March 11, 2016

Diet & Exercise & Such

I didn't talk about it much on here but if you follow me on IG you know this whole house {minus James} has been battling some sort of sickness since the beginning of February. It's been a fun month, let me tell you.

It started with me getting some gross puking bug {that I thought was the Chipotle flu} and five days later Jimmy was lucky enough to catch it.  Somehow our kids managed to avoid it which is a miracle seeing as everyone we are close to had it at some point that month.  Following the stomach bug, a little over a week later I was diagnosed with strep for the first time in 33 years.  I was prescribed penicillin even after I told the doctor that I don't usually respond to it. Nine days into the prescription I called them back to let them know that all of my symptoms had returned and I was feeling the exact same.  At that time they informed me that my strep test was I don't know what I had/have {my ears are still plugged} but I do know that about two weeks later Kendall did test positive for strep.


So we have all passed germs around and somehow James has been the only one to avoid it which blows my mind.  But now, it seems, we are all on the mend.  Everyone has finished their prescriptions and all is "normal" again.  FINALLY.

The thing that sucks the most is my diet.  Up until I got sick I had been counting macros and loving it.  I was eating more food than ever before {1700 calories vs 1200} and I felt great.  The scale got to a number I have never seen as an adult and while that wasn't the goal it was nice to see, I can't lie.  I was cooking a lot more, eating healthier than ever and I was loving it.

Once I got sick all I wanted was carbs.  Gimme all the toast, bagels, noodle soups, french fries, and ice cream.  Seriously I think I logged into MFP one day and my macros were like 95% carbs.  It was insane.  I chalked it up to being sick and if my body was craving those things then that was what it needed to "heal".  How do you like that logic?

Needless to say I gained almost 10lbs in a month thanks to that nonsense.  Insane, right?  It's not just the scale that's driving me nuts but I feel like crap too.  Sluggish, no energy, tired easily, clothes are fitting weird, the whole thing is just bad.  I'm mad that things got so out of control but what can you do?  You hop back on the wagon and don't give up.

Last week was when I really noticed things were "bad" and I decided to get back to a more paleo style diet.  I say paleo style because I am not committing to 100% paleo again.  I love counting the macros because I don't feel deprived of anything yet still feel in control too.  If that makes any sense.  BUT since I'd been living on a carb-filled diet for the month I decided I should probably try to cut those for a minute.  So that's what I've been doing, combined with counting my macros and it's been great.  I've been eating lots of yummy, healthy, pretty foods again.  I got my cooking mojo back, woo!  And I'm starting to feel better too, double woo!

{recent eats}
Also, since November I've just been feeling "blah" in the workout department.  Call it the winter blues, call it SADD, call it what you will but doing anything worthy of breaking a sweat or leaving me sore for days did not sound appealing.  I wanted something "easy", something I could do in the mornings, something that wouldn't make me drip with sweat but something that would still feel like I was doing something.  That's when I discovered and fell in love with Yoga With Adriene.  From November-February I strictly practiced yoga as my workout. I completed two 30 day challenges and found a love for my body that I wish I'd had all along.  It was a great physical change but it was an even greater mental one.  I truly appreciate and love yoga in a whole new way now.

I also came out of it feeling reenergized.  Like I was ready to sweat again and it was time for something more challenging.  Then my T25 journey {the beginning} started showing up on my Timehop since it's been two years since I started it the first time. I started to feel re-inspired to start the program that changed everything for me all over again.  So I'm officially ending week two of T25 alpha today and it feels amazing.

It's completely different this time around though.  I remember the first time I did the entire program I felt like I had to keep up with Shaun T.  I didn't want to modify anything and sometimes that was a great big disadvantage to me because I would fizzle out and just stop or I'd take more breaks because I couldn't keep up.  This time I'm letting myself modify where I need to and I'm OK with it because it allows me to keep going. I was also pleasantly surprised that I hadn't lost all of my stamina over the past couple of months.  T25 is very different from yoga and I thought that I was going to be on the floor about to pass out at the first day of cardio but surprisingly I made it though and didn't feel like I was going to die!

I think coupling T25 with the macros is going to leave me with an amazing transformation.  I'm super excited about it.  I never take measurements because I'm too lazy but I did this time!  I took measurements, weight, and before pics so that I have a FULL testimony this time.  I can't wait.  Two weeks down, eight to go.

Stay tuned.


  1. I am glad everyone is feeling better. I can't seem to get into anything. I blame the winter blues. I want to lose, I eat pretty healthy but I lack at exercising. Maybe I will get your energy and start up again but right now I am just going to try to sleep it off, because I am lacking that too.

  2. Boo for sickness. It was a rough few months of sickness for me too (luckily mine seemed to be bacterial and my family did not get it) but man I feel marginally better and it is amazing what illness can do to you mentally. I am so curious about macros. I have read of them but never did any research. How do you know how to count them and what is what???