Deep Thoughts and My New Healthy Diet

April 23, 2014 in Deep Thoughts, Goals, Healthy Tips, Motivation, Nutrition

Well it’s only been 3 1/2 days, but I’m really loving my healthy diet so far!  I think it could be the perfect lifestyle for me.  Yes, it’s tough and requires mental commitment, but it’s not SOOO tough that I can’t sustain it.

Just to recap….my new diet lifestyle right now is basically this:

  • Don’t eat any sugary treats (brownies, candy, cookies, cake, etc.)
  • Don’t eat any fried foods.
  • Stay away from diet beverages.
  • Eat lots of fruits, veggies, lean meats, certain dairy products (Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, a little bit of regular cheese), whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice, Ezekiel bread) and other healthy grains.
  • Eat foods that will strengthen and fuel my body; stay away from foods that won’t.
  • I can have 100 “cheat” calories every day.  This will usually be in the form of chocolate chips added to oatmeal, yogurt or by themselves!
  • I will have one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) off a month.  I can eat whatever the heck I want for those two days.

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.

FYI, I don’t drink alcohol or coffee, so thankfully I don’t have to worry about restricting those things.  However, if you are an alcohol and coffee drinker, I would just recommend coming up with a plan to restrict/limit those things.  It would be best to completely cut them out, but if that’s not a possibility, maybe have just one cup of coffee a day or one drink of alcohol a week.  Whatever works and is sustainable.

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We had a great discussion with the kids on Monday night.  We were talking about the Boston Marathon and what an amazing accomplishment it is to run that marathon, or any marathon at all!

I also just want to say…Way to GO Meb He seems like such a cool dude and I was SO happy he WON!

Boston Marathon Meb

My sister Holly also ran the marathon and it was her first time running it.  I was SO PROUD of her!  Woot!

Anyway, we talked about how in order to run a marathon, especially one like Boston, it takes a lot of time, commitment, determination and hard work.  It is such an amazing accomplishment.

We also talked about things in our own life we would like to accomplish and what it takes to accomplish those things.  We talked about setting goals, being disciplined and making our lives what WE want them to be!

We mentioned that it might be a lot of fun to eat a bunch of junk food, watch TV all day and just have a nice lazy day, right?

Yes, it’s a lot of fun for ONE day.  However, if you live that kind of lifestyle day after day after day, it’s not much fun.  In fact, it would be very depressing.  Eating junk food and living a sedentary lifestyle is “fun” short-term, but it’s MUCH more fulfilling to push yourself, plan and achieve goals, be strong, disciplined and motivated…don’t ya think?

So, that brings me back to my healthy diet.  I enjoy junk food as much as anyone else.  I LOVED eating my yummy donuts last weekend, but the entire “donut eating experience” lasted about 2 minutes tops.  Yet, the effect from eating junk food lasts a lot longer than that.  It immediately messes with the body; spikes blood sugar, puts extra strain on the pancreas and liver, jacks up hormones and just leaves you wanting MORE and MORE!  If junk food is consumed on a regular basis it causes weight gain, kills the immune system and increases the chances of getting a bunch of terrible diseases.

Is that worth the 2 minutes of yummy bliss?!

Yes, I think it is sometimes. ;-)  LOL.  BUT, on a regular day-to-day basis….HECK no!

Now, even though I know how damaging crappy food can be on the body, I also know how hard it can be to eat well and avoid yummy, decadent, convenient, processed food.  It really is addicting and takes real strength and commitment to stay away from it!

That is why I’m really loving this new diet plan.  It’s full of real, healthy foods that help fuel the body, but it also allows for occasional, planned treats too.  It’s perfect for me.

Now, I know there are a million other healthy plans out there that are wonderful too.  I’ve heard a lot about the 80/20 rule….eat well 80% of the time and eat what you want 20% of the time.  I think this plan is great, but I just know if I were to follow that rule, it would eventually get to 70/30 and then 60/40 and then 20/80 if I wasn’t careful.

I know my limitations and know I need to stay away from junk food (especially sugar!) as much as possible.  Yes, it’s hard, but I know I’ll find a lot more joy and long-term happiness from working hard and accomplishing my goals.

Anyway, sorry for all the babbling and deep thoughts.  I hope I even made sense.

Moving on.  Here are some of things I’ve been eating the past few days.

I’ve been starting every morning off with this…

Warm water with lime

A cup of warm water with 1/2 of a lime squeezed in it.  I would have used lemon, but I happen to have a bunch of limes that need to be used.

I’ve read NUMEROUS times about the benefits of warm lemon (or lime!) water on the body.  It cleanses the body, aids in digestion and removes toxins.  I also think it’s refreshing too!  The warm citrus water feels so good and clean goin’ down.  I really LOVE it and think it will be a daily thing for me from now on.

I’ve been having this for breakfast every day this week…

Breakfast Burrito

2 eggs + 2 egg whites scrambled with peppers and onions, topped with cheese and salsa and wrapped up in a La Tortilla Factory Low Carb tortilla.  I would have added spinach, but I’ve been out!  I just went to Costco today though so now I have spinach. Happy day.

I just wish I would’ve remembered to buy avocados too, dang it. :-(

Oh, and I really like these tortillas

La Tortilla Factory Tortillas

I’ve had better tasting low carb tortillas, but these aren’t bad.  I especially love that they are big, yet only 80 calories, 12 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein!  Pretty dang awesome.  I bought this big pack at Costco, of course.

I gotta tell you guys something funny.  I was eating my Breakfast Burrito this morning and it was pretty messy, so I decided to just leave it open (instead of rolled up) and just eat it with a fork.  My 6 year old was eating his breakfast next to me and he looked over at me with a disgusted look on his face and said, “Uhhh, how can you eat that mom!??  It looks like alien food!”

I laughed and had to agree it looked pretty scary.

My half eaten breakfast burrito

Sorry, this half-eaten pic is pretty gross, but it tasted really good and not at all like alien food! LOL!

I’ve been trying to drink a protein shake every day as well.  They’ve tasted so good to me!  One day, I made a quick chocolate, spinach one as I ran out the door…

Me with my protein shake

Yesterday, I made a YUMMY Mint Chocolate Chip one that I loved so much!

My Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Shake

I might have to make me another one of these today!

Oh, and told you guys about the Power Greens I’ve been lovin’ lately, right?  It’s basically a mix of organic kale, spinach and chard and I love it!  Sadly, it doesn’t last too long though.  I’ve found that it starts to wilt and die after about a week.  Sooooo, I decided to start freezing it to use in shakes once it starts to wilt.  It’s worked out great!

Power Greens going in the freezer

Here are a couple things I’ve had for lunch…

My Subway sandwich

A yummy Subway sandwich.  I was out with Kev the other day and we decided to share a footlong sub.  It was a turkey/ham sandwich on wheat bread with all the veggies, no cheese and topped with a little mustard and balsamic.  YUM!

I had this for lunch yesterday…

Salad, fruit and cottage cheese

Leftover salad and fruit with some cottage cheese on the side.  I love leftovers and this tasted great to me!  I topped it with some Brianna’s Creamy Balsamic dressing and it was amazing.

Briannas Balsamic dressing

I love all of Brianna’s Salad dressings.  They’re full of real ingredients and I only use a drizzle so it doesn’t pack on a ton of calories.

Here are some of the snacks I’ve come up with…

Banana with peanut butter

1/2 banana with peanut butter (my fav!)  I really love this snack so much, but I can’t ever seem to take a pretty picture of it, lol.

Apples with peanut butter

1/2 of a chopped apple topped with peanut butter.  Love it.

Ezekiel toast with pb, honey and bananas with Babybel cheese

A slice of Ezekiel bread topped with peanut butter, bananas and honey with a Babybel cheese on the side.  Seriously so good!

We had this for dinner Monday night…

Cheesy Vegetable soup with homemade pita chips

Cheesy Vegetable soup with homemade Pita Chips (yes, that’s purple cauliflower in there!)  This soup is so so good!  I will share the recipe later this week. ;-)

Yesterday’s dinner was insane.  I pretty much grabbed a protein bar and fruit leather as I ran out the door and called it good.  Later on, I had a yogurt mixed with cottage cheese and it was just right.

Well, that’s all the food pics I have to share!  I will just keep pluggin’ along and will keep you all posted on my progress.  Oh, and several of you expressed interest in doing this “diet” with me.  Yay!  If you want to do this with me, keep me posted on your progress.  Send me food pics, motivating tips, questions or whatever the heck you want!

I hope you all have a great night!

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Returning to “Normal”

April 25, 2013 in Deep Thoughts, Exercise, Family Life

Oh my word guys, I don’t even know where to begin!

I’m so sorry my dang blog was “down” for about a week and a half.  It was such a nightmare.

I gotta tell ya, moving a blog and switching web hosts is an extremely stressful ROYAL pain in the bee-hind.

I had about 12 nervous breakdowns and 8 panic attacks.  I’ll spare you all the details, but let’s just say that I’m never planning on moving my blog anywhere ever again.

Btw, I switched to Bluehost and I love them SO MUCH!  After 20 million technical support calls, I feel like I’m best friends with all the guys over there.  They are all SO nice, SO knowledgeable and SO happy to help pathetic “non computer knowledgey” people like myself. ;-)

Several times throughout the process, I thought I deleted my blog, lost all my stuff and messed everything up.  Holy cow.  THEN, it took forever for the Domain Name Server to transfer.  THEN, I couldn’t find a bunch of my images and had to upload them again.

THEN (would you believe it!???!!) when I finally had everything transferred and everything was supposed to be working, my internet provider wouldn’t work right.  After talking to Bluehost and my internet provider a million times, we found out there was a “broken connection” somewhere down the line that wouldn’t let me access my blog.  OTHER people could access my blog, but I couldn’t.

Super weird, I know.

AND, my internet provider people said they COULDN’T fix it!  What the???  So, yesterday I had a dude come out and hook me up with a different internet provider and NOW I’m finally working!

Do y’all feel my pain??  I think I’ve aged about 10 years the past week.

I need to get a massage and go on a vacation now. ;-)

Oh, and there are still a couple kinks I need to work out.  For example, I don’t have any of my email subscribers in my database right now.  WordPress is in the process of transferring them over, so until that happens I won’t be able to send out notifications to my email subscribers.  Super lame.

K, moving on…..

Needless to say, my “healthy living” oooph has seriously been flat-lining the past couple weeks.  I have been in a psycho little funk.

AND, I don’t like being in a “psycho little funk” for too long.

Sooooo, I decided to pull myself up by my bootstraps and get BACK to work!  I am recommitting myself to healthy eating, exercise, good sleep and (mostly, sorta, kinda) stress-free living!  Woo hoo.

I knew I needed a big ‘ol kick in the pants, so I decided to call in the “experts”……

Inspiring Health Books

Ya, I went a little bit overboard at the library.

But, I love reading books on healthy living.  It really helps to boost the motivation.  AND, I absolutely love Bob Harper and Chris Powell.  They are both so adorable and so nice.

I’m sure I won’t get through all these books, but I will do my best!

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Soooo, what in the heck happened to my little “Jamie Eason’s 12 week Trainer” dealy thing?  Well, I’ve taken a little break from it this past week.  But, I’m not quitting!

I am going to adjust things a little bit, however.

First off, I love the workouts in this plan!  They are amazing!  They are really tough (love it!) and very time consuming (don’t love it).  It usually takes me about an hour and a half to complete a workout and I’ve been trying to do that 6 DAYS A WEEK.

Ya.

It’s been a little bit insane, I think.  It’s been especially tough for me because I’m still trying to be a good mom!

I’m fine with taking my kids to the childcare or leaving them home with the big kids occasionally, but not EVERY day….for an hour and a half!

Soooo, most of the time Kev and I tried to go to the gym at night after the kids were in bed.  That seemed to work pretty well for a few weeks.  But, we’d usually end up staying at the gym until it closed at 11:00.  AND, by the time we got home, showered and picked up the house a bit, it was well after midnight.

Soooo, I ran on about 6 hours of sleep (sometimes less) most days.

I learned the hard way that you can’t workout HARD 6 days a week and only get 6 hours of sleep at night.  I also learned that if you do that…..you face-plant….hard.

Ya.  I became completely worn out and utterly exhausted.  It was nuts.

Oh, I gotta mention that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my vitamins!  I used to get sick all of the time.  I’ve always had a very lame immune system, but last fall I visited my doctor and she recommended I take a bunch of vitamins.  I was originally taking about 8-9 different things, but I’ve narrowed it down a bit now.  Here is my arsenal….

My Vitamin Arsenal

I take 4 (1,000 mg) Fish Oils, 1 Daily Multi, 1 vitamin D3 (5,000 IU) and 1 vitamin C (1,000 mg) every day.  I take 2 Fish oils in the morning and 2 at night.  If I feel especially run down or like I’m coming down with something, I take 1-2 more vitamin D pills a day and an additional vitamin C pill every hour (if I remember).

Works like a charm.  I hardly ever get sick now.  It’s pretty miraculous.

Anyway, after I became completely exhausted and fell apart, I decided to take a long, hard look at my life and figure out a “plan” to balance it all.

So, here’s what I’m going to do…..

For now, I’m going to try to eat as well as I can and sleep as much as I can.  Then, when I feel like I’m back to 100%, I’m going to do a short-term low carb diet.  I hate low carb diets, but they really are so effective!  They help to reset my body and get it working like it should.

BUT, because I know that low carb diets are hard, I know I need to be 100% mentally ready to tackle it.  Sooooo, that’s why I’m going to wait until I’m feeling 100%.  I hope to be ready to start in a week or two.

And, as far as my exercise plan goes….I’m going to start Phase 3 of Jamie Eason’s plan all over again.  But, I’m going to change it up a bit to accommodate my lifestyle.  I’m only going to do the Jamie Eason workouts 4 days a week and then I’m going to do two of my favorite classes at the gym the other days.  I’m also going to do some of the Jamie Eason workouts from home and I’m going to try not to go to the gym so late.  I’m going to aim to go to the gym around 8ish, so I can get back around 10ish.

AND, I’m going to put my overall health first.  If I feel extremely stressed out or worn out, I might skip a workout or two.  And, I’m okay with that.

So, that’s my schpeal.  Sorry, I’m babbling quite a bit today.

FYI, here’s what I had for breakfast this morning…

Eggs and toast with jam
4 egg whites topped with a little bit of cheese and some low sugar ketchup and a slice of Dave’s Powerseed bread topped with Smart Balance Light and some homemade strawberry jam
Pretty typical.  But, this was especially yummy today because of the cheese (a little shredded mozzarella) and jam.  Yum.

I also put a yummy dinner in the Crock-pot this morning….

Fall Apart Chicken in the Crock Pot

It’s my Fall Apart Chicken recipe and it smells so good!  I love it when I remember to throw something in the Crock-pot in the morning.  It makes dinnertime so much simpler!

Well, that’s all for now.  It’s been SOOOO crazy ’round here, but I look forward to returning to “normal” soon.

I love you all and am so happy to be blogging again.

Yay. ;-)

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Random Healthy Food

January 27, 2012 in Nutrition

I’m so sorry to report that I am still a very sick lady. :-(  I was doing a little better for a couple days and then I went downhill in a hurry.  I suspected I might have a sinus infection, so last night I dragged myself over to the Instacare and left with some antibiotics.  SoOoOoOoooo, I better get better soon!  I’m am not very good at being patient.

I gotta say I feel a little bit like a hypocrite writing on my “Healthy Happy Mel” blog.  Lately I’ve been more like “Deathly Ill, Mostly Miserable Mel”, but I am still trying to live a healthy lifestyle through it all.  Amazingly enough, there is some good that has come out of my little sick spell.

First off, I’ve decided that when I am well I WILL NOT take my health for granted.  I will remember that being able to exercise is a privilege and I will enjoy it even more!

I must also say that I’ve eaten pretty well this past week, but I have allowed myself a little more carbs than usual (I’ve needed the comfort food).  However, I just haven’t eaten a lot of food.  I’ve been mostly “out of it” and sometimes fixing food seems like too much work so I’ve just had a light breakfast, light lunch, light dinner and sometimes a small snack and that’s it.  I’ve lost 2 pounds this week!  Wa hoo!  2 pounds might not sound like much, but I’m trying to lose my last and final 10 pounds, so 2 is huge for me!  Yay!

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I had a very interesting breakfast today.  I was just going to have a bowl of oatmeal, but when I looked in my cupboard, I saw this gem:

Rokit Fuel!  I got this in a swag bag at one of my races and I’ve just hung onto it.  It’s meant to be used during a run to help to refuel (kind of like Gu gel).  You’re supposed to add a little water and then slurp it up.  But, the thought of eating/drinking/slurping this up during a run makes me want to hurl.  However, the ingredients are so amazingly awesome that I knew I needed to use it somehow.  So, this morning I decided to use it as my “oatmeal” and it was awesome.

First off, check out the ingredients in this baby:

Everything in there is real and awesome.  There is some pure cane brown sugar in there, which I wasn’t happy about (I would rather sweeten it myself), but overall it’s not bad.

So, I threw this in a bowl, added half of a chopped up apple and some water and nuked it for 2 minutes.

 

I served it alongside 3 egg whites topped with a little low sugar ketchup.

It was yummy and very filling.  Oh, and on the front of this Rokit Fuel pack it says, “Not for Wussies.  *Wussie (noun) A person whose pursuit of excellence is eclipsed by a total lack of discipline and drive.”  Love that!  I had to laugh.

I had an awesome lunch today too (had the same thing yesterday too!).

I made a couple lettuce boats; Romaine lettuce filled with deli turkey meat, tomato, avocado, olives and a little mustard!  Yum!  I served it alongside some Raspberry Chobani yogurt!  Delish!

I gotta say I’m not a giant yogurt fan.  I like it okay, but I don’t love it.  I know that Greek Yogurt is killer in the protein department though.  I’ve tried a few brands and liked them okay.  I kept hearing about how good Chobani was, so I decided to give it a try!  Holy YUM!  I think I found a new favorite food!  It was so thick and creamy and almost tasted like a treat! Chobani is a wonderful company too and they only put real ingredients in their yogurts!  Love!

Well, I’m off to get my hair done.  Yay!  I hope it turns out cute….I’m in desperate need of cute hair!

Hope you are all happy!

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