Posted in Body Positivity, Health, July 2017

The Problem with Body Positivity

There’s been a lot of talk in our culture about “body positivity”, and what that looks like. In the ideal, body positivity promotes celebration of your body, no matter what it looks like, and self-love. “You have to love yourself above all else and don’t worry about what other people say or think.”

The message seems to be super supportive and loving, in and of itself, but when you take a closer look,  it’s not actually changing our mindsets.

For example, I was scrolling through my Facebook the other day and came across an article with a headline that read something like this: “15 Celebrities Who Claimed to Love Their Bodies and then Lost a Ton of Weight.” The main point being if you claim body positivity, why would you want to change your body?

Seriously? So, these people who are body positive and are promoting that message get slammed because they made their bodies better? If you love your body just the way it is, does that mean you aren’t allowed to work out or try to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle? Should you just not care about trying to be healthy because you might change your body and that would apparently go against your body positivity campaign? Ridiculous… Obviously, if you love your body, you’ll realize it is something that you should take care of.

Also, when did body positivity become only about people who are overweight? What about people who have an unhealthy body image who have eating disorders? What about people who just don’t like the way their knees look?

We are at a point now, where nobody can win. Either you are fat-shamed because you are overweight, or you are shamed for losing weight because “you should just love your body the way it is”. Neither promotes a culture where everyone’s body is accepted.

Finally, as a Christian, I have a very hard time when I hear people promoting “self love”. No where in the Bible does it say “you should love yourself”. “Love God“, “love your neighbor as yourself”, yes, but not “love yourself”. Know why? Because we already love ourselves too much.

Does this mean that the Bible is against body positivity? Not necessarily. It just looks different. A Christian should still work to have a healthy image of their body, not because we need to love ourselves, but because God made us in His image and everything He made was declared perfect. He didn’t make a mistake when He created you and when you hate the way your body is made, you are doubting God’s goodness and perfect creation.

The other side of that coin, though, demands that we take care of these bodies we have been given. So, yes, workout, eat veggies, and do everything you can to have a fit, healthy body that is going to bring glory to God. But also realize that no matter how many sit-ups or push ups you do, or how many miles you can run, there will be things about your body that you can not change, and that you just have to accept.

So the answer is not to “love yourself”, but to love others. Because, maybe if we all focus on making somebody else feel loved, instead of criticizing them at every turn, we will all be able to create a culture that is truly body positive.

 

Posted in Essential Oils, Health, July 2017, Running, Weight Loss

Day 5: Essential Oils and Running

Day 5 of running is in the books!

I actually got up this morning and went to the gym right after my cup of coffee! Normally, on days that I don’t work until 12:00, it’s tempting for me to just lounge around the house and then all of a sudden, it’s time for me to go in to work and I never went to the gym. Not today! I was determined to go this morning so I wouldn’t have to come home and go late tonight.

Today was an easier day on the treadmill in preparation for tomorrow, when I’ll try to run for twenty minutes without stopping. So, nothing too exciting to report.

I did want to mention a few essential oils that I have been loving for running. The first one is deep relief. I use it pre and post-workout to help relieve pain in my muscles. A lot of times, I’m sore from the day before, still when I head out for my run, so this really helps relieve some of that and helps get my butt out the door. And then, obviously after a workout, it’s a nice little way to cool down those achy muscles. Essential Oils

Second (and I’ve been using this one like crazy, so it might as well be tied for first place) is R.C. , which stands for respiratory care. I apply this oil to my neck, my back, and right under my nose before I go to the gym, and I actually bring it with me and leave the bottle open on the treadmill so I can apply more as needed during my workout. I have sports-induced asthma and it is really hard for me to catch my breath, sometimes, so I am so thankful for this oil, which helps with that problem.

Finally, on days when I have literally no motivation to go to the gym and I feel exhausted from the day of work and need a little boost, I use En-R-Gee. I apply this oil to my wrists and sometimes my neck and take a little wiff of it to wake up my sense and clear the mental fog that’s holding me back.

Finally, and this is not an essential oil, but it’s still worth mentioning because it’s so helpful, is fish oil. This oil has so many great benefits for the body, but I find it really helps with my mobility. Running really takes a toll on my body and, specifically my joints, so I take two capsules of fish oil daily to keep me moving.

I’m so glad I have these natural supplements to help me along my running journey!

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, click here.

And if you would like to get your own starter kit, click here

 

 

 

Posted in diet, Health, July 2017, Ketogenic, Recipes

Keto Pizza!

Oh my goodness! My keto life is now complete!

I was skeptical at first when I saw everyone posting about their “fathead” pizzas. Having lived in Buffalo, NY for quite a while, my expectations for pizza are pretty high up there. So believe me, when I tell you that this “fathead” keto pizza is the answer to all of your problems, my low-carb junkies. pizza crust

The crust is made with shredded mozzarella cheese (I also added in some colby jack cheese, cause why not?), almond flour, an egg, and cream cheese. You pre-bake the crust in the oven before adding toppings until it’s slightly brown. Add your toppings, and bake for another 8 minutes and you have pizza!

I also made my own pizza sauce because, as some of you know, store-bought has a lot of added sugar and a lot of carbs. Plus, it is so easy to make! I used my little food processor to blend a jar of canned, peeled tomatoes, added some fresh basil and parsley from my “garden”, and sprinkled in some pink himalayan salt, and garlic powder. That’s it! No added sugar and super low in carbs! Plus, I have leftover now in my fridge that I can use as spaghetti sauce!

I do think I needed to make my crust slightly thicker. It ended up being too thin to really hold up the toppings well. Next time, I’ll double the crust recipe so it actually fits my pizza pan and holds up better. baked pizza

I kind of guestimated total number of carbs for two slices to be around 6 grams. The crust itself has 5 per two slices, so with the tomato sauce and the toppings, I figured 6. That will probably change if I double the crust recipe and depending on the toppings I use. But, two slices was definitely enough to fill me up!

The best part of all of this is that Ace approves! He had two slices to begin with and went back for seconds!

I tried this recipe on Pinterest and tweeked it a bit to work for me.

The main takeaway: You have got to try this!

Posted in Health, July 2017, Running, Weight Loss

Day 4: 8 minutes without stopping

So I took a little break from running on Friday and Saturday. My body definitely needed the rest and recovery!

I was back at it today and I was honestly a little bit bummed still from my last session on the treadmill. I was nervous today and thinking “what if I fail again?”, “will I ever get better?” and just generally negative thoughts. Did not want to go running and put it off for a bit.

I wanted to attempt Week 5 day 2 of the C25K program again since I failed at that last time. The directions say “Run for 3/4 of a mile or 8 min without stopping, walk 1/2 a mile or 5 minutes, run 3/4 of a mile or 8 minutes”.

I decided I should try to go for distance as opposed to time since I’m training for a 5K and am going to have to run 3.2 miles. My goal isn’t really to run it as fast as I can, just to run it without stopping to walk. So, I set out at a realllllllly slow pace, aiming to run 3/4 of a mile without stopping. And I did it! It took me longer than 8 minutes, which was expected at such a slow pace, but I felt triumphant anyways.

After I walked for 1/2 a mile, I went back to running, but this time I tried to run the 3/4 of a mile in the 8 minutes allotted time. I set out at a really fast pace for me and had to stop and walk. And then i went back to running at a fast pace and then stopped and walked. I continued this process until I had reached 3/4 of a mile and it took me just under 9 minutes.

The next day in the C25K program, you’re supposed to run 2 miles or 20 minutes without stopping! *gasp* I can’t even…. I’m definitely going to have to work up to that. So tomorrow, I’m just planning on running for as long as I can without stopping, probably at a slow pace, until I feel like dying and seeing how far I can go.

Wish me luck!

 

Posted in diet, Health, July 2017, Ketogenic, Weight Loss

Plan on Cheating

I got into a discussion on one of my facebook groups the other day because I responded to somebody’s comment about people posting pictures of their cheat meals on the fourth of July and how that leads newbies to assume it’s acceptable to cheat. I responded: “It is acceptable to ‘cheat'”. *gasp* shock, and awe! I know….

The reason that it is acceptable to “cheat” for me is because trying to not cheat is the one thing that seems to always trip me up in a healthy lifestyle. If you’re doing a fad diet for a short period of time, sure I understand not cheating. But that’s not what Keto is. The Ketogenic Diet is a change of lifestyle. It’s longterm. And if you don’t plan on having some indulgences, here and there, you’re likely to fail.

Now, I’ve put the words “cheat” in quotation marks because if you plan on “cheating” it’s not really a “cheat”, it’s a choice. And when you change the language about it, it is so liberating! Instead of passively messing up, and feeling like a failure, as the word “cheat” implies, you can take ownership of your decisions by choosing to eat off plan. And planning like that is what sets you up for success.

Life is about balance. It’s not healthy to always eat junk food. It’s not healthy, either, to never “treat yo’self”. It’s not healthy to be controlled by food and that can manifest itself in your overindulging and in “underindulging” (if that made up word makes sense in this context) because you’re too afraid to let yourself go a little bit. True health is balance.

So plan on “cheating” every once in a while.

Egg Fast Results

The morning of my first day of my egg fast I weighed in at 221. I was slightly heavier because of a fun fourth of July weekend where I indulged quite a bit.

The second day of egg fast, I was 219, but not overly excited about eating only eggs, fat, and some cheese for another day.

This morning, I stepped on the scale and it read 216.4! What?! I had to reset it and step on it again and see it read 216.4 again for me to believe it. Wow!

So, total lost from this egg fast was 4.6 pounds. Not bad! Not enough for me to do a third day, right now, but it’s good to know I can pull out this little trick if I hit a stall or after I have a bad cheat day.

And now, to enjoy the bacon that’s been cooking in my oven!

Posted in Health, July 2017, Running, Weight Loss

Day 3: Why?!?!!

A bad day of running is better than no day of running…right?

Had to drag myself to the gym today and I totally failed at completing my week 5 day 2 of the C25K program. One thought on that, just so you know, week 5 day 1, they have you running 5 minutes at a time, tops. Then all of a sudden on week 5 day 2 you’re supposed to run for 8 minutes without stopping! Nice, easy step up. 5 minutes to 8 minutes…yeah… So that didn’t happen.

I’ll try again tomorrow, I suppose. But at least I went today. I went for a total of two miles, walking and running. I didn’t walk for as long as I normally do and when I ran, I made sure to run at a faster pace than what I normally do. I definitely got a good workout in. Still suck at running, though. Guess my body won’t change overnight like I want it to, huh?

Not gonna give up though. I’m sticking to my guns. I’ll see ya tomorrow, treadmill. *determined face*

Posted in fasting, July 2017, Ketogenic, Weight Loss

Egg Fast Day 2

Well, y’all, I decided to continue my egg fast today with no real forethought and mostly because I still have about 3 dozen eggs in the fridge to consume.

Keto Macro Cakes

I truly fasted this morning and had only coffee for breakfast with no HWC or anything in it. Absolutely no calories until I got home and made Keto Macro Cakes at around 2:00 PM. I halved the recipe and substituted collagen powder for the protein powder ’cause I haven’t bought a keto-friendly protein powder yet. They turned out pretty well! Halving the recipe gave me around 7 cakes and I ate them all with delight.

I added my own ingredients into My Fitness Pal because I don’t trust the whole “Enter a recipe from the web” option. The stats were as follows: 970 calories, 78 g. of fat, 49 grams of protein, and 4 g. of carbs. My macros for those categories right now are at 77%, 21%, and 1%, respectively. Currently, it is7:51 and I’m not feeling hungry for dinner at all, but I do have some deviled eggs that I made earlier today in the fridge just in case.

I haven’t quite reached the point where I think I’ll vomit if I eat another egg, but I don’t think I’ll do the egg fast again tomorrow. Here’s why:

1.) I feel bad for Ace because I haven’t been a good wifey and have made him fend for himself at dinner for the past two nights. I enjoy cooking for us and it’s kind of hard to do when all I’m eating is eggs.

2.) I’m doing this thing…it’s called running…(and in case you haven’t been following my blog, you can read about it here) and I just felt so short on energy today as I ran and I think it’s because of this egg fast. I didn’t specifically count my calories yesterday but I have a suspicion that I didn’t get quite enough calories in and was dragging all day today.

3.) Honestly, if I continued this fast tomorrow I think I would reach the point where I might vomit if I see another egg. And since eggs are one of my main food groups on this WOE, I don’t want that to happen.I want eggs and I to still be friends after this. Not like me and Jell-O after I got my wisdom teeth taken out.

We will see how much I will have lost when I weigh myself tomorrow. This morning I weighed 219, and yesterday I weighed 221. Not uncommon for my weight to fluctuate that much, though. Curious to see what the scale will say tomorrow and find out if this egg fast is something I can use in the future if I hit a stall.

Posted in Health, June 2017, Recipes

Egg Fast!

Today, I’m doing an egg fast. The rules of the egg fast are as follows:

  1. Eat at least 6 eggs/ day.
  2. With each egg, have 1 TB of a good, healthy fat.
  3. You may also have up to 3 oz of cheese/day but no more

Most people probably do an egg fast for more than one day, but I decided to see what happens if I just try it for one day. I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to eat just eggs and cheese for more than one day, though I am prepared to because I literally bought five dozen eggs (thank you, Costco)!

So, I kind of did my own thing for breakfast. I work reeeeally early, so I did NOT feel like frying up two eggs for breakfast. Instead, I opted for a bulletproof coffee, made with 2 TB of healthy fats. This may be considered cheating by some but I figured I would just eat a couple boiled eggs to fit the 1TB fat/egg rule. Anyways…that was my breakfast.

Deviled eggs fixingsBoiled EggsFor lunch, I made some super easy deviled eggs (mmm!) using the following recipe:

3 eggs, boiled.

3 TB mayonnaise

1 tsp dijon

1 tsp mustard

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Sprinkle of fresh parsleyDeviled Eggs

(Note: I was SO excited to use the fresh parsley that I’m growing in my windowsill, you have NO idea!)

Scrambled eggs à la Gordon Ramsay were on the menu for tonight.So creamy and buttery–nothing like traditional scrambled eggs. I added some pink himalayan salt, pepper, and an ounce of brie cheese. Perfection! Scrambled Eggs

My plan is to not eat anything else tonight, but if I do get hungry I still have a couple ounces of cheese I could eat. We will see how I feel tomorrow–if I want to continue this egg fast I will have to become more creative with my recipes!

 

Posted in June 2017

Day 2

Running FaceDay 2 of running! I ran/walked for 20 minutes. I pushed myself pretty hard but I also didn’t want to go too hard since today was my freebie running day. I’m doing the couch to five k program which requires a certain amount of running 3 days out of the week. I plan on doing the 2nd day of the week tomorrow. So today, I just did freestyle. And it wasn’t too bad.

I felt less energized today but gave myself a goal of running without stopping for longer than five minutes. In the C25K program, five minutes is the longest I’m running right now, without stopping. So, my first set of running, I ran for 7 minutes!

My face says it all.