Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Little Bit About Food and Fitness


Food and Fitness

Here's a little secret for you: I've officially been on a “diet” since I was 12. Yeah, that's crazy. But, I never called it a diet. I read all the right pamphlets, listened to all my nutritionists, psychologists, and physical trainers throughout the years and called it a lifestyle change. I've been on this journey for around 13 years now. I've had successes and failures. Mostly, plateaus... let's just say I've learned a lot.

Sharing My Experiences

I've learned that forming lifestyle habits are time consuming. And I've finally learned what my body needs in terms of nutrition, fitness, and psychological health. I feel like clouds drifted apart and a path appeared. This path is leading me to share my experiences with you.

I'm partly inspired to share my story after reading and following Readers' Workouts, a fitness meme for readers hosted by Joy. And by Ferns from the Domme Chronicles, who shares her workouts and eating log with her readers. Really, she'll always be the Awesome Domme Master of Everything Badass to me.


Readers' Workouts Day

So to the point of this post. It's Tuesday in Texas and it's also Readers' Workouts day. My daily workout revolves around 45 minutes of walking divided into four to five spurts. The first is in the morning right after I wake up. The last is before I crawl back into bed. I purposely make my morning walk a medium pace to wake up all the joints. The intermediate walks are faster, and finally, the last walk is slow. I usually gaze at the stars and feel content after the last walk.

I kind of multitask, too, and use those walks to take my pillow thief out. It's a win-win situation, we both get fresh air and exercise. I'm content with my minimal walking at the moment because and am looking for low-impact alternatives to amp the power.

A Little Bit About Food

I've been cooking more to supplement and aid my journey. Fortunately, I'm in a position where I can cook my own meals.

Mornings I'll start with a green smoothie.Then, I'll have a fried egg with chopped vegetables. Lunch, I wing it and try to combine one cup of vegetables, one fruit smoothie, one serving of grains, and one serving of meat. Dinner I wing even more and combine fruit, a lot of vegetables, grains, and meat.

I'm clearly not a nutritionist and haven't perfected the art of eating yet, but I'm proud of my regimen. I haven't felt this good in years and I'm looking nice.

Weekly Goals

This post is long. But, it does add up everything I've done in the past few months. I plan on blogging more about my journey, and will be revising my editorial calendar for my blog to add this slice of food and fitness. My goals for this week are:
  1. Continue my workout routine and add wall pushups/qigong every other day.
  2. Continue eating the way I am and fine tune meals.
  3. Write shorter food and fitness posts.
And work on other life time goals. What about you? What are your goals for the week? Share your goals in the comments. They can be any goal: food, fitness, writing... all goals are important.

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14 comments:

  1. Glad to have you join Readers' Workouts! 45 minutes is a goodly amount -- cool that you can work it in by breaking it up into several short walks.

    I like qi gong a lot. I do some yoga, too, but my qi gong seems gentler and is especially helpful when I'm stiff or sore.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. I like qi gong the best right now, but I found some chair yoga that I'm going to try out. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. *laugh* What a great mention, thank you!!

    I'm glad my logging has provided some inspiration, and great going on figuring out what works for you and sticking at your plan for a few months!

    Did you end up getting that juicer? From the sounds of that 'green smoothie' I'd guess you did.

    Ferns

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    1. You're welcome!

      No, I haven't gotten a juicer yet. It's in my budget though, so soon.

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  3. I'm glad you've finally found a balance that's working out for you. I love how you split up the walking; I think that having exercise in chunks makes it feel more manageable. And the nightly stroll under the stars sounds marvelous!

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    1. The nightly stroll... I can't recommend it enough. I usually feel so inspired that I write as soon as I get back inside.

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  4. Good for you! I'm very bad when it comes to things like this. My diets and workout plans usually don't last more than a couple of hours. I should take a cue from you.

    Lee
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    1. Arlee, that's how I started too. The key is to keep up the couple of hours. Hours turn to weeks, weeks turn into months. And I hear it takes around 6-9 months to form a new habit, so you're doing good.

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  5. I know plateaus. I'm in your corner, Sopphey.

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    1. Thank you Sabra. I'm in your corner too.

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  6. I love to hate the word DIET. Lifestyle changes are better. I love doing them small and forever. Little one that are simple but effective.

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    1. I love that "small and forever." I think any change we make is forever, but small changes are easier to handle! Thanks for stopping by :).

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  7. I love qi-gong! It helps with my aches and pains. I love that you walk in spurts! I may have to try that!

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    1. I'm loving qi-gong too. I find that it's making me more flexible, and that's always a plus! Thanks for stopping by, Vicki!

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