Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 5K: Running across the country

The title may be a little misleading.The run won't actually be from one state to another, heading across the country like Forrest Gump. Rather, I flew to Virginia and North Carolina to meet up with my sisters and some friends (Holla Kristal!) and while here, I'm going to run a 5K in Virginia Beach, VA. I know there are some of you who are thinking, "You're on a flipping vacation and running a race?! You cray cray." Thing is, if you aren't into working out, you wouldn't get it. Since I arrived on Saturday night, I've done Centergy twice, Zumba, 2 long walks on the beach (one was 3.55K and the other was 5K), and I spend most of my free time dancing--whether it looks good or not. And mostly I look like a spastic chicken. A white, rhythmless chicken.

The race helps raise money for people with cerebral palsy. It's called the Cerebral Palsy of Virginia 20th Annual 5K and Walk-a-thon. I plan on running the 5K, naturally. I reckon that going from such high elevations in Utah to the coast, I'll be hella fast. Maybe I'll even win in my division this time. Or if not win, then at least place. Of course, I've been eating like a girl on vacation, so I'm not sure if I'll be trucking a few more pounds than I'd like. eep. I'm going to push it hard this time though. I don't know when I'll get another opportunity to run a race while in another state. It's not like I get to travel THAT much.

YOU : *ahem* Disney World. Twice.

ME: Shut up.

Anyhow, pics from vacation to come, and especially from my race.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Douglass Diaries Redefines Stress

You know how I'm always saying that when life gets stressful, I binge like it's Thanksgiving?  This is a terrible habit for me. I've lost more than 60 lbs, and I have to make daily choices to keep it off. Still there are times that are so stressful either at work or home that I throw the diet to the wind, buy a pound of peanut m&ms, and gorge.

Most of the time I felt justified. But then...I read THIS POST . It kinda makes everything that I've ever been through seem like small sauce in comparison.

That said, I've done a killer job for a couple of weeks. Mostly 'cause I found out I'm going on vacation! Vacations always set a great deadline for me. I wanna look my best in the pictures, and I'm seeing friends I haven't seen in 2-4 years. I'm highly motivated to look fab for my trip.

Guess where I'm going?

No, not Disney World again.

No, not Vegas.

Guess again.

More on this later.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Favorite Weight Loss Tips

I've done so much research on weight loss that I could be a veritable expert on the subject. Or at the very least, an unpaid intern.

Here's a list of some of my favorite tips. Sources not included, however, because I don't remember where I heard, read, or viewed most of the info.

1. Drink 1-2 liters of water in the morning before you eat anything. It helps flush out the toxins in your cells and body so that you can fill them with proper nutrition. Side bonus: it makes you feel fuller longer. Then, don't stop. Don't stop drinking water all day. Shoot for 100 ounces if you can, but 80 is my average.

2. If you must snack, snack on veggies, fruit, or nuts. My faves: baby carrots, celery, 1/2 of a banana, apple slices, clementines, cherry tomatoes, pecans, almonds, cashews. You have to be careful with the nuts though. I tend to snack on nuts like potato chips. However, if I take a handful, and put the bag away, I'll be fine.
apple slices with almond butter

3. Curb the sweet tooth with sweets. Not like 1/2 a cheese cake or a pound of almond roca (as I used to do), but with a handful of dark chocolate chips or 3 slices of dried mango.

4. Be honest about the consequences of your food decisions. Instead of saying that you are being "unhealthy", say that you are "careening towards diabetes and heart disease". And if that isn't enough to motivate you, visit a relative with these same problems and visualize that person as you. You'll have to take the same medicines and/or shots, doctor visits, surgeries, etc. Ask that relative what they wish they would have done differently to avoid their plight. Scare the hell outta yourself with the honesty of the situation. And then remind yourself (if you are a parent) that one day your own children might be asking you these questions. How different do you want your answers to be?

5. Create a tangible goal. Stating that you want to lose "some weight" or even "10 pounds" isn't tangible enough to trick the mind into daily motivation. But if you have an outfit that you want to be able to wear, trying it on and watching your body shrink week by week helps you sustain focus throughout your weight loss efforts.
Prom 1998
Me in my prom dress last year. =)
 6. Create several sources of motivation. Put up pictures of yourself at a healthy weight on the fridge. Decorate your treadmill or work out space with motivational pics and quotes. Involve other people in your efforts, perhaps through scheduling a weekly run with a neighbor or creating a blog to keep you accountable. 

treadmill motivation
number-of-lbs-you-want-to-lose-on-your-hand motivation
Running for a cause and with my kids is a form of motivation

7. Change up your workouts often. I like the workouts that are inherently fun. Hiking, Zumba, dancing, running, snowboarding, swimming. Routines can get boring, and your muscles will also get bored. Change it up to exercise different muscles and to prevent slacking off.

Hiking to Calf Creek Falls
8. Drink a green shake for breakfast. I stuff 1/2 the blender with fresh spinach leaves, 3/4 cup of frozen fruit, 1/2 a banana, and either 8-10 oz. of water or almond milk. The spinach is full of antioxidants that promote younger looking skin, and the fruit is full of vitamins and have enough carbs to help start the day. To add protein, I add a couple tablespoons of almond butter.

My students say it looks like moss.

9. Shop in the produce and meat section of the store. Everything else tends to have too many harmful chemicals added to it. Eat whole foods when possible.

Paleo chicken (Not cooked yet.)

10. Cut out refined sugars. Get your sweets from honey, agave, or real maple syrup. Flavor with spices rather than sugar or creamy sauces.
Paleo chocolate chip cookies

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