Operation Do Better

It’s no secret I have not been doing well at taking care of myself.  I haven’t been running, veggies have been non-existent in my diet, and I generally have regressed from all the progress I’ve made in the last few months.  It’s anybody’s guess how much pizza I’ve consumed in the last month.

It’s time for that to change starting now. 

I have a meal plan set up that I am going to stick to until I stop losing weight.  Even though I hate meal plans I think that’s the best way to bring myself back up to healthy calorie levels. 

I’m going to drink at minimum three bottles of water each day.  It’s easy to do and I feel so much better when I get that much.

I’m going to finish C25k.  I don’t want to lose too much momentum and I really want to finish it.  It’s silly not to.

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What I’m doing right:

I’m eating breakfast every day.  I don’t feel well without it. 

I’m moving lots.  Even if I’m not officially exercising, I’m making sure activities are more active than just sitting on the couch.

I’m taking vitamins.  Really good ones.  And a lot of calcium to go along with it.

I’m at a really healthy weight.  Even though I’ve been unable to stop losing weight I’m still perfectly inside my healthy weight range.  I have plenty of wiggle room. 

I’m motivated.  I want to do well, it’s just a matter of working everything into my schedule and making my health a priority again. 

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I’m excited!

– Me

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Ch-ch-changes!

Yesterday I was doing a lot of thinking about my blog and where I wanted to take it and my health.  I am constantly evaluating my health and things I need to work on.  It’s a process, and I don’t want to lose too much momentum. 

Last night I sat down and wrote down the things right now I think I need to work on.  I think periodically evaluating these things will help me focus on them rather than just saying I should do this.  I think I’ll focus on them one at a time until I feel stable in continuing on to the next one.

Right now the list consists of:

1) Raise my calories to stop losing weight.

Right now I really need to get my calories back up.  I’m trying to stop dieting and it has been much harder than I ever expected.  I have lost two pounds since I decided it was probably time to stop, and am unconsciously continuing to restrict my calories.  I think I just got used to eating below 1300 calories that it doesn’t seem to be restrictive.  This weekend I’ll get a meal plan scheduled and work to raise my calories so I can stop losing weight and start maintaining. 

2) Drink at minimum 3 bottles of water. 

For some reason I’ve been struggling with getting enough water.  I will be doing a project hydration soon.

3) Eat at least 3 servings of produce a day.

4) Finish C25k and get an exercise regimen going.

This will happen as soon as the boy comes home in a few weeks.  He is going to help me with a lot of this.

5) Evaluate my sugar/fat/sodium intake and get it under control.

I’m sure my list will get MUCH bigger as time goes on, but these are the five things I think are hindering my health right now. 

I’ll keep you updated!

– Me

Exhaustion

Oh my goodness it has been one intense week!

I am finally moved into my new apartment, and while I have a few more things to do I’m more or less finished with the moving part.  Now comes the unpacking and organizing. 

My health has taken a huge hit during all this.  I have eaten lots of junk food and not near enough water.  Luckily I only seemed to gain about a pound if that. 

I haven’t run in like a week.  Starting tomorrow I am going to redo week 3 and go from there.  Hopefully I didn’t lose too much momentum!

It’s amazing to see how it’s affected how I feel.  I physically feel so much better when I’m eating better.  I’ve been noticing light headaches and stomach grumbles I didn’t have a week ago.  Tomorrow I plan to get back on track and we’ll see how I’m feeling this week.

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I think I’m finished dieting.  I’m right in the middle of my bmi, which gives me plenty of wiggle room on either side so hopefully I’ll be able to monitor things and see where I stand. 

I am a little concerned about going into maintenance.  How will I make myself eat more???? It’ll be interesting to see where this takes me!

Tomorrow we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programing

– Me

Update

Today marks fifteen pounds lost.  I feel so accomplished Smile  I have about 8-5 more, I still haven’t decided where I want to stop, but I think I’d be satisfied in the 120s range.  Right now I’m at 133 so it won’t be too much farther.

I had every intention of doing my run today, but last night I destroyed my toenail.  There was blood and guts and gore and awfulness and of course it’s my big toe so it sticks out and I bump it on everything.  I wore flip flops this morning (in 49*) because I couldn’t get a sock on.  I tried everything I could to wear one but it hurt so bad and I figured it would be better to let it breathe.  There was NO WAY I could get my vibrams on, so I’m taking the next couple of days on and then I’ll move on to week 4.  It’s time.

I’m moving in a little more than a week and I have SO MUCH to do.  I may be a little absent in the next few days.  Be patient with me please, I’ll be back soon!

– Me

Link Love

I didn’t do so well at eating decently today.  That’s what I hate about ordering a whole pizza, the next day it seems to be all I eat.  You don’t want to see pictures of the same thing.

To make up for it I thought I’d share some fun things that popped up in my rss reader today:

Peeps yoga.  Love it.

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Source.

Serious Eats shared an article on the safety of food dyes.  It’s an interesting read.

Are Food Dyes Safe?—Serious Eats

Enjoy your evening!

– Me

Tired

My run did not go well today.  I knew I wasn’t ready to move on, and my body definitely showed that to me today.  This run doesn’t even deserve a post on its own.  I’m going to redo week 3 next week and see how I’m feeling.  I’m doing this for myself, and I don’t want to get discouraged by moving on too soon.  And I know if I move too fast too soon I’ll wind up hurting something.

Hopefully soon my pictures will be improving!  A few months ago I dropped my camera in a creek after seeing 15 snakes at eye level, and have been shopping for a replacement ever since.  I have finally settled on getting a Canon Powershot s95, but refuse to pay more than what other people are paying just because it’s at low stock.  It’s silly to pay more for it, and the less I pay the more accessories I can get for it!  As soon as the price is down to a reasonable spot I’ll order it.  I’m very excited about this because it’s taken me a while to decide which one to get.  As soon as I get it I’ll probably do a post on the decision process I went through to settle on this one, but if you have any questions I’ll be happy to share what I know.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my posts definitely seem to be lacking lately.  I need to shake my routine up.  I’m getting to the point where I’m tired of dieting, but I know I will be happier if I try and lose the last ten pounds I intended.  (For reference, I started at 148, and am currently at 135.  I think I want to get to 122 before I stop.)  I don’t want to have to do this again, so let’s get it all in one go.  I’m thinking I’m going to start documenting everything I eat for a little while.  One, it will really help my photography skills as soon as I get my new camera, and two, it will force me to consider what I’m eating and hopefully inject some more variety into my diet!  I have made huge strides from where I was and I don’t want to lose my momentum.  Hopefully this will help get me out of my rut.

See you tomorrow!

– Me

On Artificial Ingredients

Earlier this week I posted this article and a few days later this article was published and it seemed like a good time to discuss my thoughts on artificial ingredients. 

I am slowly moving away from foods that aren’t “real” because so many of these studies pop up.  Of course, you can find a study proving anything, but the more I think about it the easier this decision seems.  Sure, it could be benign, but on the other hand it could cause some serious damage.  I don’t lose out on much by avoiding these ingredients and could potentially help my body along the way.  Why wouldn’t you move in this direction if a suitable alternative is available. 

Red M&Ms were taken of the market in the 70’s because the dye was found to be highly carcinogenic.  They changed the recipe and reintroduced them later.  If the original recipe used something that naturally dyed the candy then this wouldn’t have been an issue. 

I received my degree in food science this past may and spent a lot of class time learning about these ingredients.  Food companies add nitrates to several different meats because it acts like a preservative and helps give it that pink color.  Unfortunately, it also can combine with the proteins in that meat to create a carcinogen.  Their solution to this: we just use less of it.  Which sounds like a great plan until you realize that your body can store some of these artificial chemicals in your fat.  Who’s to say it won’t reach dangerous levels this way?  It’s just not worth the risk to me.

There are natural ways to achieve the same result without requiring something made in a lab.  I don’t see why we have to potentially harm ourselves to have the same outcome.

Just my thoughts on the issue.

– Me