Back in the saddle!

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I’m back in the saddle, folks! Burning calories, feeling great, pushing new boundaries, trying new machines, and achieving new milestones.

I trekked to the gym in all that slush Monday after #WinterStormJonas and was greeted by the regulars tenacious enough to be there before my usual 8am arrival. It felt great to have somewhere to go to be inspired, motivated, challenged, and most of all healthy!

I’ve made a few changes to my schedule for this month (February), since for the last couple months I’ve been playing a cruel game of catchup at which I was losing miserably.

Here’s the plan:
I’m dedicating Mondays to work from home (office duties) and the rest of the week to field activities. If this proves to be successful I will:
– get the extra rest I need while systematically vanquishing my paperwork pile.
– get 3 substantial workouts in per week to maintain my fitness goals
– get to tackle other tasks around the house that usually get crammed into the weekend
– have more time with munchkin for homework during the week (since I won’t need to multitask by squeezing in chores) and more time for fun on the weekends (I think… We’ll see!).

I’ve also made some changes to my diet of which I’m already seeing great results.

Change #1: Less sugar:
I’m reading labels more meticulously now. I did before when monitoring Trans fats, quality of ingredients and calories, but now I’m zeroing in on sugar and other sweeteners.
I read an article recently about sugar consumption and how addictive it can be, even more so than cocaine. I was aware of most of the info before but saw some things in a new light. Here’s the link if you’d like to read for yourself [https://yesroanne.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/how-to-detox-from-sugar-for-good/]
Long story short, I’m a sugar addict and I need to cut back so I’m making a valiant effort to do so.

My first effort is to swap sugar for molasses in my coffee. I drink 3 cups per day, and I prefer milk and sugar as my taste buds can’t handle it black (at least not yet). The only way to do no sugar is if I use half n half but that won’t work long term since I’m having issues with dairy based milk which I’ll explain later.

So far, I’ve tried honey, and other artifical sweeteners but can’t handle the weird aftertaste. Surprisingly, molasses delivers a better result that would allow me to still truly enjoy my coffee habit. Win-win!

I’ve also cut down on the amount of sweet snacks I bring into the house. Munchkin loves cookies and marshmallows so I still get those. But instead of 2 bags each, I now buy one bag each and cut the serving portions in half. In addition I’m stocking up on more fruits, yogurt, nuts and other high protein, high fiber foods which will keep us full longer while providing better nutrition.

Change #2: I’m switching from Lactose-free milk to non-dairy milk
I discovered my Lactose intolerance years ago and had switched to alternative milks like lactaid, soy or almond with wonderful results. But lately, it seems I’m also developing an intolerance to lactaid milk. When on it, I break out frequently, when off it, things seem to settle a bit. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m allergic to dairy on a whole? My only other sources of dairy are eggs, cheese and yogurt, which are consumed sporadically since they are very expensive of late and I only purchase them when there’s a sale (got to stretch that dollar you know?). So this brings me back to the lactaid milk, which is the one constant dairy item in the he house rain or shine.

Mom has been harping for years that I need to get off dairy, that it might be what was causing my horrible allergies,  but I never listened. I just assumed I was allergic to my dog or something else in the house or just pollen. But the minute I switched to lactaid milk, my allergies stopped and I no longer had to take a daily allergy pill to settle my constant sneezing and itching. Huh! How in the world am I to admit to her she was right? There’s no way I’m giving her this victory! Why? Are you kidding me? Because she’ll think she’s been right about EVERYTHING ELSE she EVER urged me to do !!! Oh no, this victory is going with me to the grave. 😀

But seriously, I’m now exploring what it means to be Vegan and if that is a path to better health I can maintain successfully. (If you’re vegan, feel free to shoot me any advice you may have about your process, thanks! ) or if I simply need to avoid dairy as it seems I have a dairy allergy.

Well, that’s all for now folks. I’m making progress, and I’m thankful for the many blessings the gracious Father has chosen to bestow upon me. I’m also a thankful for your support as I journey to better health.

Blessings to you as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
A.

The following song describes my feel-good mood this week and will put a little pep in your step too. Enjoy 😀

 


Contents written: February 8 2016 | Copyright 2016 Moylom Enterprises


 

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