building muscle. I know I’m eating well and working out regularly, and that’s all that matters. It helps that I’m wearing a size 6 now, when previously I was in an 8-10!

3. Fitness Goals

One thing that has definitely changed is my fitness goals. Even when I first joined the Box, I was determined to get those miles in running and always, always tracked every mile with my phone. I would never take walking breaks, and I was obsessed with my pace.

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Now, 90% of my runs are with Frank, sans phone or tracking device of any kind, and I let him stop to check out the squirrels whenever he feels like it. My goals are to get stronger and faster, but I realize from doing Crossfit that I don’t have to log a million miles and constantly work out to do that.

4. My Attitude

Exercise has been my hobby for some time now. I’ve always enjoyed it very much, but now, it’s more fun than ever.

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I love looking at the WOD for the next day and saying, “That looks awful! I can’t WAIT to try it!!” It’s so fun trying to out do yourself every week (and I’ll reiterate that I’ve never felt as if I was competing with anyone except myself). Plus, nobody takes themselves too seriously at CFT — you’ll just as often see one of the newbies giving tips to a veteran than the other way around. It just makes sense — you can’t see yourself doing the moves!

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…but just as often as people are being silly, they are being serious. We’re doing Olympic lifts, and it’s easy to get hurt if you’re doing something wrong, so it’s not all fun and games.

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But it’s all about being “Stronger than Yesterday” — not stronger than your neighbor — and having a blast while you do it.

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Question of the Day:

Do you think of exercise as fun, or just a necessity? 

Healthy Living Survey

23 Jan

Good morning!

I’ve been feeling like my blog posts have been subpar lately, so I was glad to see this Healthy Living Survey on Tina’s blog  this morning. Maybe it’s a cop out, but I really like to keep up the habit of blogging daily.

Before I get started, I wanted to mention that despite a terrible, very bad, no good day yesterday, I’m feeling much better today! My chipped tooth was driving me crazy yesterday, and it was just a bad day at work. I did manage to go for a run though — well, kind of. I got on the treadmill for 22 minutes and only did 1.81 miles. But, I did it. That’s all that matters! I woke up this morning feeling much better, so I headed to the gym despite the frigid morning temps. I went to the Cardio Fusion class which was a killer today. By the end of the first circuit of weights, the instructor mentioned that it was time for cardio, but my heart was already pumping and my breathing was already heavy! Ha!

1. What did you eat for breakfast? 

No photo of this, because it looks really gross, but I ate peanut butter and jelly oats with an egg, and a very, very ripe pear. I cooked my oats in almond milk, added an egg while it was cooking and added one tablespoon each of peanut butter and preserves. SO good! Also, oatmeal has been keeping me full longer lately.

2. How much water do you drink each day? 

I have a 16 oz. cup on my desk at work that I fill up twice before lunch and three times after lunch. I’ll usually drink about 16 oz. during lunch (sometimes more, sometimes less) and then one or two 16 oz. cups during dinner/afterwards. So, that adds up to….between 112 and 128 oz/day! I’d say that’s an underestimate, however, because I usually drink some before/during/after my workout as well.

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My water cup at work.

3. What is your current favorite workout? 

Uhhh…running? I try so many different workouts, but running is the one thing I do consistently. I really need to get a better weight training schedule!

4. How many calories do you eat a day? 

Well, I don’t keep track. Right now I’m doing Weight Watchers and the thing I love about the new WW Points Plus plan is that calories aren’t even taken into account! Isn’t that awesome? All you put into the calculator is grams of fat, carbs, protein and fiber. I think there is just such an emphasis on calories and it gets confusing — like, the less calories you eat the more weight you will lose, but what people don’t understand is that calories aren’t little packets of evil. Calories are a measure of energy. You must ingest food so that your body can convert it to energy. If you don’t have enough fuel for your cells to make ATP over a long period of time, you will encounter many health problems and it can lead to death in very extreme cases!

Anywho, off my soapbox.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks? 

I’m a snack fanatic. If I don’t pack snacks at work, I turn into a bear that can and will attack the vending machine at any second. My body runs most efficiently if I’m eating often. My favorite snacks consist of a protein source and a carb. For example:

  • Toast with peanut butter
  • An apple and a handful of almonds
  • yogurt and granola
  • cheese and crackers
  • carrots with yogurt dip
  • raw veggies and hummus

You get the point. A protein + a carb = snack satisfaction. I like that! Here’s a pinnable image for you:

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6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

I like to eat dinner leftovers, but if that’s not an option, I like soup and sandwiches, and sometimes I’ll just make a big bowl of sauteed veggies with cheese, which is delicious!

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train? 

Upper body for sure. Leg day is a killer.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train? 

I bet you thought I’d say legs, huh? Nope! It’s abs. I almost always avoid doing core specific exercises. I’d rather do sprints to train my core.

9. What are your “bad” food cravings? 

I hate calling food bad! I don’t think foods are bad, but I guess my unhealthiest cravings are super salty, savory food like chicken wings, pizza, chips…

10. Do you take vitamins/supplements? 

I really should. I don’t. I’ll occasionally take Vitamin D and a B complex, but it’s rare. It’s on my to-do list!

11. How often do you eat out? 

We try to eat out only once a week, but I value time with friends so if we’re invited it’s hard to say no!

12. Do you eat fast food? 

Very rarely! I like fast food french fries a lot, but I only eat them once in a blue moon. I really like Taco Bell, and I’ve been craving it for a while now, but I’ve held out. I have a feeling that I’m going to cave to that craving this weekend! P.S. I TRY to stick to the Fresca menu!

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13. Who is your biggest supporter? 

Definitely Zach! He supports me in everything I do, not just fitness or health related. If I ever whine about not wanting to work out, he reminds me how much better I always feel after I do. What a guy

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14. Do you have a gym membership? 

Yep! And I’ll never give it up. I am constantly trying to find places to cut spending, but the gym membership is never on the chopping block. Even if I take a break from the gym for a few days to work out at home, having the treadmill for bad weather and the access to the classes is invaluable!

15. How many hours of sleep do you get each night? 

Well, it varies. I try to get 7 solid hours or more each night. I find if I go to bed early enough that I would get a full 8, however, I end up waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep so I think my body requires 6-7 hours. If I let myself sleep and wake up naturally, I usually hit 6 and a half hours before waking.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day? 

I don’t really like the idea of cheat days. FOR ME, I find it hard to get back on track after a full-out extravaganza, so I tend to not do cheat days. I will sometimes allow myself a meal where I don’t concern myself with eating healthy for special occasions, but in general I just try to balance everything out. If I know I’m going out to eat with friends for dinner, for example, I’ll try to eat a little lighter throughout the day.

17. Do you drink alcohol? 

Yes.

18. Do you have a workout buddy. 

Unfortunately, I don’t. I’d really like to, I think, but I’m the type of person who concerns herself with others, so every time I’ve invited a friend to go workout with me, I end up worrying more about if they are doing ok than what I’m doing.

19. What is the best thing about your life that has changed since you began a healthy lifestyle? 

You know, I think people might think the obvious answer is that I feel better because I lost the weight:

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I think the best thing is that while, yes, I feel amazing, I have the most confidence in myself. If someone asked me to climb a mountain with them, I’d do it. I’ve never done it, but I know I can do it. While I have no desire to run a full marathon, I know I have the capability to do it. It’s awesome to feel like you can do anything. The other thing is that I know I’m healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, and if I keep up my lifestyle, I’ll live long enough to do it!

20. What was the last healthy thing you did? 

I  make healthy choices all day long. It’s pretty automatic, now, but sometimes I try. For example, I just made the choice to go to the kitchen at work and fill my water cup, rather than buying a soda from the machine. The 2007 me up there probably would have went soda, but I didn’t even think twice about it.

Question of the Day:
Answer a question above! Or, answer all of them on your blog and link me. 🙂 

Happy Pretend Birthday To Me!

20 Dec

Hiya! Man, am I in a good mood today! Today is my last day of work for 6 whole days, I get to see my dearly missed family in less than 2 days, I think I’ve finally kicked the head cold that’s been haunting me, and today is my pretend birthday! Yay!

You see, my birthday is on Christmas Day, so in order to be able to celebrate with my friends, I have to have a ‘pretend’ birthday. So tonight, a bunch of friends will meet up for dinner and drinks afterwards to celebrate my birthday! I could not be more excited.

Here are three random topics I’d like to talk about today:

1. Fitness! 

This morning’s workout was amazing! I really kicked butt at the gym:

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I was back at with running today! I did 5 minutes of running followed by 1 minute of walking 3 times, then I alternated 1 minute of walking with 1 minute of running, upping the speed each time. I was pretty sweaty by the end, and feeling like a beast. Don’t you love that feeling!?

2. Books!

Since I got Happier at Home, I’ve been thinking about the lessons I learned from The Happiness project lately. In particular, the 60 second rule is one that I’ve always tried to follow since I read the book. Gretchen says that if anything takes less than 60 seconds to complete, you should do it immediately and not put it off. One thing I always, always do in the mornings is put the top of my hair up in velcro rollers to give it some body. Lately, I’ve been shoving the rollers back in the bag haphazardly or just not putting them away at all, so this morning I timed myself putting them away properly:

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I’m happy to report that, even with taking the photo, it took me 45 seconds to put the rollers back into the bag in a way that they all fit and the bag snapped closed. Ok, this seems really silly, but the take away here is that I hate when things are haphazardly laying about and not put away neatly, so now I know that it takes less than a minute to do this and I will do it every morning — and I’ll be happier because of it!

I really can’t wait to review Happier at Home here, but I’ve got some other reading on the agenda before I can get to it:

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I have 2 chapters left in The Fault in Our Stars, which is my Book Club book this month. It’s so good and has been an incredibly fast read. I’ll tell you more about this one after I’ve had my Book Club meeting. I almost forgot that I bought this Wally Lamb Christmas book earlier this year and put it on the shelf to read at Christmas time. Wally Lamb (who has authored bestselling books like She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True) is probably my favorite author ever. When I saw that he had a Christmas book, I had to snatch it up!

3. Coconut Oil!

So much for segues! Tropical Traditions sent over a huge jar of Coconut Oil for me to try out:

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Which I immediately stuck my (clean) fingers in to moisturize my dishpan hands!  I’ve heard great things about how coconut oil isn’t only great for cooking, but also great for skin and hair! I’ll be trying it in a few different ways over the next couple of weeks, and then writing a review here. I may even have a surprise for my lucky readers! However, since this is my first ever jar of coconut oil, I need your help. Which leads me to the Question of the Day, which is:

What’s your favorite way to use coconut oil!? (Feel free to link me to recipes) 

A Few Friday Favorites

30 Nov

Boy, do I love some good alliteration…don’t you? 🙂

Friday is in full swing, and I am having trouble wiping this smile off of my face. I’m having a good, productive day so far, and I’m not getting stressed out by the millions of things I need to do this weekend. Here are some of the great things that I’m smiling about:

– I spent some time on the phone last night with a potential caterer, and then my mother, talking about our wedding in September, which got me excited about the wedding all over again! Sure, I get to look at these beauties every day: 

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…which reminds me of our upcoming nuptials, but discussing the big day is both overwhelming and exciting. There is a lot to do, but luckily we have 10 months to do it, and I’m confident with all the help we have, it will get done.

– Speaking of my lovely fiance, we had a nice Subway lunch today. Usually we go home for lunch, so we will watch the previous night’s Daily Show while we eat. Today, we just ate and chatted and it was quite nice. After we ate, we went over to The Wild Ramp to pick up a gift for someone. The Wild Ramp is our local year-round Farmer’s Market. It is completely non-profit, and I love stopping by. While we were there, I decided that I must finally try some Jeni’s Ice Cream:

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I’ve been dying to try the Salty Caramel flavor. They didn’t have any, but the above flavor just spoke to me. I can’t wait to grab spoonfuls of this for the next week or so 🙂 The other really great thing that I saw was this:

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That’s me!

The Wild Ramp recently had a Kickstarter Campaign, and the put up the names of all the folks who donated on their bulletin board. This was all the thanks I needed!

– After a hard week of scrounging through almost bare cupboards to come up with dinner every night (we desperately need to do some grocery shopping!), I’ve reached my reward: Sushi for dinner tonight! Hooray!

Question of the Day:
What is the best thing that has happened to you today?