Family Dynamics

Let’s get a little personal here.

I come from a family of very active people. Not even just my immediate family. It’s my aunts, my cousins, even my grandpa of 79 years old goes for a swim everyday. Each person in my family is active, eats right (for the most part) and is not overweight. Some are more fit than others, but all of them are in healthy ranges of weights except for me.

I finally realized that I don’t have to eat everything on my plate. That I don’t have to have dessert everyday. That I don’t have to have seconds. And that I don’t have to eat when I am bored. I also realized that I need to prioritize staying active and exercising into my daily lives. Now that I don’t have sports, I have to create time to work on my endurance and strength.

A big shocker came to be last night that made me really- I mean really- rethink my lifestyle.

My dad who is 5 inches taller than I am and 30 years older than me weighs only 5 pounds heavier than me.

Sure he runs triathlons and has been starting eat healthier, but that’s not the point. Your short daughter is not supposed to be practically the same weight as you!!!!!

So I am beginning my healthy journey. My goal is to gain lean muscle and lose body fat, not exactly lose weight. Here we go!

Back at it: Summer 2015

It all started when I received this email from my dad titled “17 Ways to Finally Make That Change.” You should take a look at it here. And it got me really thinking…

Background story:

I have grown up at an average weight and average height. I had a big appetite, but I always saw this as a thing to be proud of. My dad always complimented me that when I ate a lot, it was because I was “growing.” I never was insecure about my weight and size. Growing up I was fairly active whether it was sports or just activities with my family and friends. I never viewed exercise as a requirement for being healthy. I thought it was just fun.

It wasn’t until maybe my senior year that I realized that maybe it was time I “stopped growing.” I was tired of buying new sizes, and then it really hit me. I was 150lbs. How did I gain 30lbs in less than four years? I was now unable to fit into my sports’ jerseys and was self-conscious of how I looked in any clothing attire I had on. I now was wearing the hand-me-downs from my aunts that I always viewed for enormous sizes. (They lost weight and gave me their old jeans.)

It was then that I started to attempt to eat healthier and make exercise a regular part of my lifestyle. A quick summary is that now it’s summer, and next fall I will be starting my sophomore year in college. I currently weight 160lbs, and I’m not proud of it.

I’m not proud how I indulge food not enjoy it.

I’m not proud how I mindlessly eat food.

I’m not proud how I binge eat when I know I’m not supposed to.

I’m not proud how I don’t have set meal times.

I’m not proud how I lost 5lbs in January and then gained 10lbs.

But you know what?

I’m proud that I have not given up, not lost hope. Summer 2015? You are my next challenge.

GOALS:

  • June 17-July 1
    • Run 15 miles
    • Workout 5x a week (dog walking counts!)
    • Track meals
    • Avoid processed foods
    • Avoid sugar
    • Avoid fried food
    • No eating after 9pm

Day 1: Start Strong. Stay Strong

Let’s do this.

For breakfast I made this delicious Grapefruit Avocado Detox Smoothie

My version:

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Merry and Bright Smoothie Recipe

I altered a few ingredients… and it was still freaking delicious!!!! 🙂

Ingredients:
1/3 Avocado
1/2 Grapefruit (Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice)
1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Banana
1/3 Cup Ice

Directions:
Put it in the blender and mix till desired texture!

Close your eyes. Take a sip.

I dare you not to smile after your first sip. I dare you.

Yeah. I know. Frowning is not an option.

Everything is pretty much an estimate. There is no certain measurement… it’s all about what you desire! Have fun with it and comment below!

Lunch:
Salad with avocado
1/2 Banana

Exercise:
High School Soccer game

Dinner:
Steamed chicken (with ginger sauce)
Butternut squash (honey, cinnamon, nutmeg…butter)
Brussels sprouts (olive oil and salt and pepper)

Ugh. Procrastination on an English essay about William Blake. Must… leave… now…