Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Promises

It's that time of year when everyone makes changes, resolutions, commitments and goals.  I can't help but get caught up in the idea of goals and making commitments to myself.  I don't make resolutions though - more like promises to myself (that I intend to keep). So here are my health/fitness related goals for 2014:

  1. Run a full marathon
  2. Lose these last 20-30 pounds
  3. Do more mental exercises like yoga
  4. Pay my fitness/health expertise forward

I intend to make 2014 the healthiest year of my life and I hope you make that commitment as well.  In terms of new things on the blog that I want to test out, let me know your thoughts:

  • More posts around health eating (including recipe ideas, meal plan ideas, principles of "clean eating", etc.)
  • Q&A posts.  Once a week/month (depending on the interest) answer any questions people have regarding weight loss, fitness, health, life, anything.
  • Features.  There are SO many inspiring people out there and I want to show you some of my favorite inspirations.
  • Online Coaching.  This is a big one... I don't share this a lot, but I have a deep desire to be a fitness/health coach.  Obviously I don't have credentials (outside of my own trial and error) but was thinking of foraying into this realm.  I receive a lot of questions/people asking for advice so I think maybe this is an avenue worth exploring. Let me know your thoughts!
Tell me, what are you promising to yourself this year?

New Things for 2014

It's that time of year when everyone makes changes, resolutions, commitments and goals.  I can't help but get caught up in the idea of goals and making commitments to myself.  I don't make resolutions though - more like promises to myself (that I intend to keep). So here are my health/fitness related goals for 2014:

  • Run a full marathon
  • Lose these last 20-30 pounds
  • Do more mental exercises like yoga
  • Pay my fitness/health expertise forward
I intend to make 2014 the healthiest year of my life and I hope you make that commitment as well.  In terms of new things on the blog that I want to test out, let me know your thoughts:

  • More posts around health eating (including recipe ideas, meal plan ideas, principles of "clean eating", etc.)
  • Q&A posts.  Once a week/month (depending on the interest) answer any questions people have regarding weight loss, fitness, health, life, anything.
  • Features.  There are SO many inspiring people out there and I want to show you some of my favorite inspirations.
  • Online Coaching.  This is a big one... I don't share this a lot, but I have a deep desire to be a fitness/health coach.  Obviously I don't have credentials (outside of my own trial and error) but was thinking of foraying into this realm.  I receive a lot of questions/people asking for advice so I think maybe this is an avenue worth exploring. Let me know your thoughts!
Tell me, what are you promising to yourself this year?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Breaking Point

I'm human.  Ok, glad we established that.  As a human, I fail. A lot.  We all do.  That's how we learn and grow.  This last year of my weight loss journey has had ups, downs and in betweens.  This last year has been a challenge for me.  The scale slowed to a creep.  It took me a year to lose the same 10 lbs over and over again (yet I can manage to gain those same 10 in less than a month), I have ran more races than I ever thought possible, including a half marathon.  I tried new eating habits, new exercise routines and yet...still stuck.

So what's wrong?

I've probably been living in denial.  Running quickly gave me an excuse to "eat what I want".  The calorie burns from running are ridiculous and it becomes easy to say "oh, I ran 6 miles, I can have that cookie".  But, it's a slippery slope and one I went down many times to gain, then lose, then gain.  I also became overconfident in my ability to stay consistent without going to meetings, not tracking, not exercising as much.

I'm in a funk. But, I'm getting out of it. Not tomorrow, not Monday.  TODAY.

It's hard to start a weight loss journey, but it's even harder to get back on one after being in a rut.  But, it's happened before.  Last time this happened I went off plan, and gained 40 of the original 70lbs I originally lost on Weight Watchers.  I will not let that happen again.  I am a different person.  I am stronger.  I have more support.  I have more tools available to me.  And most importantly, I know I'm worth more than quitting on myself when I'm so close.

2014 will be the year I hit goal.  It will be the year I cry on the scale because of joy, not depression.  It will the year I finally tackle these demons that have plagued my life for decades.  I have a renewed spirit, but I need the accountability.  This statement of re-commitment is my accountability.

I will not fail.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vacation from Everything

I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing a mental break - from everything feels. And by everything I mean healthy foods. I do this maybe once or sometimes twice a year (usually my birthday and a vacation, if I take one). 

Counting calories, monitoring portions, saying no to foods, working out, jumping on scales...all of this adds up to mental wear and tear. If any of you have been on a weightloss journey, you know. Now, I try to preach all of these in moderation, but if you are like me and get a taste of success you always kick it into overdrive and before you know it you're kicking ass and taking names. But, we all, and I mean ALL  need a break for two reasons.

First. You need a break to indulge. Give into your urges and put those mental devils to rest. You need this mentally as well. I rest assured that by not counting calories and monitoring every portion that you will completely fall off the wagon. This is a set aside period for a break. More often than not you will still keep regular portions and undoubtedly eat "mostly" healthy.

Second. You need this break to remind you how your body feels when you eat this. Every single time I have taken one of these "breaks" I am inevitably reminded why I eat healthy in the first place. My body feels bloated, lethargic, icky and overall I feel gross after a few days. I'm sure you will feel similar things. This just makes it easier for me to jump back in track because I MISS the way I feel when I feed my body right and exercise,

Try it sometime. Take a 2-3 day, or hell, even a week long break. Give yourself the time. Then get back on it. My vacation ends today. Rest assured I'm going to the store today, stocking up, and will be back at it tomorrow! Holidays are around the corner.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Whole 30 - Day 30

The final day. Finally. It's been a long 30 days, but it has been a good experiment.  As I mentioned last night I will try and keep up with the plan pretty closely, maybe not 100%, but will keep things focused on protein and healthy fats and limit those carbs (except through fruit and veggies).

Overall, I never felt that true "magic" everyone talks about, but I do think it's made larger impacts - like my relationship with food and with the scale.  I broke free of my horrible scale addiction. Most importantly I think I have started to repair my relationship with food.  I don't feel the horrible guilt or sadness if I eat something I don't feel is "good" for me and I broke my fear of eating fat - good fat. I don't count and pick every little calorie.  I eat a portion that is adequate for what I need and I move on.  It's really helped reset my expectations with food and that's probably been the best part.

Like I said no magical results where I dropped tons of weight and my clothes fit in new ways, or any of that.  Not like I have a ton left to lose, but I was looking for something to jumpstart that, but I'm not totally giving up on this just yet.  So stay tuned.  But for now, I am going to ENJOY my time in Puerto Rico and eat delicious food and celebrate with friends and family.