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This past Sunday the Husband and I went out to see my Grandfather and family for brunch. He’s doing better than expected, and it just meant so much to spend the morning with him. After we met up with his family for dinner. Then we had a few hours just the two of us at home before he went to work. It was one of the nicest days we have had in weeks. It was so good to finally have some time to really talk to each other, connect, and have some much-needed alone time.

We signed our new lease on Wednesday night. I’m so excited for this fresh start I could scream. Right around the corner from us is the cutest coffee shop and one delicious greek restaurant that we immediately hit up. Husband has already proposed Wednesday date night walks to greek dinner followed by homemade ice cream at the place next door. Yum.

I have another eye ulcer thing. I seriously need to talk to my doctor about laser or lasik (not really sure the difference). Every day I have some sort of contact issue – and it’s making me insane. The amount I spend on copays for eye drops, eye solution, contacts, etc. is probably far more than I’d spend on getting laser. It hurts right now just to blink. At least my eye doctor is in my work building so I’m seeing her today.

For about 14 weeks I have been tracking my workouts and about 11 of them I have had a consistent 4-5 days of working out. For weeks I didn’t see any difference in pounds (although, I did track a decrease in inches and 1.5% body fat drop). The past two weeks I have tried to be more conscious of my diet to see if that would make a difference. I started out the month by eating clean and the past two weeks I have tried to carb cycle (Chris Powell’s plan) while still eating as clean as possible most days. My Husband carb backloads and has long been a proponent of trying to play around with my carb intake to see if it would spike my metabolism. In essence it’s:

  • Eat 5 meals a day, 3 hours apart
  • Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking
  • On carb days, eat complex carbs as much as possible (i.e. whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, vs. white rice, white pasta, etc.)
  • Classic cycle (what I’m doing – I think there are other cycle options): Monday – low carb, Tuesday – high carb, Wednesday – low carb, Thursday – high carb, Friday – low carb, Saturday – high carb and Sunday – reward day.

It’s really early to say too much but I can say this so far: I finally pushed past my plateau losing another 3lbs, my food cravings have changed, and my energy has rocketed! I have been working out usually 4, sometimes 5 days a week while doing it.

A day of eats looks like this:

Low carb day example:
6am – egg whites, bell peppers, salsa on 1 piece of Ezekiel bread (only carbs at breakfast)
7am – workout
9am – Greek yogurt with blueberries and cinnamon or a shake with chocolate whey protein, peanut butter and water
12pm – turkey meatloaf with feta, peppers, onions and baby carrots on the side
3pm – celery with peanut butter or a handful of nuts and string cheese
6pm – grilled chicken over arugula, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and a little honey mustard yogurt dressing

High carb day example:
6am – 1 egg, bell peppers, salsa on Ezekiel bread or English muffin
7am – workout
9am – oatmeal with peanut butter and strawberries
12pm – chicken salad (left-over grilled chicken with yogurt honey mustard) on an Ezekiel English muffin, baby carrots
3pm – larabar or banana and peanut butter
6pm – turkey meatloaf, salad and 3 small Yukon potatoes

Sunday – Reward day:
I have an additional 1,000 calories on top of my normal calorie intake to eat whatever I want. This past Sunday it was pizza and cupcakes. Probably not all that clean, but delicious!

The carb cycle process has changed my eating habits in a lot of ways. For one, I’m eating my first meal within 30 minutes of waking – which is tough, but apparently gets my metabolism and energy going. I used to get up by 6, head to the gym, take my classes from 7-8am, shower, and then at work eat breakfast around 9:30. Way too much time without food. Then I eat every 3 hours (or as close as possible to). It’s forcing me to eat more often, which has stopped my bingeing since I have a bad tendency to eat lunch at noon and then by the time I eat dinner at 7pm or later I’m so hungry I eat a day’s worth of calories just while making dinner.

However, it’s a ton of prep work on the weekend. This past weekend I made mini turkey meatloaf to get me through 2 lunches and 1 dinner. I packed up yogurt, berries, and all my snacks so I wouldn’t have excuses – all in all it was at least 2-3 hours of prep and cooking for the entire week. I think this weekend I’ll prep even more and grill chicken and other meats ahead of time to last for every lunch and dinner next week.

I’m also starting to crave strange things, like I used to hate tomatoes. Now I can’t stop eating the cherry cherub tomatoes and I actually wish I had a handful of them now.

I actually feel my best on low carb days. My stomach doesn’t feel bloated, I’m energized, I’m not lethargic at all and I just feel light and good. I also enjoy low carb days because my meals fill me up in a way I didn’t expect without carbs. I’m eating a ton of protein but I’m sure to mix in a little fat too (cheese, avocado, nuts, etc.). High carb days I still feel good, but I can definitely notice feeling a bit heavier and more tired in a sense. I’m trying to stick with Ezekiel products for now since they seem to sit well in my stomach.

I used to hate the idea of having to be restricted in any way shape or form of a diet. This feels different though. It’s sort of like the 80/20 rule (Sunday being a reward day which keeps me happy the whole week) and it’s really not that hard to have fewer carbs a few days a week. I was worried it would affect my running – but in the past two weeks – I’ve been running faster and stronger. I was also worried it would limit my going out to eat – but so far I have saved over $100 in buying breakfast and lunches at work and the two times I went out to eat that happened to fall on low-carb days – I chose big mixed green salads with grilled chicken, steak tips or the most delicious lamb from the Greek restaurant.

I’m beyond excited for this weekend. I actually have very little planned which makes me so happy. Tonight I’m heading home to see the Husband for a few hours before he heads to a law enforcement fitness fundraiser for the One Fund tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m getting my car inspected, then outlet shopping with a friend. Tomorrow night I plan on doing absolutely nothing but cozying up on the couch and watching a movie by myself. Sunday I plan on grocery shopping, prepping all my meals, and really starting to purge crap – clothing and extras. I do not want to move with so much crap.

I keep forgetting, but was reminded by a few recent blog posts that Google Reader is going away soon. I LOVE Google Reader and it’s how I read my blogs every day on the way to work. I need to find a good alternative but I keep pretending it’s not going away…

My eye hurts too much to even try to organize or cut down the boring brain dump I just wrote. Talk about one scattered post. TGIF.

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When my friend S mentioned she was thinking of taking a half day on her birthday to get a massage and asked if I’d be interested, I JUMPED.

I’ve never gotten a professional massage before. This past week between stress and being cold I have a constant pinching in my shoulder blades that makes me want to cry.

But all week each time I cracked my neck and tried to relax my shoulder I just thought to myself, on Friday this will be massaged away.

So today I leave work at 12:00, I’ll have lunch with S at our favorite spot that makes the best tuna burger with spicy aioli sauce, then we’ll head in for massages, relax on her couch for a bit, then meet up with 10 other friends for a fun Thai dinner and a night out.

Personal half day on a Friday? Best idea ever.


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Just one of them days

Sometimes I forget that it’s not always easy.

My run last night was brutal. 2 miles and yet for some reason the entire time my body felt heavy, my stomach felt bloated, and I was panting. All I had to do was 2 miles.

B was back in my dreams last night. Luckily I don’t remember it except his face was quite vivid in my mind when I woke up. 

I woke up at 6am to people in the courtyard in the building next to mine yelling their life updates to each other while shoveling snow.

This morning I checked the scale and I’m up 7lbs since September.

Then my apartment fire alarm battery died, causing the loudest most annoying beeping for 5 minutes while I scurried for a chair, balanced one foot on the chair and one on my couch to get the damn battery out.

Then my toilet broke. Yup, it kept running so I took the lid off trying to be all proactive and fix it. Some tube thing snapped off causing water to squirt EVERYWHERE. Luckily it stopped but I’m not sure I can flush again…

Not to mention the microwave died.

And the tub faucet won’t stop dripping. Drip. Drip. Drip.

Oh and the ceiling light by my closet had a drop-chain to turn it on and off. The chain snapped out. Enter my having to unscrew the light bulb in order to turn the light off. Only, that means the electricity is still flowing.

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