Thursday, July 28, 2011

Confession Time

Hi my friends and readers! I have taken a few weeks off from blogging, and I thank you for sticking around to see what else I have to say :-) So, to kick off my return, it’s time for some confessions.

#1: I have been a bad blogger.

Lately, I have had trouble finding the time and motivation to blog. (Probably has something to do with that new-mom-sleep-deprivation thing.) Also, probably has to do with some of the following shameful confessions. I promise to do better, and that some great and more frequent posts are in the works.

#2: I have not exercised in several weeks now.



In the past couple of weeks, I went from steady to sporadic to nothing in the exercise department. I have been too tired, it’s been too hot, it’s been raining a lot of nights, and other times I’ve just been plain ol’ lazy! All of these excuses are lame (especially the hot and rain ones cause I have an elliptical I could be using but I’m not), but there they are. I am going to make myself be more active in the coming days, and once I at least get moving a little, I’ll be working on an exercise plan and schedule. More on that to come.

#3: I have been eating REALLY BADLY.

bad diet (source)

I think my healthy eating habits grew wings and flew away. :-P But seriously, I have basically just been eating whatever and whenever, and that has got to stop. I have decided to try and eat the types of things I was eating while I had gestational diabetes again, because I ate really healthy then. I will probably end up incorporating those habits with my pre-preggo eating habits that included counting calories and keeping a balance of proteins, carbs and healthy fats (found in Body for Life). Basically, I want to find a way to use all of my knowledge to create a really great eating plan. Yes, that totally sounds complicated, but I promise I won’t post anything that is too complicated to follow. :-) I also will be keeping a food journal, because that is a really important part of successfully starting a new eating plan. I really just want to be able to be successful at eating well. I’ll let you know more as I come up with something good.

#4: I have gained back 10 pounds :-(

weight gain (source)

UGH! This puts me back to 140 lbs. I feel terrible like this. I’m only 5’3”, and I carry a lot of my weight in my belly, which is really unhealthy. According to an online BMI calculator, my BMI is 24.8, and according to my scale (which measures body fat %), my body fat percentage is 31.5%. Normal BMI is 18.5-24.9, overweight is 25 and up. Normal body fat percentage is 25-31, overweight is 32 and up. Both of these measures put me right on the edge of overweight. UGH! This makes me feel even worse!! About a year and a half ago, I was at my all-time low of 118 lbs, so I’m now 22 lbs heavier than that. My goal now is to lose at least 20 lbs.


I write these confessions because that’s what this blog is all about- honesty, accountability, openness, sharing and relating. I want to honestly share my journey, efforts, failures and successes so that in the process I can help a few of you as well. I encourage you to be open as well, and share what you’re struggling with so we can all work through it together! And there will always be unconditional acceptance and support around here, so don’t be embarrassed! Let’s all share below!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Great Resources

I get the information that I blog about from many different sources, however there are several great resouces that I find myself coming back to over and over. They contain useful, accessible information that is reliable and easy to understand. Some are websites, and some are my bloggy friends. Here's a list of some of my favorite fitness and health related resources:

- WebMD: This is my go-to when I have anything I need to look up about my health, my body, or medications. I used this website religiously when I was pregnant because my doctor banned me from googling things, lol :-P. Seriously though, this is invaluable when I need credible information regarding topics I might ask a doctor about. It can be a bit "science"-ish, but not too difficult to read, and I know I can find just about anything I want to know about.

-Hungry Girl: Lisa Lillien is the Hungry Girl. I look to her to find awesome recipe substitutes, food tips, and healthy eating topics galore. I get her daily emails, which are super fun. She is peppy and exciting, and she makes eating healthy so simple!

-Real Age: Dr.'s Roizen and Oz are the creators of this website. It offers a HUGE selection of fairly short articles on almost anything you can think of health and fitness related. They throw out lots of big science words, but they break them down and explain what they mean in terms that acutally mean something to the common person like me. They lay things out in a way that I can take what they say and be able to apply it to my lifestyle. They offer lots of great tips about fitness, especially for the novice exerciser.

-Active: I found this site originally when I was looking for a 5K to sign up for. They have TONS of local and nationwide races to find and sign up for, not to mention a ton of articles on everything fitness. I am a fan on Facebook, and I also have their app on my iPhone, so that I can read articles on the go! I find their articles on running very useful, and they are one of the first places I go to look up something regarding running topics.

-FitSugar: This website offers all kinds of short fitness articles, with some healthy eating and Hollywoood thrown in too. Lots of fun stuff and great information.

Now for my favorite bloggy friends!

-She's A Fit Chick: I love this blog! She has tons of great infomation on staying fit, exercising and eating healthy. She's awesome! :-) Also, I wrote a guest post for her a few weeks ago! Go check her out!

-Runner-n-Spice: This blogger writes about running, healthy eats, and life. I love reading her posts, and I think you will too!

- Getting the Skinny on Getting Skinny: This is my newest fitness blog friend. She is also in the Navy! She writes about fitness and exercise, and her journey to put her tips to use in her real life. Definitely give her a read!

Well, that is a short list of some of my favorite reads and resources for my blog. What resources do you find most useful?