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…


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 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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62 Days to Change: Day 9 – Staying Aware

Frustrating to Fruitful

Life is all about studying in one way or another. All of our studies should be fruitful instead of frustrating.

On this personal journey to change, I’m discovering how important staying aware of my thoughts & feelings, at all times, truly is!

I must admit overcoming my internal resistance to studying in a particular area as well as forming new habits has been more of a mental challenge than a physical one.  The old adage is true: Change is simple, but it isn’t necessarily easy.

Today I was determined to study for several hours for my professional certification, and to start I did something unheard of…I went back to the beginning of the book!

Yup, that’s right, I started re-reading the material from the very beginning of the book.  This was symbolic to me as being a fresh start and dealing with any anxiety I was experiencing while things were very simple.

It helped!

Is it a perfect solution, no, but it was helpful for me.

I started taking notes and creating acronyms to help me study from the table of contents which helped me to better plot my study strategy.

Now on to the workout, it was fantastic today and I felt good getting it in.

Yes, today was positive and I look forward to tomorrow being even better!

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