We’re Alive/21 Day Sugar Detox Recap

Yes, yes YES we are alive!! SO sorry for the absence.. you all know how the end of the year is. It’s just been nutty. But new years resolution is to stay on top of the blog. I will be posting at least twice a week and Erica will be posting at least once. We will not desert you again! Promise!

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So, the Sugar Detox. You probably want to know how it all panned out. I’m not really sure where to start. This thing made me feel like shit, and I didn’t stick with it 100% the whole time. After a week, I started eating bananas again because I just felt so off. Then, I got a really bad head cold so the second week, I started eating other fruits (berries, apples and mangos specifically). I also had some orange juice, and cough drops (both all natural, but still sugar). I ended up caving and having cookies about 3 days before the official detox was over.

If I were to do this again, I would only cut out refined and processed sugar. I think natural sugar is healthy, and fruits are loaded with a shit load of vitamins and goodness that our bodies need. Especially me. I eat a lot of fruit, and it just makes me feel good. My whole system was thrown WAY off track by cutting it out.. I won’t go into detail, but my bathroom trips were way more frequent, I got my period a week early (which never happens, ever) and I got sick. So I guess that was going into detail. Whoops. Overall, I just didn’t think it was very helpful for me, and I didn’t feel GREAT all the time like I was expecting. I felt cranky, and my stomach was constantly hating on me. I’m not hating on the Sugar Detox- I know a lot of people have loved it and have had great success with it. I just think I’m a bigger fan of the Whole30 which allows you to have fruit.

The positives- I did lose a couple of pounds that I had put on in October/November, but I think that was a result of cutting out refined sugar, not fruit. It also made me realize that I don’t NEED to eat sweets after eating a meal, so I would say it helped cut down my cravings, for sure. And it made me re-think my snacks- I’ve been getting plantain chips, jerky, nuts, avocado and egg whites, etc rather than always getting fruit.

Anyways, there you have it. I am glad that I did it around the holidays so I wasn’t a total cow for a month. And, I did feel much better in my bikini when I was in Puerto Rico this past week. Oh yes, that’s where I was. I meant to do a post beforehand telling everyone. You probably didn’t even notice I was gone, did you? Thanks a lot! Well, here I was:

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It was AMAZING. I will fill you all in tomorrow when I do a vacation recap/staying healthy on vacation post. ARE YOU SO EXCITED?

Have you done a Sugar Detox? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Change your life? Poo ya pants? Spill!

-Emily

 

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My New Life…

I’ve been meaning to do a post filling everyone in on life at my new job (if you don’t care, you can stop reading now. Are you still mad I talked about poop on Monday?)

I’ve been at Get in Shape for Women now for about a month, and I love it. There are a lot of days that I sort of pinch myself, asking myself “is this real life?”. I feel like I’m playing hooky from a real job. I used to think that I loved what I did.. but now I get it. I get the whole “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. I’m not saying that there haven’t been mornings when my alarm goes off and I’d rather stay in bed then to get up, but I’m pretty sure NO ONE springs out of bed at 5AM every morning.

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So, my days look like this:

5AM– I wake up, and attempt to jump out of bed, wash up, throw on some mascara, straighten my bangs that are inevitably sticking straight up on top of my head, throw my “uniform” (black lulu’s and a sweatshirt FTW), grab my food bag and skedaddle out the door.

5:25-5:35AM– My drive to work. This is when I usually perk up and get excited about the day. I also only listen to country or classic rock in the car now. There’s only so much Rihanna/Top 40 I can handle in a given day. Usually am attempting to eat breakfast at this point, but am mostly getting food all over the interior of my car.

5:45AM-1PM– “Work”. Clients come in every half hour, and they do a half hour of weight training followed by a half hour of cardio. 1-4 women at a time. So I bounce around, helping everyone out, coaching on cardio and going through the weight training exercises. The early morning is packed, and it usually dies down a little between 9:30-11:30. If I don’t have any clients then, I hop on the computer and help out with some design work and ads for the studio.

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1PM-9:30PM– The rest of the days are a crap shoot. I teach Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, and work a double on Wednesdays. So I try go home for a couple of hours and cook, blog (which I’ve been sucking at lately, sorry!!) make a new playlist (also have been sucking at that lately, sorry again) and then head back over to the Back Bay/South End area. The past month has been really busy though, and I’ve been getting into a habit of filling up my afternoons rather than going home and resting and getting stuff done. But I’m still getting adjusted to this new schedule! After class or work, I come home, shower, eat, and go to bed. I’m usually so exhausted by the end of the day that I literally cannot keep my eyes open past 9PM.

So, there you have it. My life is literally sleeping, eating, gyming/working and repeating. In January, my boyfriend and I are moving to Back Bay, and I’ll have a 10 minute walking commute to work, which I am PSYCHED about. An extra half hour of sleep in the morning is going to rock my world.

It’s definitely been an adjustment, but an extremely positive one. I’m so happy that I took the leap into this new career. The hardest part so far has been not sitting at a computer, which was my biggest complaint before! Ha! I really took it for granted how in touch I was with all of my friends, social media, scheduling, etc. I really have to make a concerted effort now to sit down, catch up on blogs, Twitter, blogging, emailing, FBing.. It’s exhausting! (PS, I’m really not that popular… I don’t have THAT many people trying to call and hang out with me, who am I kidding) But that’s just a matter of continuing to adjust to my schedule, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. At the end of every day (and I’m not just saying this to sound cheesy) I feel like I accomplished something… and did something worthwhile. I had a direct impact on someone’s day, maybe even someone’s life. It’s pretty awesome.

Happy Thursday!

Emily

Week 1: Sugar Detox Recap

Oh hi there. Miss me? It’s been a crazy week. I got back from Montana Friday night and went straight to New Hampshire for the weekend. Montana was sad, but it was great to be out there with my family. And NH was super relaxing and was a perfect reset. The only problem? I’M STILL NOT EATING SUGAR!

Well, that’s sort of a lie. I introduced some fruit (bananas and apples) sparingly back into my diet. I went a week without any fruit at all, and my system was getting a little wonky. I won’t go into detail… but you get the idea…. (butseriouslyifanyonehasdonethisbeforeandcoudntstopshittingpleasesendmeanemailsowedonthavetodiscussbowelmovementsonmyblog) So ANYHOOOO. A little bit of fruit is back into the mix. I was really worried about being away this weekend and not being able to prepare my own food, but I managed okay. Especially in Montana. Hellooo bison burgers. I’ve also been carrying around plantain chips and trail mix just to have with me on hand. So what have I been eating?

Breakfast: I normally have a protein shake mixed with fruit (AKA sugar, sugar, sugar) so this was the biggest change for me. I’ve been mixing hard boiled eggs with avocado, and eat it on my way to work. I usually don’t get a break until mid morning, so this really fills me up and keeps me satisfied.

Snacks: Plantain chips, nuts, veggie chips, kale chips, almond butter, leftovers. Not all at once.

Lunch/Dinner: I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately, really simple stuff like a boat load of veggies and sticking a bunch of meat in a crockpot. I’m sort of over sharing recipes because literally everything I cook is from PaleOMG or from my newly acquired Well Fed cookbook. But both of those women are geniuses so you should probably just cook everything they say to cook. K, cool.

Desserts: NONE. WAH.

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I have to say, I’m sleeping like a rock at night, have more energy throughout the day, and during my classes. I haven’t re-weighed myself since I started, but I feel a bit slimmer (I’m not trying to do this to lose weight, but wouldn’t mind shedding a light layer..). Definitely am going to TRY to stick with it for another 2 weeks. I think having bananas will be my saving grace. I’m going to a holiday party this weekend (I’ve purposely been trying to be a hermit so I’m not tempted..) so that will be the real test. I could care less about alcohol.. but holiday treats are a whole other story.

How have you guys survived this before? Any tips? Do you not want to be my friend anymore since I talked about poop on the blog? I understand. Are you even more upset because now I talked about it twice?

-Emily

 

Humpday Ramblings

Happy Hump Day!  So, a little bit of exciting news, I finally got a new job! WOOT WOOT.  And my first day is next Monday.  Although I am really excited, is it bad that I am more concerned about when I will be able to CrossFit than I am about actually starting the job? No?  It’s normal?  OK, great.

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This will be the first time I have ever had to drive to work.  Normally, I would just stumble onto the train half awake and spend the next 30 minutes turning my brain on.  Well ladies and gentleman, those days are about to change.  Now, I need to be conscious enough to drive myself from point a to b.  The worst part is I have to worry about grown up things like traffic and road conditions and getting pulled over.  Being responsible that early in the morning just doesn’t sound that appealing.

But I am excited! Leaving my current job was definitely not an easy decision.  I loved everyone I worked with and I was making more money than I deserved. But I was constantly stressed out and miserable.  I hated that I never knew where I would be or for how long.  Once I felt like I was getting back into a routine, I knew it would only be a matter of time until I was back on the road.     I am not free spirited enough to embrace a lifestyle like that.  I need a schedule and I need to stick to it.  Wow, I sound like a really boring person.

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But the point is, we are only here for a short period time.  Why would you choose to spend part of it doing something that doesn’t make you happy?  Why would you choose to be constantly stressed out and miserable?  There are so many more important things in life than a large paycheck (and this is coming from a prior business student, too).  What is the point of making all this money if you can’t enjoy it?  So take a moment today and think about what is important to you.  Are you currently making enough time for them?  Could you do a better job?  Make that your goal for the month.

-Erica

Sugar Detox: Day One

Okay, so today is Day One of the Sugar Detox and I’m not going to lie- I feel like shit. My body is simply not used to waking up and not having sugar. I didn’t realize how much sugar I ate on a daily basis, but turns out I eat a shit load of fruit. I start most of my mornings off with a protein shake, either mixed with fruit, or have a banana after. I can’t have protein since most protein powders have sugar in them (if anyone knows of ones that don’t FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LET ME KNOW) and now I can’t have bananas either. Whenever I want a snack, I usually reach for fruit, or dried fruit (RIP mango slices) or trail mix with cranberries or raisins in them. Woah. So much sugar already and it’s not even 11AM.

So needless to say, this morning was a bit of a shock to my system. I need to start planning to wake up a few minutes earlier so I can eat before I leave the house. This morning, I didn’t eat my breakfast (hard boiled eggs mixed with avocado) until about 9:30AM (I wake up at 5). So that probably contributed a bit to my lightheaded-ness. Around 11 I had some leftovers (chicken thighs with broccoli, onions, tomatoes and herbs.. bomb) and had a few handful of nuts throughout the morning as well. I may or may not have consumed an entire bag of plantain chips on my ride home from work, and I’m currently eating more leftovers from last night.

I think the key to this detox is going to be snacking more frequently throughout the day, and re-thinking when I have certain foods. For example- chicken and broccoli ain’t just for dinner anymore. It can also be consumed before noon. Odd, but I’ll get used to it. My manager at work, who’s doing it with me, also pointed out that it’s mostly in my head. I am really psyching myself out, telling myself I NEED sugar, when I really don’t. It’s gonna take some getting used to for sure. Apologies in advance if I’m cranky this week!

Let’s talk about something fun. Like how much sugar I ate this weekend for my birthday. I decided I was going to go balls to the wall since the next 3 weeks are going to suck. A few cocktails were drunk this weekend, and many a dessert were consumed. Sorry not sorry. I had a great birthday weekend with my love, friends and family. I even got to dress up two nights in a row!! No spandex for this chica, hey ooohh!
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Speaking of sad faces, I’m very sad to share that my grandfather passed away this weekend, exactly 6 weeks after my grandmother passed, so I’ll be heading to Montana again on Wednesday. I was very close with him, and am going to miss him more than words can describe, but I’m happy he is finally at peace and out of pain. Will keep y’all posted how I do on the detox out there- I’m a notorious emotional eater. Wish me luck…

Woof. Sorry to end that post on a sad note. Remember those smiley pictures of me .5 minutes ago? Scroll back up! See! Happy!

-Emily

Mashed Up: Playlist and Potatoes

I was trying to be super clever when coming up with a theme for my Thanksgiving morning spin class, but it’s hard to think of songs that relate to eating, turkey, and food comas. So I stretched it a liiitttlleeee far and came up with a Mashed Up ride… sort of like mashed potatoes.. but only playing mashups… like the music… get it? SO CLEVER. It should be noted that Meredith taught before me, and her theme was songs that made her thankful. At first, I found this extremely touching and sentimental. And then someone asked her why R. Kelly’s “Ignition” made her thankful, and she said “You know, it’s like you’re turning on the key to your stomach. Revving up for a big meal. Stick that key in the ignition!”.

And then I realized that my theme wasn’t so much of a stretch after all.

After class, I came home to put on big girl clothes and went out to a late lunch/early dinner with my boyfriend’s family at the Bristol Lounge. It was weird not being at home on Thanksgiving, but it was pretty nice to not have to clean up after. This place was swanky and the food was delicious. My only regret was that I couldn’t put on sweatpants before getting seconds.

Yes, there was a dessert buffet. My downfall. I did sample the goods, but I was pretty proud of myself for not being a TOTAL pig. I was definitely full after, but I didn’t stuff myself to the extent that I normally do at home. I guess not having the sweatpants turned out to be a good thing… After dinner, we took a stroll in the Public Gardens to burn off about 2 bites of our meal. It was so nice out, but homegirl is not used to walking in heels anymore…

That’s a weird picture of me. My hips look big. Those hips don’t lie, but I’m pretending they do! The rest of the weekend was spent with Tom’s family around the Boston area and down the Cape. I’m happy to be back on track and in my routine this week but am DREADING my upcoming sugar detox. Gahh!

How was everyone’s turkey days? Did you splurge or stay true to being healthy? Yes, I know it was almost a week ago. Just thought I’d let all the craziness die down before bombarding you again with Thanksgiving shiz 🙂

-Emily

Cyber Monday Giveaway!!

 

Cyber Monday doesn’t really have anything to do with this post, but it is Cyber Monday, and I’m doing a Giveaway, so there you go. First Giveaway EVER! Hey yoo!

One of the best things about my new job is that I get to wear workout clothes all day, every day (even though I basically did that when I worked at Arnold.. whoops). It’s also been cold as balls in Boston lately, so I have to layer up. One of my favorite things right now is my Reebok Play Dry zip up. I seriously have been wearing it every day to work. It’s really light weight, but warm, so it’s great for layering or just wearing on its own.

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The awesome people at Reebok sent me an extra one to give to one KICK ASS reader out there! It’s the same exact one as mine, so we can be cyber twinsies. That sounds really creepy. But moving on. It’s a size small in heather grey, and it runs true to size. SO here are the rules… One of the things I’ve been most inspired by at my new job is how many women are coming in there and starting over and really taking getting into shape seriously. It’s not easy, and a lot of them have been through many hurdles to get to this point. It’s really inspiring and motivating.

So, if you want this goodie, leave a comment in the comments section telling us how you’ve overcome obstacles to get back on track with your fitness. Tell us how you’re getting out there, getting after it. It doesn’t have to be long. It can be something as simple as “I’ve been really bad with eating treats lately and I’m starting a 21 Day Sugar Detox and am fully committing to it and will probably be miserable and cry all the time” (that’s mine, you can’t use it). But let us know why YOU are deserving of this kick ass zip up. Oh, and then you have to tweet a picture to us using the hashtags #getafterit #reebok #sleepeatgymrepeat.

Cool?! We will choose the winners by Friday and email you if you won!!

Happy Monday, and Godspeed.

-Emily

* I received this gear at no cost from Reebok as part of a campaign with FitFluential LLC. I am not getting paid or reimbursed to give positive feedback, all opinions are my own. 

 

Thankful/Food Rant

I had this whole post planned on how I was going to be sappy and talk about everything that I’m thankful for, but then I decided to go on a food rant instead. I’ll get to the sappy stuff later!

I read this post, “Nutrition is Science” this morning from my good friend Rachele over at Strong Process. It’s worth reading the whole thing because she is a genius, but the last section stuck with me the most:

“If you’re confused about what to eat, it’s not because science is confused. It’s because the people interpreting and blaring the messages are confused. It’s because the food industry wants you to be confused so they can continue to sell you crap-in-a-box. It’s because celebrities and their know-nothing trainers are trying to get you to pay attention to them. It’s because fill-in-the-blank “expert” wants to make a million dollars on a book touting an amazing new diet where you eat only snozzberries juiced carefully into mystical water from a secret spring in Asia (I made that up, it doesn’t really exist…yet).  

Don’t be confused. Nutrition IS science, but it really isn’t that complicated when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Put REAL food on your Thanksgiving table and be grateful for how biologically equipped your body is to make use of it. Then, based on the laws of physics, you probably can’t actually burn all the calories you will consume (~4500kcal), so you should probably plan to go for a run…

So, this Thanksgiving, do yourself a favor. Don’t buy into the whole gluttony thing. I’m not saying don’t splurge and have some mashed potatoes and stuffing and pumpkin pie, I’m talking portion control. There is NO need to load your plate up so much that you can’t see the actual plate, or go back for seconds (unless it’s dessert.. kidding! Or am I…?) Take small, itty bitty portions of everything. This way, you can sample everything without feeling deprived, and I imagine that your plate will fill up pretty quick.

Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to hop off the bandwagon. We have more than a month to go until Christmas. Are you really going to constantly be saying “oh well it’s the holidays” so you can eat like crap? Do you really bust your ass ALL year long just to let it go to waste and then make another New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy? Come on, people. Remember, EVERYTHING is a choice. No one is forcing you to go to holiday parties and stuff your face with cookies and eggnog. No one is forcing you to eat 4500 calories on Thanksgiving. Like Rachele said, the messaging is telling you to do that. The messaging of the media and the tradition of the holidays. I say, start a new tradition. So many of you are already on a path to better health and happiness. Your lifestyle has changed. So break the mold. Go for a run or go teach a spin class this morning (check). Grab your family and go for a walk after dinner (double check).

Ready for the sappy part? It’s not really even a sappy part, since I’m clearly not in a sappy mood, but I want you (and me) to remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving today. It’s not about stuffing our faces, or stressing about the holidays and materialism and fitting into our pants the next day. It’s about surrounding yourself with people you love and care about, and letting them know how thankful you are for having them in your life. No matter what if you’re vegan, Paleo, vegetarian, raw-dieter, food always has a way of bringing people together, so embrace spending time with your loved ones today. And embrace and be thankful for YOU. We often take it for granted how lucky we are. That we’re some of the few that are dedicating ourselves to live a long, healthy live. That we appreciate and cherish our bodies and our minds. That we even have food on our tables to be sharing with our families and friends. Seriously. This sounds so corny, but it’s true. Sometimes it hits me really hard how lucky I am- not just with my health, but with my family, my friends, my boyfriend, my new career… We get so caught up in our own little bubbles that we forget to see the big picture sometimes, and forget how fortunate we really are.

I just realized that I didn’t have a picture in this post, so here’s one of the people in my life I’m most thankful for.

What are YOU thankful for today?

-Emily