Hello and happy Wednesday! I woke up five minutes before my alarm, which I always love. The sound of an alarm clock is such an annoying way to wake up, so it’s nice when it happens naturally and I can avoid that jarring noise at 6:30 AM.
I had some good eats yesterday and this morning, but I’m going to run through them pretty quickly because there is a topic today that I really want to address.
This morning’s breakfast started out as a fairly uninspired bowl of yogurt with chia seeds, until I remembered that I had some leftover sweet potato spice oatmeal from yesterday and stirred that into the yogurt. YUM. What a happy accident: great texture and a nice hint of sweet potato to spice up the morning. I will definitely be doing that agan.
Yesterday’s lunch was all about plant power: steamed broccoli with balsamic vinegar, carrots, a Gala apple, and a sandwich thing with hummus. It’s back to being pretty chilly in Washington, so I warmed myself up with a cup of that amazing cinnamon spice tea from Caribou Coffee.
When I got back from the gym, I had to get creative with my dinner. Stef and I didn’t make it to Trader Joe’s for our Friday date, so I scoured the pantry for something to eat and stumbled across some whole wheat couscous I had purchased awhile back. While that was cooking, I sauteed some frozen vegetables together with two pieces of sun dried tomato and basil chicken sausage from TJ’s. Plus extras for today’s lunch – hooray!
As you know, I tried a new group class at my gym for the first time yesterday and I think it went really well! I’m definitely feeling a little sore today, especially in the shoulder and upper back area where there was a lot of emphasis yesterday. Here’s a quick and easy breakdown of what the workout looked like after our warm-up, which consisted of running up and down the stairs at the gym (it’s four levels) six times.
Have no idea what a goblet squat is? Neither did I, but apparently it’s very popular in CrossFit workouts. Here’s a tutorial of what it looks like:
The Russian swing was another kettle bell exercise I was unfamiliar with. Behold:
It was really fun to switch things up and learn some new moves! On Thursday I am signed up for a spin class (my first ever) and I am looking forward to that. I find that keeping things new and fresh helps with my motivation to get to the gym and gives me something to look forward to during my work day.
Warning: Rant Ahead
So the larger issue I wanted to write about today is sort of a pet peeve I’ve always had, but has recently resurfaced in light of postings by numerous friends and acquaintances in social media.
I have noticed recently that some people I know are getting into (or at least being vocal about getting into) fad diets, namely diets that consists of meal-replacement shakes, pills, etc. I have refrained from talking to them because they’re grown-ups and it’s really none of my business what they decide to do with their bodies, but I find myself getting really worked up because I know how temporary these methods are and the kind of damage they do to one’s body. I found an infographic that sums a lot of it up in one nice, little picture.
If you’ll notice, the only diets that seem to work (Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, etc.) are the diets that incorporate a varied, balanced diet. Even Slim Fast, which has the seal of approval by this chart, is low in vitamins and high in sugar. Now, I am not a dietitian and I am not a doctor, but I am fairly positive (through research and personal experience) that the only way to achieve long-term, healthy weight loss is not through a diet, but a permanent lifestyle change in diet and exercise.
There is no way to get around diet and exercise if you want to change your body in a healthy, permanent way. In this day and age, we are so accustomed to instant gratification that I think it is difficult to accept that losing weight or gaining muscle or whatever your goals are for your body take time, patient, and effort. I have tried the starvation route and it doesn’t work. Well, it works, but it isn’t sustainable and it isn’t good for your body.
This is an issue I feel really passionate about and don’t have the time to delve fully into the myriad reasons why lifestyle changes are vital to achieving the goals one has for their body, so consider this a rather disjointed prelude to a longer discussion I want to continue to have on this blog.
ANYWAY, thanks for your patience and I would love to hear your opinions on what I’ve written! I think the healthy living community is made up of people from so many different backgrounds and experiences such that each person has something unique to contribute to the conversation.
Food For Thought: Have you ever tried a “fad diet”? Do you agree or completely disagree with my opinion on fad diets?