12 Months to Nutrition (13)
I was able to give back today. I am starting to use my nutritional background to help people again. A goal that I have is to have a website just for that. Who knows this maybe the start of something great. I hope so. But I got to tell you it felt great to get back in there in the swing of things. I have to be behind the scenes so much that I actually was able to get out there and help a friend with encouragement, advise and a plan of action. I forgot how much I miss that.
It is so easy to get so involved in our own lives, when the happiest we are is when we are helping someone else. I really believe it gives us a purpose and a hope for our own lives when we do that. Give and it shall be given back to you. In my heart that isn't why I give but it is just the principles in giving. I give truly just to help enrich someone elses life. If I can do a small thing to help make someone elses life a little easier and better, I am there. I think it softens our hearts and it humbles us. At least I know that is what I experience.
I had the best day with my Mom. We finished this portion of a project that we are working on for the Cherry Creek Schools. We actually had so much fun. When we were finished we were wiped out, but we looked at each other and said doesn't it feel good. I know I have said it before but I love this time of year. The season of giving. I wish it was like this year around. Or is it, we just need to make it that way.
My health is improving everyday. My skin looks better and better. I am losing inches everyday. I just feel great. I am really excited. I have my Dad partially on the eating program. He suffered from a heart attack a while back. I just want him around for as long as I can. I love him so much. He is just a really GOOD guy. They both are amazing. I love them so much.
I am so excited and fired up for the future. Everyday is getting more like I saw for myself. I know when I started this journey I felt completely off track. All the puzzle peices are coming back together again. It feels so good. I am at total peace with myself and where I am headed.
Today was the best day. My sister and I went and bought food together so I can teach her how to eat on this plan. We are cooking a bunch of new recipes today together for the week. We both are so excited. It takes a lot of time to reteach yourself a new way of eating. It is really fun to have someone to do it with.
Both my sister and I have heart disease in our family. She is at the point I was when I started the new eating plan. We are going to get used to the plan and introduce it to my father, by the way, is the one who has heart disease. He had a heart attack when he was 54 years old and it changed his life forever. I want to turn his misfortune into something positive. My sister and I are committed to making a change and a difference in our families lives.
I have to say I have been on this eating plan that I have been talking about out o Dr. Caldwell's book "How to revere and prevent heart disease.". The longer I am on this plan the more satisfied I am with the foods I am eating. Everything down to the bread or wraps are very high in nutrients.
I tried the spicy potato soup and it is so good. I am trying to make a batch of new recipes until this becomes and easy more normal eating program for me. It feels so good because I finally feel I am on track for where I am supposed to be. I just didn't feel good with the foods I was eating and my abdomen showed it. I pulled on a pair of pants that I couldn't get on because of my stomach in a long time today. That is the thing about nutrition, everyone is different and sometimes it takes a minute to figure out the right formula but once you do it is for a lifetime.
I got up this morning and stepped on the scale and have lost 5 pounds. I am feeling very good. Lots of energy. I can definitely tell when it is time to eat. I made some home made beans and rice. Then I through in some salsa and put it in an Ezekila 4:9 Whole Grain Tortilla. Put some raw onions and raw tomatos and diner was served. It was so good. Then for breakfast I had some rolled oats with almond milk and then I had a salad and a baked potato for lunch. Lots of water.
It is interesting. I know I spoke about it yesterday, but your body will really tell you what is going on with it if you just listen. I have not been wanting meat at all lately. I wonder if I had my blood work done right now what it would look like. The fact i feel really good and satisfied on ths tells me I am on the right track for now. I have felt swollen, bloated, and just not right. I am feeling rreally good. It has been really easy for me to embrace this and get everything on the right track.
I am really excited to find my niche on what I personally need. I tell you that is the one main thing that I have to say I have learned over the years is that we are all different. What one thing might work for one, might not be the need for another. Let me tell you thought if your numbers are warning you about heart issues, or if you have it in your family, I would completely encourage this program all based on "How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Caldwell B. Esselstyn - Avery (2007.02.01) - hardback - 308 pages
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Well I have to say this wasn't my best day in regards of Nutrition. My calories were low but so were my nutrient dense foods. Breakfast was Sourdough Bread with Rasberry Jam, Protein Drink with a banana, Vitamins, Beans and Rice for lunch two hours late, and some Cheese and pudding for dinner. I ate so late for lunch I didn't even want anything for dinner. Yuk! Today was a day of reaction. My day took control of me instead of me having control of my day. I don't like that at all. This was one of those building character days.
I did however manage to at least get 30 minutes of cardio in but that is it. I have a big office day tomorrow so I will be getting up early to knock out a complete workout including a session of Yoga to start the day right. Then off to work I will go. I am going to pack my food. Carrots, Sandwich, grapes and a big container of water. Tomorrow will be a better day.
Eventhough I had an off day, I have to say I am really seeing a change in my body. I saw someone at the bank that I haven't seen in a while and he looked at me and said, wow you have been working out, you look great. I know this person he would tell me the truth, just one of those people that kind of says it how it is. The felt great. I am very excited that I have made it this far. I feel like I am really accomplishing a lot towards getting to the person that I really want to be. One of my favorite sayings is "Discipline is only hard for a little while, but regret is hard for a lifetime." (unknown author)
Workout: 30 Minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of Yoga/Back bends
Eating Log: 7:00am Coffee with cream/1 slice of sourdough bread/butter and Strawberrie Preserves, small peices of watermelon; Workout 8:30am; 9:30 Protein Drink with Berries, 1/2 banana, Ground flax, Protein; 12:00pm 1/2 of a Mahi Mahi bowl from Tokyo Joes; 3:00pm hand full of popcorn; 5:00pm 4 oz of steak and a salad and a couple of tator tots. Lots of water today and a Gatorade Recovery Drink.
I have to say knowing that I was going to have to tell you what I have been eating made me a lot more careful. I did ok today. For desert I might have Some strawberries and rasberries if I get the urge. I will have to see.
I am not only working on myself but also my son. I don't know if this happens to you, but my son can get on a sugar roll or chips. I think it is ok to let kids have treats but he can definitely take it to another level. It was getting to the point he was expecting some kind of sugar treat to just finish a meal. That is nuts. So right now we are calming all of that now. Life is better here as well because he is always wacked out on sugar.
Ever since my husband had back surgery last September his diet has been impeckable. I am so greatful for that because it is so hard to change eating habits when others in my social environment are not on the same page. I think I ate the comfort food for the first six months of his recovery. I really feel like my whole family is getting on the right page. I am so glad because emotional eating is a very dangerous thing for my health. I find myself doing that every so often and I have to remind myself that for one overeating isn't going to make me feel better. It isn't going to help my problems. It is only going to make me feel worse because physically I will feel worse.
I am really trying to remind myself that food is for nutrition for the body and to keep it in it's place where it belongs. I do understand it is fun to enjoy a meal but again I need to enjoy the company and keep my portions under control. This year is again about working out all of these emotions and behaviors and put them in the right place. I am really happy where I am into this project.
I was at a play date for my son at the park last night and I was speaking to one of the mom's there and she said, "me and my husband are trying to get back to our glory days physically again after having three children". There are so many of us with the same mission. It can be a real struggle, but if I or we want it bad enough it can happen. There is no reason we have to give in to life's business to not be the person physically and mentally that we want to be. Again, I really believe they are all connected.
There are no shortcuts. It is all calories in and calories out. It is also the quality of the foods that we eat are important. If all we eat are dead foods (processed with low nutritional value) compared to live foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean proteins) we will never reach our full potential. Remember everything we put into our mouths is broke down into our cells good or bad which over time has a real impact on our health. Think before you eat. Do I really want that in my cells?
I am starting a log tomorrow on this blog to keep track of my food intake and if I have to reveal it to eveyone, I will definitely be more careful. That will be my new challenge until I am able to complete my nutrition workup which I will share when complete. It hink this would be a great example to everyone on the difference and how to grow into these things one step at a time. Remember, each meal counts. If you screw up and eat something crazy one meal, the beauty of it is you can fix it as soon as the next meal. The human body is an amazing thing. Be good to yourself. I am certainly going too.
Today was a good day. I got up this morning had some coffee and a peach and had 30 minutes of cardio followed by a protein drink. I am really tired tonight because I had a power day at work. Sitting at that computer sometimes wears me out not physically just mentally. One thing I didn't do well today was drinking enough water. Also, I at really well just not enough. I started to get that cloudy feeling in my brain. Your brain needs food in order to function correctly.
Tomorrow is another power day. I have some deadlines to finish. I am going to do better with the food intake and the water. I am going to fill my container full and take with me so i know how much water I need to still drink for the day. I will also pack my lunch. I stopped and bought a few things on the way into work to eat throughout the day but it wasn't enough so I will pack it tomorrow. Also, my workout will include cardio and I want to do a long session of Yoga with that. I am feeling very stiff and need an extra boost in that area.
Nutrition Note: If you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Be proactive and stay ahead of the game. 64 ounces of water is a good place to start which breaks down to eight glasses of water a day. On these hot days it cannot hurt to have more especially if you are active.
Well I have to be honest, yesterday was a calorie fest. We were with family over the holiday weekend. Needless to say I am feeling a little groggy this morning as part of the aftermath. I was talking to one of my relatives who has been on a trendy diet. She has done really well on it, but she has been off the past few days because of the holiday weekend. She wanted to lose 12 more pounds and had to make sure she got back on the program. She also was concerned on how long she could stay on the program.
I just finished a new Certification as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition in addition to my other certifications but I just wanted to stretch myself and keep learning in this area. . In my experience these trendy diets are so risky because it is so hard to stay on something like that. My next step is to start using the techniques that I have learned to customize my eating program for my lifestyle. I know what to do but my next step is to sit down and fill out the paperwork and do a full workup of the new information I have learned. That is my goal for the week is to get that done. I want to become fluent with the information so I can start helping others. This is part of my chance to give back.
So I woke up this morning and started right with my nutrient rich protein drink. Took all of my vitamins and minerals. Today is going to be a good day. I think I will go for a hike outdoors being I am in the mountains and out of town. Remember it is not the fact that you get off your routine, we need to be human and have some fun, but it is the fact that we stay focused and get right back on track. I am important and worth taking care of myself. Which in the end if I take care of me, I take care of my family.