12.24.2014

#30DayDetox Part 3

12/23/14: I'm realizing I never finished this in August, so I'm finishing it now! This is especially valuable to me now that I'm big and pregnant.

#30DayDetox Part Three. My focus is to say something positive about myself every day and avoid saying anything negative about myself.



22: I'm funny. Not just funny looking in a rad way, but I have a funny personality.

23: I'm an animal lover. I can remember at least seven animals that I've loved and saved and two still live with me.

24: I look for the best in people. Others may continue to make bad choices but I see so much potential in everyone, so I try to help them see it too.

25: My body is huge. And it's going to get bigger since I'm only halfway through my pregnancy, and that's OK. I love my body for all it is capable of doing.

26: I'm compassionate. I'm realizing this even more since my hormones are making me teary-eyed more often. A family was recently run down by a SUV in a crosswalk and they survived, but lost their dog. Tears me up. Could have been much worse if they lost more though.

27: I'm realistic. This can be both a great thing and a struggle because some mistake it for pessimism, I feel like it has saved me much heartache but also has allowed me to be surprised and happy.

28: I'm giving. With Christmas two days away, I'm looking at what I bought for my family and I feel like it just isn't enough. I don't think I'll ever stop feeling that way.

29: I'm dedicated. Recently I had to work 17 hours into winter break to finish the first issue of El Toro's magazine. There are likely a few more hours to come so our printing company is satisfied. It was frustrating but taught me a lot about what I can hope to do better with the journalism class moving forward.

30: I'm me and no one else can be me. In the same token, no one else can take anyone else's place completely. I'm doing my best to enjoy my role in the world and be a good person.

12.23.2014

For First-Time Fitness Moms Like Me

24 September 2014

I'm pregnant! Yes, I'm excited beyond words. At this moment however, I'm only 5 weeks along, and that's the main reason why I didn't publish this post until later. I'm holding on to hope (and trying not to worry about it) that I get into my second trimester. You know what I'm talking about if you've ever miscarried. I'm mainly writing this as a journal for my feelings, so here we go.

I'm eating well, I'm controlling my caffeine intake down to nearly nothing, and the biggest change is not working out as much, if at all. This is a drastic change for me, as I just came off of an amazing summer getting into the best shape of my life. My opinion on fitness and pregnancy has shifted since the beginning of the year, in a major way.

With my first pregnancy from January to February 2014, I read what other women suggested and talked about their experiences working out while pregnant. The accepted consensus was, "Whatever you were doing before pregnancy, you are OK to continue to do, just in moderation." But now I strongly disagree, especially if this is your first pregnancy.

I was used to squats, running, ball slams, overhead weight carries, etc. I just cut out most of the weight and slowed down a bit. I never felt strained. In retrospect, it wasn't enough. I've gone over and over it with my doctor, and he said there was nothing I did to cause the miscarriage, and that it was the egg. My body knew it wouldn't work out so it took care of it. But this doesn't prevent me from taking different precautions in the future.

As a first-time mom, you do not know how your body will handle pregnancy, so don't be comfortable with saying, "It's just a little workout" or, "It's just one cup of coffee." The average cup of coffee from Starbucks has 140 mg or more of caffeine, nearly double the average in other coffee brands. Is soda your go-to afternoon drink? Whatever your issue or concern is when you know you need to moderate your intake, don't take risks. If you feel unsure in the least, don't even go there.

I'm a healthy, physically active woman in her late 20's, and maybe my body was just "getting used to" being pregnant for the first time; but I don't want to have any "what-ifs" lingering in my head ever again. This time around, I'm getting bigger and I'm OK with that. More accurately, I'm getting big. How big? However big my body feels is appropriate. My body knows. Of course I'm going to do my best to eat well, but I'm not going to guilt myself over a number on a scale, or a treat, or my clothes not fitting well anymore. I'm OK letting go of all of that, no matter how difficult, to have a healthy baby to love for the rest of my life and forever.

While I was miscarrying over Valentine's Day weekend (the 13th onward, right after we heard the heartbeat that day), the predominating thought in my mind has been this: I want that baby back. I'd give up any workout, any ideal body image, just to have that baby. While I believe I'll see my "first baby" in the next existence, the most important message I want to share with pregnant women is that it's OK to be big. Accept yourself in this stage in life. Anyone who judges you for how you look while you're pregnant, well... I feel afraid for that person because they're about to get a face full of hormones!!!

I wish all of you mommies the best.

Jessica Simpson received a lot of cruel comments on how big she became during her pregnancies. Did anyone ever think to consider that her body is her body, and it was healthy and created a beautiful baby?

I LOVE this photo because it shows Alyson Hannigan in everyday hair, make-up (none) and clothes, being herself.

Olivia Wilde, normal pregnant woman. Awesome.

Alyson again, with a great-looking outfit. I'll be taking style tips from her.

Though I like seeing celebrities dolled up on the red carpet, too often it makes society think that this is what we all should look like. In reality, she spent a lot of time in hair and make-up before even going to this event. Instead I choose to focus on her smile and embracing the bump and her body as it was, wearing something comfortable, and not looking shy or ashamed of her size in the least.

8.22.2014

Shakeology 3-Day Refresh Review

When Shakeology announced they would be selling a 3-Day Refresh program, I was excited. I studied what other people had done with it, how they felt, etc. and finally ordered my own kit. When I started, in the morning of day 1 I thought, "That's right... I go crazy thinking of the foods I can't eat!" But I keep telling myself that it's only 3 days. The time will pass whether I'm striving to stick to my goals or not, so I need to make the most of it.

Day 1: Mon, 8/18
Food Regimen
Morning
I took the opportunity to try Greenberry Shakeology since I've tried all of the other flavors, and it's really good. However, I was hungry soon after since I did a boot camp and stretch/yoga workout. I'm going to hold steady and see what results I get if I follow the meal plan exactly. I also add ice to all of my shakes if possible, because I like the thickness.
-morning tea: chai rooibos herbal decaffeinated-
Morning Snack
Fiber Sweep mix with water: Considering it's fiber and not protein, it's OK. I've had worse. But not my favorite thing so far.
Afternoon
Boy, was I ready for lunch. I had 5 baby carrots, 2 T avocado, and 1/2 banana mixed in with the Vanilla Fresh shake and ice (yum). I'm feeling very satisfied.
Afternoon Snack
2 T hummus, 3 cups lettuce/kale/mixed greens
Dinner
Vanilla Fresh with ice (no fruit this time) and one of the dinner recipes - vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots), vegetable broth, coconut oil, pinch of salt.

Day 1 Observations
1 - I'm exhausted. No caffeine, only natural sugar. I went to boot camp and stretch this morning but it was a struggle. I was DONE for the day by 10 AM.
2 - I miss eating more. I just want to chew something, not that I'm hungry. My daily protein intake is 65g so I feel satisfied. But, I love food and I love eating (Lesson 1: something I am learning to tame in a good way).

Day 2: Tues, 8/19
Same plan as day 1. I pretty much kept the food the same. Didn't go to hot yoga as planned because I didn't think my body would handle it.

Headache. Most all day. Awful. I took ibuprofen but it wouldn't help unless I took 800 mg (wow). I assume this is a caffeine headache. Lesson 2: control my daily caffeine intake.

Day 3: Weds, 8/20
Had more pep in my step today, either because of the foods taking effect, or my body normalizing without caffeine/sugar/whatever, or both. OR because I'm also looking forward to this being DONE :P I miss having more choice of what I can eat. I went to TRX and stretch and feel good.

Day 4: Results
Measurements (bust, belly, hips, butt): No change
Weight: -2.5 lbs

Considering my BMI is (and was) about 22, which is healthiest for my height/weight, I don't need to lose weight or size, but am happy something changed. I wanted a deeper health detox/nutrition shift, and I got it.

What I Learned
1 - Love food, but make every bite worth it without overdoing it.
2 - Control daily caffeine intake: No more than 80g
3 - The better foods I eat, the better I feel. When I overeat, I feel it quicker now, and it doesn't feel good. Same thing goes for cheaply made/processed foods.
4 - Control daily sugar intake: have as little as possible (natural whole fruit is fine). I had a Nutella cookie (about 90 cals) after measuring my body and weight on Thursday, and within minutes my heart was pounding and I felt differently. I'm kind of glad I react that way now, so it'll remind me that I can't overdo it anymore!
5 - Water is amazing. I had been drinking half of my body weight in grams before (about 67g), so I continued (per program guidelines). Now it's easy and my body asks for it more.

**One Day Later: I maintained eating healthy portions and eating more high-protein foods (hello chicken, I've missed you) and avoided sugar and I'm down another pound. You are what you eat!**



8.21.2014

#30DayDetox Part 2

#30DayDetox part two

12: I have strong, sexy tree stump legs. In high school I heard through the grapevine that I had "tree stump" legs because they were so thick. They still are kind of big. But I take it as a compliment now because my legs are strong and it shows. They can carry me for miles and squat major lbs.

13: I have a strong work ethic. I gained pretty much all of this from my mom and dad. They are the most amazing people I've ever known.

14: I'm loyal. Once I've committed to something, I finish it. This includes buying a new food, trying a new food, disliking this food, and still eating it because I want to get my money's worth.

15: I have great self-control. When I want to. But today I totally rocked it. I had a lot of protein, a lot of water, and no dessert (fighting a daily dessert habit is rough stuff).

16: I'm forgiving. I don't forget easily, but I forgive, no matter how many times the same person hurts me.

17: I handle my frustration much better than I used to. I got into one of the silliest "arguments" (if you can even call it that) today and I stopped myself and let it go. I don't necessarily have to prove something to others; what works for me, works for me.

18: I have a big heart. I've grown up with pets and it only seemed natural to adopt Ozzy, Harley, and Maya into our family.

19: I'm thrifty. I find good deals and love coupons too. I definitely get this from Dad, as he will scour any pile of interesting junk for a good deal.

20: I love my family more than anything. The older I get the more I find this to be central to who I am. If my parents or sister or husband or whoever are going through something, even if they don't share much if any of it with me, I will support them however I can and show them my love and steadfastness.

21: I love and support my friends even if their life changes conflict with mine. Life is too short to be unhappy. If you have found your truth and it sets you free, embrace that peace. Love is more powerful than hate.

Part 3 of 3 will come the 31st.

8.11.2014

#30DayDetox - Love of Self

This summer I've been working hard on my fitness goals, and that includes nutrition and peace of mind. I love watching morning TV shows, and was inspired by The Today Show's "30 Day Detox" challenge, so I've decided to say something nice about myself every day and not say anything negative about myself.

Aug 1: I'm awesome. Let's just start with something basic, something general. I feel good today, I worked out this morning, I feel powerful just by taking care of my body.

2: I'm beautiful. The way I'm made is just fine. After blow-drying my hair, I love how soft and straight it is. Nobody can be me, this is the only me I get, so I'm going to appreciate me.

3: I try to be kind. After all, I wish people were more kind to me. Too often I look for fulfillment through what others say. Today I'll be fulfilled by saying good things to other people.

4: By teaching kids who hate school and have bad attitudes, it makes me grateful that I can be a positive person in people's lives even when they choose to be negative. Happiness really is a choice 98% of the time.

5: I'm patient. Much more than I used to be (yes really, family!) even though I'm always a work in progress, I appreciate that I endure more and try to allow others the time they need to figure things out.

6: I'm helpful. I don't like to be like the "bummer kids" in summer school that seek to be bullies. I see someone doing something, teacher or student, and offer to help.

7: I have great hair. I just got it done the other day and love it. I loved it before then, but I love that it's naturally straight. My genes are awesome.

8: I make others feel better just by talking with them. At boot camp today I brought some protein energy treats I made from a Pinterest recipe, which spurred conversation with people I haven't gotten much time to talk to. I heart my fitness people and seeing smiles on their faces.

9: I'm capable of more than I know. I did hot yoga this morning for the first time in three weeks, and though it was hard, I kept going and remembered why I love it. My body is a beautiful temple and I appreciate it.

10: I'm updating this on the 11th. I had a hard time saying something nice about myself. Some days are rougher than others. I already said I was patient, so today I'll say I'm giving because I had to put aside my wants to make sure someone else got what they needed. I try to make others happy and just go with the flow (and I'm not saying this bitterly).

11: I'm adventurous. We booked a trip to New York this fall, I'm so excited. I also ordered a 3-Day Detox protein program from Shakeology, whose protein powders I already have and love. I'm looking forward to seeing how good I feel afterward. There has been so much tar in the air for weeks due to our complex getting new roofs installed.

1/3 of the way through, more to come.