Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What the???

I thought it was all figured out. Through my own self diagnosis, I thought I had issues with gluten.  WRONG!  Even without the gluten, I still had my issues.  So, here I am again, at a loss.  I have been trying to stay away from it now primarily for the fact that it usually just is a carrier of unnecessary I still am watching my intake on that.

For about a week or so I had been on a paleo diet, which for the most part, is just eating clean and staying away from any type of grains.  Overall, it isn't really that difficult, but it can take quite a bit of planning.  I have a busy schedule so sometimes carving out a few hours on the weekend to prep food can be more than I can allow.  I try to keep my daughter busy outside doing something.  I hate to have her sit at home, bored, while I work in the kitchen.  Not fair to her, not good for me to not spend some time with her. But I go on.

Over the last few days I have allowed myself the occasional piece of bread.  I still grab the goldfish when I am looking for a quick to grab snack.  I have always known that an exercise routine won't do any good unless you eat healthy along with it.  Nutrition is just as important as the exercise is.  What we need to understand is that we need to find something that we can stick to long term rather than for a few days....because face it, if you can't last more than a week, is it really something you are going to stick to for a lifetime?  Start making healthier choices, grilled chicken rather than fried, parmesan cheese rather than cheese sauce.  The smallest of changes can start a whole world of difference in not only yourself, but those around you.  They will turn in to something you will do automatically sooner rather than later.

Be the positive change for you, your family and your friends.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What's the way?

Life is always so crazy.  And just when you think you have it all figured out, life throws something at you.  It usually isn't too big, just enough to slow you down just a tad.  Life is going good, and Hey!!! Where did that speed bump come in.  Right?

I am learning every day that as much as I think I have it together, there will be something that pops up.  And that is normal.  The house is clean-but i turn around, and it's a mess again.  The dishes are done.  No sooner are they put away and the sink is full again.  Time and time again, I tell myself, it isn't going to happen like this anymore.  Then I wake up the next morning and the cycle repeats itself.  Its the fun of being a full time working single parent to a busy little 6 yr old.  I try to keep her busy doing something rather than sitting in front of  the television-that usually means leaving the house a mess since we aren't in it to clean it up. How it gets messy under these circumstances still boggles my mind, but I guess that is meant for another post.

I started a new "diet"-or lifestyle-as I like to call it.  I have attempted a more Paleo/Primal way of eating.  Cutting out the grains and eliminating as much unnecessary sugars as possible.  What it comes down to is I am not eating the processed foods that I have gotten so use to.  From a lot of the reading that I have been doing, it has truly messed with my head.  As much as I have craved it over the last couple of days, I have been able to push past it.  My body is feeling better because of it as I enter in to the 3rd day here.  I did suffer from a headache (that I don't suffer from very often) that put a damper on my workouts that I had planned for last night and this morning, but I suppose that is normal when you rid your body of the junk, or so  I understand.   It's not really hard to understand that eating more natural diet is better for your body.  It's what it was designed for....not the potato chips we all dig in to at the family BBQ's.  Food today isn't what it use to be and it's actually kind of scary when you look at what you are actually eating when you think you are being good...even the low fat "healthier" version.  

I got off on a tangent there.  I wanted to share that, but also note that it take some time to plan out your meals.  Overall...fairly simple task, but it's not as easy normally as taking out the frozen dinner and popping it in the microwave or stopping for fast food on the way home.  

Life is about planning. You can't expect it just to fall in to place as much as you would like it to.  What are you willing to sacrifice in order to get what you want done? It certainly would be wonderful if the laundry got done , the floor vacuumed, or the house picked up and put away at the snap of the finger. My suggestion to you is:
1.)  Make a list of what you want? (clean home, financially stable future, new car)
2.)  Why is it important to you? 
3.)  Decide what you are willing to let go of in order to get you there?

It's the real world...we need to make it work the best we can.  It will. It always works out in the end.....or we likely wouldn't be here.

For now I can live with the cluttered unorganized home in order to get me where I want to be.  I am working towards a more financially secure future by working my Beachbody business in order to spend more time with my baby girl.  There will always be time later to get that stuff done, but my daughter will only be this age once, and before you know's gone.

Monday, September 10, 2012


Today is my Independence Day of sorts.

I have been struggling with different things in my life for so long.  My weight.  My self esteem.  Other people's happiness. My relationship with food. My relationships with people. Today I am breaking free of that!

I woke up this morning and thought to myself; why have I constantly let so much control what makes me happy?  I guess in part it's always been my nature.  I like to see people happy, and that usually has meant putting a lot of my wants and needs on the back burner.  I have always chosen to let what others think of me influence what I do, and what I think of myself.  I can see that some of that was wanting to be part of something.  I know that in a past relationship, I let myself fall into what I thought he wanted me to be.  I ate the "wrong" foods because he made it, since he wouldn't eat the healthier food I made.  I realized it had to stop.  I had my issues with  food for a long time and what I was doing to myself wasn't making the situation any better.   I realized that if he wasn't happy with the person I was, was there really any hope for us to be together?  It was time to focus on getting healthier, and I started on the first part of the weight loss/fitness journey that I am on.

I have learned through reading, and through my own trial and error that my body responds better to certain foods.  I have learned that the better I eat, meaning clean and healthy, that my body works better.

There are 30 days in a month. There are 4 months left in 2012.  I am going to take full advantage of that time  in order to use what God has put in to my life. He has put certain people and opportunities in my life for a reason.