Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The stronger you are, the better you feel! (Pic Post)

Why live in the tomorrows when you could live in the todays? Don't wait for anything, make time because your health is the most important thing! And it proves to God that you can take care of his most precious gift to you-- your BODY!

Guess what Alyssa got?!?!

So Monday I was searching for Health books online because I want to be really educated about what I am doing and what I am telling you guys to do if you want to be really healthy. And low and behold I came across a book called The non-runners marathon trainer. So I went to amazon and read the background behind the book and all the reviews and saw that it had 5 stars so I went to Barnes&Noble after work and bought it!! I am so excited! I can't wait to read it.

No I am not running a marathon, yet, that is, but I am planning to run the halloween half, that is held in provo the weekend of halloween. I am actually really excited but I still have a lot of work to do before that day comes! So I got the book as a guide on how I should train, because my train of thought is that if I prepare like I am going to run a marathon then the half won't be as difficult for me and then maybe a little while after I do the half, then maybe I will run a full marathon.
Running a marathon is on a bucket list I have, so it would be really cool to say that I got to check that off my list. Plus, then I can really be as strong as I want to be. To beat all the odds to finish a marathon, seems so acomplishing to me!!

January 11th: Day 11

Well, we have made it 11 days in to the year 2012 and I hope everyone hasn't quit on their New Year resolutions yet!! I am staying strong on my promise and I am determined to prove to myself really, that I can go a whole year without sugar, carbonated drinks (which also include diet/zero calorie drinks), red meat, ect, etc.

I also promised that I would run 6 days a week which I have stuck with diligently. I am working hard to be more flexible by stretching as soon as I wake up, right after I go running, and right before I climb into bed-- holding every stretch for 30 seconds. I want to have my splits down by the end of the year because i have always been so jelous of the people that can do their splits.

I have been very, very, very diligent about sticking to my meal plan foods, but one thing that I find that helps me is that I don't eat after 7pm because your metabolism actually slows down at night and so, you may still be eating healthy food after 7pm but your body isn't burning it off as fast as during the day when you are more active. So I tell myself that I can't eat after 7pm, but you still want to eat 5-7 smaller meals during the day, every 2-3 hours because it really has an effect on your body and your metabolism.

Also, along those same lines, make sure to ALWAYS eat before you go exercise. Even if it is only a couple of bites of a banana or apple, it has been proven that your body and mind need food and water before you exercise, especially if you workout right when you wake up because your body has been starving all night while you sleep, and your metabolism is shot, so to jumpstart it you really need to eat. I can't stressed that concept enough, there are also effects of running without food like dizziness, nausea, etc. So really think about eating before heading out for a run!

Best Of Luck! Stay tuned for more updates and wisdom from yours truly!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 3rd, 2012: Day 3

Well this year feels like is could really be something special. Something different-- there is change, good change. But it won't be easy either. But life wasn't made to be easy, or how would we learn and grow?

I feel a little bit better since starting my journey but I still have a very long way to go. This year is going to be different. I am going to be different. I have had some weak moments but they pass and thankfully I haven't broken my oath. I am still officially off sugar and carbonated drinks, junk food and everything else I had promised to say "no" to. Honestly, it really does help to write things down, it is like signing your very own contract!

Life is quite the complicated, rough, stressful, worrisome, amazing ride! And my life is about a double dose of stressful tomorrow morning because I start my 7 credits of online classes! So, now I will be juggling workouts, classes, work, family time, friend time and everything that come in my life!

WOW! i will definitely need to really straighten out my priorities and make sure I keep on top of things!

But, what I really wanted to talk out was the fact that I am writing this at 1:10am because I can't see to sleep. Sleep is so important in a healthy lifestyle and yet it is so hard for me to fall asleep. I feel my insomnia gets worse as the weeks go by. And what I don't get is the fact that I hit my wall at like 8 or 9 at night and so I go down and get ready for bed and I climb into bed and I can't go to bed! So I sit there waiting for the sleepiness to come but it doesn't! I wish I knew a solution but I have none. And Sleep is a huge part of how my day goes and how I feel at the end of the day which is usually not good!

I hope everyone who is out there reading this, has much better luck going to sleep than I do!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1st, 2012: Day 1

It is so weird to think we have made it to 2012. I wrote 2011 at first when I titled this post and had to quickly change it!

But anyway, so today was the very first day of my journey. It felt too easy. Because I had stayed out so late last night because of New Year's Eve I didn't wake up until 11:30 am and got ready for church before going up for lunch. So I had wasted my entire morning sleeping :( then after lunch I went to church which is now held at 1:00 pm. By the time I got home from church, it was time to change into my "comfies", set the table and eat dinner. Everyone had dessert but me, that was about the only thing that was tempting but just kept telling myself no. Because it is Sunday-- a rest day-- I didn't do any exercise. So really tomorrow is when it really starts because then I can really start testing myself and disciplining myself.

I am really excited to be doing this and I will try to post daily updates on my days throughout the year. Telling you what is happening, how it is effecting my life in all five aspects: Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Social. And either putting up pictures of me to see the changes, or inspiring, helpful pictures/quotes to help me stay strong and positive!

I have never attempted anything like this in anyway, it is something that will build my self-esteem, my confidence, my heart, my endurance, my mind, and ultimately my body and soul!

Please stay tuned for daily updates!! And check out my food blog in a couple of days, I am trying to start posting lots more stuff on there too!

Thanks again for all your support, it means so much to me really you are the best! And if you will please, share this blog and my food blog with others, I hope that this could inspire others that are like myself and were in the same position that I was in days, months, years ago! Love you all and so thankful for you, Be safe, and happy Reading and Living!

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's make this year the best one yet!!

My One Year Journey...

This is not a New Year's Resolution but a Promise for myself:
This is my One Year Journey Promise, an oath. I have dreamed of being super healthy, strong, and beautiful. But, have not done much about it. Therefore, they are only dreams, only wishes that will never be. Until now. Because it is the season of the new year I thought that I should put forth a true and honest effort of planning, doing, becoming and achieving. I pledge to 365 days of strict discipline and devotion to bettering myself in wellness not in weight. To start a clean year, a new slate that will change what will define who I am.

So many people think that others are on strict diets and exercise plans to lose weight. But I don't want to be put it that stereotype. I AM DOING THIS FOR MY HAPPINESS AND MY HEALTH, and if I lose weight in the process, that's great. But it is not my train of thought at all.

Many may say that this is a lofty goal and that I won't reach it or I will give up a few weeks into this but I want everyone to know that I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and I need support and faith that I can do this instead of negative thoughts. And even then, I am here to prove to myself, more or less that I am determined and can do hard things.

I feel very passionate about this decision and I have thought about it for a pretty long time now and I thought it was about time I get myself in order.

When people ask you how you are doing, the proper answer is that say that you are well. But what exactly is wellness? I have learned that it comes down to 5 subjects that encompass our whole life. They are: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual-- you have to balance all five to have truly gained wellness. And I am seeking in this year long journey most of all- WELLNESS.

I want to live the life that God gave me to my best ability, and know that when I die, that I did everything I could possibly do to take care of my body and mind to the greatest of my strength and ultimately my inner determination. I want a

great self-esteem and a powerful confidence which honestly I feel I have never had. I want to be happy-- even in the hardest of hard times. I hope you will follow my journey. I will be writing as much as possible about the life aspect on my Dreaming Fantasies Blog and all about the food and exercise on my Food Scientist Blog. I hope you like what you read and keep reading through the 365 days. It would make my year if you did! Here is to a year of No's:

No Sugar

No Carbonated Drinks

No Red Meat

No Really Salty Things

No Really Sweet Things

No Really Fake Foods

No Junk/ Processed Food Whatsoever

No Wishing or Dreaming (but doing, striving)


And this all starts TODAY, January First, Two-thousand and Twelve and I will post a finds and conclusion blog post on how things went and how I feel over all on December Thirty-first, Two-thousand and Twelve, so stick around! And I appreciate the support and love!!