Monthly Archives: February 2015

Strength, Not Stress

Even though I have some solid motivation now, and I’m determined not to gain back even more weight, I still have the occasional bad/stressful day and I’m still often tempted to push myself through those days with food. Which is bad, because it’s exactly what got me into this predicament in the first place.

I already know that running can be great stress relief, so when possible I do often try to go for a run when I’m really angry or upset about something. Unfortunately, though, runs are pretty time consuming (change into clothes, get into gear, go out and run, stretch when I get back, shower, etc.) and sometimes it just isn’t an option to get one in; like yesterday, for example, when I got home at 4:15 and had to be online for class at 5:00. So lately I’ve been looking for a faster, but still effective, way to combat stress eating – and I think I’ve figured it out.

Now, anytime I have the urge to start eating my feelings, I grab my strength training book and try to pump out one of those workouts instead. I’m happy to report that so far, this seems to be a pretty effective alternative!

Here’s why it works:

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I Passed!

Ages ago I mentioned that I had enrolled in an online course to become a Certified Nutrition Course. And while I got through all of the course material sometime in early to mid November, I hit that weak point before I actually took my second certification exam and had been putting it off (despite its presence on my to-do list) for literally months.

But, on Saturday night I finally got around to taking that exam and… I passed! So I am now officially a Certified Nutrition Coach. 😀 I would add a picture of my certificate here, but I haven’t received it in the mail yet so you’re just going to have to take my word for it.

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Homemade Praline Butter

Let me start by saying that there is nothing healthy about this. It’d be like calling carrot cake healthy because there are carrots in it and carrots are a vegetable; it just doesn’t work that way.

Let me second start by saying that if you don’t know what pralines are, I’m sorry. You should get yourself to the south (Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans are good options) and get one as soon as possible because you are seriously missing out. I regret the first 22 years of my life that were tragically pralineless.

And now that we’re covered the basics, it’s time to get serious about praline butter.

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Lent

I’m Jewish, so it’d be logical to wonder why I’m talking about Lent. The answer is that although I’m Jewish, boyfriend is Catholic, so I’ve agreed to give something up and also fast on Fridays with him for solidarity. All those years where I joked about giving up something like homework for Lent are now coming back to haunt me. 🙂

Last year for Lent I gave up apple juice, which actually turned out to be a great decision because at the time I really loved apple juice and replacing it with water saved me 600-800 calories a day, which I honestly believe was responsible for the majority of my first several pounds of weight loss. And I don’t think I’ve had apple juice at all since.

This year I’m giving up the snooze button.

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Generational Differences at Work

The large majority of the people that I work with (particularly those on my team) are quite a bit older than I am. There’s one who’s only a year older, but the next youngest person is 43. I believe there’s one other person in his forties, then the remaining fifteen or so are fifty or older. So, yeah. I’m very strongly in the minority.

There seems to be a whole lot of emphasis on the fact that there are currently four different generations in the workplace together (The Greatest Generation, Boomers, Gen X, and Millenials), so I’ve actually done quite a bit of reading on the subject. A lot of people talk about the stereotypical characteristics of each generation, how you have to treat and reward each one differently, and how we can learn to be more respectful of each other’s differences. And that’s all very important. But today I would like to do the exact opposite of that and whine about one of those differences.

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Circus Strong

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve started taking aerial classes and that’s it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done. Still totally true on both counts. But now I actually have a decent number of classes under my belt, and I cannot get enough of it. Seriously. I’m going like 3-4 times a week, as often as I can and there are classes available for me to take. And I don’t ever want to stop because it is SO. COOL.

Thus far I’ve taken classes on silks,

slings,

and trapeze.

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