Earlier this month (or last) I talked about how it’s totally doable to work and workout at the same time. I still stand by that. My workouts have been in check, my eating has been better but what’s been really hard for me is the blogging.
I’m not quitting. I enjoy blog conventions and talking about healthy living too much to do that. I do need to make a more conscious effort to schedule posts and get stuff done on the weekend.
I don’t know how other healthy living bloggers with desk jobs get home and spend the night on their computers because it’s the last thing I want to do when I get home.
Last week, I did my first race of the year. Originally I signed up for the 5K with a friend who’s heading with me to Orlando this weekend to do the Best Damn Race 10K. We met up with a group of other lovely ladies thinking they were only going for 3.1. Oops.It’s really difficult for me to get J to agree to run races with me because he doesn’t believe in “paying for something you can do for free” so I left him in bed. The weather was perfect so we switched to the 10K the morning of. Good choice.
At 1:07, it wasn’t a PR, but I had lots of fun with some great women, paced a friend and had an all-around great morning. Yay, races. There’s nothing like running with a crowd of like-minded people who already feel like family. And that, my friends, is why I pay to do something I can do for free.
P.S. I also put up my 2014 race schedule. Are we running any of the same races? What do you all have planned for the year?
I never thought I’d do one of these. Juice cleanses are pretty gimmicky in my book. Your body doesn’t actually need to “cleanse” anything and everything you lose is water weight etc. etc.
I’d read about Suja juices before, but the Whole Foods in Orlando didn’t carry them. I also didn’t want to pay shipping from California because I’m cheap.
Alas, while visiting Nashville’s ginormously awesome Whole Foods this weekend what should my wandering eyes fall upon but a pricey juice cleanse I’d spent a lot of wasted time thinking about. I noticed them in the refrigerated case by the checkouts. They were also on sale so I think it was fate. Yeah, fate. That’s what we’ll go with.
Anyway, I bought the only five they had in stock and took them home with me. Still going with fate and not clever marketing and pretty packaging.
I drank Master Cleanse on Sunday along with a small dinner and went to bed early. Monday morning I woke up starving as usual and was kind of bummed I’d made the decision to drink all of my meals for the day.
“But you can just eat these eggs and hash browns,” J said temptingly.
I cracked open Glow on the way out the door.
Glow tasted a little like celery but the apple flavor made up for it. It could also be that I wake up hungry enough to eat almost anything.
By mid-afternoon I was hungry again, and the office was starting to smell like lunch. I reconsidered my decision to do this on a weekday. About an hour later I opened up Purify.
Godawful. That’s the only word that I think completely encompasses how I feel about that juice. The pretty red color will fool you but don’t let it because it tastes like beets straight from the ground. Gah. I chugged it as quickly as possible. Fifteen minutes later I was still hungry and my mouth tasted like dirt so I drank some water.
Around 3 my stomach started talking and I smelled fried chicken and bread. I think the world was purposefully torturing me. I ate a handful of cashews.
On the way home I debated going to CrossFit but drove to the gym instead for a treadmill session.
It’s been two weeks since I’d run any significant mileage and my body was craving the run. I downed Fiji during the car ride there. More celery, no mint, some apple. Not as good as Glow but not as terrible as Purify either.
I did 3 miles in 29:03. Not too shabby for skipping runs for two weeks while deathly ill/recovering from a cold.
I got home and showered and got ready to drink Vanilla Cloud. It was like heaven in a bottle. Anything after Purify would be like drinking heaven but this was so good J wanted to take it from me. Coconut, almond, nutmeg and cinnamon deliciousness. I didn’t want it to end.
I woke up this morning down three pounds of water weight and feeling refreshed.
Juicing will never be something that I believe “cleanses” your body but I do feel like I’ve reset myself on the right track. Juicing for weight loss? Still dumb. Juicing for a reset? Awesome.
Two weeks ago I weighed in with coworkers for a local, annual weight loss competition. The goal: Lose at least 3 percent of my body weight in six weeks. Totally doable, right?
Last month’s goal was to maintain my weight through a month of yummy holiday treats and baked good temptations. I managed to stay within five pounds of starting weight and that’s OK with me. During the holidays you’ve got to take what you can get.
Since weighing in on Jan. 19 I’ve lost five pounds putting me at goal for the competition. I’m eligible for a door prize which is great because to win this thing I’d need to lose weight to the point of nonexistence. Not going to happen and that’s OK.
I’m realistic. I didn’t sign up with plans to win in the first place. I don’t have that much to lose. Instead, I’m just in it for the 10 free fitness classes.
My problem with weight loss I’m sure is a problem for a lot of people. I’m pretty “good” during the week and then weekends are a free-for-all on every delicious temptation that comes in sight. Seriously. I had a pulled pork and mac-and-cheese stuffed panini in Lexington this weekend. Who puts that deliciously evil combo together? Really, now.
Instead of beating myself up for it I need to realize that weekend free-for-alls are my downfall and fix the problem. Recognizing that is the first step. We all have similar obstacles in our way– bread basket at dinner, running out of time to pack lunch and hitting a drive thru instead, getting home late and not having anything thawed for dinner. All of these things suck but they’re easily remedied excuses. All it takes is a little bit of planning.
For the next four weeks of this local biggest loser competition I really just want to focus on routine. It’s possible to stay on track and even lose weight while away from home/on vacation. See here. But it’s SO much easier when you stick to a routine. Meal plan, eat at home and even plan workouts. It really makes all the difference.
What are your tried and true weight loss/maintenance strategies?