So, yeah. I've been MIA for a long time. Life just got too busy and crazy for me to remember to post on here. Maybe if I just do as Cory has suggested, trying to post an update once a week, I'll be able to keep up. I'll give it a shot.
Believe it or not, my absence is not indicative of me falling off the wagon. I haven't been sticking to a diet or exercise program hardcore (until this week--more on that in a bit), but I haven't completely stopped trying to make improvements, either.
My goal right now as far as diet is to try and eat 75% raw foods. I think it's too much to expect myself to only eat 100% raw foods all day every day. I'm letting myself have a few indulgences here and there. But I am still doing my veggie smoothies--believe it or not, I LOVE them. The recipe I use is:
2 cups water
3 large handfuls of spinach
2 cups of strawberries
Blend all in a blender for about 2 1/2 minutes. Yields three servings.
I drink a smoothie for breakfast and one for lunch. Sometimes I even drink one for supper, too. It's especially nice and refreshing now that it's so hot. And it gives me a big energy boost. I munch on a variety of different things throughout the day such as bananas, apples, grapes, carrots, sugar snap peas, almonds, and cashews. I do my best to never go hungry. I figure if I keep myself from going hungry it'll keep my blood sugar in a good zone and will help keep the cravings at bay.
And this past weekend I bought a treadmill. And I am actually jogging on it! I am so excited that I can run-- I thought I was still several months away from being able to run. Now granted, I'm only jogging 90-120 seconds at a time. I'm doing the "weight loss" program on the treadmill, which varies the speed and gets you up into your target heart rate for fat-burning. But still, GO ME! \o/ I'm loving it, too. Running feels so freeing. I'm even thinking that maybe next year if I'm ready I might run a 5K here in our city.
And today I tried on a pair of jeans that are two sizes smaller than the pair I'm used to wearing (which I haven't even worn in months because I wear scrubs to work and usually sweats or shorts when I get home, and since I have no social life I had no need to try these jeans on), and those jeans fit perfectly. \o/ And I tried on the bigger size I used to wear and was able to slide them off without unbuttoning or unzipping. I also tried on a pair of jeans that are 3 sizes smaller. Those were too snug to wear as of right now, but I was at least able to button and zip them up. So, even though I've been absent around here, I have still been making some progress.
Sorry I haven't been holding up my end of the blog, Cory! I hope you can find it somewhere in that heart of yours to forgive me. And I hope you've been doing well in your own journey. I know you've had a whole bunch of stuff going on with you.