Losing It.
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Bikram

So a day after moving to Chicago I started a 30 day Bikram Yoga Challenge. I am currently on day 11. I missed a day because of work, but I plan on doubling up on a sesh next week.

Day 1 of Bikram Yoga: Weight = 183.6

Day 11 of Bikram Yoga: Weight = 179.0

Loss: 4.6 pounds

I’M IN THE 170’s!!!!! OH MY GOD!

I love, love, love the class too. I’ve had all of the teachers and they are just so inspiring and wonderful and I look forward to deepening my practice everyday :) Some days I feel like I don’t want to go, but I always leave feeling refreshed and energized. 

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Health and Fitness Goals for this week:

Take Hot Yoga 3X this week

Begin Couch to 5K tomorrow - Run 3X a week - use an app to track progress

Continue increasing my water intake 

Food Goals:

Continue avoiding bread

No Sweets

Try and get more salmon in this week 

Increase chlorella, coconut oil and bee pollen intake

I weighed 182 this morning! I’m so close to being in the 170’s. If I can get down to 180 by next Sunday that would be fabulous! 

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I’m feeling pretty productive about my week so far. I took three 90-minute hot yoga classes, applied for a job, worked on my resume and devoted a good chunk of time to researching what makes a good resume and cover letter. I edited a sketch I’ve been working on for a while, and now I’m going to clean my house and end the night with some in house yoga. 

I was pretty good about cutting sugar this week. I had two cookies yesterday while donating platelets but they didn’t bother me. It was a treat. My water intake improved significantly and I am feeling happier and more flexible. I’m going to yoga a few more times next week and I’m pumped!

Happy Saturday!

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Day three of hot yoga!
The teacher today had a really strange energy, but I tried my best to focus on myself! Man, doing yoga at 530 is not easy, but I’m slowly getting better!

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Hot Yoga day 2!

As far as my goals I have avoided sugar for the past three days and have had at least 12-15 cups of water today!! Woho!

Hot Yoga day 2!

As far as my goals I have avoided sugar for the past three days and have had at least 12-15 cups of water today!! Woho!

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It really upsets me that anything considered experimental is heavily looked down upon in our society. People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them to eat more garlic when their throats are sore, to drink a ginger and wheatgrass shot if they are feeling low on energy. It’s almost as if people don’t want to accept that optimal health and happiness can be achieved easily.

This is one reason I love having a Primal lifestyle. I look forward to reading the success stories every Friday on Mark Scisson’s website. People that have dealt with severe depression, skin problems, digestive issues…simply disappear or significantly improve over time because of healthy lifestyle and eating choices.

I don’t know about you, but it makes sense to me—If you eat shit, you are going to feel like shit. If you are filling your body with processed chemicals that are tricking your brain how can that be a good thing? Toxic food is killing people, mentally, physically, emotionally.


Eat Well. Move a lot. Get some sun. Have fun. Find forms of exercise you enjoy. Health can be fun. It can be easy. It is easy if you allow it to be.  


Whether it’s hot yoga, rolfing sessions, acupuncture, drinking wheat grass shots, or deep breathing—there will always be people that shoot down anything you enjoy, or that benefits your body. Everything is dangerous. Everything will kill you. Everything will cause some sort of injury.


I call bullshit. Well, you have to be safe. You have to listen to your body. You have to take your time. Use the resources around you and never be afraid to ask questions.

 
For instance, the whole law suit against Vibrams really pissed me off. Of course you are going to experience some form of discomfort when switching to minimalist shoes. If you normally run 10 miles in overly supportive shoes, you can’t expect to do the same in shoes with little to no support right away. The body takes time. Would you attempt a backflip without any form of training? I know I would hurt myself, I can’t even do a cartwheel.


I guess this rant started because of my recent fascination and love for hot yoga. I have had people try and steer me away from it because of how dangerous it is. Yes, you are doing yoga in 100 degrees, but this all goes back to listening to your body. If you feel sick, take a break. If something is hurting you, stop doing it. It’s good to motivate yourself to go further—but at the same time you need to be careful.


Anyway, I am going to Yoga again tonight, and tomorrow morning at 530AM. I am pumped. The amount of energy I’ve had over the past couple of days is amazing. I feel more alive than I have in a while, and I am really excited to get more serious about my practice.


Hope you all have a great day!

Listen to your body!

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Here’s to early morning hydration.

Here’s to early morning hydration.

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I tried hot yoga for the first time last night. It was amazing!!!! 90 minutes of slow, focused movements in a 99 degree room. I think I’m addicted. I’m going tomorrow and Thursday morning. I feel lighter. My skin looks great. My energy was insane. Yes yes yes.

This will be great for winter in Chicago

Today’s health goal. Avoid sugar and increase water intake!

I tried hot yoga for the first time last night. It was amazing!!!! 90 minutes of slow, focused movements in a 99 degree room. I think I’m addicted. I’m going tomorrow and Thursday morning. I feel lighter. My skin looks great. My energy was insane. Yes yes yes. This will be great for winter in Chicago

Today’s health goal. Avoid sugar and increase water intake!

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First off, I want to say how proud I am of tansitioning to a primal lifestyle. It hasn’t been easy, and I still beat myself up over small choices, but I’ve come far. I have 90% eliminated processed and refined foods from my diet. I used to eat a disgusting amount of pasta. I remember going to an all you can eat pasta night on Wednesdays with my roommate and I would eat 2-3 plates of the stuff. I used to go through bread like crazy and I would eat out at chain restaurants which I now find disturbing.

I have successfully found substitutes for almost everything I used to love. I missed pizza, so I found a great almond flour crust recipe. I missed eating chips, so I transitioned to dried/roasted seaweed or kale chips instead. I missed juice so I switched to Kumbucha, I missed eating bread so I learned to make savory coconut pancakes, I missed milk so I transitioned to fresh almond milk or coconut cream. I missed rice, so I switched over to Quinoa. I used to have a disgusting relationship with cheese. I told myself I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO GIVE IT UP, and over the last two months I barely eat it. I have found a love for cashew cheese instead.

I have given up almost all of my old habits and have successfully lost 55 pounds in the last year and a half. My skin is better, my mind is way more clear, I don’t really get sick as often as I used to, and I rarely buy anything with more than 4-5 ingredients on the label. I make my own tomato sauces, and condiments, and I have really learned to care about everything I put into my body. I have gotten out of the mindset of “Well I worked really hard at the gym today so I can totally eat this plate of nachos.” Most importantly, I have made the time. Trust me, I know how difficult it is to make the time. I was working 30+ hours a week, going to school full time, and had rehearsal 5+ days a week from 6PM-11PM. I had to make the time. I would spend the weekend chopping, prepping, and packing food for myself so I wouldn’t be tempted to have a quick fix.

When I try to eat the way I used to I feel awful. Physically. Mentally. Skin problems come back, negativity comes back, and I just can’t stop eating. We had a party at work a few weeks ago. Pizza was sitting in the office tempting me. I told myself I wouldn’t eat it and I didn’t. Later in the day there was another party and I decided to eat it. I had four pieces, and garlic rolls and I just couldn’t stop. When I cook Quinoa and veggies at home I am full after half a bowl, but at work I just couldn’t stop. It was scary. I ended up throwing up a few minutes later. It’s scary what processed foods do to the body. It rensured me that I never want to go back to that place.

There are still a few things I would like to work on. I’ve decided to go sugar free for the next 30 days. I have successfully cut out most processed and refined sugars from my diet over the last year, but I know that I go a little crazy with honey, certain fruits, or homemade treats. I am going to lower my intake of certain fruits and try to stick to taking my coffee black.

I would also like to be a pescatarian again. My body felt better when I was eating salmon all the time. Not that I eat tons of meat now, but I eat it more than I used to and I just don’t feel as good.

I also have realized that I just cannot have any of my old habit foods in the house. We have a local supermarket in town called Wards, and they carry really wonderful home baked breads. We buy them occasionally but if I know it’s in the house I start obsessing about it and know that I won’t be able to control myself, so I would like to learn how to bake my own healthy breads. Now that school is over I will have more time to do so.

I would also like to start tracking my water intake. I need to buy a new water bottle because when I don’t have one I am terrible at staying hydrated.

I think that I am finally ready to start running. I had a few issues with my feet over the last two years, but ever since I have been getting my Rolfing sessions the pain is completely gone, I have more energy, and I am ready to transition. I’ve also stopped telling myself thst I suck at running. I just need practice. I want to be strong. I want to be an athlete.

I was actually thinking the other day that if I ever decided to go to grad school I would want to study nutrition and maybe be a dietician. I know that I have a lot to learn, but I also know how many mistakes I have made and I would love to help people through their fitness goals. I would love to be a personal trainer one day, after I work on myself for a couple more years :)

I’m excited. It’s nice that most of my food complaints go something like this “Aw man I had wayyy too many nuts and dried fruit today.” It could be a lot worse. Lifestyle changes are not easy, but they are definitely worth it, and I am so thankful to have found marksdailyapple.com.

If I can do it, you can do it.

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I finally graduated which means I’ll have more time for blogging. I move to Chicago in 30 days. Madness!

For the next 30 days I am going to do something each day that benefits my health. I bought a partial summer gym pass so I might as well use it while I’m here.

Tomorrow night I’m trying hot yoga for the first time. I’m pumped. 90 minutes of intense hotness.