Grilled basil and pepper chicken salad for lunch on day 1!
Well, I made it through the weekend without any wine, coffee or chocolate. Success! I did cave and had a piece of dark chocolate tonight, and had some Shakeology as a snack today (I guess you can’t have it because it has natural chocolate flavour in it, and stevia). Three days is enough without chocolate. I decided you only live once, why not enjoy the things you love? In moderation, of course. As long as the other 95% of my day is whole foods, I figure that’s better than nothing.
Alcohol, added sugar and wheat are not going back on the menu, however. I can live without those for 21 days. I had a pretty bad caffeine-withdrawal headache yesterday, but I feel fine today. I’m probably going to add coffee back in a few days and keep it to one cup in the morning, instead of the six cups I used to drink throughout the day. I’ve been sleeping better so far this week, not sure if that has anything to do with it. (more…)
I’m on day two of my mostly-eat-whole-unprocessed-and-nutritious-foods-like-a-human-should regimen and almost broke into a Terry’s Chocolate Orange because I was craving chocolate so bad today. This doesn’t bode well for the other 363 days of 2013 still to come.
So I made something chocolatey out of whatever I had in my kitchen. I just threw all of these ingredients into a bowl without measuring, so this recipe may need some tweaking. But whatever muffin-like creation I pulled out of the oven after baking them for 15 minutes (I think?? I bake by the toothpick test 🙂 ) at 350 degrees tasted pretty darned good for something with no added fat, sugar or wheat. (more…)
Well… I didn’t really meet the 2012 goals I set out in last year’s non-New Year’s resolution post, partly due to work/life factors, and partly because I didn’t follow my own advice of setting small, weekly goals for yourself as you work towards your larger goals.
I didn’t end up competing in any triathlons in 2012 because I was crazy busy organizing the majority of the triathlons I probably would have participated in. I did get back in the pool for a little bit, but was sick of everything triathlon by the end of summer and lost my passion for it slightly. I didn’t do a marathon in 2012 so I didn’t get my sub 4-hour PB, but I did manage a super fast half marathon time, beating my previous best by five minutes. With all things considered, I still had a great 2012 fitness-wise. And I know 2013 is going to be even better. (more…)
Hopefully Shakeology can get me through the holidays just a little bit healthier
First off, I’m not one of those people who believes you have to eat healthy 100% of the time. I eat chocolate everyday, drink wine when I feel like it, go out for burgers and beers occasionally. But like all things bad for you, I consume them in moderation. Moderation means 10 less kilometres I have to run and three less sets I need to rep out to keep my body looking like it does and to be healthy, inside and out.
I don’t know at what point in time our culture stopped supporting this. I feel like there is this weird cultural norm where you get judged when you slip too far towards either edge of the health spectrum — too gluttonous and people think you have no self control/self respect, too health conscious and people think you’re no fun/judging everyone else/annoying. The perfect balance would be eating what everyone else is and still looking healthy, which isn’t possible except for those people gifted with genes that let them eat whatever they want and not gain a pound.
I was wondering about this recently and couldn’t find anything relevant after a quick Google search, so I busted out the ‘ol HR monitor to find out.
I compared two different workout DVDs of about roughly the same duration of time — Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones and Insanity: Plyometric Cardio Circuit — to a 48 minute run that incorporates a steep trail (of which I actually had to hike up instead of run).
While the run is pure cardio, the DVDs do incorporate some strength training moves (push-ups and squats for Insanity; super sets with 3lbs weights for Jillian) along with some interval training, so the fitness benefits are a bit different. Let’s have a look, shall we: (more…)