So I am feeling pretty good about this, probably I am a bit behind on my kilometers but as the year goes on and the weather gets warmer I will be logging more. So far last week I walked to work 4 out of 5 days (on Wednesday I had plans right after work so had to drive) went ice skating (which doesn’t count to Kms but still is good) went for a walk with my boyfriend on Saturday and did a 5K race on Sunday.
Total up to Jan 12 – 14.5K
Jan 13 – walk to and from work 3K
Jan 14 – 2K walk by the ocean
Jan 15 – 7K (5K run/walk and then 2K to and from the car)
Jan 17 – walk to and from work 3K
The time has come my friends, time to make a big change and get a fresh start. Sometimes when opportunity knocks it gives you a chance to see possibilities that you didn’t know existed. I think any time you make large changes it is natural to have fear. To overcome this fear and focus on the positive is the challenge I am facing right now.
2014 so far has been a busy time but full of steps in the right direction as well. As much as I tend to be hard on myself I have accomplished a lot so far this year. As I mentioned before, I have been getting ready to move and tomorrow is the big day. I get the keys to my new place at 8am and I really can’t wait. As much as I tried to make the experience as stress free as possible I didn’t fully succeed. I have come to the conclusion that the stress is inevitable. But looking on the bright side, I am organized, I have a plan and I took tomorrow and Monday off work so that I can take my time setting things up at my new place. My biggest excitement lies in the fact that I will now have a bath tub!! I haven’t had my own tub in over 5 years. I am gonna aromatherapy and candle up the place!!
I have been MIA for several months because things went crazy but mostly in a positive way, never fear. This summer saw me doing a ton of hiking, and even a couple of backpacking trips. I recommitted to my health and wellness goals and have been back logging on MFP and hitting the gym on top of my outdoor workouts. I purchased a new fitbit which is keeping me very motivated as well. I am always open to more friends on either of those sites so feel free to add me if you like.
Also this summer I helped organize and promote Veg Fest Vancouver which is an annual Vegan street festival. I had a great time doing that and it was great to get to know more of the local vegan community.
This fall has already been amazing. John took me on an incredible trip to Jamaica and planning for it was very exciting and also motivating since I knew there would be bikiini pics (overall I am happy with the way I looked in the photos which is not how I normally feel but I am working towards more positivity and acceptance, I have a bit of work to do but I am happy with where I am today as well.)
Things are really looking up it seems. I am 13 days into clean eating and with only minor cheats I have stuck to my goals. Sunday we did a beach day and I was feeling that I had too many “can’ts” in my life so I decided to have a bit of a treat and I had caramel vodka in the fridge which my man helpfully suggested would go really well with Zevia rootbeer (sweetened with stevia) and he was SOOOO right 😉 I only had two drinks and didn’t let that derail my eating the rest of the day. The beach was fun, a bit chilly here still though, but I did bust out the bikini for a bit because I am trying to be more comfortable with my body no matter what my size may be.
So again I have lapsed in my blogging but these things do happen. I would really like to write more as it really does motivate me and keep me accountable. I also have a few book reviews to write for my CBR community but those will have to wait a bit longer as my work situation is still very stressful. I am trying to read more books as well as I really do enjoy reading, but I find myself mentally drained a lot of the time. But I think work is not totally responsible for that, and that brings me to the main reason for today’s post.
Without getting into too much detail, the past month has been extra stressful at work so although I was doing well with my health and wellness, I did fall back down the rabbit hole and ate very poorly and did not exercise much at all. The result of that was a depression that I am pleased to say I have nipped in the bud by recognizing it early and taking steps that I knew would correct it.
What my partner and I decided to do was to have June be a reboot, an opportunity to refocus on our goals and get back to where we both want to be. He has his own goals which are similar to mine but it is great that we can both be doing this together to support each other.
I have just three minutes before work starts but I haven’t blogged in a really long time and I am ready to make it a priority again. Things have been ultra hectic at work so I haven’t had the emotional energy to commit to blogging, but I really miss it. I have a lot of goals that I am really excited about and blogging is a big part of that for me. I haven’t lost track of my health and fitness goals, even with my stress, I have made exercise a priority and have also added weight training in the last few weeks as well. Nutrition has been touch and go, but overall I have done OK. I am refocusing on nutrition this week, as well as trying to kick up my workouts a notch again.
So this is not much of a post, but at least it is something. More to come soon.
Just finished watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” because my boyfriend wants to buy a juicer, but I think that smoothies are better. I did some googling and found a great blog that I will be reading lots of for sure and she mentioned this doc and I have heard about it a lot lately so I thought I would watch it and see.
I really enjoyed it, although I did have some issues with it I think that it was a good way to get the message across. It did make me want to buy a juicer but I think I will save my money for a better blender instead. I won’t be doing a juice fast but I think that for me doing a clean eating diet with smoothies every day and lots of water will achieve a similar effect. I have been to the gym the last 4 days and today since my gym opens later I did a bunch of stairs at the office before work.
This weekend I plan to do a bunch more cooking and I couldn’t be happier to be off of processed foods and junk.
I am not going to waste more than this sentence talking about how I fell off the wagon and blabbity blah. Today is a new day and I have started it off very well. I woke up bright and early, did a couple of chores around the house and was out the door at 6:35 and walking to the skytrain. I love that I am able to walk there from my new place in a brisk 10-15 mins. The cold air really helps me wake up a bit and get ready to take on the day. Then I read my book on the skytrain (now that I have met my 52 books in a year goal I am free to take my time and read longer and more challenging books, I got “Les Miserables” for free on my kindle app, I was inspired to read it after seeing the movie yesterday which was incredible, but very sad.) Anyways, after that I got on the bus and got off a couple of stops early, mainly for tea and a bagel but it still counts. I know that a bagel is not the best option for me, but it was a 12 grain bagel at least, and I got butter and not cream cheese and I got my tea black so it is not too bad. I have almonds here to snack on during the day and I have some rice noodles to cook here that are not bad for a convenience food.