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After Thanksgiving, I decided to stop drinking my calories until after the holidays. I lost 1.6 pounds (which is a lot for me since I'm pretty much at goal weight). Seeing that loss reinforced just how much those calories can add up!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on 8 Convincing Stats to Lose the Booze in January (and Fight Cancer)
@Wannabe Health Nut @LisaEirene Making it as simple as possible makes it EASY to eat healthy. For example, I always bring healthy snacks to work. Today I have an apple and some grapes. Makes me less likely to eat the candy in the office!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Make Time for Exercise + Meal Planning
The meal planning is harder to find time for. What worked for us is having very simple meals. Our dinners are a protein + veggie + salad. It makes it easy. So we always have salmon, chicken, shrimp, pork chops on hand or in the freezer to make it easy!
As for exercise, it's important to me so I make the time. No matter what! I schedule it like I schedule my plans and stick to it.
I used to be an emotional eater. That's probably one of the contributing factors to me gaining 100 pounds. It's funny, once I lost the weight and kept it off for a little while, my relationship with food changed dramatically. Am I still an emotional eater? Once in awhile. But I've learned to turn to other things when I am upset (like going for a walk, going to the gym, talking to a friend) instead of eating!
8 months, 1 week ago on Confessions of an Emotional Eater
Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows out there. I will be so sad when it's gone! :(
As for bad habits...when I was trying to lose 100 pounds, I had to stop eating my two triggers foods entirely: pizza and ice cream. For two years I avoided them and lost the weight. After keeping it off for 4 years now, I can eat my old trigger foods in moderation and not go over board (thankfully). But breaking that bad habit in the beginning was HARD.
8 months, 1 week ago on Breaking Bad (Habits)
Getting a HRM totally changed how I worked out. I learned how to become more efficient and not just spend a ton of time working out. It also taught me how to run. When I first started running I had no idea what I was doing and didn't follow any training programs. The HRM taught me pacing how to stay within my ideal heart rate zone. I LOVE my hrm.
9 months, 1 week ago on Should I Use a Heart Rate Monitor During Workouts?
The activity I usually choose when I'm too sore is swimming. Nothing feels better after a big weight lifting workout than relaxing lap swimming.
9 months, 1 week ago on Can You Be Too Sore to Work Out?
Another one that bothers me is people on Twitter who never respond to questions/comments. Or they post a link on Twitter 5x a day. 1-2x a day is enough.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on 7 Social Media Pet Peeves and Their Fixes
I love fish. It's one of my favorite proteins. Not only is it healthy, it's simple and easy to prepare AND it's low in calories.
I eat seafood probably 2x a week. Salmon is a staple in my house and we always have it on hand. I also try to eat shrimp or scallops another night that week. Seafood is just so rich in nutrients and if you're trying to lose weight, or keep it off, a low calorie meal with seafood is perfect.
1 year, 2 months ago on 5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Fish Once a Week
When I was 250 pounds I was developing diabetes, I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I was also in pain all the time. My back hurt. My legs hurt, my feet hurt A LOT--they'd swell after being on my feet for a few hours. My hips were killing me. It hurt being obese. I lost 110 pounds and the pains I was having went away.
1 year, 2 months ago on New Study Finds Obesity Causes Regular Physical Pain
Most of it just feels like hype. I take all the "health news" with a grain of salt.
1 year, 3 months ago on Why Most Health News Is Trash
Sounds like a good list! I recently decided I needed a break for a few days from working out. Now I'm refreshed and ready to try new things with my fitness.
1 year, 6 months ago on I need a challenge
I've been feeling the same way lately....
1 year, 6 months ago on A Very Weird Time
These are great! Blogging has taught me that there are a LOT of people out there struggling like me. Having a community is awesome.
1 year, 7 months ago on Friday 5: What blogging has taught me
Oh you poor thing! :( I totally understand! Running when upset is the BEST. I feel so much better when I do that. And as someone who was on antidepressants for years, I related to your "I can't cry" thing either. It's funny I had no emotions when I was on them and couldn't cry. NOW? I experience ALL emotions and it's totally brutal.
1 year, 7 months ago on I can’t cry, so I guess I’ll run
I follow blogs that I feel a connection with. I admit that when I first got "into" this little world I collected blogs to read like they were going out of style. I couldn't get enough of it. Then a majority of them started to blend together. I couldn't keep track of who was who because they were all running marathons and writing about oatmeal, etc etc. I widdled the list down to the people that I feel a connection with because of their topics, their writing styles AND the fact that they don't bog down my RSS feed/twitter/facebook/g+ with constant updates. This is not to say I haven't been guilty of that at one point. But I'd much rather read blogs that aren't all about the page views, the book deals, the klout stuff, etc. I never "stumple upon" things. If I'm inspired by the writer I tell them.
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Or maybe I'm just burned out on social media. :)
1 year, 7 months ago on Are We Sending Social Media to an Early Grave?
Good for you!!! You did it!!! I think it's completely natural to always feel underprepared. But you did it, and you crossed the finish line. Awesome.
My first 5k I had the flu for 2 weeks leading up to the race. It was awful. I was under prepared, I still felt crappy, I had no energy, it was cold and I was unhappy. But I was glad I did it.
1 year, 8 months ago on New Beginning
OH, don't beat yourself up! You are saving yourself a possible injury which will definitely suck more than disappointment does. Trust me, I've been there. I think doing the 5k is a GREAT idea. Sign up for a 10k to do a few weeks later or a few months later...whenever you are ready. Wouldn't you rather enjoy your first half marathon instead of being miserable?
1 year, 8 months ago on Dr. Stop
Sorry you weren't feeling well. I went through something similar and for me it was electolytes. I started drinking Garorade on long runs and it helped a lot.
1 year, 8 months ago on A Dozen Bagels, A Dozen Miles
This was very touching. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!
1 year, 8 months ago on I Dreamed A Dream