WIDN

Short for What I’m Doing Now. Howdy all. Hope 2017 is treating you all right. So per usual, I’m the slacker blogger. Just to mark it down now, it’s March and this is my second post of the year. Yep, … Continue reading

Peace Out 2016!

I know that like many people, I am very excited to put 2016 in the rear-view mirror. My favorite descriptor of this year so far? “Poop-flavored trash fire.” And I’ll never stop laughing at it. For all of the crap … Continue reading

FGG Week 1

So, I just finished up my first week of the Fit Girl’s Guide 28-Day Jumpstart. The best way to describe this week was a struggle.

My meal prep got off to a rocky start and I was never really able to regain my footing. I am used to prepping for a few days worth of lunches on Sunday evening, but prepping for three full meals per day was serious. I put off some of the prep and thus was scrambling to put together dinners each day of the week. Snacks were overlooked and I often went off the rails.

Needless to say this committment to clean eating thing is hard work. I think I took it lightly because I had a “guide” to follow. For whatever reason, my thinking has been, as long as I know what to make I’ll just do it. Not so fast…I had three meals spelled out for me but the hard part was the cutting, sauteing, mixing, and cooking for each meal…Perhaps other ladies starting this journey are more skilled in the kitchen but I felt like I was floundering.

Add to that my schedule. This was the last week of classes at work. Being new to this position still, I feel a good amount of pressure right now because I am still learning. Then throw in my master’s program, top with family (arguing with a three year old is no joke!) and you have a recipe for exhaustion.

The exercise portion of this program? Almost non-existent. Drinking enough water? Yeah, no.

For a status update, I will not call this week a loss. I think the majority of what I was ate was better than I normally eat. I increased my whole food intake substantially; barely anyting processed. I made a conscious effort to drink more water and that is steadily increasing, though still not optimal. I cooked for myself healthy, virtually salt-free meals. I exercised. I was conscous of everything I ate. I’ll give myself a passing grade (C) but I won’t say I high acheiving.

While I cannot say that this first week was “successful,” I will say that it was a step in the right direction with the necessity for improvement. This program does not focus on perfection. Nevertheless, self-control and awareness are needed for me to make changes.

On to week 2! I’ve already started my grocery list and know in my mind that I will need to give myself more time and energy toward my food. Wish me luck!

P.S. – Here’s  a look back at some of the things I did well this week 😉

I’m not an addict…

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Cheers!

To caffeine that is…well, maybe just a little…

When I was a teenager, I had a sweet job at that Department of Justice thanks to my father. While there, I took advantage of all the perks that go along with being an employee for the State of California. Their in-house coffee stand was the bomb. My addiction to their mochas quickly escalated to me drinking double and triple shots, two times per day. I was cracked out. Caffeine truly works for me. After a few months of getting headaches on the weekends from the withdrawal, I decided it was time to end the madness.  I stopped cold turkey and while for the better part of my 20s I did partake in caffeine I vowed to never be addicted again.

Then I became a parent…It is the only thing that makes sense to me how these sleep deprived parents can stay awake (and alive) for at least the first few years of their child’s life. Oh and then multiply that by how many ever children you end up having. So not long after Mr. Gabe was bornI rediscovered my old friend.

The best thing I can say about caffeine is that it truly does work for me. I notice a marked difference in my brain function, mood, job performance, just overall attitude about life after a single-shot mocha, or more often than not, a cup of black breakfast tea (Trader Joes Irish is the best). As I continue my parenting life, my career, and my education, I have found that caffeine is not a necessary evil but powerful ally. Why am I trying to fight it? Yes, it is a drug but so is all the other crap I take to keep myself alive. And if my addiction is garnering positive results, I would be crazy to deny myself.

So I say to you fellow parents, worker bees, students, and just sleepy people in general, embrace the caffeine! It might be just what you need to get your day started!