It has been a while since my last post...busy with life: started teaching this spring semester so there was a lot of prepping for two new classes which is what took away from my posts. Squeezing in a little update during my lunch break. This new lifestyle is quite challenging to say the least. As my body was going through detoxing, I had some days where I just didn't feel great or with energy. My husband helped me through this phase because I didn't want to continue. One of the great things of choosing to make changes is allowing yourself some grace along the way. Most, if not all, of our family and friends don't eat this way, so we make allowances to make our moments special with our relationships. Now we don't go overboard with our food choices just because we're hanging with family/friends. My husband and I help each other out in learning to choose certain foods while still enjoying our time with others. I am learning that you have to prepare in advance what you need to have on hand for work or running errands. When my husband and I go on a date, I have noticed that I cannot eat all that is on my plate. Also, the weight loss is not extreme which is good. My break is over...until next time.
Got through my first!
Last Friday was going to be a birthday celebration for one of our kids (21 yrs. old) and mentally I had to think through what would I eat at the restaurant. I forgot to check the menu online to be prepared, however, I did consider focusing on a salad but tweek it a bit. The choice was a mediterranean chopped salad (with shgrimp) and requested to omit the cheese but forgot to ask for the dressing on the side - now this was a gluten-free dish. Oh and one glass of sparkling sweet red wine. There was a couple of cooked items in the salad (black beans and shrimp). Overall, I didn't stress over this because of choosing to allow a "cheat day", which was only one meal.
Now to work on week 2!
Good morning, Friday!
Wow, the testing of this new way of eating came to a head around Wednesday afternoon with a headache and craving sweets. I'm going to back track to Tuesday. It was a so-so kind of day where I was aware of my hunger (which at times I felt confused because I would feel nauseous, but after eating something [nuts] it went away). Okay, let's go back to Wednesday's trying day. I wasn't drinking enough water was a big part. Yes, I caved in to dark chocolate (Hershey Kisses) early evening. The headache was still bothersome (I have suffered from migraines in the past) and eventually went to bed a little earlier than usual. Thursday no headache but felt a little out of it (little energy, almost sickly, which is why I didn't "blog" the last couple days) so I limited any physical activity until late afternoon. My husband shared that it's most likely a detox my body was experiencing. Now late afternoon my energy peaked back up and I was able to play with our 70lb dog.
On a side note, I am trying to minimize my sweets (even fruits) for now because of how much I've enjoyed eating gluten-free sweets. Only twice this week I had blueberries. To venture into this raw diet, I had to tell myself 'let's get through the first week'. A plus has been losing some body fat.
Until next time.
Well, it is the first week of the new year! What have you implemented as your new resolve? My choice was to try eating a raw vegan diet. No, it is not eating uncooked meat. Think vegetables, nuts, seeds, green "smoothie" drink, water...stuff that is good for you. My decision arose from some health concerns I've been facing for at least a couple years.
My first day was Sunday and what I felt was exhiliration because I would like to succeed in seeing some health improvements. I have been gluten-free prior to this new lifestyle which may have made the transition a little easier.
Monday I had to be more intentional of my food choices so I wouldn't feel as a failure. My husband has partnered with me so we can help each other out. It makes it easier to plan things out. Well, by the time I was done with dinner, I had more energy then I expected...again because of health issues.
I will keep you posted as to how it continues.
It has been a while since I last "blogged". Lots going on with me and my family: newly married, increased family size from three to seven plus a cat. Very busy with the family however, I wanted to take a little time and see how many knew it will be National Chocolate Day not only tomorrow but the next day too?! I know it sounds so random, as my kids would say. Well, have you enjoyed the last few days with friends and family? The larger one's network of family and friends the more selective I guess one must be to have some quality time with whomever we'll spend it with. I have chocolate to celebrate tomorrow and even through the end of this month...if I eat them by the handful. Hope you enjoy every moment of celebrating what's left of this month as we get closer to the new year. Also, I hope as the new year arrives that your plans, ideas, dreams, etc. are as sweet as chocolate (or whichever sweet you are fond of). Contact me if you needing that boost or swift kick to get you going next year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It's been a while since I last blogged anything. Many transitional events going on in the last few months has kept me occupied - all good but busy. Have you been enjoying the spring season? It's time to get back on track, if in case you haven't been. Has there been a lot of sitting around this winter season? I've included a link to an article on back-related issues (myths and facts). After reading it, get up and walk for a few minutes.
Well, how have you done this first month of the year in keeping with resolutions? Are you using any tools to assist you to stay accountable? If you are, hopefully, it's with a great attitude behind it rather than letting it frustrate you: journal whether you track it on your phone, computer, or a notebook; a scale, not to be obsessed but to help motivate your plans for the day, a friend to urge you on in sticking with the plan, etc. If it didn't go as plan, dust yourself off and get started again. Don't stress over it...which isn't beneficial.
For those of you who remember Laurel and Hardy, it's their theme song.
From January 6th - 13th, it is National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week. So, have you not only begun but kept consistent with your workout plans? Have you included a "Feel Great" activity into your schedule: massage, spa visit, hang out with friends, etc.?