April 15, 2013

trying to stay on track

Yes.  I've said it a million times.  I apologize.  But I'm tired.  I'm not getting enough sleep.  So I'm grumpy.  When I'm grumpy going for a run usually makes me feel better.  Except my body is too tired to have a good run.  So that makes me more grumpy.  And when I'm really grumpy I want to eat.  In particular I want to eat crap.  It isn't working out so well for me.

Damn vicious cycle.

I managed to sneak in 3 workouts this past week.  A 2.5 mile run, a 3.75 mile run and a level one workout on the 30 Day Shred.  So decent I guess.  My eating was great for a couple of days, and then it wasn't.  Stupid freaking chocolate sucks me in every time.  My other issue is that I haven't come up with a lot of options that fit in to what I deem my new acceptable food items, so I hadn't been eating enough.  And then I was just getting hungry.

Failure to plan is planning to fail.  (The interwebs seem to disagree on who actually said that.  But it wasn't me.  My weights teacher in college always said it, but you know.)

So yeah.  I've still got a lot of work to do.  Mostly in the food department.  I really think once we can iron out the sleeping situation a little, and when we start going back to the gym, the workouts will start to fall back into place.  Obviously I can't guarantee that, but before Elsie was born going to the gym was one of the highlights of my day.  It was an hour I could focus on me while doing something incredibly positive for myself.  It felt great.  So I'm hoping we can get back into that routine, at least four days out of the week.

But back to the food.  I've been doing lots and lots of thinking about what approach I want to take with food, how much I want to limit, what will work for our family.  As I've mentioned I don't think a lifestyle that completely cuts any food groups will pan out in the long run.  Unfortunately a lot of my success rests on how much I can get the rest of my family to go along, and telling them not to eat certain things at all ever again just isn't going to work.  They simply won't get on board.  Plus I feel like I'd be cheating all the time here and there because I LOVE food.  I really really do.  And the thought of never having some of my favorites again doesn't work for me.

So I'm trying to find a minute or two to tear through websites and blogs, looking for recipes and ideas on clean eating, as well as dairy free items since I'm trying to cut back on that more and more since it seems to have helped Elsie.  Please please please if you have any favorite recipes, snack ideas, or website suggestions that fit the bill of real food and clean eating (and bonus if it is dairy free!) pass them my way.  Especially if they are simple.  I'll take all the help I can get right now.

Hopefully that wasn't too much of a mess to read.  And hopefully I can stop saying I want to do all this, and really start doing it.


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WinterBenson said...

I wanna link up to your move it monday, but I haven't got the slightest clue how!!

Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian said...

I feel you - I planned to workout this morning, but just couldn't get out of bed. I'll go to for it after work tonight.

Caitlin MidAtlantic said...

I don't usually follow any recipe to a T, but I get weekly menu planning inspiration from friends on a FB menu share group, as well as Shine on Yahoo!

I don't really enjoy meal planning, but it makes life SO much easier in the long run. I usually "plan" three meals a week, and just assume with leftovers and unplanned occurences, we'll have plenty to eat.

ashley d said...

I'm going to start blogging just so I can link up!

Sarah and Derek said...

I lived off tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole when I did the no dairy thing. This website is incredibly helpful if you want to know what things are safe and what aren't.


It's crazy how many things actually contain dairy.

Sarah said...

I find that the days that I work out, even if it's just walking around the block a few times, I was inspired to eat better. I totally get the lack of sleep affecting the workouts, so even just a little bit of fresh air daily is helpful. I've also found that if I take about 30 minutes on Sunday evening to cut up fresh fruit and veggies and create snack sized portions in tupperware containers, I have no excuse to grab a pudding cup or a handful of chips. Same thing goes for lunch! I would make salads and store them in tupperware containers so all I had to do was grab one, dump on dressing, and wolf it down before the little man had a meltdown.

As for workouts, is there a neighbor or a friend with whom you could trade time for time? My neighbor and I do that so she can teach one day a week and I get an hour of baby-free running time three days a week. I've learned that moms will stick together and do just about anything for their fellow kind!

Andria said...

Look at www.thefresh20.com. It's a meal planning service that sends out 5 dinner recipes per week, along with shopping lists and ways to prep early in the week. It doesn't have a bunch of weird ingredients that you'll have to buy for only one meal. The food is good, and all non-processed. My kids eat most of it (minus the fish recipes).

Lindsay said...

One favourite clean option i would make in the months after having my son were individual baked oatmeals. Yes I had to make them, but then I lived off of them for the next few days when I was starving but too tired to think. There are tons of recipes on Pinterest. I'm also dairy-free so I would sub for almond milk.

Nessa Bixler said...

I just found this site...


Loving it so far. Best tip - prep when ou have help. I will make dinner for two days and lunches when my husband is home helping. Make wraps, salads, snacks and double every dinner recipe that will freeze.

Anonymous said...

Replacing cow milk with vanilla almond milk is a nutritious start. There are lots of healthier plant-based milks out there. I am not a vegan,but books like the China Study convinced me to enjoy more and more plant-based d foods. Good luck!