Clean Eating Challenge

Hey guys! The past two weekends have been filled with family and fun, but mostly with food….heavy, fatty, deliciously bad for you food.

It was also filled with great memories like this…

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Between taking in a baseball game, kayaking, taking the pups for walks, and eating my favorite deconstructed sushi, my eating needs a BIG overhaul.

For the next two weeks, I will be starting a clean eating challenge.

During this time I can eat as much lean protein and produce as I want. That’s right. No. Counting. Calories. Literally as much as I want. Now obviously, the aim is to pack my tummy full of delicious produce, but the protein will help aid recovery for workouts (which I am good to start back up full force!!) and give me the energy to make it through my day.

Tack in unlimited water (hopefully 8-10 glasses per day, minimum) and just a little low-fat dairy, whole grains, and healthy fats and I should be on my way to kick starting a long-term healthy eating plan!

Simply put, less of this

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And more of this

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Want me to share my daily menu? Leave me a comment below!

GWC Day 30 – First Month Down and F The Scale!

Morning Weight: Who cares? (More explained below…I’m not just being dramatic, I promise!)

Workout: 2 mile run + 5K Interval Run

So guys, the first month of my Goal Weight Challenge is complete! I can’t believe it’s already been 30 days! Here is what I’ve learned in the past month:

First, The number on the scale does not define my progress. I got on the scale this morning and it read out 147…

My starting point…

I was FURIOUS! I thought “how could I be working so hard, lose 3 pounds, and have it all come right back in the same 4 week period?!”

But then I left for work early and had an hour to burn. So I parked my car near my employers’ house and set off for a morning run. I had no intention of doing well, I merely thought that I could get in my miles early today so I wouldn’t have to worry about them later. To my surprise, my legs and lungs felt more powerful and when I ran down the street and back (a 2 mile round trip), I had been running at an 11:30 average pace.

Now for some of you, you’re probably thinking “Way to Go Turtle….” But for me, having never run faster than a 13 minute mile in my entire life, it was a big achievement. Not only had I bust my own P.R., But I finally realized that no matter what the scale says, my body will tell me if I am making forward progress.Thanks, body, for the encouragement. I love you!

Needless to say, I gave my scale a big middle finger and I will only be weighing myself at the end of each GWC Month as a check-in. I will now be basing my progress off of how my clothes fit, how I feel emotionally, and what my measurements say.

Second, Healthy eating is hard, but finding ways to eat what you love in a cleaner way makes it easier. Here are some of my favorite healthy food hacks that I will be trying and blogging about in the next month.

– Fudgy Chocolate Brownies –> Raw Brownies (from Scaling Back )

– Fettuccini Alfredo –> Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce (from Pinch of Yum)

– Enchiladas –> Taco Soup (I like The Gracious Pantry’s version, I just leave out the pasta)

– Ooey-Gooey, Syrupy Pancakes –> Banana Cinnamon Pancakes (CellaFit) with Blueberry Syrup (I love The Gracious Pantry!!)

if you have any healthy or clean-eating recipes, please send me the link!!

Third, Exercise really does have a positive impact on my mood. This month I have been happier, more positive, and less tired than I have been for the past 6 months! My patience has increased and my usual snarky responses have lessened…or maybe not, because that’s just me 😉

I didn’t realize how much I missed the active lifestyle I held before the wedding. Now I make time in my day to get in my miles, not only because I feel like I’d be letting you all down if I didn’t (I hope some of you care!), but because I have been genuinely enjoying my time outside and the happy feeling I get when I’m done. Not to mention my awesome tan! 😉

Finally, I have gained so many more friendships out of doing this. I have become closer to friends that workout with me or talk with me about their healthy lifestyles, and I’ve gained more readers who also have inspiring healthy living blogs or have encouraged me along the way! (I’m talking about you guys, PerpendicularPessimist, WalkingBackToMyself, OrganizationalSpecialists, Fat2Plant, Miss.OnceUponAMarathon, and everyone else! THANK YOU!!)

Beginning from Scratch

I feel like lately I’ve seen the scale inching upwards little by little. Never much, a quarter pound or so, but seeing an increase week after week is frustrating. In my current living situation, it’s exceedingly hard to eat clean and fit in the amount of physical activity that I would like. I’m tired of feeling like I’m making excuses, though, so I’m putting on my big girl shorts and digging deep. I will succeed if it’s the last thing I do!

Since I dropped my WW subscription a while ago (too much money for the online program that I can do for free elsewhere), I’ve decided to “start from scratch.” What does that mean exactly? Start my lifestyle plan as if I’ve never done it before.

I think many of us get into a new fitness or eating routine and blast our effort level up to 100, then tire out too quick and feel like we’ve failed. I refuse to do that. Here’s my plan:

Workout

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In addition to this, I’ll be taking Atlas on his normal walks, with the goal of reaching 10,000 steps a day using my FitBit One.

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Eating

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This awesome list brought to you by Coach Morris

I also found this great graphic to give me some more information!

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Tracking

Being a firm believer in tracking to help keep motivated, I’ll be using the Lose It! app and website. It’s Free!

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Please help keep me motivated and in check guys! I’ll be here if you need some encouragement along your journey to good health too, just leave me a comment and I’ll start following your progress!