Category Archives: Healthy Living

Eating every 2 hours

Recently I noticed my stomach was a bit puffier and jiggly, my clothes weren’t fitting quite so nicely, and my energy was down. It doesn’t take a Jillian Michaels to conclude that the culprit was my lack of movement and increase in poor eating. So I joined a new gym and figured out a new way to eat that works for me (although lets check back in in a few weeks and see if I’m still saying that).

Ironically, I joined my new gym exactly 1 year from the day I joined my old gym. I have the timehop app to thank for that revelation.

So my new gym is Crunch Fitness which is closer to my house than to work and is significantly cheaper than the boutique gym near work, CanDo, I was previously a member of. I decided to give a gym closer to home a try in the hopes that I would go on the weekends (so far I haven’t). I don’t know how well it will work because part of the incentive with CanDo was that if I went, I would miss rush hour traffic. Now I am driving through rush hour to get to Crunch.

But so far I like it. The classes are 30 minutes (with the exception of Zumba which is 60) which makes it really easy to fit in to whatever else I wanted to do. Last week I did a quick run/walk, took Absolution, then ran to take a quick shower and head to a Junior League meeting. It fit in perfectly with my schedule. What I don’t like, and go ahead and call me a snob, is the clientelle. CanDo is in Princeton, which is a much nicer area than where I live and is full of people who work in NYC. Crunch is in Fairless Hills, which is a working class area full of people who work hard to make ends meet. Nothing wrong with those people; I come from those people. But their attitudes at the gym are different. At CanDo everyone had a routine and you always saw little piles of weights and other equipment around the gym that people set up for their workout. At Crunch, people mindlessly walk from machine to machine doing a few things here and there. I definitely get some weird looks with the things I do, but whatevs. Crunch is much cheaper than CanDo so I’m trying really hard to make it work.

So that’s what I’ve been doing on the fitness front; here is the food front. I have decided to follow an every 2 hour eating schedule with each “meal” being the same size. So there is no “meal” and “snack” size; every portion is around 200-300 calories. It’s working really well thus far. As far as I know, I don’t have any medical issues like diabetes, but I definitely suffer from some majorly swinging blood sugar. My Mom calls me a bear; when I’m hungry, feed me. So the every 2 hour same size meal seems a really good solution. I never have a chance to get starving and I’m being really mindful of each meal, whereas before I would just grab whatever looked good. To help make sure I’m on track I set my phone timer for 2 hours. The first day I really felt tied to the clock/timer and worried it would become an obsession. By midweek though the timer was super handy as I wasn’t checking it every 30 minutes to see when I could eat. I think most of my obsession with the timer on the first day just came from my excitement to eat the yummy stuff I brought. Anyone ever make their lunch, notice how good it looks, and then just eat it right then so now you have to make a second lunch for the next day? Guilty.

(PS why is this woman eating a sandwich topless)

I like to get as much done for my week on Sunday as I can. I’ve always prepped all of my breakfasts for the week because I sleep late. And I usually prep as much of my lunches as I can. These past two weeks I have prepped every work-time meal and it’s been great. I have really noticed a huge difference in my energy level, my mood, and my gut. My stomach is no longer hanging over my pants and everything fits normally again. There hasn’t been a shift on the scale, but I am fine with that. Here is an example of my day.

Shake consists of 1/2c greek yogurt, half banana, 1/2c frozen strawberries, 1tbsp pb, and 1/3 scoop chocolate protein powder.

This week’s plan:

Steel cut oats is Quaker brand and uses 1c oats that I make in to 5 servings of cooked oats. Homemade vegetarian chili recipe can be found here (I omit the corn because I can’t eat it).

I wasn’t sure how much of a difference it was making until this weekend. On Sunday I threw on a tshirt and jeans and was looking down at the counter. I noticed then that my stomach definitely deflated and Ken said something earlier too. Then later that night I had a horrible headache that wouldn’t go away and I got really nauseous. The headache started from a cramp in my neck from sleeping funky, but it was weird how it travelled and wouldn’t go away. I thought the nausea was from the pain, but that’s weird for me too. Then I started thinking about what I ate that day to see if it could have caused anything and I realized I barely ate. I had coffee, eggs with cornbread and a bit of leftover apple crisp, and steel cut oats with more apple crisp and coffee. So I heated up a bowl of chicken noodle soup and crackers (kept it simple in case I really was sick). At first I could barely eat it, the nausea was that bad. But after a bunch of forced bites I started to feel much better. The nausea and headache were disipating and I quickly deduced everything I had been feeling was because I went from eating good food every 2 hours to barely nothing but sugar and coffee only twice. An hour after I finished the soup I decided more food was a good idea so I had some soppresata, cheese, and triscuits ;-)

I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing lately. Any “meals” around 200-300 calories for me?

Fitness Check In

Good morning, how’s your day going so far? Did you have a nice weekend. Mine was pretty low-key. I loved seeing all the clicks, tweets, and comments on my Noteworthy post last week. I worked pretty hard on creating a nice list to share so I’m glad you all enjoyed it!

If you remember last week I said I was working on getting regular with fitness. I set a tentative schedule but I wasn’t pushing myself. I’m somewhat pleased with what I did and somewhat disappointed that I didn’t do more.

I’m trying not to force myself to run just because it is on my schedule. I need to honor my body and listen to my knee. I had scheduled 3 runs for the week, but only did 2. I’m thinking that maybe my knee is just a 2-run a week kind of lady.

I did go to yoga on Monday, which was really nice. I bought a 5 class card thinking I’d try to go at least once a week.

So here was last week’s plan:
Sunday: 1.5 mile run CHECK!
Monday: yoga CHECK!
Tuesday: rest and physical therapy exercises (I’m getting my hair colored for the first time in a few years at a salon. I’m ridiculously excited to not do it myself) no check
Wednesday: 1.5 run CHECK! kind of… I shortened it to 1 mile for time and worked on speed.
Thursday: strength and pt exercises no check
Friday: 1.75 mile run no check
Saturday: strength no check

Looking at the plan and what I got done made me realize that I skipped out on the easiest thing to fit in: strength. I have weights and things in the basement and could have easily gotten that done.

This week’s plan:
Sunday: rest
Monday: 1.5- 1.75 mile run
Tuesday: yoga
Wednesday: strength
Thursday: strength and walk
Friday: rest
Weekend: I’ll be in Brooklyn so we’ll be doing a lot of walking and we’re hoping to get a run in in Central Park

What’s on your plan this week? What is something you skip out on and then realize it would have been really easily to get done?


 

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Fitness Wax and Wane

When it comes to working out I think it’s only normal to wax and wane. Whatever the reasons may be, there are times when we just can’t or don’t have the desire to workout and times when we crave our daily sweat. I definitely wane more than wax, but I am proud that over the past year I have always managed to get back on the workout train.

I was really bad this summer. I don’t know about you, but I never feel like working out in the summer. I’d rather spend my time outdoors than in a gym, but it is way too hot for me to run around outside and get sweaty. So I just sit in a nice chair, with a cold glass of ice water, and a book and lounge. That wouldn’t be so bad if my eating towards the end of the summer was way less than desirable.

The other week I ran to the mall to return some stuff to Loft and I wandered down to Forever 21. I really don’t know why I go on there. I was hoping they’d have some cheap graphic t’s, but seriously their stuff is not made for my body and it only lasts a few washes anyway. Despite not knowing why I bother, I’m glad I went because it actually inspired me to get moving again. In the past trying on clothes that didn’t fit would send me into a spiral of feeling sorry for myself. But now, since I know I am at a good size for my body, it just motivates me to keep going. I tried on this top and it fit everywhere except the sleeves. And it’s not that they were just a little tight. It was like the rest of the shirt was built for a normal sized person and the sleeves were built for someone who doesn’t eat. They look all nice and loose on the model, but not so much. Anyway, after laughing at myself for a while and realizing that I was glad it didn’t fit because it would have shrunk and been unwearable after a few washes, I left with a strong resolve to start working out again. I remembered how hard I worked last year to lose 8 pounds in September and how excited I was when I saw my arms shrinking and I was able to fit into normal button down shirts from my favorite stores. And then I remembered how I binged on way too many oreos earlier in the day and said enough.

I wish I could say I went home that night and busted out 30 burpees. But that would be a lie. The next day I babysat after work and I was scrolling through instagram and reminded of The Everygirl’s 30 day Self-Improvement and Growth challenge. I knew I wanted health to be challenge and on my drive home I rolled the windows down and kept thinking it was such a beautiful night and almost perfect weather for a run. So I decided I was running when I got home at 9:30 no matter what. When I was a few minutes away I started telling myself all the reasons I shouldn’t run: it was late and I was tired, the run might wake me up and I wouldn’t be able to sleep, it was beautiful but it was still kind of humid, I was hungry. So when I got home I walked right into my room, changed my clothes, and went right back outside.

It was such a beautiful run and so so hard. I had my last day of physical therapy for my knee the day before and I was told I should be back to 5k status in about 2 months with consistent running and slowly building up my mileage. So I set out to do a 1.5 mile run and I did it. Every time I gave myself an excuse not to run on my drive home I reminded myself I’d feel so good if I did it, I wouldn’t be sorry, and it would set me up right for the weekend.

And it did set me up right. Saturday I was late to my boyfriend’s because I decided to do a 21-Day Fix upper body workout after sitting on the couch thinking about it for an hour. And on Sunday I went for another really tough (humidity still high!) 1.5 mile run when I got home. My legs were super super tight so I looked up the schedule at my favorite yoga studio and made a date with myself for Monday evening at 7.

I also weighed myself on Friday before I went for the run and was so disappointed in the weight I had gained. On Saturday and Sunday when I didn’t want to run or I wanted to eat crap, I reminded myself of that number and it worked. I don’t have a gym membership anymore and I’ve decided to stop torturing myself by trying to plan morning workouts and then not doing them. I’m just not a morning person. I’m following the blank workout schedule, which is where you don’t plan your workouts but you fill in the days after you do them. It’s a bit more satisfying to write down what you did instead of looking at what you didn’t do. I do have loose plans in my mind for my workouts which include at least 3 runs and 2 strength a week. This week’s tentative plan


 

Sunday: 1.5 mile run  CHECK!
Monday: yoga CHECK!
Tuesday: rest and physical therapy exercises (I’m getting my hair colored for the first time in a few years at a salon. I’m ridiculously excited to not do it myself)
Wednesday: 1.5 run
Thursday: strength and pt exercises
Friday: 1.75 mile run
Saturday: strength

P.S. I joined the Virtual Pug Run to raise money for the Northern Illinois Pug Shelter. Shannyn from Frugal Beautiful is the organizer and if she reaches her goal her fiance will run a marathon in a ridiculous pug onesie (it’s worth the click over to her site just for you to see this onesie). You get an awesome pug medal for joining too, but I think the real prize is the onesie. She is a few runners short of her goal so please go join. The beauty of a virtual run is you do it when you want, where you want, how you want. I am working towards 3 miles in 8 weeks so my virtual run are my combined training miles. I signed up for the 5k and I’m almost done :-) I did 1.5 Friday and Sunday so I just need .2 miles to be finished. I hope you’ll join us!

I used to share my fitness plans and what I did here on the blog and I think I’ll get back to it. It definitely helps keep me accountable and reminds me to come up with a plan. I don’t know if it will be weekly, but it will happen every once in a while.

What’s your plan for the week? Are you joining in #teg30daychallenge?

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