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So a few weeks ago hubby and I went to Chicago to visit one of my good friends.  We went to many restaurants that we had seen on some shows on Food Network, and we drank a lot of martinis.  I knew what this weekend would do to me, and I still went and enjoyed myself without thinking too much about what I was doing.  I don’t recommend doing this, because it takes a while to undo the damage you do in just two days.  I ate greasy food, didn’t workout, and drank more than I have drank the whole year combined probably (I don’t drink a lot – so I had like 8 drinks in two days).  We had a lot of fun hanging out with my friend going to a concert and just enjoying Chicago. 

 Once we were home I decided to workout that evening.  Looking at myself in the mirror I looked about 7 months pregnant I thought.  I decided that instead of letting this bloated look get me down, because I knew this would happen when I was eating horribly, I would turn it into something for this blog. 

BLOATED week 1

BLOATED week 1

Bloated Week 1

I wanted to show that even if you do have a “mess up, don’t think about it, eat everything in sight” weekend, you can turn it around to where you were in a few weeks time, no problem.  I probably consumed double if not triple the amount of calories I normally have on a day to day basis each day that weekend, so I gained a few pounds, plus bloating from the sodium added to the time it took to get all the extra pounds off.

 I didn’t have a cheesecake baby, I had a pizza, pizza, pizza, pasta, hamburger, pancakes, waffles, cereal, alcohol, alcohol, alcohol, pizza, pizza baby.  It was way beyond my usual food baby.  My pants fit tightly, I felt tired, and I didn’t want to workout.  It’s weird what a few days of being off a healthy schedule can do to someone.

 So, after three weeks of eating right, drinking nothing but water (and one glass of milk in the morning), and working out properly, I got back down to the way I was before, flat tummy and all! 

Not as bloated, it's going down! Week 2 (sorry about the messy hair)

Not as bloated, it’s going down! Week 2 (sorry about the messy hair)

Week 2

Don’t let one weekend get you down, if it’s one weekend every few months…it’s life, we are all supposed to live and have fun once in a while.  One weekend won’t damage all you have done, it will just take you some time to get back to where you were.  Three weeks is what it took me. 

Was it worth all that hard work, to some extent it was. I had fun with my friend and husband, we eat at a ton of places that we wanted to experience and we saw some great things in Chicago.  Would I have one of those kinds of weekends every week?  No!  Little indulgent days here or there are fine, but put some limits on how much of the indulgences you consume.  I have learned to not let this happen too many times again, and I know that I can still have fun without all that pizza and alcohol.  I am back to my healthy diet and tons of water. 

No more bloat!  Week 3 (oh and you can see my new bangs in this picture! :) )

No more bloat! Week 3 (oh and you can see my new bangs in this picture! 🙂 )

Week 3

Enjoy life and take it as it comes.  I knew that weekend wasn’t going to be the greatest healthy wise, but I decided to indulge.  Have I really indulged since that weekend?  No, that was my indulgent days for those three weeks.  I didn’t need any other indulgences after that weekend.  Find the balance in your life to have fun but also to love your body.

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An Apple is just an Apple…

An apple is just an apple is just an apple.  They all look similar, taste similar, and you find them all in the same place…a grocery store, or a tree.  But really those statements aren’t all true.  There are many different types of apples and they all have different tastes.  I recently found an apple that I can eat without caramel.  Apples to me are so bitter and the texture is all wrong.  At least, that’s what I thought until I discovered honey crisp apples! 

These little lovely fruits are super sweet and super good!  The texture is just right, not so crunchy but also not too mushy!   If you want an apple that is good on its own, choose the honey crisp apple.  It is in most grocery stores right now.  I got mine at $1.30 each, which seems expensive until you see what some other grocery stores have them priced at.  I was just informed by a friend that she bought two for over $5.00!  Make sure you look around at prices and find a good one that way you can enjoy more of this delicious fruit!

Food Whoops!

 Sometimes eating healthy can cause some confusion if you don’t read the label completely. For example: sometimes it says healthy for you, good for your heart, etc…but really it’s none of the above. You’ve got to make wise consumer choices and actually read the ingredient list. It use to take me 15 minutes to make a trip to the grocery store. I didn’t look at anything, just grabbed what we needed. Now, when I go, it can take over an hour if I’m really looking for new things to add to our plates that are good and good for us.

Greg is starting to do this a little too, and has even enjoyed the new grocery store that I call home at least once a week for about an hour. When we go, just to pick up a few things, we end up with a cart full each time. The food is SO good, and we enjoy the samples, and the many new food option.

Sometimes eating healthy can cause things that you thought was one thing, to actually be something different all together. For example, Greg picked up some Chinese food for us to make for dinner one evening. He picked up orange chicken. When we pulled it out of the freeze and found out it was “chickenless vegan” orange morsels, I didn’t think he was going to go for it. We made them, no use in wasting food, and actually enjoyed our dinner.

Whoops! That doesn’t say Chicken, it says Chicken-less. At least we tried it and found out we actually enjoyed it! 🙂 It’s a good whoops!

I have become more adventurous in my eating habits too and I’m willing to try new foods that I never would have tried before. I happened to like the chickenless vegan morsels, and pomegranate seeds, and apple pears, and quite a few other things.

Sometimes when you try something new, you might be surprised what you will find that you like.

Totally Tuesdays Today

To follow up with my post about eating and how that coincides with a healthy lifestyle, here is an example of how I eat.

 

How are meals usually look on our plates at lunch and dinner…mostly fruits and veggies

I try to eat like the plate every day for at least two meals.  Lunch and Dinner usually follow the plate more than breakfast. 

Breakfast every week day is composed of organic peanut butter on whole grain slice of bread with an organic banana and organic milk.  It has way more protein then vegetables or fruits.  I do this because I have hypoglycemia, and I don’t want my blood sugar levels to drop mid-morning which could cause a lot of issues (anything from fainting, to extreme hunger, to being cranky, nothing anyone really wants to have to deal with in the morning – or anytime for that matter, so I keep my protein levels high in the morning.). 

 Lunch is soup, sandwich, pasta meal – protein and grains.  My fruits and vegetables come in next with a lot of them and I try for a lot of organic here too.  I could have plums, peaches, green beans, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe…the list goes on and on.  Today I had a soup with cantaloupe, two peaches, and some pomegranate seeds. 

 For supper, it usually consists of some sort of meat or maybe a hamburger or possibly pasta, either a bun or a roll, or a piece of bread with butter on it, and a lot of vegetables.  Half of our plates are filled with vegetables usually. 

 It doesn’t take too much to switch over to this way of eating, it’s pretty simple once you think of it like this plate.  It helps to break up portions of your plate so you know you are getting good foods. 

Try it…see if it helps you eat a really good and healthy meal!

What do you eat? How were you able to accomplish it? Questions = Answered

I recently realized how important food is to actually losing weight.  When I first started 2 years ago, I focused on taking in food and working out the right equation for weight loss by using myfitnesspal.com.  I didn’t really focus on how important food actually was until the weight just stopped coming off…and more so, it started to come back! AH!!!

 Well I found out that at the beginning it works, if you equal out the equation to the amount of calories you can eat to lose weight then you will lose weight because your body is in shock…it’s like HELLO when did you start moving away from the couch and limiting the amount of food I can have.  BUT after a while it gets used to that, eating whatever and working out, it stabilizes and stops losing and just maintains…it’s no longer in shock.  And when I was eating McD’s and gaining weight I didn’t understand why it wasn’t working for me anymore. 

 Well I decided to try out the whole no sugar (artificial or processed) thing in my diet and also trying to cut back on chemicals altogether.  That worked!  It brought my body into this let’s not keep fat on the body let’s release it and just use food for the good nutrients needed. 

This change in my food wasn’t something that happened over night, though from my blog posts it seems that way.  I did cut sugar cold turkey, but chemical free food is something I have been trying to do for about a year now.  It’s hard to do.  Almost everything you pick up is going to have a chemical in it.  Since our bodies were never supposed to have those chemicals in it in the first it doesn’t know how to get rid of it, so it stays as fat (think cellulite) and continues to stay in the body for a long time. 

I had to start with the basics of looking at our pantry.  Words of wisdom: if there are more than two ingredients on the box or can that you cannot even pronounce and/or that you know didn’t come from nature, throw it away and move on to the next product and continue searching for purer foods.  Once you find a product that has the two or less chemicals in it, put it on a shelf and do a happy dance! Once you are done with the pantry, move to the fridge and do this process all over again.  It seems easy enough, but it’s a difficult process, I found, and I tried to fight it.

The mug full of amazing hot spiced apple cider is nothing but natural ingediants. Not an ounce of artifical sugars, chemicals, or anything that I couldn’t find in nature is in it…it’s SO GOOD! AND it’s a way for me to get a nice hot fallish drink in with no worries! 🙂 Just because I don’t eat certain things anymore, doesn’t mean that I have to go without the goodness of comfort foods! 🙂

 It took me about a year to get through all of our foods and start buying better foods for us.    It’s a hard mind switch.  All I wanted to do at first was eat a freakin’ cheeto!  BUT I held back that “want” because I didn’t allow it in my home.  It was hard on Greg too, because he has also had to change some of the foods that we eat and that sit on our shelves.  A lot of the chemicals in foods are additives added to the foods, so my want for that cheesy “goodness” of a chip wasn’t really my healthy body talking, but my addicted mind speaking through.  I had to break the cycle of being “addicted” to the food to finally let go of the craving and instead of eating the chips or cookies or whatever eating something healthier in return.  I’m doing research now on food additives and when I collect enough findings and have gone through them all I will write a post on them for you all.

Just because I don’t eat chips anymore or candy that often doesn’t mean I don’t get filled up. I eat fruits and veggies to replace those things. These pomagrante seeds are a new thing I was introduced to, and they are amazing, fill you up, and gives you the sweetness of candy (without being too sweet) AND a crunch like a chip!

 Just think of foods in this way: If it isn’t in nature, I’m not going to eat it.  It’s not that you can’t, it’s that you don’t.  You choose to not.  Now, I can’t even eat a small bite of a Laffy Taffy without my body rebelling and telling me to get it out of my mouth.  It’s so sweet it’s bitter to me.  It’s crazy how many changes I’ve gone through when it comes to food.  I also have become picky when it comes to the grains I allow myself to eat…only whole wheat OR better yet whole grain breads and grains, no white grain/bread for me anymore. 

 This is very hard to do when you eat out, but limiting going out will help save money and will give you better opportunities to personally watch what you eat.  BUT sometimes you can’t help but go out to eat, and that’s when you need to just try and focus on healthy proportions and eating a lot of vegetables and fruits.

 I hope this clears up a lot of the questions I have been getting about how I eat and how I did it.  It’s not an easy thing, but that’s why I wrote my blog and made my facebook page, so we can support everyone who needs it!  It’s definitely an adjustment and something that isn’t easy to do.  BUT once you start it and actually accomplish a few weeks of, you won’t want the other stuff.  Again we will be touching on this topic more in the future, and I’ll even write out a post with what I eat in a day to show you how I do this. 

I know arguments could be started by this topic, but that’s not what it’s here, it’s just what I have done and what has worked for me and what I believe is needed for a healthy body based off of things I have read or heard from professionals. 

 Note: I am not a doctor or a professional nutrionalist, so these are all just things that worked for me or what I have read.

What the No Artificial Sugar/Chemicals Challenge Did via Pictures

 

Just a quick update to show everyone the progress so far in pictures (with just two days off) I’m off to my 5th week of this challenge.

I don’t see a huge difference, but I lost quite a few pounds, so I know it works 🙂

 

Workout update: Running, Jillian Michaels 6 Week 6 Pack, and my favorite, strength training everyday but one day a week.  It’s hard to fit it in, but I’m trying and I’m getting excited for Warrior Dash.

The first week picture

Second Week Photo…3.6lbs down…

Third Week Photo: 5lbs down and I can see where the tummy pouch has gone down…:)

For Good?

I’m going to start calculating my calorie and nutritional intake, again, until Warrior Dash.  I also gave up sugar and chemicals, as much as I can, again (starting on Wednesday).  I want to be strong, fast, and competent on the course and I want to do well.  This will take practice and a healthy lifestyle. 

I know by extending this no artificial sugar/processed sugar/chemicals challenge I’m also extending my way of life…it will be easier to not go back to the bad foods if I do this for a few more weeks. 

A healthy body is 80% food and 20% exercise.  I plan on having a very healthy body and life, so I need to fix the food portion of that equation to this badly! 

So here are my chips for the day.  Don’t they look green and great?

If you remember, I said I exchanged chips for lunch with green beans, during my first 21 day challenge. I’m still doing it, and I feel great1 These are my new “chips”