What I Ate Wednesday (or Tuesday…whatever)

I feel good with the way my coaching with Precision Nutrition is developing. I have felt good about the workouts since the beginning, but the eating has been frustrating at times. I wanted more structure. I wanted more direction. I understand that this is a year-long program that uses momentum. But even though I was being compliant, I wasn’t feeling focused.

Until the 5-veggies-a-day habit. And that lot my fire. That takes focus and intention. That is something I have to think about and plan for.

And I love it.

I am pretty content with my day. Spinach, lettuce, tomato, carrots, peas, mushrooms as veg. Banana and pineapple for fruit. Powder, edamame, tofu, egg for protein. I’m looking forward to focusing on healthy carbs this week. (And I will stop justifying the cake pop by “running it off.” Amen.)

So, on to the eats!

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the week (or so) that was

So last week, I took a “bye.”

(See that, honey? I made a sports reference!)

I knew things were going to be busy, so I decided not to worry about it. I took all expectations off the table. I didn’t blog, I didn’t make an effort to put Coach Krissie out front. I didn’t set any health or fitness expectations. I didn’t intend to build, grow, or expand. Other than bill-pay reminders, I didn’t even write in my planner.

I wanted to get cozy in myself and enjoy a very special week with my husband. a visit from Miranda, and The Niece’s birthday weekend. And that’s exactly what I did. I wanted to enjoy this part of March without guilt or pressure. I wanted to assure myself that I could maintain my healthy behaviors on auto-pilot. So this is what my last 10 days have looked like.

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I didn’t have one of those cupcakes, but I did have birthday cake. And I may have had my share of whiskey over the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. But other than those planned indulgences, I am incredibly pleased. I kept up with my clients. I only made 1 of my 3 weight workouts, but I ran according to schedule. I made my 5 veggie-a-day commitment. I kept up with my food journal much better than I had been. I slept really well. Other than The Niece’s birthday party, I was moderate with sweets (and my stomach was incredibly unhappy with banana pudding + birthday cake). And I lost weight this week. On so many levels, I am calling this a huge win!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming!

closet overhaul

As I mentioned last week, I am working through a Mara Glatzel e-course for my Lenten promise. In some of the reading I did last week, she mentioned in passing that one of her non-negotiable rules for herself is having underwear that fits. We’ve all been there, right? And, in that moment, I thought that I deserve to have a wardrobe that fits. I deserve to have a closet that feels like home. That builds me up. I don’t need to allow my closet to be a place of stress and disappointment.

The upside of being a packrat who has lost a lot of weight? I kept a lot of clothes. And I’ve rebuilt my wardrobe over the past 6 months or so, so I thought I might be able to piece a real wardrobe together with pieces I already had. I was afraid I might just have 5 or 6 outfits to choose from when it was all said and done, but I was determined to create a closet space that was 100% functional for me.

I’m sorry that you aren’t getting a before picture, but it just wasn’t possible. When you see the amount of clothing I was dealig with, you’ll understand. Between the closet and the laundry room and the back of my car and Clean Clothes Mountain in the spare bedroom, my clothes were just a mess. I didn’t have a good idea of what I have. I just knew it was a mess, and a lot of it made me sad.

So I decided to do something about it. And I was prepared for it to take all day. And it came pretty close.

The first thing I did was take out anything that I wouldn’t pin on my 2015 Vision Pinterest Board. Easy as that. If it doesn’t fit in with who I want to be, it didn’t make the cut. There are some things in this pile that are really cute, but not on me or for me. Bottom line, they aren’t the person that I want to present to the world. So they are in this pile. Some of these decisions were hard. Some were clothes that I was keeping purely for sentimental value – the dress I wore to Lorrie’s wedding, a green shapeless sweater I bought when we went to BlogHer ’09, the first sweater with a “M” on the tag that I ever bought. But I’m not wearing them. They are not in my vision. So they are in the goodwill pile.

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This basket of clothes was a much more difficult task. These are clothes that don’t fit. Womp womp. As hard as it was to take these things out of my closet, I imagine it will be less difficult than seeing them every time I open the closet doors, right? Just like ripping off the bandaid instead of tugging a little off and then putting it back on each day. Some of this makes me really said – especially that Micheal Kor’s grey and white striped tank on the top (that I got on consignment for around $5). And that purple Columbia jacket I bought at the outlet the day I met Cassie and Craig. And that blue cardigan that I wore when I stayed with Erin and Levi when they lived in Miami. Yeah, so it was hard to take these things out, but it was also very motivating to think that soon I’ll be able to “shop” in my spare closet. (And I’m sure some of these things will be purged as not fitting in with my vision when I can wear them again. It was just easier to put them in the “not fit” pile right now. That was an easier decision without seeing it on.)

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This pile had the hardest decisions in it, though. These are the things that I’m not sure about. I could probably get rid of most of them, but what if I need one of them? What if I end up needing a tan v-neck shirt or a olive green cardigan to complete a Pinterest-inspired look in the future? This is the pile of things that I kept *just in case.* They are in the spare closet so I know where to find them, but they’re not mucking up our master closet.

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I ended up with a main rack that looks like this (with pajamas and running gear on the shelf above.) It is amazing to look at this and know that I can wear all of it. I don’t have to worry if anything fits. I don’t have to worry if it will look right. I can just grab and go. (What you can’t see are pants and skirts – they are hanging back in the left corner.) This makes me very happy. I see lots of Tiffany blue and lots of stripes. I see flowy cotton sweaters. I see some orange and some green and some grey. I can look at this and see what I have.

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My dress rack has been seriously purged as well. It looks great. And it gets me really excited for spring. There are some pieces here that I LOVE that I had completely forgotten about.

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Now I have to figure out how I want to straighten and organize my jewelry. But that’s for another day.

Oh, and I have to show you my little helper. She swatted at the hangers and chased anything with a belt. That Hershel. Such a funny girl.

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pinterest to life – early March

I am having so much fun with my 2015 Pinterest Board. To review…

Part of my work the with Precision Nutrition – Lean Eating Program was to create a vision board of who I wanted to be when the program ends in 2015. I loved the idea of having a vision board with an end-point. Not just a far-off dream, but an actual goal with a timeframe.

First, I did a few wardrobe replications. I call this one Southern Casual. From the pin to my closet. Accessories and all.

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My hair was in a high, messy bun. And you may not be able to see my necklace, so here’s another shot.

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I repeated another outfit – right out of my closet! – on Friday night. My boots weren’t as tall, and I needed a scarf, but I think I pulled this pin off nicely.

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I have started doing this bedtime yoga routine on a nightly basis (workweek, anyway). It is just a nice, unwinding series of easy poses. And the first stretch is just blissful.

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And for protein snacks this week, I made these:

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Except I added an extra egg and 1/4 cup oats.  I couldn’t get the consistency right. Mine ended up looking like this. And they are tasty as all-get-out.

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I am so excited about how my 2015 board has inspired me. Especially since I was anti-pinterest for a while. For so long, I avoided Pinterest because I felt lacking or less than when I spent time there. I used to feel like it pointed out all of the things I wasn’t doing that I thought I wanted to do. Now it is truly helping me to be the person that I want to be when I don’t know the direction to follow to get closer to my inspiration.

So, what are you doing with your pins?

 

week in review – March 3-9

So last week, I felt especially back on the horse. A lot of it came from this decision to practice being Future Krissie (like I talked about here). Removing pressure and guilt opened me up to really feel like I was making progress.

I hit all of my workouts this week. This gets a big HOLLA. All the weight workouts. Distance with my pal Casey and little one in the stroller + solo sprint intervals. 8 miles with some of the girls. It was just a great week for movement.

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Food has been right on too. We have reintroduced meat at home a few nights a week (and I wonder if that has impacted how I’m feeling physically). But I seemed to only take pictures of meatless stuff.

This was the highlight of the week. White beans cooked with carrots and garlic over toast. Topped with a little cheese. Just lovely.

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I tried my hand at homemade protein bars. I want to play with the recipe a little, but they were pretty tasty.

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I made the sweet and sour bean and rice salad again. I just adore this stuff.

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Mmmm. I tried a new Red Lentil Curry Soup recipe this week. It was also lovely.

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I’m also doing really well with my Lent promise of working through Mara Glatzel’s Body Loving Homework E-Course. Lots and lots of writing. Lots and lots of insights. I’m really loving turning the tables and taking myself inward. I’m so used to facilitating that process for others as a coach that I don’t take the opportunity to do it for myself very often. I’m really loving it.

So, how was your week?

practice makes progress

I’ve got another video for you today, friends!

Below, I talk about a shift in goal pursuit. I talk about using practice as a way to pursue goals. Not perfection, not acting “as if,” but practicing with an attitude of reflection and curiosity.

So, what will you practice today?

(And I mention my 2015 Pinterest Vision Board. You can find it here.)

Let’s talk about Lent

(As I’ve had this post floating around in my head, I’ve sang Salt ‘n Pepper/Peppa/Pepa(?) with “Lent” replacing “sex.” Mildly ashamed, mildly entertained.)

I kinda love Lent. I feel like I have the time and the energy this time of year to get into myself, my intentions, and my faith. I’d love to do something similar during Advent, but let’s get real. Christmastime is bananas. That just doesn’t happen. So Lent has become a time of focus and growth for me.

Growing up, I didn’t practice Lent in any shape. I didn’t grow up Catholic. I went to a Catholic college, but even then my Lent experience was limited to trying to get my no-profanities-for-Lent friends to curse or laughing at them when we’d go out for dinner on Fridays and they had to get fish.

So Lent wasn’t really my thing. It wasn’t in my tradition. But then, several years ago, my dearest Miranda started talking about giving something up for Lent. And because I jump on bandwagons my friend is a genius, I started thinking about Lent differently. I’ve done a variety of things in the last few years.

I gave up caffeine. Never, ever, EVER again. Caffeine is my friend. My true friend. Like the air I breathe. I made it, but I was pretty miserable. And I don’t think the purpose of Lent is misery. Growth and discomfort? Yes. But not misery.

We gave up meat. I wasn’t such an exploratory cook then. I don’t know that I missed meat exactly, but, dude, we got really sick of beans.

No-Spend Lent. We’ve done this a few years. I really dig it. It feels intentional and requires focus and creativity. It keeps me on my toes. We are doing it for March this year, for non-Lent purposes.

Self-Discovery practice. Last year, I led a coaching group through May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. I loved it. Perfect way to spend Lent.

Because I loved that so much (and I saw how it built my faith), I decided to do something similar this year.

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I have fallen in love with the work I’ve done with Mara Glatzel. She is totally my coach crush. When I read her, the voice I hear is my own. That builds comfort and safety into the work. My Lenten promise is to complete a writing prompt each day. This course is no longer available, so I feel kinda bad telling you how awesome it is. I worked through the intro work yesterday and I am excited to break into the actual course today.

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Which I am getting ready to dig into on my early lunch break in a back corner of a coffee shop where I used the last of my gift card to get a tall iced latte because that was all I could afford with the balance and stay within the No-Spend March.

Are you practicing Lent this year? I’d love to hear how you are challenging yourself!