Friday, October 18, 2013

Coming Clean; A Clean Eating Mommy Confession

When I started this blog back in the beginning of 2011, my main goal was to show that losing 100lbs and maintaining that loss could be done by the everyday mom and wife. That is still my main goal with my little corner of the internet. It also became a place to document new things I've tried, and things I think are of interest in the fitness world.

Since the beginning of last year, I have been eating about 80-100% clean. Minimal to no gluten, sugar, or processed foods. It's what's advertised as the best for us, right? It's what we're told we are supposed to eat and make for our kids. We see on Facebook and Pinterest these happy school age kids, smiling at the dinner table eating bell pepper strips and organic hummus. Let me confess something; those are not my kids. Something else? I hate hummus.

 These are my kids. Eating waffles for a snack, and making Halloween cake just because we like Halloween...and cake. No shame.

Over the past 6 months, I buckled down with my clean eating. I was 100% into it, eating everything clean. What I found was that I started binge eating. I said it. BINGE EATING. My body rebelled, and I craved sugar like no tomorrow. I was off balance, and I strived to find a happy medium. I was so tired of fighting with my body. Completely exhausted.

I found that the best thing for my body and my family...contrary to pop-fitness culture, is portion control. *Gasp* You know what? It works. Do my kids eat everything green? No way. My son's lunch box is more like a homemade lunch-able and I an totally okay with that. Some of you might shake your heads at me, but it's okay. I don't thrive on other people's opinions about my life. I don't strive to get the most "likes" on Facebook for my life choices. I do what is best for my family and myself.

So, what do I eat now, you ask? Pretty much what I was eating back when I was living in the US. I eat a healthy breakfast under 300 calories. I eat a 200 calorie lunch, then a 100 calorie snack. I eat what my family eats for dinner, just portioned out differently. Last night I had pasta, and it was uh-maz-ing! I had a small portion of that and a big portion of salad. I reversed my main course with my vegetable course. I eat 500 calories for dinner. My body is much more balanced now, and I stopped binge eating. I don't pressure myself anymore.

Not to mention, clean eating can get difficult, stressful, and very expensive depending on where you live. Over here in Okinawa, I can't always find the things I need for my clean meals. I'd search the markets, freezer areas, and even shopped online. It was getting ridiculous. I had to cut the stress. I had to give my self, and my body, a break.

I don't pressure my kids to eat clean meals, I make them a regular family dinner. They don't pig out on it, they just eat until they are full. Sometimes I make a dessert, and that's a real treat. We love to make cookies, muffins, and cake. My boys live for it. What's more? We even hit the drive-thru sometimes. Like I said, I'm totally okay with that. People don't expect that out of me, but I do it. We, as mothers, have to stop pressuring ourselves and other mothers. We are ALL in the same boat. We are ALL trying to do the best we can. YOU are a good mother, even when you bring home McDonalds for dinner! I am so sick of seeing mothers putting other mothers down for this. Going through the drive-thru or packing a lunch able in your child's backpack doesn't make you any different than the mother who packed veggie chips and hummus for their child.

I bust my ass 5 days a week running and doing Crossfit with my husband, and we love it. It's bonding time for us. We love working out together and we encourage each other. It's made our marriage better, and given us something to do together while building our relationship. It doesn't make us better, it's just what we choose to do because we like it. I still adore Bob, and I continue with his Crossfit schedule because it works for me.

I do not have a perfect, Pinterest looking family. I don't live for Facebook pats-on-the-back. I never stepped one foot in a gym since the beginning, and I don't post half-naked pictures of my new body on the internet. I don't feel the need to do that. I just do what works. This works for my family, works for my life. It can works for yours, too!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Workout Time!

"What is your routine?" seems to be one of the questions I'm asked the most. Since July, I have been using Bob Harper's Skinny Rules DVD set. It's amazing. There are 4 DVD's (The 4th isn't pictured below but you can get it on Amazon!) and you rotate them on his calendar online. It's enough to leave me drained, even after 4 months.

The workouts, in my opinion, are not for beginners. Meaning, back when I was 210lbs, this would have been damn near impossible for me...even doing the modified version of each movement. I consistently use a 10 or 15lb weight/kettlebell in each DVD. Each workout is about 15-20 minutes each, which is great because it's so fast!! It's over before you realize that you started sweating.

My routine begins early. I get up before my kids go to school, throw on my gear, and hit the treadmill for warm-up. I run 1.5 miles, log my time, and head down to throw in my Bob DVD. I love these workouts so much, I can't even express it. The best part?! Unlike that other brand (whose name shall not be mentioned on this blog)....I didn't pay $200 for this set. Gasp! I can't believe they charge that much for workouts. Blows my mind, honestly. Guess what? I paid $29 for this set, and it was worth every single penny. I've never paid more than $10 for ANY of Mr. Harper's DVDs, so I can sweat on a budget!

You can look up these DVD's on Amazon, they are called The Skinny Rules DVDs, which go with his Skinny Rules book. Many of the meals from that book are in my daily rotation still (and they ARE good!).

My running playlist:
1. "Boomin'"- tobyMac
2. "Ready or Not" -Britt Nicole feat. Lecrae
3. "Eye on It"- tobyMac
4. "Unstoppable" tobyMac
5. "Gold"- Britt Nicole
6. Press On- Mandisa
7. Overcomer- Mandisa

Get your sweat on!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Balance - A Work in Progress

Hi all!

So life has been busy. Extremely busy! I hit this awesome milestone:

I couldn't be prouder of hitting 500 miles! I bought this app (and started at 1) when I got my treadmill last Christmas, so it's been about 18 months, maybe a little more. Right now, I average 1.5 miles, 5 days a week. It's my "warm up" before I hit my Crossfit WOD for the day. I'm not a distance runner, and I know that. I don't like to run for distance, I like to run for speed. I  like to be quick and efficient.

I've upped my weights again, and now I'm working with 15lb weights. I started in the very beginning at 3lbs. I never thought I'd get this far. It doesn't sound like a lot, but when you're constantly doing as many reps as possible in a short amount of's heavy. REALLY heavy.

As far as music, I've been listening to Mandisa's "Overcomer" album quite a bit, and Tobymac's new album "Eye on It". Tobymac has dominated my running playlist in the past 2 months, along with Britt Nicole & Lecrae. Check all of them out for an awesome & uplifting run!

My oldest has started Karate classes at the gym and is excelling, while my youngest is doing all kinds of toddler things here that blow my mind. I've learned the hard way that the second child does everything so much sooner than the first.

I've been working a lot lately, and feeling like I'm starting over my entire shop. Here's a secret...we're moving back to the United States in about 6 months! We don't know where yet, but I've had to prepare my shop for that. I started shipping orders to the United States recently, and marketing over in the US has taken up quite a bit of my time. It's exhausting at best. I love making wall decals though, and I've upgraded my entire shop. It's been a wild ride. I'm balancing being a working mom, wife, household duties, school, sports, and my fitness routine. There are days I want to tell Mr. Harper to shove it where the sun don't shine, but I can't slack. I respect myself more than that. I've lost friends, gained friends, and I've been on this journey to find myself and find this balance. It's all trial and error!

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In other news, it's fall. I LOVE fall. I was born for this time of year. Pumpkin coffee is currently my favorite thing in the entire world. Okay....anything pumpkin is my favorite. It's sad. I have an addiction.

Until next time...never give up. Be an Overcomer.

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