So ready for Summer Food (WIAW)

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Well it is starting to feel like summer, which for me means that the only thing I am really looking forward to is all the fresh local fruit and berries. 

For breakfast this morning I had a bowl of baked oatmeal, three brown and serve turkey breakfast sausages, and a fruit plate. 

Throughout this morning I have been drinking my tea, as well as my first litre of water. I also had my ItWorks Greens in 8 oz of cran-cherry juice, and my greens chews. 

As a snack this morning I had a Vans cranberry almond bar, which is pretty much like eating a gluten free dairy free nutrigrain bar. 

For lunch I had a ham sandwich using franz 7 grain gluten free bread. I also had a banana and water. 

This afternoon I ate a couple hot dogs, and for dinner I had some homemade vegetarian chili and a spinach salad as well as about half a litre of water. 

Trying ItWorks

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I am not one to try the latest diet fads, and risk my health to find out down the road that the product is later found to be detrimental to my health. I have tried some of the BeachBody stuff (PiYo and a month’s worth of Shakeology). I enjoy PiYo, but don’t really have the space to do it at the moment. I had gotten a bag (which is a 30 day supply) of the Vegan Chocolate Shakeology. It tasted fine but a serving of it was too much for me at one time, and then I had issues with having to drink extra water (on top of my normal 1 – 2 Litres a day), to balance out the extra fiber and stuff in the Shakeology. So I really didn’t like it, or the cost. 

I have come to the point where I do need some help and accountability to help get me back on track to get healthy and lose some weight. I have no desire to jump back on the road to Anorexia again. Weightwise I am back to about where I was when I graduated from college, which is not good or heathy.  I just want to live a healthier lifestyle and lose some weight while I am at it. I have tried the ItWorks greens (the berry flavor), I had 5 days worth and I didn’t see the negative side effects that I did with Shakeology, so I have decided to give it a proper try. I am starting today, and going to try the greens (berry flavor), the chews and fat fighters (when they arrive) for the next 4 months and see if I can tell a difference. 

I am not going to be posting my actual weight or measurements, but over the next 4 months I am going to try to post regular updates with pictures, how many pounds I lost, if I have changed pants/clothes size (or how my current pants are fitting, as they are currently tight through the waist), and overall how I am feeling. 

Below are my starting pictures:

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Trying ItWorks

Hey Everyone!

I am not one to try the latest diet fads, and risk my health to find out down the road that the product is later found to be detrimental to my health. I have tried some of the BeachBody stuff (PiYo and a month’s worth of Shakeology). I enjoy PiYo, but don’t really have the space to do it at the moment. I had gotten a bag (which is a 30 day supply) of the Vegan Chocolate Shakeology. It tasted fine but a serving of it was too much for me at one time, and then I had issues with having to drink extra water (on top of my normal 1 – 2 Litres a day), to balance out the extra fiber and stuff in the Shakeology. So I really didn’t like it, or the cost. 

I have come to the point where I do need some help and accountability to help get me back on track to get healthy and lose some weight. I have no desire to jump back on the road to Anorexia again. I just want to live a healthier lifestyle and lose some weight while I am at it. I have tried the ItWorks greens (the berry flavor), I had 5 days worth and I didn’t see the negative side effects that I did with Shakeology, so I have decided to give it a proper try. I am starting today, and going to try the greens (berry flavor), the chews and fat fighters (when they arrive) for the next 4 months and see if I can tell a difference. 

I am not going to be posting my actual weight or measurements, but over the next 4 months I am going to try to post regular updates with pictures, how many pounds I lost, if I have changed pants/clothes size (or how my current pants are fitting, as they are currently tight through the waist), and overall how I am feeling. 

Below are my starting pictures:

Back:   
Side: 

 Front:  

 

I am Alive

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I am sorry I have been absent from the blog from a couple of months, life just got away from me, and this past summer was crazy busy.

Beings that fall is here, I am hopefully going to be back to this blog on a more regular basis.

Since I was sick in July, and having a busy summer, clean eating has fallen off the band wagon. for some reason I quit making smoothies, and clean eating kind of went by the way side. I started eating more gluten and drinking coffee on occasion here recently, and today I intentionally had dairy. Lets just say that having dairy was a very bad idea. Having an increased amount of gluten and consuming coffee have also been not so great ideas.

Now that I know how good I can feel when I am on board with clean eating, versus the past few months where I haven’t been eating right, and put stuff that I shouldn’t have, in my body.

One of my goals over the next few months is to wean my body back down to a limited about of processed carbs (like breads and pastas), and refined sugar. I am hoping that I can get back on to a lot more quinoa, rice, oats, and other whole grains. I am also wanting to consume more nuts, fruits and vegetables. I am by no means planning on becoming Paleo, vegetarian or vegan, that has never been my goal, but rather eat a lot healthier. I know I keep saying that but it is totally true.

I also seriously need to join a gym or something, getting up at 5:30 am, then working a 10 hour day was insane, and now that it doesn’t get light until after 7 am, and is getting dark at 6:30 pm (we are still on Daylight Savings Time at present, mind you), getting outside and exercising really isn’t an option at the moment. I am going to see how things go at work since I got switched projects, and I may go back to working five eight hour days, and start at my normal time, and get off at 4, then if I get a gym membership, then I would hit the gym after getting off of work. We will see. It is so hard making time to work out, on top of work and everything else. When I was in college I could just schedule classes into my school day, and then I would just show up for class, and it would not be above and beyond my normal school day.

Sticking with Change

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Today is turning into a minimum of two cups earl gray tea kind of day. Today is my Friday and it has been a long week. 

Next week I am going to be doing another 5 day clean eating challenge which I definite need. 

I am wanting to get into shape before a friend of mine gets married. Beings that she is getting married next April I have time to loose weight and work on getting toned. 

I am soing my best to commit to changing my lifestyle, because there is more I want to do with my life that involves being in much better shape than I am in now. 

Hiccups along the way. 

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The past week has been difficult and a bump in the road. With family visiting from out of town, working out was non existent and I haven’t eating as well. Now that my family is gone I have been working out again, and working toward eating clean again. The last few days I have been craving sugar, so tonight I caved and got some sugar. 

Despite this hiccup, I am still resolved and committed to clean eating and excercising 5 to 6 times a week. 

I am really wanting to get in shape, to help me in the future. I am wanting to make a better future for myself. 

Figuring out what works is a learning process.

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Today was a mixed bag. I had a little bit of pop at lunch, and had a bit more spaghetti than I should have. I also had a shakeology drink after dinner, and I had fit in a walk after getting home from the coast.

I also had stopped at the mall this morning before heading to the coast. I wanted to pick up a clean eating cookbook, and I also found a quick and easy vegan cookbook. I am not going to be becoming vegan, I picked it up because I am dairy intolerant and gluten sensitive. I am really trying to branch out from what I am used to, and try new things. I am also wanting those things to be healthy which clean eating and vegan is all about. The vegan recipes just are an added insurance that I can eat it, and that it is dairy free. I am also wanting to learn more about putting the right foods together and getting enough of the right amino acids to form complete proteins because there are times where eating meat just does not sound appetizing.

I am trying to break out of the rut of eating not so healthy stuff because it is there, and finding new foods that are both gluten free and dairy free is a challenge in and of itself. So I am looking forward to getting some fresh ideas and recipes and trying them.

I already know that clean eating is working for me. I feel so much better overall, and have only really been at it for a couple of weeks. I feel so much better.

I love having down days, but I also love being busy actively going and doing things that I love. I spent part of my day at the coast, and it was amazing. I always feel so energized and full of life and energy when I am at the beach. It totally lifts my spirits. The ocean is so strong, powerful, magnificent, gorgeous, and sustains life. It is a force to be reckoned with and respected. At the same time it is calming and soothing. I love the way that the northern pacific feels when I dip my feet into it was the waves come in. I love nights when I can fall asleep to the sound of the roar of the ocean. It is so constant, and is the original white noise.