Commit of Fit: 6th Month

Half way point of my goal! Not much to report for the sixth month since most of it was spent getting my body prepared for Tanzania, being in Tanzania, and then trying to get it back working properly after Tanzania. African countries can do a number on your body if you are not careful.

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I look at my pictures from Tanzania (series starts 12th of June!) I look bloated. Why? Because fluids were trapped in my system at times after both long haul flights, and the food is on the carbohydrate side. I did loose weight in Tanzania, and it was only five pounds total. I was lucky not to get traveler’s sickness from the food, but there were times I petered on the edge of getting it. I did go on a hike in the middle of Africa up a rather steep hill to have a view of Mt Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. With a two-mile up and back, the whole experience was worth the sticker bushes grabbing me and falling on my butt on the way down. The above picture was taken two weeks after Tanzania, and you can see the five-pound loss and not the five pounds of bloat as the bottom picture has.

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After coming home it was full swing into a second round of Whole30 for me, and getting back to being outdoors. The last two weeks of May had Seattle in summer time mode, and that was a great time getting up in the morning for a run. Along with my Whole30, I have been trying out some recipes I brought back from Tanzania. So far I have made a healthy version of Tanzanian stir fry and getting back into the swing of going to farmer’s markets for fresh produce.

Six more months to go in this goal!

 

 

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Commit To Fit: Month 5

This whole month of April was completely busy with studying for finals, getting ready for a trip to Tanzania, and keeping up on being committed to fit. The treadmill and I had a 30-45 minute a day every morning this whole month. Will see how it lasts after I get back from Tanzania.

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Easter was healthy (take that Peeps!) with minimal sweets. It seems there are five months out of the year where candy is used in celebration of the holidays. Interesting. Besides, I dislike Peeps so you will NEVER see those nasty marshmallow chicks in my cupboard EVER. But I had to have the Belgium waffles church was serving for Easter breakfast with all the Nutella and banana slices on top!

Meal prep has become more routine since I have a friend who taking the challenge of commit to fit. Now all I do is search Pinterest for recipes and try out all the concoctions hoping not to get bored in eating the same thing day in and day out for a week.

Depriving myself is not on the agenda and having a group lunch date with all the organic chemistry peeps (ha!) at Maggiano’s in Bellevue, eating Chicken Marsala was on the agenda. Well eating a ~1,200 calorie meal over two days would count on the agenda and I had to balance out my meals to compensate for this calorie heavy meal for the rest of the week. I regret nothing!

Photo of Maggiano's Little Italy - Bellevue, WA, United States. Chicken Masala :)
Chicken Marsala (pasta is served in another bowl)

You would think stressed from work and college would keep me skinny, but the opposite is true. When stressed it is like diving face first into a bowl of M&Ms for me. Chocolate is the go-to comfort food for me when I am stressed out. I am glad to say I did not dive into a bowl full of chocolate but decided to take the healthy route when it came to stress over finals. I found snacking on “apple nachos” and little bite sized Pro Bars to help with mindless eating while studying.

The month of April came pretty fast and ended fast. I could say I sailed through this month with a few healthy habits after being derailed for two months. I wonder what May (Month 6) has in store for my goal of committing to being fit by the end of the year? Stay tuned!

Commit To Fit: 3-4 Months

I haven’t gone off my plan of commit to fit and yet I feel as if I have. Oops! Weight loss is a fickle thing at times. One minute you lose some weight and the next it is back. Then again the law of physics plays a cruel joke on you and no matter where you put the scale in the house, you have a range of weights! Then again why am I weighing myself? Isn’t healthy measured not by how much you weight, but how your body feels? Ugh! Even a biologist like myself has a hard time answering this very question. A friend of mine who is a dietitian determines healthy by the things you eat that help the body better function. Then again it doesn’t matter what you read, it will be wrong at some point. Anyways…..

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In the past two months it has been a roller coast ride in weight loss, and being on a healthy living kick. I could say all the hard work done in January on Whole30 came undone in the month of February. How can a short month cause me to derail my diet? STRESS!!! Its’ not like I ate a whole bag of M&Ms every day, but it felt like I did. February stresses me out. Even the thought of it right now stresses me out! The whole month was stressful, and instead of me losing the weight like a normal person, I gained weight back! Ugh! My inner fatty kept telling me I needed bread!

There's no louder sound than the crunch of something you're not supposed to be eating.:

March was crawling back into trying to be healthy again until the Girl Scouts decided to hawk their wears outside the grocery store. Who can resist thin mints? Yep though so! I had to have not just thin mints (hey don’t judge! I know you went crazy too!) but the Samoa and the s’mores. Damn those s’mores were good! They better be back next year! Also, the weather sucked again. Talk about the weird weather in February (snow every Monday) to being washed out in March. Even the treadmill is guilt tripping me to stay longer on it. Motivation is hard at times, and even with all the Pinterest motivation quotes, it was still hard to get my butt in gear to do anything with the world exercise in the title. Even stocking the Tumblr called Commit To Fit wasn’t helping either. Just seeing all of my classmates walking around with athletic wear and drinking protein shakes didn’t motivate this late twenty-year-old into exercising.

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You can say the last two months has been derailing my diet and having no motivation to exercise. Is this normal? Apparently, it is when you think about the bleak days of winter in Seattle. Just hoping the next month will be better and this exercise funk will be over with spring here.

This is funny... but it's not ACTUALLY kale, right?...:

Commit To Fit: 2nd Month

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Boom! And just like that, I complete my second Whole30!

I have completed one round of Whole30 (2015) before with success and learned a whole lot about some of the things I cannot put into my body. Along with figuring out what I cannot tolerate in the food department, I also learned to have a better relationship with food this time around. Food freedom is a real thing, and with it come better understanding how food can negatively and positively affect your overall health. No matter what USA News & World Report says on their Best Diet Rankings, Whole30 is not a diet or unhealthy because there are many other things it does for people who have nothing to do with weight loss.
With that said, I have found to gain so much more than losing the weight, and able to stick with my commit to fit plan with ease.

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While on the Whole30, I started a strength training program to help keep my muscle while losing weight. I know this will be a slow process, and at times the soreness keeps me motivated to keep lifting. As for running, the cold snap that lasts two weeks here in Pacific Northwest made it nearly impossible to run outside in some locations. My running had to be on the dreaded treadmill. Why so dreaded? I get bored when I am on one.Maybe February will be a better month to run outdoors.

Results:

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Not much change from last month in the above pictures and you can almost say it looks the same. While on the Whole30 I noticed nonscale victories over the loss of weight. The most pronounced victory is getting restful sleep every night. I wake up rested now, and have cut down on the amount of caffeine needed to wake me up in the morning. Mostly I have noticed I am not as sluggish anymore in the afternoon and I don’t have a craving for salty things either. I still, however, have my sweet tooth still intact. That will probably never change no matter how many Whole30s I do.

How it went down?
At some point, the Darth Sugar (Sugar Dragon) decided to rear his ugly head a couple of times when I least expected it during week one.I really wanted to plant my pretty face into a bag of Oreo’s and snort them. Thank goodness sliced banana with shaved coconut on top will cure my raving Darth Sugar from light saber in the head. I had moments when I wanted to inhale a bag or Juanita’s Chilipeno chips and Cadbury Chocolate Fingers. But I didn’t! So proud!
The sluggishness started out at the beginning of week two, but by the end, the whole being tired started to turn to more energy throughout the day. Craving sweets are still there, but eating a whole bag of chips didn’t seem all great either. Finding out I am waking up from a dead sleep at three am in the morning has been tough because last time I was getting great sleep! The third week I go sick and wanting to eat garlic bread while drink copious amounts of bone broth to get over this nasty cold. I really wanted to go off Whole30 just to get over this quicker, but I stayed the course. By the end of the fourth week, I decided to extend the thirty days into another thirty days to kick those bad food habits still affecting me.

Meals that rocked this month:
Crispy Spicy Turkey w/ Lemon Herb (Whole30 Cookbook pg 135)
Braised Beef Short Ribs w/ Mushroom Sauce (Whole30 Cookbook pg 38)
Beef & Sweet Potato Chili (Whole30 Cookbook pg 33)
Asian Sesame Chicken Salad & Shredded Sprout Slaw (Whole30 Cookbook pg 116, 235)
Grilled Pork Chop w/ veggies (Whole30 Cookbook pg 94)
Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes (Whole30 Cookbook pg)

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Mexican twice baked potatoes
Weight Lost: 2lbs
How Much More To Go: 25lbs
Diet: Whole30
Running: 20 miles
Strength Training:  30 minutes 2x a week

Commit To Fit: 1st Month

First Whole30 (2015):
When your human goes on Whole30, cat perspective Part 1
When your human goes on Whole30, cats perspective Part 2
First Whole30 Completed

 

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Commit To Fit: 1st Month

Usually people start their new year’s goal on January first, but I wanted to get a head start on mine over the holidays.

This year I want to commit to a healthy and fit year. Since completing my first half marathon this past year, I have been slacking in the healthy eating department. Up to this point I have been eating as if I was running all those calories off which is not true. Oops!

img_1396As you can tell I have put on some weight! Not my most proud moment :(. In the last six months after my half marathon I gained roughly fifteen pounds of weight from stress eating (college and work) and healing from an injury from running. Even freshman 15 can happen at any age. In the coming year I want to reset, and start living a healthier life again.

img_1665In one month there was little change from the above picture, but little things did happen in the last month. Started drinking more water (64oz), cut back on the Christmas desserts, and started drinking green tea matcha three times a day (better than coffee!).

The only thing I did not start was the Whole30 because as Melissa Hartwig puts it clearly, being on the Whole30 during the holidays is recipe for trouble. So I saved my second round of Whole30 for January’s Whole30 challenge. I am hoping this second time wont be as challenging as some people have said. Just have to wait to see at the end of the thirty days.

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With one month down, and eleven more to go, let see where this goal will take me!