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February: Change


So. It’s a new month, and I can’t believe it’s February already, my how time flies. I’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for this month and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy following me along this journey.


I doodled up this little list of goals on Sunday in a fit of procrastination.

That’s right, I declared that for February I would:

  • Not Drink any Coffee
  • Not eat any sugar (processed sugar, desserts, etc.)
  • Workout every day

What’s inspired this?

If you know me in real life you’ll know I’ve been complaining about my jeans all fitting a wee bit tighter since December. I can’t blame it on the laundry machines any more.

My energy levels are low and listless and I’ve been feeling health and body wise really out of sorts. I know it’s the two blondies or cookies or chocolates I have after both LUNCH and DINNER and you know that little bit I have at 4pm because I’m just in the mood.

So there’s a little something different in my coffee cup this morning.


I’ve definitely been inspired to make some of these changes by reading about the great experience of Ashley over at Edible Perspective. She was able to “detox” sans feeling deprived in anyway.

I drank the lemon water today, and it tasted pretty good actually (I’d been trying it with the bottled lemon juice before today, and that is totally gross). I’ve also had tea, since I’m pretty sure if I didn’t I’d have the worst hangover ever. Though I am hoping to go completely caffeine free later this month.

Then yesterday I got an invite from this lovely lady over at Life After Bagels.

Morgan was inspired by the crew at Oprah and wants us to join her in going vegan for a week. And since I’m in the mood to actually make changes happen in my life, I figure this is a very good starting point.

What sort of resolutions and goals do you have for February?

I promise I’ll be updating more, especially with the challenges of giving up two of my favourite things, and with the vegan challenge.



Filed under food, health, mental health

Weighing In

There have been a few posts recently that have really hit a chord with me. Today the post that really got me thinking was Annabel’s post on The Scale. Kath over at Kath Eats mentioned Intuitive Eating, and how she’s gained a few but it’s all good because she’s healthy and enjoying life. Even Cailtin over at Healthy Tipping Point recently wrote about how she’s been struggling with the healthy lifestyle.

And well, the reason this hit home with me is because I too have been struggling.

I’ve said it before I am a stress eater. And recently it’s been getting to me. And I could literally feel myself getting bigger (haha, ok, maybe not). But seriously pants and jeans have been feeling tighter. Then today in my Food Assessment class we had an anthropometric lab. This is where you weigh yourself, take your height, do body fat measurements, etc. etc.

I was nervous for a little bit. Me and the scale we have history, and hey, it ain’t so good. I weigh myself maybe four times a year. I trust measuring my waist, hips, etc way more. I was nervous because there was a time in my life when stepping on the scale would literally send me into a crazy binge. I would try unsuccessfully to starve, inevitably binging loads, then see a gain on the scale and binge some more. Not a pretty sight, I assure you.

I stepped on it today and.

Well, it was heavier then this summer, but only by four pounds. Not as horrible as I’d thought. And well, it just confirmed what my body was already telling me. And the world didn’t come crashing down. I didn’t feel shame, or sadness, or anything. I went, bummer, but hey this is something I can easily do something about.

And I already have. Want to know what I’ll be doing?

I’ve started recording what I eat. It would be smashingly good of me to take pictures of all my meals and put them up, but for some reason I suck at that. 😉
I’m focusing on eating because I am hungry, not because it’s lunch, breakfast, dinner, or because I should be eating. My worst habit? I sometimes eat when I’m not hungry out of fear I will be hungry. You know diet websites sometimes say things like pack a snack so you won’t get hungry? I can’t deal with that. I end up being like uber full for an entire day. Being hungry is ok. Jeese.
Also working on a 10k training plan (Finishing it, my 10k is November 15th! yikes!) then a 1/2 marathon training plan, which basically starts the week of the 10k. And I’d like to get cycling some more.

But yeah, that’s about it. It’s going to be rough when finals hit, and I’m going to try and come up with a plan for that, but I can’t really. 

How will I measure my progress? With a tape measure and  the scale. Yep. I think I can deal. If ever I can’t, I won’t, it’s that easy. Besides, as much as I’d like to lose those four pounds by christmas, school is ultimately my priority, and that’s the way it is.

Anyway, on to some pics of my dinner, because it was delicious:
Yellow rice (brown rice, tumeric, cinnamin and raisins, sooooo good!) Baked tofu, and some steamed veggies. Yum yum. Seriously the rice, so good: 1/2c rice, 1/2c raisins, 1tsp tumeric, pinch cinnamon (adjust spices to your liking). Throw it all in a pot cover with boiling water, stir and simmer until rice is tender. 🙂

I also finished with a shot of chocolate chips:
It’s all about portion size after all, isn’t it? 😉


Filed under Dinner, eating, Fun, school