Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What happened to that promise?

In case you were wondering if I stuck with that promise I made myself back in March, I did. Beyond all doubt and frankly, the odds (I tend to quit things.. ask my mom), I have stuck with it.

Don't get me wrong, I still have dessert sometimes and definitely still eat cheeseburgers ( just not fast food cheeseburgers), and every once in a while I even say "screw it" to working out. What I've learned through this is that if I make it too hard and extreme I won't do it. So I've made all my goals manageable and left out strict rules and I don't hate myself when I slip up.

Here's what I attempt to do every week. I try to run at least 3 times a week and I've worked my way up to running ( and when I say running, I mean jogging. Slowly.)
about 2.5 miles now. I'm running a 10k in July, so I've got a lot of work to do, yikes! I also, go to a "body works" class at the gym 2-3 times a week. This is not cardio and is mostly strength training. Having scheduled myself for 6 days a week, I don't feel so bad if I have to skip a day for a family/work function.
I eat fruit or yogurt every day for breakfast and sometimes I even combine them and make a smoothie! I mostly eat left over dinners for lunch, but I won't lie to you and say I never go to Chipotle (though when I do I still pick healthier ingredients for my burrito bowl!). Dinners are usually some sort of chicken creation with a vegetable. I refuse to eat flavorless food, so please don't think I eat naked chicken every day. ew! Oh and I still eat red meat...because I like it. Hit me with a steak or home grilled burger any day. If you work with me, you know I put avocados on everything. Its a healthy fat, ok?
I also have mostly removed dairy from my diet. I still eat yogurt, obviously, but I stear clear of heavy creams, cheeses, and sauces. I've discovered Almond milk which I personally like better than milk.

How much weight have I lost? I have no clue and I don't really care. This isn't about my weight, its about my health and a crazy attempt at reversing a disease. I can tell you my muscles are more defined and my pants fit better and I am loving that. But, again, that's not what's about. I feel awesome, have more energy, and haven't had any ulcerative colitis symptoms. THAT'S what its about.

Because I'm a photographer, here's a picture of my number from my first 5k on May 10th.