Emerging…

Sorry for my absence! It’s the holidays! Or at least it was. Anyway…

I’m sick of being so sedentary. I have this sudden urge lately to just get up and use the muscles God gave me. However that may be - going to the gym, hiking, yoga, swimming, skiing, sex… I just need to move. I have holiday cookies and endless Carburitos and Med Deli gyro platters weighing me down. I just feel … meh. I also made a vow to not touch fast food. I had been grazing a lot back at work (Taco Bell) before the holidays, and now that I’ve had a few weeks to get out of the habit, I’m going to stay off it. Ew. 

I think I’m done using My Fitness Pal. It was helpful at the beginning of this whole journey. It put things into perspective and showed me what I was putting into my body and how it all adds up. Now I feel like it’s not doing much more for me - it just gets old after awhile. I’m not saying it’s bad or doesn’t work, it certainly does, but I don’t plan on being on it my entire life. So I’m going to drop the crutch, and just learn to make good choices on my own now. Maybe that means I won’t be eating less than 1200 calories EVERY day, but now I’ll be choosing foods based on their nutritional value and not a number. I don’t want to be counting for the rest of my life. Maybe I’ll go back on it here and there just to keep myself in check, but for the most part I think I’m retiring from MFP.

I know I haven’t been very active in my diet and blogging this past semester. I haven’t been eating very well, either. I’ll be honest about it. I think I needed to get all the “I can eat and do whatever the hell I want I’m living on my own in college finally hell yeahhhh” feeling out of my system. I just want to be nutritionally responsible again like I was last year.  I kind of miss it. I forgot about how shitty you feel from eating too much shitty food. 

The bright side of this semester of unhealthy eating. I didn’t actually gain weight. The downside, I can tell I’ve lost muscle mass and gained fat. :/

Call it a diet renaissance, I suppose.

Any words of wisdom from you guys? 

-Ali 

This link is from Men’s Health (Women’s Health’s counterpart).
Again, I seriously suggest at least subscribing to their emails. They’re so informational and definitely addicting. Ask my boyfriend. 
Ali, check some of these out. Mostly frozen, these work awesome for eating healthy without prepping and cooking it yourself. There’s the “best” veggie burger in here too.
-Erin  
That red curry chicken looks delish.  Also those veggie burgers too. I got Boca burgers because that’s what they had at Walmart lol, but these ones look wayyy better.
I like!
-Ali

This link is from Men’s Health (Women’s Health’s counterpart).

Again, I seriously suggest at least subscribing to their emails. They’re so informational and definitely addicting. Ask my boyfriend. 

Ali, check some of these out. Mostly frozen, these work awesome for eating healthy without prepping and cooking it yourself. There’s the “best” veggie burger in here too.

-Erin  

That red curry chicken looks delish.  Also those veggie burgers too. I got Boca burgers because that’s what they had at Walmart lol, but these ones look wayyy better.

I like!

-Ali

Mixing things up

So I went grocery shopping. Erin’s doing this Lean Cuisine meal planning thing. I took a look at it and realized it would take me awhile to customize it before I could start.  So in the meantime, I still really needed to go grocery shopping.  I decide to get some new stuff that I don’t usually get to mix things up. I got some veggie burgers and I’m really excited to try some of those.  I also got some sugar free pudding cups and jello cups. They’re only a dollar for a four-pack, and the jello is only 5 calories! I figured it’d be great for fighting cravings.

I’ll let you know what I think of the Boca veggie burgers. I have tried black bean veggie burgers before and really liked them, but Walmart didn’t have those kinds (the black bean ones taste kind of like falafels - yummm).

Also, I have been trying to think of/figure out some useful tips for eating out.


Tip #1: If you’re getting something big like a burger or burrito (I had a burrito last night), cit it in half and save the rest. Not only are you eating more reasonable portions at dinner, but you save money because you have lunch or dinner for the next day. You can really cut any dish in half (chicken, pasta, etc), not just burgers and burritos. :]

Happy eating,
Ali 

Not much going on at the moment.

I’ve been super busy with my studies, but I’m still watching what I eat. It gets harder on weekends because people want to go out to eat, football food, party food, etc. etc. At least I eat well enough on the weekdays that I am not gaining any weight. I just need to step things up.

So just when I start losing weight again, my mom comes to visit and brings a ton of food.

I’m finding this to be a lot more difficult lately.  I’m going to Walmart and buying some of my own food again. I might also have to talk to my mom and tell her that I appreciate the gesture, but maybe next time let me go shopping WITH her so I could pick things out. That way, I have something to choose besides the Cheezeits and Honeybuns. :/

-Ali

What should I do to work out?

I want to work out. I really do, but hiking isn’t always possible especially if I have no one to go with whenever I need a workout. Also, I don’t have a member ship to any gyms, and I have a choppy schedule. I don’t really know how I feel about workout videos only because I like having privacy when I do those, and I have little privacy with my brother and/or neighbor always around. The only TV is in the living room so that’ll annoy my brother too. However, I’m willing to try videos if they’re REALLY good. What can I do to get some kind of workout in in my apartment? I hate running. I’ll do it, but it’s hard to stick to cause I hate it! Suggestions?

-Ali

Check out my counterpart’s solo blog: 

aliruberto:

I don’t know if anyone is interested in this, but I have another blog that I’ve been doing for about a year now. Me and my friend Erin share it.

It is themed around weight loss and dieting.

We both want to lose weight and are roughly the same weight (although she’s kicking my ass right now) and…

School…again

Semi-moved in to my apartment and finishing up a rougggh week of 12-14 hour shifts working orientation, I am about to die. I start classes tomorrow and the very first one is a spinning class…Yikes. I danced straight from 9pm to 1am last night and fell like I got hit by a truck. Spinning should definitely be interesting. Luckily, I am taking it with one of my friends I made last year so hopefully we will motivate each other…

Also tomorrow, I’ll be able to go back to using the scale I used all last year at school to keep track of my weight…I’m scared.

-Erin