Sleep = Skinny

Junk food that you have been craving for an hour or the body you have wanted for years?? It’s your choice.

Repeat this to yourself as needed during the junk food challenge!! I’m not going to lie to you- I am going to a business dinner with my BF tonight at the new restaurant inside of the Marriott in downtown Charlotte and if there is dessert- especially their famous ONE POUND doughnut- I will be eating it. There are things that I may just never get to try again!

That’s where your “excuses” come in versus your willpower. Cupcakes from down the block that come in every time an office birthday happens? You don’t need those. Pecan pie you ONLY have during Thanksgiving? Go for it. That’s what this one pound doughnut would fall under- because I doubt we will be going back to this restaurant again (hotel restaurants are notoriously overpriced and this will be on his company’s dime- PERKS!).

I know it’s only day 2 of the No Junk Food Challenge. (And I’m already planning on breaking it- but getting right back on!) How is everyone doing? No fast food right? That’s considered junk food! And it’s definitely something you need to cut out of your diet if you’re trying to lose weight- not just during the challenge, but really, forever. It’s not doing you any favors.

I think my biggest challenge lately has been eating slowly. I’m really trying! But the BF has gotten even speedier I feel like and not wanting to be sitting alone eating ┬ámay influence me. I’m really going to concentrate on improving in that area.

Exercising has also eluded me lately- with my schedule going haywire next week, I will need to be more disciplined about it! Cardio will help burn fat so doing any brisk walking, jogging, aerobics (yes, it still exists) or cycling will help you get rid of that extra fat.

What I have also noticed is that when I exercise, I sleep better. SLEEPING BURNS FAT. Seriously. That is my tip today. GET MORE SLEEP. When you get enough sleep, you feel more compelled to get into the gym. When you get into the gym, you will sleep better! In an article I read recently, they recommend doing cardio in the morning and weight training (which doesn’t raise your heart rate as much) at night in order to get the best sleep. But the key is consistency. When I don’t work out, it’s harder for me to fall asleep, but then I’m too tired to get to the gym the next day! If you’re well-rested and have been working out, you’re more likely to eat better because your brain has more energy to make better food choices. It’s a big cycle but the bottom line is shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep. Which means, lights out at least 15 minutes BEFORE that because most people do not fall asleep instantly. I also like to do a wind-down routine of prepping for the next day, getting into pajamas, brushing my teeth and taking off my makeup and then reading (no technology!!) in the couple of hours leading up to bed to signal to my body that it’s time for sleep. Sleeping in a colder environment is also helpful for restful sleep (but keep your feet warm!)

I know this will be tough for me when I start my class. Not only will I be getting home after I SHOULD be asleep in order to hit 7 hours before my 5 AM alarm for the gym, but working and going to class all day is sure to exhaust me- I’m not planning on going to the gym Tuesday-Thursday during those weeks because I feel like I’ll just disappoint myself but who knows?? Maybe it’ll give me more energy to get through the day. I’ll give it a shot and see how it goes.

Yesterday’s food journal

Breakfast- 3 eggs scrambled on a whole wheat English muffin spread with 2 wedges of Laughing Cow and topped with smoked salmon

Late morning snack- a couple tbs of walnuts, and 2 dried dates dipped in tahini

Lunch- regular salad

Afternoon snack- low fat Greek yogurt with strawberries and flax

Dinner- leftover pork and broccoli. I may have also had a couple fingers of PB when prepping today’s snack. I’m weak!!

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