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Barcode Free Challenge

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Well as I am now working hard to ensure that I am eating healthy and hopefully losing some weight.  I would like to try and reduce the number of items I eat that have barcodes.  The main point is to reduce processed foods and to eat more locally.  How much do you eat that is processed?  What so bad about processed foods??

There are GOOD processed foods and then there are BAD processed foods.  The bad foods I will do my best to avoid are made with trans fats, saturated fats, and large amounts of sodium and sugar. These types of foods should be avoided, or at least eaten sparingly.

Processed foods that may not be as healthy as fresh foods include:

  • canned foods with lots of sodium
  • white breads and pastas made with refined white flour, which are not as healthy as those made with whole grains
  • packaged high-calorie snack foods, like chips and cheese snacks
  • high-fat convenience foods, like cans of ravioli
  • frozen fish sticks and frozen dinners
  • packaged cakes and cookies
  • boxed meal mixes
  • sugary breakfast cereals
  • processed meats

My Barcode Free Challenge.  I pledge to cut out as many processed foods as possible… I am going to try some of the ideas from Nourished Kitchen, who had a 28 Day Challenge to reduce Processed Foods.  Nourished Kitchen challenge happened in Feb 2010 and NK kept a log of the days.  Here is a link to the recap posts from NK.

Here is a list of the challenges NK asked those who participated to try:

The Daily Challenges

  • Ditch processed, packaged, refined foods.
  • Choose wholesome, natural foods.
  • Improve your grains.
  • Start your sourdough.
  • Sprout your grains.
  • Mill your own sprouted flour or make wet-milled sprouted grain bread.
  • Relax and evaluate.
  • Fats for moderate and high heat.
  • Fight against GMOs.
  • Fats to eat raw.
  • Bake your sourdough.
  • Find real milk.
  • Get your (good) bacteria.
  • Relax, evaluate and eat some dark chocolate.
  • What’s a SCOBY?
  • Get cultured (veggies, that is).
  • Make yogurt at home.
  • Make cheese at home.
  • Prepare nuts and seeds properly.
  • Maximize the value of beans and legumes.
  • Vegetables and salads and another reason to eat your fats.
  • Why you should eat red meat.
  • Eat your bacon, eggs and lard too.
  • Homemade broth and stock.
  • Not-so-awful Offal.
  • Fish and seafood.
  • Grow your foodshed.
  • Beyond the challenge.

I am going to try some of these and I will post my recaps to them… Hope you follow along as well!


To: New Beginnings!

In January this year I had set a resolution No Fast Food and I had hoped that it would lead to a healthier lifestyle.  Well like most resolutions it did not last.  Recently I have notices a little more around my waist and well I am tired.  I never want to be as round as I am tall.  I currently weight the most I have ever had in my whole life and it is a time to change.

I am 5’3” and I would guess… *as I have been to nervous to stand on a scale* that I weight about 220-225.  I always swore I would never weigh more than 200 well that changed some where in the past two years.

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I must say my downward spiral of bad choices and bad eating started in 2008.  Just after New Years I had found out the my boyfriend of 4 years was cheating on me online… We had not been happy for a while and this was the final straw.  We basically had a 4 month long break where we were living together although not together.  In June of 2008 I met a new group of friends.  They were both good for me and bad at the same time.  It was 3 guys… (one who is the love of my life).  I hung out with them and they introduced me to new people and I joined an improve group and well, my social network exploded.  For the rest of 2008 I ate poorly and enjoyed pizza pasta and McDonalds.  2 liters of coke and Pepsi and no veggies!  I did not exercise and gained my weight.  I was stressed about my life and money and what I wanted to do and where I was headed.  I hit a funk and pushed a lot of the positive friends and my family away.  I did not want them to see me as I was embarrassed of who I had become.  Aaron was one of my new friends and he stood by me throughout the whole year of stupidity and bad choices.

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March 2009

In February of 2009 my family had said well enough is enough.  We had many long unhappy conversations and still Aaron stayed by me.  He had told me he loved me although I did not love myself and was not ready for someone to love me.  He still stuck around.  In May 2009 I had sorted nearly all my mess out and was ready to be loved.  We started dating and pretty much most of the bad things drifted away.  I removed the negative people from my life and was ready to start a new chapter (well whole book).   In June 2009 my friend Ellie got married and well we were friends before her wedding but afterwards our friendship blossomed.  She became my shoulder to lean on and she was there during some hard chats.  By the end of 2009 Aaron and I had moved in together and all is well.

DSC00462 June 27 2010 – Most Recent!

So that brings us back around to the beginning of  the post.  Well for the past 2 months I have been on twitter and chatting with fit bloggers.  I have also read many fit bloggers and reflected on some of the things that have done to change and improve there lives.  I really want to get my life and weight in order.  I want to be happy and healthy.  I have chosen today to reflect and post this as it is time for that Change! It is time for me to shed the pounds and let go of the pain.  I have been on this big kick where I want to run a 5k and well I am.

I AM A RUNNER *If I say it then I must be right?

Well here is my pledge:

I pledge to reflect on my choices both in eating and exercise.  I am going to eat healthy and the CORRECT portion sizes.  I am going to exercise on a regular schedule.  I am going to follow my dreams and make goals (and stick to them).  I am going to reduce my consumption of fatty foods and cut back on the amount of sugar I consume.  I am ready to be HEALTHY HAYLEY!


Running Plan

Below is my running plan.  I am going to do my best to ensure that I follow it.  I am going to post once I complete a week to ensure that I am being both accountable to myself and hope that it will also keep me motivated based on my last post!

Week

Workout 1

Workout 2

Workout 3

One

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Two

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Three

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then do two repetitions of the following:

● Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)

Four

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)

● Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Five

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

● Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.

Six

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then:

● Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)

● Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)

● Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.

Seven

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).

Eight

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).

Nine

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).


Motivation?

I was talking to another blogger the other day about Motivation and how you stay motivated.  Well I have been super tired every day after work and I have not been training.  I feel really crummy not training.  I really want to run that 5K. 

The issue is that when I get home from work (well on my walk home) my feet hurt SO MUCH!  I have been standing everyday for 8 hours and it is KILLING my feet. I have tired everything like soaking my feet and ice, nothing is helping my feet.

How is it that you all stay motivated?  What can I do to stay motivated… I think I am going to post and share my plan.  Hopefully that will help me be accountable to someone out there other than myself.  If you are reading this please share your ways to stay motivated.


I <3 BOOKS!!!

So after my little run yesterday I came home to a package… I had not ordered anything so I was surprised that I had a package.  I had received 2 books from my Aunt!  I had forgotten I had asked for a book and she was getting the other book as a prezzie for me.

A Little Piece of Earth ~ Maria Finn (Chapters Link)

I had really wanted this book as I have wanted to have a little Urban Farm.  Well to be honest I have always wanted a real farm but a mini one (minus the animals) will have to do for now.  I am looking forward to utilizing some of the tips and suggestions in the book to build up my balcony!  Plus plants are on sale now 🙂

Eating for IBS ~ Heather Van Vorous (Chapters Link)

For the past 8 months at least I have been suffering from severe intestinal pain.  I was advised that I may have IBS although with the Family history with Crohn’s it is also possible that is what I have.  I will using some of the lifestyle suggestions in this book to mediate the pain.  I have recently cut down to eliminated the amount of fatty food I consume which is also good for my weight 🙂 – I will provide and update as to see how the progress goes with this.


Walk… Jog…

Well today was the first day at my new job.*smile* It was a long day of sitting and training videos (8 hours of them *Sigh*).  Although way better than what I did do before.  I did not sleep well last night so I have had little to no energy.  At Mr. first break at 6pm we chatted and whoa I felt like I had more energy (Thanks Babe).

I was going to take Dexter out for his walk… and decided no I am going to have a Jog/Walk.  So I grabbed my runners and my iPod and we went on our way.

We started by walking down 4 residential blocks (warm up) – keep in mind the last time I RAN was oooo that long I do not remember.  We jogged 2 residential blocks.  Did curb step ups for 2 minutes. Walked 1 residential block and jogged the last 2 and 3/4 blocks.

I am proud of myself!!! *Pats Back*  Plan for tomorrow go farther!


PR: Smart Food

The Smarter Smart Food

Mr. Man’s Mom bought new snack this past week and she gave us 2 packets of Smart Food {Cranberry Almond}.  They are small 28g bags with 130 Calories.  There was not alot in the bag. The popcorn is light although it does have a candy coating or sugar coating on some kernals with Cranberry.  I did not taste the Almond.  It was very sweet.

I have been on a high fiber kick lately as it does help with the pain in my Tummy and with a whooping 5g fiber this would be a happy snack for me.  I think I would prefer a different flavor.   Mr. did not mind the snack although he was not asking me to go out and get more.  I might try the other flavors.

My only issue with the snack is for 130 calories I think there would be better snack choices with just as much fiber and would make you feel full longer. Or give you the illusion you ate more with the same amount of calories.

Have you ever tried this snack? What did you think?


5K Goals!

When reading some of the other blogs and about the Couch to 5K, they had all stated in one way or another to have a goal or plan.  So I thought I would share some goals:

– Run a 5K (Lees Pharmacy Dundas Cactus 5k/1k 2010 & The Waterfront Trail)  both after my 9 weeks.

– Get a new pair of running shoes

– Take the dog on these runs

– Run 10K by December

– Share my running experience with Friends and Family

– Join a Clinic at the Running Room

– When I complete my 9 weeks, buy a new ipod.


Couch to 5K

Well I have really been thinking about my mental and emotional health.  I had though of my phyiscal health and wanting to be more fit and shed some weight, well I have decided no better time then the present.  I will be running by the end of the summer.  That is my goal.  It may not be a fast run, but it will be running.

I have decide to do the Couch to 5K Program.  I like as it is free. I may join a running clinic at a Running Room but I am not sure if I am at the level yet.  I have made (reformatted) the Workout Plan Cto5K [Google Docs].  I hope to start this week.  We well see how it goes.  I will blog along the way, and tweet my progress with the others who are attempting the same plan.

Off to dig out my running shoes and sports bras!!

Bloggers Who are C25K and Links:

– No Pain, No Pain: The “Couch to 5K” and Humane Design (article)

Barefootinvermont’s Blog

Chomply

Megan in Motion


Product Review: Bobble Water Bottle

In relation to my Whole Life Challenge I have choosen to drink more water so why not it be filtered and in style.  I was surfing the infint number of blogs I read, and found a blogger who had one.  (Can I find that blogger now – no *Sorry* – I really did want to thank you)

I found that you could order them online… it was going to be $21 with shipping and then I was clicking around there site and saw they sold them at (Crappy Tire – Family Name) Canadian Tire for $12.99.  So clearly I went down to CT and purchased one.   When I came home straight to the sink and filled it up:

Since purchase I have filled and drank about 5 bottles since Saturday.  The filters are supposed to be good for 300 bottles so we will see.  As for taste… It similar to the Britta as it has a charcoal filter.  I do enjoy having fresh filtered water that I can enjoy anywhere.  I would say this would be awesome at a cottage or camping to filter the well water (note it will not filter bacteria or harmful nasties… Just chlorine, odors and tastes).  I very much enjoy this.  My only qualm with it is the bottle feels a bit flimsy at times and it leaked a bit today in the car, although it was on its side.

Remember we should be conscience on our water consumption due to the number of plastic bottles… If you get a chance watch Tapped.  Enjoy the trailer…