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Update on goals

I decided to kick my caffeine habit on Monday, May 24th and I am happy to say that so far, so good.

I still drink one cup of caffeinated tea per daybut that is significantly less caffeine than I was consuming (19 mg caffeine vs. 90). I have only had one minor breakdown where I was literally falling asleep at my desk and had to have a cup of the “real” stuff.

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But once in three weeks is pretty good, no?

I wish I could say it is helping me sleep better but that has actually taken a downturn (hence falling asleep sitting up). I’ve been up every night past 11 (sometimes 12) and then I’ve been waking up every morning at 5 or 5:30 to work out before work.

I can function well on 6-7 hours of sleep normally, but when I start going under the 6, it becomes a problem. I need to work on this soon because not getting enough sleep can cause a whole lot of problems! It seems like it’s hard to fit everything in and still get enough sleep but somehow I have to do it.

I also gave up drinking diet sodas and I think now that I have found enough other drinks to enjoy, it’s not so hard to resist them anymore. I haven’t had one since May 8th! Josh even has a 24 pack of Coke Zero in our house where I can see it and I’m still not tempted.

A diet soda here or there isn’t such a bad thing, but I have no moderation. I would drink that entire 24 pack in just a few days. Then the artificial sweeteners wreak their havoc on me. No good for me, so no thanks!

If you read my fitness blog, River City Fitness, then you know that I have been taking Body Pump classes regularly the past two weeks (this week is the 3rd). Since I am in a regular weight training program now, I am trying to pay more attention to what I eat after my workouts, including adding more protein to some of my meals and snacks.

I’m also learning a lot thanks to this summer “Nutrition in Athletic Performance” class that I’m constantly cramming for taking right now. I’m also having a lot of fun, eating healthy, hanging out with friends, not worrying about my weight and just enjoying life.

So that’s what’s going on right now. How about you?

Have you given up something recently? How is it going for you?

Dessert for breakfast

I’m a big fan of eating breakfast for dinner. I’m also apparently a fan of dessert for breakfast 🙂

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Oats, flaxseed meal, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Word.

My lunch was pretty filling but boring so I left it out today. Just a veggie burger and some veggies. See what I mean?

My snack this afternoon was pretty impressive though. I hadn’t had yogurt for a while and this one has the lowest sugar content of a non-dairy vanilla yogurt I have found so far.

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The granola was given to me by the lovely Miss Vegan Crunk. It was made by a friend of hers and I’m not just saying this…best granola I’ve ever had.

My run today was totally awesome.

So was dinner!

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I baked up some tofu, steamed some veggies and finished it off with some toast and Smart Balance Light (vegan).

I also made being at home kind of special and made a pitcher of iced tea. It was really good (especially with a real lemon slice) but it made me want summer to be here, like yesterday!

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For “dessert” I had some tea and a tablespoon of peanut butter.

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One of my goals for the New Year is to get more sleep. I rested so much over my break from work that I didn’t even realize how tired I was before.

To get 8 hours, it means going to bed at 10:00. Which will help me with avoiding mindless nighttime snacking as I like to not eat an hour before bed.

Today was a really good day. I’m back in the routine and it feels so good!

I’ve only got 20 minutes to go, so goodnight 🙂

Reflections on Day 1

Day 1 of my October Challenge went very well. I call it my October Challenge, not because it’s just going to last through October, but because this is a life challenge that merely starts in October. I find the beginning of the month, especially with Day 1 of that month, is the perfect time to start something new or recommit to something you’ve missed doing.

Yesterday, I enjoyed a lot of great vegan-friendly foods (goal #1):

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I also made myself stay off of email and Facebook as much as possible (goal #5). As convenient as technology can be, sometimes we can become too relient on it and it can drive us mad. For me, I just don’t need to be absorbing all this information about people’s lives (from the important to mundane) all day long like it’s my job. I really need a break! I care about people, especially my closest friends and family and want to know what is going on with them but I can still limit that to before and after work (if I even feel like it then)!

In fact, since I did that, I had what I thought was quite a wonderful TELEPHONE CONVERSATION! with my best friend last night. It is sad that our society has become more email and text message oriented. I mean, my husband texted me from one floor down? What is that? Ha ha.

I also had a great workout yesterday that left me energized (goal #2). I ran a mile with Farrah, which we both noticed we did rather quickly because when we got back we still had a minute left (so it was 9 min/mile)! Then we did lots of weights, including the following:

  • Incline bench presses
  • Incline bicep curls
  • Lateral raises
  • Chest flyes
  • Preacher curls
  • Military shoulder press
  • Abs, abs, abs!

I am quite sore today but it feels good! It had been a week since we’d last worked out, woo hoo. It feels so good to be healthy again after that cold sidelined me for a bit.

Sort of tying in with goals # 4 and 8, I decided that October was NOT TOO LATE to start “Read Through the Bible in One Year” even though I had missed the previous 9 months. So I printed off the sheet and ended up reading Isaiah 62:6-65:25, Philippians 2:19-3:3, Psalm 73:1-28 and Proverbs 24:13-14

At first, I didn’t think too much about it but the more I read the more those verses really spoke to me about issues I am dealing with right now. The Psalms passage especially hit me because it’s exactly what I’ve been hearing from a lot of people in my life right now…they have been good, they believe they have done as God wanted them to and yet they suffer and are unhappy, while others are out there “seem to live such painless lives” and are rich and prosperous. Basically, the point is to check your heart. Why are we worried about other people? We need to be concerned with ourselves and our intentions. I really suggest reading those verses if you are struggling with that issue.

God’s timing is never wrong, I’m telling you. I was meant to start that yesterday and I look forward to what else I will learn from this. 🙂

After dinner last night, I decided all I wanted to do was go upstairs and watch TV. So I put on my pig pajamas and did just that! I should’ve taken a picture of those 😉

I don’t watch very many things anymore, so I sort of just flipped for a while and ended up falling asleep! My husband says he yelled for me and texted me (yet didn’t get up off the couch to check and make sure I was still alive?) but I was out for the count. I woke up at 9:30 to let the dog out and then back to bed I went. Guess my body needed some extra rest (goal # 3) so I’m glad I allowed it to.

So, making efforts toward 5 out of my 8 goals for the month is not too shabby, huh? I’m so glad that I made out a list that I can refer back to now. It really helps me stay motivated!

I have a really great weekend coming up that I can’t wait to experience and share with you. I hope you all have a blessed day and whatever you are striving to do in your life, I hope you reach for it even more today 🙂

Love you all!