Foods/Recipes

Day 78 – A Day in the Life

I cannot believe I only have 12 days left of Project Muffin Top.  I am a little bit sad about it, but happy as well.  How blessed am I to have been introduced to Heather and EA?  They are simply two of the kindest, and most generous people I have met in my life.  Thank you for all that you have done to help really get my journey heading in the right direction.

Here is a quick post to answer some questions that have come up a few times over the past several weeks.  Most of these questions involved “What are you eating?” and, “how often do you work out?”  Two totally easy questions I can answer, with VISUALS!

Some days I wake up and hit the track with Heather or by myself and get in about a half an hour walk to wake me up.  It’s a good time to either catch up with Heather and work out any issues (mental or physical) I may be encountering, or it’s a time for me to reflect on where I am at and where I am going.  I don’t look back, unless I am getting out of the old man’s way who has lapped me two times already.

Crisp quiet morning walk, in pj’s

After my walk I get home and see my family as we are all getting ready for the day (or listen to them snore…gah, summer).  Now it’s time for my morning shake/breakfast and daily vitamins and supplements.  My shake ingredients tend to be the same, but sometimes I get wild and really mix it up. Here’s my go to shake:

1 cup supergreens (or a big handful)
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup organic frozen berries
1 tblsp Ground Flax Seed
1 scoop PaleoMeal DF (Dairy Free)
1/2 scoop PaleoCleanse

 

 

 

PaleoMeal and PaleoCleanse are both available through Heather Morgan’s Muffintop Makeover website.  Click on the bold names to find them. These shakes are amazingly filling and give me a little boost. The berries and the flax seed leave little seeds in the shake, but the greens blend in without much to taste.

Before the blend!


 

My supplements and vitamins are from both Heather, the nutritionist, and Dr. Marcus my naturopathic doctor.  I take one packet of Weight Loss Support Packets, as well as T.A.P.S. by Thorne Research, and BioAdaptogen Ultra.  Obviously the Weight Loss Support Packets are there to help get my body on board to lose weight.  They are NOT like any other weight loss supplement.  They don’t make you all stupid and speedy.  The T.A.P.S. supports my liver and is helping to continue the detoxification process and the BioAdaptogen helps with the adrenal system with energy and mental health.  Good stuff.

From there I am off to work, where I am the Accounting Manager for a multi-specialty dental office.  We just moved into our new Wellness Campus and it is luxurious compared to where we were.  I work some pretty amazing people, one happens to be my motivator/cheerleader.  Michelle is pretty encouraging, and even though she is my motivator, she was inspired to start eating clean because of me.  🙂  That’s pretty cool.  She is always aware of what she has on hand to offer me, and will triple check a label for what may be lurking in something that seems healthy.  🙂

Most days I can work through without the need for mindless snacking.  I drink a lot (1/2 my weight in  ounces, so that’s a lot) of water, which keeps me pretty full, but sometimes I just need a snack.  That’s where my raw almond/raisin mix with some tea comes in handy.  Sometimes I enjoy this snack TWICE in a day.

Snack time!

For lunch I usually enjoy a hearty salad with some sort of protein. Usually my protein of choice is grilled chicken.

Actually my post race salad.

Then I am back to work where I usually stay until 6:30pm, and get home close to 7pm, sometimes later.  You might be wondering how do I get home and cook a meal for my family?  I don’t.  This is a horrific habit I have gotten myself, and my family into.  I wish I could say I was brilliant and crock pot a meal that is ready when I walk in the door.  No.  My husband, on the days he is home, tries to help out.  He is getting a million times better, but most times it’s a packaged/frozen pasta chicken type thing that they eat.  Me?  I enjoy another shake.  BUT, there are days I cannot think about another shake and will eat grilled chicken with some brown rice and veggies. My veggies of choice are asparagus or roasted artichoke. YUM.

If I am lucky and I get off work early, I meet EA and get in one hour of a crossfit beating.  Love. Love.  Love.  Crossfit is so amazing I look like this when I am done.

Oh so pretty!

This is where I fall apart on following Muffintop Makeover rules.  I should be in bed by 9pm and asleep by 10pm.  It has happened about 10 times over the last 78 days.  Most times I am waiting up for my husband to get home from work, or, I just can’t sleep.  Trust me, I don’t have the same crappy insomnia I once had.  I could fall asleep until 2 or 3 in the morning and once I did I was up and down all night long.  It was horrible.  The change in diet has helped greatly, as well as getting exercise in daily.  🙂  Also, when I was super struggling with my sleep, I stalled in my weight loss.  I can only imagine how much more weight I would be losing if I could just manage a solid eight hours of sleep.  I will get there.

So that’s it!  That is my day.  I am more than happy to answer questions.  Don’t be shy, post them right here.  If you have a question I can bet 10 other people have a similar question.


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4 thoughts on “Day 78 – A Day in the Life

  1. Gina, both EA and I have totally enjoyed getting to know you. I mean it when I say you are an inspiration. The way you have stuck to this is impressive. A great message of hope to others who want to feel and look better. xoxo

  2. Do you run on the high school track? That old man lapping you just might be my father who has Alzheimers. He would be proud to be acknowledged by you.He is a PhD in Physics and now that most of his life experiences are physical, not mental, he is an inspiration of health and well-being.

    1. I do walk (run when I get a little wild) the high school track. If that is your father, he is in amazingly fabulous shape. I admire him as he passes me by. What’s nice is he is also so very encouraging! Tell him he has some young female admirers out there who are inspired by him. Motivates me to keep going so I can be active later in my life as well.

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