30 Day Eat Clean Challenge - What's new

No, I haven't fizzled out and dropped this challenge. I'm just taking my time and pacing myself so I don't shock my body with too many new routines. Let's see, what's new?
I've noticed I drink about 4-5 bottles of water a day when I work around people who try to do it also. So for me, that's Monday-Wednesday and then I struggle with keeping up with it the rest of the week. I'm trying..

I couldn't master eating a bunch a meals a day. I felt so guilty about that but started doing the research and it says as long as you are getting your calorie intake and staying active, it shouldn't matter how many meals you have. whether it  be 3 or 6. I do however find myself starting to get hungry sometimes and I'll grab organic peanut butter and an apple.
Reading over this calendar has helped me change my diet tons and I haven't even done half of these. It says try to have a protein and carb at every meal and I do. Which has me leaning towards more healthy choices anyways instead of chips and fatty foods.

I'm not sure how much of the rest I can do, but I'm slowly switching out the foods I eat for healthier choices. I'm currently working on eating breakfast within an hour of getting up. Switching the white with whole grains is a little more challenging because I'm also trying to convince the other two members of my family to switch also. After all, what's the point of cooking for one all of the time? It just doesn't make sense for so many reasons.

I finally joined the gym and have been exercising every day for at least 30 minutes. I'm very excited that I've been able to keep up with it.
I have however developed a craving for iced coffee... which I used to hate.. what's up with that? 

Red Riding Hood Shoot - #WordlessWednesday

These are photos from the Red Riding Hood Shoot that a friend and I did a couple weeks ago.

She dressed as Little Red

& the wolf
I tried to make it look like they attacked eachother

I tried merging the photos to create a fighting scene with one model.

And then of course, this totally reminded me of the hear no evil, speak no evil saying.. 

What do you think?

Visit my album on Flickr or Facebook to view more.

Hope every one has a great Wednesday!

I'm Not A Fan Of The Olympics..

Combination photo shows Sochi, Russia in February 2007, bottom, prior to construction of Olympic venues, and the new Olympic Park venue in August, top, for the 2014 Winter Games.Mikhail Mordasov and Maxim Marmur, AFP/Getty Images

Change is good, right? Not all the time. Not when residents are being forced out of their homes for a must have brand new Olympic stadium. And the residents who still live in their homes have damage caused from massive construction trucks barreling through daily. 

30 Eat Clean Challenge Update

I wish I could say I'm doing better on this challenge than I am, but I'm not. I will say that I've made quite a few big changes to my diet since reading this over though. I've been skipping around because some of these are very hard to achieve and cost money to buy organic. 

  • I've been doing good with not eating after 7 except for last night when I absolutely had to have an apple with 2 tbs of organic crunchy peanut butter. I'm a little disappointed in myself that I couldn't stick with it but my choice of an apple is way better than what i used to grab.
  • I absolutely can not manage 5-6 small meals a day. I'm just not that hungry and with the added rule of 6 bottles of water a day, it feels like I'm stuffing my face all day long. I can manage about 4-5 bottles a day and I'm fine with that. It's 10 times better than my water intake before. As far as the meals, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that yet. I've definitely been trying to stick with a protein and a carb whenever I get "cravings". I've been doing a lot of apples and peanut butter, and dried cranberries. I'd like to start boiling eggs as well.
  • I'm really great at sticking with appropriate proportions, but haven't mastered eating within an hour of waking up. 
  • I've also managed to cut down my sugar intake by weaning myself off little by little. I am very proud to announce that I don't take any sugar in my coffee, (next to get rid of is creamer) and I also haven't been adding any sugars to anything. It was a shock to my taste buds at first, but I'm getting used to it. I just keep telling myself that food isn't meant to taste good, it's meant to provide nutrients and other things your body needs to function.
Getting there, slowly but surely. I'm not going to focus too much on what I haven't achieved as much as I am focusing on what I have achieved. 
  • I'm doing great with the exercising. I meet the ladies after work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday for a workout and have purchased a kettle ball for me to keep it up at home on the weekends. I have been consistent a week and no longer feel excessive amounts of pain. I feel stronger and I have also noticed I can do each exercise longer and longer each time! It has also improved my back.

I hope every one has a great Monday!