Hi there! I'm Paula and I live in Orlando. I like to run and watch too much TV. I'm a lover of cupcakes and hater of chia seeds, even though I've never tried them. I eat peanut butter out of the jar and think Aaron Paul is my boyfriend.
Tag Archives: Healthy eating
1. Alright, so I usually don’t blog about this stuff because it’s like shooting myself in the foot. I talk about an eating goal. I fail. That’s pretty much how it goes. So why would I write this now? I don’t know. Maybe because I never learn. But I’m making some diet changes that I’m hoping are going to help me feel my best for my races next month. I’m also hoping they will help me lose 10lbs I’ve gained in the past 2 years. I’m basically going to limit my snacking and sweets, which is my biggest problem. If snacking were an Olympic sport, I would win. I don’t even need to be hungry to do it. The food just needs to be in arms reach. It can be further away if I’m in a rolling chair.
2. Hubs and I did a Crossfit workout on Monday that involved 210 walk-outs. Walk-outs work just about every muscle in your body. Everything was in pain. Getting in and out of the car sucked and I swear that my rib cage hurt for 2 days. I don’t even know how that’s possible, but it is. I tried to find a good depiction of walk outs online for you but came up empty-handed. Instead, I took the time to draw you this treasure.
I’m pretty sure I made this girl proud with that drawing. And If you don’t know exactly how to do a walk out from looking at that, then I feel sorry for you. You obviously cannot follow impecibly drawn directions.
3. I finally got back to weight training this week. I had a bicep/tricep workout on Tuesday (which were the only muscles that weren’t hurting from Monday). It’s amazing how fast you lose strength, so getting back into weight lifting was pretty awesome even though I now have T-rex arms.
Thursday’s workout was just as good:
Round 1 (4 sets of 20)
- Dead lift with 15lb dumbbells
- Sumo squats with 40lb dumbbell < —- I die
- Step-ups with 20 lb dumbell (10 each leg)
Round 2 (4 sets of 20)
I feel like I’m just starting to work out for the first time. My abs and hamstrings are killing me now. Laughing hurts. So I’m going to try my best to be depressed and moody for a couple days.
4. I think Max is getting old. Can fish show signs of old age? I literally think he is going gray.
That’s not glare from the camera. Those are white spots on him that he never had before.
5. Michelle sent me this picture of Robert Downey, Jr today.
Are those high-waters? What is happening here? Well, you know what I say to that? Nice try RDJ, but even your fug outfit isn’t stopping the dirty things that I do to you in my mind.
I made it to my Martial Arts Fitness class last night. The whole class was a kettle bell workout, which was fun and different. I was just bummed that I was so sore from Crossfit on Monday that I couldn’t really put a lot of effort into it. I guess doing something is better than nothing.
Today, I decided to renew my healthy eating vows.
Last night I was down in the dumps. Mostly because I’ve been eating like crap and it depresses me. After fitness class, I went to Publix and picked up a bunch of healthy snacks so I could start over today, but not before saying farewell to my unhealthy eating habits with a couple of these:
The beer. Not the eggs.
If you make hard-boiled eggs while drinking beer, that makes the beer healthy. That’s fact and you can’t argue with fact. I may have also had a few of my special margaritas. And a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. And some Cocoa Pebbles. And some Munchies Snack Mix. I needed to say goodbye properly.
Hopefully this time will be different and I’ll stick to my goals because unlike the times before, I have a goal date: July 16th. That’s our Taekwondo school’s yearly beach day. Beach day means I’ll be wearing a bathing suit in front of people I know. People like this:
Do you see a trend there? They are all already hot and they will be in bikinis. If I want to stand within 20 feet of them, I’ll need to catch up. So, now I start Operation: Be-Hot-By-July-16-Otherwise-I-Will-Pretend-I-Don’t-Know-Any-Of-Those-Three-Ladies-At-The-Beach.
Here’s the plan:
- Eat fewer sweets. I won’t cut them out all together because that would never work for me. But I will try to avoid things like this:
That’s the menu for Tenders here in Orlando. I want to go to that place so bad just for the dessert menu. I hear you can bring in any dessert you want and they will FRY IT FOR YOU. I’m going to bring in a ladel of frosting.
- Eat more protein. Hard-boiled eggs. Check.
- Eat more fats. I tend to eat foods really low in fat and they don’t fill me up. Hubs suggested I eat more fats. Frosting has a lot of fat, right?
- Keep up my current strength training plan. Even when marathon training starts, I want to strength train 3 days a week. I can tell I have gotten stronger in the past couple months just from Crossfit. Now, if the fat would kindly move off my muscles, I’ll be able to see it.
- Drink less diet drinks and use less Splenda. I would say “quit diet drinks and Splenda” but I know that will never happen. Staying away from cupcakes and cookies is stressful enough.
- Eat less peanut butter. I know it’s good for you, but I tend to go overboard with my peanut butter consumption. Also, my best friend mentioned to me today that peanut butter might be the cause of my stomach problems. I’ve had stomach problems for about a year now which is when I started eating more PB. She’s started eating more PB in the past month and has had the same problem for a month. Coincidence? Maybe. But you never know, so I’ll try it out. Right after I finish this jar of peanut butter.
- Cook something new and healthy. I don’t know what it will be, but I’m going to try to cook something that is not brownies.
This weekend will already present my first challenge. I’m going to the Electric Daisy Carnival. That’s two 10-hour days with carnival food all around me. I plan on bringing a few healthy snacks (hopefully they let me in with them) and eating a larger meal before I arrive.
What’s your #1 healthy eating habit?
P.S. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you that comment regularly. You know who you are! I love reading your comments and they truly make my day. /sappy
(last night’s) Workout: Crossfit (30 min)
My chest and back were still beat-tired from our weights workout on Monday, so our Crossfit trainer Michael decided to go “easy” on us and give us a leg routine instead. Thanks?
We did 4 sets of 50 lunges (25 each leg) and 50 deep squats. Walking to the car after this workout sucked.
I probably don’t need to say this, but I will. My ass hurts.
After I got home from Crossfit, I had a tweet from Miss Stephanie over at The Almost Runner. She had a request:
I don’t know about a video, but I will ask Michael to take a few pictures of our exercises when we see him on Saturday and see what he says. He told us we’re doing the Spartan workout, so prepare for me to look like I’m dying in all pictures.
Also prepare for me to look like this afterwards:
On Monday, I decided to join Weight Watchers (WW)…again.
Five years ago, I was close to my weight high. I looked like this:
I went to lunch with my friend Jenn one day and noticed she had lost a lot of weight. I asked her how she did it and she told me WW. After grilling her on the specifics, I was sold and joined the next day with the goal of losing 10 lbs.
One month later, I reached my goal. So, I set a new one. Three and a half months after that, I reached my next goal. I had lost 26lbs in 4 ½ months total. WW really overhauled my bad eating habits and taught me what I was doing wrong. Once I lost those 26lbs, I had a few comments from others that I was too thin. I never thought that was the case, but I also didn’t mind when I gained a few of those pounds back.
I kept the weight off for the better part of 3 years and stayed on the Points plan. But then things started happening, like honeymoons, cruises, and vacations. So, I gained half of that weight back.
During that time, I got really tired of counting Points and looking at every food as a Point value and not something to enjoy. But I still wanted to track what I ate to keep myself accountable (if I don’t, I eat way too much). So, I switched to counting calories instead.
For the past year, I’ve counted calories using the Tap and Track application on my iPod.
Side Note: Awesome app and totally worth the $4.99 if you like to track calories/nutritionals/excercise. They keep improving it with updates and it has an AMAZING food database. You can also track Points on it. They call it ”Food Score” to keep it all legal-like.
Now it’s time for a change again. My best friend joined WW in January and has lost close to 30lbs. She looks AMAZING and is my inspiration. <3 <3 I’ve been counting calories for a year now, and I need something different. Since I was on WW a few years ago, they have overhauled the program and I think it’s better. It’s just different enough to get me back on track.
My goal is the same as it was the first time: Lose 10lbs.
Since Monday, I’ve debated talking about this on the blog, mainly because it can get really tiring hearing everyone’s snide comments about what I’m putting in my mouth. Things like, “Would you like some of this or is that too many POINTS for you?” or getting asked how many Points something is while your eating gets old fast. Hopefully telling the world (i.e. my awesome readers and friends) will help keep me accountable. Or maybe it won’t. I guess we’ll find out.
Do you keep a food or exercise log? (I’ve kept a food and exercise log since I first started Weight Watchers 5 years ago.)
Unrelated, but did you see the video of that tornado in Alabama? OMG. I would crap my pants if I was there and I feel so bad for those people. My heart goes out to them.