March: My Wellness Month Week 2

Hello to anyone who showed back up to read about how my March is progressing. So far just a week in and there’s noticeable differences but I’ll get to that later. It was a little strange this past weekend to just drink water at every stop my husband and I made on Saturday. Ay Jalisco: no margarita or sangria, Paddler’s Tap: no West O (my fav when I’ve gone there), Bowling Alley: no beer. It really wasn’t that hard, I’ve done it before, but it just made me wonder what else is there to do in this town besides drink? Well maybe a movie at the theater but that’s pretty much it. That’s ok even when I’m not drinking in drinking establishments I do enjoy conversations no matter my state of mind.

I’ve done very well sticking to the things I said I would give up. Not a drop or bite of anything. I think for the remainder of the month I plan to see if I could cut down on portion sizes a little. I read a very good article and I can’t for the life of me remember where I found it but in this I remember a couple of very important tidbits. The main one being that you need to eat a bigger breakfast or lunch instead of your evening meal being the biggest. Your body slows down later in the day and this can pack on extra unwanted calories. This made me realize I may need more than just a yogurt or a banana for breakfast. I should add on a yogurt/cereal bar, oatmeal, toast or something, so by the time lunch comes Im not so starving which can carry on the dinner. I’m glad my breakfast diet has gotten better and more healthy but it just needed to be a slightly bigger portion. However it’s quite an improvement from the Casey’s breakfast sandwiches or blueberry bagels kick I was on last year. Bagels are not at all healthy especially if you want to loose weight. Plain coffee in the morning though.. that’s where it’s at. I really can’t get through my morning or day without it and it’s good for your metabolism. That extra spark of caffeine goodness that makes me change drastically from the zombie I was crawling out of bed (even after a shower) to Mary Fucking Sunshine. Plus it makes you take a big giant deuce in the mid morning and come on, who doesn’t enjoy that? You know, the ones that change your mood and make you feel like new person afterwards. My friend Ben calls them “Life Changers”, so true!
Any way moving on from poop…The Meatless Mondays I’ve adapted have me getting veggies and other greens in my diet I wasn’t getting before. Plus it’s a way to even out the weekend when I don’t care as much. (I still stuck to my diet this weekend out so there wasn’t much to have to even out)
It (the article) also stressed the obvious importance of water. Keeping hydrated by just sticking to water has helped me make better choices for the afternoon portion of my work day and throughout this cleansing month. The real A-HA moment was that those times I’ve felt hungry late at night while drinking alcohol may not have been hunger. When you drink you become dehydrated and this sends the same signals to the brain as being hungry. Drinking water is really the best thing to do even though you really want that Original Grand Slam from Denny’s at 2:30 AM.

I decided last fall to take the advice of my doctor and start taking multivitamins even after years before not having luck. I once took something over the counter like a generic version of One A Day for Women (Women’s Daily I think was what it was called). Little did I know many over the counter vitamins like One a Day or Centrum are just shit and are not soluble at all; you basically just pee them out. Taking those One A Days I felt no difference and just eventually would forget to take them because they didn’t seem to matter anyway.
Last fall I signed up and became a customer of Melaleuca and was on board right away because of their Multivitamins Vitality. I felt a major difference in my energy levels at work, I was alert at 2:00 PM instead of almost falling asleep at my desk. When I work out, I can actually run instead of just walking. I’ve never been a runner AT ALL in my entire life. My body seems to recover quicker or fully after a workout. I can’t say enough good things about these vitamins, I don’t know if you could find these anywhere else in another brand but I don’t want to try. Love these and how they make me feel; even thought they turn your pee like a bright florescent neon yellow. I also take the calcium supplement that comes in a pack with it. You can take anywhere from 1 to 4 of these calcium pills a day. Being I’m not that old and not sure how much I need I just take 1 of these a day with the two multivitamins.

I’m really not the exercise expert and everyone’s needs are different but I can just share what I do or what seems to work for me. I try to do a little bit everyday; somedays I do things very intense other I can’t because I go from one job to something else and have no time in between. I have a Y membership and last fall I tried out some of their classes. My favorite was Ultimate Cardio, once a week I got my ass kicked in the good way it should be. I would shoot for this once a week on Tuesday night, then I would follow up my Wednesday nights with Yogalates. This class would help with stretching and serious toning; much needed after an intense 45 minute class the night before. At times I feel there’s too much breathing and relaxing for me but it was nice for those nights you were still sore from the night before.
Now Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday if I can’t make a class and just have a window of time I ALWAYS try and just do even a half an hour workout in the cardio room on the treadmills or ellipticals. That’s one thing I always tell myself to keep that routine, unless I have something special going on, I should spend 30 minutes doing some cardio. Now that the weather is nice I can go on walks again for a change of scenery and to be outside.
One of the best thing I could have done for my myself was getting that stand up work station for my desk at the office… Let’s look at that sexy thing up high one more time….
Oh yeah!!!!

Well that is all for this week. Hit me up with any questions or tips that you do; I always love talking health and fitness things with fellow wellness enthusiasts.

Next week for Part 3: Activities, routines, at home, cleaning- seriously it’s more intriguing than it sounds… Trust me…

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