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2014 New Year’s Resolutions

31 Dec

If at first I don’t succeed, I must try… try again.

Goals for the New Year:

1) Weigh 140 lbs.

– Work out with PTP 2x a week.

– Follow the Paleo diet.

– Track food (shoot for 1800-2000 calories a day) and exercise on My Fitness Pal.

2) Run the Vancouver Marathon (or at least the 1/2).

– Train with Foot Traffic University or Vancouver Fit.

3) Save $10,000.

– Budget, budget, budget.

Wish me luck!


If Only I Could Be A Vegan

20 Jan

Image courtesy of Goat Girl

I’ve thought about going vegan before, so when I watched Vegucated the other day I was really inspired. I told my boyfriend, who just groaned, and promptly started eating only fruits, veggies, grains, nuts and seeds. I was expecting to feel lighter and cleaner immediately, but it had the opposite effect and I was reminded of why being a vegetarian doesn’t work for me.

As much as I’d like to save all the little farm animals from the tortures of commercial farming, I need to eat meat. So, I’m doing the next best thing…making conscious choices about the meat I buy.


Image courtesy of Patrizio Martorana

Since I got laid off in November, I can’t afford to buy 100% grass feed, free range all the time, but I have started shopping at a local grocer who sells locally raised beef and poultry from Painted Hills, Draper Valley Farms and Willamette Egg Farms. I’ve looked them all up and, while they may not be perfect, I feel pretty confident that they care about the animals and the quality of their products. Plus, they provide levels of products so I can upgrade as I become gainfully employed again.

Calming Your Nerves Inconspicuously at Work

8 Jan

I just sat in on a lovely webinar by Dr. Eno called 5 Ways To Transform Your Stress Level in Under 10 Minutes and learned some new techniques. I don’t want to give away all of Dr. Eno’s secrets, but there is one technique that seems particularly well suited for the office.

Image Courtesy of Ariel da Silva Parreira

Image Courtesy of Ariel da Silva Parreira

It’s called 4 Corner Breathing and here are the instructions:

  1. Next time you’re waiting for a file to download or a preparing for a big meeting, stop and look at the upper left hand corner of your computer screen and count to five while you inhale.
  2. Hold your breath and slowly move your eyes along the top edge to the upper right hand corner of your screen.
  3. Exhale to the count of five.
  4. Continue to work your way around your computer screen in this way until you feel calm and centered.

How do you discretely calm your nerves at work?

Are Eating Issues A Doorway to the Divine?

1 Jan

“Your body is a vehicle for God.”  — Marc David

I recently came across The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and watched a couple of videos by Marc David, which hit home for me. His basic premise is that eating issues are really a doorway to a deeper relationship with the divine. That digestive issues may be the body’s way of telling us we’ve lost sight of our true purpose to act as a conduit for God’s love.

Truthfully, it makes me feel very uncomfortable to talk about God. Although I grew up going to church, spent summers at Christian camp and even went to Bible school for a year in Sweden after high school, I’ve never been comfortable talking about this part of my life with strangers.

However, participating in a world religions course at the First Unitarian Church of Portland this fall, reminded me that it’s a essential part of our humanity and is worth discussion because there are many different ways to commune with God, just as there’s no single diet that works for everyone.

So, let’s discuss. What do you think about the connection between God and food?

Picking Up Where I Left Off

31 Dec

I can’t believe it’s been a little over a year since I’ve posted to this blog. In some ways a lot has changed and in others I feel like I’m right back where I was this time last year.

Giving up sugar and grains has been incredibly difficult and I’m still working on it because I really believe it is the best thing I can do for my health. So, starting tomorrow, I’m kicking off the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and plan to report my progress here.

Wish me luck!

Drinking Enough H20

3 Oct

Challenge number three from trainer Kim – drinking three of these a day is proving a little more challenging than I thought:

Turns out carrying a water bottle around everywhere you go isn’t the same as drinking it!


Kicking it Off With Trainer Kim

2 Oct

Yesterday I met with Trainer Kim for the first time. I signed up for her introductory package for Healthy Foods To You and am so excited to be working with her.

My first assignment was to try on my skinny jeans and take a before picture. Amazingly, I was able to slide them on and get them buttoned, but I’ve got a ways to go before I can feel comfortable wearing them out in public again.

My second assignment was to find a bikini that I’d like to wear for the trip to Hawaii we’re planning in February. So here’s the pic I cut out of Women’s Health and stuck to my fridge as motivation: