Monday, May 21, 2012

Photo Food Diary

Today, I wanted to try a little experiment. Although I have been doing a lot better with my eating and being conscious of what I'm consuming (and how much); I've noticed that the snack monster comes along quite a bit.
Please enjoy the following culinary masterpieces.
"Breakfast": Egg whites on wheat toast, water, and ONE serving of Cocoa Krispys
"Lunch": Organic tomato soup, baby carrots, one serving of french onion Sunchips, water.

 2 Large bottles of water
We went to the movies: Popcorn and Diet Dr. Pepper
And....a few chocolates I had in my purse (4)
My final calorie count at the end of the day: 1180 (160 under my goal)

All in all...a pretty good day considering a late breakfast and lunch; always room for improvement!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Meet Ashlee

"Hi, Ashlee!"
I've known Ash since our sophomore year of high school. In fact, she was one of the first friends I made when my family moved to Pleasant Grove. She was so sweet to me, especially when I was the new girl at young womens. We got engaged and married around the same time, too! She is also a blogger and you can find her here. She is a talented photographer, musician, and many other things. I am so grateful to call her a friend. Here she is!

Name: Ashlee de Baritault
Age: 19 (almost 20 thank you very much.)
Describe your addiction: Pop… I don’t much like sugar pop, but a diet coke really gets me.
3 foods you can’t live without: Potatoes, Meat, and anything chocolate.
3 foods you can live without: Peanut butter (is that a food?), Pickles, and Onions. Geeze I’m a condiment disliker.
Your healthy go-to food: Apples, or carrots. Both are quick to grab if you’re running out the door.
Your favorite way to work out: I love to run, but I’ve also grown to enjoy Zumba! There’s nothing like dancing around like a crazy person with a bunch of middle aged women.
Your least favorite way to work out: Mostly strength training. I do not like push-ups, squats, wall sits, planks, or any of that. Though, I do them because they are effective.
What is your current health/fitness goal: Right now I’m working on exercise becoming a regular routine, and making sure my food choices are better than they usually are. I want to lose at least 20 lbs. Not for the sake of being “Skinny,” but to be healthy. That’s extremely important to me right now, especially if I want to keep adding to my little family.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to being healthy? Motivation. It’s so hard to stay motivated, especially when your life is really busy, and you are too tired to move once you’re done with the day. I also don’t get to see my husband a lot because we are so busy, so if he is home there is no way I want to leave him and exercise; which is why I usually will try to drag him on walks with me.
What motivates you? Seeing other people reach fitness goals. I’ve seen my mom and others accomplish so much and it is totally motivating, and reminds me that it is possible for me to do it too. That is why I love watching Biggest Loser. It’s completely motivating seeing the contestants who weigh a lot more than I do lose so much, and accomplish their fitness goals.
What are some of your big goals regarding health/fitness? I want to stop craving things that aren’t good for me. I want to only crave water, fruits, vegetables, and other things that are going to make me healthy, not sugary snacks, treats, or desserts that are going to make me gain weight. As I mentioned before I want to be able to lose 20 lbs. to be where I was when I was healthiest, it’s a very important goal to me, and I currently am motivated to get it done, even though motivation is what limits me.

Lemon in your Water

Hey. I miss this blog. I need to get back on the horse...right now I feel like "the horse" is dragging me while I cling with one hand to its tail; at least I'm still holding on, right?

Yesterday at work, I was talking to my supervisor and she told me one of her diet secrets- lemon juice in your water. Apparently its supposed to help burn fat. What are your thoughts? I'm assuming it does something similar to the benefits of eating grapefruit? Is it worth it for me to go buy a bottle of lemon juice?

Calling all my health gurus!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

baby carrots are the new potato chips

[Hey, I know it's been awhile. Life has been crazy busy! I haven't made huge strides on the exercise front...I'm too tired after work. Does anybody have any advice to get my butt to the gym when I'm tired?]

Baby carrots have been my saving grace lately- being on the go with work. I have tried to have a little ziploc with me at all times. They are an easy snack, low calorie, and very filling; also, I can eat them in the car without making a mess or being distracted.

Anybody else have any great on the go snacks?