Friday, October 10, 2014

Living the Married Life

Happy Friday, my friends! I am enjoying married life right now and promise to be back soon! But for now, I want to dedicate some time with my husband! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

He Put A Ring On It

So I got married yesterday!

I don't have many pictures yet. But I will leave you with these...for now!


More later!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Targeting the "Gluten-Free Fad" & Bridal Body Slim Down: Day 4

There has been an article circulating via Facebook about gluten sensitivities.

If I could be frank, I am a bit offended. I have never claimed to be gluten intolerant, nor have I diagnosed myself with celiac disease, but I feel that I have been targeted (not personally, obviously) just for participating in this "fad-diet."

In fact, I do not consider my decision to be GF a "fad" or a "diet." It has become much more than that. Though I have seen differences in my body, like reduced bloating, I think it stems from being more aware of what I am eating rather than resorting to a quick-fix. I have been forced to become more creative. I no longer resort to a sandwich every night or go out to pick up a meal from Sheetz. Instead, I have been cooking or baking my meals. I have been taking in more fruits, vegetables, and protein. I haven't been able to just fill up on bread and forget about other valuable nutrients that my body needs. 

There may be many in the world that are claiming to a gluten sensitivity that may not have one, that I will not deny. However, if a person cuts gluten, sees results, and decides to continue being gluten free, why condemn them for claiming a gluten sensitivity? Let them be naive. It's just annoying you than hurting you. 

For those that are "sick and tired" of hearing about people and their GF sensitivities, why not try it yourself? See if it makes a difference in how you eat and how your body feels/looks. You may be surprised!

Now, let me step off my soap box and talk about Day 4!

I have been waiting for a day of bloating. I have been used to the fluctuations for a good bit of my life and had it down to a schedule. I used to believe my bloating was due to my menstruation cycle. I still believe it was due to the boating's timeliness; however, I do think that your cycle can be impacted by how you eat. Since I have cleaned things up, the bloating is not as prominent as it was! Negligible even. Typically, I would be experiencing some massive bloating around this time in my cycle *knock on wood*, but it has yet to make an appearance!

I have cut cheese on top of artificial sugar. I have not had it in 2 days and am not stressing it! Reducing my dairy intake was strictly to make sure I would not become constipated before my wedding. The last thing you want is feeling backed up when walking down the aisle!

Here was today's food intake:

Breakfast: GF Chex with Almond Milk
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Leftover Chicken Chili with GF bread for dipping. Green beans on the side.
Snack: Banana, Peanut Butter
Dinner: Turkey Sandwich (GF Bread, Onions, Green Peppers, Slice of Avocado, Turkey, Spinach) with GF Roasted Pepper Tomato Soup 

I ALMOST skipped my workouts this evening. I was completely exhausted after work, but after digesting my dinner, I felt great! I did a 5 mile road run and finished in about 43 minutes! I felt so energized when I got home that I did 100 squats, 100 calf raises, and 100 push ups! I am definitely glad that I changed my mind! :)
I am READY! Just one more day of work to go! :)
 Do you think gluten sensitivities are real? Or is it just a fad?
What causes you to bloat?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bridal Body Slim Down: Day 3 & a Sugar Rush!!!

I was really thankful to take my rest day yesterday! I was able to tie up a lot of loose ends with the wedding. The playlist is now complete, the layout of the venue is drawn out, and times of arrivals and set ups have been confirmed. Thank the Lord!!!

Anyway, Day 3 of the Bridal Body Slim Down was more successful than the last 2. I finally had a grip on my schedule. So this evening, I was able to manage a 4 mile run with Peter and later completed an ab workout. 

I consumed the following...

Breakfast: GF Bread with REAL butter (more on that later), and pure honey.
Snack: Apple
Lunch: Leftover Chicken, Chili & Rice with Peas
Snack: Banana, Peanut Butter
Dinner: Egg Omelets with onions, green peppers, and black beans for added protein. All combined in a white corn tortilla with potatoes on the side (cheese omitted)
Snack: Another Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (HEAVEN!!!)

I feel pretty good so far. I haven't had any cravings, nor have I had any issues with bloating. I am hoping that I can keep it up because it is rare that I go this long without any puffiness in my mid-section!

As I stated in my original post, I have decided to rid my food and drinks of artificial sweeteners. I have made the switch to organic pure cane sugar. Though I was a little apprehensive about changing something I have been used to for years, I haven't noticed any negative side effects. What I have noticed though, is a HUGE difference between "fake" sugar and "real" sugar.
  • My cane sugar is darker in color, tinted or tan-like, while artificial sweetener (specifically Spenda) is pure white.
  • Splenda is more of the consistency of a grainy powdered sugar. It's not crystal-like grains like cane sugar.
  • Cane sugar is heavier & sinks to the bottom of a drink even after an initial stirring. 
  • TASTE! Splenda tastes a lot sweeter. Though that sounds like a perk, it truly changes your perception of what sweet is! I do not consider this a good thing.
  • Sugar rush!! I noticed that when I consume the cane sugar in my coffee or tea, that I get a bit of a sugar rush. I never did with artificial sweetener. I can't determine if this is a good or bad thing. Though my thought is this: It is a natural substance and my body is going to have a natural reaction to it. Taking in an unnatural substance, my body isn't going to know what it needs to do. 
I am going to experiment with this a little longer to see if my body shows any changes, whether physical or mental. Overall, my goal is to start avoiding artificial substances because these chemicals may impact my chances of cancer. I want to keep the abnormalities I did have in check. If that means ridding my body of unnatural substances, then I'll do it. 

My only concern is soda. I do drink diet soda here and there just to mix with alcohol on the weekends. I am more hesitant about switching that then adding real sugar to my tea or coffee. I have yet to be faced with this challenge, but I will definitely try!
Anyway,  I am hoping Day 4 is just as successful! Just a few more to go and I hope to be ready for this wedding!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bridal Body Slim Down: Day 1 & 2

Oh boy! These last two days have NOT gone as planned. 

I had my bachelorette party on Saturday night and although it was not Day 1 of my slim down, it greatly affected my Sunday. The ladies and I stayed out past midnight, then joined the boys at our home for some after party shenanigans. The festivities went well into the morning hours and I still recall people being up till about 6 am. I did go to bed around 3:00 am myself, but that was still hours after my normal bed time. 

I awoke at 8:30 am and enjoyed eggs and sliced potatoes for breakfast. Surprisingly, I felt well enough to do my long run. 

I wanted to do 13.1 miles, but I had to cut it short by a mile. I had to be at our wedding rehearsal by 1:00 pm and I was pushing 11:30 am when I finished 12.1 miles. I had just enough time to shower and dress.

Peter and I completely missed lunch, but I was able to grab a handful of almonds to keep me satisfied until we had a legit meal at 3:00 pm. We decided to go out to sushi, where I had 3 rolls, no spicy mayo or soy sauce. Lots & lots of water was consumed!

Once we finally returned home, we cleaned up the kitchen from the party tornado that came through during the night and then lay on the couch for a few hours. Needless to say, we were both COMPLETELY exhausted. I was unable to get in a strength workout because of how tired I was.

I managed to end my day with another meal, which was a wrap. It included turkey, onions, peppers, cheese, a little bit of salsa and yogurt on the side. Yet, I was in bed soon after.

My exhaustion has leaked over into Day 2 and I have decided to abstain from running today. I would much rather take a break and have a better run tomorrow, than have a bad run with lead legs. I was still able to maintain good eating habits today.

Breakfast: GF Chex with Almond Milk

Snack: Grapes

Lunch: Salad (Spinach, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Onions, Peppers, Avocado, Snap Peas, Baked Chicken Breast, Balsamic Vinaigrette), Apple

Snack: Banana, Peanut Butter

Dinner: Chicken Chili & Rice (Long Grain White Rice, Garden Fresh Tomatoes, Chilies, Jalapenos, Peppers, Onions, Chicken Breast, Black Pepper, Salt, Crushed Red Pepper), Peas

I also drank PLENTY of water and successfully stayed away from artificial sweeteners. 

Since I didn't run today, I intend on running tomorrow! I will assume the plan as normal! Remember, just because things didn't go as planned doesn't mean you give up!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sorta Silent Sunday: Bachelorette Edition

My lovely ladies joining me for a night of MAYHEM!!!

Bar #1

The fireman let me wear his jacket

Dancing to Austin Ellis from The Voice

Posing it up with Austin Ellis!

This was a Bachelorette To-Do: Pose sexy with a bike

...and pose sexy with a sports car...I twerked it (another to-do)

I do not remember why I frowned.

Still made it out the next day for a 12 mile run!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

7 (err 6) Day Bridal Body Slim Down

It's the final countdown!

That's right! Who has two thumbs and is getting married next Saturday? THIS GIRL!

I have anxiously waited for this day to come and it feels like it has taken forever! I feel that most people say that it came up so quickly, but I think this last year has DRAGGED! Now, we have most of our ducks in a row and are more than ready to get this show on the road!

As a part of my last 7 (well 6 if you don't count the wedding day itself) days of the single life, I decided I wanted to feel/look my best. So I am testing out my very own version of a 7 Day Bridal Body Slim Down. I want to ensure that I will not be bloated and uncomfortable in the wedding dress that has now been altered to fit me like a glove. There is no room to pudge up!

I have made a couple of rules to help keep the bloat out of my system for these final days.
  • Absolutely NO Gluten. I am about 90% GF, but this week, 100%!
  • NO Artificial Sweeteners. Not in my tea, not in my coffee. This is not just going to be a bridal body rule, but this will become an item I cut from here on out.
  • 50% Dairy Free. I love cheese. I eat A LOT of cheese. More cheese than I should. I only want to cut back this week, not get rid of completely. 
  • Drink 3 Liters of Water Per Day. I am typically good at this, but I want to make this a rule and not slack, no matter how busy I may get. Water keeps the pipes oiled and lets everything "flow" better!
  •  NO ALCOHOL! I usually do not drink Sunday-Thursday. But I have fallen off the horse with football Sundays and with the amount of wine I have acquired from my bridal shower, I have made exceptions. For this week, no alcohol Sunday-Wednesday. I will allow some wine on Thursday and Friday since that is technically the beginning of my weekend.

I have made myself a fitness plan for the week. It may or may not be changed due to an ever-changing schedule. But I still want to follow it pretty closely!

  • Sunday: Long Run (At least 10 miles, aiming for 13.1 or more). Strength training with dumbbells.
  • Monday: 3-6 mile run. Ab workout.
  • Tuesday: 3-6 mile run. Pushups & squats.
  • Wednesday: 3-6 mile run. Ab workout.
  • Thursday: Rest Day.
  • Friday: Long Run (8-13.1 miles). Strength training with dumbbells.
Food is really important this coming week. I am confident I will get my workouts in, but food tends to be my weaker area. Though I will not list every meal that I am going to have in this post, I want to give an idea of what I plan on doing this week.
  • Sunday: No added sugar/candy. Focus on foods that promote detox. Detoxing foods can include apples, almonds, garlic, onions, and avocados. 
  • Monday: No added sugar/candy. No dairy. Fill up on fruits and veggies! Have a salad and a fruit on the side! Stick with detoxing foods on this day as well.
  • Tuesday: No added sugar/candy. No dairy. Stick with fruits and veggies and make sure you are getting your protein! Avoid red meat.
  • Wednesday: No added sugar/candy. No dairy. Remain focused on fruits, veggies, and protein. Start to take digestive aid. I use Arbonne's Digestion Plus, which is very mild and keeps you regular!
  • Thursday: No added sugar/candy. Keep lunch light to balance the heavy dinner. I am allowing dairy since it's our weekly pizza tradition (I am not having pizza without cheese!!!). Allowed 2 glasses of wine ONLY! Take digestive aid.
  • Friday: Since long run day, make sure to eat high protein. Reduce bloat-promoting veggies like broccoli to prevent any belly gain. Take digestive aid and detox tea.

Still feeling hungry or having a craving?
  • Have a few nuts with a glass of water to fill up your belly.
  • Eat some non-bloating veggies.
  • Have an apple or a small fruit. Better than grabbing a sugary snack!
  • Try some flavored tea. The taste my reduce a craving!

As I mentioned above, this is my own version of a 7 day plan. BUT, feel free to try it and let me know if it worked for you!