It’s A Food Thing: Small Changes = Big Changes

It’s not a new concept: all the working out you do means nothing if you have a bad diet. Eating clean is a tough thing to do, however, when you are doing it on your own or filled with lots of temptations. You end up being your own worst enemy.

My way of thinking about dieting and eating is more of an 80/20 concept: I eat healthy 80% of the time, leaving 20% free for the sodas I’m obsessed with (I know, bad Jamie) or the gelato that Dreamboat brings me or the couple of cookies that I hide in my desk drawer.

Eating healthy takes time and effort, and making big changes all at once is a sure fire way to set yourself up for disaster. Which is exactly what I did. And I know better. So if it can happen to me, it can happen to you. Here’s some of my small changes to help me get back on track, even though my fitness is pretty slow right now.

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Obeying Doctors Orders…

I spent a few hours mapping out a plan on Sunday for a fitness regime that is doable. It works with my doctors restrictions and it allows me to get some of the cardio that I have been missing in my life. I won’t be breaking any records anytime soon, but at least I will be getting out there and doing something I love.

Because in a world where things are starting to spin wildly out of my control, the least I can do is control my workouts right?

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Random Update from IRG

FITNESS:

I ran this morning! I ran a mile! Okay, not really a mile, I ran half a mile. Two quarters of a mile. Run a quarter, walk a quarter, run a quarter, walk a quarter. Doctors orders. But I did it! I runned!

And now I can’t run again until Thursday. Because I can only run every other day right now. WHICH IS FINE! I can make that work. I’m going to dig out my laptop and do Insanity tomorrow morning, and more yoga.

I need to keep doing yoga every day so I can make sure that I am stretched out and mindful and relaxed.

But I’m not gonna lie, I’m so ready for the ability to run 5 miles on my long runs it’s cray cray. It’s not even about time at this point. I need to not worry about pace and worry more about getting out there and enjoying the run! I can’t wait to get out there.

DIET:

Not gonna lie. I’ve been bad for a week. I got some rough news last week that put me into a small bit of a tailspin and I reverted to some of my old ways. Lots of soda. Lots of fried. Lots of gluten. Lots of not remembering to eat until I was starving and then scarfing way too much food. But no more of that.

The news is something out of my control, and I promise I will announce it to you all soon. I’m contractually obligated to wait a bit longer before making the announcement. (but I’m sure you can figure it out.) And since the things I can control is my diet and my fitness then that’s what I will do.

LATE ADD: As much as I bitch about my weight lately, I self sabotage but getting McD’s (chicken nuggets) on my way into work because I waited to late to leave my condo and grab food. And since we don’t have any thing already made at home, I had to grab and go. *head desk* I need a swift kick in the ass here. Or to just plan better.

TELL ME: What do you do to make sure you eat healthy all the time? Do you always keep food with you? Do you stash food in different places?

Fitness Update: I can RUN!

My appointment on Monday at the podiatrist was a good one. He said the swelling has gone down significantly, and when he squeezes my heel it’s not nearly as painful as it was before. It still hurt some, but was more tolerable.

We talked about what I had been doing therapy wise and I admitted to doing yoga pretty much every morning and still stretching outside of that. I’ve been wearing my sneakers with my insoles religiously, and wearing heels when I don’t want to wear my sneakers. He said all of that, and the injection, has helped and that I should be good to go back to normal routines.

I asked him to clarify that: does that mean I can run? He said yes! HUZZAH!

Then he set the restrictions. Oh.

For the first week (which I am starting Saturday) I am able to run a quarter mile, walk a quarter mile for up to 3 miles. The second week, I can make it half and half. Then on the third week, I can run one full mile, then go back to what I was doing, and every week after that I can add a mile. Oh, and only every other day.

This slow and steady return to running will do two things: One, it will make sure that won’t re-injure my foot and will force me to take it easy. Two: it will force me to return to running correctly, how a person who hasn’t been running much SHOULD return to running. Insert blushing Jamie here. He called me out even without really knowing that’s what I had done.

I’m to keep stretching 2x a day, doing my yoga, and if I do run – I need to stretch before and after, ice for 15 minutes, and then take an Aleeve. So yay! I’m excited to finally get back into the fit world of things. I’m going to work out a calendar that will allow me to do some working out, including Insanity and yoga, and get me back to the fit life I want to be in.

INSERT HAPPY DANCE!

It’s gonna be MAY!!!

April showers fade away to May flowers and with a new month comes big changes and new challenges. It’s been almost 2 months since I last ran and I’ve since had a health assessment that proves just how much I have been slacking off… but there are good changes and challenges coming as well.

So, let’s take a moment to look at May and see the plans, challenges and changes. Join me and Justin for a look at May.

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How I Make It Work

The way to make weight loss work is to do it one step at a time. Trying to make big changes all at once, expecting huge results in a short amount of time is one of the biggest reason most weight loss plans fail. It took a while for you to put the weight on…it’s going to take a while to get the weight off.¬†Even I have to remember that, and I’ve done this a couple of times.

I’ve had a few friends come to me recently and ask about getting fit. They’ve seen my struggle with my up and down and up again weight, but know that I am working on formulating a plan to get back in the game in a healthy way that won’t lead me back to injury.

Solid research with sources from respectable sources is key and making sure that you don’t overwhelm yourself in a way that makes you want to throw your hands up and say “eff it, I quit” is a tough thing to do, especially with how much information is floating around out there trying to convince you that their way is the best way. I’ve been caught up in the buzz a bit myself. It took a couple of words from two people to snap me out of my “quick fix” search and realize that I already know what to do. I can’t tell YOU what to do, but I can tell you what works for me, and that might help you get a jump start on our plans.

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That pivotal moment when everything changes

When people talk to me about fitness and diet and wanting to get healthy, I always tell them that when the are really ready to make the change in lifestyle…they will know and suddenly it will all snap together and it will be easy because that’s exactly how it works. Something inside your head just switches and suddenly you know what you need to do and the excuses you have been using are not important anymore.

And I won’t lie – I haven’t “had it” for a while. I’ve been in a dark place lately and while I don’t feel like I’m completely out of that place yet – I did have that moment when you wake up and think that there is some sassy voice in your head asking you to “look at your life, look at your choices.

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And suddenly – Everything snapped into place. You could call it an epiphany. I’m calling it a “duh, big red fire truck” moment that hit me like a dump truck.

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