A little background, Lisa is a beautiful lady blogger over at Lisa Lately and she blogs about food, health, fitness, etc. She is Canadian and has a huge love for oat bran and spaghetti squash, both of which I tried thanks to her encouragement and making it look just so darn yummy.
Anyway, Lisa talked about “fat” days in today’s post. She talked about a well-known feeling to most women; one that ofte comes when we wake up tired and groggy, which doesn’t set the right tone for our days. On those days we are likely to pass a mirror and take glimpses of ourselves and unwelcoming negative thoughts might creep into our heads. “Wow, I look so fat.” This a feeling I know all too well. Here is an excerpt from Lisa’s post about her thoughts on “fat” days:
“Feeling fat” is a common phrase among plenty of women. Fat is not a feeling. There are many emotions we may be experiencing when these days happen. Perhaps you are stressed at work, tired, angry, or upset. Which in turn can make you perceive things negatively, including your body. Fat is not something you are able to feel.When this happens, it’s important to take a step back. These days aren’t about your looks or size. Realize that this uncomfortable feeling is coming from an underlying issue.”
First of all, I want to say I absolutely agree and it is such a fresh and true way to look at this. Truth be told, I haven’t looked at these thoughts from this perspective. Shocking, right? But this is so true – feeling “fat” is all in our heads. This got me to thinking and I have some proof that I found in the corners of my head from my own past experiences that totally reflect this as true.
When I feel fat, but I’m not!
When I first lost weight and was at my lowest weight in high school, I didn’t necessarily feel skinny. There were many days during which I still felt fat. People would tell me I had a great body and I would just dismiss them.
There were days when I felt great, but there were also days when I felt fat. But I was at my lowest weight! My boyfriend at the time liked my body, but I would think he was just being nice. When people complimented me, I thought they were being nice.
I never thought of myself as “hot”. Even though the scale read a number I haven’t seen in a very long time, I can easily say that I didn’t feel skinny or pretty, at least not all of the time. I partied a lot those days, I went out a lot, and therefore I was frequently sleep deprived. I am certain that my lifestyle was contributing to my self-esteem issues.
My weight would go up and then down, and up again. I was diagnosed with ED-NOS a year and a half ago (Feb 2011) for my disordered and obsessive exercise and eating habits.
That is all I am comfortable with sharing for now about this matter but disordered thinking definitely has played a large part into my self-confidence and self-image.
Endorphins play a huge part into how I feel. On days that I work out, I am social, I am active, I’ve gotten enough sleep and rest, and generally feel healthy – I also feel happy and confident.
I would be at my highest weight but when I worked out and felt love around me and felt like I was in control of my life, I also felt good and did not feel fat. Even though, obviously, the weight was still the same.
On days that I binged, I was socially-isolated and alone with my negative thoughts, in the depths of anxiety and insomnia, my self esteem went to shit. Pardon my language.
I hated myself, I hated my body. There were countless days where I cried and felt depressed because of the way I looked. And it didn’t always have anything to do with my weight. I was never a fat girl. I was chubby at most. But I felt like the most obese, lonely, sad person in the world during those times.
I realize I have shared a lot about myself in this post that you guys don’t know. Similarly to my dealing with anxiety post, most of my friends have no idea that I have had ED.
That’s the thing about having a lot of acquaintances and not that many close friends. There is only a select few that actually care. And I love my friends for caring. It’s not the number of friends, it’s the quality.
The Mental Nature of “Fat Days”
It is important that we realize that “fat” days are only in our heads. They do not have anything to do with our bodies. It has nothing to do with actual fat. We will always have fat on our bodies. If we didn’t, we would die. That’s how humans were created.
On “fat” days, we will always find the fat to pick on and focus on that will narrow our vision. That’s why it is important to realize that this is a self-esteem and body image issue, not an actual physical body issue.
Some days we feel great, some days we don’t. Most of the time, our “fat” days are brought on by stressors, in which we lower our inhibitions and therefore target our stress onto something we are all too familiar with, such as our bodies. Here are the most common reasons for our “fat” days surfacing..
- not enough sleep or rest
- too much stress
- being socially isolated for a certain period of time
- poor weather, not enough sunlight – (not enough vitamin D which has been proven to keep us happy. You’ve heard about seasonal affective disorder right? It’s real)
- Not getting enough of the necessary nutrients in our bodies (I feel that whenever I up my veggie intake, I feel better)
Making positive mental changes
When you realize that you are feeling “fat”, take a step back, notice that this has nothing to do with your body, and it has everything to do with an inner struggle or stressor on your body – realize this and don’t beat yourself up for it.
Don’t pick on your body.
It’s the only body you have. Love your body and cherish it. Treat it well and it will treat you well in return. Focus on your amazing mental capabilities and the gifts you have been given. Focus on the fact that you are an amazing beautiful person, that you have people out there that care about you, that you have a life to live in this world, that you have total control of yourself and your well-being.
Don’t let stressors define you or your mood. Fight back and focus on the happiness and beauty in the world and smile 🙂
Update: I have given up dieting and have embraced an intuitive eating lifestyle in March 2013. I am happy to say I no longer let my weight control my feelings the way I did during the time of writing this post. See more posts about intuitive eating here.
Next time you feel fat, do a quick detox to refresh your mind and soul
Cleansing is pretty popular these days. For many, including myself years ago, the word cleanse conjures to mind thoughts of deprivation, juices for day, and some extreme kind of Master Cleanse. Cleansing the body is important because we live in a stressed world. Not only do we consume foods that are laden with pesticides, we also have stress in our life, which contributes to toxicity.
Doing a cleanse four times a year during the changing of the seasons is ideal to clean out the toxins that find their way into our bodies, causing metabolism issues, weight gain, headaches, low sex drive, and overall toxicity that can take away from our happiness.
I love cleansing my body, because it cleans out the pipes. Cleansing with all natural, whole foods that are rich in oxygen gives the body exactly what it needs to recharge, rebuild, and regenerate. Cleansing is not and should not be about deprivation. Even with a juice cleanse, you can add steamed vegetables for some extra energy or a pureed raw soup if the juice cleanse is too depleting for you.
Cleansing is really about finding balance and harmony within the body and mind. Eating cleansing foods is vital for your health. This includes items such as juices, smoothies, fruits that are low glycemic and great for flushing the lymph (think: apples, grapefruit, berries, lemons, and limes), leafy greens (like kale, dandelion greens, and parsley), healthy fats (avocado, hemp seeds, and coconut oil), and plant- or animal-based proteins to support the regeneration of cells.
But let’s go a step deeper and talk about cleansing the soul. I used to think detox was just about the food on my plate, but it is about so much more than that. Detox is about removing what does not serve us emotionally as well as physically. Every cell in the body carries both physical and emotional toxicity.
Cleansing the soul is about going within and asking yourself, “What do I really want in this world, and what is stopping me from getting there?’
To release toxins, we must dive deep into the heart. Imagine cleansing the soul like you’re peeling back layers of an onion.
Detoxing your mind and soul
- Write your thoughts in a journal. I like to close my eyes and let my hands flow freely, this way the writing is truly from the heart. Do not worry that you cannot read the words as the words are not quite so important when you are writing from the soul.
- Create a vision board. Put pictures, images, and inspirational words on the vision board. This is how you will remind yourself daily of your journey, a reminder to come home to your heart.
- Let go of people, places, and things that are sucking the life out of you. If it feels too scary, set the intention to release, and when the time is right you will be able to let go of this “thing”.
- Take mini breaks. I had to learn how to put myself first, and this was vital for cleansing the soul. It is not selfish to practice self-love. In fact, it is necessary for living a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.
- Create rituals. Make sure to find a place in your home where you can create a place of release. This may be a place where you light a candle or incense or read out of a book like the Four Agreements or A Course In Miracles, or something from Tony Robbins or Pema Chödrön.
Cleansing the soul is about coming back to what has always existed within your body. Allow your feelings to come up as you peel back the layers of your metaphorical onion, and give yourself the space to feel, express, expand, and release.
Make small, positive, healthy changes by reducing sugar
Reducing sugar isn’t just for people who are looking to lose weight. Eating less refined sugar is an overall healthy habit to adapt, and while it may be difficult initially, you’ll feel much better about yourself in the long run.
Sugar detox seems to be quite the buzz word as of late. Many people are admitting to having a sugar addiction and are taking steps to fighting it: most of the time it’s with a detox.
I won the 21 Day Sugar Detox book during Inspiration & Perspiration weekend and although I did not think that much abut myself as having a sugar addiction, the more I thought about it the more I became curious. Maybe sugar addiction really is a thing? (spoiler alert: no, I am not following 21DSD right now, keep reading to learn why)
Wait, do I seriously have a sugar addiction?
In my recent post with step-by-step guide to surviving a juice cleanse, I mentioned that I started working with a holistic health coach. The truth is – I have been feeling more and more at mercy of sugar. The holidays were filled with overindulgence but it seemed like the more I thought about the feelings and the cravings I felt, the more I realized that this is just NOT NORMAL.
I mentioned that my mom suspected candida, but I don’t want to go that route. Fact of the matter is – I have intense and sometimes overwhelming cravings for sugar. I know my metabolism is slow because I am frequently cold, fatigued, and just overall feel lazy. Winter weather surely does not help and it might be giving me a little bit of a case of S.A.D. Regardless of the circumstances, I knew that this is not the way I want to keep living.
I’ll admit – I was jealous of my friends and their apparent restraint when it comes to food. I mean – Who is able to bake a batch of brownies and have them last her a whole week (whereas I could devour the whole batch in a day or two). How can you eat ONE BAR of chocolate over a course of a week?! I don’t get it. HOW are you able to do that when it is right there, staring at you?! I just don’t get it.
And that, my friends, is a problem. A problem that has ruled my life for many years, even since I was a child, and especially more so since I moved out of my parents’ house almost 5 years ago. (Flashback:I’m free! Eat all the chocolate/cake/ice-cream!)
While I hate the term ‘sugar addiction’ – I will use it for the sake of this conversation. I cringe when I hear it, write it, and think it – because it sounds so ridiculous. Being addicted to something that most people in the world view as delicious, happy, and bright is just… sad. Maybe it’s a legit addiction or maybe it isn’t. Regardless of what the proper term is – having way too much sugar and feeling like you cannot control your sugar intake IS A PROBLEM.
Discovering current eating patterns
When speaking with Carly, we touch on many topics – from relationships, to spirituality, to food and exercise, and more. That’s the beauty of working with a holistic heath coach, we talk about it all. Getting in shape or even feeling fulfilled by life is not merely about the food, there is so much more that goes into satisfaction with life. And that’s why I’m glad to be working with a person who understands that.
I was told to keep a food journal for two weeks to notice some patterns in how I was eating, how I felt after, and so on. I did that. Being the crazy data-driven person that I am, I created a comprehensive spreadsheet that was filled with all types of information: like my hunger level before and after eating (props to intuitive eating for that one), my reason for eating (physical, emotional, etc?), what I ate, and notes/feelings I had after eating.
I won’t go into detail about what I ate throughout the two weeks but there were definitely certain patterns we noticed:
- I crave sugar every day, the craving becomes apparent after I get off from work especially – craving chocolate, chocolate cake, milkshakes (in the dead of winter!)
- I eat emotionally very frequently, especially when I don’t have things to do after work and I feel like I just want to be comforted and excited. I’ve been using food as excitement.
- I eat some type of sweet food most of the day, whether I realize it or not.
After some discussion about blood sugar and sugar addiction and how certain foods, such as grains, affect our body inside was very eye-opening. Carly shared some research and empirical articles that spoke to how carbs are treated by the body – converted into sugar and the crazy effects that sugar has on our body from a physical and mental standpoint.
It was apparent, based on what I was saying and what my food journal showed, that I have an addiction to sugar. It’s there. It’s been there. And I may sometimes think I have it under control until it comes out of nowhere and takes a total hold of my life.
Steps to overcoming sugar addiction
The thing with beating a sugar addiction is that in order for it to be permanent – it has to happen gradually. It is not sustainable to just quit sugar cold-turkey as it can lead to a lot of whip lash in the form of negative side effects and just plain feeling like you’re going crazy.
Surely that can lead to a big binge at the end of such detox but again that’s just a speculation based on my prior experience with food restriction. That is the reason why I will not be doing the 21DSD at this time even though I have the book (although I am totally gonna be making many of the recipes that are included in there as well as using the book as a reference and guidance for some points).
Carly told me that the best way to start overcoming my sugar addiction is to put off my intake of sugar as late into the day as possible because apparently, I had been feeding my body sugar from the very start of most days – which could explain why my sugar cravings get more prominent and stronger as the day progresses.
So the first step in beating sugar addiction is to focus on NOT having sugar for breakfast, whether it is in legit sugar form or in a form that converts into sugar in the body.
The goal for the next two/three weeks (until our next meeting) is to make sure I have a no/low-sugar breakfast every day. Additionally, it’s important to remember that if I do have a sugary breakfast once in a while that is not considered as falling off the wagon and that is totally OKAY. The 90/10 mentality is one that should be implemented as it is more realistic – let’s be real, life is no fun without a nice treat sometimes.
Here are the things I will no longer be eating for breakfast as they either contain sugar or are converted into sugar in the body and may therefore contribute to a blood sugar crash and stronger sugar cravings later in the day:
- whole grain bread
- protein bars/shakes
These are all things I have eaten for breakfast before and they may have been contributing to my stronger afternoon/evening sugar cravings.
From now on, we are working on making sure my breakfasts are no or low-sugar and may include things like:
- eggs – drippy, boiled, scrambled – with veggies
- sprouted flourless whole grain bread, like Ezekiel
- almond butter or another nut butter
- organic pastured grass-fed butter
- goat cheese (it has less lactose plus it’s delicious, I still try to avoid regular dairy due to sensitivity)
- grain-free pancakes or waffles
- breakfast chia pudding
There’s a good amount of things I am able to eat and I created a meal plan for breakfasts for the next week so that I can know what I will be eating each day. I tend to just be confused most mornings and end up making a protein shake or grabbing something quick (like protein bar or cereal) so this will be a good way to be more prepared.
What to expect from now on
Based on the things we are discussing and some of my recent dietary needs changes, it seems like I will be gravitating toward doing a sort-of paleo-ish lifestyle (but not really). Although there is no label for what I will be doing – the thing is, I will simply be leading a nutrition-based lifestyle that is kind to my body, my mind, and my spirit. I will talk more about that as it begins to take form and I get a better hold on it as time progresses. Stay tuned.
I’m hoping that this change will help my sugar cravings. I’m excited to continue with this and report back next time with the next change.
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I’ll bake a pan of absolutely delicious, extra chocolatey, super fudgey brownies and then proceed to devour the ENTIRE pan myself.
Not exactly the healthiest of habits.
I always wondered why I’m not satisfied with one brownie? Even when I’m stuffed I keep on eating. Many of my friends and clients have this same struggle. But why?
It turns out that this isn’t a matter of willpower. We actually become physiologically addicted to sugar!
When we eat sugar we are activating the pleasure centres of our brains to release feel good hormones. These are the same pleasure centres that are triggered by cocaine. In fact, studies have shown that sugar is 8 times as addictive as cocaine! No wonder we can’t get enough!
How much sugar are you eating?
The average American consumes a whooping 130 pounds per year, some estimates suggest it’s even more at 152 pounds!
This breaks down to an average of 22 teaspoons per day for adults and 43 teaspoons per day for kids.
How much should we be getting?
The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 5 teaspoons per day for women, 9 teaspoons per day for men and 3 teaspoons per day for children.
What’s a gal to do when she wants to be her healthiest and happiest self but is addicted to the sweet stuff?
It’s time to bring our tastebuds and physiology back into balance and get those cravings under control once and for all!
Here are my top 5 tips to help you beat your sugar addiction
1. Watch out for Liquid Sugar.
The majority of bottled beverages contain huge amounts of sugar, often way over the recommended daily intake. Soft drinks like Pepsi and Coke contain over 40g per can, Vitamin Water has 32g (not as healthy as it sounds), sports drinks contain over 35g, and fruit juices can contain as much as 35g per cup. Be wary of sweetened teas and coffees. A simple Grande Skinny Latte from Starbucks has 16g of sugar! Some drinks have as much as 87g of sugar! Yikes!
What should you drink instead? Water, try infusing water with mint, cucumber, berries, lemon/ lime, or grapefruit. Herbal teas (without adding in sugar), fresh green juices and green smoothies. Remember to follow a 1:3 ratio for fruits to vegetables in your juices and smoothies to keep your blood sugar happy.
2. Fuel up with Protein and Fat.
I’m talking about the healthy fats here extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds. Proteins and fats help to balance insulin levels and blood sugar levels, so that you can get off the sugar roller-coaster. Fats also leave you feeling full, while providing your cells with lots of energy.
There are great protein sources for everyone. If you follow a plant based diet quinoa, broccoli, legumes, tofu/tempeh, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds. If you eat animal protein opt for free-range, and hormone and antibiotic free meats.
3. De-Stress and Rest.
When we deprive our bodies of sleep we impact our physical and mental performance, we weaken our immune system and we put ourselves at risk for weight issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, mental illness and many other diseases. Stress can also contribute to many of these health issues.
Simple ways to de-stress throughout your day include deep breathing exercises, exercise, meditation, essential oils (Lavender), going for a massage, taking a warm bath or reading a good book.
My favourite ways to get a good nights sleep include following a sleep schedule, instituting an electronic sundown an hour before bed, having a warm bath, listening to soothing music and using essential oils.
4. Become a label sleuth.
Sugar hides in the most unlikely places: cereal, bread, canned soups, salad dressings, peanut butter, yogurt and even ketchup. Before tossing it into your shopping cart take a moment to read the nutrition info. Check the serving size and how many grams of sugar are in a serving.
Helpful tip 1 gram of sugar is equal to 4 teaspoons.
5. Set up a Support System.
Freeing yourself from sugar is a bumpy road. It’s not easy to overcome those pesky physiological signals, but it is possible!
Having a coach or a buddy who is also committed to going sugar-free will dramatically boost your chances of success.
The three key qualities you want in your buddy are trust, accountability and fun. You’re going to have challenging days and you’ll need someone you’re comfortable talking with and who will be able to provide motivation and encouragement. You want a buddy who you feel accountable to, someone that you don’t want to let down. Lastly, you want someone who will help keep the journey fun.
Make sure you’re not overworking yourself
This is the question I’ve been asking myself the past few days. I guess, since I AM asking it, the answer is yes. I haven’t had a rest day in 2 weeks. I have been pushing hard and going strong since summer is coming and I’m feeling very motivated.
Chalean Extreme has a following schedule: Weight training day; Rest; Weight Training day; cardio Intervals that work muscle endurance with small weights + abs; weight training day; short cardio + short yoga; rest.
I have been adding some stuff into the equation, however. I sometimes add an additional cardio session in the evening on weight training days (zumba or treadmill – nothing intense cause I’m not a big cardio person) and my rest days have been hour & half yoga days.
While I feel amazing usually, yesterday I woke up extremely exhausted.The day before I didn’t do as well during weight training as I usually do and then yesterday my cardio intervals was tougher than it usually is and I almost didn’t even want to finish the abs workout. In addition, my whole body is super sore and achy – I am so tired. Exhausted. Unmotivated. I guess that’s why I decided to look if this is what overtraining feels like.
What I did find that describes overtraining?
“How do you know if you’re doing too much? If your workouts suddenly feel harder than usual, or you’re losing ground despite the fact that you’re working hard, you may be experiencing overtraining.”
“Overtraining is what you are doing when you push yourself beyond your body’s ability to adapt and recover. When you overtrain, two things happen: first, you get less benefit from your workouts; second, your performance takes a nose dive.”
“The cause of overtraining is simple: you’re not resting enough and/or you’re doing the same exercise too much! Your body needs time to recover. Your muscles grow & adapt when you give them enough time. Doing the same workout day after day can also lead to overtraining, boredom, illness, depression, burnout and possible injury.”
How do you know you’re overtraining? Some common symptoms:
- decrease in performance
- feeling unmotivated and lacking energy
- elevated morning pulse
- sudden inability to complete workouts
- achiness or pain in the muscles and/or joints
- loss in appetite
- increased susceptibility to colds, sore throats and other illnesses
- moodiness and irritability
Oops? I think what I’m feeling is the very definition of overtraining. That’s really unfortunate. When I get in the mood, in the zone, I like staying in that zone – I feel like I’m getting better and closer to my goal. When I don’t work out more intensely, I feel like I’m almost slacking. It’s a mental thing. But I guess, I really have to take control to keep my motivation and not cause injury in the future. I want to stay on track instead of straying.
The next smart step is to figure out how to make sure I get out of this mini mental and physical slump and get back on track?
- Rest is the best way to cure overtraining.
- You shouldn’t do intense and difficult workouts every day of the week, since that will also eventually cause problems. If you want to exercise a little each day, go for it. Just make sure you schedule low-intensity workouts as well.
- Don’t go too intense too soon.
Some additional tips:
- always warm up before your workout
- always stretch after your workout
- always EAT after your workout – a good balance of protein, carbs, and fat
- schedule recovery days & listen to your body – if it feels wrong, don’t don’t it
- get adequate sleep
So yeah, this post is pretty much common sense. But it’s something I needed to find out for myself. I guess I should take it easy with the two-a-days for a while.
Ask yourself these questions to reaffirm your self esteem
1. What did you eat for breakfast?
nonfat kefir mixed with Special dark cocoa powder, pb2, hazelnut stevia, pumpkin spice. Topped and mixed with vegan marshmallows, dark chocolate mini chips, and bran cereal. Yes, very decadent (yet healthy) breakfast. #sorrynotsorry
2. How much water do you drink a day?
I drink so much water. Seriously. Which in turn results in a lot of bathroom trips. But I don’t mind. Let’s just say you will never find me without a water bottle in my purse, nicely filled with water from a drinking fountain.
3. What is your current favorite workout?
I am enjoying the Best Body Bootcamp workouts by Tina however I am a big lover of strength training the most. I am struggling with doing the cardio portion with full enthusiasm. My cardio of choice is my Saturday Zumba class, which is so much fun. It’s all about having the right instructor.
4. How many calories do you eat a day?
Calorie counting got me in trouble before. I encourage you to read about the chronic dieting mentality that came from calorie counting. I am currently not counting calories, although I am cautious not to eat things that I know are super caloric. I’m trying the whole intuitive eating thing without worrying too much about numbers.
5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
My yogurt concoctions are my most frequently eaten healthy snacks. They are more like meals though. I don’t really eat snacks, I try to eat more smaller meals instead. But yeah, the yogurt concoctions are just so good. I add a variety of things to the yogurt to make it similar to a dessert. But healthy ” />
6. What do you usually eat for lunch?
It varies. If I go out for lunch, I’ll go for a salad or a sandwich. If I’m at home, I may have a yogurt concotion or whatever it is I’m in the mood for. Tuesdays are usually reserved for Starfruit Cafe frozen kefir because it’s two-punch tuesday, haha. Kefir is healthy ya’ll.
7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Truthfully, I like them all. I have days where I really like doing legs. There are days I hate doing legs. Just like I have days where I love doing arms, and other days where I hate doing arms. It changes all the time. But basically, it’s anything that I feel strong at doing at the moment. Most of the time it’s arms/chest, sometimes back, and sometimes legs. I just love strength training.
8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Like I said, it changes from day to day. Depends on how I’m feeling. Read above.
9. What are your “bad” food cravings?
Well, I don’t necessarily see food as “bad”. It may be unhealthy but it’s not bad. I try not to restrict myself as much anymore, I want to be happy and enjoy my life. The most unhealthy foods I love are cheesecake and burgers. The cheesecakes I love are super indulgent, think chocolate, caramel, and fruit. A whole lot of things. I once had a Death By Chocolate Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and I think I really did die a little. It was SO SO SO good! Thankfully I didn’t eat the whole thing (it was just so indulgent) because I later found out there’s nearly 1400 calories in one slice, haha. Wowie.
10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
I sure do! Check out my vitamin routine I posted a while back. Curretly, I take probiotics, hyaluronic acidand Raspberry Ketones before breakfast. After breakfast, I take fish oil supplements, multivitamin, super B complex.. sometimes I’ll add garlic extract pills (if I feel a cold coming on) or 5-HTP (when I feel like I’ll need an extra boost of sugar craving resistance or just generally to lift my mood).
11. How often do you eat out?
I eat out multiple times a week. It depends on how lazy I feel, I guess, and if I have a particular craving that needs to be satisfied. I like to eat out. I don’t choose the crappy restaurants or places either so I don’t necessarily derail my diet by doing so.
12. Do you eat fast food?
I eat fast food but I opt for the healthier kind. I haven’t been to the typical junk fast food places in years. I refuse to step a foot in Wendy’s or McDonald’s. My “fast food” places of choice are Panera, Subway, Jimmy John’s, or sometimes Chipotle.
13. Who is your biggest supporter?
You guys are! Seriously. I don’t know what I would do without support from you guys.
14. Do you have a gym membership?
I sure do! I workout in my building’s gym but I also go to the gym I have a membership at because of the fitness classes they offer (Zumba!). I really need to take better advantage of the classes though.
15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
I take my sleep schedule very seriously. I can’t function if I get less than 7 hours of sleep. I strive for 8. I go to bed at 11:30-12p when I have to wake up at 7:20am. Sometimes, I’ll go to sleep at that time anyway even if I don’t have any time to wake up. I just like to sleep. I need it to function. I get zombied out really easily without a good amount of shut eye.
16. Do you have a “cheat” day?
I used to have cheat days in the midst of my chronic dieting but they did not help my mentality because I would often binge. Now I just kind of wing it. I’ll eat whatever I want, trying to stay healthy, and I don’t really see food as bad or good necessarily.
17. Do you drink alcohol?
I do. I used to drink a lot more but I don’t do it as much anymore. Especially not compared to many of my friends and I still work in the nightlife industry! I’ll have a beer when I’m just chilling once in a while. But the main change that has happened is that I learned to drink to enjoy the drink rather than to get drunk.
I don’t like being drunk. I’m okay with being buzzed if anything but I don’t get drunk anymore. I say “No, thank you” to the hangovers and poor decisions, haha.
Oh I also have a new-found love for craft beer. I especially love stouts in the winter… mm, malty.
18. Do you have a workout buddy?
I do not. I’m a lone wolf. I had a workout buddy only once in my life in High School and it was awesome – he really pushed me and got me in shape. Unfortunately, that stopped when I moved to the city.
19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?
I don’t drink as much alcohol as I used to. I learned to enjoy life more and I learned the different ways to healthify recipes without sacrificing flavor. I also learned to enjoy exercise and now my body craves movement when before I would just sit and sit all day and never wanted to move much.
20. What was the last healthy thing you did?
I took my vitamins ” />