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    Cool EJCC and Showbread's Cooking/Exercise Extravaganza!

    In Which Your Favorite ESxJs Document Their Workouts and Healthy Homemade Meals

    Holding One Another Accountable and Providing Pro Tips

    (As Well As Amateur and N00b Tips)

    &c.



    ...Be excited.
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    I'll start with the general gist of what I'm up to / what I will be up to:

    FOOD:
    • Minimal sugar (few desserts)
    • Healthy snacks
    • Smaller portions
    • Less carbs (e.g. pasta)
    • More fruits and vegetables
    • More protein
    • More cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients
      (with help from the Moosewood Cookbook)


    EXERCISE:
    • Using my gym membership!
      • Classes (e.g. spinning, yoga)
      • Stuff on my own
    • Riding my bike more frequently
    • Going running more frequently
      (not that I can run far, because my exercise shoes are not for running, but whatever)



    I should note that I'm MUCH farther along with food than with exercise. I've already lost 5 pounds or so from eating better, but 1) I could still do more, and 2) I barely exercise. Plus, I care more about getting fit/healthy than I care about losing weight, anyway.
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    In light of school stress, my eating habits have been on a steady decline lately...

    Food:
    - No more eating after 9 pm. This is hard because I generally stay up until midnight-1 and I get hungry.
    - Less sugar. I eat SO much sugar. Limiting self to 1 sweet thing a day.
    - More produce snacking, less chips and salsa.
    - Actually plan meals. I do better than most college students. But eclectic dinners of rice, eggs, and salad are getting old.
    - Less refined carbs. I used to be super diligent about not eating white flour, white rice, etc, but have fallen off the bandwagon lately.

    Exercise:
    - Continue yoga twice a week
    - Continue jogging twice a week
    - Add a third workout, most likely cardio and weights on friday before class.
    - Look into spin/aerobics classes.

    I am in the opposite boat of EJCC. I am a pretty consistent exerciser. I enjoy exercise, and because yoga is actually one of my classes this semester at the very least I do that twice a week. I've been pretty consistently jogging before yoga, but now that the weather is grey and soggy I may need to find a cardio alternative. My biggest problem is really food. I don't eat huge portions, and most things I cook are really pretty healthy. But I snack. A lot. I also have a major sweet tooth, which is perpetuated by my working in a frozen yogurt shop. But, thankfully I only work twice a week and I don't usually go too overboard.
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    EXERCISE UPDATE:

    Here's how much of a n00b I am at this: I just Googled "first time at the gym".

    4 Things To Avoid the First Time You Work Out - FitDay

    (It's not actually my first time at the gym, but it's my first time at THIS gym, and before that I didn't have much guidance at all. Just went to my college gym once every six months or so, lol.)

    Planning on going in today. Will have one of my desk snacks right when I leave work -- commute is 40-60 minutes -- and will go to either a spinning class or a pseudo-yoga class ("yoga-inspired") depending on what time I get there.


    FOOD UPDATE:

    Been following my usual food routine this week, for the most part:
    • Oatmeal peanut butter banana smoothie for breakfast
      (I tend to make 3-4 days' worth at a time, then get it out of the fridge each morning, stir it up/reincorporate all the ingredients, then drink some before I leave for work)
    • Open-face sandwich for lunch at work -- two eggs cooked in the microwave, two small pieces of toast (Trader Joe's Rustico bread -- those slices are tiny! they end up like whole-grain crostini), and whatever veggies I'm in the mood for. This week it's tomato curry that I made on Sunday. Pretty decent, but I probably won't make it again
    • Snack at my desk if I get hungry, limiting myself to a handful of something. Currently I have three desk snack options: bison jerky, Trader Joe's pumpkin granola bars, and almonds.
    • Dinner: I try to proportion it out to 1/3 meat, 1/3 grain, 1/3 vegetables -- or 1/3 meat, 2/3 vegetables. Yesterday I splurged and had pasta with avocado and parmesan. But dude, I got a job interview. Why not celebrate??
    • Something yummy after dinner -- hot cocoa, chai tea, a beer, etc.


    I realized VERY recently that my dessert cravings are probably actual sugar addiction -- which helped motivate me to not eat desserts during the day. (That plus the fact that I lose a lot of energy and motivation when I eat poorly.) For the first 3-4 days, I found myself actually getting angry that I didn't have any around. Disproportionately angry. But that completely went away after a few days passed. Since then I've been following up my lunches with a sweet sugar-free mint or something like that -- something sweet-tasting but small and harmless.
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    In contexts like this I wish there were a heart-eyes smiley but I suppose the above will have to suffice
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    - No more eating after 9 pm. This is hard because I generally stay up until midnight-1 and I get hungry.
    I'm not sure how healthy this is. Your brain needs food! Maybe you just need healthier snacks?

    Eat smart: Brain boosting study snacks - Fiterazzi

    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    - Less sugar. I eat SO much sugar. Limiting self to 1 sweet thing a day.
    - More produce snacking, less chips and salsa.
    We are in the same boat here

    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    - Actually plan meals. I do better than most college students. But eclectic dinners of rice, eggs, and salad are getting old.
    You're doing a LOT better than I did when I was in college!

    One thing I do, that you probably already do to an extent, is binge-cook on Saturday or Sunday and then eat whatever I made for the rest of the week. Saves a lot of time.
    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    Exercise:
    - Continue yoga twice a week
    - Continue jogging twice a week
    - Add a third workout, most likely cardio and weights on friday before class.
    - Look into spin/aerobics classes.
    What kind of yoga do you do? People keep telling me to do yoga. Might start taking my gym's vinyasa classes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    I don't eat huge portions, and most things I cook are really pretty healthy. But I snack. A lot. I also have a major sweet tooth, which is perpetuated by my working in a frozen yogurt shop. But, thankfully I only work twice a week and I don't usually go too overboard.
    Nothing wrong with froyo IMO (assuming it's usually the plain kind, with fruit!)

    Re: snacking, how much meat/protein do you eat? One thing that's helped me a LOT in terms of minimizing portion size and carb/sugar consumption has been making sure I'm eating food that's really filling.

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    In contexts like this I wish there were a heart-eyes smiley but I suppose the above will have to suffice
    Our eyes are hearts for you too, friend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    • Riding my bike more frequently
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    I found this healthy meal plan on Pintrest. The blog has a link to the guys Instagram page. He does his meals for a week, lunch and dinner and they look great as well as being cheaper than eating out.

    #mealprep: Expert Tips for Easy, Healthy and Affordable Meals All Week Long
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    I found this healthy meal plan on Pintrest. The blog has a link to the guys Instagram page. He does his meals for a week, lunch and dinner and they look great as well as being cheaper than eating out.

    #mealprep: Expert Tips for Easy, Healthy and Affordable Meals All Week Long
    Dude, this looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Especially the fish, sweet potato, and spinach. Psyched to try some of those out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    I'm not sure how healthy this is. Your brain needs food! Maybe you just need healthier snacks?

    Eat smart: Brain boosting study snacks - Fiterazzi
    Yeah... Probably. I tried this las night and epicly failed. I ended up making a banana and unsweetened almond milk smoothie with a spoonful of PB around 10 pm.

    One thing I do, that you probably already do to an extent, is binge-cook on Saturday or Sunday and then eat whatever I made for the rest of the week. Saves a lot of time.
    Yeah. I tend to cook a lot Friday-Monday, then eat what I've made the rest of the week.


    What kind of yoga do you do? People keep telling me to do yoga. Might start taking my gym's vinyasa classes.
    I think what I do is either vinyasa or hatha. It's pretty basic. Lots of sun salutations, warrior sequences, various core work, etc. Anything you do at a gym will probably be something along those lines unless you take an advanced class.
    Nothing wrong with froyo IMO (assuming it's usually the plain kind, with fruit!)

    Re: snacking, how much meat/protein do you eat? One thing that's helped me a LOT in terms of minimizing portion size and carb/sugar consumption has been making sure I'm eating food that's really filling.
    That's usually what I get. Sometimes I splurge and go for chocolatey with candy. But usually I try to stick to fruit, granola, dark chocolate chips, and mochi as toppings.

    I've actually been trying to cut down on protein... I used to eat it a lot, kind of a South Beach diet type model. But I've read a lot about plant based diets being healthier. But, I usually eat some meat once a day. I eat semi-vegetarian a lot though simply for convenience/cost. But, even if I'm not doing meat I usually at least have nuts, cheese, and eggs. I definitely get enough fat in my diet.

    Last night I made chicken enchiladas. Not super healthy, but not horrible either. Poached the chicken in broth with onion, garlic, cilantro, and crushed red pepper. Then shredded it and layered with olives, green chiles, pepperjack cheese, and enchilada sauce. Mmm. I went pretty easy on the cheese(probably used 8 oz for the whole pan) and used corn tortillas, that's my justification.
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