Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Almost totally counts


Sorry Brandy.

Last month, I mentioned I wanted to get back on track. We all know baby steps are where it's at, and trying to do too much at once normally ends in failure. Well. It certainly does for me. So last month I chose one goal - eating. Focus on my eating habits and get back on track with eating only. That doesn't mean that I didn't exercise, because I did. But it was not my focus.

I did pretty well. I was going to try and justify it and say I succeeded, but really, I'd say I half-passed. 50% pass is better than 100% fail though, right? I almost did it, and almost counts.

Before, I was eating junk and fast food two or three times a week, visiting the vending machine once or twice a day, I was eating everything and anything I could get my hands on. I didn't start eating grilled chicken and veggies for every meal, but I only had fast food twice, only one milkshake, only visited the vending machine twice, no bags of chips, no gummi bears, no ice cream... So, not great, but not bad.

I sucked at controlling my portion sizes and I sucked at getting more fruits and veg. I need to work on both of those, but as for the junk and eating out for lunch, I would say it was definitely almost a success. I meant to take more photos, but..

madras lentils from costco yummmmm
quinoa, black beans & tomatoes.
baked beans (english / australian beans, not american so it's not that weird okay)
This does not count Disney, where I obviously ate all the food and all the junk. Balance, right?

For this month, I want to work on the things I failed at last month: portion sizes and fruit & veg.

I also really need to exercise consistently. I always fall off the wagon during winter because I'm cold and miserable. It hasn't snowed yet but it will, and then I will just want to curl up in some sweats and tell myself no-one can see those extra 10lbs. But I don't want to do that again, I want to work out through the winter and stay on top of it. Plus, our cruise is offically booked and the swimsuit I bought is a liiiiiittle small.

So. Goals:

1. Work on them portions, girl. Eat like pre-America-Kristen.
2. Eat yo' fruits and veggies. 2 fruits and 2 veggies a day.
3. Work out 3-4 times a week. Don't care what, just do it.

You can do it!

Linking up with Tracy & Alyssa.

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Do you have any magic tricks to stay motivated with working out over winter?

61 comments:

  1. Working out in the winter can be so hard! Luckily we have a gym at my work so I can workout before I leave the office or at lunch, but if I go home first no workout is happening. I go to hot yoga more in the winter as well, I trick myself into thinking I am going to a warm tropical place not a sweaty yoga class :)

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  2. It's so hard to workout in the winter! Even going to the gym is hard because I don't want to get all sweaty then walk out into the cold. I'd like to try to get back into running but doing that when it's dark out... ehhh... <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. I like that you aren't hard on yourself - that makes trying again so much easier! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I am really losing my motivation to work out as it's getting colder out--all I want to do is snuggle with my pup in blankets on the couch haha. I think your goals are realistic! Go you!!!

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  5. You are doing it right by focusing in on more specific goals with a few bigger pictures things thrown in. Eating is always the hardest part for me. Especially this time of the year when all the goodies come out and I am usually a suck fest from now til after Christmas. I am trying ti reign it in too with extra work outs and being good when I can. Of course, that doesn't mean that I am not going to have a little fun too. Like you said...balance. You so got this!!! I want to see your fruit and veggies on our chat. It will encourage me and keep you accountable :)

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  6. That's a huge improvement in your eating! It's hard to start eating 100% clean, so I think making those small improvements are a good idea. Then you're more likely to stick to your habits! Good luck with working out. I'm also lacking motivation thanks to the cold!

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  7. I'm with you girl! The minute my life gets crazy it seems that my workouts are the first thing to go. I am packing workout stuff for the holidays and I will get to it!

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  8. You've got this gurlie! And I love that you're not counting Disney, vacay is not the time to worry about such things lol! That quinoa and black beans dish looks amazing - YUM <3

    Green Fashionista

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  9. good goals girly! i'm taking a cue from you and last week i started on my healthy eating train. well, just paying attention! because i wasn't and it caught up with me in a bad way. baby steps to the finish line! and of course disney never counts :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  10. Cold = Netflix marathons and all the blankets. I feel you lazy soulmate. Winter is a terrible time for me too. I think that's why I threw a spring half marathon onto my calendar because you can only be so lazy when you've spent so much money on something. Maybe use the cruise as an incentive: workout, lose weight now, eat all the food on the cruise. Or find some of those workouts you can do while watching TV ? I thought about doing that for Friends and Doctor who :) And MAJOR high fives to you for not 100% failing !

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  11. Portion control is the hardest for me! I like to eat healthy (mostly), but I reallllllly like to eat! Good luck and you can do it!

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  12. yes yes yes!!! i love this. this winter will be interesting in terms of muay thai since my gym is hella far but unless it's a major snow storm, i will be there because that's how much i loooove it!!!

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  13. I feel your pain! I tried to eat less sugar and more veggies and keep running but I got off track. That's why I'm trying a new challenge to keep myself motivated! Good luck!

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  14. I like your balance idea! I like how you don't deny yourself foods or having a godo time in Disney, plus you were probably walking EVERYWHERE, so balance. I too need to get on the veggie train!

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  15. I'm trying to keep that motivation going too. It's always hard this time of year when the holidays start to take over life and there's a lot of temptation to do anything else but eat healthy and exercise. Jamaica is my motivation! And now I'm craving baked beans haha

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  16. It is so sad that we are such portion porkers in this country. I could stand to cut mine way down.

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  17. I actually find it easier to work out in the winter because I have nothing else to do anyway. In the summer there's always somewhere I'm going or spending time outside.

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  18. Ugh, Merica. It honestly takes a lot of time and energy to *not* gain weight here.
    However, greatest country in the world and all :)
    Here's a program that's starting soon and helps with staying on track (I sound like a broken with my Pilates recommendations, but I believe in it so much.)
    http://thebalancedlifeonline.com/finding-balance/time-sensitive-pilates-4x4-price-goes-up-tonight/

    If you don't want to pay, 90% of her videos are free online anyway.

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  19. Food is such an important part of health and fitness! Controlling eating is hard, I tend to just try to workout more but thats not the perfect solution. I need to focus more on portion control and eating well. Good luck, you can do it!!

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  20. You're doing great! Portions have always been my biggest vice...seriously. It's so tempting to indulge in too much of a good thing. And hey, it's better to have somewhat succeeded than not to have tried at all :)

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  21. Almost totally does count! I think focusing on the positive helps motivate so much more than focusing on the positive does. So what is the difference between American and English/Australian Baked Beans?

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  22. I really need to crack down on my portion sizes...my eyes are always bigger than my stomach! I am going on vacation with my family to Punta Cana in February, so I would like to be in good shape with I go!

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  23. Portions are my downfall. If something tastes good... I will eat it until I feel like I'm going to throw up. I mean, even if it's a healthy food that's not a good habit. So hard to tear yourself away sometimes though!

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  24. You go girl!! Any progress IS progress, so great job working on things! I'm still trying to force my butt to the gym regularly... it's not perfect, but I'm showing up there at least 2x a week so it's better than nothing! ;)

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  25. Girlfriend. I admire your honesty here. You don't see that very often anymore. 50% is better than nothing! It's a constant struggle, my friend. I've recently started doing it, too. My goal is to work on portion control, eat more veggies, and really cut out sugar. The sugar is probably the hardest part for me. Eeek.

    Good luck this month!

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  26. You can do it. I totally didn't workout much this month with stress. Not eating out is a success since you can then portion your own and know what is in it.

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  27. Dude, it's hard. I hate it. I really, really, really try to just keep my weekdays in check and let my weekends be a bit gluttonous. I figure that at least curbs the damage. But I must say, I'm having a harder time this year!

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  28. I think the biggest downfall of plans/journeys of ANY kind is dealing only in absolutes. You cannot eat perfectly all the time. You can not exercise at your peak level 100% of the time. When you deal in absolutes, a minor setback becomes a major fail because you don't leave yourself any room for variance. (Not YOU, you, but the royal you.) We can win and lose by degrees and everything we do in attempts to change behaviors should be seen on a spectrum. You are not going to become a different person in a month, so why should you expect yourself to radically change one behavior that's integral to your being in a month? You can't. Life isn't pass/fail. Did you try? Did you make an effort? At the very least, did you raise your consciousness of the behavior you'd like to change? I think you can mark all those off as YES, in which case, you've succeeded. Good for you, friend! & thanks for linking up :)

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  29. Eating better is seriously really hard. My work did this thing called the Whole Life Challenge, similar to Whole 30 but it lasted for 2 months. It was tough at first but I lost 8lbs and now when i eat junk it doesnt even taste good and i feel like crap afterwards too, which sucks! It really helped that we had to check in daily and record our scores...kept me honest...I really wanted all my points.

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  30. Ugh, I hear you about staying motivated this time of year to go to the gym. I keep hinting at Ryan how nice it would be to have a treadmill in the house so I/we could still be active even on those cold, miserable days ... I completely suck at portion control, too - give me the entire bread basket - but considering I will eat a whole cucumber in one sitting, I don't think it's that bad. Ha!

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  31. I think you did great. Taking bites out of your goal "pie". Starting with small success and being proud of them is certainly better than feeling bad you didn't accomplish all of the goals.

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  32. Eating better is so tough especially around this time of year. I want hot, comfort foods which are always the bad ones. We've been having grilled cheese and soup for dinner more than I'd like to admit. Going to the gym I'm even worse about though. So I guess chalk it up to a total fail on my side. I think it sounds like you are on the right track! One little thing at a time, that's how you tackle it. You've got it girl!

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  33. Haha oh man I feel you. We've had ice cream (in different forms) the past three nights. But I've been eating healthy breakfast/lunch/dinner for the most part. Until happy hour tonight annnd going home for Thanksgiving...

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  34. Your goals sound very doable, so I have faith in you :) Not to mention that cruise sounds like an awesome motivator. I've been doing better with consuming more fruits and veggies too, which is something that I was horrible at before. I eat fruit mixed in with vanilla yogurt for breakfast which helps me stay on top of my fruit consumption lol.

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  35. Hmm -- can I get the recipe for the quinoa/tomatoes/beans? or is that all there is to it and no spices added?

    Then, on the goals, yep - I found out I need to set a future goal and then take the baby steps towards reaching it. Meaning, I've already registered for the KY Derby half-marathon in April and I'm fulling planning on registering for a full marathon next November (registration opens Jan 1st) so I'm determined to train for those and stick with an actual training program for the full time, not just the first two weeks. I'm like that. I've tried MyFitnessPal to track meals but that was too depressing. I use the Pact app to motivate me to keep working out by charging me if I don't do it -- they also have a part where I could track fruits/veggies eaten or logging a meal plan with MFP but that was too much work. It's tough - I wish I could tell my younger self to find what motivates me so I could have been doing this all along. Good luck - spring and summer will be here before you know it! (Stay positive!)

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    1. oh Elizabeth I can't find your email and you are a no reply blogger, so I hope you see this!

      I just cook the quinoa, add tomato sauce (can), diced tomatoes (big can) and black beans. I am quite boring with food and don't mind things a bit bland, my husband hates this because it's so boring, but you could add whatever spices you wanted.

      oh good luck with the half and the full! i think i am going to do the same half. thanks friend!

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    2. saw it - thank you! I love quinoa but never really know how to make it. This sounds perfect for me since I'm not big on spices either. :)

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    3. oh fabulous! quinoa is super easy - i make it with like one cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water. i think 'they' say like 1 or 1.5 water for every cup of quinoa, but i like mine nice and fluffy!

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  36. I know the portions are out of control here and I often fall victim to thinking it's okay. Also there's no way you could have eaten completely healthy at Disney so now that you've gotten that out of the way, you can focus on getting back on track.

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  37. I definitely need to jump back onto the working out bandwagon because I'm sure that everyone can see the 10 pounds I've gained... And the portion size and not snacking all the time is another huge one for me! I was doing so well during the first part of the year, and then as soon as we got back from vacation I totally stopped! It's all about finding your right balance, right?

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  38. Almost 100% counts, that is one less day of eating junk or whatever. Being too restrictive or giving up if you just miss a day is not going to move you forward :) Though I'm totally guilty about falling off the wagon with a goal and wanting to just say F it. Good job!! Best of luck in December!!

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  39. Woo! Almost TOTALLY counts! Doesn't it feel so much better to know that you took a realistic approach and were able to realistically accomplish most of what you wanted to than it does to give yourself a lofty goal and feel bad for not reaching it? It's all about perspective and I think you not only did a great job this month but are on a great track for success in the future.

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  40. Nice job! It's all about the baby steps and tackling one task at a time! Good luck!

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  41. I agree with you! Almost definitely counts! Progress is a good thing and that's what you made this month. Stay strong and motivated through the holidays and you will be so glad you did!

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  42. I totally agree with you. It's so hard to eat good especially this time of year. I try to be good during the week and a little bad on the weekends. I try to exercise a few times a week. I find going out for a walk during the day helps alot.

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  43. I could eat quinoa with black beans every night for dinner... you can mix it up in so many ways!

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  44. I'm with you-almost is way better than never. ;) I really need to get back to working out all the time and stop snacking!

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  45. I loooove the food ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  46. I feel ya girl! I have been horrible lately! No gym junk food for days... I need to get back at it too!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  47. girl, you're doing better than me. earlier this week, i had fried chicken for lunch, fried fish for dinner and then chicken fried steak for lunch the next day. fat, fat and more fat. and i guzzle dr. pepper like it's water. and you're absolutely right: fifty percent success is infinitely better than a hundred percent fail.

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  48. I'm totally going to agree with you! With diet, I see so many people think, "Well I had this piece of cheesecake and now my diet is screwed, so I'm going to have a cheeseburger and beer and fries and just really screw the whole thing up." UM, NO! Don't do that! One piece of cheesecake isn't going to screw you - just make it up with sensible eating the next day! I totally failed at any pregnancy diets yesterday, and today I'm going to get back on track. So yes, 50% is better than 100% fail!

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  49. girl, i don't even wanna talk about it. but today is a new day, so i'll be getting back on track!

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  50. Almost does count, especially when it comes to changing your diet :)

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  51. Yes to baby steps! I need to get back into working out and controlling my eating habits and portions!

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  52. I agree that almost DOES count (though I know I can be really hard on myself too!). At least you're making an effort, and you're aware of what's working (and what isn't).

    My portion sizes suck too. If I manage to place the "correct" amount on my plate, I always find myself going back for seconds. I just get really hungry. My metabolism is (thankfully!) decent enough so I'm not gaining 10 lbs every week, but it's not a good idea to eat so much if I want to lose weight (which I do) or even maintain.

    I like those madras lentils as well (Tasty Bite, right?), but I prefer the jodhpur ones. I've never seen jodhpur lentils at Costco (only madras), so we always just have to stock up at Target. Maybe they're not as popular, so Costco doesn't see a need to carry them in bulk. I wish they did!

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  53. I soooo loved that Brandy CD, haha. But you did an awesome job and I'm with you almost does count in this sense! I need to make the same fruit and veggie goal! I got a giant thing of Spinach last week to put in my egg whites.. and to have with salads... and dinner... and I think I used it once and then it all went bad-- WHY? haha. Also, what cruise did you decide on?!

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  54. Good for you on making goals to eat healthier and better. I've been doing a lot better lately choosing tuna salad in a roll instead of chicken strips and potato wedges at the deli at work. but I really need to work on adding fruits and veggies to my diet. I had an orange last week and immediately had to more because it was so amazing. I love fruits and veggies but I never grabbed them anymore and I don't even know why that needs to change.

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  55. Good for you on making goals to eat healthier and better. I've been doing a lot better lately choosing tuna salad in a roll instead of chicken strips and potato wedges at the deli at work. but I really need to work on adding fruits and veggies to my diet. I had an orange last week and immediately had to more because it was so amazing. I love fruits and veggies but I never grabbed them anymore and I don't even know why that needs to change.

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  56. I hear you! But overall that does seem like really good progress!! We have been cooking at home a lot more, and when we have gone out we've had more chipotle and less fries... so that seems good. We've also been trying to take 1-2 walks a day while at work. The last few weeks have been wonky with the holiday and rain... but we've done ok at this. Also, we've been eating tons of fruit with breakfast. Just need to keep working on the veggies. :) and the yoga. Ha :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  57. I swear you are the most hilarious human lol. I sucked at so many things in the last few months and I really should start tracking my journey again and maybe give myself motivation to get off my bum.

    PS... ummmm that Brandy throw back is gonna have me singing 90's tunes forever. Whatever even happened to Brandy. #lifequestions

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  58. Portion control can be so hard! Especially when it comes to delicious food! I hear you.

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