Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Getting Back Into The Groove... Gosh Darn It!

Well, it's been a rough couple of weeks and I've been slacking a bit.  Between my issues with my back, some personal stuff, and work stress, I've been more prone to comfort eating over the last 2 weeks... with the result being that I haven't been losing any additional weight.  But good thing is I haven't been gaining much either... kind of a plateau.

Gonna be working the rest of this week on getting back into the groove and getting back on my weight loss track.  My back is feeling better and the physical therapy is winding down, so I'll finally be able to get back into working out again... FINALLY.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Weekend Round Up: Prelude to Sweet Sweet Sweat

Hello my friends!  It's been a couple days since I've been around, so let me catch y'all up on where I am.

I ended up heading to the doctor's office back on Monday (Feb 28th) to get my back checked out.  As I've mentioned before, I've had on-again-off-again issues with my back being thrown out several times a year for the last 15 years (ever since I messed it up in the Navy helping one of my 'mates carry a 300+ pound deck chipper down an almost vertical ladder).  So they took x-rays (which I've yet to hear back about), prescribed me pain pills and muscle relaxers (wow... let's treat the symptoms and not the cause, eh?), and set me up with an appointment for physical therapy (which I have to attend twice a week for the next four weeks).

Despite that fun and festivities, I've done ok in the eating realm... not great... but just ok.  Kind of middle of the road, but nothing major in either the good or bad realm.  I've been taking it kind of easy, giving my back some time to recover, but that also means that boredom also took its toll.

As of right now, my back feels pretty good.  So you know what that means...

I'm kicking off my workout regime this coming week to drop even more weight.  I'm actually looking forward to this quite a bit... it's been a while for me (a little over 6 months).  Gonna have to balance this with my PT for the next 4 weeks...

Well folks, this is it for the night. Hope you are enjoying your own journeys... stay strong and stay on the path.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Resources For Healthy Eating

I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting recommendations for eating and living healthy.  Menus, exercise routines, meditations, drinks, whatever... anything that increases our chances for getting and staying fit is worthwhile checking out.

Here's one that was recommended to me by a friend of mine (Thanks Vanessa!).  We're all familiar with the green movement that has gripped the nation and even the world over the last few years.  Everyone seems to be concerned (finally!) about their carbon footprint and the impact of themselves on the environment and vice versa. Now, that movement is extending into the dietary realm.

When we eat "unhealthy" food, we tend to be taking in and storing unhealthy nutrients and chemicals in our bodies, adding to our overall state of poor living and health. With all this garbage hanging out in your body, it becomes more difficult to achieve and maintain weight, energy, and just a general sense of well-being.

One way to reduce these toxins in your body is to de-toxify and change what you eat.  A great way to do this is with Green Smoothies.  According to Vanessa:

"Drink green smoothies for a gentle detox.  Right now I've been blending kale, oranges and ginger. I don't usually replace meals but I often feel much fuller after eating so many greens, You can add sources of protein and other fun things(flax, yogurt, whey, cocoa, kefir, chia seeds, coconut milk/water) in it too. They are a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs without having to eat a salad for every meal. I always feel so much better when I drink them regularly."

She recommends the following site for some great ideas on Green Smoothies and healthy raw eating.  I've looked through it and it has lots of great recommendations.  I'm going to give the basic green smoothie a try as an assistance for my dinner-time eating (which seems to be one of the worst meals of the day for me).

The main site ( looks like an interesting approach to eating right and getting healthy... with a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle.