Fitness, Water, wellness

Story Time- Eat More

Tonight we are going to have a special treat! I asked my good friend Judy to share a story with all of you.

Eat more

My name is Judy, and since having children, I’ve had an issue with weight gain.   Growing up, I was a skinny kid, and  even as an adult I had no weight problems, except after I started having children.  I had good results with my efforts in the beginning of whatever I would try, but it never lasted.  I watched friends and family be on the same plan and cheat themselves into the next century, while I did everything I was supposed to and nothing seemed to happen beyond the first initial loss.  I’m really good at sticking to things even if they don’t work at first to stick it out.  However, sometimes I would “cheat.” I’ve noticed that when I would “cheat,” I would lose weight.  I didn’t “cheat” often but every once in a while I would.  Then, even that stopped working.

One example of my weight problem was  two years ago. My sister and I at different times, were on doctor prescribed weight loss plans.  She lost 38 pounds and I lost 8!  Mad?! You bet I was!  I didn’t get it.  I weighed, measured, followed and didn’t even sniff a “cheat” but then after defeat took over I just gave up.

So here we are, coming up to present day. After an unusual year,  with tons of stress (including some major grief) and 2 major operations that caused me to be on too many antibiotics (14) over the past year.  I figured my gut was not happy as I was bloated like never before.  One thing I knew I could do was get my gut happy again. So I began to take my probiotics and stayed away from sugars and acidic foods/drinks.  I found that my USANA supplements helped me have the energy and immune health I needed so badly in order to heal.  Then, all of a sudden I began gaining weight for no reason. I was not over eating or cheating! My frustration was growing.

I know that at my age loosing weight is not easy, and I had listened to my parents in their 80’s still talk about loosing weight.  I didn’t want to be thinking of this anymore.  I’ve decided I’m who and I am and I love it.  Maybe it’s just how it is.  Screw the skinny jeans and cute clothing.  I’ll just be happy with me and end the pressure of it all.  Besides, I could not possible try or do anthing else diffrent.  Or could I?

While visiting my friend Beth (blog owner) I learned that while my protein shakes were the only thing that gave me a balanced meal and started my day off right, I was using only 2/3 of the amount I was supposed to! I told Beth how many calories I was eating, and she said I was not eating nearly enough. She helped me download MyFitnessPal (which is free) and I put in my height and weight and it recommended I eat almost 2x as many calories as I was. After the shock wore off, Beth helped adjust that a little lower so I could manageably eat that many calories. I thought she was nuts that I needed to eat more to lose weight.  Beth explained that larger bodies need more fuel.

In less than a week, I’ve lost 4 lbs! I am eating more, and eating quality! Guess what?  My bloat has gone down too!  I didn’t think I was eating so little, I ate what I thought was the right portion but I would be hungry for the next meal. .   I thought I was doing fairly well.  Overall, I don’t use processed foods, I eat lots of fresh foods and good sources of protein.  What really got me was that I’m dairy and gluten free and when I made those changes, I did not lose 1 oz. of weight.  I would talk to multiple doctors about it, one doctor (who was new to me) told me to get biatric surgery, within the first 5 minutes (Rude anyone?).

I’m excited to actually get healthier.  If I knew that eating MORE was the key,  that would have been easy.  It took one person who was not afraid to tell me what she thought, to start on the right path.  After all the years I’ve wasted, cried over, all the money I’ve spent, all the time beating myself up for failed attemps.  All to find out that every doctor and so called professional I sought out, failed me (because they did not ask more questions, or listen to me).

Be kind to yourself. In my I needed to eat more to lose weight. I will have to adjust my calorie intake as I lose weight. Now, this is that easy for me, for once.  Finally, I feel energized and empowered with a new sense of eating for joy, knowing I’m going to actually have results.  I will continue to learn about the carbs, sugar, protein ratio but I’ll get there.  It’s been less than a week and I’m esctatic!

Be kind to yourself.

Judy M. from New York

 

If you would like more information on anything mentioned here, send me a message! I would love to help you! – Beth

Crossfit, Fitness, running, wellness

Must be faster…..

Last weekend I ran the Pasadena Half Marathon and I didn’t die! I realized in looking at the stats that in the last year I added 15min to my half-marathon time. I don’t know about you but for me it was very discouraging to see. However, since last years race I have had many changes and am just now getting my footing back in eating healthy and consistently working out. My running, that is just now getting back to being consistent. Sometimes I forget that the process of getting back to where we were seems like it takes longer to get back.

So now, here we are getting back to basics. This month I have been getting my eating on track. I have lost weight, I am beginning to see my clothes fitting looser than before and running does not seem as bad. I am not where I want to be but I will keep pushing to be faster. It’s a good thing I have another half-Marathon in a little over a week. My goal is to faster than the Pasadena Half Marathon.

Where are you at with your fitness? Are you training for anything?

Fitness, Health, running, Uncategorized, wellness

Fitness Friday

Here we are at the end of the year and I am realizing that I have neglected this blog for the last year. This coming year I am making a point to make some fitness related goals for the year and I am going to post about my progress here.

Looking ahead, I have a race coming up January 21. I am running the Pasadena Half Marathon as part of the Conquer LA challenge. I don’t know about you but my training has definitely been what I wanted it to be and now I need to focus in my training. I have a half marathon in January and February and a full marathon in March, so the next few months will be focused in on preparing for the LA marathon which is in March. `

How are you training? Are you running any races? What are you goals for the upcoming year? I will be posting more next Friday.

Fitness, Health, sleep, Uncategorized, Water, wellness

Wellness Wednesday: How well are you taking care of yourself

Here we are for another Wellness Wednesday posting and I am back to self-care. Why would I be back on this topic? Simple it is incredible important and something that is often overlooked or ignored. So it is time to look back at the last couple weeks and ask yourself a few questions.

  1. Am I getting enough sleep?
  2. Am I eating with good nutrition?
  3. Am I eating a lot of junk?
  4. What is my current stress level?
  5. Am I exercising?
  6. Am I happy?

This week the post is not a long one, but when you answer these questions be honest with yourself. If you find yourself not where you want to be what can you change to help move you in the right direction? I know that my exercise routine had been a mess and I had not been doing what I know I needed to do so I decided to work on that. This week I am focusing on getting more runs in and training for my upcoming half marathon. I will probably not get in all the miles that my training app wants me to this week but I am going to try and get miles in everyday so that I can get closer to where I want to be.  Are you eating too much junk? Look at the circumstances around it and make the changes you need to fix that. These will probably start with small steps but it will get better. So let me know what is working for you and lets chat about how to help each other become more aware of self-care and become better at it.

 

Fitness, Health, sleep, Uncategorized, wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Habits

Have you ever decided to establish a new habit? We all have thought about habits we want to change or add to our lives. We tell ourselves that we are going to start a habit of going to the gym or of going to bed at a certain time. For me it was establishing a new self-care action of playing the guitar daily. While this may seem silly to some but I decided that it was important to me. For me I made a SMART goal about how this was going to happen. I made it my plan to spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day playing my guitar everyday. What would you like to establish as a new habit? Is there something that you want to see changed? Are you wanting to establish an exercise habit? Are you wanting to establish a habit regarding your sleep routine?  Once you find out what you want to change, make that decision and stick to it. However, establishing a new habit is hard right? Sometimes you make a mistake and you feel like a failure. Just because you missed a day in the process does not mean that you have to start over but you do have to keep working on it.

I have other things that I would like to establish as a habit but another key thing in establishing habits is that you should not have so many things you are trying to change at once. So as you begin to think about what habit you want to establish, remember to be patient with yourself. Let me know how your process is going! Do you need guidance feel free to comment or send a message!

Fitness, Health, sleep, Uncategorized, wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care

So here we are back for another Wellness Wednesday. This week the topic is on self-care and how to manage stress. If you work in the field of mental health self-care is a phrase that we use all the time. However, self-care is important in every aspect of your life. If we do not use self-care we are likely to burn out on whatever we are doing. We also are going to have poor overall health. What does self-care mean? How do we use self-care?

Self-care is the ability to take care of yourself and ensure that your needs are being met. What do you do to take care of yourself? Are you doing anything for yourself? Are you feeling stressed? Are you feeling drained? Do you not care about things that you used to?

If you are looking at those questions and thinking I feel stressed and drained. Maybe it is time to look at what you are doing for yourself. What are some ways to improve your self care? Well here are just a few suggestions.

  1. Get enough sleep. Last week we talked about sleep and how to improve your sleep but really sleep is important and is key in self-care. Without sleep you are not able to function and you are draining yourself physically and emotionally.
  2. Eat healthy, without proper fuel your body is going to fail. If you make sure to eat regularly (you know meals and snacks in a routine) you will find that you feel better. We have termed the phrase “hangry” when people get so hungry and angry because they are hungry.
  3. Exercise regularly. We have all heard that experts recommend working out or exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes.
  4. Do something you love! Find something you love and do it. Make it a priority to something that you love for yourself. Do you play an instrument, write, draw, dance, volunteer…. Find something that you love to  do and do!

Those are just a few things to help you on your way to better self-care. I am sure that there will be another post on self-care soon. Let’s talk about how your are doing with this and what you are doing that you love.

Fitness, Health, Uncategorized, Water, wellness

Wellness Wednesday Water Round 2

Hello again,

Last week we talked about how important it is to add more water into our daily routines and I have had some great comments about how people are working to add water into they routine. So I thought this week we would once again talk about our friend water. There are many many health benefits to drinking the right amount of water. Its not just doom and gloom if you don’t drink enough water but there are positive rewards for drinking more water.

First benefit comes for those (like myself) that sometimes eat because you are bored. Sometimes I drink water in large amounts when I am driving long distances (for those that know me that means everyday). I drink water because it gives me something to do while driving or stuck in traffic besides eating snacks. The benefit is I eat less food that is not as good for me. Thats right I eat less bad calories! Are you trying to lose weight and having a hard time with snacking in the car? Drink water, or give yourself a challenge that you can’t eat any snacks until you drink a bottle of water. Help yourself train to drink more water and eat less bad.

Second benefit comes with your skin, when you don’t drink enough water your skin can look old. What I mean by this is dry and more wrinkled. When you drink enough water your skin has what it needs to stay hydrated. Not that drinking water will get rid of wrinkles but it might stop you from getting them premature.

Third and final benefit today is that drinking water helps your body get rid of toxins and waste from your kidneys. People often lose weight when they first start this because their body actually starts to get rid of the stuff that has been there that was not moving. Getting rid of toxins and waste will also help you feel better and more energetic.

This is just a short list of positives that come with drinking water. Will you get enough water in this week? What are you doing to increase your water?

 

Fitness, Health, Uncategorized, wellness

Wellness Wednesday Week 2

Hello All,

Its Wellness Wednesday once again and we are going o continue our discussion on making the most of your wellness journey. So last week week I left you with the challenge to figure out where you are at in your wellness journey and where you are at in the process of making changes. This week the topic is how to start to make changes and how to make goals for those changes.

We make fitness goals and wellness goals that are sometimes a little unreasonable. What do I mean by this? Here is an example, I will lose 20 pounds this month. This is not reasonable and is likely setting yourself up for failure. Why? Healthy weight loss is typically 1-2 pounds a week. We also make goals that are not very specific, such as I am going to drink more water.

When we set goals an easy way to remember how to make a SMART goal is to use the letters of SMART.

SPECIFIC- When setting a goal, you should be specific, how many pounds, how much more water, what calorie goal, you get the point,

MEASUREABLE- This goes with specific goals often, because in being specific we are putting a form of measurement into the goal right?

ATTAINABLE- Can you actually do this? Increase from 1 bottle of water a day to 6 bottles a day, while 6 bottles of water is a good goal, do you think you make achieve that goal or should you start smaller first?

REALISTIC- Is this a goal you can realistically achieve or are you more likely to fail horribly at it?

TIMLEY- Is there a time associated with your goal? By when? When will you check and see if you have achieved this goal and are ready to start a new one.

So, now that we have an idea of what it means to have SMART goal, lets practice some. Goal 1 is to lose weight, so for a weightless goal lets say I will lose 10 pounds by September 1st. Is this specific? Yes! Measurable? Yes! Attainable? Yes! Realistic? Yes! Timely? Yes! This may be a SMART goal for me, but for someone else this might be too much, maybe they would change the number to 5 pounds.  Goal 2 is to increase water intake. I will add 1 bottle of water to what I am currently drinking for the next week. Is this specific? Yes! Measurable? Yes! Attainable? Yes! Realistic? Yes! Timely? Yes!

So now, its your turn, start making your goals! Post them here as comments if you want help making them SMART.

 

 

Fitness, Health

Long Time

It was been a long time since I have posted a blog. Over the last few months my journey has taken down a path the a few years ago I would not have even imagined. A few years ago, I could not run for any length of time, heck a year ago I could only run for a few seconds before I got too tired. My friend Angelisa can definitely attest to that. Thanksgiving day I did my first 5k, I walked most of it but I finished it. My time for that first 5k was just shy of any hour. This past July I did 5k and my time was under 40 minutes. However this summer I have also done a 10k in May and a 15k in July and in 1 week I am doing my very first half marathon. My goal next week is to finish the half with 15 minute mile average. I wold have never thought a year ago that I would be excited to run or that I would want to just go for a run on a saturday or sunday morning.

Other changes

WellI have been doing crossfit for over 5 months now. I have become that person that goes almost everyday during the week and 2x some of those days. In fact, if I could I would go 2x a day everyday and I would go monday through friday but…. I am learning that you also need to let your body rest. I can tell I am getting stronger and more endurance. Who would have ever thought that I would ever be the first one in after an easy 400m run?

Also my diet has changed. I stopped doing weight watchers because it was not working for me. Im going to clarify that Weight Watchers is a great program but it stopped working for me because my workout routine changed and became much more intense. I do a mostly clean eating thing, not completely clean just mostly. I still eat crap occasionally but I eat a pretty consistent diet of the same things. I am learning to listen to my body and to my cravings to determine if something needs to change.

So hopefully I will get back to a more stable posting routine and post my on my thoughts about being healthy and fitness.