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These Are My Confessions . . . Part II

Back when I first started Brown is the New Pink, I made a post about my confessions and goals. I figured that after 6 months it’s time for an update and some new goals.

The first time I wrote about my confessions, I set three goals for myself:

  1. Eat more whole foods.
  2. Exercise more.
  3. Identify my all-or-nothing thinking and come up with alternative thoughts.

Overall, I’ve been eating more whole foods and definitely exercising more. Up until 2.5 weeks ago I was running 4 days/week training for a half-marathon. Sadly, the half marathon didn’t pan out due to injuries, but I’m still happy with all of my exercising. I also think I did a good job of sharing my training plans and meal plans on the blog. Finally, I’m still working on my all-or-nothing thinking. While I mentally noted thoughts when they occurred, I never actually wrote them down. Something to keep working on!

Now that I’m keeping up with eating whole foods and exercising (most of the time), I want to make some more specific goals. With that said, these are my confessions . . . part II.

(Yes, it is necessary for me to post the corresponding Usher music video every time I write that.)

I let myself get way too hungry.

This is a big issue for me. I tend not to snack between meals, and I’m starving by the time I eat the next meal. I think that if I eat healthy snacks I will be less likely to overeat during meals or to get hangry.

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I always choose cardio over strength training or yoga.

I’m pretty good at keeping up with cardio, but I am not nearly as consistent with strength training. Though I actually love the way I feel when I strength train regularly, I don’t enjoy it as much as cardio. I honestly just find it boring, but I probably just need to find something that works for me. I also enjoy yoga, but practicing it puts me out of my comfort zone. It’s a totally different kind of exercise for me, but I think I would definitely benefit from practicing it consistently, especially given my recent overuse injuries.

I often reward myself with food.

Survived a rough week of work? Celebrate with Mexican food. Finished everything on my to-do list? Wind down with a piece of chocolate. I love food, and I tend to associate it with joy, success, and love. While I will continue to enjoy food and cooking, especially as part of special celebrations like holidays, I need to find other ways to reward myself on a day-to-day basis that don’t involve empty calories.

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So what am I going to do about these confessions?

  1. Eat 2 healthy snacks (with fiber and protein) everyday. I’ll post snack ideas on Brown is the New Pink and include snacks in my weekly meal plan posts.
  2. Strength train at least 2 times per week and do yoga 1 time per week. Instead of a half marathon training plan, I’ll post weekly workout recaps to keep myself accountable with this goal.
  3. Find new ways to reward myself that don’t involve food. I’ll post ideas on the blog and incorporate personal examples of new rewards in my future posts.

Happy Birthday Derek! {Fun Friday}

Happy Friday! We made it! And it’s not just any Friday here at the Pinkerton household; it’s Derek’s birthday! Happy 24th birthday to my amazing husband! I’m so excited to celebrate with him and our friends this weekend. I also cannot wait to give Derek his present.

Side note: I am the absolute worst about presents. If the present is for me, I do everything I can to find out what it is, and if the present is for someone else, it’s hard for me to keep it a surprise. I pride myself on being thoughtful about gifts, and I get more way more excited about giving them than receiving them. I’ve threatened to give Derek his gift all week, and he keeps making me wait until his actual birthday. What a party pooper.


Now let’s kick off what I’m sure will be a fun-filled weekend with some images, videos, and stories that made me smile or laugh this week . . .

Earlier this week I sent out a Facebook event invite to let people know that we’re going bowling for Derek’s birthday. In the process of putting it together, I found the perfect E-card for the invite:

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Since Derek is turning 24, I feel the need to share the video below. One of my friends from grad school showed this in our adult development class, and it cracked me up. Enjoy!

The line about Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s is so true.

I’m a little late to the party with this next video, but it is quite funny. It’s a little long and slow at the beginning, but it gets better and better as it goes on.

Who is champ?

To wrap things up I’ll share a clip from one of my other favorite TV shows- New Girl.  I can’t wait for the fall TV premiers that start in September!

I feel like every household should have its own douchebag jar. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

These Are My Confessions . . .

Don’t worry. I’m not going to break out in song. I’ll leave that to Usher. I will, however, confess to some not-so-healthy habits I developed over the past few months.

I’m going to cut myself some slack because my life has been crazy. Some things were bound to slip through the cracks, but now it’s time to make health a priority again.
These are my confessions . . .

 

I haven’t been eating enough whole foods

When I get really busy and stressed I tend to eat out more and buy super quick, easy dinners like frozen pizza. I believe that everything is fine in moderation, but frequently eating that way leaves me feeling “blah.” I feel my best when I eat nutritious foods.

 

I have only been exercising once or twice per week, if that.

For me, exercising is just as important to my mental health as it is to my physical health. A good workout can completely change my mood for the better, and it leaves me feeling stronger and calmer. I especially miss the feeling of finishing a solid run.

 

I’m often an all-or-nothing thinker when it comes to health.

One of my strengths is that I put my all into everything I do. However, this occasionally works against me. In an ideal world I would always eat nutritious meals, exercise at least 5 days/week, and practice mindfulness daily. Let’s be real though– that’s not going to happen. I struggle with recognizing that it is absolutely still worth it to try and keep going even though I will not do it perfectly. This type of thinking has been holding me back lately because I keep waiting for the “right time” to get back to a healthier lifestyle. I know that the graduation celebrations and a vacation I have coming up may interfere with my plans to be healthier, so I keep think it’s best to delay starting. In reality, the best time to get healthier is now! Rather than viewing a missed workout or eating a donut as failure, I need to see it as a slip and move on. After all, a healthy lifestyle is all about moderation.

 

So, what am I going to do about these confessions?

  • Eat more whole foods. For my next weekly meal plan I’m going to incorporate as many whole foods as I can. I’m out of school right now, so I have plenty of time to cook, and I can’t wait to try out some new recipes and share them. I’m also going to record a few full days of food on Brown is the New Pink to hold myself accountable.
  • Exercise more. I want to come up with some exercise goals, and I’m going to start sharing a weekly workout recap on Sundays.
  • Identify my all-or-nothing thinking and come up with alternative thoughts. This is a cognitive-behavioral therapy technique that I’m going to try out. I’m going to write down any all-or-nothing thoughts that I have and then come up with a better thought to replace it. I’ll share that on here as well.
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