Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weigh-In Wednesday - Baggy Jeans & Almost There

Weigh In Wednesday 

A big day for Weigh-In Wednesday! :) Today we welcome our new co-host, Winter from No Drama Little Mama! Winter has been linking up with us for a long time and has lost almost 50 lbs. on her weight loss journey! We hope you'll check out her blog and join us in welcoming her as a host to Weigh-In Wednesday! 

I also want to thank one of my very favorite bloggers, Erin at Love, Fun and Football, for creating our new link-up button! In addition to being one of everybody's favorite blog reads, Erin is also a great blog designer! She's designed over 100 blogs and can help with any blog needs, big or small! 

Now onto Weigh-In Wednesday without a weigh-in :) I'm 23 days into Whole30... 23 freakin' days! On one hand it's gone by fast and I'm so grateful for all I've learned... on the other hand, I'm so.freakin'.bored. with food. That's my own fault because I definitely need to change things up and try new recipes... but I haven't branched out much which means I've been eating a lot of the same foods over and over and over again. But even so, I'm really so thankful to this Whole30 for teaching me so much about food and the way my body works.

Oh and let's take about jeans :) I'm nowhere near the size I want to be in jeans but I am officially back down a size... progress that you can see and feel like that is the best motivation in the world to keep going!!! My big goal was to be down a size before our trip to Florida... like I said, not where I want to be overall but it's progress... and I made it there more than a full month before we leave. I want to feel good during our trip and I know this Whole30 has given me the most amount of progress in a short amount to do just that. 

At this point, it doesn't really matter what the scale says... I'm seeing and feeling results, and that's more important than any number on the scale! Do I want to see the scale go down once I hit day 31? Of course I do. But I know that leading up to this Whole30 I'd lost almost 15 lbs. and hadn't been able to tell an ounce of a difference... so I feel like this is about so much more than a number on the scale... this is about being healthy, learning a new lifestyle and wanting to continue on with it (with a few less restrictions), and seeing quality improvements in my body! As long as those improvements are happening, the scale just doesn't matter... much ;)

Now onward with my last week of Whole30... I think I can, I think I can... :)
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Weigh-In Wednesday - Whole30 While Traveling



Today marks day 16 of Whole30 for me... 16 days of staying compliant by eating lots of protein, veggies, and healthy fats. 16 days of no added sugar, no dairy, no legumes, no grains, no alcohol, and no carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. 16 days isn't a very long time in the grand scheme of things but it is when you completely overhaul your way of eating and challenge your everyday habits.

Last week I was away for work and I knew it would be tough to stay on track... but I did it! I took steps to ensure my success and proved that even when you find yourself in tough situations, you can still power through if you want to! One of the first things I did when I got to our hotel was talk to the chef. He was more than happy to cook me compliant eggs every morning (cooked in olive oil instead of butter - I ate them with some veggies and fruit) and that made a huge difference... knowing that I could start each day off on a good note set the tone for lunch and dinner. Lunches were always at the convention center where we were working and again, right away I talked to the head of catering. He couldn't have been nicer and each day they prepared me a compliant lunch (mostly big salads with chicken or turkey, and olive oil and lemon for dressing). Breakfast and lunch were routine and that made it easy for me. Dinner was different because we were going out to different restaurants each night. I had to be 'that girl' and ask for special requests everywhere we went... meat cooked in just olive oil, lots of plain veggies and salads, and lots of just lemon for salad dressing. Was it tough? A little. Was it boring? Hell yes. But it was worth it to me.

Now the hard moments... there were only two that I can really think of. I knew my food would be boring and repetitive so even though that got old, it didn't really bother me. The hard parts were when we were out to dinner at these nice fancy restaurants and I couldn't fully enjoy them like I normally would. The big authentic Italian feast wasn't too tough, it was when we went to the Gastro Pub that I really struggled! We were in a corner booth and I was sitting elbow to elbow with two co-workers... on my right was my boss who was eating the most delicious looking Fish & Chips that I'd ever seen, and on my left was my co-worker who was eating a homemade chicken pot pie that looked heavenly! Seriously, it took a lot of willpower not to dive face first into either of their plates! The other tough time was the closest I've come to straying on this whole journey... it was during lunch on our final day when catering set out these giant bowls of homemade potato chips! Seriously, chips! My biggest weakness in all the land... I looked at them over and over and was thisclose to finding my hand in that chip bowl! Happy to say I resisted but I'm definitely still thinking about those chips :)

So that's how I stayed on track while traveling for almost a full week. It wasn't always easy and it wasn't always fun but it was absolutely worth it! This Whole30 has taught me so much in just these 16 days... I can't wait to see where these next 14 bring me and to (eeekkk!) see what I do once this is over!

 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Taking Care of Your Family with the Help of the Internet

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Most of us are family people. At least we like to think that we are. One thing is for sure. When one of your family members is in peril, it is of utmost importance to do whatever is necessary in order to assist him or her. In time of need you can recognize a proper human being, a person that has the safety and well-being of other individuals as their top priority. When we talk about family, our main concern is health. It is the basis for happy family and thus happy life. In this modern, hectic society in which we live in, we tend to forget about our physical and mental condition. We get overburdened by our daily work and financial problems, and it often happens that stress takes us on a downward spiral.

Nowadays, health care and social security have become a biggest issue for people. The world is slowly transforming. Most of the people don’t even think about the government pension and benefits of state health care. The insurance companies have completely taken over this field, making a pension your own choice. It is hard knowing that your health is not in the hands of the government but in those of some private company which is willing to sell you out in a blink of an eye.

There is an upper side to all of this. With the development of Internet and computers, many new and advances systems are available. Many different machines and devices can help cure even the lethal diseases. Even if we don’t have good health coverage, we will always know that there is a cure for most of the things which can strike us down. Although the administrative part of medical system is bad, the doctors and technicians performing operations are more knowledgeable and proficient than ever.

The use of Internet has allowed us many things. As previously mentioned, all these machines are an important part of modern medicine. Although there is always a man behind the equipment, they are more or less automatic. They are regulated through Internet and it helps diagnose any malfunction or underutilization. This is very important because these machines are limited resource; the way we use them determines their efficiency.

Besides this, most of the processes and orders are done through Internet. Personal contact with the medical staff has been brought down to minimum. This allows greater efficiency and better use of time. Your usual American or Canadian online pharmacy today has an option for online orders. For example, this you drugstore in Canada is an excellent tool for all those that are too sick to move.

We are an intelligent race. Most of us learn through experience, making sure that we don’t make the same mistakes again. As our society progresses forward, it is necessary for us as professional to incorporate all these new systems and techniques in our daily work. This way, we are allowing our patients to have better fighting chance during their daily struggle.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Weigh-In Wednesday - Week 2 of Whole30



I can't believe it's already day 9 of my Whole30! As you know, I can't step on a scale during these 30 days so I can't blog about that. What I can blog about is how this process is going for me so far and I have to say that I think it's been a big success. I don't know about the numbers on a scale or how my jeans will fit me once this is done, but it's definitely been a success so far simply for the learning aspect. I have learned so much about food, good quality food, how I should be eating, and how to properly fuel my body... things that I thought I already knew a month ago but that have drastically changed in a short amount of time. I know I still have a lot to learn but I feel like I've definitely learned so much in the last week and a half.

The first couple of days of my Whole30 were rough. In hindsight, I didn't really set myself up for success at the very beginning. I thought I knew what I needed to get started but it turns out I didn't. But you learn as you go and you learn very quickly. I was hungry those first couple of days... and not hungry because I couldn't eat, you CAN eat and you can eat plenty... but hungry because I wasn't eating enough of the right foods and because I just wasn't eating enough food in general. So when you're super hungry for a couple of days, you learn even faster :)

Despite the initial hunger, I haven't strayed from this, not even a tiny little ounce. I've sat through donuts and pizza at work without having a bite, I've sat through a taco and quesadilla lunch with my co-workers without having a bite, and just tonight I sat at dinner at a Gastro Pub and stuck to my plan by eating compliant foods and asking the chef to prepare my meal in a compliant way. I wouldn't say it's necessarily been easy (especially when there was a tray of brownies behind me today at lunch! ;)) but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's been hard either. This process is about slaying those dragons in your brain, the ones that want the sugar and the brownies and all the bad stuff, and I'm very committed to doing just that. Cheating for me is not an option. Having that mindset has been the key for me to be strong when it would be so easy to fail. I want to feel better, I want to be in less pain than I've been in, I don't want to have a foggy memory anymore, I want to fit into smaller jeans, I want clear skin, I want to get up earlier in the morning... and I know I can have all of those things by sticking with my Whole30 and some tweaks to my lifestyle going forward. 

As far as food is concerned, I'm eating plenty now and learning how to fuel my body. You should never be hungry... not if you're overweight or underweight, not if you're trying to lose weight or gain it, you should just never ever be hungry. I think a lot of people (myself included) get stuck in the mindset that you have to eat small portions and be hungry in order to lose weight and that's just not the case. I eat plenty of food, I'm just eating the right things. For breakfast I've been having eggs (usually 3 of them), mixed with plenty of veggies (tomatoes usually and sometimes with leftover potatoes that have been cubed and cooked in olive oil, salt, and pepper on the side), and sometimes some fruit. It's a hearty breakfast and it sustains me until lunch time. For lunch I've been having salad... a big salad absolutely loaded with different veggies (different veggies have different nutrients so the more variety the better!), plenty of protein (usually chicken), and some healthy fat (salad dressing of olive oil and vinegar). Dinner is the same template... plenty of protein (meat), lots of veggies, and healthy fats. Lots and lots of food, lots and lots of nutrients, and so far, so good.

As far as results are concerned, I've really only noticed two differences so far... my pants definitely feel looser and I do have more energy. Not over the top energy but I do notice that in the evenings and on weekends I'm getting a lot more accomplished... I don't sit down all day long, I'm just up and about doing things constantly. Those are both welcome changes and I'm excited to see where the next 21 days take me :)
 
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Bunch of Randoms...

Creative title to this post, right?! Well, that's what you get today... a bunch of randoms :) I'm traveling for work this week and am currently in my hotel room trying to catch a break from the madness and figured I'd blog a combination of a weekend recap / life lately post... basically just a random jumble to clear my head!
True story right there. Taylor Swift is hands down one of the sweetest people in all the land... while I never really liked her 'country' music, I've always loved her as a person, it's pretty impossible not to! Her latest album though, the pop one... freakin' amazing! I love it, I love every single song on it... so, so good! 
Ryan was down in Florida last week with his dad and grandparents... they go down every year to catch a few days of Red Sox Spring Training. He was SO excited for this trip, it's seriously like Christmas to him every year! My phone rang while I was at work on Friday... it was his dad telling me that Ryan was going to be throwing out the 1st pitch at the Red Sox game that afternoon! I was so dang excited for him... such a big bucket list item for any baseball fan and an awesome memory for him! So thankful for modern technology so I could see video of it... if you want to watch, it's on my FB page. Ryan's lucky enough to have a bunch of MLB baseballs but this one is definitely special so  in the case it went! Very cool!
I always miss my kids when they're gone but when just one of them is away, it's always nice to have one-on-one time with the other one. We spent a good part of our weekend at the gym for Emily's tumbling classes... girlfriend continues to impress me with the results of how hard she's working! Here's a video of her too... 
video
Sunday she had to switch things up from tumbling to softball because she had tryouts... so nice to see the sunshine and blue skies!
I'm still rocking the Whole30! Definitely not easy while traveling but I came prepared and am making it work... I have zero intentions of straying from it before my 30 days are up. It's something I really want to do for myself and I'm excited to see what kind of health changes I see over my remaining 22 days. More on that tomorrow but for now, here's what I've been having for lunch most days... 
I know you're probably thinking 'ughh, boring salads!' but I love them! It's an easy way to pack in a ton of veggies, plus I load them with protein (I took Shay's advice and made plenty of chicken ahead of time so these are so easy to throw together!) and healthy fats... exactly what I need!
We haven't been using our big chalkboard in the kitchen much lately so we decided to make a countdown to Disney :) I can't wait to knock a whole week off the countdown once I get back home!
I loved reading this as I scrolled through my IG feed on Sunday night as I was dreading this long week in front of me... this is our biggest week of the year at work and it means a lot of long hours and tiring days. I'll be glad when Saturday night gets here and I'm back home but I just loved this reminder! Thanks, Amy
Another good one that my friend sent me... so dang true!
Did you watch "The Bachelor" finale last night? I didn't tune in religiously all season but I watched off and on, and definitely read Sheaffer's recaps every week... seriously, they are the.best. I think Becca is absolutely freaking stunning... seriously, that girl is goals, for real! I liked Chris as 'The Bachelor' but I know I definitely couldn't deal with the farm life in Iowa so more power to Whitney! I might even have to tune in to "Dancing With the Stars" to watch Chris this season.
Lastly today, Jake made me squeal with excitement when I just read that he's doing another "Finish the Sentence" link-up this week AND that the love of my blogging life Holly is going to participate! The questions are up on Jake's blog so get your posts ready and link-up with him on Friday!

That's it for today, my friends... back to work I go! I'll be back tomorrow for the Weigh-In Wednesday link-up and to give you more details on how the Whole30 is going for me so far. Have a good one!

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Weigh-In Wednesday - Week 1 of Whole30

First things first, today we have a couple of housekeeping issues to take care of. Ash has decided to back away from co-hosting this link-up so Heather and I are looking for another blogger to co-host the link-up with us each week! If you're interested, please e-mail Heather and me to let us know... we'll consider everyone who's interested and will hopefully have a new co-host next week! In the mean time, here's this week's (temporary) button for the link-up...


Ok, now on to this week's weigh-in. I've officially started my Whole30 and one of the strict rules is that you can't weigh or measure yourself during those 30 days. I weighed myself on the morning of day 1 and was down an even 4 lbs. since the start of this year. Certainly not where I wanted to be but it is what it is :)

I'm not sure what to expect as far as weight loss while I'm on this Whole30 program. It's definitely not a weight loss program, it's designed to reset your body and to get you back to healthy habits, but I have to think that eating this way can't help but lead to a loss by the time my 30 days is up. We shall see!

Right now I'm in the early days of my Whole30 and I'm still struggling to get accustomed to it all. Eating the right things, the right portions of each thing, and the right amount of food overall to keep me full until the next meal. I'll get there but right now that's what I'm struggling with. I really need to get a good grasp on this by the upcoming weekend because next week I'm traveling all week long for work. That should be interesting, that's for sure. Not impossible and I definitely plan on sticking with it but that means I need to plan, plan, plan! I know it'll be a tough week but I'm going to set myself up for success!

How are you doing with your weight loss goals now that we're already 2 full months into the new year?

 
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