You may be wondering what is going on in the health and fitness department around here, as I haven’t posted about my progress or lack thereof for a few weeks now. The last time I posted, I was still juicing a few times a day, working out every day, and making a goal to get to bed at a decent time.
Right. So, here’s the thing. I am still juicing twice a day. I have a green juice every morning and a carrot/tomato/celery juice in the afternoon. I have, for the most part, been eating healthy lunches and dinners full of veggies and protein. However, a cup of coffee or two has been sneaking its way back into my diet. I drink it black, making it pretty much calorie free, but I was amazed at how quickly my body slipped back into “needing” coffee. My head tells me that the juices and healthy diet should be enough for energy, but past, well-ingrained habits say otherwise. I had my last cup of coffee this morning and put the Keurig machine away. I have also found the “need” for desserts arising more frequently, especially at night time. It started a few weekends ago, when my husband and I decided to go on an impromptu overnight trip to the coast for our ninth anniversary. As we drove out to Cannon Beach that Friday afternoon, we decided that we weren’t going to stick to eating healthy while on our little trip. I figured a few sweets and happy drinks wouldn’t hurt anything. After dinner at a fabulous seafood restaurant there, we strolled the boardwalk and ended up inside the candy store. Every time I’ve been to the coast, I always get myself a few pieces of sea foam candy as a treat. If you’re not familiar, sea foam is made by boiling water, vinegar, sugar, and corn syrup together and then adding baking soda to make it light and airy. Of course, it is also dipped in a chocolate coating. Anyway, we purchased the sea foam and some cheesecake pops and quite a bit of salt water taffy in an alarming array of neon colors. Back at the resort, Chris brought out some ingredients he had packed to make some celebratory drinks, and between those sugary beverages and the candy, we thought we had it made. Not so much – the candy tasted gross (hello, artificial everything – hadn’t tasted you in a long time!) and the drinks made me sick. The next day, we raided the local grocery store to buy some green juice to help us feel better on the road.
You would think that would have cured me of sweets for a while. But the taste of sugar fueled my desire for more. Over the next two weeks, I found myself making lots of excuses to have a sweet treat here or there. They were all-natural, homemade desserts, but the point is that they were not in moderation. At all. And today I find myself desiring something sweet again and telling myself the handful of raspberries and almonds for a snack is enough. I know it will be difficult to train myself away from those sugar cravings again.
As for exercise, I have been doing pretty well in regards to actually doing it. I turn on the Wii almost every day and sweat my way through increasingly harder workouts. I also have been making more of an effort to “exercise” with the kids – running around the yard, dancing in the living room, etc. Still, when I honestly looked at what I’ve been doing the past couple of weeks, I realized that I am not good at pushing myself. I do just enough to get through the workout and check off my exercise box for the day, but I don’t try to see if I can get through two workouts or if I can push myself deeper with every squat and lunge. I don’t run a few laps and then push myself to run more when my body says no. I do what feels comfortable and not much beyond that. I think that I am not as motivated any more. I have about ten more pounds or so to lose, and these are always the pounds that have refused to move in the past. I feel “okay” with where I am, and therefore I don’t feel the need to push myself harder. It’s time to up the pressure on myself. I’m going to find a goal to push towards – running a 5K, perhaps – and then write out a list of steps that it will take for me to get to that goal.
The sleep factor is still the most difficult thing for me right now. I cannot seem to get myself into bed before midnight, and I usually lay there for at least a half hour more with my mind racing with all the things I need to do the next day. Little Hosanna is usually the first to awaken, many times at 6:30 am. That doesn’t make for much sleep for mama. This leads to crankiness and a much more overwhelming desire to reach for that coffee, not to mention a tiredness during workouts. I need my husband’s help with this. He is a complete night owl, and I think that if he made the effort to get to bed earlier also, it would help me. Any suggestions on how I can bribe him to do so? (no sugary rewards! haha) Seriously, though, I have to have a plan (and a lot of self-discipline, too!) for consistent earlier bedtime and a wind-down time before bed. What do you do to relax before sleeping?
I have not weighed myself in a few weeks, but clothes are still a little loose. Last week, we were invited to a pool party for one of the children’s friends, and I was delighted to find that I needed to buy a new (smaller!) swimsuit. The progress continues, then, and I find I am learning so much about myself along the way. Here’s to another week of health and happiness!