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 17: Everything Except the Kitchen Sink!

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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 15: Yoga, Pilates & Dizziness?!

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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

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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 11: Starting to Feel the “Yoga Burn”

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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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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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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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