My 12 week challenge struggles

20160109_083039The New Year has come along with a few resolutions on my end. The most difficult of these resolutions would be to log my food & beverage intake everyday…and not just a guess of how much I am eating & drinking. I actually have been weighing & measuring EVERYTHING that enters my body. Not only is it irritating for me; it is extremely time consuming. I get up 30 mins earlier so I can have time to enter my food. Yep. 30 mins. Sometimes I like an tablespoon of 2% milk in my hot tea. Sometimes I like 2 teaspoons of diced onion in my eggs. My diverse diet causes me grief in this entering process. Lots and lots of grief.

My main issues have come from my dinners. I enjoy a combination of multiple veggies mixed with a lot of seasonings and 93% fat free ground turkey. It becomes complicated when I make a meal with black olives, red bell peppers, yellow onion, fresh garlic cloves…etc. I must weigh, measure, divide and enter every last ingredient. I never skip entering ingredients because I track my fat, sodium, sugar, and protein intake. For example, even though olives are low in calories, they are high in sodium. I. Log. Everything.

I have seen changes all ready. I am more organized with my days and more aware of what I am consuming; often shocked of how many calories or grams of fat/sugar/sodium/carbohydrates are in my foods. I’ve gone over my daily allowance every single day in one catagory or another and I’m working to correct those overages. I don’t want a sodium/fat/carb or sugar heavy diet.

I recently read an article stating there was a study done proving it takes most humans no less than 66 days to create a habit (not 21) and another article stating you can radically change your body and life in 12 weeks therefore I started a 12 week challenge in my classes and am partaking in the challenge myself. Cheers to another 11 weeks of being dedicated to logging my food- and hopefully a lifetime skill set I will adopt!

Another year, another resolution?

20151226_182654~2So the New 2016 Year is upon us. This year came much faster than previous years! Matter of fact, it came so quickly that I didn’t begin thinking about my goals of 2015 until this morning (January 3rd, 2016). I rolled out of bead extremely early and dug thru my drawer of what nots until I found the piece of paper that I scribbled my 2015 resolutions on. Hmmmmm…. 1) Create healthy lifestyle goals for my fitness classes every new session 2) Exercise 4-5 days a week for at least 45 mins a session 3) Save enough cash to put 20% down on a home 4) move into my well described dream home. 5) Start a blog

To my surprise, every thing I wrote down and visualized came to past! Matter of fact,I was so into accomplishing my goals of 2015 the year flew by! Extra shifts teaching yoga, cutting back monthly expenses, taking a few extra chunks of my husband’s bonuses…getting up super early to squeeze in that workout…all these moments on my life led to a better me.

Every year I hear the chatter of hundreds of individuals confirming or denying the importance of declaring resolutions and at the end of the day- the choice is up to the individual. My choice is to continue my journey of being a better me and stating these goals clearly now! What does it hurt? I’m taking my 30 mins to visualize where I want to be, who I want to be and why I want to be the person I describe. More knowledgable, giving, sincere, financially responsible, a great mother, wife, daughter and most definitely my attempts to be the healthiest version of me! Cheers to the New Year!!