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Are you Moving Forward…in Reverse? Part 1

on May 28, 2013

Moving forward in reverse?  What in the world?!  Let me explain.  I’m talking about working your butt off and not seeing results.  Talk about frustrating!!!!  Why is it happening?  Most than likely three words…your, eating, habits.  (and mine too!)

Although I have been active most of my life, in the past 4+ years I have really made daily exercise a priority.  I plan my runs, my workouts, my training.  I figure out when is the best time “get er done” as to not interfere too much with family time.  I sometimes run in the heat or the cold of the day because that is just when it fits in.  Some days I get up a little earlier to do HIIT, and when all else fails I just make sure everyone knows it’s “Mom’s time” and they need to keep themselves occupied for a while…or join in.

However one thing I have failed to take seriously enough has been my eating habits.  I hate the word “diet”  and in this case I don’t mean diet as in counting calories, etc.  I’m talking about eating healthy.  Being part of both Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador and Girls Gone Sporty as an Ambassador has really opened up my eyes to the importance of eating well.  It’s not like I never thought about it, it’s just that I never made any serious effort.

One of the biggest advantages of eating well….results.  You can run, sweat, lift, HITT etc but it’s true what they say:

  • Healthy bodies are made in the kitchen
  • killer abs … 30% gym 70% diet
  • and my favorite…”You can’t outrun a bad diet.”  

True, true and true.  In other words:


You’ll still move forward to a point. but if you are results driven, as in inches and pounds,  you HAVE to include a healthy diet.

So when I started my HIIT program about 2 months ago, I also started to take a much more serious look at my eating habits.  I had been kind of here, nor there on my diet.  I mean I didn’t eat bad all the time, but I also didn’t go out of my way to eat “healthy” every meal.  I am making a lot more effort now, but it’s NOT always easy.  (cause you know I loves me some cupcakes and apparently Smore’s because I downed a few of those this weekend)

I find it WAY easier to plan to exercise than to plan to eat well.  It’s definitely still a work in progress, but I am seeing results in how my body looks.  My next step is to try meal prepping for the week, but for now this is what I am doing:

  • I try to include lean protein and veggies at EVERY meal.
  • I drink water all day and when I am out I choose unsweet tea or water (lucky for me I am not a soda fan so no biggie here)
  • I include healthy fats sometimes refered to as MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acid) found in things like nuts and seeds, oils, olives, and dark chocolate.  Avocado is also a great one, but I am allergic 🙁  so sad as its an allergy I developed just last year, bummer
  • I limit my sweets…but I do eat dark chocolate IN MODERATION
  • for snacks I switched to things like greek yogurt, fruit and homemade trail mix
  • I eat a meal or snack every 4 hours max, but usually more like every 3, throughout the day

I also love these two ideas about what kind of food you should choose…”If it didn’t grow out of the ground or have a mother (sorry to my strict vegetarian friends and husband)…don’t eat it”  and “If you can’t pronounce the ingredients than why on earth would you want to put it in your body?

Am I 100% perfect with my eating habits….um NO?!  But I have made a much more concerted effort to be more careful about what, how much and when I eat.  Cause girl I am NOT going to turn a cupcake down all the time 😉  I’m sticking to the 80 – 20 rule of eating well 80% of the time.

But in the meantime I have found a few things I love:

I make my own trail mix.  I find store bought usually has extra stuff that I don’t like

Runfyhp Trail Mix – split into portion controlled sizes of 1/4 cup so I can take it on the go 🙂

  • all natural whole almonds (unsalted)
  • sunflower seed kernels (unsalted)
  • dark chocolate chips
  • and sometimes craisins (limited amount, but I like the little extra sweet)

Runfyhp Easy Post Workout Smoothie

smoothies help me get some extra protein each day 


  • 8 oz almond milk
  • frozen strawberries (about a cup)
  • scoop of protein powder ( I love Raw Protein from Garden of Life)
  • 1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt  (I like Chobani)
  • 1/2 tablespoon flax seed powder
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of organic spinach

Coming soon…some healthy and easy “switches” to add to your diet

thanks to my Sweat Pink Ambassador friends!

14 Responses to “Are you Moving Forward…in Reverse? Part 1”

  1. I find the eating healthy part even more challenging than excersizing.
    So much temptation out there. I do believe you should treat yourself once in awhile.
    Your trail mix sounds yummy by the way 🙂
    Looking forward to reading about your “healthy switches” .


  2. I find eating healthy just as challenging as pushing yourself with excersize.
    So much temptation out there.Your trail mix recipe sounds yummy by the way.
    I am looking forward to hearing more about your “healthy switches”.

  3. Kristi says:

    I’ve pretty much got the same eating lifestyle. I treat myself to “splurges” when i’m out to eat or get that free drink at Starbucks. It has made a huge difference in my life! (But I honestly eat healthy more like 95% of the time).

    I too am allergic to avocado (in the last year) and found my go to “omg I have to eat” food is homemade granola bars. I can only eat one store bought kind because of sensitivity to food binders- forces clean eating!

    Just remember its not a diet. Its a lifestyle of good choices 🙂

  4. Jen says:

    I hear ya on this 100%. For an entire DECADE I was working out and not seeing anything. Once I changed my habits, which are almost identical to yours (except I eat a moderate treat every day), I am seeing results weekly. Not only on the scale but my entire body has changed it’s form. Keep the recipes coming, I love mixing it up healthy!
    Jen @ BehindTheRefrigeratorDoo

  5. This is SO me. I can workout for hours on end but don’t see results quickly and I know it’s b/c of my eating habits! I have a serious sweet tooth and love cheese and pasta, this is a problem. I have no willpower when it comes to food b/c my attitude is I will burn it off, but that’s not how it works. I am trying to get better!

  6. Kim says:

    I think this post was meant for me!!! I just finished commenting about the fact that even though I workout really hard, my eating (and drinking) habits are awful!!! Every time I hear “you can’t outwork a bad diet” I know it is specifically directed at me!!! I think the idea of changing everything overwhelms me so my goal is to start with small changes and keep building them up.
    Thank you for sharing this post today!!!

  7. Melissa says:

    I’m SO in the same place on this right now! I lost a bunch of weight (50+ lbs) over the last two years by running and doing Weight Watchers. (Later, I quit counting points but ate just the same types of things.) I was able to maintain my weight loss primarily through running – and having healthier eating habits overall. But I put 10+ pounds on over Christmas, and I haven’t taken it off. Overall, I DO eat WAY better than I used to. I have just let too many “treats” sneak into the mix. I just decided to re-dedicate myself to sticking to my good habits and ditching the others. Thanks for this!

  8. lisajtullos says:

    thank you so much for this! i have been stuck at the same weight for months despite running and working out. I need to take a good hard look at my food! Thank you again for the reminder!

  9. lisajtullos says:

    Thank you so much for this! Just what i needed to read today. I have been losing/gaining the same 3 pounds for months despite running and working out daily…gotta look at what i eat! Thanks for the reminder!

  10. Love this article 🙂 Its so true! People are so willing to spend HOURS exercising, but can’t take the two hours a week to prep/prepare healthy meals to make all that work in the gym WORTH IT!!

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