Thursday, February 11, 2016

This Journey Called Weight Loss


So.... after I decided to say  Goodbye To Calorie Obsession  I ate everything. And I mean EVERYTHING over the weekend. Ice cream (an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's), cupcakes, pizza, wings and chips... oh the chips and dip. Monday morning I was a bloated cranky mess. I felt horrible. But, there was still some ice cream left and after a rough morning, the ice cream (and cupcakes) didn't last through the afternoon.

However, by Tuesday I was back on more of the right track with making healthier choices. I still struggle with getting enough veggies into my routine! But I knew that I had to weigh-in this week, and I do have goals that I'm trying to reach. I won't reach those goals eating the amounts of food that I was eating. I was full and still eating 'just because'.

So, after 2 days of being back to being aware of the food that I was eating, with my official weigh in, I lost

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy

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It's no secretly lately that I like my Mocha Latte. I've been having an afternoon treat to help keep the sugar cravings away (yes, I know the latte contains sugar ;) but it does help me from just eating sugar all afternoon and evening

But I wanted to share with you an alternative to that Mocha Latte. I haven't been making a daily swap, but I do occasionally swap out my coffee or mocha for an Amino Energy Drink from Optimum Nutrition 



I tried the iced cafe vanilla flavor. And no, it doesn't taste as good as my mocha latte, but... it does have some essential amino acids which I know my body can benefit from .... especially on hard workout days. And I did enjoy the taste.

Monday, February 8, 2016

I can #conquerwinter With Yaktrax

Full Disclosure: I received a pair of Yaktrax free of charge for the purpose of providing a review. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

I love snow... seriously... being a Southern girl from MS, and now living in PA, I still get super excited at just the mere mention of the word snow.

So, when we got 30 or so inches (The Blizzard of 2016) I was thrilled.

But I also found out the hard way that it's not always easy to walk (or run) in the snow or when there is re-freeze and it's icy. I have fallen numerous times.

I think I've found a solution. Meet my latest running (or hiking or walking) gear - yaktrax run 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Goodbye Calorie Obsession

I'm serious... this eating low calorie or trying to stay within a certain range is driving me batty. (stomach grumbles)... apple slices look delicious but I refuse them because it would put me out of my calorie range.

In my opinion, there is determination/will power and then just borderline silliness. And refusing to eat an apple when my body is physically asking for food in my opinion is silly.

For 9 days while trying to adhere to this range or that range of calories (Am I eating too little? Am I eating too much?) I became a scale obsessed calorie obsessed stressed-out deranged woman. And my weight didn't budge.

Well, I'm here to tell you I'm done.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Experimenting With Calories

So, I said that Extremely Low Calories Stalled My Weight Loss  ... but after looking back at my food log in MFP, I averaged the calories for each week to determine what I was eating for a loss.. and the week that I didn't have a loss.

After talking with my dietitian friend and getting some tips, I've decided to experiment with my calories. I don't want to specify a range because I don't want someone to eat 'what I'm eating' because that's what I'm doing. I'm 4'10" and I weigh 114lbs - my calories will not be the same for someone who is taller.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Extremely Low Calories Stalled My Weight Loss

So, I'm doing the Biggest Loser challenge (Get Fit) at the local gym... (Sabotaging Your Diet) well... I was doing great ... and then.. I reverted back to some old habits (eating for comfort, eating cause I was bored, eating "just because") and really after some higher calories days my weight was ok.. it actually even dipped a little.

Stock image.. not me :) 
But then I freaked out and restricted my calories more than normal. I hate to give a number since everyone is different. But I was hoovering around the 1000-1100 range. And those calories were.. well... junk food for the most part.

After 3 days of really restricting my calories... my weight jumped up MORE than last week. So at this point, I'm a pound heavier than my weigh in last week.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Cross-Training Is Simple

Since I'm a 'runner', most of my workouts well... are... running. But with this injury (Injured Again - Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome) I'm turning to cross-training. And I don't mean just a temporary thing to do until I can run again. 

Seriously, I don't plan to 'just run' ever again. I think this injury has really made me stop and think about my health goals. 

As I said in a previous post, I don't plan to do anything back to back. And, when I can run again, I plan to either rest before running again or cross-train. 

And, I'm finding that in the past, I made cross-training more complicated than it had to be. I considered it less important than running. When the reality is, in my opinion, I think it should be just as important as running. It doesn't have to be an activity to fill time until you can run again. Instead, it can actually be enjoyable. 

And trust me, I never thought that I would say that! 
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