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February Goals Recap

February Recap:

Squat Challenge –

I was doing so well with my squat challenge and then in the second week, I started to have knee pain. It was pretty bad for two days (to the point where it was even uncomfortable using my standing desk at work). I decided to take a break from the squats to see if that was aggravating my knees and I believe it was.

I was bummed! I was feeling really good about doing the squats but I think maybe it was too much too soon too often. So I took a break and then went back and modified the challenge. I did squats every other day and did less than what was planned. I also did other exercises to focus strength training on my glutes (like Donkey Kicks).

I still call that challenge a success, even though I modified it.

 

Get Organized –

I did A LOT to get organized in February. I went through my makeup and cosmetics and threw out old stuff. I got some new organizational baskets for the bathroom.

I went through my wardrobe and donated a lot of stuff that doesn’t fit anymore, or I never wear it, or it looks worn out and old.

I moved an old bookcase into Logan’s room (there was a nightstand there before) so I could organize his books onto the shelves (they were scattered all over his room) and put all his stuffed animals in one spot. I donated some of his old clothes that don’t fit, I went through other baby stuff (and toys) to give to a friend who is having their first baby soon. It felt so good to be straightening up!

I bought a big plastic tub with a lid to put all the unused jars (for canning) in one place instead of scattered all over the garage. I got these organizers for my closet:

We went to IKEA one day and got two of these:

They are really going to help with the office organization and the clutter. I’m glad we bought two, too. This is the before in the office closet:

Packed full of clutter! Scrapbook supplies (I don’t really do it much these days but I want to save it for arts and crafts for Logan), office supplies, paper, computer stuff, pens, envelopes, mailing supplies, cards, etc. It was all scattered around in different storage containers in the closet. I knew we could do better.

After:

It looks SO much better! I got everything super organized and labeled. I got rid of some stuff. It’s not 100% done yet but it’s close and it makes me feel good that it’s less cluttered.

Try Going Vegetarian (A Little Bit) –

I definitely got more vegetables into my diet in February and I feel pretty good about that. But I wouldn’t say I was consistently trying to go vegetarian on a regular basis.

I didn’t love the zoodles. They cooked down to kind of nothing and got lost in the sauce. It basically felt like I was just eating marinara sauce with turkey meatballs. I definitely prefer spaghetti squash for a non-pasta pasta dish over the zucchini.

QUESTION: How was your February?

Positive Weekend

I had a pretty good weekend. To be honest, the last few weekends have been a struggle for me. The weather was ugly, the darkness was making me tired and I was feeling very distressed about my weight. I was starting to get into the “must restrict” mentality and when I ate something I deemed to be “not healthy” I felt like a failure and would beat myself up about it. All weekend long. One slip-up, even if I hadn’t gone over my calories, felt like I failed. It sucked. It was kind of a dark place to be. I felt resentful of (seemingly) everyone else on the planet that could eat and drink whatever they wanted and not worry about their weight. I felt like I wasn’t making any progress. I actually broke down and bought some clothes in one size up because I was tired of crying every time I put on my pants and they felt skintight.

So that’s where I was the last few weeks. This weekend I didn’t feel like that too much. I was on track with my food. I was feeling more positive. I wasn’t feeling STARVING all the time like I had been for the last month and a half. And I had some good workouts. This was the Warrior Room on Saturday (and I went up in weight in the kettle bells!):

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It was a great workout and I am reminded just how important the Warrior Room routine is to my knee health. I noticed that when I took time off when I was sick, then the wedding, then the honeymoon, my knees started to bother me. But when I go to the WR consistently my knees are happier. It really does show how unbalanced my body is naturally. I need to work extra hard to keep those glutes strong to keep my knees strong!

This was Sunday’s workout — despite feeling a little stiff and sore I was able to get in a 2 mile run on the treadmill before yoga class:

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The yoga teacher seemed to psychically know that I needed extra hip stretching because most of the moves in that particular class worked on the hips (thank goddess!).

I also ate really healthy foods. I wanted to share one of the finds because it was so delicious. Years and years ago I was a vegetarian but I wasn’t very good at it and didn’t eat in a healthy way, I just didn’t eat meat. There also weren’t a lot of options for vegetarians 15 years ago. The faux foods weren’t good and I think the only option was Morning Star, which I’ve never liked.

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I got these veggie burgers at Trader Joe’s on a whim and I’m so glad I did! They were amazing! I loved them. For dinner on Sunday night I cooked up one of these veggie burgers and had some sauteed Brussels Sprouts with onions (cooked in coconut oil) with some cottage cheese on the side. It was a really filling dinner and it was only around 400 calories. I loved these burgers!

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If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, I highly recommend you give them a try. I will be buying more of them and working them into my meal rotation. The only downside is that you have to cook them in a skillet. I don’t know if they’d turn out in the microwave, so I don’t know that it would be a feasible option for lunches at work. But on the weekends it would be a great lunch option.

The weather was also really nice on Saturday. I got so much stuff done–a lot of the usual chores in addition to a bunch of yard work (and planted some plants from a neighbor). I also went through a bunch of stuff and got a box and big bag full to donate. Plus, Michael and I took Bella to the dog park.

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(That picture was actually taken by our dog walker in the backyard but it’s too cute not to share.) The dog park was packed with dogs because it was so nice out! Bella had a blast running around playing and chasing dogs and there were two rambunctious puppies (one pitbull and one mutt) that were super spazzy and Bella loved them. They all had the same crazy energy.

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Once Bella was done playing (she stopped paying attention to the other dogs) Michael and I walked with Bella around the park. It’s a huge park with trails and a few different fields, there was even a fenced horse area! Crazy that this huge park is so close to our house and we had no idea.

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It was just a really nice way to spend the afternoon–sunshine, blue skies, fall leaves and a nice walk.

Back to the food. I was under my calorie goal every day for the weekend AND I had some leftover Halloween candy too. It just goes to show that I just do not do well with restriction and moderation is what works. For weeks I tried to restrict and NOT eat any of the foods that I deemed on my “no list”. No pizza. No dessert. No “fun” foods. Just eat whole foods, fruits and vegetables. But denying myself these things just made me want them more and made me feel more miserable and frustrated with my lack of progress. It just goes to show you how much of weight loss is MENTAL.

I haven’t weighed myself to check in for two weeks. I will do it this week and see if I’ve made any more progress.