Healthy eating/Healthy living: Day 4

Today I received a coupon in my email inbox from Red Robin, It said that I have until this weekend to redeem my free milkshake when I make a 10 dollar purchase. Now who said the Devil does not exist? Of course I want a burger and a milkshake. I am weak! I deleted the email, and will not be going to Red Robin this weekend. I am weak, but I have goals! Let’s keep it going.

Along with eating better, I am really making an effort to drink more water. I heard that we should be drinking a gallon of water each day. I probably do not drink anything near a gallon of water. I drink coffee in the morning, black, no milk, no sugar. I will also drink green tea, and then there is water. I am not a soda drinker, and I stopped drinking artificially flavored juice a long time ago. I will drink Honest Tea at times because it has less sugar than other teas, and I drink some water but not nearly enough. Honestly I hate having to use the bathroom multiple times each day, so I don’t drink that much at work. That’s bad because I spend a large portion of my day in the office, so I am trying to drink more water. Today I think I drank close to 42 ounces, so I am getting there.

Water, the drink of champions. Well hopefully. 

Today I was slightly tired, but I think that was because I went to bed later than my usual bedtime. Overall, I still feel good. The sugar withdrawal….well I think it’s still there, or still in my head. I may look for a vegan meet up group in the DC area this weekend, I need to know people who actually live this lifestyle. Right now I know…well none.

Wish me luck! Day 4 done.

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Kale, strawberry, blueberry, banana smoothie with flax seeds.

Snack: cut pineapples and cherries

Lunch: Spinach, spring mix blend with chick peas, olives, peppers, onions, cucumber, grape tomatoes.

Multi grain toast slice with Almond butter.

Snack: Tangerine, handful of almonds

Dinner: Zucchini noodles, with mushrooms, peppers, onions, basil, coconut aminos, brown rice. Baked sweet potato chips.

Water

Work out

Rest Day

 

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Healthy eating/Healthy living: Day 3

I struggled all day with the should I, or should I not work out today question. I really did not feel like going to work out today. I figured it could be a rest day. It was over 90 degrees in the DC area today. My cross fit box has no air conditioning. It gets hot. I started working out at 6:30 pm, well because I can’t wake up to go at 6 am. I used to be an early morning work out person. Not any more. I like sleep. I sleep well past my alarm designated wake up time. I rush to get dressed, and run out the door to get to work. Mornings are not my friend.

After contemplating all day with the should I or should I not work out today question, I ended up going to cross fit. The funny thing is that if I had this thought just a few days ago the answer would have been, of course go home. But today I had a tiny burst of extra energy that told me to go work it out. I figured if I went home I would be restless, working out is fun, so I went to have fun.

Today was not a bad day. My junk food cravings were less, and I felt full most of the day. I actually didn’t even have my afternoon crash feeling of needing a nap. Maybe there is something to this meatless living thing.

I am still working on meals to prepare and trying to decide what to eat. I joined a group for the 30 day vegan challenge on Facebook so I could see how other people live this lifestyle. I created a new pinterest board for Vegan/Vegetarian dishes so I can gain ideas for breakfast and dinner recipes.  Meal planning is going to be the key! I know if I start to feel hungry my chances for success will decrease dramatically.  I wish I had my own personal chef, if I dream it into existence maybe it will come. For now, it is self  meal preparation for me.  Day 3 done.

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Kale, spinach, strawberry, blueberry, banana smoothie

Whole grain toast with almond butter

Lunch: Spring/spinach mix salad, garbanzo beans, olives, peppers, onions

Snack: Mixed strawberry, blueberry, cherries, handful of almonds

Pre workout: Apple

Dinner: Spinach, eggplant, mushroom, onion, pepper, basil pesto, quesadilla (no cheese), low carb, organic wheat tortilla.

Work out:

Cross fit Metcon:

18 min AMRAP
500m Row
Overhead walking lunge 45/25
12 box jump overs 24/20

 

Healthy eating/Healthy living: Day 2

I’m not sure if it is in my head or not but I think I am going through withdrawal. Like sugar and meat withdrawal. Wait it’s only day 2, I am fine.  I did have thoughts of pizza and cookies today, that is just weird. But today was actually a good day. I still felt tired, I think that just comes from working a 10 hour day. My mental energy did feel like it increased, so maybe there is something to this meatless living thing.

Today I received the book How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger. Surprisingly this book has a nearly 5 star rating on Amazon (4.8 out of 5). The book is based on how diet and nutrition can prevent and even cure some diseases. From glancing through some of the pages in the book, Dr. Greger does cover a wide range of illnesses. It is amazing how strong the impact food has on our body. Food will either kill us or save our life, we just have to choose to be smart about eating.

I am not sure how long it will take me to read this book, it is a pretty large book. However, since my family has a history of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure I will cover those chapters first. Although the doctors say that I am healthy today, I am very sure that I can get sick at any time. With the uncertainty of the way health insurance is going in the country, the more control that I can have over my own health, the better.

I still want a cookie. 

That was a random thought.

I decided to weigh myself tonight since one of my goals is to lose 15-20 pounds. Today I weighed in at 177.0. I want to hurry up and lose these pounds, but I want also want to feel better and run faster. So I am hoping with less weight, I will gain speed. I may gain lean muscle in this process, so I won’t focus so much on the number on the scale. The true measure will be my performance and my overall ability to decrease fatigue.

What did I eat today? Here it goes:

Breakfast: Kale, strawberry, blueberry, banana smoothie

Mid morning snack: Oatmeal with blueberries, handful of almonds

Lunch: Spring and Spinach mix with peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, red onion, garbanzo beans. Primal Kitchen greek dressing

Mid day snack: strawberries, blueberries, cherries

Pre workout meal: 1/2 cup brown rice, (vegetable stir fry) eggplant, peppers, baby corn, snow peas, broccoli

Dinner: 1/2 cup brown rice, (vegetable stir fry) eggplant, peppers, baby corn, snow peas, broccoli, 1/2 cup red roasted potatoes

Work out: Cross fit

WOD

Strength: Heavy 2 set jerk, I did 112.5

Metcon:

For Time:
18-15-12-9
Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups- I did modified ring rows (still working on that 1 pull up!)
DB Push Press (35’s/20’s)- 20 pounds
GHD Situps- Modified to 15 pound ab mat sit ups

Time: 10:10

 

Healthy eating/Healthy living: Day 1

Lately, I have been feeling extremely tired. Well not lately as in recently, but lately as in all my life. As long as I can remember I have always had a consistent feeling of fatigue that never really seems to go away. It is frustrating. I am always sleepy and I could always use a nap. This is not normal. At least it should never be considered normal.

I have been to multiple primary care doctors, multiple times to figure out why the heck am I so tired. Every doctor in every state I have lived in all do the same thing. Run a bunch a labs. I give blood, they send it to the lab, the results come back normal. Medically there is no reason why I should be so tired. Thyroid check: normal. Vitamin D check: normal. B12: normal. Iron: normal for the most part. I do have the bottom range of iron levels, so I take a multi vitamin, and I guess I should be all better. I still have an unexplained sense of tiredness.

I have tried to change is my sleep habits, and actually go to sleep. Granted I am not the best sleeper, and my REM sleep is probably at a minimum. I hear everything when I am sleep and yes I still do have scary dreams.  Since sleep is important to keep a healthy mind-body balance I do try to get between 7-8 hours of sleep each night, even if it is not the best sleep. Going to bed at the same time, and waking up pretty much at the same time each day. Some mornings I even do have a greater burst of energy than others, yet I eventually end up the same, tired.

I hate being tired! It is actually more frustrating since I am back on the mainland. I work in an office all day. Since I no longer work from home I need at least 14-18 hours of productivity between work and everything else that I need to do during the day. I need to be mentally and physically present, which means I should not be tired. I have tried endlessly to fight fatigue with supplements consisting of vitamins, excessive amounts of  caffeine, and even GNC stimulants.  Nothing works anymore. I went back to the doctor, and luckily I am still healthy. So now I have decided to try a new route, I am changing up my diet, again. I am going to attempt a semi plant-based diet or vegan lite or just vegetarian, in an effort to raise my energy levels, and feel better overall.

So here’s the deal I work out already about 4-5 days a week. My workouts are a mix of cross fit, running, and bike riding. I have done the whole 30 diet in the past, which actually worked out really well, and I have tried paleo a few times, now my diet is more paleo modified, and not strict paleo. Although paleo, and whole 30 are good diets, I think its time to give up the meat for a while and see if my body feels any drastically different.

Where does this sudden lifestyle change come from? Well, good question. From Netflix of course! After watching What the Health on Netflix, it had me thinking twice about eating meat and dairy. I had read reviews that of course say that this documentary is vegan propaganda,  hey it very well  may be because everyone in the documentary is a vegan. So yes, always take all marketing techniques with a grain of salt. Everyone has their own agenda. However, it may save your life. Meats have added hormones, and most plants also have added hormones, pesticides, and whatever crap is on food. We live in a world of pick your poison, because not much is good for you. Unless you can grow or farm it yourself, then do that.  I just know that I don’t want to take a pill for energy, I think my body can naturally energize itself if I treat it right and give it the right tools.  Some people can take a ton of time to take care of their car, hair, pets, and hobby collection, I figure why not take some time to take care of my body.

So today I am starting my journey to a semi plant based lifestyle. Yes I really did say semi planted based. Let’s call it a vegetarian/vegan mix. Why? Because I have not decided if I will give up eggs just yet. And I may actually include eggs into this diet at times. I am fine without milk, well because I don’t drink dairy milk anyway.  And this diet may not be a forever thing, lets just start with a 30 vegan challenge and see how that goes.

My Goals:

Weight loss: I would like to be able to lose weight, some weight, 15-20 lbs would be nice. iI hope weight loss is a benefit of going meatless.

Endurance: I am running the rock and roll half marathon in Philadelphia on September 17, 2017.  I have the next 60 days to get my body in shape for a new PR. My former half marathon PR is 2:08 and that is from my very first half that I ran in Honolulu 4 years ago.  If I can beat that time, then this plant based lifestyle may be a keeper!

Increased strength: I do cross fit, I cannot do a pull up.  I want to be able to do at least 1 pull up, If I can do 10…Awesome!

Energy, Energy, Energy!! I just want to not feel the need to take a nap every day.

My Weaknesses:

Sugar!!!! Yes I love cookies, and candy. I am addicted to sugar. Candy just makes me happy. I am giving up cookies and candy 😦

So here is your opportunity to follow me on this journey to a new paradise that is filled with health, energy, and food! I will write about what I eat, my workouts, and how it feels to have meatless meals. You will hold me accountable, thank you! Steak is good, but the thought of feeling less bloated, less groggy, and feeling great, makes me so much happier than eating steak.

Lets get ready, Day 1.

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Kale, banana, strawberry, mango smoothie

After workout snack: Apple

Lunch: Angel hair pasta, with basil pesto sauce (not vegan), with mushrooms, peppers, onions and spinach. On the side: Wheat flour wrap with garlic roasted hummus and olive tapenade.

Snack: Handful of blueberries

Dinner: Stir fry vegetable mix (eggplant, onions, baby corn, snow peas, broccoli, peppers) over brown rice.

 

Cross fit WOD:

5×1 front squat and 95% of 1 rep max- I did 135

3 rounds for time: 15 calorie on assault bike, empty prowler push 100m

The road to being Spartan Strong

inspration

The past few months have been nothing less than busy, with a hint of chaos. Life is always changing right? So as life changes, I continue to change with it. I started a new job and as I adjust to my new schedule I find myself tired. I guess that comes with working so I’ll take it. Now back to finding my normal. My normal as always would be crazy to others, but that is why I love it.

I have embarked on a new challenge, my next challenge is to complete the Spartan Sprint Race. Never heard of the Spartan Race? Well check it out here http://www.spartan.com. A spartan sprint is about 3-5 miles of obstacles, running, and challenging yourself in a way that you may have never thought was possible. To complete a spartan race takes physical and mental strength and I am ready for the challenge. I signed up for the August 2 sprint.

The scary part is that August 2 is only two months away and I really need to get into physical and mental strength to complete this spring. This is where I need your help. I am looking for a series of workout routines to get my body ready to climb a robe and jump over a wall. I workout regularly, but I really need and endurance routine that will help me build upper body strength.

So let’s have a contest. I am looking for an awesome, fun workout to help me kill this race. Send me your ideas on ways that I can get my body in shape for this race and I will pick the one that I like the best, and the one that I will follow for the next two months. If I pick your routine, I will send you a race code for a FREE spartan race. For real, save yourself money, and do this race! So send those routines to me Jenni C at jencwalton@gmail.com. If yours is picked, I will email you with a big thank you, and a race code. So let’s get to work athletes, we have a race to prepare for!

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Straight from NY to Paradise Turns 5! -Happy Bloganniversary

Happy 5th Birthday! If my blog was a child I would be getting ready for it to start kindergarten. Awww blog you have grew up so fast (insert mommy tears).

Life happens quick, sometimes too quick for me. I constantly think about writing daily, however everyday I find an excuse not to write. Time goes by and life continues to happen, and still I feel like nothing gets done. I finally sat down and decided to write today, finally I am writing!

After months of procrastinating and sitting in that endless pile of overwhelm, I decided to turn to what I know and write. It comes with great irony that I picked this month to return to writing. Word Press has been so kind as to acknowledge that I have reached my 5 year blogging anniversary! It is really hard to believe that it has been a whole 5 years since I have started blogging.

In the last 5 years my life has taken more twists and turns than I could ever imagine, emotionally I feel that I have been through it all. But yes you are correct Word Press, I have reached my 5 year blogging milestone. 5 years ago Straight from NY to Paradise in a Day was given life, and my own personal life was given a voice. I had a story to tell, I wanted to tell it. I wanted to inspire others not to be afraid of change, not to be afraid of living, just live. Life happens and life changes so go with it.0171.jpg

I really want to laugh and cry as I write this. I think back on the girl I was 5 years ago, I was single and fierce! Fresh out of a roller coaster of a relationship, still in love with the man who was my past, but ready to start a new phase of life as a free spirit and face the future.  I was ready to take on the world, unstoppable in a sense, but I quickly learned that I could be stopped. The world does not exist for you to live in it alone, it is out there for you to share, to embrace with others, to help others, and sometimes even get help from others. In August of 2009 I had been living in Honolulu for 6 months. And to tell you the truth, I was very much alone. I was still confused about my impulsive decision to move to the other side of the world, and even though I had met a few people, I had a very real fear that if I died no one would notice. The feeling that I would go unnoticed was scary, adding that to a sense of uncertainty about my job, my life, and what to do next, I was really mess of emotions, with anxiety and self-doubt leading the pack.

Yes I was single and fierce, but really I was alone.  Lucky for me I quickly discovered that I was not the only mainland escapee that have flown themselves over to an island in the middle of the pacific to get away from….well everything. I found a love of activity and a love of new friendships. Over the last 5 years, my biggest accomplishment was basically proving to myself that I can live. No matter how depressed I am, how lonely I am, and how much I just want to disappear, I know that I can live, and life always gets better. I think I may have forgotten that lately with the chaos of everyday life back on the mainland. I experienced life in Hawaii for a reason. I experienced being completely on my own for a reason. My next lesson to myself is always to remember those reasons, life is meant to live on purpose, and everyday is a new opportunity to fulfill that purpose.

 

In 2009 I was 27, single, impulsive, and extremely naive. In 2014, I am 31, in a relationship (no not married, sorry), less impulsive, more aware, and slightly more responsible. At 27 I just wanted to run away. At 31, I’ll admit I still want to run sometimes, but I will try a bit harder to stay, to work through it, and always keep in mind that with each day life will keep getting better.

So 5 years later, what did I really learn? In Honolulu I found a love of nature. A hike, a run, or  the view of the mountains as the sun wakes you up is the epitome of everything calm, and the most powerful way to ensure that you will have a good day. I learned to love to push myself. No matter if it was at work, in the gym, or running a race, I knew I could always go harder, do better, and motivate myself to never give up. I learned to appreciate yoga, I really miss the easy access to the yoga studios that are located on every corner. I learned that I am a survivor, life is lived with challenges, now I know that I can overcome every one that comes my way. I learned that I hate dating. I would never want to date in Honolulu again! I learned that I really do miss people when they leave, goodbyes are hard, I hate them almost as much as dating.

Finally, I learned to appreciate the kindness of strangers. When I moved to Honolulu, I knew only myself, and had three suitcases. Strangers helped to me find a home, helped me to find food, and ensured that I was able to keep my job. Those strangers became my friends, who eventually became my family. Never take the kindness of others for granted, that lesson made the difference between me having a home in paradise and just being homeless in paradise.

5 years later, I am living in Virginia, working in D.C. and I am no longer a girl on a rock in the middle of the pacific. I am a 31 year old woman in the DMV!  I am surrounded by friends, family, and strangers. Life continues to be full of twists and turns, so keep reading to see where I end up over the the next 5 years. I can’t wait to see what happens, all I know is I just have to be ready for the changes.

Positive thoughts, positive energy, positive experiences!

 

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