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Healthy Lifestyle Tips - 5 Things That Happen When You Hit Up the Gym!

Hello friends! Last week I took a brief hiatus while Mr. M and I made a whirlwind trip across the entire state of Tennessee and honestly, I was just over capacity to do anything other than driving and responding to emails. And if we’re still being honest, I’m still over capacity, so prayers & coffee would be delightful, k thx.

If you remember at the beginning of January, I mentioned doing goals a little differently this year. Rather than be unhealthily goal-oriented (which oops, I already am), this year I’m practicing different disciplines.

My discipline for the month of January was to start the year of with a healthy start. I chose this by focusing on two main things: exercising and no-sugar.

I knew I could do exercising as long as I made myself verrry discplined.

The sugar part though? That’s the part I was scared of.

In addition to exercising and eating healthier, I also kept track of other healthy habits: drinking 64 oz of water a day, eating my fruits and veggies, and going to bed by 11pm.

You all will be glad to know I kept track of all this through a bujo inspired habit tracker on a random note page in my planner, and there are zero days where I was in bed to sleep by 11pm. In bed by 11pm to read? Yes. So maybe next month I should be a little more realistic and say “in bed by 11pm” rather than “be asleep by 11pm” because trying to balance working until 5, working out, and cooking dinner is not an easy feat. I don’t know how you crossfitters do this.

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5 Things I Learned from Working Out

Workout Classes are the Way to Go

Mr. M and I got new gym memberships at a fun gym here that offers an array of amenities, including classes. Yay! Nothing has ever motivated me on a Saturday morning to go work out like this hip hop WERQ class has, but I’m not even mad. It just gives me one more reason to love Saturdays, and I mourn the days I can’t make it due to adulting obligations (#work is not as fun as #WERQ.) I’ve already looped one friend into the class – because who doesn’t love to drop it like it’s hot in a very clean, but sweaty fitness room on a Saturday morning.

When I’m disciplined, I’m as disciplined as all get out.

If we say “we’re working out three times a week,” I’m sitting down with my planner and figuring out what three times that week we’re going to make it happen. I’m proud to say the only week I only worked out twice was when I spent the whole day on the couch feeling like I was going to throw up.

Working out with your spouse can be fun. . . and torture. . . for your spouse.

I learned a lot about myself and how I like to be motivated, and how I handle stressful situations all through working out with Mr. M this week. In fact, I’ve decided that every couple should work out together before they get married so they can better understand each other, and work through little things like, “How to respond to my wife when she’s sassy because she can’t do a pull up.” This happened. Mr. M passed with flying colors. But also, I need to work on my gym attitude because some days I walk in there feelin’ like I’m gonna kill it and then other days I wonder what IT is that I’m gonna kill.

It takes a while to see results, but hard work pays off. 

While I didn’t lose weight according to the scale, I can definitely see more muscle definition in some areas – like my legs. And I have lost some measurements in the areas I don’t want to lose .  . . but don’t worry, the taco baby is still going strong as well get out. So I guess my next step is to work on core. That being said, two weeks ago I couldn’t do a pull up. I just hung on the bar like a sloth with the assist supporting my knees, and laughed at myself to keep from crying from embarrassment. Then all of the sudden on Monday, boom. I could do 8 pull ups three times . . . with the assist.

The more you work out, the more you like it. 

Last week when I got home from our quickie road trip, I experienced a weird phenomenon where I actually desired to work out. As soon as we got home, I set my bags down and rushed off to the gym. I originally went with the intent to just get a quick 15 minute cardio work out in to shake out the cramped-in-car-legs, but then I ended up spending an hour doing so much more. And it was fun!

I know, I’m a freak. Let’s talk about what it was like to give up sugar.

Healthy Lifestyle Tips - No-Added Sugar!

3 Things I Learned From Giving Up Sugar

THERE IS CORN SYRUP IN EVERYTHING

Rather than do a full month of no-sugar, Mr. M and I set out to do a 21 day sugar-free diet, but had to cut it short due to the unexpected roadtrip we took last week. Instead we did a 2 week no-sugar diet, so a modified whole 30, if you will. We didn’t do 100% no sugar, but instead we did no-added sugar. Which brings me to my first point. . .  It took me a bajillion hours to grocery shop because I looked at labels on everything and I was appalled and abhorred to find that there is corn syrup in so. many. things. Like canned beans! Or canned tomato soup!

I feel cheated by the FDA.

No-added sugar isn’t actually that hard. 

I was really worried that I was going to live my life for the next two weeks deprived of all goodness in the world. And yes, I couldn’t eat my regularly scheduled corn syrup infused chex mix, but GUY’S. CHEEZ IT GROOVES HAS NO ADDED SUGAR. That was exciting to discover. And also, I survived post-dinner dessert! I found a paleo chocolate brownie recipe that I love even more than regular brownies! Finally, luckily, I was still able to properly season all our food because most spices don’t add sugar! I was also able to find marinara and salsa that had zero added sugar as well. Aldi to. the. win.

But also, Larabars are gross.

I actually enjoyed how I felt without added sugar in my diet.

When we did no-added sugar, I did get dizzy in the afternoon the first couple of days, but then my body adjusted and I found that I felt lighter and healthier. Now that we’ve incorprated sugar back into our diet (just in case you didn’t see my Five Daughter’s Baker post, here it is right now because YUM) I’ve noticed my face break out again, and I don’t feel as great anymore.

No-added sugar is definitely a lifestyle choice we are willing to make!

What healthy lifestyle choices have you brought into your  new year?