Life is crazy but eating clean is heaven.

Wow. I haven’t posted in a while. Life got a little crazy and I neglected tumblr. When things got crazy this time, however, I did not lose control. Very proud of myself over that. I kept eating clean, I kept trying to get to the gym when I could. And I’ve reached that goal of “seeing a positive change in my body” by the end of March. I’ve lost 6 lbs since the new year, and bought my first pair of size 4 (SIZE 4) jeans last week. They are awesome and make my booty look fabulous. 

Last night was a cheat night for me. Its funny when you start eating clean and the second you eat something that you’ve stayed away from, you wake up the next day feeling like you were run over by a truck. Last night I had two slices of pizza as a snack haha (oh well, at least it was homemade!). I also may have had frozen yogurt. BUT you know, I ate really healthy for the rest of the day, and the days before, so I don’t really care. I’ve come to accept the fact that eating something indulgent is not going to make me gain weight over night. It’s really just not possible. Maybe I haven’t fully accepted it yet, but I will in time. 

Now that I’ve gotten the most stressful task of the month out of the way, I’m going to focus on getting back into the gym. I’ve only worked out 2 times in the past week and a half (i hate seeing that in writing). But I’m hoping to stop off there on my way home from work today, and again in the morning - I can still make my weekly goal of going 4x in a week if I go everyday starting today :P. 

On the menu today: 

BF: Coconut flour pancake, topped with blueberries and strawberries, chia seeds, and PB

S: delicious and healthy black bean brownies

L: lean ground beef sauteed with veggies, half a sweet potato 

S: green peppers, cucumber, almonds… i may need to throw some tuna or something in here. I’m going to have a large gap between lunch and dinner.

D: Chicken and asparagus

run-further:

tillandsia-collection:

1. Protein

Avocadoes provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocadoes also contain fiber. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or if you are a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist seeking more protein, avocadoes are a great nutritional ally to include not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet.

2. Beneficial Fats

Avocadoes provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs. Like olive oil, avocadoes boost levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol). HDL cholesterol can help protect against the damage caused by free radicals. This type of cholesterol also helps regulate triglyceride levels, preventing diabetes. A study published early this year in theCanadian Medical Association Journal found that a vegetarian diet, which includes HDL fats, can reduce levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) as effectively as statin drugs.

3. Carotenoids

Avocadoes are an excellent source of carotenoids. Although many people associate carotenoids only with red and orange produce, avocadoes are also an excellent source of this phytonutrient. Avocadoes, also known as alligator pears, offer a diverse range of carotenoids including not only the better known ones such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, but also lesser known varieties of this type of phytonutrient such as neoxanthin, zeaxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, neochrome, beta-cryptoxanthin and violaxanthin. Every time you consume foods rich in carotenoids, you deliver high quality vitamin A to your body, thereby protecting eye health. Carotenoids also enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote healthy functioning of the reproductive system. Since carotenoids are fat soluble, eating avocadoes optimizes the absorption of these nutrients.

4.Anti-Inflammatory

The combined effect of the deluxe package of nutrients contained in avocadoes offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocadoes’ unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation. This means avocadoes can help prevent or mitigate against both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Heart Health

The fat content, which causes some uninformed health “experts” to deem avocadoes as unhealthy, actually provides protection against heart diseases. Studies have shown that oleic acid improves cardiovascular health. Oleic acid is the primary fatty acid in avocadoes. Many people now take supplements in order to consume more omega-3 fatty acids to lower their risk of heart disease. Avocadoes are rich in omega-3, delivering 160 milligrams per cup of alpha-linolenic acid.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034370_avocado_nutrition_facts_health.html#ixzz2LvquZ6Ai

had some today wewew

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run-further:

tillandsia-collection:

1. Protein

Avocadoes provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocadoes also contain fiber. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or if you are a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist seeking more protein, avocadoes are a great nutritional ally to include not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet.

2. Beneficial Fats

Avocadoes provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs. Like olive oil, avocadoes boost levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol). HDL cholesterol can help protect against the damage caused by free radicals. This type of cholesterol also helps regulate triglyceride levels, preventing diabetes. A study published early this year in theCanadian Medical Association Journal found that a vegetarian diet, which includes HDL fats, can reduce levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) as effectively as statin drugs.

3. Carotenoids

Avocadoes are an excellent source of carotenoids. Although many people associate carotenoids only with red and orange produce, avocadoes are also an excellent source of this phytonutrient. Avocadoes, also known as alligator pears, offer a diverse range of carotenoids including not only the better known ones such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, but also lesser known varieties of this type of phytonutrient such as neoxanthin, zeaxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, neochrome, beta-cryptoxanthin and violaxanthin. Every time you consume foods rich in carotenoids, you deliver high quality vitamin A to your body, thereby protecting eye health. Carotenoids also enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote healthy functioning of the reproductive system. Since carotenoids are fat soluble, eating avocadoes optimizes the absorption of these nutrients.

4.Anti-Inflammatory

The combined effect of the deluxe package of nutrients contained in avocadoes offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocadoes’ unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation. This means avocadoes can help prevent or mitigate against both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Heart Health

The fat content, which causes some uninformed health “experts” to deem avocadoes as unhealthy, actually provides protection against heart diseases. Studies have shown that oleic acid improves cardiovascular health. Oleic acid is the primary fatty acid in avocadoes. Many people now take supplements in order to consume more omega-3 fatty acids to lower their risk of heart disease. Avocadoes are rich in omega-3, delivering 160 milligrams per cup of alpha-linolenic acid.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034370_avocado_nutrition_facts_health.html#ixzz2LvquZ6Ai

had some today wewew

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unfortunately minus the sleeping well for me… often don’t get enough :( 

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unfortunately minus the sleeping well for me… often don’t get enough :( 

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Elated

I cannot describe to you how excited I am about the progress I’m making. I’ve lost about 6 lbs since starting to really consistently eat clean and workout more consistently. My obliques are even starting to show through (dumbbell side bends are freaking awesome for this, btw). I think the problem was before I would go to the gym and just do a half ass workout like steady state cardio and a lifting circuit. I got into a habit where some days I just completely neglected the lifting. And so it became completely inconsistent and I would lift maybe once a week. Now I go to the gym and I give it my all. I do cardio for 10 minutes to warm up. Do two intense circuit of lifting. Then head back for some hard, high intensity interval cardio. 

This has all taught me that consistency and dedication really is key. I need to stop looking for the short term rewards because it doesn’t happen like that. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes strength. Each time you go to a workout when you don’t want to you become stronger. Each time you say no to a cookie or treat your willpower grows stronger. I just feel like my mindset has completely changed and I hope that I will keep this up. 

I feel like I ate so much today and still somehow JUST broke 1000 calories. Eating clean is awesome. Although I feel like I should be getting more calories!

Today’s intake

BF: coconut flour pancakes, 2 tsp peanut butter, 1/4 c. blue berries

S: 1/2 grapefruit

L: 3 oz. steak, spinach, cucumber, tomato, yogurt dressing

S: pepper slices, cucumber slices, 15 almonds

D: ground turkey burger topped with onions and mushrooms (no bun), 1/2 sweet potato, spinach salad with balsamic vinegar

S: spoonful of PB :)

Eating clean is paying off.

I weighed in this morning at 137.6. Excellent.

I was weighing 144 back in the fall. I’m so happy to be back closer to where I was before I started grad school. 

I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with eating clean. At the end of the day I feel so proud that I made it through without falling to temptation from crappy foods, or without gorging at least. 

I know 137 probably still sounds high to some of you, but I have a decent amount of muscle on me. I wear a size 6 pants and S sometimes XS in the top to put in perspective ;). 

Plan for today: continue my eating clean. GET RID OF THIS ILLNESS UGH. I’ve been inflicted with a terrible cold for the past several days and it SUCKS. Last, hit up the gym for some lifting and cardio.