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Promises for a healthier life

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For the last seven days I’ve been at home sick in bed with the cold from hell.  When I felt it coming on I did everything you’re supposed to do to try and fight an oncoming virus: I did 30 minutes of yoga to sweat out the toxins, I took a hot steam shower, ate oranges and I rubbed Vicks on my chest.  Yet the next morning I still woke up with a cold.

Having a cold is the worst

I don’t know about you but every time I get sick I replay the events of the previous week in my head thinking about all the things I could have done differently to stay away from germs.  Maybe I should have walked instead of taking the bus, maybe I should have cleaned my desk more often with Lysol or maybe I should have taken more vitamins.

When I get sick I vow to change my habits towards a healthier life.  I tell myself I’m going to make smarter choices because I don’t ever want to get sick again.  Being stuck in bed with a cold is the worst.  My head hurts, the skin around my nose is completely raw and my body aches so much it feels like I got hit by a truck – well what I imagine getting hit by a truck feels like.  It’s definitely the worst.

Making smarter choices to be healthier

As I lay in bed over the last week I started thinking and I decided (once again) to make changes in my eating habits towards a healthier life.  I know a few won’t last because I make them every time I get sick, but a couple are definitely here to stay.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Drink more juice.  This is one of those vows I make every single time I get sick.  I don’t have any vices.  I don’t drink or smoke but I do drink a lot of iced tea.  I know I should drink more water and I know I should drink more juice but I just really love iced tea.  This is probably one of those changes that won’t stick because I will most likely not stop drinking iced tea, however I can try to drink one glass of juice per day.

Stop eating bread.  This is a new resolution for me.  I’m a vegetarian so I eat a lot of carbs and sugar but I think now that’s going to change.  I know I shouldn’t eat so much bread and it’s going to stop now.  I eat an English muffin with breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and maybe a slice of banana bread as a snack in the afternoon – that’s a lot of bread in one day.  Oh and on the weekends I eat French toast for breakfast.  I am going to cut out all types of bread and try to substitute the intake with healthier choices such as green veggies and proteins.  I’m really excited about this one because it will also help in my weight loss.

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Another sleepless night

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Good morning Loves.  This morning I’m exhausted because I didn’t sleep well last night…again.  I laid in bed for a couple of hours before I fell asleep thinking about all the things I needed to get done at work today, making a list of everything I need to pick up at the grocery store tonight and stressing about the fact I could lose my job at anytime because my company is being sold to a competitor.

Let me ask you a question, how well do you sleep at night?  As young professionals we have a lot of stress, at least I do.  Some nights I get into bed at 11 pm but I don’t fall asleep until 2 am because my mind won’t – or should I say can’t – shut off.

What keeps you awake at night?

I lay awake at night stressing about work, money and sometimes my future; sometimes I lay awake replaying whatever awful fight I just had with my family.  I can be exhausted but can’t fall sleep because I’m worrying about anything and everything from my busy schedule at work to wondering if I locked the front door to thinking of new topics for this blog.  Basically having a full, busy life means having a brain on full throttle.  That equals sleepless nights.

My sleepless nights are both good and bad.  Sometimes I get my best ideas just before I fall asleep but that means I’m exhausted and not fully functioning the next morning.  If I’m excited I can’t fall asleep, if I’m nervous I can’t fall asleep and if I’m sad I definitely can’t fall asleep.  However my lack of a good night’s rest isn’t always emotional or mental, sometimes it’s physical.  There are nights when my mind wants to sleep but I just can’t get comfortable.  You know those nights right, the nights when your back hurts your neck hurts and you feel like there are creepy crawlers running all over your body.  Do you ever get that or is it just me?

3 ways to put a stop to sleepless nights

Burn off your energy.  Thanks to my doctor’s orders I joined a gym and started working out. Being active is a great way to get a good night’s sleep.  It burns off unused energy so we don’t harbor it inside and running on the treadmill helps clear my head.  It’s like killing two birds with one stone, I burn calories to lose weight and at the same time I think through all my issues.  I leave the gym cleansed with a strong body and a clear mind.

Taking a hot bath or shower.  Relaxing my body and muscles with a hot shower definitely helps me relax before bed; it also lets me get into bed clean, comfy and cozy.  I like to take a hot shower before bed or if I have the time sit in a bubble bath.  It gives me some me time before trying to go to sleep and hopefully helps me work through whatever issues are filling up my brain.  I think our minds run wild before bed because it’s our real first down time of the day.  However if I have an hour of me time in the bath before hopping into bed I can go to sleep with a clear mind.

I bought a new bed.  This was my last resort and not to jinx it or anything but my new bed is working like a charm.  I am definitely sleeping a lot better since buying my new Sealy Posturpedic bed.  It cost $1200 but our old bed was 10 years old and it’s money well spent if it lets me get a solid eight hours of sleep every night.

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My Get Skinny Plan

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Last week I confessed that have to lose weight – I do, I really do according to my physician.  After a week of contemplating the news from my doctor and another week of wallowing about my non-healthy habits I finally decided that it’s time to start losing weight.

I’m not that girl

I joined a gym, even though BF thinks it’s a waste of money. He thinks I should be able to workout at home with the dozen of fitness DVDs I have.  In an ideal world this would be true – but I live in reality.  I know myself and I can almost guarantee I won’t be able to get out of bed and workout.

I don’t have the type of self discipline or motivation to be one of THOSE girls.  You know the type…those girls who run their Saturday morning errands in gym tights and still look fabulous, the girls who can eat a salad for lunch and be full (I still think they’re lying) and the type of girl who wakes up early so she can get a workout in before going to the office.  No, I will never be THAT type of girl.

But I will become her

I’m the girl who wears her hair in a pony tail because I prefer to sleep in 15 minutes longer in the morning.  I’m the type of girl who prefers to come home and take a nap to regain energy (even though working out is supposed to have the same effect) and I’m the type of girl who eats instant oatmeal for breakfast at her desk because I think cooking is a waste of time.  Yep, that’s me – but all that has to change.

Personal confession:  I’m 5 feet tall and I currently weigh 162 lbs (as you can see above) and I want to weigh 130 lbs by June 1.  That’s 30 lbs in 6 months, 5 lbs a month and approximately 1 lb a week.

I have to become THAT girl.  It’s not going to be easy because I’m 34 years old and pretty set in my ways, but if I want to follow my doctor’s orders I have to lose weight – and that means changing my habits.  Actually it means changing my entire life.  Instead of coming home from my 9 to 5 job, taking a nap, walking up and working on my freelance gigs.  I’m going to have to skip the nap and maybe cut down on the freelance work so I can fit gym time into my daily routine – yes I said it…daily.

Here’s my plan to become skinny

I’m going to go H.A.M. on my new workout routine because if I see dramatic results I think it will keep me motivated.  It will remind me that all the hunger pains and tears (yes there will be tears) will be worth it.

This is how I’m going to get in shape:

Smaller portions.  I can roll with the big boys when it comes to my meals.  I mean I can eat an entire medium pizza by myself if I wanted to…but I don’t, not anymore.   I’m only going to eat off the small plates from now on and I’m only going to have one serving.

Less sugar.  As a vegetarian I eat a lot of carbs and a lot of sugar to stay full, bad habit I know.  This year I extremely indulged in Halloween candy, but all that’s over.  Now the only sugar I’m going to consume is the natural sugar in the food I eat, no extras in the form of cookies, cupcakes and candy or iced coffee.

Be more active.  One of the main reasons I joined a gym is because if I’m paying for it I will use it.  If I don’t workout at home there is no loss, but if I don’t get up and take advantage of my gym membership I’ll be losing money…and I hate to lose money.

I have to lose weight. Doctor’s orders!

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Good morning Loves.  Last week I decided I wanted to join a gym.  On the last visit with my family doctor he told me that I should lose weight.  I know I’m not skinny and I’ve always wanted to be thin, but having your doctor tell you to lose weight for medical reasons puts healthy living on an entire new level.

If your doctor says it you have to do it

My immediate thought was to console myself in some raw cookie dough, but then I thought….HHHMMM better not.   I immediately called a gym near my home and booked a consultation with a free one week pass to try out the facilities.  I decided to go to a well known gym chain because the monthly fee is around $45 and it includes unlimited classes as well as  free use of all facilities; the only downside is members have to make a one year commitment and I’m not so good with the long term dedication .  Memberships to private gyms are offered on a monthly basis but the fee is much higher being anywhere between $80 to $120.  YIKES!  I know it’s for the greater good but that’s a lot of money I just can’t afford right now.

My body is changing, but not for the better

I’m not sure what’s going on with my body at 34 years old but it feels like every single day I’m gaining weight.  My eating habits admittedly aren’t very healthy but they haven’t changed drastically over the last couple of years.  I am not as active as I used to be but I do still walk to and from work every day.  My sister says that worrying about being fat is stressful and stress causes people to gain weight.  That may be true but can it make you gain 30 pounds?  That’s how much weight I need to lose.  Actually as of last night 34 pounds.  My weight can fluctuate anywhere between 2 and 5 pounds a day.

I definitely need help, but can’t afford it

I decided I can’t do it alone.  I need help to lose weight because I don’t have the discipline to motivate myself to workout (even though doctors orders should be motivation enough) so I decided to join a gym.  However when I told BF he convinced me that we shouldn’t be spending an extra $45 per month with our new more expensive rent and variable hydro bill every month.  I have to say deep down I agree.

So I lay in bed Sunday night thinking about what I can do to improve my health, lose weight and for the first time in my life start feeling good about myself.  I printed off a meal plan, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to stick to it.  Technically I don’t need to join a gym because as BF reminded me we have a big apartment with lots of space to move around.  I, like everyone else in the world who has ever tried to lose weight, have at least a dozen workout DVDs at home.  I can work out at home with my Biggest Loser DVDs and my Yoga DVDs, but is that enough to lose weight?

So here’s my plea.  I want to lose weight and I need your help.

What’s your best workout/eating healthy/motivation tip?

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