Hi guys. I never followed up after my Tough mudder. It was by far the coolest thing I've ever done. I went into it thinking I wouldn't be able to do certain obsitcals. I figured I would be slow and have a to walk a lot. I left ther feeling incredible. I completed every obstical. I made it farther on the monkey bars then I thought. I ran more then I ever expcted. I met the coolest people. It was to date the most fun experience I've ever hard. Here are some photos from the day. I signed up for the SF Giants 10k at the end of august and I'm so super excited. I get to finish the race on the field, where the actual players play. I cannot even handle the joy I feel even imagining being on the field. I plan to take a million pictures that day, I will upload some after I actually cross the finish line!
Hi all. I'm still alive. It's been a busy few months. We moved. We bought a house and it's incredible. I'm still on my weight loss journey. I've lost about 70 pounds. Some days more, some days less. Here, lets have some update photos.
I have blue and purple, peacock hair now.
And yes, my socks, and everything still match, because one thing that never changes is my matching OCD.
The house we moved to is incredible. It took us many many months to find, but I honestly couldn't be happier with it.
Brandon started all of the orthodontic proccess last week. He got the seperator, spacer type things that I had in when I was a kid. I feel awful for him. AWFUL. I know the end result is worth every second of pain, but watching my food lover struggle to eat hurts my heart.
I am registered for Tough Mudder in June, which is...not far enough away. I'm terrified of it, but I told my husband I would do it, then I paid for it, so I guess I kind of have to do it.
That's about it for now. I just wanted to stop in and say, I'm still living this fit life, still eating clean, still trying to love myself. I'll try and stop by more often. I promise.
One of the most inspirational things I've seen online so far is this little meme:
My husband sent me this once and it hit home. Hard. The fact is, I have been on this clean eating mission for 19 months now. That is a long time. I realize that the popular thought is instant gratification. We all want to lose weight right now. We want the weight gone in one month, a few weeks, days even. The bottom line though, is that the time is going to pass anyway. If it takes 19 months to hit a goal so what? Those 19 months were going to happen no matter what. If you were fat, thin, healthy, unhealthy, no matter what those days would happen. Why not let go of the time excuse, realize this is going to take some fucking time and just shut up and do it. I went into this with a one year goal. ONE YEAR PEOPLE. Do you understand how hard it was to commit to a year? To wake up and see a weight gain, and know I still had eight more months to go. To plateau for three straight months and tell myself every single day to go back to the gym and keep trying? It was hard. It is hard. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. Do you know what is harder? Looking back at the time past and wondering why I wasted it. I look back at the years before March 25 2013 and beat myself up at all of the time I wasted being as heavy as I was. Why? Why did I make all of those excuses? Why did I sit around at home watching the Biggest Loser and eating junk food lamenting about not having the time, instead of finding the time and losing the weight. If I had started three years ago where would I be now? I would be trying to lose 30 pounds instead of 60. Trust me on this, looking back and regretting the lost time is so much worse then living your days as healthy as possible, especially since those days will occur no matter what.
You guys. Unless you are in a full body cast I sooooo don't want to hear that you cannot workout and EAT HEALTHY because you are injured. First of all, abs are made in the kitchen, not many injuries will prevent you from eating clean and healthy. If you happen to be in a full body cast take the time to do your BMR, find out your resting daily calorie burn and adjust your food around that. It might be lower then normal but it's doable. I'm watching this season of the Biggest Loser and it's about second chance athletes. One guy who had this incredible rocking body said he stopped working out because he had a leg injury. I had a severe sprain in July. Cast and crutches and all. I took one day off from the gym, then I got on my crutches, hobbled in and did the most intense upper body workouts I could. I figured out how to get my cast on a bike and burn off some calories. I had my appendix out in January, I missed eight days from the gym and then I was in there figuring out how I could do legs, biceps, triceps, and the bicycle without hurting my stitches. There is a girl on the Biggest Loser right now with TWO air casts on. She is still losing weight. She is tracking her food, she is eating clean, she is swimming, she is doing as much upper body stuff as she can. All you need to do to lose weight is put out more then you take in. Any form of exercise is going to help you achieve your goals. Obviously rest the injury but don't use a hurt arm to prevent you from doing leg press, lunges, calf raises, and bike. Man up and take care of your shit.
I don't have the time.
If you are reading this, you have the time to workout. You do not have to go to the gym to get in a killer workout. I can teach you a twenty minute body weight circuit that can be done at home that will knock you flat on your ass and melt off the pounds if you are eating right. If you have time to watch your favorite show, or Netflix binge, you have time to workout. When this started I would watch TV doing wall squats. I've watched my shows while doing body weight squats. I've watched TV while holding as many one minute planks as I could. I've watched TV while curling some weights and doing ab workouts. I know you are sitting there binge watching some Zombie show or Sons Of Anarchy when you could be working out. Do you get a lunch break at work? Go for a fucking walk. Do you have any weights? Put them next to your couch. If you have time to bake cupcakes you have time to workout while they are in the oven.
I need me time.
Oh my gosh people. We need to let go of this notion that us mommies need all of this bullshit me time. Do you know when my time is? When I'm at the gym, or on a run. Now that I'm more healthy and active I don't have this urge for me time. I have an urge to get outside, get my kids outside, go on a hike, go to the lake, go for a walk, run with my son, etc. My me time occurs for ten minutes in the morning when I wake up and enjoy my first cup of coffee. After that, it's just go time. I don't need special time to read a book. I don't need special time to watch my TV shows. I don't need special time to do crafts. I need time to get my shit together and get healthy. I need time to workout. I need time to bake healthy foods for my family and meal prep for our week. I don't need time to do all that girly lazy fluffy shit. We need to get over ourselves. We made the choice to have kids, and that choice meant giving up our time for the next 18+ years. It's more important for me to be healthy and alive long enough to meet my great grandkids then it is to relax and have a cup of tea. I want to live. I want to live with my kids and have a healthy active life. I want to teach them to do the same. I want them to see me out hiking and running and think that is a good idea. I want them to go off to college and spend their weekends hiking mountains. I want them to grow up and have kids and take them running and tell them how their mom used to run with them. I want them to be healthy. I want to raise kids who don't have to struggle with weight and health like I did. My job as a parent is to be healthy, to teach them to be healthy, and to set an example. My job as a parent is not to have special time to read a book. I still read, but I do it at the end of the day when I'm in bed and there is nothing else I can possibly do for my health and fitness. I read in the car on road trips. I read waiting at the DMV. I don't read when I could be getting healthy.
You guys, stop making excuses. Do this. Don't start next Monday, start tomorrow morning. I don't mean to be harsh but it's time to be harsh. It's time to take your health serious. It's time to make yourself a priority so you can be around for many years to come. It's time to stop living a life of excuses and start living a life of achievements.
I know I've posted a lot about my new healthy lifestyle. I've talked all about how I eat clean and am dropping weight as a result of it. Let's be real. When I joined the gym my idea of getting healthy was ordering two things at Taco Bell instead of four or five, portioning my nightly cup of ice cream rather then eating a large container, etc. So lets talk about how you can start eating clean, and the baby steps you can take to eventually get to where I am.
Cut back on the junk food:
Like I said, when I started my initial response was just to cut down on how much fast food I ordered. Not to stop eating it. Then I cut back on how often I went. THEN I cut it out entirely. Here is the thing. If you start really working out, lifting weights, hiking, and being fit at least four to five days a week, your body is going to start asking you for healthier foods and punishing you when you feed it junk food. I realized really fast when I got serious about my exercise that junk food was not good fuel. My body made sure I knew it the next day. What do I consider junk food? Processed, refined, enriched, white sugar, preservative laden food. If it can last months in your pantry, that's junk food. I still cook muffins, I just cook healthy muffins. I use coconut sugar rather then processed white sugar, I use whole wheat flour in place of that other white bleached flour. I use coconut oil in place of vegetable oil. I use chia seeds in place of eggs. We still have dessert, only now instead of cookies and ice cream I serve vanilla coconut milk yogurt with apples roasted in cinnamon, or fresh peaches. My kids think it's delicious and it hits the sweet spot. I also keep a bag of vegan chocolate chips in the freezer. If I'm really hurting for chocolate I pour out a small handful of those and eat them one at a time until the craving is gone. Instead of Lays potato chips if I need a treat I have edamame chips. They are super good and have better ingredients.
Fix your snacking
One of the best things I did was change how I snack and how often. I eat all day long. Seriously I eat every one to two hours. I eat quality food though. Most people have a tendency to think "healthy snack, I will grab a banana or an apple." Later they still want to snack. I don't know about you personally but this is what I learned about me. I need the motion of snacking. The movement of popping chip after chip into my mouth. The action of continuous snacking. Think of how many Cheetos you can put away in twenty minutes. So I got creative with my snacks. At the start of every week I prepackage the following; edamame, almonds, cashews, banana chips, barely roasted zucchini with spices, and sweet potatoes. All of these things give me the feel of snacking. A bag with a half a cup of edamame in it can last me twenty minutes of reaching in, popping in one or two edamame, typing a few pages, pop in a few edamame, I get the motion of snacking, without all of the calories, and processed preservative ingredients. Cashews and almonds give me crunch when I need that. Banana chips give me the sweetness I sometimes crave. I cut up sweet potatoes small and portion them out, that gives me a sweet flavor also and can be eaten cold also. Packaging all of you snacks at the start of the week is going to be your biggest fail safe. No matter how late I am, or how tired I am, I always have time to open the fridge and grab out a few snack bags. It takes me 2-3 hours on Sunday to prep everything but it saves me every single week from making a bad choice because, "I don't have the time in the morning, I don't have time at work, etc." I also keep the almonds and cashews at my desk at work. This way I cannot forget them. I cannot say, "well I didn't pack a snack today so I'll just have some junk food, or vending machine food." I make it impossible for me to make an excuse. I do not keep large quantities of stuff readily available. This means I don't keep the whole jar of cashew butter at my desk at work. I portion that out at the start of the week and bring one portion to work with my apple. This way I don't have the excuse to reach up and have "just one more scoop." Honestly a lot of this has been theoretically child proofing my food. Only....I'm idiot proofing it. If the snacks are there I have to eat those, nothing else. If I don't have a large quantity of cashews available I cannot over eat them. If the food is prepped the week before I have no excuse to purchase any other junk food option. I eat 2-3 snacks a day. This keeps your metabolism going. It keeps your body working to digest. Again, I eat often, but it's good clean food.
Move past the 100 calorie mentality.
One of the biggest hurdles is getting over the 100 calorie mentality that food companies have us believing is a great way to live. So many people trying to "diet" immediately think 100 calorie packs are a great idea. The only time I advocate a 100 calorie pack is when it's a package of plain almonds. Go to your pantry now, pick up the box of 100 calorie snacks and read the ingredients. Read the fat content, the carb content, and the lack of protein in them. Then, compare that to a clean snack. If you are hell bent on the 100 calorie mentality I've included a chart below that shows you some really good snack ideas that give you 100 calories, but also include good fat, protein, and fewer carbs.
It's more important to put quality food in your mouth then quantity food. My edamame is 120 calories for a serving. Lets compare this to a 100 calorie pack of Keebler fudge cookies:
Edamame 100 calorie pack
Calories 120 100
Carbs 9g 16 grams
Fat 5g 3 grams
Sugar 0g 7 grams
Protein 10g 1 gram
Sodium 10mg 70 mg
Now lets look at the ingredients:
Edamame: Whole shelled edamame
100 Calorie pack: Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Soybean, Palm, Palm Kernel, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed, Hydrogenated Cottonseed, Palm Kernel, Coconut and/or Palm Oil With Tbhq For Freshness [less than 0.5 G Trans Fat Per Serving]), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Whey, Contains Two Percent or less of Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Emulsifiers (Soy Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Monostearate, Sorbitan Tristearate), Salt, Blue No. 2 Lake, Red No. 40 Lake, Yellow No. 6 Lake, Molasses, Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Peppermint Oil.
What? What is that? That isn't food. The edamame has a few more calories, and more fat, but it's a good fat, those are good calories, and look at the protein content. The edamame will keep you fuller longer and it's a whole clean product. Red 40 is so awful for you. Cut this out of your life. Research it some day, it has horrible effects on children, but mostly it's a straight up chemical.
If you are going to live healthy, start reading labels. A small serving of French fries at McDonalds might be lower in calories then a baked sweet potato, but read the ingredients. What is in those calories? My baked sweet potato contains just that. Fast food fries look like this
Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*, Citric Acid [Preservative]), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt.
Prepared in Vegetable Oil: Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
CONTAINS: WHEAT AND MILK
*Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.
This isn't real food. You shouldn't need a preservative in your snacks. If you make them weakly they won't go bad. The point is, your food shouldn't have 10 ingredients unless it's home made food and those ingredients are spices and herbs. If you start packing clean food, with few ingredients, and no preservatives you will start to see results. Get out of the mentality that if you buy a bunch of prepackaged low calorie foods that you will see long term lasting results. You might see results for a little while but it's not maintainable or healthy. Eventually your body will rebel. It won't want to digest all of the chemicals, and enriched bleached processed nonsense. Cleaning up my eating gave me the ability to exercise longer, lift heavier, recover faster, and run farther. I wake up feeling so much better every single day. I have more energy. Life is just plain better
The final baby step is:
Stop rewarding progress with food
We have got to stop this idea that if you lose ten pounds you can have some ice cream. If you eat good all week you should be rewarded with a splurge meal. NO. If you eat good all week and then eat badly on the weekend realize you are eating bad 104 days of the year. How can you expect results? If you start rewarding yourself with food you are just re-enforcing the bad habits you already had. Reward a weight loss with new shoes, a massage, a day at the beach. Anything but food. Reward a week of healthy eating with a new book, or a new fitness toy. I've rewarded myself with a Polar watch, new running shoes, new training shoes, ankle straps for kick backs, new workout clothes, etc. Rewarding with food is a slippery slope. One bad reward turns into a day of rewards, which turns into a weekend of rewards, which turns into weight gained. The next thing you know you will be gaining and losing the same five pounds and rewarding yourself for the same thing and it becomes a vicious cycle. I rewarded a specific weight goals. For example, when I hit 150 pounds I bought new workout clothes and a pair of trail shoes. However, when I gained a couple pounds back and then lost them (normal water weight fluctuation) I did not reward hitting 150 again. Most people would, and if you are rewarding with food that adds up.
Hopefully this helps you get on track with a new healthy life. I realize it often seems like I just woke up and changed my life but I did not. It took time. Trial and error. I had to find what worked for me. I had to figure out how bad I wanted to achieve my goals. I had to learn that spending three hours on a Sunday cooking and meal prepping was more important then spending "me" time reading, or being lazy. Give me some feed back. What other questions do you have?
About ten days ago I was sitting at my desk and noticed one of my least favorite things. A chin hair. Throughout the day I noticed that I just kept touching it more and more. It was barely visible, but I knew it was there. We used to have tweezers at work for emergency situations like this, but someone took them home with them one weekend and they never came back. I emailed my best friend to tell her that I had decided after 32 years to maybe invest in a nice pair of tweezers for myself. I have some at home, I actually have some in my car, but both pairs are just the cheap kind you grab standing in line in a CVS one day as kind of an afterthought. This time I wanted nice ones. They needed to be cute. I emailed about how I was looking at tweezers online while stroking this one chin hair, and how I imagined myself looking like an evil movie villain stroking their beard, plotting to take over the world and saying muahahahaha whilst doing so. You know, an evil villain with hot pink tweezers.
While writing this I found the actual email I sent....it must be so fun to be my friend and receive emails like this from me:
I ordered the tweezers linked below.
Just look at them. Aren't they beautiful? Hot pink, and sharp, and just, so grown up for my first official tweezer purchase. I was stunned when THAT night I got shipping notification that I would receive my tweezers in the morning. Which I did. Less then 24 hours after hitting Buy Now, the pretty pink tweezers were in my possession.
Only thing is, I had already gone home and plucked out the offending chin hair, since I anticipated a few days wait time. Now I had the tweezers and nothing to tweeze. I added them to the newly created "girly things" bag inside my purse. This bag contains, mascara, an eyelash curler and a blush stick. I've never worn these items in my life, but recently learned how, and decided that I should always have them on hand in case I ever have an emergency situation occur when I would need mascara. If anyone knows what an emergency requiring mascara is, let me know, I'm still waiting. But I'm prepared for it. I am now fully prepared to tweeze any wayward chin hairs also. I did use the mascara once when I was having a kind of shitty day at work, and not feeling super pretty. I went in curled, and applied a coat and it totally lifted my spirits. Weird. I've yet to use my emergency blush.
Since I don't pluck my eyebrows because I've never been taught how to and the one time I tried was BAAAAD, I really have no use for these tweezers besides chin hairs. So if you are following along, yes I spent $18.00 on tweezers to pluck one or two chin hairs a month. It made sense at the time.
Now for the actual point of this story. I have one I promise.
Thursday the kids were at work with me since they are on fall break and Codi comes strolling into my office and tells me, "Brandon kicked the cactus over." There is a whole story behind this cactus but the point is, for some reason that week, we acquired a potted cactus outside of our office where my kids play. All I'm thinking is, "shit, he just kicked over my bosses potted cactus and I bet he broke the pot or something. I get up and stroll outside and find my child sitting on the ground holding his flip flop covered foot with cactus pricks* sticking out of his big toe, crying. I have to admit I really, really, REALLY wanted to laugh when I first saw it but I know that would have been wrong. I bent down and started immediately trying to get the pricks out of his foot. I noticed some that were too small to grab so I shouted at Codi to go grab my purse. I brought it to me, I grabbed my "girly things" bag and procured my brand new hot pink tweezers. I removed their pretty little plastic end protector and proceeded to grab out all of the remaining cactus pricks. Some were so small and I was amazed that I was able to grab onto them. We went inside, washed his foot, used the flashlight to find two more very hidden little pricks and remove them. Then the boys went about their day.
I went into my office and realized that I had just used my brand new fancy pants hot pink tweezers on my sons dirty big toe. That was not how I imagined my first time with them ya'll.
I find it funny now how it all worked out. I had zero reason to actually order tweezers. I probably wouldn't have used them again for a month. They shipped out incredibly fast, and I chose to keep them in my purse of all places. I have to wonder now if the universe somehow knew that cactus would show up at my work, that one of the kids would eventually kick it while wearing flip flops, that I would have been left tweezerless because someone else had taken our work tweezers home, and if in the end what I imagined to be my super cute girl tweezers was really just a great parenting tool that I subconsciously knew I would need with boys this age.
Either way, I felt like a super hero for having them so close at hand, and being able to remedy the situation immediately, rather then running around looking for tweezers, or running to get my keys, to go to my car, to get the tweezers that barely work, and fumbling it all in the end. My super pink, super cute tweezers made me a hero for a moment. Maybe next month I'll actually get to use them on myself.
Later that day I texted the same best friend who received the email about me stroking my villain mustache and said, "good thing I bought those tweezers." Later when she replied asking why, I said, "because my son just kicked a fucking cactus, and I just had to use them to pull fucking cactus pricks out of my his big toe." She got a great laugh out of it, knowing how happy I had been to order them, and how excited I was to use them solely for my chin hair girly needs. Admitting that I had to use them the first time for a mommy thing just made her day. Damn kids.
Before you ask, no I don't have a picture of his toe with cactus pricks in it, it didn't cross my mind to take a picture until after I had helped him. Yes I laughed my ass off in front of him after he was all cleaned up and done crying.
*Is pricks the correct term for this? Hmmm
Look how pretty they are.
I linked to them above because I was crazy impressed with the shipping speed, and I got a pretty good price for them on Amazon. They have so many colors to choose from, but I'm thrilled with my hot pink. Here is the link again.
Not sure if you all know about my new found love for Amazon Prime, but that love is real and deep. I have yet to come across something I couldn't add to my cart and have within two days. It's thrilling you guys. Just thrilling. Also, I did not get paid to write this, or asked to write this, I wrote it because my child kicked a cactus wearing flip flops and I had to use MY brand new shiny pink tweezers to pull stuff out of HIS dirty big toe.
**She saved that email to go back and look at, and laugh at later, because I really do send the weirdest emails. Poor best friend, she has to hear all of my weird shit. Some day you should find her and ask her about the spaghetti squash incident.
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