Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sugar withdrawl

I often get caught in a sugar trap, I have a few weeks where I tend to eat  a bit more sweat treats than  necessary. As I looked through my food journal, I realized that I have had a bit of a junk food fest the last couple of weeks. I guess that is the honesty of a food journal because you really get to see what you are putting in your body.

Anyway, I decide to go on a bit of a detox and get my self back on track. I realized that I was putting in about 150 sugary calories about 4 days a week.  It does  not seem like a lot but that  2400 calories a  month. Which can easily convert to a pound if you add in any other splurges.  In addition to that, also noticed that I was making those splurges at night. So I was hungry and fueling my self with an unfulfilling snack.

Sugar is addictive and it has always been a weakness for me. So  I know that I have to be careful because I can easily fall back in to old habits. My detox is not one where I am attempting to rid my system so much of toxin. I am actually just reinforcing good habit by eating clean and reducing my processed sugar intake. So I still consume  natural sugars from fruits and vegetables.

Mixing up my workouts have been fun, I am planning to write up a workout plan for myself.  That way I have a month of workouts prepared. In addition to that I am planning a photo shoot for my anniversary. Its time for some new family photos, the pictures we have in our home don't resemble the new me.

I am headed out for a workout, have you gotten off the couch today?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Change is good

I am a big fan of changing up you routine but I have become less and less a fan of paying for it. I have purchased and completed several different 90/60 day workout programs along my journey. I have had gym memberships and  I have and will never give up my subscription to Oxygen magazine.  As many of you know , it gets expensive and after adding up the $1320.00 a year I was paying for a  family gym membership, I was not pleased. Not to mention the $936.00 I shelled out in 2 years  for Weight Watchers.

All of this came into perspective as my family and I were making a 1000 mile move across the country. I made some specific  choices,  we chose a warmer climate.  I also picked an apartment complex with a fitness center and decided to utilize that fully. I work at a university with a state of the art gym, free for faculty, so I am sucking it up. I will work out and take classes with students if I have to.

In addition, my husband and I have started planning our daily workouts. We write them out and have a clear idea of what we are working on daily. He is and  has been a refreshing addition to my workouts this summer. We are working out in the evening at the park with the kids.  That way, we can do it as a family and the kids can go play when they get bored. I am truly tired of DVDs and paying that  hefty gym bill but I wont sacrifice my fitness. I still write down everything I eat and all my workouts but now I do it in a journal.

I will say that, this change has  reinvigorated my workouts.I am actually feeling muscle soreness again and I am  excited to plan each day. I feel like I am growing in my journey and moving to making this a lifestyle. I  will be taking the money I would have spent on the gym and saving it each month. I will place that in an account that will add to our next summer vacation as a surprise for my family.

Now I am headed to pull out my Oxygen magazine collection to look for some new recipes. What are you doing to keep yourself in the game?