26 Weeks to Change – Day 20: Awesome Workout + Cure for Sugar Cravings?!?

I've finally discovered the secret to help me beat evening sugar cravings...

I’ve finally discovered the secret to help me beat evening sugar cravings…

Today’s Workout:

My workout today left me feeling calm, zen, and prepared for the rest of the day.  I definitely think I need to incorporate yoga at the end of my morning sessions as that’s exactly how I want to feel when I go to work everyday!

Now on to the really wonderful thing I discovered when I made dinner tonight…

Backstory

I’ve been struggling with some serious sugar cravings all week between about 5:30-9p.m.

I mean, for the past four days I simply haven’t felt totally in control of myself during this time and have been using peanut butter to calm the cravings.  (Not the best choice, but better than eating cake!)

Back to beating sugar cravings

Anyway, I got home about 5:15 p.m. today and decided to make another salad for dinner, but wanted it to be quick as I was really hungry.  With that in mind I drained and rinsed some chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and measured out 1/2 C. as my protein, chopped a few handfuls of mixed greens, and grated two medium-sized carrots on a box grater, added 2 Tbsp. Ocean Spray 50% Less Sugar Craisins , 2 Tbsp. feta cheese, and 2 Tbsp. Walden Farms: Pear & White Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.  In total, this took me like ten minutes to prepare, which was perfect.

I ate around 6 p.m. and was really satisfied.

It’s now around 10 p.m. and I’ve spent the rest of my evening doing things around the house, etc. and guess what???

I have not been hit with an insane sugar craving at all this evening!

I’m so happy I could shout!

This is yet another game changer in my quest to a healthy, satisfying and nutritious eating plan that I can actually stick to.

So happy just had to share – raw carrots will definitely be a part of my evening meals in some way shape or form from here on out (I loathe cooked carrots).

Ciao until tomorrow!

 
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26 Weeks to Change – Day 19: Keeping Up The Consistency

Pilates Rocks!

Pilates kicked my tush today, but I’m happy I did it anyway:)

Today’s Workout:

I felt a little tired doing the cardio portion of my workout today.  It was like trying to fight through water.  In case you’re wondering this is entirely normal when you try (or at least when I try) to do cardio after Pilates.  Pilates may be gentle on the body, but you’re taking in large amounts of oxygen to perform the moves and have to exert excellent muscle control.

All in all, my workout was great.  I just have to remember to do Pilates in the evening as it tires me out more than cardio!

That’s all for today, chat with you tomorrow:)
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26 Weeks to Change – Day 18: Scaling Back

Kickboxing Woman

This is how I felt (good by tired) after my kickboxing workout with weighted hand gloves today!

Today’s Workout:

 

Ok today I came back down from whatever energy high I was on yesterday.

I felt good after today’s workout.  My focus now is on getting my cardiovascular endurance up because the heavy breathing let’s me know it’s not so stellar at the moment.

Chat with you tomorrow!

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 17: Everything Except the Kitchen Sink!

total workout

Yes people, I felt as bad ass as this woman looks after my workout this morning!

Today’s Workout:

I have NO IDEA what came over me this morning , but when I woke up I felt ready for anything!

And that’s exactly what I did in my workout session:)

With all three workouts, the session lasted about 80 minutes and I never once got bored or rushed to be finish (which is huge for me) .

Better still, my ankle didn’t give me any problems, even during the kickboxing Turbo Jam workout.  I still wore the flexible brace my doctor gave me as a means of protection, and of course wore supportive shoes, but otherwise I put as much into the workout as I could and still didn’t feel any pain.

Psyched about today, hope I can keep this up!

Until tomorrow…

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 16: Walk That Walk

Brisk Walk

Brisk walking on a treadmill to re-start my cardio was more tiring than I thought!

Today’s Workout:

  • :15 Brisk Walk @ 3.5mph

Yesterday was indeed a wonderful day!

I went to see the doctor about my ankle and he said it was healing/recovering well.  He told me that whatever I was doing to keep it up because it seemed to be strengthening the muscles of my ankle exceptionally well.  I explained I was on this yoga kick and tried to practice either yoga or Pilates on a daily basis.  He said I can begin doing more athletic workouts but I need to start S-L-O-W-L-Y. Brisk walking was his recommendation to start for cardio purposes so as not to put too much stress on my ankle.

To celebrate (and also to relieve my back from a slightly enthusiastic mix of yoga and Pilates yesterday), I decided to go for a brisk walk this morning.  I’m totally not an outdoor exerciser, so I opted to hit the treadmill in the gym of my apartment building in the early morning hours.

I thought it best to start out, as suggested, slowly so I went for a moderate pace workout.  Not quite sure where to start I figured fifteen minutes was a good starting number and boy am I glad I did!  I started at 2.5 mph at a zero incline and worked my way up to 3.5 mph for the majority of the workout.  And the results were…

  • The good news: my ankle felt fine afterwards,
  • The bad news: my shins and feet were killing me!

Needless to say I’ll be hovering at the fifteen minute mark for my walking workouts for the next week or so until I’m feeling better and experiencing less pain afterwards.  Once again this just proves that being out of shape sucks and I’ll never take a four month hiatus from exercise again!

Check in with you tomorrow!

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 15: Yoga, Pilates & Dizziness?!

Yoga

Um, doing too much too soon with yoga & Pilates has left me a bit…dizzy!

Today’s Workout:

I guess I used today to kind of make up for shorter yoga sessions that I had this week. Truthfully, I’m not sure if that was the best idea as I feel a little lightheaded and some stiffness in my lower back.  Lesson learned: you cannot make up for missed workouts!  Oh well, I know what not to do again.

I’m not letting this stress me out, I’ll simply take it in stride and do something different tomorrow.  Today is also a wonderful day because I go to see my doctor about my ankle and (hopefully) get a good report.

Check in with you tomorrow!

 

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 14: Strictly Pilates

Pilates

The core work of Pilates is deep and amazing!

Today’s Workout:

My schedule has kind of exploded on me lately so I had to keep my workout short & sweet today.

I was a little sad I couldn’t do my long yoga workout, but I’ll make up for it this weekend.

Today was all about Pilates and I definitely felt my core!  The stretch in my muscles was also really good and a bit different than what I feel when I do the Yoga Foundations workouts.  No complaints, just an observation.

That’s all for today, check in tomorrow!

 

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 13: Yoga & Pilates Together!

Yoga + Pilates!

Yes! I did yoga and Pilates in the same workout session today:)

Today’s Workout:

Yes!

Today was the first day (of hopefully many) that I was able to do a yoga and Pilates workout during the same session!

I did the Pilates first.  That’s because it’s more like a traditional workout with the focus being on toning the body and muscle control.

Next I moved on to the yoga workout, where I got the mind-body connection to focus and quiet the mind.

In a word, I felt amazing afterwards.

My goal is to stay with this type of program and see where that leads me, mentally and physically.

Off to another crazy day, check in tomorrow!

 

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 12: Switching Up the Workouts

Pilates

Pilates, like yoga, is another workout I love to strengthen and tone

Today is another day where I have to be out the house early.

I wanted to do something a little different from my normal yoga routine, so I went with Winsor Pilates.

I did the 20-Minute workout only since I was crunched for time.  It’s a great go to workout whenever I need to do something but don’t have alot of time or options.

New to Pilates?

Check out this great workout I found online:


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26 Weeks to Change – Day 11: Starting to Feel the “Yoga Burn”

Yoga 4

Yoga Inspiration: This side crow pose is awesome!

Ok so “burn” may not be the right word, but after this morning’s workout, I definitely feel the muscles in my shoulders and upper back!

Today’s workout was Yoga Foundations With Travis Eliot – Class 1.

It’s the perfect blend of introduction for the newbie, gentle instruction, and challenge for the beginner.

It in no way raises the heartrate, but that’s not my chief goal at the moment.

  • Healing my right ankle,
  • developing the ability to focus, and
  • having greater self-awareness are what I want to accomplish through yoga.

I know it won’t happen overnight, but I do plan on seeing some positive changes (internally) in the next couple weeks.

Oh yeah, and I had a salad for breakfast to make up for some of my naughty eating habits yesterday.

That’s all for now.

Ciao Bella!

 

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