The Rollercoaster of Weight Loss

Long time, no see! I have been MIA lately and definitely want to get back to posting for motivation. Winter really took a toll on my motivation and self-control. Although I did maintain a minimum 2 mile run so as to not have to start from square one with Couch-to-5K, I did gain back 12 of the 24 pounds that I had lost. I know I am not alone in taking this journey to better health and finding it to be somewhat of a rollercoaster at times. But here I am ready to move past my stumbling block. I am still proud of where I am at and the fact that I can still run 2 miles no problem! I NEVER thought I could run that far. Yes, I want  to get back to 3 miles and beyond, but sometimes you have to look at where you’re at and take the steps that you need to get there.

 

One thing I have been doing is cooking a lot more. I have really started to enjoy cooking and obviously this is a much healthier option. One thing I have been cooking more often that I want to share with you is this delicious Skinny Orange Chicken from Gimme Some Oven:

Here is a picture I took after making it recently. Yum! Definitely recommended. Even better than take out.

 

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Well here is to new goals and a fresh start! I hope to get back to running 3 miles in the next 2 weeks. Wish me luck! Also I am in need of new running shoes so any suggestions for a flat-footed overpronator? Spring is finally here and I am feeling good!

 

 

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Overcoming the Mental Blocks of Running and Fitness

Hope everyone had a happy weekend. Now back to the grind! Over the weekend on Saturday we completed workout two in week 5 of Couch-to-5K. The workout was 5 min warm up–8 min run—5 min walk–8 min run–5 min cool down. 

Let me just say this.  If you would have told me 5 weeks ago that I could run 8 minutes without stopping and let alone do it twice in one workout I wouldn’t have believed you. I don’t know if I would have believed you if you told me that last week. 

Which brings me to my main point, the most difficult part for me in this journey so far is the mental aspect of running and of trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I find myself fighting an inner battle on almost every run. I suppose part of that is because I am still training my body to run and every work out is something new and building more insurance.  But there is also a part in there telling me I can’t do it. I never thought I could be a runner. I thought I could work out and be athletic in many other ways, but not running. So every day is a new opportunity to prove myself wrong and challenge myself.

I find that each time it is a little easier to block out the negative thoughts and become in tune with my body, but it is a process indeed. It is amazing all the negative things we tell ourselves. I consider myself to be a very confident person, but I am finding through this journey that I have too much negative self-talk when it comes to workout out and losing weight at this point in my life. Which is silly! I am young and have a strong and capable mind and body. I just have to tell that negative bitch in my head to shut up and prove her wrong. Slowly but surely this is happening. Any tips from long time runners on this issue would be helpful!

Today we are doing the last workout in week 5 which is running for 20 minutes. I am slightly terrified. I know my body can do it I just have to tell my mind that. Updates to follow:) WIsh me luck! In the mean time I will try and remember this: 

 

Don't Give Up!

 

I wanted to share this recipe for Harvest Chicken Salad from The Nature Box that has become a staple in our home during the last month. I love how you can take most things and make a healthy version. So many small changes that can make all the difference. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cooked chicken breast (chopped, diced, or shredded)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced apple
  • 2/3 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup NatureBox Dried Cranberries or Zingy Currants
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Ciabatta bread, toasted, for serving
Directions:
 
1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, red onion, apple, grapes, dried cranberries or currants, sliced almonds, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste. Serve sandwiches on ciabatta bread with chicken salad mixture.
 
 
*I cook my chicken in the crock pot because it makes it so juicy and easy to shred, plus it’s super easy! I also like to use the Hungry Girl flatbread because it’s only 100 calories and delicious.
 
 
Any words of advice for me before the big run today and/or any typically unhealthy recipes that you make healthy with a few simple changes?