I am really trying to make healthier choices – exercising more, meditation, yoga, and a healthy diet. That last one is the absolute hardest for me. For some reason I feel that I deserve that chocolate cake, or those cookies or that coke, since I work, have 3 kids, cook, clean, and make it a point to exercise. But I know, deep down, that my diet is hurting me. I know that what I eat is just as important, if not more so, than the amount of exercise I accomplish. Proof – I went through a 3 month training program last fall for a half marathon.
Lots of running.
4-5 days a week.
15-20 miles a week.
The whole time trying to eat healthy, but if I am completely honest, 85% of the time I ate whatever I wanted. And I did not lose ONE SINGLE POUND. Not one! I was shocked. All those calories burned, all that water I drank – and absolutely no change on the scale or in how my clothes fit.
And I was exhausted all the time.
I was falling asleep while cooking dinner.
I was in bed by 9:00 most nights.
And I had headaches.
I made it through the race:
But, once it was over, I stopped running for a while.
I have another half marathon in Disney coming up in 2 weeks, and have been training a little bit. Not nearly the amount I trained for the first half because of a knee injury, snow, and being burned out. But here I am – 2 weeks away – and I know I need to step it up nutrition wise.
Making major lifestyle changes are not easy and, as I have learned, must be met with small doses. So, one change at a time. I have planned to make one small change a day and be consistent with that for one week, then add on another change the next week, and so on.
My first change? Eating a healthy breakfast every day with protein. So far, so good.
The next change? Having a green smoothie every. single. day. Made by me, not Robeks. This is my first week on the green smoothie express – wish me luck!