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I am no superwoman, and if you have superpowers please let the rest of us know where you found em’. They would probably help us avoid temptations, lazy days, and failures. Since, I have yet to acquire any power that I would consider “super” not to mention, “super human” I sometimes fall subject to couch-bound days, ice cream, and a lack of productivity.

I made it to day 29 of PUSH and feel pretty fantastic about that! Today I came up with a “mantra” to repeat to myself whenever I start to slip from my path to success. The mantra I chose is “stay in forward motion!” To me, this means continuing to take steps forward toward my goals, everyday. Did a coach or teammate ever say something that helped you stay strong when times got tough? Maybe a mentor of yours has a key phrase that represents them. What could you remind yourself in order to “stay the course?”

Tomorrow will be my last word-y post on this site. After that, I will be posting a link to my new site. The new site will be a little bit different. It will still hold some of the same elements as “iAMincharge,” but with a little bit lighter, more informal tone, and plenty of pictures! Get excited!

 

Day 15 brings me back to that day, 7 years ago, when I first decided I was done with ordering #2’s with at McDonald’s (is that still the two cheeseburger meal?); I went cold turkey on my pop intake and went grocery shopping with healthy intent. During the past several years, our household kitchen has been nutritionally cleaned up with each new piece of information I learn. Today I will apply “revamping your kitchen” to both the standard family kitchen and to the mini fridges of college students. Here are some steps Chalene recommends, I have tried, and am still trying to give yourself the healthiest options at your fingertips.

1. Get rid of the JUNK! This one is huge for me, because man, if it’s there, I am bound to eat it someday. We don’t keep candy at our house (unless we’ve been to visit my sweet Nona and bags of fun size Kit-Kats were “buy-one-get-one-free” at Kroger). Pop is nowhere to be found and we replaced it with packets of Crystal Light. Fellow students, do you really need those double-stuffed Oreos AND family size bag of chocolate-covered peanuts? How about swapping them for Cookies n’ Cream Luna bars and chocolate Shakeology and a scoop of PB2?

2. Swap junk for healthier options. I gave a few examples above of where swaps can be made; there is almost always a healthier option. Check out Eat This Not That for great alternatives to your favorite foods. The book and website are great for restaurant swaps, as well.

3. Stock up on containers to store portions. Since beginning PUSH, I started doing this with trail mix because I will eat handfuls of that stuff for a straight hour if I am not careful. I now keep the fruity, nutty crack in Ziplock snack baggies.

4. Arrange prep tools so you can find them easily. Cooking will be less daunting this way. In addition, go get your blender from the highest, furthest, most dusty cupboard and make a smoothie! Healthy and quick! College kids, make the Magic Bullet your new BFF.

5. Spring clean your fridge. Get rid of junk, old stuff, and things you never use. All the produce you will buy won’t leave room for that 2-year old bottle of Thousand Island.

6. Put individual servings of snacks at the front of your pantry. Quick, easy, and healthy.

I am a food lover, so the kitchen can be my safe-spot or my danger zone; I do my best to keep it a safe-spot.

Well after yesterday’s exhausting events I came home and at a couple helpings of sweet potato fries, a veggie burger and pudding concoction I made- not exactly pushing me in the direction of my h&f goal. I tried to offset it a bit by riding my bike to teach swim lessons this morning and lucky for me day 14 is all about not getting hung up on potential roadblocks (like cravings, exhaustions, etc.).

I am a major sweet lover, so I often find myself feeling empty without dessert. Since beginning PUSH, I have given myself two splurges. And you know what? I am finally starting to shake the self-guilting about indulging because I finally do it with a purpose and in moderation- something I hardly ever did before. Previously I was one of those “finish half a cake in one sitting” type of girl. And then I would feel gross for three days afterword. Now, I find myself in control, able to enjoy it more, and satisfied.

In other news, I chopped up TONS of veggies to keep in the fridge and lunched on a fine bowl of steamed green peppers, mushrooms, leftover tempeh, and blueberry salsa. I swear, I can make a lunch out of anything.

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Update on progress thus far:

Let me just preface this by saying I am a healthy eater—Monday-Thursday. Typically, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, all bets are off. On weekend evenings you can find me with my hand in the trail mix container preparing myself for the regret I will feel the next morning. No way to spend 3/7ths of my week, right? Right. So last night I didn’t exactly adhere to my “no eating after 8pm” rule (and was rightfully called out by my boyfriend who knows my eating habits and goals for my eating habits like the back of his hand); however, my after-8 snackies of choice included a bowl of fresh berries and two gluten-free graham crackers. I woke up happy with my progress as the difference between what I consumed last night and what I consumed last Friday night was probably about 1500 calories. After my small win last night, I am ready adhere to my rule tonight.

On to day 3: choosing my PUSH goal. This is the single goal from my list of 10 crazy cool accomplishments I would like to check of in the next year that will lead me to checking off others on the list.

My Push goal (In 1st person as if I already achieved it): I have 500 subscribers to my blog.

By gaining followers I will:

  • earn money
  • establish professional relationships
  • gain credibility

More tomorrow!

 

Day 2 of PUSH, Chalene instructs readers (do-ers) to compile a list of 10 awesome, “crazy cool” goals they would like to achieve in the next year if all cards are stacked in their favor. The requirements for the list? It is to be rewritten on a weekly basis; it is to include one health goal and one financial goal; it is to be challenging; it is to be specific. 

Here is my goal list for the week:

  • Weigh under 140lbs (something I have not done in 3 years)
  • Have $3000 dollars in savings and $3000 dollars in checking
  • Establish personal relationship with at least one professor
  • earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • reach 500 subscribers on blog
  • play an active role in my sorority (hold house position)
  • take a spring break
  • actively support charitable cause
  • work for IDS (IU student newspaper)
  • get something published in a magazine
  • get ACE certified (American Council on Exercise)

I will rewrite this list each week…maybe my goals will change, who knows?

So, day 2 is in full swing and I am feeling pretty good. If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, go back and watch it as I explain the Clean program. Enjoy my video and please please comment.

Day 2


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