It doesn’t actually pain me too much to write those words in my blog post title – I won’t hit my goal. The goal that I am referring to is my 2013 weight loss goal. I am actually 25 pounds away from the weight goal I set for myself on January 1, 2013, but I am OK with it. There is also a good chance that I may ring in 2014 weighing more than I did in 2013. I hope that is not the case and I am working hard to turn things around these next 5.5 weeks of the current year, but if it happens then it happens. 2013 has been a very rough year for me and I spent a lot of the year stressed and anxious which makes it hard to focus on weight loss. I have struggled with anorexia in the past so weight is a huge deal to me but I am trying to learn to take it one day at a time. In addition to taking it one day at a time, I am also trying to stress less and be a little more carefree in my personal life. I am learning that is very important. So, in closing I won’t hit my goal weight this year, but I will hit it in 2014 and I will do it with a good stress-free attitude!
This picture was taken by my boyfriend last night on our way out to dinner. I am happy how my body looks here
I have seen this cleanse advertised all over social media. Friends do it, bloggers do it, people I know try to sell me the products etc. I am in the process of losing about 20 pounds and so I thought maybe this was something I needed to try to jump-start my weight loss. I figured I eat pretty clean already so why not take some pills and drink some fiber powder. Well I’ll tell you why not – because that is unnatural. I can get fiber from grains, fruits and veggies and I don’t take pills so the supplements weren’t even going to happen anyway. There was also the Spark energy drink. Why did I all of a sudden become so desperate that I was going to start drinking energy drinks? Coffee is good for your body, and the coffee was what got me. I had been on the cleanse for 1 day and then on the second day was going to meet up with my friend for coffee after work, but on the Advocare cleanse you can’t have coffee. So I told myself that I could have a tea, and I enjoy tea. But really I wanted coffee and that’s when I quit the cleanse, all because I felt that if I wanted a soy latte I should be able to have one, and it was delicious!
It really made me take a closer look at what I put into my body and the messaging that is out there for the millions of people to see. My overall thoughts about the cleanse are simple. If Advocare is something you do to jumpstart weight loss than great, the clean eating portion is really excellent, but if you think that eating clean and taking pills and drinks for 24 days will get you to your health goals and keep you there, you are most likely wrong. Eating well takes work and is not always easy but getting your nutrients from a box is the worst option.
Overall, I am happy I spent the money and the 1.5 days on Advocare because it catapulted my decision to go back to school to be a holistic nutritionist!
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I want to start a weekly feature on Cycle for Cake called Three Tip Thursday. How creative, I know. These tips will be related to wellness and the first one will be food focused.
Three small changes to make your eating a little healthier:
- Add cinnamon to things like oats, apple sauce and cereal to give it more flavor. I did this just the other day, I bought natural unsweetened apple sauce and covered it in cinnamon, so tasty!
- Add kale or spinach to your morning or post workout smoothie. If you have been around the blog world for a little while, you may have heard these referred to as green monsters, I think Angela was the first blogger I ever saw do this. Adding the spinach or kale increases the nutrition factor in your smoothie, plus you get to add up your 9 servings of fruits and veggies even quicker.
- Bake your eggs for the week. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and a good snack but sometimes hard boiling them can be a task. You have to take the time to boil the water the keep your eye on them. Plus I always forget how long to boil and when to put them into the water…blah, blah, blah. So, I have started baking them in the oven! It is so simple, just put a dozen eggs in a muffin tin, turn the oven onto 325 and cook for about 20-30 minutes. You should start to see some spotting, that is when they are ready. Once they are out of the oven, place them in a bowl of ice water for about 10 minutes. There you have it, eggs ready to go for the week!
Have you heard of Scavenger Dash? They have events all throughout the country yearlong. Check out this site to see if they are coming to your city. I highly recommend you try it!
Here is a quick run down from their website:
What is Scavenger Dash?
Scavenger Dash is a wildly fun urban adventure. Teams of two solve twelve clues, scavenge items, take photos, complete fun challenges and have a wild adventure…all while discovering the city in a whole different way. It’s an amazing race on a local level, where anyone can participate.
This was the second year in a row that I participated and again it was a blast! I was able to improve from last year in my time (by an hour) by learning better tactics. I think my favorite part about the whole experience is getting out in your town, interacting with random people on the street and really getting to see the good in people – they help you with challenges sometimes. This year my friend Joie joined me and it was great. Here are some pics we took along the way.
After finishing the scavenger dash
One of the challenge clues was to find this little guy down by the waterfront
Another challenge was to get a picture being handcuffed by security
Joie by one of the sculptures
Checking the time
Posing by street box art
This challenge was to find 4 strangers and do the “ta-da” pose
Overall, it was another fun-filled dash and I can’t wait to participate again next year. I also think it would be super rad to try it out in a city you are visiting. Have you ever done something like this?
I heard that this month is National Childhood Obesity Month when I was browsing online for nothing related to that topic but it sparked my interest. I did a little more research and found some interesting pieces of information.
From the letsmove.gov site:
President Barack Obama Proclaims September 2013 as “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month”
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let’s Move! on September 05, 2013
President Barack Obama declared September 2013 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, encouraging Americans to get involved in promoting healthy eating and physical activity for our kids nationwide.
Obesity affects millions of American children and teenagers, putting them at risk for serious health issues, such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Rates of childhood obesity—after exponentially increasing over the last three decades—are holding steady and even decreasing in some areas.
“During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, let us build on this momentum and strengthen the trend toward healthier lifestyles and brighter futures for our Nation’s children,” The President said in a proclamation released August 30th, 2013.
Let’s Move! continues to extend a call to action to get everyone involved in overcoming this epidemic. The First Lady remains dedicated to working together to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition.
“We all share in the responsibility of helping our Nation’s children enjoy longer, healthier lives,” said President Obama. “Together, we can give them the energy and confidence to learn, excel, and pursue their dreams.”
(me, about age 13)
Growing up as an overweight child has impacted my whole life, and I think that is why I am so passionate about health overall. I remember being called thunder thighs in middle school by a group of boys, I remember not being able to participate fully in PE class, or even worse – skipping it, I remember never liking what I saw in pictures, I remember eating candy bars and muffins for meals. That is just not a quality way to grow up. I don’t blame my parents but in a way I do feel they should have felt a little bit of responsibility. As a parent or guardian you need to put your child’s health in your own hands just like you would if they had a life threatening disease. Obesity kills. It is often a slow death, but in the end the choices a parent and their child make early on can impact the overall health of a little one.
I know there are many issues involved in a child being overweight or obese but if we as a country, city, town or community take steps to teach kids how to take small steps to be healthier everyone will benefit!