Monthly Archives: March 2014

Doughnuts & My Poor, Neglected Elliptical

It’s 11:30 am.  I’m sitting on the couch in my pajamas.  I can see my elliptical from the corner of my eye.  Unused.

It’s been a week now, and I haven’t exercised, which sucks even more considering I didn’t work much this week and actually had a huge amount of time to workout.  But I was lazy.

And I’ve eaten really bad this week, too.  Not bad enough to gain a lot of weight, but definitely bad enough to make me feel like crap.  I had Domino’s pizza – a medium – all by myself over the course of two meals.  Granted, it didn’t have cheese on it, but still.  And I had 2 cream sodas, which I never really drink.  And I also had a 10inch hoagie (no mayo or cheese, but still).  And a lot of Lay’s potato chips.  Oh, and let’s not forget the 3 1/2 doughnuts I had in one sitting.  I feel so gross.

It’s so easy to do sometimes.  A few posts back, I was talking about how getting out of my routine ruins me.

Well, consider me ruined.

Or maybe not ruined, but almost ruined.  I guess I am still in control of whether or not I’m ruined.

Funny thing is, I went on a road trip last weekend, and I even wrote a post about how I was going to eat healthy.  And it worked!  I actually ate great over the weekend.  It was just the coming home part that messed me up.

Sometimes it’s easy to look at your goals and want to quit.  They seem so far away, and you seem so out of it.  But the longer you look at your goals and do nothing, the further away they become.  And the further away they become, the more of a failure you think you are.  And the more of a failure you think you are, the easier it is to give up on your goals, because after all, they just seem so far away.  It’s a nasty cycle.

So I have a decision to make:  Stay comfy in my pajamas but feel like a failure.  OR.  Get my butt up, put on some yoga pants and work up a sweat and lessen the gap between me and my far-away goals….

I choose feeling good about myself.  I choose health.  I choose sweat.  I choose strength.

And besides, my yoga pants are much more comfy than my pajamas anyway.

Road Trips = Crappy Food… or Does it?

So I’m going on a road trip tomorrow, and I’m pretty excited.

10 hour drives suck though.

And it’s way too easy to eat junk food from gas stations or McDonald’s, but in reality, eating the high fat, over-processed, sugary crap makes the trip that much worse for me.

Who wants to have a sugar crash at hour 4?  Not me!  Who wants to have to stop to pee after downing the 44 oz soda?  Not me!  Who wants to deal with the queasy stomach and stinky gas from the bean burrito from Taco Bell?  Not me!

I want the road trip to go as smoothly (and quickly!) as possible.  I’m amazingly able to take a 10 hour road trip and only stop once half way to fill up the gas tank and use the restroom.  That’s my plan for this trip as well.

My goal: to get there stopping only once, but more importantly, to have a happy stomach and plenty of energy!

My plan: packing my own food and drinks!

I’m only drinking water (but I’m not drinking much of it, because I don’t want to pee every other minute).  I’ve found it works if I occasionally sip the water for the first few hours and drink maybe an entire bottle an hour before I stop for a break, that way I’m getting enough water but in a strategic manner.

As for food, I packed homemade chicken salad with crackers, grapes, celery, carrots, apples, bananas, granola bars, peeled boiled eggs, oatmeal muffins, fruit snacks, and baked chips.  This nice variety will give me enough for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

I’m ready for my healthy-eating road trip!

I haven’t seen my family for six months, and I am so ready to meet my newest niece Ruby (4 months old) and see my other nieces (Zoey, Millie, Alba, & Olivia) and my nephew (Wyatt) and the rest of my family too!

I’m not going to worry about exercising, though I probably should.  But as long as I’m eating healthy, I won’t feel too bad.

How do you eat healthy on the go?  What are your go-to foods and exercises for when you aren’t home?

And just like that…

It’s amazing how quickly I can get out of routine.  Is anyone else like that?

I didn’t exercise Saturday because I wanted a rest day, and then my rest day rolled over into Sunday too… and maybe Monday as well.

How does that happen to me every time?  I take a day off, and I end up taking much more than I should.  I’m annoyed.

So this morning I knew I wasn’t going to be able to workout until after dinner, and I hate waiting until the end of the day to exercise.  So I exercised before work at 5:15am… something I never do.

I should really start working out early in the morning more often, but I know myself well enough to know that I won’t keep up with that!

What I have decided to do, however, is to try to be active every day.  I don’t think rest days are for me because I don’t know how to take only one day off.  So on days where I should have a “rest”, I think I should still do 15 minutes of cardio or something, just so I don’t get out of routine.

Anyone else have trouble with rest days or just sticking to routines in general?  What works for you?  What doesn’t work for you?  I’d love some suggestions on how to form a habit and make it stick!