See that little line that says "I need a longer Tone 30"? Well...I underestimated that workout. When I woke up Monday morning I was sore in places I haven't been in a while. My back and shoulders were hurting! It felt awesome. Do you ever feel like you got more of a workout when you are a little sore the next day? I definitely feel a bit of a reward.
I'm going to commit myself to really sticking with Cross-Training on days that call for it. I've got enough DVDs to choose from, and my neighborhood has a great fitness center with weights and even a lap pool. I really have no excuses. I'm writing it all here to hold myself accountable.
Cleaning up my diet
Aside from cross-training, I'm also planning on cleaning up my diet now as well. One of my goals for 2013 is to learn about and transition to lean/clean/green eating. I asked on a FitFluential page yesterday for some advice on where to even start. I read so many great blogs of people who eat like this on a regular basis. They share shopping lists, meal plans, and pictures of meals, yet the overwhelming influx of pictures and meals hasn't helped me understand what to keep, what to add, and what to leave out of my diet and when.
The response from fellow FitFluential Ambassadors was great! Two books I was recommended specifically were these:
I went ahead and ordered the Eat-Clean Diet book, and a co-worker is going to let me read the It Starts With Food book. I don't have any ideas on what changes I'll make, how I'll incorporate the tips, or what I will or won't do. At this point, I'm up for anything. I know that me (and my husband) could use a major overhaul. The refrigerator and pantry contain too many carbohydrates that lack any complexity, dairy-based foods, and unhealthy snacks. That's what I know I want to change.
I'll share with you my thoughts along the way. I may go for a Whole 30 (per the recommendation or review of too many to list here), or I may just implement little changes here and there. That's still up in the air.
But the first place I need to make some changes? Breakfast. Everyday when I make smarter choices for breakfast I make smarter choices throughout the day. I generally stop by Starbucks most days, and it just has to stop (mostly because the very berry coffee cake becomes a go to more regularly than the oatmeal). I got a LOT of gift cards for Christmas, so through the month of January I've been using those gift cards up. They're almost gone. I think I'll probably get another day or two out of them, and from there, I just must start making coffee and breakfast at home.
And that's where this posts all comes full circle. It's figuring out what I'm supposed to eat at each meal that will enable me to feel better, eat cleaner, and ultimately continue the path to toning up and hitting a goal weight. And starting each day with a solid breakfast is what will get me on that daily path.
I feel like these are all a lot of broad generalizations, but it's exactly where my mind is. I could list out so many healthy foods for you right now, but I overcomplicate things and end up making them a lot harder than they need to be. I'm starting at the beginning.
And quickly, before going (and then I promise I'm done), I did want to share a favorite recipe that we eat quite a bit that I know will be sticking around no matter the eating plan.
Mashed cauliflower! It's incredibly tasty; it's smooth, and it wouldn't take a fool to mistake them for mashed potatoes.
Thanks for sticking around with me for a bit of a longer post. I'll share with you my commitment and journey as I go! I'm really lucky that Tim always supports any positive eating changes I want to make. He'll dive into anything new with me and doesn't complain for a second. Sometimes he even stays more committed than I do!
I feel like this is all a long time coming...I've done a lot of talking. Now it's time to put my money where my mouth is.
What do you do to try to eat healthy?
Do you eat paleo, vegan, pescatarian, etc.?
Have you read either of the books recommended?
And lastly, do you have any tips for me?