Posts tagged ‘exercise’

May 9, 2011

A new day is upon us!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I posted. Mental note: Make this a better priority. Truth is I’ve wanted to post many times but just haven’t found the right words to put down. Even now, I’m not really sure why I’m on here writing. Hopefully something profound will come out of my thoughts.

I’m embarking on two very important journeys as of late and I’m excited to share both of them with whoever is reading my thoughts. 

The first journey is one for my health, both physical and mental. The hubs and I have jumped into a clean eating diet, and we are loving every bit of it. We dabbled in clean eating a bit about a year ago, but never really committed to it out of laziness and gluttony. Hard to admit but the reason we gave up on it was because we weren’t ready to give up some of our favourite daily indulgences! We’ve been on it for about 3 weeks now and it has made a world of difference for me.

For those that aren’t familar with clean eating, the principles are pretty straight forward. Clean eating is avoiding processed and refined foods, eating five to six times a day (I’m currently on my second meal of the day: fat free Greek yogurt with honeydew, walnuts and cinnamon!) and  reduced portion sizes. The first bit is the whole foundation for this diet. When I say diet I’m not referring to a short term meal change to gain results in my body shape or weight, I mean a diet as in my overall food intake. We’re making it a lifestyle change and we intend to stick with it forever and eventually raise a family on the same principles. This probably sounds daunting to some people but we find it to be really simple. We eat way more vegetables, appropriate protein portions, no refined sugars, flours or pastas, and dabble a bit into natural and organic products. I’m no advocate of organic products, but we inadvertently get them when we need some natural products that only seem to come in organic as well.  I even get to eat sweets occasionally, such as a Lemony Cream Tart from Clean Eating Magazine that I made this week. It’s basically a diet cheesecake – also known as heaven.

In combination with the clean eating, we’ve also taken on the challenge of losing 20 pounds each and running our first 5k and 10k runs this summer. I will be doing the 5k as I’m not much of a runner really, whereas the hubs definitely likes running more. So far our total weight loss is about 10 lbs between the two of us (about 5 lb each). 

Aside from the obvious health benefits of good diet and exercise, the mental health results have also been life changing for me. I can hardly describe the difference this has made for me on a day to day basis. Excluding all the preservatives, additives, artificial colours, refined sugars, etc from my diet has proven to provide me with better mental clarity, stability, focus, everything. No more sugar crashes, no more feeling like crap from eating fast food. It just feels great!

It seems like I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this new eating lifestyle, but I am just in love with it from every aspect.  I know that there’ll be days or times when we can’t adhere, like if we’re at a friend’s house for dinner or out at a restaurant, but everyone needs a little indulgence once in a while. Like I say, the idea of never eating chocolate again for the rest of my life has to be the most depressing thought. I will still eat chocolate. Just not as often perhaps ;)

As for my other journey, that will be for another post! =)

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo

April 4, 2011

My muscles cry out in anger!

… I am looking forward to a day of rest tomorrow, my poor legs/shoulders need it!

I’ve finally kicked my butt into gear and got my poop in a pile about losing some weight. I did some yoga yesterday and ran today, so my poor thighs are protesting by sending sharp pain signals to my brain every time I take a step.  It’ll be worth it, I know it. Ultimately, for me, it is about losing weight and being thin and feeling good about my body, but I know I’ll benefit from being healthier and all the other pluses that come with a balanced life. For now the idea of being 10 lbs lighter is my driving force

What kicked my butt into gear? Honestly, a comment by my husband over the weekend. Now, don’t misread as my hubs did not say anything negative about my weight or say I should lose weight, etc. We were getting dressed to go out with some friends and I was putting on my old jeans (I managed to rip my two good pairs in a week. That’s another story) and they were a little tight. Now when the hubs and I started dating, I put on some weight due to the honeymoon stage we were in and our lack of care about what we were eating. I crested into a size 10 and nearly died out of embarrassment. I’ve never worn a size 10 in my life before then, nor since then. I know that a size 10 really isn’t big, not in the world of average women, but for me it’s just unthinkable. Anyhow, I was pulling the jeans on and my husband asked (again, like he does all the time for whatever reason) if those were my 10’s. I was sick of him asking and emphatically reminded him I haven’t worn a size 10 in 2 years. Then he made an offhand comment that maybe it was time to step up a size in the pants department. Well, that really hit a nerve. Needless to say, the following day I spent 1/2 an hour doing yoga and re-vamped our fridge, pantry and meal plans for the next month.

My current weight is around 150, and my goal weight is 135 for right now. Why for right now? Because I know that I could get down lower and be healthier. For now, I’m working towards 135 and when I reach that point I’ll set a new goal weight.

My insecure, image focused part of me is just embarrassed to have thicker thighs and a bit of a Buddha belly. I want to be svelte, and frankly I want to do it before I have kids. My youth will run out and I don’t want to wait until I’m 35 with a post-baby body and carrying an extra 60 lbs to try and look my best. I’m in my prime – I want to look my best now.

Real gold fears no fire (or treadmill!),

Torrie xoxo