Monday, June 24, 2013

Motivation Monday- It's Hard

Being healthy is hard. It's time consuming and involves doing a lot of things you don't want to do. I don't want to go to the gym after I worked all day. I don't want to plan my meals for the week when I can just eat a frozen pizza. Basically it's a list of I don't want to's...

When I eat healthy, I have to really plan out my meals. What am I going to eat for breakfast? What am I taking to work for snacks and my lunch? What is easy to cook for dinner after eight and a half hours of work? These are the questions that mess me up.

I have to be sure that my grocery list is made with the intention of me eating well. However, once the spinach and fruit have disappeared, all that is left are the snacks (aka junk) The Husband likes. Suddenly, ordering a pizza or Chinese seems like a great idea. Stopping at Subway during my lunch is easier than trying to make something healthy out of Dorito's and an onion. And since I already messed up my healthy eating, might as well enjoy the weekend and spend my time dipping cheese covered bread into sauce at some delicious, portions way too big restaurant.

This is when I fail. When I don't have immediate access to healthy food or the time to plan out my meals. This is what I need to learn to push past and keep eating well. I can alway feel the change in my body right away. Why do I let little things stop me from continuing? Why do I act as my own enemy and rationalize when I eat things I know will hurt my goals? 

When I decided I wanted to lose weight, I didn't want it to be something that could go away. I didn't want to take a magic pill or only eat grapes and water. I wanted it to be about changing how I eat. Although I feel I have done a great job in changing my eating habits, I still have those moments where I'd rather pick up the phone and order something than go to the grocery store and buy ingredients for a salad.

I just need to be sure I buy enough good stuff for the whole week and keep my goals in front of me. I am running another race this coming Saturday which I'm so excited about. I have a delicious looking recipe I'm excited to try this week that will make breakfast easier. Just take it when one day at a time...


Monday, June 10, 2013

Motivation Monday- First 5K

I can officially cross a 5k off my bucket list! The Husband and I entered the Garden of the Gods 5K a few weeks ago. We didn't really train but I figured whether I ran, walked, or crawled didn't matter as long as I finished. My only two goals were that I didn't want to be last and I wanted to finish in less than an hour. I am happy to say I accomplished both goals. There were moments when I felt like throwing up and others where my body really hated me but at the end of the day I am pretty damn proud!

What really surprised me was the support for one another within the running community. It felt great to hear someone call out my number and tell me to keep pushing when I thought I couldn't go anymore. People kept telling complete strangers that they were rocking it and were almost to the finish line. As a newcomer to the whole thing, it was wonderful to see people support each other. When I almost started crying because my bad knee felt like it was going to explode a woman told me to just keep looking forward and just think about the end so I did.

It really was an amazing experience and I am so happy I finally got over the excuses and just went for it. Doing this with The Husband was even more special because he did AMAZING and was waiting with open arms and a cup of water when I crossed the finish line. He literally caught me when I thought I was passing out but we did it together and that is something I will never forget.

My fun running shoes!

My first race outfit.
Post-race. So exhausted!
Post race meal

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Critically Acclaimed

Everyone has an outfit that makes them feel pretty and on point. I bought this dress a few weeks ago and was attracted to the bright yellow that just screamed summer fun. I have it in white and navy but the yellow is my favorite. Every time I wear I it people comment. The guard at the gate of my job, my co-workers, ladies in parking lots.  I think the navy blazer makes it the perfect, fun outfit to be professional and fun at work.