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Calorie Counting

I had a hard time keeping my eyes open yesterday.  I woke up, made breakfast and took a nap; I went to the doctor, made lunch, and took a nap; I had a snack, watched some Netflix, and took a nap.  Are we seeing a repeating pattern?

The good news is I made it to the doctor yesterday and listened to him get a little angry at his staff for telling me I couldn’t come in yesterday and instead wound up in the ER.  Have I told you I love my doctor?  He took a look at my tests from yesterday and felt around the area of my spine that was in pain.  He thinks it’s a tension headache as we store most of our stress in our neck, shoulders and upper back.  He recommended more yoga (it’s a good thing I’m committing to 3 days / week with the Yoga Challenge), wrote a prescription for an anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer, told me to take it easy and come back to see him next week.

I’m not completely sold on the tension headache but I’m moving more each day and I have been pretty stressed out so I guess it does make sense.  I just can’t explain the pain I felt on my spine on Thursday; almost like someone took a hammer to your spine over and over.  It was far from pleasant.

But I’m on the road to recovery and that’s the most important thing.

Anyway, I wanted to check in with the FitMixer bootcamp.  I’ve mentioned the workouts have been awesome and I’ve briefly touched upon the calorie counting but I think there’s more to be said, especially now that I’m 1/3 of the way through bootcamp.

I’m not one for counting calories.  I eat with intention and strongly believe that we can enjoy all foods as long as it’s in moderation.  But that doesn’t mean I’m in any way perfect and this has been a reminder that I still have work and obstacles to overcome.  Like stress or boredom eating.  We all do it.  And if you say you don’t, then I challenge you to count your calories (every bite you take in) for a week and then tell me you still believe that statement.

Because I’ve found myself walking to the kitchen while I’m bored looking for a snack, only to realize I’m not actually hungry.  I never really considered myself a boredom eater, so it’s been interesting to catch myself in the act a few times.  I’m working to break this habit.

Beside when you become aware of the foods you’re putting in your body, their nutritional value and compare it with your goals for the day, you get a real sense of the term “empty” calories. For example, marshmallows are a real weak spot for me.  I love nothing more than a soft fluffy and melty marshmallow.  And I can eat 4 of those big marshmallows for only 100 calories.  Doesn’t seem bad until you eat them for your afternoon snack and realize you’re still hungry and they’re not going to hold you over until dinner.  Does it mean I skip the marshmallows? No, but it does mean I only eat a couple, ripped in 1/2 and topped on 2 graham cracker squares.

Sometimes with a few chocolate chips too! ;)

And let’s not forget my favorite dinner as of late: a huge salad topped with 1/2 avocado, 1/3 cup defrosted frozen mixed veggies tossed in a light balsamic and topped with either 2 over easy eggs or a veggie patty.  Seems like a lot of food while I’m eating it and yet it comes in right around 300 calories.  That meal holds me over; that meal is a much better use of my calories.

Conclusion: calorie counting isn’t that bad. It’s eye-opening and definitely a helpful tool for those looking to lose weight or even just get a better sense of their eating habits.

Is it something I’m going to continue post-bootcamp? Not regularly but from time to time, yes because it’s a great way to just check-in with your eating and hunger.

Have you ever counted calories? If so, did you have any revelations or conclusions?  If not, would you ever?

Photo a Day June

Did you know yesterday was National Running Day? Did you go for a run to celebrate?

You better believe I did! I made it short and sweet because yesterday’s FitMixer bootcamp workout was a toughie, I felt a little low on fuel and I knew I still had a 10 min walk home from the gym. There was to be no fainting – listen to your body!

A few months ago I jumped on board with the “Photo a Day” on Instagram. Then I completely lost motivation and couldn’t get past a few days without skipping several. I decided to try it again this month. Really just because I enjoy taking photos and it helps build habit and improved photography skills (even if it’s just on my iPhone).

Here’s my photos from this past week.

I know it’s not Monday and I’ve shared numerous posts about my love for Bon Iver, but as I was sitting on my couch yesterday afternoon doing some writing, I had Bon Iver playing through my AppleTV when I suddenly realized there was a music video playing. The beauty of the video matched the song perfectly and I couldn’t tear my eyes away; it was just too beautiful. So I’m sharing. Deal with it.

And finally, I’m throwing a question out there to all of my amazing blogger / tech savvy friends : If I want to make a text box with the html code for the Fitness Friday button, how do I keep from it reading the html code so it shows as text? (Please excuse me if this is a dumb question but I can’t seem to figure it out!)

Cheers

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!

Did you do anything fun?

Since I was working most of the weekend, the highlight for me was Justine’s bachelorette party. I’ll be honest, this would probably be the highlight even if I wasn’t working the weekend. It was definitely some of the most fun I’ve had in quite some time.

We had a great group of ladies out to celebrate and now I really can’t wait for the wedding in July!  But with that, I need to pick out a dress.  EEK! Anyone out there see any cute (and affordable) dresses that would look good on me and be perfect for the wedding?  I repeat affordable…sorry, I’m on a budget!

Anyway, despite working most of the weekend, I do have the pleasure of having the next few days off work to relax and rejuvenate.  (And catch up on sleep!)  I honestly have no plans other than tackling my to-do list (which is fairly reasonable in length) and relaxing.  I want to do nothing else.  Sorry but I think it’s deserved.

Cheers to the next  couple days off.

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Music Monday / Born and Raised

I keep planning to share one thing with you but then things change or a new album I can’t stop listening to comes out and I have to make a sudden change of plans.  This would be one of those times.

If you know John Mayer; if you like John Mayer, then I must urge you to seek out his newest album Born and Raised.  I’ve been hearing the single “Shadow Days” on the radio but was super excited when I saw the album was released.  And then I was bummed when I had to wait a couple days before it appeared on Spotify.

Yes I was so excited for the album but wanted to make sure I liked it enough to buy first.  I’m pretty sure that means I’m part of the reason the industry has a hard time selling records these days – except that I DO plan to buy the record!  It’s just that good!

I spent my time at home with this album on repeat as I relaxed and laid around writing and relaxing.  Now because this blog is all about my honest opinion, I must tell you this album isn’t one of those albums where John shows you this whole other side of him or his musicianship.  This is the John Mayer that we all know and love.  Personally, I’m okay with that.  But to each his own.  But you won’t know until you give it a listen.  So take a listen.

And can I just quickly say that John Mayer needs to cut his hair! I mean come on…you’re not at Berklee anymore. ha!

What new music have you listened to this week?