Friday, November 14, 2014

High Five For Friday

I am SO looking forwarding to this weekend, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am.  Due to event after event at work I haven't had my normal weekend in what seems like way too long, and this is my weekend to catch up on life!

On a side note, can we talk about how it turned into winter this week.  Not like it kinda started to get cold and winter is around the corner, but like break out your winter boots, down coat, and gloves kinda cold.  This is so not right in more ways than I can count.  I am not ready for this!  Ok, end of complaining.

Now I've mentioned a few times that this week I under took the PCOS Diva's Jumpstart Program this week.  Today is day 5, of 7 and I am going to share 5 things I have learned along the way, at least so far.

1.  I miss my morning coffee more than anything.  Not the caffeine, more so the actual warm goodness of my coffee and cream.  This week we've had to start off every morning with a cup of hot water with lemon.  Just not the same, but it's supposed to help in waking up the digestive system.  I've also been drinking tea, and I'm trying to become a tea person, I just haven't quite gotten there yet.

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2.  Meal planning is a necessity for me.  This week had all of the meals planned out, every single one.  With recipes, and a shopping list.  I have never jumped on the meal planning band wagon, and it's high time that I did.  Without it I have haphazard trips to the grocery store and all I end up coming home with are the staples, and then in turn I end up eating out way more then I wanted to.  This week we learned about having our staple go to's for breakfast and lunch, making it quick and easy, and then changing it up for dinner.  Do you already meal plan?  Do you have a great method?  Here are some printables that will hopefully help me get started!

http://www.thetaylor-house.com/five-fabulous-free-meal-plan-printables/#_a5y_p=2103895


3.  Speaking of meal planning, I discovered this week that with my schedule if I try to cook meals as I go along each day of the week it is way to overwhelming for me.  I have about an hour in the morning where I've been trying to cram in all my cooking and I have felt like I end up running behind everyday this week and have no time to get anything else done.  So in my quest to take on menu planning, I also plan to do the majority of my cooking for the week on Sunday's and Monday's when I am off of work so I don't feel so crazy rushed throughout the week.  I'm sure it doesn't help that I eat both lunch and dinner away from home, but you gotta do what you gotta do.


4.  My body needs some sort of cardio workout at minimum 4 days a week to keep it happy.  The more days the better.  Because I have a hard time with my blood sugar and hormone levels due to do PCOS, exercising regularly helps keep both of those things in check, and I can feel it so much when I don't keep it up regularly.  Not only do I just generally kinda feel like crap, but it also affects my mood and general outlook.  It's hard for me because I am on my feet moving all day, but that is what my body is used to, so I really have to hold myself accountable to incorporate more intense workout sessions into my mornings.  This week they really focused on the concept of movement, versus working out  which I feel has a much more positive connotation.  Working out tends to feel like more of a chore, though I actually do really enjoy it, I feel like I always have to squeeze it in and don't have all the time for it that I really would like to have.

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5.  I can do this.  I have had plenty of those days of anger and frustration.  Why can't my body just function normally, why can't I just eat whatever I want.  I have discovered that a lot of the anxiety I have dealt with over the years is a symptom of  my PCOS, and knowing that I have the power to control that and how I feel and my over all health and well being by choosing what I put into my body and how I treat my body is very powerful.  I'm glad I invested in myself this week, if nothing more than realizing I can do this and it isn't that hard, I just have to make a conscious choice to live this way.

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Happy happy happy weekend to all!  Here is to a weekend of relaxing, enjoying, regaining the hold on life, and meal planning!

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10 comments:

  1. You got this lady! I've thought of trying to get off coffee, but then I become a zombie! Cheers to you, for rocking it out!

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  2. Yay for you finally having a weekend! I hope you enjoy it and take lots of time for R&R! So glad the 7-day PCOS program has been good for you.

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  3. Sometimes I don't really need coffee in the morning so much as I just enjoy the ritual of coffee in the morning!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  4. I've never heard of this PCOS Diva thing! I am VERY curious as I have PCOS myself!

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  5. Thanks so much! Mindset is just half the battle!

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  6. So glad the weekend is finally here! I'm super glad I took on this challenge, it was just what I needed!

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  7. It is 100% the ritual, I ritual I very much like!!

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  8. Check out her website. Tons of great articles and information, I've really enjoyed this jumpstart program!

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  9. Sounds like your challenge was very successful for you and that you learned a lot! Hope you had a great "normal" weekend. :)

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  10. It was SO nice having multiple days off in a row!! I could always take another one though!

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