weight loss

Get Em to the Gym

Earlier today, I was sitting outside my client’s house thinking, “wow, it’s already almost September.” The month of August has seemingly flown by so quickly we are almost onto a new month and a new school year.

While I am taking an academic break until October, I have had the opportunity to work on some personal goals including one that is difficult for so many people: going to the gym.

I was on a roll before! I was going to yoga twice a week, or working out at home, or doing yoga at home. In August, I have made more of a conscious effort to start going again regularly. While I am not proud of how little I have been to the gym, looking at today in isolation, I am proud that I made it there.

Prior to the gym, I was sitting in my car thinking about what I was going to do after work.

I could go home and make something for dinner. 

I could see if one of my friends wants to meet up. 

I could go to the gym. 

It certainly wasn’t my first thought. In fact, after work, the entire drive to the gym, I was making up excuses in my head.

I didn’t bring headphones. 

What if the gym clothes in my bag aren’t clean?

Well, I have an extra pair of headphones that have taken permanent residency in my gym bag and I also have two pairs of gym clothes in my bag (and yes, they are clean). So realistically, my excuses were useless. I parked my car, went in and hopped on the elliptical.

The gym was empty. Maybe 3 more people trickled in while I was there. I love when the gym is like that. I don’t have to fight over machines. I don’t need to be self-conscious about people watching me while working out. I put on my Spotify playlist and off I went.

Why is it so difficult to get yourself to the gym?

Honestly, as a goal-oriented individual, I struggle with this thought a lot. I want to lose weight, have better endurance, and build strength. To do this, I should eat better and go to the gym. It’s simple, really. I’m doing really well with eating better but why is it so hard to get myself to exercise?

There’s an article outlining the scientific reason behind this and it’s interesting to read about the evolutionary basis for it. Here’s a link to the article: https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/the-scientific-reason-its-so-hard-to-make-yourself-go-to-the-gym.html 

I will remind myself of the reinforcing feelings that accompany this goal and continue to strive for a better self.

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Hello April!

Happy Easter, everyone! Here we are in a new month and with a new month come new opportunities and new goals to be set.

This month’s focus is: eliminating distractions.

Like the rest of us (probably…I shouldn’t generalize), I enjoy unwinding with a Netflix show or spending countless hours on Pinterest pinning recipes or clothing ideas or exercise ideas (rather than actually exercising).

This month is going to be a busy one:

  • My first draft of my master’s thesis is due in three weeks from today.
  • I am going on a trip at the end of the month
  • My friend is visiting next week
  • I am helping develop a training guide for work

Goals:

  • Get work done each night.
  • No Netflix as breaks, unwind at the end of the night when productivity has decreased
  • Take breaks with music, short youtube videos, or stretching. If surfing on Pinterest, set timer on phone
  • Go to the gym 2-3 times a week
  • Reduce the amount of dairy and grains I am consuming – perhaps reintroduce a paleo-type diet.
  • Use the Self-Control app when working on my thesis so there is no access to social media during that time.
  • Make lists to help make tasks more manageable
  • Have a bit of a social life (if possible)
  • Meditate 2 times a day

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Whole 30 Day 22

How I’m Feeling

First, I want to mention how I’m feeling outside of the Whole 30 experience since this is also a blog to share my anxiety experiences. If you read yesterday’s post, you would have seen that maybe yesterday was not exactly a great day. Today, I will say, is much better for the most part. I went to the hospital to visit my friend. Although he was not awake, I enjoyed speaking with his wife and family members there. Praying for his lovely family and friends.

Whole 30 wise, I feel pretty good. My energy levels continue to be high. I managed to stay full from lunch until a late dinner at 8pm tonight. I appear less bloated in the mirror and I am beginning to regret not taking before and after pics for my Whole 30 Journey.

What I Ate

Breakfast: egg muffins! I forgot I froze some. So glad I found them.

Lunch: White chicken chilli. Also forgot I froze some of this as well.

Dinner: roasted bacon brussel sprouts with buffalo chicken tots from one of my new favourite recipe books: The Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel. So easy and so tasty!

Whole 30 Day 20

How I’m Feeling

TEN. DAYS. LEFT. Not that I’m excited to be done or anything but I am starting to reach the point where I’m a bit over the whole thing. I’m so close to being done – but not quite there. My energy levels continue to be great. My digestion is better than ever. I’m learning day by day that more and more of my favourite things have non-compliant ingredients in them and I have had the inner strength to say “no thank you” even if I really want it. Thankfully, the people in my life have been nothing but supportive and when I have been over at other people’s houses, they have had compliant options for me for meals and have been open to me bringing my own oil and salad dressing options. I am so grateful ❤️

What I Ate

Breakfast: I had two eggs (surprise) with turkey breast.

Lunch: salad with roast chicken, a hard boiled egg (cut up on the salad), and some olives. I used my dump ranch as the dressing.

Dinner: Roast beef with roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, and green beans. Dessert was a fruit salad.

I’m currently packing my lunch for tomorrow. I made some cauliflower rice for the week and have chicken (made with coconut milk) in the fridge to use up. I forgot I didn’t have any veggies prepped so I am making some Brussel sprouts in the oven using roughly this recipe. Whole 30 Changes: I used Whole 30 compliant bacon and dump ranch and did not add parmesan cheese. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it turns out!

Whole 30 Day 19

How I’m Feeling

Day 19 – We’re getting closer to the end … but not quite. All the tempting bad foods are all around but I feel pretty in control of what I’m eating and am very mindful of ingredients. It was also a day of eating out today so I have had to be on the ball more than usual. I have had a pasta craving all day but I am keeping it under control. No sugar cravings but I did eat quite a bit of fruit at breakfast.

What I Ate

Breakfast: Mini fruit salad – should’ve had more protein with it but I had a late breakfast and was hyper-involved with binge watching The Crown on Netflix.

Lunch: For lunch we had mediterranean food. I had a grilled chicken skewer with two salads since I didn’t get rice as a side. One salad was a beet salad which was absolutely delicious. The other was a mixed vegetable salad with an oil and vinegar dressing. Was a bit sad that I had to say no to the spicy garlic sauce (in case it had dairy in it) but my friends were very supportive in finding a place that had alternatives for me as well.

Dinner: I am currently writing this while on the way to get dinner. We’re going to a restaurant that I ate at on my last round of Whole 30. They have these almond crusted chicken tenders which are paleo friendly. Will likely get a side salad, dressing on the side and say no thank you to the dips for the chicken tenders (better to be safe than sorry).

Whole 30 Day 18

How I’m Feeling

I felt so much better today than yesterday. I was far less irritable and felt happy and focused all day. Tiger blood is in full force.

What I Ate

For breakfast, I had some eggs with an avocado.

Lunch: leftover gumbo and cucumber slices with dump ranch.

Dinner: I had dinner at my best friend’s house where the meal was mostly compliant (I didn’t have any of the quinoa or bread). Steak, baked potatoes, roasted veggies, and sautéed mushrooms with a side salad was more than enough.

My friend is also choosing not to drink alcohol in January so we had a splash of pomegranate juice in wine glasses.

NSV: my pants fit looser and the shirt I wore had not fit in a long time! Woohoo!

Whole 30 Day 11

How I’m Feeling

Holy moly Day 11 already. I’m feeling great!

I feel energized and awake and full of life. My moods have regulated as well.

What I Ate

Breakfast: the last of the egg muffins that I didn’t freeze

Lunch: white chicken chilli that I made last night

Dinner: roast chicken and cauliflower and broccoli

Short and sweet for today!

Whole 30 Day 8

How I Feel

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Well, Day 8, here we are and man, do I feel bloated. According to the Whole 30 Timeline:

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Maybe I don’t feel quite as dramatically bloated as the timeline states, but I definitely feel more bloated. I’m just gonna come out here and say it but I am not experiencing constipation or diarrhea (thank goodness) but my bowel movements have been quite regular and normal – better than before. I’m hoping this bloating phase ends soon, however.

On the bright side, I am starting to get a bit more energy. I did not hit my typical 2pm slump. Sure, I wanted a coffee around 1:30 but more for the taste than the tired sensation.

What I Ate

Breakfast: Well, I definitely didn’t leave myself as much time as I would have liked this morning to get ready so thank goodness for the egg muffins I made. I brought two with me on the way to work and they were perfect. Just what I needed!

Lunch: Leftover creamy broccoli-kale soup and a paleo chicken thigh

Snacks: Two tangerines – the citrus binge continues

Dinner: A (thankfully) compliant Filipino dish. I don’t remember the name of it but it’s some sort of leafy green made with coconut milk, shrimp, and pork. It’s one of my favourites despite me not being able to name what it is. I also had a leftover chicken thigh and shrimp as my protein.

Yoga & Well-being

I officially started my 30 days of yoga last night and my leg muscles are quite sore today! I also have been diffusing essential oils before bed which has helped me sleep through the night. I am continuing with the Five Minute Journal and trying my best to keep my moods elevated.

Whole 30 Day 7

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How I’m Feeling

I’m less tired than yesterday. My moods have dropped a bit but there are several possible factors for this:
1. Terrible snowy start to the day. The drive was slick and slow and did not set the tone for the day in a positive manner.
2. It was the first “full” day back to work. I love my job, but Mondays get even the best of us.
3. My anxiety has been a bit higher than usual. While I have managed to keep it under control, it has impacted my overall mood.

I have been craving weird things today: citrus fruits (so naturally I bought a pack of them) and seafood.

What I Ate Today

Breakfast: I did not have eggs for breakfast today! I had a “cereal” made up of fruit and slivered almonds with almond milk.

Snack: An apple, sliced.

Lunch: Leftover fajita chicken and shrimp! Deelish.

Dinner: To satisfy my seafood craving, I made a seafood medley (salmon and shrimp) in coconut oil with garlic. As a side, I made butternut squash noodles with spinach and mushrooms from Tasting Page.

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For breakfast for the week, I made some Breakfast Egg Muffins! I can’t wait to freeze them and eat them this week so I don’t have to stress about what I’m going to eat as I run out the door. Mine have prosciutto, baby spinach, onion, mushroom, and garlic in it.

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Whole 30 Day 5

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How I’m Feeling

Day 5 is here. When I woke up, I was feeling great. I was on top of the world. I felt okay about the Whole 30 thing. And then it hit me. The feelings I didn’t feel yesterday. I would be fine and then rage uncontrollably about nothing. Or break down into tears about nothing. And the cravings are real today. I want chocolate so badly – it has been all I have been thinking about: I have a container of hot chocolate I want to try, a box of chocolates from Christmas stored away. The picture above is pretty accurate. A cookie would be really freakin’ great right now.

I have a lot of energy and none seemingly at the same time. It comes in waves. I am continuing to stay positive and hydrated as much as possible.

What I Ate

Breakfast: Very unoriginal of me I had two eggs and some fruit.

Lunch: I had the leftover shrimp curry I made with some cauliflower rice.

Dinner: My boyfriend is supporting me during this Whole 30 journey and thought it would be a good idea to try recipes from my Whole 30 Fast and Easy Cookbook.

We made Sheet Pan Shrimp with Sesame Broccoli (p.132 ) and the Fajita Chicken from p. 136.

Both were delicious and easy to make. For the fajita chicken recipe, we did not make it with peppers and shrimp since we were using the shrimp for the other recipe. We used mushrooms and zucchini instead for the stir fry. There’s enough left over for lunch tomorrow and helped satisfy my hunger so I’m not thinking of chocolate and cookies.

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