Better Me

I have not been hard on myself lately in terms of diet and exercise.  There are perks to this…more sleep, more time, less stress, etc.  There are also downfalls…slight weight gain (though not too bad), less routine, less commitment, worse shape.  Most noted though is that since I used to wake up at dawn to work out, that was also when I would do my quiet time, devos, etc.  Those have been shortened lately, and while I continue to focus upward and spend time in the Word, I am not doing nearly what I could be…or should be.  Not entirely directly related…I feel guilty when I pig out…not just because I feel gross, but I feel like a glutton.  I do believe that it is sinful to overeat and/or not take care of your body (your temple) in the manner in which we are called.

Hence, I am coming back to my blog to keep me accountable in improving my time with my Savior, who deserves every millisecond of my life, as well as improving my diet/exercise (which as I said, is not terrible, but could use a little kick).  I am going to keep it simple.  I find it amusing that there are so many diets and eating plans that claim to be different, but truly are the same…or awfully similar.  Diet = a way of eating.  Diet does not = starving yourself.  Most diets ask for 80% or more effort.  Most diets encourage protein and veggies to fill up your plate.  The biggest difference in many diets are the issues or grains and dairy, but if you are following whichever diet you choose at 80%, then putting 20% of dairy or grains in your day or week is not big deal.  I digress…I did say I would keep it simple.

Each day I will come on and put up a verse, a scripture, a question or a brief commentary of something I have read in the Bible or from a devotional book or a study book.  Each day I will eat no more than 1500 calories…aiming for heavy proteins, veggies, water and green tea.  Each day I will do a minimum of 45 minutes of exercise.  Sundays will be my day off of workouts and calorie counting.  Anyone who would like to come along on this journey with me, just reply to my daily posts and we can get better together!  🙂  I am convicted to be better for Jesus (not that anything good is of me, it is all of Him) but I want to commit to being better for Him, for my family and for me.

unconditional

When I run on the elliptical in the morning I like to watch something to keep my mind off running.  😉  It is hard to find new things all the time, but I recently chose the movie Unconditional.  I really like it!  I love that one of the main characters is based on the life of a real life person.  This man changed the lives of so many kids.  I love kids!  So when a person puts his/her comforts on the line to change the lives of our future…well, it is a winning story for me and I highly recommend that you watch it!

Speaking of the elliptical…kind of…I was so good eating healthy since the summer and even through Christmas and New Years, but I got burned out of eating healthy and took a brief hiatus.  Amazing how all that progress can go away so quickly.  😦  Therefore… I am back to healthy starting today.  I had a healthy breakfast and a great run on the elliptical this morning.  I feel good and am actually ready to get back into the healthy routine.  As yummy as being unhealthy can be, my body really doesn’t feel good when I am unhealthy.  So I am ready to feel good again.  🙂

Sugar and Slides

Sundays are our family days.  No matter how busy we are during the week, we set aside Sundays to do things fun as a family that do not require work or school as part of the day.  🙂  Today we went to a park fairly near our house.  It was our first visit there and it was pretty awesome.  They built a slide into a hillside, resembling a small water slide, but without the water.  You are supposed to bring a piece of cardboard and you sit on it to go down the slide.  There is also a playground there.  The kids had a blast!  And I loved that something so simple was entertaining to them.  Free outdoor fun is always a good thing!  The only snag, which irked Mommy and Daddy more than the kids, was when a grandpa didn’t want to share the box that we brought.  Long silly story that I do not want to go into, but it was interesting that all the kids could share with each other and the grandpa was unaware of how that process worked.  Alas, another life lesson for the kids.  That was about 30 seconds of the whole time we were there, so it was a successful, happy and fun day!

Something interesting that I have been doing….I did a 10 day no sugar experiment.  I could eat natural sugar…meaning fruit, but nothing processed.  I gave myself a 10 day limit so I could see the end of the tunnel and therefore have more success.  Today is day 11, so I am pigging out a bit, but I am going back into another 10 day no sugar beginning tomorrow.  Being without sugar made my body much healthier. I could feel it.   I have had quite of bit of sugar today (in different forms)  and my body noticed right away.  But I do not want my body to forget how to process any of those foods quite yet.  Interestingly, I had a diet soda and it tasted horrible!  Which actually made me happy…because I know diet ingredients are really awful for your body.  And if I lose my temptation for them, all the better.  Baked goods however did not taste terrible, however if I get in a habit of only eating them every so often, I am not too concerned.  I did lose a little bit of weight…I will gain a fraction of that back today.  For me, the best part of no sugar is how quickly my belly slimmed.  My belly is not my biggest problem area, but wow! any slight improvement is ok with me.  I am sure after today there will be a little bulge, but it will also go away.  🙂

And that is the light weekend update!

Just Life

Our world has been spinning at high speed lately.  I feel like we are always at high speed and then more things go into our schedule, but they are all good things.  We are moving quickly, but we are doing it together (for the most part) and praising God for the blessings!  🙂

For my husband, MBA classes have begun.  How he is able to work full time and be an awesome daddy on top of going to school full time blows my mind, but he does it.  It adds a little extra chaos to all of us, but he surely bears the brunt of the load.

For me, on a personal level, my eating and working out too a hiatus this summer, so I am back on my strict schedule of working out and eating somewhat right.  😉  Teaching and taxi driving has been put back in motion as well.

The kids are back to school (at home) and each have 1 sport activity as well as a church activity they attend each week.  By Friday they are just as tired as my husband and I.  They are still mourning the loss of their Riley cat.  My oldest was the most outwardly sad in the beginning, has recovered quite well and talks about all the pets he will have when he is big.  My daughter, who was the most attached, holds it all in.  This concerns me a little bit.  She will say things on occasion that let us know she is still thinking of Riley.  She is trying to bond with the other cat now, which is kind of a cute thing to watch.  My youngest, who is my old soul, was the one who went to Stormy right after Riley died to let her know what happened.  He still misses her.  He is also concerned that about Stormy’s buddy being gone.  We can’t sure if he is more sad for himself or Stormy.

So, nothing drastic in our world.  We count our blessings for that.  We seem to be surrounded by friends who are suffering and we know we should thank God for our blessings as often as we pray for their lives to be mended.

 

Insane

I began the Insanity workout program!  I have not done the diet plan with it yet…still contemplating.  It isn’t much different than what I try to do…try being the operative word…except for the shakes.  I enjoy it so far.  Some of it is a love/hate relationship.  I do not think I will go through the whole thing again, but may purchase a few of the dvds to have onhand as alternate workouts.  (I am currently borrowing them from a friend).

My synopsis on the program…

* it makes me sweat a lot

* some of them keep me short of breath

* I hate switch kicks!

* it is a good cardio workout

* I am not seeing the results I thought I would by now

* it is not as insane as I feared…which is good!

* it is good cardio, but I think I need to add to my day’s routine to get the results I am looking for

 

Will keep you posted if more insane revelations arise.  🙂

Clean Eating Day 2 Flop

I was happily surprised when this plan I am following allowed store bought items like yogurt, cottage cheese and regular cheese.  However, my body is not responding well.  I know I react to the dyes in foods, but apparently there is something else.  I am swelling up and itchy again.  Part of me wonders if it is dairy, as I avoided it for awhile, but I have never had dairy issues in the past.  So, again, back to the drawing board.  I am going back to all natural and just wrote up my own plan.  Hoping I can stick to it.  The only unnatural food I am allowing is my whey protein.  Will keep you posted!  🙂

Reflection, Perspective and New Starts

My body sure has been through a lot in the last decade…pregnancies, births, crazy weight loss, weight back to normal, weight past normal (:P), various tests the last few years to determine…finally…that my body reacts to yellow dye, potentially other dyes, and is intolerant to a smattering of foods like oatmeal and broccoli (both of which I actually like).  In the midst of all the craziness, my workouts have intensified, my time with God has jumped around and my perspective has changed.

My body weight and fat percentage are not where I want them…I desire to be healthier and to shed a few pounds while defining the muscle that is already there, but I am finally at the point where I am not going to dwell on it as much as I have in the past.  Wondering which mirror is the most accurate, missing sleep to squeeze in that last hour of the workout, or just obsessing about 5 or even 10 pounds.  If I am making healthy choices, the weight will come off in time.  If I am not eating like a football player and being a glutton, if my husband loves me and more importantly my Savior loves me, then there is not one reason to obsess.  If someone else judges me based on a few pounds, shame on them, and if I let that bother me, shame on me.  My priorities need to be on God first.  I am ashamed to say that there have been days where I stayed up late to workout and then fell asleep reading my Bible.

So I am making a few changes.  I am still going to be healthy and workout, because I enjoy working out and think people should take care of the bodies God has given to them.

My mornings will look a little like this:

  • Devotionals (a few pages of 2-3)
  • Prayer and journal time
  • online devotions
  • workout (currently I am doing an ab challenge, a squat challenge, elliptical, a 4 week program kind of and I just printed the Spartacus workout so we will see if I add that in…that one is only 3xs a week and the 4 week program is not everyday either)
  • Normal day of chasing children, teaching children, cleaning, cooking and household maintenance
  • depending on how much time I spent working out, possibly another workout before bed…but not too late.  😉

With all the craziness of food I am going to attempt to eat as clean as possible.  I know this needs to be a gradual switch, so I will do it the right way.

I am excited to have a better perspective, I am excited to be healthier, I am most excited to see where the Lord will lead me and my family.

Just a few Tuesday life thoughts  🙂

weekly update

I feel that since I have started the weekly updates there have been more frustrated posts than not.  Hmmm…maybe I should back off and report back in a year?  😉

So “on paper” I should have lost 1-2 pounds this week based on diet and exercise.  In reality…nope.  It is always so much fun to be hungry and tired at the end of a week and have nothing to show for it.  *sigh*.

I have not been doing as many HIIT routines with my foot…but I found a way to tape it to keep it pretty good on elliptical.  It is much better than it was, but if I use it too much it does still turn into that marshmallow balloon foot.  Still…I did get in my weekly workouts and ate less than normal and still…no progress.

Gave into food today, so back to it tomorrow…strict strict strict.  I am still a bit afraid to start measuring body fat…maybe next week…

See ya back here then 🙂

protein pancakes 2

I ran out of bananas!  And my protein pancakes have been a staple for me.  I have not had any reactions to them.  I have just added sugar free syrup to my breakfast which is the only unhealthy part of it.  But, it is sugar free, so it isn’t so bad.  Although, as I type this I am itching, which is either because I used chocolate protein powder today (I have been using vanilla) or there is something in the syrup.  😦   OR the baking powder in this new recipe.  Could baking powder really make me itch?  But here is the recipe:

1 scoop whey protein

1 egg

1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

1/4 tsp baking powder

That’s it!  Mix together, cook like regular pancakes and enjoy!  🙂