Eat it raw.

Young Woman Eating A Healthy SaladThe raw food motivation is a conscious trend towards eating more locally grown whole vegetarian foods for heath and for the planet. This diet consists of fruits, vegetables, sprouted grains and legumes, seeds and nuts. Raw-vegan food is considered healthy because of its living enzymes. Since the enzymes in food aid in digestion and are destroyed at 118 degrees of heat, it is believed  that raising temperatures also deplete food of vitamins and minerals which is why cooked food is thought to lead to excessive food consumption in the body’s attempt to gain adequate nutrition.

Day 10 – Much Deserved Rest

It’s a Rest Day – Yay!

My body, especially my legs really needs the rest…but the rest of me is missing running.  Did I just say that?

Today, I need to be diligent about eating well, and staying hydrated.  On my last rest day, I don’t think I drank enough water which I really need to help rejuvenate and repair my muscles, flush toxins and to prepare my body for tomorrows run.  So if you see me today, and I don’t have my SCS WeightLoss water bottle in hand, a gentle reminder to drink, drink, drink is always appreciated.  If you don’t see me, it’s probably because I’ve been drinking alot of water and I’m in the bathroom – again.

Water really is the elixir!

Day 7 Some Surprises

Lucky (day) 7…And I’m a Week In

According to my walk/run program schedule, I expected today to be a breeze.  After a 10 minute warm up, I repeated 2 minutes of running with 1 minute of walking for only 6 reps,as instructed,  equalling a quick 18 minutes.  Oddly enough, it felt a little more challenging than I had anticipated.  I chalked this up to not eating enough protein or drinking enough water yesterday.  Though it was a Rest Day, I probably should have eaten as if it were a training day, just to keep my body fueled well.

On the upside, I ran faster and incorporated a slight incline on the treadmill, which was  advised for gearing up to an outdoor 5K race, when training indoors on a treadmill.  The other amazing surprise I encountered, is that in just one week, I know my heart is getting stronger because it is taking me less than 1 minute of walking to bring my heart rate down below 120 from a running rate of 155-160.

I love that my progress can be measured in so many different ways.  And the best part of this whole challenge I’ve given myself to run is that as of today, Day 7, I’m really enjoying the process – Lucky Me, Lucky 7!!

So, are YOU ready to join me on a run?  If I can do this, You can too…Yes, You Can!

Keep a Food Journal

Its been noted that writing down your food intake increases your awareness of what, why and when you eat. Once you can pin point if you are eating out of frustration, anxiety, boredom, or any other emotion, you can take the necessary changes to curb that behavior. A Food journal is also an excellent tool to review, for knowledge of greater weight loss weeks, for repeat performance.

Have you ever kept a food journal?

Dieters, Chill Out!

Stress will slow your weight loss efforts.

Besides “stress eating” , over eating in an attempt to fulfill emotional needs, which will certainly hinder your weight loss goals, stress reeks havoc on your body.  This physical reaction to the stress you hold in, may slow your weight reduction efforts substantially.  So, relax, meditate, join a Yoga class to ease your stress and kick up your weight loss results.