Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The plan.

I have thought about a dozen different 'plans'. Most involved strict diets, calorie restrictions and intense workouts. And most won't work. I can't live a life of restrictions. I hate being told what to do...even if I am doing the telling. I have to figure out a way to make healthier choices that I am going to stick too. They have to be simple (at first) and fun (or delicious).

So. I am doing the simple greem smoothie Challenge in January and luckily for me Richard is going to be doing it with me.

What it consists of is signing up at simplegreensmoothies.com.

They really take care of the rest. The challenge starts on the first. At the beginning of every week you recieve your recipes and shopping list. Then you blend your way to health. The challenge is to consume a green smoothie everyday for 30 days. Easy, right? Yes. That is the point.

A green smoothie contains most of your daily veggies. It's usually Kale or Spinach based and its full of vitamins. Most of the time it is even delicious. This is something I could follow for 12 months. And the fact that my hubby (and son by default) are doing it too is a bonus. We still have to be careful with what we consume the rest of the day, but its setting us up for success.

And Kale has one heck of an effect on your colon. Whewf.

Part two of the plan. Wheat. It's gone. Not gluten, because that is intense and expensive. Just wheat... that will make a huge different for me as well as to my caloric intake on a daily basis.

I thought about doing a full detox (no sugar, wheat, dairy, caffefine, alcohol or fun) but that is too much for me... cooking multiple meals and sadly I know I wouldn't follow through. I think knowing that about myself is good. At least I am not setting myself up for failure.

Part Three is the gym. I miss the gym. I love the gym. And with my extra hours in the morning I am going to go to the gym (as long as I can afford it with the new gig). Nothing written in stone, but a minimum of 3 days a week at the gym, crossing my fingers for Goodlife, which is the most expenisve, but the best. They have amazing classes and I have already checked the schedule... they have amazing 6am classes, which would be perfect!

So that is the 3 part plan... hopefully that helps me slim down and feel better, because I would love to lose weight, but I would be happier to just feel better every morning.

Oh and Part 4... no scale. I become way too obsessed and it can't be about the number. It has to be based on how I feel.


I quit.

I lost control of my life for a few months, that why I haven't been blogging. I had nothing to write, nothing to celebrate. I have been sad and disappointed in myself, because I haven't made the time to be healthy. I have come up with every excuse, but mostly exhaustion is why I haven't been keeping up. I get sad and than I curl up in a ball and will things to get better, but don't do anything. Then I eat. Then I gain weight which makes me sad and than I curl up in a ball... and you get the idea.

Its frustrating, because I watch it happening, but can't seem to stop myself as I indulge. And not just on holiday treats, but a bag of chocolate chips, because I had a long day or a blizzard because its the holiday. I took it easy at the gym, or skipped it completely, because I was just too busy, which is BS. I didn't miss any of my favorite TV shows, I wasn't too busy to sit on my bum and bloat. 


I feel like I do this every year... I lose momentum (which I usually keep for the first 9 months) and I get frustrated, but can't seem to find a new beginning, without a new beginning. Hear me out... I can't start in the middle of the week, or the middle of the month. I can't start in the middle of things... weird, right? Trust me I know. I have to start at logical times. Mondays, which already suck. The first of the month, the first of the year or the first day of my new job. Which is even weirder, because I have decided to start trying to be healthy today. Tuesday December 30th, which doesn't even make sense! Why all the craziness you ask? Well, today is my first day of true vacation. My first day NOT working for Rogers, NOT working in radio and NOT being a writer (at least not professionally). 

I quit. 

After 10years. I quit. 

It is terrifying to step out on a new limb. I have left radio to become an Administrative Assistant with an amazing consulting firm in Burlington. It's only 4 minutes from my house and barely 10 from Thomas.

But it is huge. It has taken all my energy to be ok with this transition and sadly that is the main reason I haven't been focused on anything else. 

It is also an amazing reason to start over, to get fresh, to be healthy and to be the best me possible. I don't have 12 hour days anymore or 4 hours of commuting a day. I have been given time and I want to use it to hit the gym and prepare real food... to selfishly focus on me for a little bit. This opportunity will nourish my mind, feed my need for a good challenge and let me explore who I want to be.


That's a lot for one post... and I lost focus half way through which only strengthens my argeument that I can't focus. Ha!

More to follow on how I intend to be healthy.

And of course there is a new years resolution coming your way!

Oh and smoothies!