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That’s It! Thursday: Avoiding Clothes Shopping… No More!

30 Aug

I’m pretty cheap, but I love searching for a good deal. My mom used to tease me that I had way too many shoes, purses, and accessories but not actual clothes. I mean come on, shoes are the one thing I wear a small size in, of course I love shopping for them!

As I become more confident in my body, I’ve also become more comfortable clothes searching as well. I actually think that “cute” clothes look cute on me when I feel good in my own skin. Otherwise, I want to hide behind baggy jeans and an old t-shirt so as to not attract any attention to myself.

All of this to say, I did some shopping today. Bought some lovely items from LOFT and then a great black J.Crew cardigan for $16 at Buffalo Exchange! I’ve never owned anything from J.Crew ever so I’m pretty excited about that.

Shirt from the Loft, on sale of course! I love that green color.

I’m still buying the same sizes, but they’re fitting better and to me—most importantly—I’m confident in them!

What is your favorite thing to shop for? 


That’s it! Thursday: Do You Have To Take That Short-Cut?

23 Aug

One of the great things about living in NYC is the vast amount of walking you do on a daily basis simply due to the fact that you live here. My apartment is a ten minute walk to the subway- just under a mile. So, I walk at absolute minimum 2 miles a day. But why do I find myself cutting through a parking lot to make my walk shorter?

Do I really need to get there that little bit faster? Am I truly too lazy to walk around the parking lot instead of diagonally through it?

I hadn’t really thought about it. But, this morning on my way to work a light bulb went off. It doesn’t make any sense to be working out and trying to incorporate more fitness into my life, but yet keep taking short cuts on my regular routes. I was completely doing it out of habit!

Therefore, for this That’s it! Thursday, I’m going to work on being more conscious of “lazy” habits that I’ve developed—and no longer cut through that parking lot. I can totally walk around it and build up those extra steps. Every little bit helps!

How do you try to incorporate fitness into your everyday life? Park in the back of the parking lot? Do calf raises at your desk at work? I’d love to hear!

That’s it! Thursdays: Sometimes It’s Okay To Say No

16 Aug

Earlier this week I was complaining about feeling like I was spreading myself too thin. So, for this week’s That’s it! Thursday, I’m vowing to say “no” to the things I don’t really want to do/don’t have the capacity to do.

English: Hot air balloon back-lit by early sun...

English: Hot air balloon back-lit by early sunrise during SkyFest 2010 in Cedar City, Utah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a people pleaser, it’s easy to say yes, yes, yes, when people you care about ask you for favors or ask you to do things. But sometimes, it’s okay to say no. It’s okay to say you can’t make it that BBQ or that you can’t take on that extra project right now based on your workload.

I have to be honest with myself. Because sometimes, it’s okay to say no.

That’s It! Thursdays: I Am Not Scared Of My Diabetes

9 Aug

“Our medical records indicate that you may have diabetes. And it’s up to you to manage it. If you don’t, the consequences can be serious and life threatening.

No joke. That’s the first line of the letter from my insurance company that I came home to last night. Really? Is that supposed to motivate me to get healthier? To sign up for their “Diabetes Control Program” that they say is a personal health campaign?

Maybe some people. But not me. I’ve never been very motivated by fear, or threats, for that matter. All the POSITIVE things that can come about from me becoming a stronger, healthier, and happier person are what gets me moving. By making myself a priority and understanding my current health status and future goals, I can move forward.  Fear makes me freeze in place. It paralyzes me. It makes me feel like what I have is a death sentence. But in reality, I know it isn’t. For me, my diagnosis was a second chance– a reality check if you will.

“Get Healthy” Diabetes Threat Letter from my Insurance

And really, don’t you think I already know that when not managed diabetes can have terrible consequences?  Is this really supposed to be some sort of eye-opener for me?  Not quite. Everyone knows that.

But what many people don’t know is that when managed, a person with diabetes can live a healthy, happy long life.  If this letter started with that– maybe tempting me with learning better ways to be successful instead of threatening me to be compliant, I could have potentially taken it seriously. Instead, I find it almost insulting. Don’t worry though. I’ll make today a good day– I’ll work out, eat healthy, take my medicine, and check my blood sugars. I’ll be a model of good health. Not because of you, though, insurance company. Because of me. For me. For my loved ones. So, for this That’s It! Thursday, I’m focusing on the positive results I can have by managing my diabetes well– rather than the negative things that could come about should I decide not to take care of myself.  I need to focus on my goals and how to achieve them. That’s how I’ll move forward.

That’s it! Thursday: 8/2 Healthy Eating Can Cost A Little More

2 Aug

I am cheap. As a general rule, I am always looking for the best deal, the lowest price, and to save a few bucks. But, I’ve realized that in order to live a healthy lifestyle, I have to be okay with spending a little more for a healthier option.

So, for this weeks “That’s it! Thursday” I vow to give up my cheap ways. I’m not saying I won’t stay thrifty, because you definitely can still eat healthy on a pretty low-budget (I’ll give you some tips for that below). Instead, I’m going to work on spending the extra $1 for the egg white omelette or the $2 for salad instead of fries. I will buy the healthier bread option from the grocery store instead of the one that’s on sale (can anyone say bleached white bread?). To me this comes down to priorities. Is my health worth that extra couple of dollars? Yes. Yes. Yes. Health > Money. Plus, let’s not even go into the actual monetary cost of living unhealthy– prescriptions, complications, more doctors visits, the list goes on and on. All this to say, I think I can spare the extra bit of cash– so now I will!

Titus and Livia, my kitties, searching for their food among my groceries.

Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget:

  • Plan out your Meals (and snacks!): One of my recent That’s it! Thursday features was about my transition to meal planning. Since then, I’ve noticed a notable drop in my grocery bill. If I know in advance what I’m looking for at the store I don’t end up with frivolous items that catch my eye. I also don’t end up throwing out a bunch of groceries that I never got around to using before they went bad.
  • But, be flexible in your meal planning: I plan my meals after reviewing the weekly circular for my grocery store and plan my meals for the week around what is on sale. Sales can be your friend! Just make sure they’re items you can actually use in your dishes.

More tips below the cut. Continue reading

That’s it! Thursday: 7/26 Caffeine Loving

26 Jul

I love iced coffee. Give me a Starbucks Grande iced with one pump of sugar-free hazelnut any day of the week.  But, I do I really need that caffeine?  We’ve all been warned of the negative side of a caffeine addiction. And, while I’m trying to increase my water intake, I think it’s time to also be more conscious about what other drinks I’m consuming.

For today’s That’s it! Thursday, I’m cutting down to one caffeinated beverage a day, max. I think I like the taste more than anything else. So, why not order that iced coffee decaf? Or better yet, replace it with some ice water? Okay, who are we kidding. At least in the beginning it’s going to be decaf.

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In case you need a reminder as to what those negative effects of caffeine can be: there’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not it can be linked to higher blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. But, in my mind at least one negative affect is for sure– you can get some crazy caffeine dependency. Many of us know this all too well. We’re reliant on coffee to wake us up in the morning or that soda to pick us up mid afternoon. And, if we don’t feed into it, we’re bound to have a killer headache. A disclaimer is that many factors effect how your body handles it: body mass, medications, anxiety, age, and other medical conditions. In particular, if you’re pregnant or have gastrointestinal problems, you’ll want to avoid the caffeine. If your worried about how your body reacts to caffeine, talk with your doctor.  I’m not saying that I’m avoiding caffeine all together, just being more cautious about how much of it I’m consuming.

I’m also giving unsweetened almond milk a try. I’m a little nervous about it. It’s been sitting in my fridge for a few days now and is still unopened. But, now that I’ve posted it here… I’ve got to try it. Maybe in my decaf coffee.

Are you hooked on caffeine? What’s your favorite caffeinated beverage?

That’s It! Thursday: 7/19 Meal Planning

19 Jul

That’s it! Thursday is going to be a regular feature here where I highlight and commit to one change I need to make in my life. It’ll  be something I finally say “That’s it!” to and will regularly report back on how I’m doing with my former That’s it! Thursday Features. I think this will push me out of my comfort zone and help me to stay accountable to myself and my goals.

So this week it’s bye bye to take out and hellloooo meal planning!

Greek Salad

Don’t get me wrong, living in NYC the take out options are unbelievable. Nutritious and relatively inexpensive take out and delivery options are totally available. I’m not going to cut them out completely. But! I am going to sit down each weekend and plan out my meals for the week to come. If I want to order a Greek salad with grilled chicken from the great restaurant down the corner on a Tuesday night, that’s totally fine. But, there’s not going to be any spur of the moment ordering here.

Here begins my meal planning journey. Delicious. Cheaper. Slightly more effort, for sure, but absolutely worth it.

Do you plan your meals? Any tips or tricks?