Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lifestyle changes.

I never really did a Whole 30 recap of how our month went.  It's been a while but I'll say this: I'm a believer.  I have never slept better in my life.  My tension headaches (that have plagued me almost daily for years) have practically disappeared.  I feel better than I have in a long, long time.  I stopped fully doing Whole 30 right before my Austin trip.  The best thing about Whole 30 has been the long-lasting lifestyle changes I've made since.

One of my favorite lifestyle changes that I began while doing Whole 30 was smoothies!  I switched my routine to gym in the mornings (best change ever!), so smoothies & boiled eggs are staples.  I make my smoothies the night before.  Whole 30 isn't a huge advocate for smoothies, but I make sure to load up with more veggies than fruit & use no artificial sweeteners or dairy.

I love that I can pretty much throw any combination in and have a decent breakfast.  My favorite smoothie combo so far consists of these ingredients:

 [Pumpkin, mango, spinach, carrots, coconut milk, + cinnamon]

That's literally it.  I only add some extra water to make blending easier.  The fruit adds enough sweetness & the "carby" pumpkin keeps me full even after my am run.  

While I haven't been so good about staying away from dairy cheese and carbs within the past couple of weeks (which I am totally contributing to last weekend's bought of sickness), I try to mostly base all of my meals around primarily fruits & veggies.

I wish I could afford to eat Whole Foods salad bar daily.  My usual from there is a salad topped with egg salad and strawberries & cashews on the side.  I feel the best when the majority of my meals are like this.  I eat a ton of eggs over greens with fruit on the side.  I didn't go crazy over finishing whole 30 (i.e. indulging in every single "bad" item I couldn't eat), but I definitely have let myself get a bit too lenient.  Seriously though, it's a big deal when I choose to order a salad at a restaurant.  Boo change.

My am gym routine allows me to go to a yoga class every Wednesday.  It's an easy wake-up class that is never crowded!  I love the teacher & it's the best to start the day with.  It's reminded me of my love for yoga, so I've broke out my yoga DVDs again.  It's tough balancing running, yoga, & strength training, but I feel a million times better.

These days I actually want to work out.  I've finally gotten to that point that I love the way working out makes me feel, makes me look.  While I am still trying to get down to that goal weight (and planning to reward myself greatly when I do), I just enjoy feeling this way.  I broke out Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 to use on days that I can't quite fit in the gym.  I know continued strength training will help my running game, and let's me honest...I want to lose that beer belly that's continually hanging on!

These are lifestyle changes that I hope really stick.  I know that if I keep in mind how different I feel now, I better keep it up!

A Mommas Desires And Pacifiers


M. Eileen said...

smoothies! post some of your recipes please? yes!?

Lora said...

I've really been wanting to try RIpped in 30. I have heard great things but I'm currently doing the 30 day shred. Might have to check it out once I'm done with this one though.

Stopping by from the linkup. :)

Amy S said...

Awesome!!!! Keep up the FABULOUS work! :) way to go getting your Fruits and veggies in! :)

Unknown said...

Awesome changes!!!

Amanda said...

I've been hearing about adding spinach to smoothies and I am actually going to have that for lunch today. I am excited because I heard you can't actually taste the spinach..which is awesome. I love Jilliam dvds even though she is tough! Good luck!

Arika said...

That smoothie looks delish! I'll definitely have to try that out.

meghan said...

So how do you do it? Getting up early in the morning. What time do you get up? What time do you go to bed? I like to be at work by 7 or me!

Clare said...

I've been wanting to try one of these whole food challenges and hopefully it can happen when I move back to the U.S. soon :) That pumpkin mango smoothie looks so good! I was just reading your about page and saw that you eloped! My husband and I did, too :) I think that's cool. Also, chai lattes are my first choice at Starbucks! Excited to have met you at Blog Brunch yesterday!


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