Thankful Thursday & Inspiration

It’s definitely time for a Thankful Thursday to remind us why we carry on even after a really hard couple of weeks. Today I am thankful for:
1. My body. As much time as I spend wishing my body looked better for all the work I put into it, I am trying to focus more on what I do like. The extra skin on my stomach and arms from losing weight can bring my whole day down, but what about my strong, muscular legs that allow me to walk all over the place and now RUN like I have always wanted to? What about my shoulders that are becoming defined and toned? At the end of a work out I can walk away knowing I have put my all into it and even if I don’t ever have a 6 pack, I’m ALIVE and HEALTHY! I have to be thankful that the parts of me that bother me the most are the easiest to cover- who walks around showing off their stomachs? This isn’t the 90’s.
2. Always always always my family, friends & John. They have been nothing but supportive as always with how down I’ve been feeling, without judgment. You guys are the best.

3. Inspirational quotes. Yesterday when I was slumping back down into a sad mood, I started to read running, sports and life quotes. One in particular from Michael Jordan I loved: β€œI have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot .. and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why… I succeed.” I don’t follow basketball or any sport for that matter, but realizing that professional athletes who train constantly make mistakes and have off days made me accept that failing at things that we are known to be good at is part of life. I don’t mean this to sound cocky at all, but because I have been so open with my weight loss, I feel a certain pressure to be PERFECT and never gain an ounce. I put this pressure on myself because EVERYONE in my life, even people who I barely know, are so supportive of me. I just feel like if I mess up, I’m no longer a role model. But then I realized I love reading about other people’s mistakes/slip ups because it makes me feel normal and gets me back on track faster. I’m not saying I love when other people feel down, but I think when you know you aren’t the only one feeling a certain way it helps you feel better faster. I had this thing in my head where only overweight people would stress eat, but through reading blogs and asking my friends, it happens to most people. This helped me accept and be open about my own struggle with it. After a solid year of being the most obsessive, strict calorie counter on the planet, I let my guard down and allowed myself to make a few mistakes. 5 pounds and tighter pants are not the end of the world- it can be fixed and is a lesson learned. Stress eating did not help me feel better, in fact it made me feel worse and crazier. Now I know that a good sweat session, a nap, calling my best friend, or cuddling with John is effective in helping me feel better. Lululemon has an awesome page of inspirational sayings here: http://www.lululemon.com/about/culture

4. New York City. My home. It’s still unreal to say that I live here.

5. Having the ability to motivate and inspire people. More on that later! πŸ™‚

Those inspirational quotes helped me to change my attitude to positive for the rest of yesterday. Backing up, I had my usual oatmeal mess for breakfast yesterday morning but with pumpkin. Adding pumpkin will make your bowl overflow in the microwave, and makes it so fluffy! No picture because you see my oatmeal mess every day. I had an awesome snack that kept me full for 3 hours and I am now having every day. Glenny’s cranberry & almond bar with a spoon of extra crunchy peanut butter.

Except I’m going to replace the fruit & nut bar with apples to save on calories, aka use more peanut butter. But if you can find those bars, try them! So healthy and delicious.

Lunch is also not pictured because I ate the same thing earlier in the week. Egg whites, chickpeas, feta cheese and mustard with carrots & hummus on the side. Also picked up an unsweetened iced tea at Starbucks because I’m trying hard to earn a gold card there by using a gift card to pay each time.. I’m about 18 drinks away. Hopefully the gold card means I get free drinks every day because I LOVE Starbucks but am too poor to support my habit.

Later in the day I was feeling good and really wanted to RUN. Luckily I carry my gym bag as my new purse (it’s Marc Jacobs, obvs.) and always have gym attire with me. If I had to go to my apartment first, I know I’d find my bed much more attractive then the gym! I found a crazy sprint workout on this blog: http://insweetnessandinhealth.com/ that sounded perfect. Her blog is great, I love her workouts and food! πŸ™‚ I figured it would be easy because of all the walking intervals, but I was sweating more than I seriously ever have.

It hurt so good. I didn’t follow it exactly because I didn’t need to walk for as long to recover, but it basically was 1 minute intervals between walking at 4 MPH, jogging at 6 MPH, then sprinting for 30-90 seconds between 8-9 MPH! 9 MPH is the fastest I’ve ever done, and it is HARD for me. Sprints make me feel like I’m going to vom, and I kind of love it- sometimes. Sometimes it makes my knee hurt, but I kept the incline on .5 so it wasn’t flat. You also begin and end the work out on a 5% incline, so your legs start burning from the start. Wearing my heart rate monitor was awesome to see how far I could blast it on the sprints. The guy on the treadmill next to me told me my sprinting was awesome and it motivated him to speed up! I LOVEEE THATTTTTTT!

Seriously, I just want to work around health and fitness and spend my life motivating and helping others learn to love being active and healthy and talk about endorphins and sweat all day. It’s not me trying to brag, but when people compliment me on anything to do with my body or fitness, I just want to scream “I LOST 110 POUNDS AND IF I CAN DO IT ANYONE CAN!” Because it’s SO true to me! I left the gym feeling high and amazing. I love endorphins. Stopped by Subway to pick up a turkey salad with avocado because I have nothing to eat in my apartment besides broccoli, eggs and a can of beets. I dumped it in a bowl and added those eggs and beets, and had broccoli and ketchup on the side.

I also had a piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a banana, but forgot to take a picture because I ate it in .5 seconds. It was a long 30 minutes from the gym to my apartment and I couldn’t hardly wait to toss a salad into a bowl to eat- I needed to refuel my muscles from sprinting PRONTO πŸ˜‰

I had all intentions of going to a strength training class with Caitlin this morning, but I overslept and didn’t hear my alarm for TWO HOURS! John, you can’t ever leave again for 2 nights because without you I only have one alarm and clearly I need two blasting my eardrums to wake up from my comas.

What do you think I had for breakfast? Oatmeal mess obvs, but instead of pumpkin spice coffee I tried my new bag:

It was good! But not life changing, sadly. Yes, I have had my life changed by food many times. Oatmeal messes are one of them, which is why I need one every single morning. Natural peanut butter also.

I semi resembled a girl today as I wore a necklace and mascara for the first time in at least a month. I LOVE this necklace!

Some girls choose to spend an hour or two getting ready in the morning- I choose to run and sweat like crazy and have just enough time to shower. Thank God dry shampoo was invented.
I had the same snack as yesterday; Glenny’s cranberry & almond bar and a spoonful of peanut butter. I ate this around 12:30 and wasn’t even remotely hungry until 4! Lunch was another bowl of egg whites/feta/chickpeas/mustard and the rest of my beets. I had a small bag of cheddar Popchips- they are SO good and only 100 calories for the whole bag. Carrots and hummus on the side, for maximum fiber intake.

No afternoon snack because I ate so late. It was absolutely freezing, pouring and tornado-ing out so I took the bus home and could not feel my fingers or toes by the time I got home. It’s going to be a long winter, and these extra 5 pounds are feeling like a good idea πŸ˜‰ I can’t believe I made it until Thursday without grocery shopping! I truly used every ounce of produce and things in my cupboard this week that I hadn’t used and it was awesome. I actually had no desire for vegetables tonight (I’ve gone crazy) but needed something warm and carb-y. I had delicious ingredients to make protein pancakes, so I snacked on a piece of whole wheat bread with peanut butter, banana and honey while I whipped up some oatmeal wheat-bran protein pancakes.

I used 1/2 cup wheat bran, 1/4 cup oats, chia seeds, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 3 egg whites and almond milk. It was basically my oatmeal mess, but poured into a pan and made into pancakes. They came out SO AMAZING!

Topped with blueberries, banana, sugar free syrup and PB2! I mixed 2 tablespoons of PB2 with some water and let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up. Tastes like peanut butter, but it isn’t. But I think I filled my peanut butter quota for the day already πŸ˜‰

Now I’m cuddled up in a hoodie, sweats, 8 blankets and watching Knocked Up. This weather really snuck up on us and I’m very much dreading getting up at 4:30 AM to go to the gym. I should be able to knock out 6 miles with the help of my carbilicious dinner πŸ™‚ John comes back late tonight so when I wake up in the middle of the night to pee 90 times, he’ll be here! I’m pretty excited to have my snuggle partner back.

What are you thankful for today?

What are your favorite inspirational quotes? Share them because I love them!

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9 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday & Inspiration”

  1. I’m super Thankful for your blog!! I look forward to reading about what you eat, and how much you exercise each day. I’m in the beginning of my wt loss journey and your blog is trully inspiring me!! Thanks for doing this and don’t ever feel bad for sharing everything with us. That’s what makes you so relatable. If we all felt you were perfect we wouldn’t feel like we could do what you have done. Reading your blog makes me feel like I can get this wt off!! So ..on that note..I feel that you eat SUPER healthy. But what did you eat in the beginning of your wt loss journey? Can you share some of what worked for you? Food wise and exercise! Thanks in advance!!!

    1. your comment just made my whole morning πŸ™‚ i think i accidentally deleted you from myfitnesspal but i think you re-added me! message me on MFP and i will tell you in more detail how i started eating healthier in the beginning!

  2. Hey Jen – I’ve been reading your blog from the beginning again (cause you’re that awesome) and thought you should know the link above (insweetnessandinhealth) brings up a porn site. LOL. Imagine the look of horror on my bosses face…since I’m reading your blog at work. Priceless!! It’s Lisa from Canada btw…we’ve emailed a few times πŸ™‚

    1. 1st off i am SO honored because i do that with all my fav bloggers! Love reading old posts of my own too just to go back and reflect πŸ™‚ 2nd.. that is so crazy that its a porn site! LOL it was one of my fav blogs back then! Jeez!!!

      1. I think you underestimate how important you are to so many people in the blog-reading world…thank you for everything πŸ™‚

      2. I actually love you. Can I move to Canada and live with you? P.S. after watching a hilarious tv show called Kroll Show, they have a skit thats supposed to be like Degrassi and they were comparing Canada life to US life and I really would love to move to Canada if it were warmer!!! πŸ™‚

      3. LOL you’re funny…you would HATE the weaither. We’ve had -30 all week, and that’s Celsius, so -22ish for you….freeeeezing! I’ve been running on the treadmill at the gym cause there’s no way I’m going outside!!! My family is from NY and I’ve actually driven to Binghamton (when I was a teenager, by myself, in a snow storm…for a guy!!! LOL) so it’s funny that’s where you’re from. Next time I’m in NY, you’ll be the first to know!! I love you too!!! xoxo

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