A Case of the Low Carb Grouchies!

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I’ve decided to write everything down this time around. For memories. For reference. For fun!

I finished my first day of low carb dieting at 72 g carbs, which is not too shabby for me! It honestly wasn’t too hard, but I did wake up hungry this morning. Forgot about that. I hate waking up hungry!

Exercise Question: I’m thinking of doing my own pilates // yoga // arm & leg workouts at home this fall (after group fitness classes are over). I’ve learned a lot from my fitness classes, but I just don’t know if I want to keep going when the classes will be full of Undergrad Freshman (no offense!). Any suggestions for workout videos incorporating these techniques, along with low weights? I’m willing to buy a few pieces of equipment (bands, weights, long foam roller, etc). Thank you in advance cross-training friends!

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Yesterday was a stressful day. It didn’t really have much to do with starting this most recent low carb diet, but more my job.

Yesterday I found out my boss is quitting. As in, today is her last day! I was really upset for multiple reasons, but mostly because I consider her a good friend.

Since moving to Atlanta I haven’t spoken to her as much outside of work or seen her often, but I never thought I’d have to say goodbye to her! I figured I would be the one who quit first, once babies started coming into the picture and the husband was done with school, and that I’d still see her when I came up to visit my family/friends in Boston and went into work to help ease the baby-crazies I work with. So this caught me by complete surprise, scared me, upset me, and made me worry (I’m a natural worrier, it’s something I’m working on constantly, and constantly failing at).

The fact I get to work from home X-hundred miles away from my company is an amazing opportunity. It’s also only the second time someone from my department has been allowed to do so. So naturally, with my supervisor leaving, I began to worry they would want to get rid of my position. INSERT JOB HUNT INTO MY DAY.

I absolutely hate job searching. I hate the process of applying a million different times, answering the same questions, attempting to perfect a resume that I’m not even sure I’m doing right…it’s just exhausting. Add this onto my first day of low carb in 10 months AND having my supervisor/friend quit randomly…yesterday I had a case of the low carb grouchies, for sure!

My poor husband bears the brunt of this grouchiness, but my coworkers also deal with my attitude. It’s just overall not a good thing.

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Today is a new day. Today I will not worry, I will not grouch, I will not complain. Today I will do what I need to do to make this diet work. Today I will perfect my resume and start applying. Today I will continue on with life, and leave the grouchiness behind.

Today I will be the best me that I can be.

Today is the (re)Start of Something Beautiful

Firstly, Happy Anniversary to my awesome husband! The last 4 years have been amazing and I’m so thankful to have you in my life. You push me to be a better person: spiritually, mentally, physically — and I’m so, so, SO thankful for you and all you do!

Today is not only my 4-year-wedding-anniversary, but also the re-start of my low carb life! If you haven’t been following me from the start (which not many of you have been), my husband and I started eating a low carb diet last summer, a little after July 4th, and continued until maybe September or October? I could go back in the blog but it’s just too much to sort through!

We took a break from low carb (and just tried to limit our carbs – w/ not much success) since then, after reading a study that basically said eating low carb wasn’t necessarily the best for your future health (higher risk of heart disease and other things that scared me). BUT…after weighing the options (and spending the last 10 months only losing 15 or so lbs), I’ve decided being overweight is worse for me in the long run than those future health risks. So back to low carb I go!

Thus brings us to today: the (re)Start of Something Beautiful.

Welcome back to my journey! I may be 50+ lbs lighter, but I’ve also still got 40+ lbs to lose.  Any recipes or quick take out/restaurant low carb (or paleo) suggestions would be very helpful, as well as any tips! I’m basically considering myself a newbie since it’s been so long since I’ve been strictly low carb.

My next half marathon in 11/9/13 – so training starts next weekend. I am 100% returning to my original blogging purpose!

Low Sugar, Low Carbs, Long Runs (attempt #2)

Here goes nothing!

-A

 

A Return to the Beginning of My Blogging Life

Just a little over one year later, I’m planning my return to a low carb diet.

Why?

There’s a few reasons.

  1. I’m addicted to sugar. again. CHOCOLATE YOU ARE THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE….and my best friend.
  2. I’m having a hard time losing the rest of my weight.
  3. I can’t control myself by just “counting calories”.
  4. I’m unhappy when I overeat. I’m also unhappy being overweight.
  5. I like structure in my diet. It keeps me sane. It keeps me accountable. It’s good for me.
  6. It’ll give me a reason/excuse/desire to blog again. Which I desperately need!

I’m sure there is a thousand and one more reasons why I need to do this, but those are at the top of the list. Starting August 1st until I lose the rest of my weight, maybe even longer, I’ll be back to low sugar, low carbs, long runs….and I’m okay with it!  😉

Carbs are for the birds!

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Also, a complete side note: If anyone has a recommendation for a flea treatment for a back yard (other than a professional, which we just cannot afford after moving and having a car break down on us) I would really appreciate it! Before moving into our next house, I will make sure the yard is not full of fleas…

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Me? Have fleas? No way! I’m too handsome for those things

See y’all on August 1st, when my attitude may be a bit more negative toward my choice of diet!

Health is my Goal.

My goal in life is to achieve overall health.

I don’t need to win medals at races.

I don’t want to be a weightlifting or cross fit pro.

I don’t even want to be a paleo or specifically low carb eater.

I just want to be me. The healthiest, happiest version of me. I want to inspire my family to eat better and exercise. I want to be a positive role model for my future children.

I want to have strong core to make pregnancy/childbirth as easy as possible for myself. I want to be happy in my skin. Be happy in my ridiculously busy, constantly over-worrying brain.

I don’t need to be perfect. But I need to be healthy.

I don’t need to eat perfect everyday. But I need to eat for health instead of taste.

I need to quit goofing off and just get there.

I think I’m going to take a teeny, tiny little blogging break. I need some time to regroup and rethink and get back on track. And I can’t seem to think of anything good to write about anyway.

We’re moving in two weeks and I’ll hopefully be back after that!

-A

 

Lazy Running Week

In the last 7 days I’ve only run 3.5 miles. It’s not only what I call a lazy running week, but probably the laziest I’ve had in a while. It’s been raining every single day. When it’s not raining, I’ve either been working, at my group fitness classes, or just too tired or mopey to go out. It’s an understatement to say that I hate the rain & it affects my mood negatively.

Group Fitness Update

  • I LOVE GROUP FITNESS.
  • Pilates is getting more and more easy with each class.
  • The Cardio classes (Cardio Boot Camp and H.I.I.T.) are still kicking my butt, but I love them. I leave feeling exhausted and like I worked really, really hard! I’m still having trouble with some of the moves, like bur-pees and bear crawl and plank walks…ugh hate them!
  • Strength & Tone and Stretch & Tone are still slow and the instructor is super weird (just breathe and let the energy flow in and out of you while you do this stretch…), but I do feel like I stretched my entire body and worked my abs when I leave the class, so that’s all I can really expect, right?
  • Legs & Abs and Arms & Abs are probably my favorite. A perfect mix of cardio, weight lifting, and ab work. It also helps this is my favorite instructor. She’s so friendly pushes you just the right amount!

Calvin has been getting less and less exercise, and not just because of the rain. He’s recently started to growl at random people (men), and we’re not sure why. It’s mostly when they get down his face to pet him, or reach their hands out (the most recent experience). It’s driving me crazy, and also scaring me to death. I don’t want a dog that bites!!*

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*Note: he hasn’t bitten anyone yet, but has growled at 4 men. yikes!

We think that it might be the hound in him that’s making him such a sketchy dog. He’s just got such a weird personality and is such a loner (except at night, when he’s a cuddlebug!) I don’t know what to do with this one, and we certainly do not have the money for a individual training session. I’m just going to keep working on “place”, “heel”, and “sit” around people, and pray that it solves most of our problems!

Weight loss is still stagnant. The hubs and I have started weekly weigh-ins and waist measurements that we share with each other in a google document (embarrassing!). So far that has not stopped us from eating bad on July 4th, baking some banana bread, and me coming home with fig newtons (weird craving!) yesterday afternoon. We’ll see how next week goes. So far, I’ve been a bad clean eater this week. If I was getting graded I’d probably give myself a C or C- ….  =(

Alright, I’m off to shower and run some errands! Happy Saturday Everyone!

 

Life in the form of Bullet Points

I’ve been pretty bad at posting the last few months, but lets do a recap:

  • I LOVE my exercise ball that I use as my desk chair. I sit all day for work as a secretary, and it has been an amazing addition to my day. When I use my old desk chair, I slouch and my back actually hurts after a few minutes. I feel like my posture is 100% better than it used to be!
  • I LOVE group fitness classes. Tonight is my first Tuesday night off of work in a month, so I’m going to try out Cardio Boot Camp and Strength & Tone, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Bring it on sore abs!
  • The hubby and I have started to eat clean again, as of yesterday, and cut calories to lose our last bit of weight (for me, that’s 40-ish lbs!!) and I’m starving.  One of the worst parts of dieting is waking up hungry, since I like to drink coffee and water and eat breakfast later in the morning.
  • I’m still not in love with running, but I’m not avoiding it as much. I think after my group fitness classes are over I’ll be able to jump back on the running train no problem! (which is good, since my next half marathon is in November)
  • It has been raining every afternoon for about a week in Atlanta, so swimming has taken a back seat!
  • I miss my best friend. She lives in Denver, so we only see each other twice a year at best. This one of those best years, where we will see each other twice! Yay! Come on September!!
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Been my cousin since 1986, been my best friend since 2005 ❤ Only took us 20-ish years to realize we are the perfect pair!

  • I need to work on making food less of a priority in my life. I think about it all the time (when I’m not thinking about exercise or babies or moving), and it’s got to stop. It’s driving me crazy (and making me hungry).
  • Calvin’s boxer BFF had his big boy surgery on Thursday, and now he’s trotting around with a cone on his head. Calvin has decided he hates that cone and whatever is inside it, so he’s barking and growling at poor little Gunner every time he sees him. Cal is such a doofus. I can’t wait til Gunner is free from the cone and he can play with Cal again!

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  • We move in less than a month!! Yay!
  • I’ve been blogging for almost an entire year. Oh My Gosh! Where did the time go? Why am I not done with my weight loss yet?! 

Hope y’all are doing well and enjoying the summer!

For the love of Food

I have a food problem.

It’s not really a secret, per se, but it’s something I’m kind of ashamed of.

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from google

I’m addicted to sugar. But I’m also pretty sure positive it makes me moody, emotionally unwell, gives me headaches, and is keeping me overweight.

I think about food all the time. Specifically candy. More specifically, chocolate. For a while I felt like I was overcoming this issue. After eating paleo-ish for 3 months (about a year ago), I felt like I was almost rid of my obsession! Sadly, I feel as though it’s recently come back full force half force (I’ll give myself some credit here. It’s not as bad as it was before we ate paleo for a little while. It’s just getting there. Sugar and I have become friends again, just not BFF’s like before).

Which is why I’m implementing a NO-CHOCOLATE 30 DAYS. Followed by an ONLY DARK CHOCOLATE 30 DAYS.

Let me backtrack. I’ve been exercising a lot. Well, maybe not a lot to everyone, but a lot for me. I’ve been going to group fitness classes for a week now (holy cow my core is so weak!), running 3-5 days a week for about 3 weeks, and swimming at least once a week since the end of May. That is a lot for me! ME! The girl who hates to cross train. ME! The girl who only runs. And runs slow. And you know how much weight I’ve lost this month?

NONE.

See the problem?

My eating habits suck. 

I’ll do great for the entire day. 

And then at night, I’ll binge. 

I’ll shove chocolate chips in my mouth like a little kid with a bucket of Halloween candy in front of them.

I’ll eat a bowl of cereal just because I “feel” hungry (as long as it has sugar in it).

I’ll dig through the cupboards until I find an old, forgotten granola bar.

I’ll just eat, to eat. And eat because I love sugar. And eat because my self control is awful.

So starting on Saturday (my birthday is on Friday and I’d really like to have my favorite iced coffee mixed with chocolate milk drink), NO CHOCOLATE FOR 30 DAYS.

Is it wrong to wait? I’m battling with the idea of just starting now. Should I “treat” myself on my birthday just to have one more day of emotional attachment to chocolate?

Why is giving up chocolate so hard for me?

Why is moderation so hard for me?

I’ve got the exercise. I’ve got the healthy meals. Now I just need to fix my snacking!