26 Weeks to Change – Day 10: Success (& Failure) All in the Same Day

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Doing Yoga: This was the good part of my day…

Have you ever had one of those days where you did something really great and then something really not so great?

Today was that day for me.  Let me explain.

I was feeling like a rockstar (and my right ankle is already starting to feel a little better) because today was my third day of yoga.

Last night, I finally decided to sort through my yoga dvd’s and make a workout schedule.

This will help me stay on track and actually do a yoga workout everyday.

Just in case you’re wondering, here’s what my yoga library looks like as of today:

Now if you’re reading this you may be wondering “how do you have all those yoga dvd’s and you’re a beginner?”  The answer is I went through a “yoga phase” earlier in the year where the thought of doing yoga sounded really good.  I bought all of the above dvd’s but didn’t actually ever do any of them.  Thus I’m a beginner yogi!

Onward to equipment…

In order to do yoga, you need a couple essentials to start.  To avoid spending lots of money on each piece of equipment I would potentially need, I also purchased the Gaiam Beginner’s Yoga Starter Kit.  This kit comes with a yoga mat, block and strap plus a Rodney Yee dvd.  He’s a great yoga instructor as well and one of the most popular here in the US.

Today’s workout was the Yoga Foundations with Travis Eliot – class 1.  It lasted about 45 minutes total and was very relaxing.  The goal I set for the workout was to remain focused and as “in the moment” as possible.  This was the toughest part of the workout…keeping my mind still, calm, and focused is something I definitely need to work on.

This was the stellar part of my day!

Now on to the not so wonderful part.

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Succumbing to the shininess of the golden arches: that was the not so good part of my day

I had to go grocery shopping today and went around noon.  I’d made a list to ensure I could get in and out as quickly as possible.

When I parked my car in the lot, I was ready to get what I needed and be done.

Sounds like I was ready doesn’t it?

I was…except for the fact that I went to the store hungry.

A big no-no when you’re trying to watch what you eat.

I was so focused on my list, I made it in and out of the grocery store unscathed.  The issue came when I was pulling out of the lot and spotted a McDonald’s.

Uh-oh.

Yeah, I caved.  I went to the drive-through and ordered a chicken sandwich wrap (grilled) and a soda.

No, not the worst I could have done, but I’m certainly not too happy with myself at the moment.

After returning home, unloading the groceries, and putting everything away, I was nearly salivating for what I’d gotten at the fast food place.  I scarfed down the sandwich and soda in record time and then felt terrible afterwards.  However, I’m not about to dwell on it.  I decided to write down the three (3) things I can do differently next time so I won’t find myself in the same predicament again.

Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1) Ensure you eat before you go grocery shopping

2) With every meal, ensure there’s enough protein and fiber to trigger satiety

3) Drink more water after workouts (and throughout the day) to ensure thirst isn’t triggering “false hunger”

Trust me, these are things I know to do, I just failed to do them today.  I’m going to stop beating myself up about it and simply move on.

Chat with you tomorrow.

 
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Understanding Food Cravings: Beating Silent Self-Sabotage

Sugar Cravings

Uhhh…sugar cravings are hideous self-sabotagers that hinder success!

This week in a word has been complicated.

From the minor ankle injury I suffered from doing intense workouts (I blame myself, not the workouts!), to ridiculous food cravings, I’m feeling a little exhausted.

So today I’ve decided to do some research on what my food cravings means and how to beat them.

See the chart below.

I’ve spent some time attempting to diagnose my own cravings.

Usually I crave:

  • Sweets
  • Chinese food (aka pasta, salty foods)
  • Fast Food (aka oily & fatty, salty foods)

Now I know what foods I can add more of to my diet in order to keep my cravings under control.

This will cause me to revamp some of my salad in a jar recipes as well as some of my green smoothie recipes.

I’ll keep you posted as I create new recipes!

Enjoy this cool video on fighting sugar cravings:)

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Salad in A Jar

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Mason jar salads (aka salad in a jar) is the easiest way to make salads ahead of time!

A few days ago I came across the coolest thing…

Salad in a jar!

Now granted it’s been trending on Pinterest for about a year now, but I’m just getting wind of it (I don’t really use Pinterest alot), but I’ve found it to be an absolutely ingenious way to stay on my eating plan and help with portion control!

Check out pics of some of the salad I’ve made.

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Pictured here are two chickpea salads I made!

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I made chickpea salads, BBQ Chicken salads, and taco salads!

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These are the lovely taco salads!

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My fav so far has been the chickpea salad.

 

In total I made six salads.  Two taco salads, two chickpea salads, and two BBQ chicken salad.

I used 24 oz. jars that I got from the local craft store for $1.99 each.  When I brought them home I ran them through the dishwasher to sterilize them before using.

Ever since making these salads I’ve been browsing the internet to try and find great recipes.

BUT…

Before I get into those recipes, you first need to know how to properly layer your salad in a jar.  Check out this tutorial for awesome instructions:

Now, here are some recipes that I’ve found that I definitely want to try.

I hope you love all these recipes!

Don’t wait try a salad in a jar today:)

Here’s a great video of salad in a jar recipes!

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 8: Sorting Out This Yoga Thing

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This is so me!!! (In about 6 months from now;)

Today I woke up to a beautiful sunrise.

I live in the northeast and the sky was clear blue with a few fluffy white clouds dotted here and there.

My first thought was “what a perfect day to do some yoga!”

With this very enthusiastic thought in mind, I changed into comfy workout clothes and headed to my downstairs area in my apartment (I have a ridiculous amount of space down there) to roll out my mat and enjoy my first yoga session.

Since I had no desire to sort through my collection of yoga dvd’s, I decided to YouTubeit and find something for beginners.

Here’s the video I tried:

I admit it was very enjoyable.  The instructor was non-intimidating and I felt comfortable following her direction.

The sequence wasn’t too slow or too fast.

For those more experienced with yoga, you may think she talked a bit too much, however for a complete newbie, all the explanation was necessary.

Signing off until tomorrow:)

P.S. I hope anyone else curious about yoga tries this out.  If you do, let me know what you think!

 

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 7: Heading Down A New Path

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I’m totally looking forward to my journey in yoga and Pilates!

I went to see my doctor today because my right ankle has been killing me ever since my HIIT workout yesterday.

He had both good and bad news…

The bad news is that I can’t do any high impact workouts (or anything else that puts stress on my ankle) for the next four to six weeks. 😦

The good news is nothing is sprained or broken. 🙂

(Just in case you’re wondering, he said it was a strain and a few hyperextended tendons.  I have a soft ankle brace he advise I wear when I need to stand for extended periods of time.)

This totally throws a monkey wrench in my workout program!

BUT I’m totally looking forward to what I can do and won’t dwell on what I can’t do.

To that end I’ve revamped my workout program to be all yoga and Pilates for the next month or so.

This is an awesome opportunity to exercise my mind and my body.  This also give me a chance to set some revised goals.  For yoga, my three goals I plan to accomplish in the next four to six weeks are:

1. Heal my ankle

2. Develop sharp focus

3. Live more aware

Are these weight loss related goals?

Not quite.

Are these personal development/life goals.

Yes! (well the last two goals are:)

Needless to say, no workout today, but I’ll be back on tomorrow!

To kick things off right, check out this beginner yoga video I found online.

 
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26 Weeks to Change – Day 6: Upping the HIIT!

Jump Rope HIIT

Jump Rope HIIT training is so awesome…can’t wait until I’m actually good at it!

Today’s Workout:

Today I challenged myself to complete 2 HIIT intervals of jump rope with a 2-minute rest in between.

I definitely felt like falling over once I was finished, but it was great!

My goal within the next 3-4 weeks is to work up to completing 5 HIIT Jump Rope intervals, with 2-minute rests in between, every other day.

Monster endurance and a major calorie burn is what I’m after!

I was sure to stretch after completing the intervals, hoping to reduce the pain I was experiencing in my right ankle.

It helped but the ankle was still a little stiff afterwards 😦

Tomorrow I’ll do a brisk walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes with no incline to get in my “steady state” cardio. Just in case you’re wondering, I don’t use any incline because I have no desire to bulk up my calves.  I already have large calves and any incline on a treadmill will bulk them further.

Oh yeah, I started making my salads in a jar and breakfasts in a jar.

They are super easy and convenient. They also really help keep me on track calorie wise.

Signing off until tomorrow.

 

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 4: Mixing In Some Pilates

Today’s Workout:

 

Back on Track!

Yes! I’m back on track and feeling great today:)

Today’s workout was in the evening and a fairly pleasant one at that.

It took me about an hour total to complete.

I had to go to the grocery store today and while there I picked up a pair of Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ball Of Foot Cushions to use inside my athletic shoes as extra support for my HIIT workouts.

The inserts helped even with the standing gliding motion of the Gazelle Glider.

Now on to my next mission…salad in a jar (seriously, this is a game changer for portion control and building healthy eating habits!)

 

Chat with you tomorrow:)

 

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26 Weeks to Change – Day 3: It’s Time for A Break (Already)!

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This so should have been me today, but sadly it wasn’t 😦

Uhhh…this is frustrating.

I’m finding the hardest part of this challenge (so far) is my lack of ability to do what I want as much as I want.

Being out of shape sucks!

Ok I’m over my vent moment.  Now on to today’s topic…day 3.

Today was a rest day for me.

I hadn’t planned for it to be but my body (ankles, back, and abs to be more precise) where in absolute rebellion when I tried to put on my workout clothes. Needless to say I was in a foul mood all morning because of this.  I know I have to strengthen my muscle and build up my stamina in a safer more joint-friendly manner, so I’m going to start up with Pilates and yoga again tomorrow.

Check with you later!

 

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