Serious Realizations

Hey friends! I have seriously been working on this post since Monday. Seriously. It started pretty light, then got deep. Now I’m just hoping it’s coherent since it is three days’ worth of thoughts. Hold on to your hats!

More on the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, IE, and Restriction

I wanted to come back to this topic once more. Oh, I likely will keep coming back to it! I’ve had so many conflicting feelings! I LOVED my first AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, but then I had so many issues when I attempted my second. WTF?! It was really hard for me to articulate just what the problem was, but I just knew I had to quit. Now I’m beginning to understand. You see, as someone who has been on (and off) every single diet under the sun, I have issues with disordered thinking and eating. I’m seeing now that the restriction from the challenge was bringing up a lot of those feelings. I can now even see how my thinking was becoming disordered all the way back to my first challenge! Sad. Here’s the thing – since I’ve been on so many diets, I tend to have very all or nothing thinking. I was catching myself labeling clean foods as “good” and not-clean foods as “bad”. I was “good” if I ate those foods and “bad” if I didn’t. I wasn’t using the challenge as it’s meant to be used – to help you clean up your diet once a quarter and flood your body with nutritious foods. Instead, I was using it as a whole new set of rules, that I was “bad” if I didn’t follow. In between my challenges, I totally struggled with this thinking. I felt like I was constantly needing to “start over”, to “tighten things up”, like I’d “fallen off the wagon”. I kept proclaiming that “this will be a clean eating week!” where I wouldn’t eat anything unclean. This, my friends, is diet thinking all the way!

So now I’m resetting. I’m re-reading Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works as I follow along in an IE program. I’m still not completely ready to share about this program. I want to keep this one close to the vest for a while. However, I must tell you that things are clicking for me. I’m seeing where I had made previous judgments about food, where I went wrong the last time with IE, how I thought the challenge was helping me eat intuitively (it was but wasn’t), and what I want my relationship with food to look like. A few realizations I’ve made:

  • It’s very easy for me to use IE as an excuse to overeat (“I don’t want to restrict myself” <– one of my issues going through this the last time around!). Really, I’m just eating because I’m bored or for another emotional reason. Stop, drop that food, and feel.
  • It’s really hard for me to get rid of judgments and not feel guilty about eating something that I don’t deem “healthy” or now “clean”. I’m trying to catch myself and change my thinking every time, but I don’t always believe myself when I say that it’s okay to eat that, and I don’t need to feel guilty.
  • Also related to guilt – I find myself feeling guilty or internally saying “I’ll be better tomorrow” if I know I ate something when I wasn’t hungry. I have to reassure myself over and over that it is okay, that I’m still “good”. Do you see how I could get caught in this spiral between this bullet point and the first one?! This is why I never truly learned IE.
  • I know now that I have to ignore all of the health, exercise, and diet advice out there. I can’t even read it. It sticks in my head, I get guilty feelings, and it’s just not beneficial to me. I just want to eat and move in a way that works for ME. That is beneficial to ME. Not according to some study, or this group, or that group, etc. They don’t know me! They don’t know how my body reacts to foods or how it feels after certain exercises! My body knows what’s best, and I just need to listen to it.
  • I just want to live like a “normal” person who hasn’t heard all of these diet tips, health tips, exercise tips, etc. and just lives. I don’t want to log, and I don’t want to obsess anymore. I don’t want to talk and think about food, health, diet, exercise, and my body constantly. That’s a huge change for me. Every blog I follow is a food, healthy living, running, or intuitive eating blog. My own blog is a blog about dieting! My Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook all follow along these lines as well. My Gmail account is full of healthy living newsletters. Almost all of the podcasts I listen to are about body love or healthy living. I’ve gotten myself in a bad way here. This hobby turned into an obsession that has taken over my life! I need a new hobby. What did I think and talk about before this?!

Those last two bullet points are what I have been thinking about for the last few days. I try to remember what I thought about in high school and college before I became so obsessed with the healthy living world. I had disordered eating and thinking back then too, but it didn’t take over my life. I seem to remember hanging out with friends a lot… we had to have talked about something! I need to make a list of how to fill all of the time during the day that was previously spent reading and thinking about healthy living. Any thoughts? I even searched Pinterest for “hobbies”! There was a lot of knitting and crocheting. Not me. I’m not a long project kind of gal. I have plenty of long projects sitting in closets at my house that I’ve never finished. I need something besides just reading and watching TV.

I think I was able to bring this together pretty coherently after all. As I work on adjusting my thinking and free time, I’m not sure what that will mean for this old blog. Probably a lot more ramblings like this one! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. For now, just know what I’m working on and why I might not be here.

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Things From the Week

Happy Saturday my lovelies! I actually wrote most of this post yesterday, but then didn’t finish it. I guess today works!

This week has flown by for me, which makes me a little sad. I’ve really enjoyed being at home, working on my daily to-do list, and getting ish done all week. I guess I can continue to do that in the following weeks as well, just with more work work and less house work thrown in. Something to think about!

Today is going to be kind of all over the place. This might be my new normal. :)

1. I’m trying to move away from journaling food and exercise, but I still want to log my exercise somewhere. It’s very conflicting. The reason I want to move away from journaling or logging is so that I’m eating and moving in ways that honor my body’s needs rather than just checking boxes off of a to-do list. If you’re all like, “what the heck are you talking about?”, go read this blog post by Michelle May, M.D. I’ve totally been exercising to “bump up the numbers rather than to experience my body moving”. I’ve also been trying to decide if I’ve been exercising because I know my body likes it or because I think I should. Decision made! I’ve been doing my morning run or walk because I know my body likes it (and I like it most days), but I’ve been pushing myself to strength train because I think (and have been told) that I should. I’m not going to push so hard to strength train for a while and see what happens.

Just a little self discovery happening above. Now, I’m going to log my exercise here since I’m most likely to not judge myself in this space. Since last weekend…

  • Saturday – 2.33 mile run/walk outside
  • Sunday – rest
  • Monday – 30 min interval walk
  • Tuesday – 30 min run/walk
  • Wednesday – 30 min interval walk
  • Thursday – 30 min run/walk
  • Friday – 20 min morning yoga

2. I made the best dinner Thursday night! You might have already seen it on Instagram, but it was Chicken Pesto Caprese Pasta from jo cooks. Even my picky husband, who doesn’t normally like my “different” meals, liked this one!

I used the original recipe, but sort of read things wrong when I went grocery shopping for it. I’d never heard of bocconcini before and read it as broccolini. So I bought broccolini and then realized that was not what was listed. I Googled subs for bocconcini and just used shredded mozzarella. I still used the broccolini as well.

3. I found a new daily devotional I’m trying out. Mostly because it comes with fun illustrations.

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It’s called Rhetorical Jesus, and I just hope I love it. Yesterday was the first day I got the email, but I haven’t delved into it much yet. I really want to get out of my own head, think about others more often, and seek the wisdom of God. Is that too much to ask?

4. What are you up to this weekend? I’ve been taking it easy today after not great sleep last night due to too many adult beverages. I’m not so impressed with myself for drinking said beverages yesterday. I’m trying hard to be gentle and kind to myself, but I also know I need to delve deeper into why I keep drinking more than I want to. It might be time to make another appointment with my therapist. That would be my first one this year. Oops.

5. I just finished the best book today! It’s called It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell.

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I have every intention of emailing Andie because the book resonated with me so well! It’s all about Andie’s life, history of disordered eating, and her story of losing weight and overcoming her disorder. Just reading about how Andie would shovel food into her mouth because she was lonely as a child, how she obsessively counted calories to lose weight, and how paranoid she was about gaining back the weight and calories when she did lose just reminded me so much of myself. I’ve done all of those things! Seriously, I loved this book so, so much!

With that, I’m out of here. I’m promising myself I’ll go take a cold walk yet today. It’s cold and cloudy outside, but it would be nice to get some fresh air. I know I’m not leaving the house tomorrow since it’s supposed to snow 3-5 inches. Gross! I thought spring was here!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

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Spring Cleaning

Happy hump day friends! Or world hangover day? Or is that the 1st of the year? It’s definitely Irish hangover day though! In case you’re curious, I just Googled, and it appears New Years Day is world hangover day. Good to know!

I’m not hungover today, but I did enjoy a few Guinnesses last night. They were tasty and really what I was craving. In hindsight, I wish I had savored them more. I’m going to remember that the next time I go out.

I’m having just the best week! I’m working from home all week, and my actual work is quite slow. Instead of wasting this time scrambling to find work, I’m embracing it. (I did look for more work before I got to this point, but nobody responded.) I made a list of everything work and home related that I want to get done/feasibly can get done this week. Each day has a big project along with some smaller tasks. All of the big projects are house related since I don’t really have any big work projects this week. Monday’s big project was straightening our 2nd bedroom upstairs, yesterday’s was organizing our shoe closet in our entryway, today’s is organizing all of my clothes, tomorrow’s is cleaning out a junk drawer and vacuuming the upstairs, and Friday’s is scrubbing the kitchen and sorting the overflowing mail pile.

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I’m feeling so accomplished and fulfilled by getting these things done this week! Usually when work is slow I’ll spend the time on worthless projects or just take time off to read all day. This feels so much better!

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Note to self: fix bed-skirt so it’s not all under the mattress. :)

Something else I’ve been working on this week? Intuitive eating! I really never thought I’d find myself back to IE, but here we are. I’m taking a new program to lead me on this journey. I’m very excited about this program, but not quite ready to share. What I want to chat about today is an IE misconception. I’ve even fallen trap to this!

Intuitive eating – that’s that program where you eat whatever you want, right? How could anyone believe that can be healthy or help you lose weight?!

I’ve heard this before. I’ve thought this before. Here’s the misconception, and where I realized I did this all wrong before – IE is about it being okay to eat whatever you want, but it is also, most importantly, about fueling and moving your body in ways that feel the best. So if you think IE is all about eating junk all of the time because that’s what you want to eat and not working out, you’re wrong. And I was wrong! That’s what I was doing before! Instead, IE really ends up to be sort of like the 80/20 rule. For me, eating clean and healthy 80% of the time makes my body feel good. That’s how I would strive to eat while following IE. The rest of IE then is eating when you’re hungry, mindfully, and stopping when you’re satisfied. You have to be mindful to know when you’re satisfied. That’s the hardest part for me!

Are you kind of taking this all in and then thinking that this really doesn’t sound like much of a plan? So what’s the difference in what you were doing? It’s really not much of a plan! And it’s not really much different than what I was doing in between my last AdvoCare 24 day challenge and now. It’s normal eating people. No obsessing, no tracking, no guilt… just eating and feeling amazing. What a relief!

So what am I really working on this week? Well, noticing my diet thoughts and nipping them in the bud. It’s been so fun! All of those moments where I think something like, “I shouldn’t eat that” or “my stomach feels so poochy”, I have been stopping myself and saying, “everything in moderation, girlfrien’” or “you are beautiful just the way you are”. It’s really made a difference! Like a complete shift in mindset. I’m loving it!

I’ll share more about what I’m doing each week as I move through this new program. I can just tell there is going to be a ton of awesome things happening in the next weeks and months!

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Can We Still Be Friends?

Hello again friends! I have not been ignoring you, I swear! Okay, I have. I’m a bad friend. Please forgive me. How about I catch you up to where I’ve been for the last week, and we call it square? Deal.

I’m even going to go outside of my bullet love and just bold things. Once in a while you need to switch things up.

I’ve had the plague.

Okay, not the real plague, but I’ve been exhausted lately. Just dragging. The biggest thing I was looking forward to about the weekend was getting to sleep in. I had been feeling like I can’t get enough sleep even though I’ve been sleeping 7-9 hours per night. My doctor reminded me at my appointment on Wednesday that I was low on vitamin D last year, so I started taking some vitamin D again. I’m hoping that will help with the exhaustion. I didn’t get retested for my vitamin D levels, since I didn’t want to sit at the doctor’s office longer, but D is one of those you can take even if you’re not too low, and you’ll be fine. Fingers crossed that I get more energy.

The weather has been gorgeous, so I’ve been grilling every night.

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And I haven’t even blown myself up again! We’ve had steaks, chicken, and brats. I think burgers need to happen this week. Yum

I made zoodles!

My friends were making fun of me last weekend because I was so excited about the spiralizer and mondoline I bought on Amazon. I used both of them this week! I used the spiralizer to make this zoodle recipe. (If you don’t know, zoodles = zucchini noodles.)

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It was only okay, but I have even more plans for spiralizing. Like I recently saw a spiralized beet recipe, and I just happen to have 2 beets in my fridge that need used. Boom.

With the mandoline I made sweet potato chips and roasted potatoes. I just might love the mandoline more than the spiralizer. Crazy, I know.

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I got together with high school friends.

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I’m not very good and staying caught up with friends. A lot of time (years) can go by without seeing people. It always catches me by surprise! Anyway, it was so nice seeing these ladies yesterday. I hadn’t seen one in at least a year, and the other in longer than that until recently. I’m adding “see friends more often” to my to-do list.

I got together with blogging friends.

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Amanda, Me, Katie, Kim, and Emily

Why did I think I should stand in the back? It’s always a great idea for the shortest person to stand in the back, right?

I actually wrote most of this post when I was with them! We met up in Maple Grove for a little Which Wich action (love that place!), then blogging at Caribou, and then my first ever Costco experience. I got pesto! According to Emily, it is the best pesto ever, so we all had to get some.

I quit my AdvoCare 24 day challenge.

This is the biggest one from last week, so I saved it for last. As I mentioned in my last post, I just wasn’t feeling the challenge this time around. Then I started feeling all sorts of negative feelings regarding food restriction. It’s really hard to explain. A big part of it was that I was starting to think of foods as “good” and “bad” again. Anything that isn’t clean is “bad”, and I would feel guilty if I wanted to eat those things. I started envying anyone I saw eating or drinking because I couldn’t. It just didn’t feel good anymore. So I quit the challenge. I’m still so in love with AdvoCare supplements and products, but just not the challenge right now. I don’t want negative thoughts and feelings – I just want to keep on feeling awesome! I think quitting the challenge was the right decision for me right now to ditch the negative. You have to do what’s right for you!

On that note, I’m out of here. Have a lovely day!

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Weekend and Challenge

Happy Monday! I changed my plans for the day today, so I’m going to have such a great day! I was supposed to drive up to Superior, WI today and stay through tomorrow, but I realized I could work offsite today and just drive up there for the day tomorrow to finish things up. Hooray for a night at home instead of a hotel!

Did you have a fabulous weekend? Mine was so, so good. Since I was still feeling not-so-great on Friday, I skipped out on game night with friends to try to rest up. Well, I didn’t go to bed early as planned. I started watching How to Get Away with Murder on my DVR and ended up staying up until 1:30am so that I could finish it. Oops. Saturday we drove down to visit my roommates from college, their spouses, and their kids. Between the two of them, they have 5.5 kids! It’s still kind of hard to believe. It seems like everyone is growing up around me, but I don’t feel there yet. I think I’m scared? A conversation for another day. Anyway, we stayed up until 2am chatting with them, but it was really 3am because of daylight savings. That meant I was really dragging yesterday. Not dragging enough to skip out on a walk with a friend or grilling though! It was a gorgeous day yesterday, and I’m really hoping that we’re done with winter now. One thing I need to do before grilling again – fix the igniter on our grill. It wasn’t working yesterday, so I had to manually light it with a long lighter. I’m not the brightest and started the gas with the lid closed before lighting. Woof! There was a huge fireball, and I singed my hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes. I’m so lucky I didn’t burn anything worse! I tried to take a picture, but you can’t really see anything, so I’ll spare you one of my mug. :)

My head is stinging a little today, so I might have burned my skin a little. Oops.

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge Update

Today is day 13 of my AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. Ugh. For some reason, I’m already totally over this challenge. I don’t even know why! I’ve tried to stop thinking about it as a challenge now. It’s just eating clean, which I like doing, and taking the Advo supplements that I normally take anyway. Hopefully thinking that way will get me into the game again? I hope so.

Besides my lack of enthusiasm, I also have a couple of updates for you:

  • I only weighed myself at the end of the cleanse portion (first 10 days) of the challenge. I lost the 5 vacation pounds I had gained plus an additional pound. I’m happy with that and now so totally over weighing myself. I’m not going to weigh again until this challenge is over. Then I’m taking a long vacation from the scale. I’m just over waking up, feeling awesome, and then being slightly saddened by the scale. It’s so not worth it. I also don’t want to be a slave to the tape measure. I didn’t even measure myself at the beginning of the challenge or after the cleanse portion. I just want to go by how I feel, how I think I look, and how my clothes fit. That works for me.
  • I cheated a little. This totally has to do with being less than enthusiastic about the challenge right now. I had a few sips of my husband’s wine, tasted friends’ drinks, and ate something with added sugar in it this weekend. The drink tastes were all deliberate, but the added sugar was an accident. I got a brown rice sushi roll at the grocery store yesterday. I was so excited because it was brown rice, so I thought I was good to go. Not so much. After I ate it, I took a look at the ingredients. Wouldn’t you know that the rice had brown sugar added to it. There was also some corn syrup. Freaking lovely. It was an accident, so I just shrugged it off and moved on.

Hopefully I’ll get my groove back with this challenge. Fingers crossed!

On that note, I need to plan another afternoon break to take a walk. It’s 51* outside right now! Gorgeous.

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AdvoCare and Intuitive Eating

I feel icky, oh so icky, I feel icky. I was singing that in my head to I Feel Pretty. I told you yesterday that I was hoping I wasn’t getting sick. Well, I’m sick. My lymph nodes in my neck started hurting yesterday and are swollen. I took today off from work to rest up in hopes of getting better fast. I also started an ibuprofen regimen to reduce my swollen nodes. I’m still super fatigued, but otherwise feeling fine. Isn’t that weird?

Since I have the time, I might as well blog, right? I even have a topic I want to chat about!

AdvoCare and Intuitive Eating

I’ve been brushing up on my intuitive/mindful eating lately. It still fascinates me. It’s also the weirdest thing, but I think starting AdvoCare has actually helped everything I have read and was taught about intuitive eating really click. Now, during this second 24 day challenge, I have come to a huge realization – eating whole, real foods helps me eat more intuitively. I’m bolding that to help it sink in.

Now let me explain what I mean. I did my first AdvoCare 24 day challenge and learned the joys of cooking and eating healthy meals again. I wasn’t super intuitive on that challenge, and I wouldn’t say I am now either, but I really didn’t have many emotional eating issues. Then the challenge ended, work got crazy stressful, and I was falling back into some old, bad habits. There was definitely a bunch of emotional eating and drinking going on. Now I’m in my second challenge. I find myself listening to hunger and satiety cues again. Last night I even took more meatloaf, only to leave half of it on my plate at dinner. I haven’t done it every single time, but I’ve started questioning when I crave a snack. Am I really hungry or do I need something else? Sometimes I just want to mindlessly munch because it’s an old habit. I did this on Sunday. But sometimes I’ve stopped and waited it out. This is HUGE for me.

So why are things starting to click now? As I stated above, I think a big part of this has to do wth the food I’m eating. I’m eating whole, real foods without any added sugars. That means my body doesn’t have all of these sugar spikes and crashes to contend with. I’m more able to feel real hunger – not just a sugar crash. I think another big part is that I’m excited about what has been going on with my body. Although I didn’t lose much in between challenges, the changes I have seen still excite me. I can actually stand in front of the mirror naked and like what I see. Or at least not hate it if it’s a bad day. I’m insanely happy with this area of my life right now.

I’m going to keep exploring this area for the next 15 days and beyond. Expect more topics on this in the future! Also, since it’s kind of related and I keep thinking about it, go read this post by Lauren Fowler. I just love it. (Okay, maybe I’m still sicker than I thought because I think I’m coming off as kind of delirious. Meh.)

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More Bullet Points?!

Hello, hello! I hope you are having a glorious week! Since I’m working from home all week, catching up on some administrative stuff I’ve been putting off forever, I’m having such a relaxing week. I’m also not using my home office and working from the couch. There is nothing better than working while catching up on your DVR. Two catch-ups in one!

I have so many random thoughts in my head again to share. More bullet points? Are you sick of them yet? I feel like my brain is always all over the place, and I just need a good daily dump. <– Haha insert the poop emoji here! #realmature

  • Monday evening I started getting a sore throat. I’m super worried that I’m getting sick. Last night I started feeling very achey and dizzy. Today I feel really rundown and am somewhat amazed that I made it all day without a nap. I hope this is just due to being cooped up inside and not actual sickness. I have only left my house 4 times since I got home last Tuesday. People wonder how Minnesotans get through winter? We don’t leave our houses!
  • I haven’t strength trained this week like planned. Besides not feeling well, I just can’t find a plan I like! Without a plan I just feel like I’m flailing. Here’s what I want – something for 5 days a week (M-Th + Sa), something short (15-20 min), something with videos, and not a ton of cardio included. I’m very picky! I really like Jessica Smith TV videos, but she no longer does a structured weekly plan. Instead it’s a drag and drop with outlines. I don’t like it. I was doing Tone It Up videos, but they started to annoy me. If you know of something that might fit my specifications, please let me know!
  • I switched up my walk/run yesterday morning, and I’m so glad I did. I was getting really attached to the routine I was doing, but I really want to increase my running time. I finally broke down and started a couch to 10k plan. I started in week 2 since I have already been consistently running 10-12 minutes during each workout. It was hard to move away from my other routine, but now I know I’m on the right track.
  • I didn’t even run today. I made it through one run interval and decided my body felt too tired. Apparently you’re supposed to take days off in between running (whatever), so that gave me a good excuse to do walking intervals instead. I can’t decide if it was really that I was giving my body a break or just pure laziness.
  • I really want my house to be clean, but I don’t really want to clean it. Argh! I made a list of one chore I would get done per day this week while I’m home, and I haven’t gotten a single one done. Vacuuming and cleaning toilets is the last thing I want to do when I don’t feel well. Must do them though! Maybe I will take an hour or so tomorrow and just knock them all out.
  • One thing I did organize in my house today? My refrigerator. Lately I’ve wondered a lot about what I’m supposed to put those little slidey dials on for fruits and veggies. Which goes where? So I Googled it. I found this article from Real Simple, and decided to just reorganize the whole thing. Now my milk, raw meat, and yogurt are on the bottom shelf and eggs are on the middle shelf. I also found what I was looking for, split up my fruit and veggie drawers (and swapped them), and set fruits to low humidity and veggies to high. Boom.

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And yep, that’s definitely a dark iPhone photo. You’re welcome for that. :)

  • I’m trying to stay positive and think happy thoughts more often instead of dwelling on how tired, crappy feeling, anxious, stressed, etc. I might be. The lyrics to Pitbull’s Time of Our Lives song actually helps with that: “This for anybody going through tough times. Believe me, been there, done that. But every day above ground is a great day, remember that.” Amen, Pitbull, amen.

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Little Sunday Recap

Happy Sunday! I’m always on the fence about Sundays. Sometimes I love them because they can be so relaxing, refreshing, and rejuvenating for the week ahead, but other times I hate them because I tend to stress about Monday on Sundays. I’m feeling good about Monday this week, so Sunday is a glorious day. I’m planning to read, clean, and watch a little TV for the rest of the day.

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty low key, which I find wonderful after the fun of last weekend. On Friday, B didn’t get home until late, so we just had dinner, watched TV, and went to bed early. Yesterday was spent running errands and then visiting friends until midnight. I decided I like it when late nights are until like midnight or 12:30. I’m still up past my usual bedtime, but I can still get up early enough to have a full day ahead of me. Now to make that work every weekend… yeah, won’t happen.

I just have a few things to share today.

The Last Week (or Two)’s Workouts

Since it’s the most coherent in my brain, let’s look at my workouts over the last couple of weeks. I like seeing these all in one place, because it sort of reassures me when I don’t feel like I’m doing enough.

  • Monday, 2/16 – 30 min walk/run in AM
  • Tuesday, 2/17 – rest (early AM flight to Philly = exhausted)
  • Wednesday, 2/18 – 30 min walk/run in AM + 18 min JessicaSmithTV beginner barre in PM
  • Thursday, 2/19 – 45 min walk/run in AM
  • Friday, 2/20 – 30 min walk/run in AM + 20 min JessicaSmithTV strength in PM
  • Saturday, 2/21 – 30 min walk/run in AM (like 2am! left for Cancun)
  • Sunday, 2/22 – 30 min walk/run in AM (IN CANCUN!!!)
  • Monday, 2/23 – rest (body is TIRED from Cancun fun)
  • Tuesday, 2/24 – 30 min walk/run in AM (IN CANCUN!!!)
  • Wednesday, 2/25 – 30 min walk/run in AM
  • Thursday, 2/26 – 30 min interval incline walk in AM (new sports bra doesn’t work for running… boo!!)
  • Friday, 2/27 – 30 min walk/run in AM
  • Saturday, 2/28 – 30 min walk/run in AM
  • Sunday, 3/1 – 45 min interval walk in AM

I love seeing this! Look at how awesome I am at doing cardio. I really love starting my day with a little sweat, and my day feels incomplete without it. Hence why I got up at 2am to hit the treadmill before Cancun. I took the last week off from strength training, and didn’t do much the week before, but I want to start anew this week. I know I’m never good at following plans, but I have one in hand that I’m thinking about trying out. I’ll let you know if that pans out.

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

The next thing I want to chat about is my current AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. Unlike the last time I did the challenge, I don’t feel the need to let you know about every segment of it, what I’m eating, etc. I have that to look back on from the first time, so I don’t feel like I need it. I also feel like this challenge is old hat for me. I haven’t been using the app or paper tracker religiously to help me know what supplements to take, how to make meals, or count off the days. I’m just cruising along, taking the prescribed supplements and eating clean. I am, however, feeling absolutely amazing! The 5 pounds of water weight I gained in Mexico are gone, and my body just feels good. I am so surprised how a few days of clean eating can have such an impact on the body. I’m only on day 5!

Although I’m not talking about it too much, I want to let you know two things – 1. I still struggle sometimes and 2. I’m doing the challenge a little differently this time around. Let me explain both of these.

  1. The weekends are hard when on the challenge. Everyone is eating out and drinking around you, and you can’t fully participate. I mean, you can eat out. I did a lot during my first challenge because of weekends or work. That part isn’t that hard – it’s just that you can’t have the pizza, pasta, burgers, etc. that people might eat around you. And the drinks. Oh, the drinks! We stopped at a bar to see some friends for a little bit yesterday. Everyone drank beer or mixed drinks except for me. I drank club soda with a True Lemon packet stirred in. Then last night we visited friends where everyone was drinking as well. I just had to keep reminding myself that this IS what I want and that I’m moving towards reaching my goals. I want to keep cutting back on alcohol, and I’ve had a hard time doing that in the last couple of high stress months. This challenge will help me so much with that since I can’t drink for 24 days. I’m just telling you it is what it is called… a challenge. Don’t think every minute will be easy.
  2. Last time I did the challenge, I completely cut out dairy, shellfish, and grains, except for a tiny bit of brown rice like one day. This time, I’m allowing those – in moderation and completely clean. The biggest change is the grains, since I’ve been having those for breakfast (Ezekiel bread), snacks (rice cakes made with brown rice), and lunch or dinner (whole wheat pasta, brown rice). We’ll see if this has any kind of effect on my results, but I just didn’t want to go super restrictive this time around.

Okay, now that I have typed all of this, I might just do a further post on my challenge this time around. Maybe after the cleanse portion is over after day 10? We shall see.

I guess that’s it! I thought I had one more thing, but now I can’t seem to remember what it was. That always happens to me. I can leave you with a funny note about how clumsy I am. I totally fell down about 2/3 of a flight of stairs last night at our friends’ house. They are remodeling their basement, so I wanted to go check it out. I was wearing socks, and they have (beautiful) wood on their stairs. I totally biffed it, and hit my butt on every step going down. I have done this in my own house with slippers on. I am not allowed to wear slippers on our carpeted stairs or now socks on wooden stairs. My butt and back are really hurting on the left side where they hit the stairs. I’m waiting for some sweet bruises to show up that I can share. And believe me, I will share!

Have a great rest of your Sunday!

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All Over Friday

Hola friends! Aren’t you so pumped it’s Friday?! Since my week was unusual because of coming home from Cancun on Tuesday, it really doesn’t feel like Friday to me. That’s okay! I’m still okay with the weekend being here! Since I’m feeling pretty all over the place, as per usual really, I thought I might as well just give you an all over the place post. Ready?

  • 4 of my aunts and 1 of my uncles are in the Dominican right now and keep posting beautiful pictures on Facebook. I am so jealous! I want to be with them!! They are a rowdy bunch = my kind of people.

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Actually my own picture from a few years ago!

  • I discovered today that I’m not quite doing the cleanse portion of the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge correctly, but I really don’t care. I was reading the product materials this morning, and I saw that it says to eat as little dietary fat as possible during the cleanse. Ummmm… you mean not to eat PB twice in one day plus some wholly guacamole? Screw it! I can let you know that the cleanse is cleansing just fine with that fat, thank you, so I’m not gonna change.
  • Do you ever weigh yourself before and after a vacation and gleefully count how many pounds you gained? No? My husband and I do. He gained 8, and I gained 5 after Cancun. Of course it’s all water weight, and it disappears quickly, otherwise I don’t think I would be full of glee. I only have 1 of my water weight pounds left in just a few days. I’m so cleansing.
  • Do you think healthier foods look prettier? Whenever I make a meal that is healthy, I just think it looks pretty and want to take a picture. Case in point…

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Maybe I shouldn’t be the one photographing it though. ;)

  • I just looked out of my window and saw someone roller blading. Can someone find that girl and tell her it feels like 2 degrees outside?! That is definitely not roller blading weather.
  • Do you know where there is roller blading weather? Cancun. Le sigh.

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Actually my own picture from 2008!

  • I have really been slacking on the strength training this week. I haven’t hit the weights a single time since I got home. The hubs is talking about joining the gym tomorrow, so I will go as his guest and do it then. I love how it makes me feel, but I’m just not in love with actually doing it.
  • Also speaking of exercise, my walk/runs have been especially hard since I got home. I’m not sure why! I know I need to mix things up on the treadmill so I can keep increasing my running time, but it’s been tough enough just doing what I have been doing. I’m thinking it’s a mixture of being on the treadmill versus outside, the change in humidity, and other excuses. Let’s hope tomorrow is better.
  • As long as I’m confessing things, I might as well give you a doozy. Since we got back on Tuesday, I have only left the house once to go grocery shopping yesterday. I don’t plan on leaving again until tomorrow. I have also put on the same tshirt, sweatpants, and sports bra after working out for the last 3 days. Just keeping it classy.
  • Okay another confession. I’m loading the week after next with work so that I can have next week as another work from home week. I need it BAD, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel guilty about it. I really overloaded myself in January and February, and I have some deep mental exhaustion going on. That and anxiety just thinking about opening my laptop and the emails that may be lurking. Now I also have fears of getting yelled at for not working enough. Even though I worked more than planned the last two months, if I work less than planned now, I will get a’talking to. This is why I have issues and anxiety people! Oh and gray hairs since I was 23.
  • Happy thoughts, happy thoughts! 31 more days until I go to Key West! It’s for work, but you bet I’ll make time for fun.

I think that’s enough random thoughts for one day. My brain feels tired just from thinking them all. Or maybe because I’ve been staring at my computer for hours without a break. I should take a break. Peace.

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What Happens in Mexico

Hola amigas! Happy hump day! I have returned from my short trip to Cancun. It was, of course, a ton of fun and went too fast. Vacation always goes too fast and work drags on forever. Why is that?!

So what did I all do in Cancun? Some of that shall stay in Cancun. ;) Otherwise I can tell you I hung out in the pool all day, never far from the swim-up bar, and with all of my husband’s coworkers and their families. And didn’t take a single picture. Seriously, not a single one! Next year I am vowing to spend a little more time with some of my husband’s female coworkers because now I am jealous of all of their cute pictures together. Oh well, here’s a stolen picture for you to enjoy:

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That was the view from B’s coworker Kelsey’s room. Thanks, Kelsey, for the photo.

Although I’m not going to do a whole vacation recap, I do want to point out the high points from this year’s Cancun trip so that I can remember them. Here are my three favorite things from this year’s Cancun trip:

  1. Spending time with everyone in the pool. This is my favorite part every year! I love just chatting with people in the pool, getting into our shenanigans, and having a great time. I literally spend all day from just after breakfast until just before dinner in the pool. Sometimes I add a little ocean time for flare, but otherwise it’s pool then hot tub when the sun starts going down.
  2. Dancing at the disco. I wanted to make it there at least one time this year, and I made it exactly that many! I have a goal again for next year of making it late more than one night. Not necessarily dancing at the disco, but staying up late and doing things that I talk about for days later.
  3. Running. This one sounds funny, so I will explain. On Saturday before we left I woke up at 2am so that I could get my daily walk/run done before our morning flight. That sounds crazy, but it seriously makes my day 100 times more awesome. Then, in Cancun, I went for a run 2 more times. It was so nice! We stayed at the Riu Palace de las Americas in the club part of Cancun. I was a little worried before we left that it wouldn’t be safe to go out by myself in the morning. I shouldn’t have worried. There were a ton of other single people out running or walking, and the path there is really nice. I’m really proud I got out!

Gosh, I really wish I was still there and not in cold MN! Luckily, I’m working from home for the rest of the week so that I don’t really have to go outside. Big sweatshirts and sweatpants are all I’m wearing the rest of the week!

On another front, I started my second AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge today. I want to share details for further posts, but I can let you know that my stomach is not happy about the last 4 days of fun. I was really bloated and had a crap ton of gas pain yesterday and that has continued into today. I know it’ll be gone soon, but it hurts so bad! Darn delicious food and drinks! I may not have eaten a single vegetable in the last 4 days…

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