Slipping Sideways, Falling Back.

I’m not having a very good time.

Eating low carb this time around is not very easy. I’m constantly tempted by junk, always wanting to bake, craving cereal and oatmeal and other carb-heavy things.

I’m losing this battle.

My runs are sub-par at best, non-exsistent at worst. I’m having trouble waking up in the morning. I’m having trouble keeping up a good pace. My group fitness classes are over and I’m not filling in their time with anything.

I’m not losing weight, and I know it’s because I can’t keep my carbs down. And I can’t seem to motivate myself to exercise.

I need to change.

I need motivation.

I need to lose this weight.

There’s a cool breeze here in Atlanta this morning and it has me yearning for fall. 

Cool temperatures, cool runs, warm house.

I’m not content.

I’m feeling very discouraged.

I’ll be back when I’m out of this funk.

-A

Knockin’ the Sweet Tooth One Day at a Time

Even with an accidental blogging hiatus, the low carb diet continues. 

And it’s going pretty good!

My sweet tooth is already disintegrating, and turning into a carb tooth.

Bread. Biscuits. Pizza. Cheeseburgers. Pasta. 

Yep, one step closer to carb freedom. A few more days and I should stop these nasty cravings!

I’m not going too low carb or anything. I’ve been trying to just stay below 100g. I finished Friday with 84g, Saturday was 112g (darn Vanilla Iced Coffee from Starbucks – my weakness!), Sunday was 112g (too much fruit), and today finished at 92g. I have lost 5.6 lbs since August 1st, most of that was water weight/bloating from my super-carb day on 7/31. 

I started Saturday with a 4 mile run. The first mile I had a companion:

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Maybe if I follow her around she’ll bring me with…

…and the last 3 miles were solo. I love my new neighborhood, so many hills!

Sunday I ran 2 miles, one w/ Calvin and 1 sweaty, fast mile alone. It felt good!

Tonight was a group fitness class, Arms & Core Crusher, and tomorrow is a 3 mile run, 2 mile walk with a friend, and possibly a fitness class. I’m just piling things on! The more exercise the better!

A friend on Facebook posted a photo of some dark chocolate nut clusters she made today, so I’ll definitely be posting a (super easy) recipe/photos later this week! Think dark chocolate, coconut oil, cashews, peanuts, almonds, and unsweetened shredded coconut? Yum!

…and tomorrow night is a new pork rib recipe. I’ll definitely post that tomorrow night.

Half marathon training official begins on Saturday, things are going to get pretty routine around here!

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.

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!

treadmill runs + amazing pancakes + running while traveling

I had the most amazing Oatmeal, Flax, & Greek Yogurt pancakes yesterday. I swear, I have no desire to eat regular pancakes anymore with all these amazing greek yogurt pancake recipes floating around the web! I went to Bob Evan’s in early February with some friends and asked for multigrain pancakes. They were out, so I just said give me the buttermilk, that’s fine. WOW. Those things were BORING and FLAVORLESS and did not keep me full at all! I am totally converted. ….but more on this stellar recipe later.

Calvin tried really, really hard to get me to skip the gym yesterday afternoon. He insisted that soaking up vitamin D was way more important, so this is how he spent his afternoon:

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2:30pm – “Sunbathing is good for you. Running is not.” -Calvin, The Great Lazy Sun Beast

And again, right before the gym, he tried some more:

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4:30pm – “You’re going to miss out if you don’t cuddle in the sunbeam with me instead, I mean it, Mom! Don’t go!” – Calvin, the Master Cuddler

I avoided eye contact with him while getting ready for the gym and was able to sneak out without anymore “I’m more fun then the gym” puppy looks.

I’m really glad I went, but I also really, really hope the aches and pains I felt while running my 4.5 miles on the treadmill were just from this psuedo-illness. I was having a hard time running under a 11 minute mile, and today (3rd day in a row!) I’ve got aches and pains in my back and neck.

I’d love to run outside, but my teen drama shows (Ethan, Emma, Elena, Damon, Spencer, Toby…darn you all!) keep calling my name. Thank you CW & ABC family for ruining my desire to run outside. These iphone TV apps are like candy to this YA fan!

I’ve had a major decline (like, a huge decline) of my miles this month.

Image I swear, every time I travel…I run less! I’ve gotten better at continuing to do exercise (classes at the gym, long walks, yoga) while out of town, but my running takes a hit every time I leave home.

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As you can probably tell, I traveled the most in October, November, and February.

It’s pretty ridiculous. Does anyone else have trouble running when they’re away from home? Do you have any suggestions for this lazy runner to get her butt in gear? I’ll never be able to successfully train for a marathon (end goal) if I don’t run while traveling!

Oatmeal, Flax & Greek Yogurt Pancakes

from KissMyBroccoliBlog

pancakes

ingredients

My exact ingredients and calorie count.

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal, ground into flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (too much cinnamon gives me heartburn, so this is my alternative!)
  • 1 packet splenda, or your favorite sweetener!
  • 1/4 cup eggstirs (from Publix) or eggbeaters
  • 1/3 cup Chobani greek yogurt, any flavor, I used vanilla
  • 1/4 cup skim milk or your favorite milk alternative!

Directions

  1. Grind up oatmeal in a food processor until flour-like consistency.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together until combined.
  3. Mix in egg substitute, yogurt, and milk until blended.
  4. Cook for 3 minutes on each side on a griddle pan set to medium heat (I use heat setting 5)

Nutrition – 266 calories (for entire batch – 3 pancakes!)

nutrition

*if you add peanut butter, sugar free syrup & 1/2 banana, you need to add those calories into your handy dandy little calorie counter as well!

*these pancakes are amazing, filling, easy, nutritious…i just can’t get enough. i think i’m in love.

**do you guys like the nutrition in a box like this, or written out like usual?!

Have a wonderful day!

tea for dinner.

not a great start to my clean eating. i’m coming down with something. i was very tired yesterday. today i woke up with a funny, tight feeling in my throat, soreness all over, and a killer headache. my stomach has been bothering me all day, so it was tea time for dinner!

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i know i’m not feeling well when i can’t even stomach a whole cup of coffee!

after a few hours i decided to eat, and had some strawberries, blueberries, a banana, and some cottage cheese. yum!

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for lunch i made the most amazing frappuccino ever created. thank you minimalist baker, thank you.

Roasted Coconut Mocha Frappuccino

  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut chips from Trader Joe’s (YUM!!)
  • 8 coconut milk ice cubes (i used Whole Foods Coconut Milk)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, chilled
  • 2 tbsp chocolate syrup (make your own or pick your favorite sugar free at the store!)

mix it in the blender, top with extra coconut chips and chocolate syrup and ITS LIKE STARBUCKS AT HOME. seriously, so amazing.

and that says a lot coming from someone who’s stomach feels off today!

ps- i’m refusing to use capital letters today because i’m a whiny little sick girl

pps-running begins again tomorrow…decided to rest tonight after another 10 hour work day.

ppps-i’ve been working on another blog on a volunteer basis for my running group. it’s hindered my blog posts, and i’m sorry for that! check out christian runners if you are up to it & see my work there

g’night!

A great, quick to make, protein filled lunch!

Yesterday was a bad eating day. It was chocolate Monday, so I had a few too many Special Dark kisses, and then I had a few too many calories to top off the night.  But today is a new day!

I had the most delicious lunch, which was inspired by a blog I read daily, PB Fingers. I feel like at least twice a week she posts a breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, spinach, and chicken sausage. The hubs and I have been on a chicken sausage kick recently, and I felt like eggs for lunch…so there ya go!

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3 Scrambled eggs, 2 cups sauteed spinach, 1 apple chicken sausage, 1/8 cup shredded cheese, and a little ketchup for flavor! 377 calories // 9.5 g carbs

And it was delicious!! Every single time I read a post where she ate this I would think “hmm, weird”…but it turns out it’s not weird at all! I will be eating this for sure more often.

Yesterday was a rest day, so tonight is 3 miles (treadmill, it’s been raining for 3 days now). I can’t wait for the rain to stop…and neither can my weirdo of a dog, Calvin, as you can see from this photo, he’s resorting to all sorts of antics to get our attention!

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Don’t worry, I’m cool, rain doesn’t stop me from doing weird things ma’.

Have a nice day!