Monthly Archives: February 2015

Cravings getting the better of me

The past two weeks, I have not seen any movement on the scale and other than good ol’ mother nature, I have given in to my cravings more than a few times. It is starting to show against all of the effort that I am putting into working out. Working out is being counteracting by sweets, eating fast food or food I had not prepared and I am definitely feeling it. As much as I hate to spend my Sundays doing it, I am going to have to meal prep this week and see if I see results because the constant battle that I am having with myself around it is uncomfortable and exhausting.

I also had another epiphany: I am rewarding myself with food. Emotional eating has been something that has been a comfort for me for quite some time. As a community, we celebrate, we mourn, we vent over our favorite dishes and I get connected to the nostalgia of certain restaurants remembering a space and place that I was inhabited. I do this more often than not. I was in Berkeley (where I attended undergrad) and immediately went to Gypsys (an Italian restaurant that I love so much) and I got the pasta that I always get! It was scrumptious but after, I felt overly full and uncomfortable because I refused to not finish my food (how dare I leave a wonderful dish like that on the table?!?) I know I am not the only person that feels like that lol. Another example, if I am in the North Oakland area, Genova’s Deli is one of my favorite spot to get a sandwich and some clam chowder (mouth drooled a bit when I said that LOL) and when I go there, I have to get all of the above and eat it all at the same time. You get the gist. I decided to combat this with creating a meal plan for the week, we’ll see how this goes.

Monday:

  • Breakfast: spinach, greek yogurt and fruit smoothie
  • Lunch: chicken with brown rice and broccoli
  • Dinner: whole wheat pasta with lemon, olive oil, spinach, and salmon

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: egg white omelet (with spinach and cheese), 2 turkey patties
  • Lunch: Whole wheat pasta with lemon, olive oil, spinach, and salmon
  • Dinner: Chicken with mixed veggies

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast: Spinach smoothie with greek yogurt, and fruit
  • Lunch: chicken with brown rice and broccoli
  • Dinner: turkey meatballs with whole wheat pasta and pesto

Thursday:

  • Breakfast: egg white omelet, turkey sausage patties
  • Lunch: salmon salad with egg, cheese and crutons
  • Dinner: chicken with sauteed brussel sprouts

Friday:

  • Breakfast/Lunch: conference food
  • Dinner: turkey burger with whole wheat bun (1/2)

Saturday:

  • Breakfast: Waffle, bacon
  • Lunch: chicken with spinach salad
  • Dinner: TBD

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: spinach smoothie with greek yogurt and fruit
  • Lunch: turkey burger with whole wheat bun (1/2)
  • Dinner: chicken with sauteed brussel sprouts

*Water or Tea only, snacks of my choosing, and working out at least 5 times.

If there is something that you follow and would like to share, I am definitely interested!

Have a good week all,

Amber

Spending Less Out/Keep On Keeping On

This week has been really good. I worked out 6 days of this week, it was mentioned that my endurance has increased, I was able to successfully complete a elbow plank (for 23secs but did it nonetheless), and I decreased my mile time by 1min and some change. I feel like I worked really hard this week and although I don’t see a lot of movement on the scale, I do see a lot of NSV (non-scale victories). Some not so successful things: I spent quite a bit on food outside, but when I did I made better choices (a light meal instead of high-calorie foods). I did consume quite of bit of sweets (ice cream is my frienemy). And lastly I didn’t consume as much water as I would have liked.

All in all, I had some good days, and I had some challenging days but one thing that made my week was having a conversation with one of my very wonderful friends and we spoke about making smaller goals vs. looking at the overarching picture. That picture can always seem so overwhelming when you get bombarded by the amount of details and all the different kinds of diets, and everyone telling you what to do. At the end of the day, for me, I have to keep reminding myself that it’s just one day at a time, one small goal at a time, and this journey is ongoing. It’s hard, and it doesn’t always feel fun but I will say that when I do get in there and do a training session or a Zumba class or finish a 40 Days of Beast challenge, I feel so good afterward. I also just feel blessed to just be able to move. I remember there were days where my back would hurt so bad that I wouldn’t be able to leave my bed. Days where just going to the bathroom was a task. Although my bones and joints hurt at times, I am still mobile and I can dance until I get too tired to do it. I stretch it out, hit some hot water, and come back the next day. Lastly, I keep reminding myself that if I stop and start again on this journey, it’s ok! There isn’t one way to do it and I won’t be “perfect” at it either.

With that said, this week I would just like to keep on keepin’ on. What does that mean? I just want to keep going on with what I an doing. I don’t have much of a system but to just do it (AIN’T NOTHING TO IT, BUT TO DO IT!) I will keep on with the more water, less sweets, complete my challenges, eat more at home, and just keep on keepin’ on.

Have a good week,

Amber