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

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Whoa, life, slow down!

Things have been nuts. Not necessary “I’m busy every second of every day” nuts, but just overwhelmingly overwhelming.

I can’t believe it’s already August. I can’t believe my husband is a 3rd year Medical Student. I can’t believe next year he’s going to be applying to Residency’s (Residencies? I don’t know). I can’t believe in a year and a half we’ll know where we are going for Residency. For the next four years of our lives. For the next four years of this incredibly long journey to becoming a doctor. I’m complaining, but really, being the wife of a med student isn’t hard on me. It’s hard on my emotions. It’s hard on my husband, which makes me sad I can’t help him find more hours in the day, more days in the week, more weeks in the year, more brain room, more study time. It sure sounds (and looks) like trying to be the best doctor you can be is exhausting!

Moving has sucked up all my time. If I’m not physically trying to unpack/organize, I’m thinking about it, worrying that it’s not getting done fast enough, or wishing I was physically doing it. It’s exhausting my brain

Eating lower carbs and running again are exhausting my body. 

Work is exhausting my emotions. Applying for jobs is exhausting my will.

Finances are exhausting my hope. Hope of starting a family in the next year. Hope of affording a much needed vacation when my husband has time off. Hope of making our new house guest-ready. 

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If I’ve learned one thing from Calvin in the last week, it’s that you should always be sneaky. “I’ll just try to push this gate open and combat crawl into the bedroom for some cuddles…”

***Now exiting Complaint Central***

Diet is going well. Exercise is going pretty well. I need some mid-week running motivation. I’m hoping I just *snap* into half-training mode after Saturday, when my training schedule official begins. I can’t wait to get back to 8, 10, 12 mile runs on Saturdays. I miss those days.

I found this recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Riblets. I absolutely adore my slow cooker, so decided to give it a try. Of course all the meat fell off in the process, and the “riblets” because pulled pork (did I cook them too long? Was it necessary to use baby back ribs like the recipe called for?), but it was still delicious! I’ll link back to recipe later, and make a “Recipe Page” when I figure out where it came from!

It’s super easy and there are only 6 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork ribs, cut in half horizontally (you can ask the meat department to do this for you at the grocery store)
  • 1 tbsp garlic-pepper seasoning
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp hot chili paste
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Spray crock pot. Add pork and season with garlic-pepper. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  2. Remove pork riblets (or if your recipe turns out like mine, pulled pork without the “pulling”) with a slotted spoon and toss in maple syrup.
  3. Combine all other ingredients. Mix together with ribs. 
  4. Cook riblets on a grill or in a wok for 10-12 minutes.**

*I didn’t do this step because my riblets all pulled apart. I instead mixed all the ingredients with them and put them back in the crock pot for another hour on low.

Two days ago I made some Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters, which are delicious!!

Ingredients

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coconut Oil (~1 tbsp)
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Unsweetened, shredded coconut
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Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

And that’s all I’ve got for today! I’ll add the nutrition to these recipes later this week. Happy Wednesday!

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.

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!

thank you + an important question (at the end)

I wanted to thank you all (ya’ll? i’m having an identity crisis stemming from my 2nd year of southern living) for your comments and likes yesterday. I was overall just having a bad, bad day and was upset with the negative comments I received (and did not approve) on my posts.

I guess it comes down to the fact that this is my blog, and so I’m going to write about what I want to write about. I definitely want the folks who read my blog to enjoy the content, so that’s why I asked your opinions.

The goal of this blog was (at the beginning) and is (now and forever more!) to document my journey to healthy, and my journey maintaining healthy once I get there. For me, this doesn’t include eating no sugar. It includes eating limited sugar (and avoiding added sugar), making healthy choices, avoiding things like breads and white potatoes and other useless (in my opinion) carbs, and enjoying this lifestyle change along the way! So, that being said, I will probably still post some fruity smoothie recipes that I think are delicious and natural and healthy for me (but maybe less in number)

I really, really, really appreciate your readership, your understanding, and your skipping over my posts (or individual sections) if it’s not something that interests you! I’m going to work on increasing the quality of my posts, since I know I’ve been lacking in that department. I hope to keep on blogging and keep on working towards healthy for months and years to come!

And now — one question for all the long distance runners who follow me — what do you use to fuel yourself for a long run? Last week’s 8 mile run was such a drag, I was so fatigued and just completely beat by 6 miles. I have been trying to eat around 1200-1300 calories a day, and limiting my carbs (other than fruits). I’m trying to eat no different on Friday nights than any other day during the week (I used to eat more on Fridays to account for my long runs on Saturdays — but decided that wasn’t necessary).

Last Friday night I had a weird dinner — chicken breast and mashed cauliflower and a red pear. What might be a better option to fuel me on my long runs Saturday mornings? I want to stick to my diet but am willing to add in a carb-heavy item like brown rice or whole wheat pita bread if need be — just not too much. Also, I ate a banana about an hour before my run. thank you in advance for suggestions!

Have a Happy Thursday!