grraciela:

I’m at that point in my current nutrition venture where I feel great and I look better, so I fall off the wagon because I’m too comfortable, or too bored, or too deprived of any given treat. Not this time, though :) Keep on keepin’ on.

grraciela:

I’m at that point in my current nutrition venture where I feel great and I look better, so I fall off the wagon because I’m too comfortable, or too bored, or too deprived of any given treat. Not this time, though :) Keep on keepin’ on.

grraciela:

Officially in training mode💪

grraciela:

Officially in training mode💪

homo-del-rey:

Me on regular days:

Me on cheat day:

Accurate LOL whoopsie.

grraciela:

5 miles on this glorious Sunday Runday. It’s raining. I am soaked. #sundayfunday

grraciela:

5 miles on this glorious Sunday Runday. It’s raining. I am soaked. #sundayfunday

Carb Cycling

I’ve been struggling pretty hardcore on my eating/nutrition lately. It’s not that I was doing god awful, it’s just that I would do well, then fall into a bad habit to reward myself a little too much.

I’m tired of it, though. I’m ready to feel great and healthy all the time, not just for a week at a time. Having to detox my body from the crap every 2 weeks was getting OLD, so I started a new “diet” (I hate the word diet) last week, and as I’m nearing the end of my first week of new eating habits, I gotta say—I’m a fan.

I picked up a copy of Chris Powell’s book Choose More, Lose More For Life. In it, he details the idea behind the carb cycling plan. The basic premise is that you eat 5 meals a day and alternate your high carb days with your low carb days. The idea is that your low carb days will utilize the carbs stored in your muscles rather than storing it as fat, and on high carb days you’re giving your muscles the energy they need to work and start burning that fat again.

He also outlines a workout regimen as well, in which you do 9 minute strength type exercises 5 times a week plus up to an hour or more of interval cardio.

I really love this lifestyle. For some, it may feel a little intimidating and restricting, but for those who are already healthy minded people, it’s not too hard to jump on and get moving.

I’m not exactly sure how much weight I’ve lost this week—I didn’t weigh myself at the beginning of the week because truthfully, I didn’t even want to know. But I feel better, and I feel healthy again, and that’s what’s important.

Tomorrow is my first Sunday Funday, aka guilt free day where I can eat the things I choose that don’t necessarily follow the carb cycling plan/food lists. At first I thought I’d be thrilled and want to eat some pizza or ice cream, but truthfully I’m just excited to have oatmeal with banana slices and almond butter, hah!

I could go into way more detail about carb cycling guidelines, foods you can eat on which days of the week, and snack/meal options that I’ve discovered so far, but that’s another post for another day.

If you WANT to know more about my carb cycling ventures, let me know and I’d be glad to write a more detailed post about the plan and the foods and the meals and whatnot :)

(Also, if this sounds like something you’d like to try, check out Chris’ website! http://chrispowell.com)

So I was going through some old things tonight and found the top picture.

That was me in June 2007 at my high school graduation party. I still find it hard to believe that was me…

I see that person and I see how sad and insecure she was.

It’s embarrassing, but it’s me, and it’s my story.

The bottom photos are me now. I hate that before picture, but it’s a great reminder of just how far I’ve come.

Don’t ever give up on what you want to accomplish. And don’t ever be too ashamed of who you were or where you came from. That is, after all, the reason you are who you are today.

grraciela:

February 2015. #rundisney

grraciela:

February 2015. #rundisney

Better late than never, right?

These are some pictures from the triathlon I did at the beginning of June!

It was pretty hot, and it was really tough, but I finished and I had such a great time.

Triathlon is easily my favorite sport :)

Can’t wait for the next one.

grraciela:

Mmm, got my #questbar delivery today😍 These things are the best! Quality protein and high in fiber to boot.

I’ll tell you what, I’m not usually a big fan of protein bars—or should I say glorified candy bars—but Quest bars I can get behind.They’re made of very few ingredients, 20-21 grams of high quality protein isolate (not whey concentrate), high in fiber, and very low in sugar.And they’re tasty.I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for protein bars to try :)

grraciela:

Mmm, got my #questbar delivery today😍 These things are the best! Quality protein and high in fiber to boot.

I’ll tell you what, I’m not usually a big fan of protein bars—or should I say glorified candy bars—but Quest bars I can get behind.

They’re made of very few ingredients, 20-21 grams of high quality protein isolate (not whey concentrate), high in fiber, and very low in sugar.

And they’re tasty.

I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for protein bars to try :)

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