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Day 1: Reprioritizing

Yesterday, I did my best to be a healthy living blogger, reprioritizing making health important again: I ate good foods, I worked out (!), I tweeted, and I took pictures of everything!

DSCN7356First, I started my day off with my confessional blog and some breakfast.  Coffee with cream and sugar (my one major vice but I use only a little) and some microwaved eggs.  For the eggs, I butter a big mug, scramble the eggs with a little water, add my “toppings” (it was salsa), and microwave for 1 minute per egg.  Easy!DSCN7330

I headed to my office at school to get to work.  I had some tea because I find it relaxing and better than plane water.  Sadly at work, they were doing construction in the hall way.  It was super loud so I packed up my stuff and headed back home.


While I worked, I had a light lunch of salad mix with chicken and baby portabella mushrooms topped with Newman’s Own Olive Oil Vinaigrette dressing.  This is another Paleo thing I’ve been holding out on: I’m too lazy to make my own dressing.


DSCN7347DSCN7345After my lunch, I was really itching to workout so I sorted through my DVDs and decided on Bob Harper’s Inside Out Method Kettlebell Cardio Shred (sans kettlebell).  I promise to do a DVD review of this tomorrow!

After my workout, I was starved!  I refueled with a banana protein shake and my supplements, but I was still hungry so I had dinner at 2:30 PM!  A pork chop and squash.  It was delicious!


I made sure to wrap and ice my ankle.  I left it wrapped all night using KT tape.  I can definitely feel the support using the tape and its better than the random pressure of a wrap.  I’m still not sold on its magical healing capabilities though!  But I will continue to tape it, especially for the marathon.


I was really snacky the rest of the night and it was mostly good, some not-so-good, and one bad but no regrets!  Luckily I only had one little serving of the ice cream left but that Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter will be the death of me!  I used a recipe for the Baked Apple from Living Super Human (Google search result).  Again, more tea because its better than water!


I tracked all my food yesterday too and was basically in my calorie range (using My Fitness Pal and FitBit set to losing 1 pound per week – FitBit adjusts my intake according to how much I burned that day).  I think I am going to keep tracking to get me back on the right track.  Maybe seeing how bad my cheat foods are will make me stop wanting them again?  I also have a problem when I am 100% Paleo of not eating enough.  This is just my little experiment.

Anyway, today is a hugely busy day also.  I have a meeting to go to with some other classmates at another university.  I hesitated on going at first because I have back homework (from when I was in South Africa) I wanted to hand in today but I guess that will have to wait until later.  Also, I got permission from my professor to work from home on Fridays!  He is so understanding and had no problem with it at all. 

Now, I must be off for my very long day!  Its an hour drive to the meeting and an hour back.  Then I have a 2 hour class.  After that, I have to pack up my apartment, eat dinner, and drive 2 hours home.  Lots of car time today!

What is one healthy thing you did yesterday that you are proud of?
I tried really hard to have a good day and I’m pretty happy with it!  I am especially proud that I worked out, and it was a 54 minute work out at that!

7 comments to Day 1: Reprioritizing

  • Lara C

    Cool! Glad you are finding a way to reprioritize. I’m realizing that I too need to track, and I need to get back on ‘something’, in a blogging fashion. It’s amazing what the accountability does to help. The weight is slowly creeping up on me. My clothes don’t fit, and my exercise regime sucks. Yep. I’ve got a few things to change.

  • Tracking REALLY helps me. I’ve done it off and on since 1985 and that and water (at least 2L a day, more if I worked out) are the ONLY good things I’ve kept from that program 🙂

    I didn’t do so well yesterday. Not having my Fitbit (it died 10 days ago, getting the replacement takes forever due to where I live) seems to have knocked the wind out of my tracking sails. One thing I did was trim fat off my pork chop? Can I count that? Fat is healthy and necessary but I took off about 1/2.

  • Tiffany

    Sounds like a great day! Keep the momentum going…
    I ran 6 miles yesterday and did my core exercises.
    OH! Just got my new cookbook – Paleo Slow Cooker – might be the answer to your cooking issue…you can prep it, plug it in and VOILA! Supper! or Lunch! There are even some breakfasts…for when you’re home…perfect for me! I won’t have to cook 5 individual fritattas!

  • I tracked everything I was going to eat…and then ate some things I didn’t track. *face/palm* I’ll get there. I’m toying with the idea of another attempt at Whole30 before Thanksgiving just to clear everything out and give me a good boost to the system (plus, seriously, fog head faded on day 6 last go ’round and I felt so good that I cheated my way out of Whole30…so now fog head is back and I *hate* it! MUST find out what is causing it!).

  • Kat

    Tracking is key for me and my fitness pal paired with fit bit do the trick for me.

    I ran 4 miles yesterday so I am feeling real good about that!

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