Cravings

When you are veering off your journey with your healthy eating do you find yourself reaching for sugary junk and processed crap?  I cannot tell a lie…I do!  I also know that one day of that makes me want another and another!  It is so true that all of the chemicals in that processed yuck just makes you crave more and more of it!  If your into cleanses then this is the time to do it!  I don’t do them so I just have to find the strength from within to not continue to eat the junk and go back to the normal healthy eating routine.  I do treat myself here and there but doing it on a daily is just something that makes me want more than is acceptable on my journey.

Drink your water!  Half your body weight in ounces!  Drink your hot green tea!  Fill up on fruits and veggies and be sure you’re getting enough protein!  Be sure you are eating every 3 hours 3 meals 2 snacks.  I keep snack bags of walnuts or almonds in the cabinet and my pocketbook.  I also like to keep cut up watermelon in the refrigerator.  Summer is so easy to keep the fruits and veggies in the house!  Apples, oranges, cucumbers, tomato and bananas are some go to snacks when I would want to grab junk!  I love using my crock pot all year around!  Try this crock pot recipe!  Hope you enjoy!

http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-lemon-basil-chicken-with-carrots/

Continuing the journey with an Injury!

I have worked through pain before!  When this journey began and I would run on the treadmill my lungs would burn.  That is the pain you fight through.  An injury is different.  We have to respect our body and the consultation of a doctor, chiropractor or therapist.  I recently was involved in a car accident in which a car struck my vehicle from behind causing issues with my back, neck and shoulder.  These injuries were not serious but still had to be respected.

It was so difficult for me to go to the gym everyday like my normal routine and not be able to do what I would normally do!  I had to lower the weight during strength training.  I had to give up most of my cardio workout too because my back and tailbone were in such pain.  I had to really think about what exercises I did to not cause more pain.  Sometimes I would do an exercise and realize…um that was not a good idea!  I ran on the treadmill and had tears in my eyes because my back hurt so bad but my head said push through because I am so used to pushing myself hard.  After 5 minutes I realized I was being stupid!  This has been the hardest 6 weeks to find my way though.  I am a creature of habit and the gym is my sanctuary.  I know I am not the only one that has been through this!  Keeping positive, seeing my chiropractor, eating well and respecting what my body was telling me has allowed me to remain on my journey and not feel like I fell off track!

I signed up for the Spring Lake 5 mile run a long time ago.  It is this coming weekend and running has been out of my life for about 6 weeks or more so my plan is to go and do the best I can and listen to my body.  I just want to finish!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend all!  Here is a great recipe for a healthier version of ice cream I made!

1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 ripe bananas, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder and 2 Tbsp. sugar.

  1. In a microwaveable bowl or cup whisk 1/2 cup almond milk with the chocolate cocoa,  protein powder and sugar until fully incorporated. Microwave for 40 seconds and then stir.
  2. Place bananas plus the remainder of the almond milk into a blender along with the cocoa mixture and puree for about 10 seconds.
  3. Place mixture in the ice cream maker and process for 20 minutes or until thick.
  4. Serve right away or store in the freezer for later use.  I take mine out for a few minutes before serving so it’s not so hard:)  Hope you love it as much as I do!

We are only human!

So recently it was that time of the month for me:/  I was cranky, achy and wanted to eat the house!  I wanted to eat pretzels, chocolate, ice cream and everything else that wasn’t nailed down!  I feel out of control during this time.  I usually get down on myself at first then I realize why I am feeling this way.  I am only human not a robot so I allow a little bit of this behavior.  I don’t consider it falling off the wagon.  I consider it part of life.  My life…my journey.  I have to find a way through these times because I am a woman and for now this is going to happen once a month to me so I have to find a way though it!

I make the best bad decisions I can make:)  I eat the pretzels with some hummus.  I eat the chips and pico de gallo.  I eat dark chocolate and I buy these ice pops called fruit dips.  I love the strawberry pops dipped in dark chocolate and they are only 86 calories.  I still hit the gym and do my routine to the very best of my ability!  If I am going to eat like a beast I better train like one too!  I remind myself that I am not going to be that girl I used to be in one or two days!  I know having an off day or a day that you feel like you feel off the wagon is very discouraging but remember we are only human.  Most of us have some sort of addiction to food.  Food can feel so comforting.  It still does to me.  It’s just about a balance!

Don’t let your bad day get you down!  Get back on your wagon.  Don’t look back to yesterday or the last moment you binged!  Lift your head high and get back to your journey of health and fitness.  If you don’t have it within yourself to do that then call upon your buddy, your spouse or whoever is helping to support you in this.  It’s important to have this person to help get you back on track.  I do believe though it is just as important at some point be able to find it within yourself to be positive and get yourself back on track!