Daily Archives: 08.03.2011

Time to Check-In

Thank you all for bearing with me last night.  I crashed.  Big time.  And slept the sort of sleep that is almost painful to wake-up from.

The most important order of business today: As per your comments (and the fact that Bri actioned a pumpkin roll at home last night), we’re not going crazy.  Despite all evidence to the contrary, or what we do or do not want to believe, it’s pumpkin time.

When you’re having a weak moment, just think of sweet corn and fresh tomatoes off of the vine.  And Stay Strong.

I feel like it has been a few weeks since I last posted about my body for life, so I felt like it was time to check-in.

Here goes.

I can officially say that I have my pre-Honeymoon body back.  Hooray.  I really didn’t know if it would be possible or not in this amount of time, so I’m pretty proud of myself for daring to hope.

Reality: It took about 160 miles and more early mornings than anyone could ever want to admit, but it was absolutely worth it.  I had no desire to sit in No Man’s Land with a body in transition for months.

Plus, I’m looking forward to being able to prance my way through the remainder of wedding season without a care in the world.

Small victories.

But since healthy living doesn’t ever “end,” where is my head at these days?

I’m participating in Jenna’s 21 Day Yoga Challenge.  Since I already practice six days a week, I think the hardest part is going to be incorporating some sort of practice on my long run days.  I just have a hunch that my napping doesn’t count as savasana-pose.  But it could actually be really nice to incorporate post-nap in order to properly wake-up.

Because post-nap Kat on a Saturday afternoon?  Is not a pretty sight.

Jenna also encourages us to break a habit as a part of the challenge.

While I don’t know that I have any habits I want to or even need to bust, I do want to become more mindful about my processed sugar intake.

I should preface this by saying that I have absolutely no qualms with the sugars in fruits.

But I realized that I have absolutely no idea of what a “healthy” level of sugar in packaged food (bars, yogurt, etc.) is.  At all.  I would probably have a better chance of guessing what the Earth’s mass is.  That’s the amount of cluelessness we’re working with here.

Will I necessarily be inspired to make any changes to my diet based on that?  No.  Unless, of course, I discover something totally horrific.  And if that’s the case, I’ll likely have some soul-searching to do.

Intuitive Eating is…coming along.

So far, the only thing I’ve really managed to understand is the fact that my body does not acknowledge a zone between Comfortably Full and Hangry.  There is absolutely no happy medium.  Because of this, for the most part I do continue to eat on the “schedule” I’ve had for the past year.  Which is to say I have breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack and dinner.  It keeps me from having tummy troubles when I run and more importantly, it makes me a kinder human being to be around.

The most noticeable change is probably the fact that I’ve increased the size of my breakfast by 50 calories and a cup of volume (hello, satiety).  Or the fact that sometimes I’ll graze my lunch over the course of two hours, depending on what I’ve brought.  I’m still waiting for an earth-shattering epiphany, but for now that will just have to do.

How are your healthy living goals coming along?

Last time I checked in, we were eating more vegetables, starting new running habits and more.  So, spill!

Have you ever taken part in a blog fitness/wellness challenge?

Do you keep track of your sugar intake?

Up next tomorrow: The Honeymoon, Part III – Santorini and Istanbul