The Week In Fitness #61

Hey there friends!!  Happy Sunday to you!  I think that it’s important to hold myself accountable for my fitness activities, which is why you’re seeing The Week In Fitness even though I don’t have a ton of fitness to share at the moment.

The Week In Fitness #61 workout week in fitness exercise

Monday 10.13.14

rest day

Tuesday 10.14.14

40 mins elliptical (high resistance)

Wednesday 10.15.14 

rest day

Thursday 10.16.14

20 mins elliptical (high resistance)

Friday 10.17.14

rest day

Saturday 10.18.14

20 mins elliptical (high resistance)

Sunday 10.19.14

30 mins. high resistance on the elliptical

Four days of workouts isn’t too shabby… I’d have liked to have gotten more in, but with being so busy & stressed I think this was pretty good.  Missing Jazzercise though… the hours of classes just don’t really fit into my schedule well at the moment.

How was YOUR week in fitness?  Do you have a minimum number of workouts you try to aim for?

Cleaning Things Up…

Hey guys!  Happy Saturday to you!!  Hopefully you’ve all got a great weekend ahead of you.  As for me, I have to work, but at least I enjoy my job. Cleaning Things Up... stress eating real food diet confession back on track

So today I thought I’d come clean… & tell you all how I’ve been falling off the wagon a bit & not eating the cleanest.  Definitely not up to the standards I normally like to hold myself to.  I’ve been stress-eating & eating things I normally wouldn’t want to eat… & putting on a bit of weight.  Definitely NOT enjoying seeing the scale creep up on me.

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My plan is to limit things like the above… & get back to my focus on REAL food.  I’m pretty sure my lack of sleep is NOT helping things, so I definitely plan to work on getting more of that as well.  Sleep is so very important for just about everything.

My other plan is to cut out artificial sweeteners again.  Yes, again.  They seem to keep creeping back up into my diet.  Not cool.  There’s really no need for them.  A bit of stevia or Just Like Sugar on a rare occasion (because those two are much more natural, IMO), but really – no need for it.  I don’t want to be putting the artificial sweeteners into my body. I also don’t want to be consuming added refined sugars… going to try & stick with the natural ones – like fresh fruit!  I’m adding a bit more of it back in.

At one point I felt it was best to have your fruit with a fat, or protein to slow the blood sugar spike, but after working in our Nutritional Biochem lab & doing blood glucose experiments on ourselves – it’s looking like the fiber in fruit definitely does aid some in slowing the blood sugar spike.  It’s not always easy to pair the fruit with a fat & sometimes it just adds more calories… easier to just grab some fruit & go sometimes.  I’m still NOT a fan of juicing though!  Well, at least not if that is ALL you are having & aren’t pairing a fat and/or protein with it.  If you want to view my thoughts on juicing, click HERE.

Anyway… more fresh fruit for me, especially if I’m feeling I need something sweet.  I’m also going to try & pack a few more veggies in & am contemplating cutting out dairy for a month, just to see how it goes.  I may… or may not… give it up.  It’s tough, I like my grass-fed cheese & butter.  I think I will keep the butter in though, since that has minimal dairy/lactose in it.

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My shopping haul from this afternoon…

FYI – Kombucha (GT’s) is on sale at Target! Cleaning Things Up... stress eating real food diet confession back on track

I’m going to be focusing more on some of these goodies I got today…

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Lots of good stuff for my gut… hopefully it’ll help straighten it all out. I think straying from my cleaner diet has messed it up.

Basically, I’m going to make sure lots of fermented items are in my diet, as well as healthy Omegas, fruit, veggies, eggs, & grass-fed meats.  The good stuff.  #realfood

Well, that’s my confession.  Phew!!  Glad I got that all off my chest!  Now I just need to hold myself accountable… or now you guys can help hold me accountable too – don’t want to let you all down! Cleaning Things Up... stress eating real food diet confession back on track

So tell me – how do YOU get back on the wagon?  Are you falling victim to all of that sugary Halloween & pumpkin stuff too?

When you feel like life is hard…

You know those days when you don’t want to get out of bed because you know your day is going to be horrible – long, & overwhelmingly stressful?  I do.  I’ve honestly felt that way a lot lately.  There’s a lot of pressure with being a dietetics student.  You’re basically expected to be Super Woman & then some.  Get good grades, as well as volunteer AND work in your spare time.  Basically – do it ALL.  Plus, you have to master difficult subjects in school all while trying to find & set-up preceptors for the potential internship that you may be matched to.  Or maybe not.  Don’t even get me started on what happens if you don’t match to an internship & can’t become an RD after graduating.

My point?

Yes, I think thought my life was hard.  Then, this afternoon I heard about a classmate that is missing class again because of a heart problem & potential surgery.  This just made all of my problems go right out the window.  My woes really mean nothing in comparison to someone struggling with their heart – their life & health.

I think that hearing about someone’s battle like this just kind of gives you that slap in the face that makes you take a look at your life & realize that you’re fortunate to be healthy & alive.  I’m lucky to be living a perfectly healthy, normal life.  I couldn’t even imagine having the struggles that this person has.  I don’t know them, but I admire them & think they’re brave for pushing through, & attempting to be in college when dealing with a major health issue.

I’m sure that student’s life isn’t easy.  My point?  Well, when you think that life is hard & it’s crushing you, just take a look around & think about all of the good things you DO have.  One of the most important things we can have is our HEALTH.  And love.  Those are two things in my opinion that are priceless & irreplaceable.  I have both of those, so I’m one lucky girl.

Next time life gets me down, I just need to think about how hard some people have it & the battles that some people are waging… just to survive.  Life is precious & it slips by all too quickly.  As one of my professors said yesterday –

life is too short to spend it always thinking it will be better when…   we should enjoy it now.

Wise words from a wise person that I admire.

Thoughts/comments?

WIAW: Going Through the Motions

Hey there my lovely foodie friends!  You know those days when you’re just so tired & stressed that you just somehow get through the day?  You know, just going through the motions, as they say.  Well, that kinda feels like my life a bit lately – so much to do, & so little time to do it & reflect on it too much.  I know there is light at the end of the tunnel though.

What do you eat on those “going through the motions” kinda days?  If you’re not so healthy, maybe fast food.  I know I’ve sure wanted to stress eat lately!  BUT, if you’re an aspiring RD with little time, but still trying to watch that waistline AND stay healthy – well, this is what I ate….

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Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting this foodie link-up!!

The following is what I ate Wednesday yesterday (Tuesday)…

Breakfast…

I had an early 8am Nutritional Biochem lab, so I usually wake up at 5:30am, but have very little time to make breakfast with showering & travel time… so, it’s a hard-boiled (baked) free-range egg & Bulletproof style coffee (with MCT oil & grass-fed butter) to the rescue!

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6:30am is still a bit early for me to want to eat, so I usually have a glass or two of water & then enjoy these later into the drive

AM Snack…

I don’t usually snack much in the mornings between breakfast & lunch, but I had lab until close to lunch time, so I felt a bit hungry & didn’t want to wait an hour to get home… so, I had a Starbucks b-day drink left to redeem still, so that’s what I did!  I got a grande cappuccino & enjoyed it during the drive home with a Quest Double Chocolate Chunk bar that I had stashed in my backpack for emergencies.  They went pretty great together!

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Lunch…

I ate lunch pretty late (about 2pm) because I wasn’t hungry after my morning car snack… plus, I was busy making calls for my internship (trying to line up preceptors), which is a LOT of work… & stress.  But, that’s a whole other story!!  WIAW: Going Through the Motions WIAW real food primal clean eats  Lunch ended up being some pastured bacon, sauerkraut, & some free-range eggs scramble in bacon grease with honey crisp apple chunks & cinnamon.  Yummy!!

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Afternoon Snack…

Some un-pictured coconut butter, right off the spoon WIAW: Going Through the Motions WIAW real food primal clean eats

Dinner…

Brussel sprouts roasted in coconut oil with sea salt & two Applegate beef hot dogs in #hotdogasthebun form, with paleo ketchup & mustard.  mmm…

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Dessert…

I was feeling like a bit of a treat, so I had one of my Low-Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes before bed.  Love these & they’re much better for you than all of the #frankenfood pumpkin creations floating around the stores these days. WIAW: Going Through the Motions WIAW real food primal clean eats

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What do you eat when you’re stressed & on-the-go with little time?  Favorite pumpkin treat this year?

Tuesday Talk #10 [Stress & Podcasts]

Hello there friends!!  It’s Tuesday!!  No Tuesday Bluesday around here (even though it’s cold & rainy) – we’re going to go back to some old school Tuesday Talk!  Grab a warm, steamy mug of coffee, cocoa, or tea (whatever your poison) and kick back for some nice coffee talk.

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If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I have started my new job (on Saturday) & I’m really liking it so far!  I think it’s going to bring me some great experience, plus I’m looking forward to getting to know the residents better, as well as fellow employees. Tuesday Talk #10 [Stress & Podcasts] stress podcasts Nutrition Genius Radio dietetic internships

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I’m NOT digging this horrible, cold, windy, & rainy weather.  Boo!!!

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My view walking into school this am… yuck.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you I treated myself to a wonderful, steamy, hot cappuccino (that even burned my tongue) from Starbucks on my drive home from class today.  Perfect day for it.
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If we were having coffee…

I’m stressing out with SO much stuff to, especially with trying to work on my dietetic internship application & trying to line up potential preceptors – so tough!!  I’ve even begun breaking out in these little itchy bumps the past couple of days… too much stress.

If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you that I truly have the BEST husband out there.  He is so sweet!!!  He surprised me yesterday & got up right after I got into the shower so that he could cook me breakfast (pastured bacon & free range scrambled eggs – just like I like) before I left for class!!  I got out of the shower & was getting whiffs of bacon.  He knows I never have enough time on my early days to cook myself a hot breakfast, so he got up an hour & a half earlier just to cook it for me & enjoy a quick breakfast with me.  It made my stressful day that much better, just to keep thinking about how he made it start better & how much he loves me to do something like that for me.  It’s truly the little things. <3

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Brian makes the BEST scrambled eggs & crispy bacon

If we were having coffee… 

I’d tell you that I’ve been binge listening to the podcast Nutrition Genius Radio on the way to & from school.  It’s great because these are two REAL food RDs (The Sassy Dietitian & Pearls of Nutrition) that are talking about food!  Gotta love it!!  Seriously guys, check it out – they’re now on iTunes too!  Click HERE. Tuesday Talk #10 [Stress & Podcasts] stress podcasts Nutrition Genius Radio dietetic internships

If we were having coffee – What would YOU tell ME?