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, Health, running, Uncategorized, wellness

Medal Monday

Yesterday I had the pleasure of running the inaugural pasadena half marathon as part of the Conquer LA challenge. Ok, so while it is cool that my medal says that I am a legacy runner, the race itself was anything but a pleasure. For those that follow the weather, California has had a crazy storm system just dumping rain on us. Yes, thats right it was raining for the entire race. We started the race 20 minutes late, in the cold rain. The rain started off not as bad, a nice drizzle, however as I am a slow runner, by the time I finished the rain was pouring down.

So first off, the weather was awful, and by the end of the race I was drenched despite my rain jacket that is supposed to be water resistant, that only lasted for so long. Also I am pretty sure my watch died 2x during the race because it was that wet through my jacket.

Now if the weather was not enough, my training has not been quite what I wanted. I know you would think that the beginning of the year I would be all over this training stuff right? Except I have been on a fast through my church which has limited my ability to train at the level I wanted.

Then, because of the weather there were multiple wardrobe changes, you know jacket off, jacket on, long sleeve under jacket off. There were some tech messages that kept coming through from my work with people that forgot I was not going to be there and that someone else was handling my responsibilities.

One amazing thing was that for the first time in awhile, despite the cold and humid weather which are typical triggers for my asthma, and I did not need to use my inhaler. My time was not my best, or my worst. It was close to be best, and had I not had the issues along the way it probably would have been much closer to my best time.

So next month I run another half, and I am running the Divas half marathon. In March I am running the last of my Conquer LA challenge and doing the LA Marathon. So you will hear about those races coming up an day training for them.

Have you had a race that you did not do as good as possible? What changes in training did you make?

 

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?

 

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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, Uncategorized, wellness

Wellness Wednesday

Hello All!

I am here, back to blogging about health, wellness and fitness. One thing that I will be starting on this blog will Wellness Wednesday. On Wednesdays, I will post  about wellness specific information. So to start off the first post we are going to start at the beginning.

Where are you at in your wellness journey?

What do I mean by this? Well are you on a wellness journey, have you began to think about where you want to be with your wellness? If the answer is no, then what brought you here?

In psychology we learn about the stages of change. There is the pre-contemplative stage of change, this is the part before you realize you need a change. Maybe some other tag brought you here but now you have some interest peaked. Then people move to the contemplative stage of change. This is where you are beginning to think that there may be a problem with something going on in your life. Maybe your pants are starting to get a little tighter than you like or you are getting more tired quicker than you used to. Maybe you are just not happy with where you are so you are thinking about making a change. After this comes planning, maybe you are in this stage of change. Are you starting to make plans to make changes, making a plan to exercise more, setting up goals that you want to achieve are some ways that we begin to plan. Then comes the action stage where you actually start doing things differently. This is when maybe you are eating differently, maybe you have made a new workout routine. Then is maintenance when you are continuing on the journey and are able to without needing additional supports and these changes have become habits and lifestyle changes

So the first step in your wellness journey it to figure out where you are at on this journey and determine if you are ready to start one if you are not already on a journey.  Next week we will discuss the way to get going on a wellness journey. Let me know on the comments your thoughts!

Fitness, Health

Eating Healthy, Being Healthy

So often we find ourselves surrounded by a myriad of diet programs.  I think I have seen the Weight Watchers commercial a million times and I am sick of seeing it. However, a small caveat is that I am not about to bash Weight Watchers.  I have read a ton of blogs that talk about how awful Weight Watchers is and how they give people a complex about their weight.  I will not bash a program like that.  I see some friends are eating Paleo, which is not just a diet, I think more a lifestyle change.  Some have gone all organic, you get the picture I’m sure.  How do you decide what is healthy when there are so many programs and techniques that are screaming at the top of their lungs that they are the right way.  You stop, breath and go back to basics.

Common sense taught us many things, we learned that certain foods as yummy as they may be are not as healthy for us as other and should be eaten in moderation.  I love chocolate and ice cream, does that mean I eat a gallon of chocolate ice cream everyday? No! I would be sick if I tried that.  We grew up always being taught that fruits and vegetables are good for us. That is a good place to start.  So maybe part of being healthy is to eat fruits and vegetables more.  Most diet plans will agree that these are important so we can start there.  We also grew up being told we needed to drink water.  We know that we need to drink more water, so this also seems to be a good place to start.  We all know that candy and sweets are not good for you.  We remember being told growing up that we couldn’t eat all the candy we wanted or if we ate a bunch of candy we learned that this was not always smart based on the stomach ache we had afterwords. So maybe if we want to eat healthy we need to cut back on some of those things.  If we really wanted to just be healthier, no focus on losing weight we could go back to basics and we know what we should and shouldn’t eat.

Now for myself, I am trying to lose weight.  I know that there are people out there that will say its ok to be big and it doesn’t matter your size. However, I know that things like diabetes and high blood pressure run in my family and I really don’t want those things to affect me.  Also I need to be healthier and I am not healthy where I am.  I am one of those crazy people that go to Weight Watchers. I will explain to some that do not like this program why I think that it works for me.

I currently use the simply filling technique with weight watchers, what does this mean? It means there is a list of food that I can eat and not count points for those foods.  I count points for things that are not on the list.  I switched to this after doing tracking because I changed my eating habits and most of what I eat falls in the simply filling foods.  This technique also helps teach you healthy eating habits.  Its not all about teh points.  Its about eating things that are healthier for you.  Non-Fat yogurts and milk are on the list, fruits and vegetables are on the list, brown rice, beans, lite breads, lean proteins. You still get the 49 weekly points for things not on the list (Starbucks Peppermint Mocha) and you choose when to use the points.  Also for people like me, I need accountability, I need to go into a meeting and weigh myself to keep myself in check.  I need to see my progress on a weekly basis. Others may not need this and they may find another path works great for them.  I know that this path for working towards eating healthy is working well for me.  I would love thoughts about what people say is working for them.