Back On Track: Nov 2-8

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Each year at the beginning of November, I start to feel a little bit sluggish.

Halloween is over and it usually involved some sort of over-indulging in the form of food and drink. This year was no exception! The sun also sets a bit earlier each night and it makes me want to hibernate. While the past month was an awesomely fun and busy month, it also resulted in some poor eating choices along the way:

  • Lack of veggies and fruit
  • Not taking time for sit down meals
  • Not taking time to cook
  • Too much night time snacking/mindless eating when not hungry

Last week Caitlin declared she was having a Back On Track month to get back into her healthy groove. It is an awesome idea to make sure that our healthy habits stick over the colder months! I am going to declare this week my Back On Track week and get into a good groove again.

Many of you on Twitter said that you want to get back on track too! The lovely ladies from Eating Bird Food, Happy Go Lucky, Balance Is Beauty, Daily Goods, Running Around Normal, @maurat, and Britney Cardona are all ready.

We are uniting with Caitlin’s Back On Track month to get back into our healthy groove and re-introduce the healthy habits back into our lives!!!

Here is my game plan:

FOOD

1) At least 5 servings of vegetable servings per day

2) Two servings of fruit per day

3) Lots of water in the form of Sencha green tea or lemon water

4) Two green monsters a day (one in the AM and one in the PM to beat night time snacking)

5) Devote time to Meal planning/cooking

6) Have sit down meals. No more eating on the fly simply because I am busy.

7) Vitamins

These are some of the wonderful foods I plan on making…

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Eating fresh and natural foods makes me GLOW!

EXERCISE

I am also including an exercise component:

8.) Re-introduce cardio sweat sessions DAILY!

9) Rise early to get cardio in before work- stop leaving it for night time! Minimum 30 minutes

10) Lunch time yoga (either Crunch yoga or p90X) 20-40 minutes over lunch

11) Reintroduce resistance exercises like core work

It has been a while since I have had a really sweaty workout (since the half marathon 2 weeks ago!) and I am ready to get my heart pumping once again. As much as I have been enjoying the yoga videos (I did Crunch yoga twice on the weekend), I am the type of person who requires my endorphins each day. I just haven’t felt myself since the half, but at the same time I realize that rest is necessary.

This weekend will bring a challenge. I am going to my brother’s for a get together. These get togethers always involve lots of food and drink. I am going to do my best to consume these things in a moderate manner and not over-do it. :) I have decided to not completely abstain from alcohol all together on Saturday night because I believe most things in moderation.

This morning the challenge started off great!

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I was going to hit the treadmill, but it was so sunny out I decided to bundle up for Project Snow and get out there! I was warm in only a couple minutes. I walked for 30 minutes at a fast pace and I feel so good now. I also came back and did some core work (side planks and front planks)….WOW have I ever lost my groove with these!!!!! I haven’t been doing them on a regular basis since Summer Glow Boot Camp, so it is time to get my tight abs back!

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Does your eating and exercise routine tend to get a bit wonky during this time of the year?

Would you like to join us?

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caitlin November 2, 2009

im still hungover from this weekend. :(

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Ashley November 2, 2009

yayyy excited for this! i got my booty outside for a run yesterday and it felt amazing! time to start kicking things back into gear :) love it!

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Jocelyn November 2, 2009

Hey girl! I’v already started get back on track with with a pb chocolate amazing grass green monster :):) So yummy and filling And last night/yesterday I did 30 min cardio and 30 min yoga.

I hope to continue with a shake in the morning and at least 30 min of yoga, 30 min cardio per day an WAY WAY more green veggies throughout the day :):)

I’m confidant we can all do this with a little planning and sending each other motivation over twitter of course haha ;)

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Julie @savvyeats November 2, 2009

I’m in! I’m just going to make 2 adjustments to fit my lifestyle: 1. Yoga/Pilates in the evening, since I have class over lunchtime 2. Still eating some meals on the go because I have class and am gone for 5-8 hours at a time… but I’ll use my meal planning to pack a healthy and nutritious lunch! ;)

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Brittany November 2, 2009

Oh yea! I’m going to post about this tonight. I’m excited. This weekend is going to be a challenge for me as well though I’m going to the Foodbuzz blogger festival- all about food. :)

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Julie November 2, 2009

I’m definitely up for Project Snow. Although it doesn’t snow a great amount here in Portland, we do get A. LOT. of rain!!…and cold and dreary days. I can’t believe I used to only run on the treadmill and didn’t dare venture outside on a rainy day. I’ve grown to love to hike and run and ride and in P-town, that means getting wet and cold for many months out of the year.

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Small Town Runner November 2, 2009

I need to get back on track, too! I’m not so bad with the eating, but I definitely need to work on the exercising. The weather here in central Indiana has been chilly but beautiful, so I don’t have a good excuse. My schedule is too busy tonight, but I am hoping to squeeze in a quick run on Tuesday between work and class.

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Claire November 2, 2009

This is such good inspiration to get my butt in gear,too.I’m in that comfort workout zone…time to take it up a notch.cc

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 2, 2009

Mine does! It gets darker earlier and it so cold I want to stay in bed! I am with you this week!!

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Amy November 2, 2009

I am totally in! I just found out i am pregnant a few days ago and want this to be the healthiest pregnancy possible. My last one was filled with junk food, no exercise and extreme weight gain. It took me two years to get all the weight off plus an extra 25lbs and i am NOT doing that again!! I started my last pregnancy at 150lbs, but am starting this one at a much happier 125 :)

My plan is to exercise everday-i have purchased a prenatal yoga dvd and a workout one as well. I hope to keep running as long as i feel up to doing it :)

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AGS November 2, 2009

Congrats — and good luck!

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Lauren November 2, 2009

I am also trying to get back on track! I am definitely down….more vegetables are a must!

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heather November 2, 2009

Yesterday morning I had a little pep talk with myself about getting back on track this week. Saturday was my first race ever, and sunday I just let everything slide. I was excited when I saw the tweeting going on yesterday evening and was hoping there would be some blogging going on about it.

It’s so much easier to face the honesty of “umm… I really did that?” And go full speed ahead to “back on track” with such a great community of women :)

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Maura November 2, 2009

Thanks for the mention! (I’m @Maurat)
The blog is back and running and I have you to thank for the inspiration. :D

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Whitney @ Lettuce Love November 2, 2009

I love this idea! I need to get back on track, count me in :)

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Paige @ Running Around Normal November 2, 2009

Thanks for the shoutout ;) ! I try to keep my exercise and eating routines as, well, routine as normal year round. It helps me think of them more like a “brushing my teeth” task rather than something I have to work to get done every day.
However, there are so many extra things I could be doing to help myself out (and not bother others with my sour mood.) I always get in a mood funk in November. Great idea to make a separate goal lists for exercise and eating. I’m excited to participate and plot out my goals, too! :D

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Runeatrepeat November 2, 2009

I need to get back on track too! I have been running, but the eats are not good. Cleaning it up now.

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megan November 2, 2009

I definitely want to join! :) I have been thinking the same way. I set new consistency goals for lifting/sit-ups/push-ups. I want to stay strong and fit during the holidays :) then i feel better eating the pie and christmas cookies :)

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Lia November 2, 2009

I love the fact that you posted this topic today. I have been thinking all day about getting myself back on track, as, with the change of season and exams picking up, I’ve not been focusing on the healthy lifestyle I prize. Alas. No stress. I will be joining you in your “Back on Track” project thought!! Thanks for the added incentive :)

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Jenn November 2, 2009

My exercise and eating has become lax since the summer. I made a committment to myself on Friday to get back on track I made to the gym both days this weekend and got back in the clean eating groove – feeling terrific! Woot!

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Carolyn November 2, 2009

I joined the Pile on the Miles challenge so I’m with you!

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Olga @ Healthing It November 2, 2009

Absolutely! I also want to hibernate at this time of year :)

I’d love for you to share your veggie recipes with us, since I’m making an effort to me eat vegetables at this time of year as well.

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Jackie @ TriToLose November 2, 2009

Awesome idea! I’m in. I was hoping to get back into the groove – this is perfect motivation. Good luck!

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*Andrea* November 2, 2009

i am down for this challenge!!! i started the “no eating on the go/endless snacking” rule a few weeks ago and have noticed i am more satisfied with meals and even have shed some excess lbs! i definitely need the core work though – i did a body pump class this weekend and i was surprised how much I struggled during the crunches/core work section. i had to do easier exercises that i modified while the rest of the class kept up with the instructor :(

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope November 2, 2009

I just completed a 31-Day Yoga Challenge, but I could still definitely use a jump-start, as well. Count me in!

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Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 2, 2009

I want to join! I need a back on track plan!

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Jocelyn November 2, 2009

I am so in!! I am doing fine with exercise, but I committed to getting back on track this month (November) by reducing my sugar consumption. I realized that I have been eating WAY too much sugar recently and it’s just making me crave more sugar and eat too much crap. Thanks Angela!

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Karla November 2, 2009

I definitely am getting back on track this month. I think I’ll need it to keep me sane (and healthy!) with all the work I have to do.

To the gym I go!

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britt November 2, 2009

thanks for including me in the post! eating whole fresh foods AT HOME rather than out at restaurants is my main goal this week. oh, and in case anyone tries to click on the link, it goes to the wrong site, it’s brittanycardonaphotography.com

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Kimberly Lee November 2, 2009

Angela, your post could not have come at a better time for me. Now that I am entering my 6th month of pregnancy (wow), I find myself taking the “eating for two” mantra too literal. I know that I need to be eating more than I did pre-pregnancy. But I don’t think it needs to come in the form of half a dozen mini-candy bars (gotta love Halloween). I shoudl be fueling my body with healthy things. And as the holidays approach, I know that well meaning family members are going to try and “encourage” me to eat more….

Knowing that there is a group of women who are focusing on healthy choices will help cement my own resolve to say “No thank you”.

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Jacqueline November 2, 2009

I’m in for sure. I really need to get more fresh produce back in my life again.

I always tend to feel the effects of winter this time of year.

It’s funny you mention it because I just did a post about it.

Go Project Snow!

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katherine November 2, 2009

You can definitely count me in for Back on Track month! I was just thinking on my walk to work that I’ve totall skimped on fruits and veggies lately. And nighttime snacking has most certainly made its way back into my life. Time to rein things in a bit so I’ll feel my best for the holidays!

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Sammi November 2, 2009

Good luck on getting back on track! I only started running this spring and I’m about to get a gym membership so I can start swimming again even through the cold weather! This year I’m hoping to see major improvements throughout the winter. When it comes to my eating, I just started eating healthier ever since I started reading blogs and I’m not as healthy as I should be but that’s also something I’m hoping will keep improving :)

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VegFigureSk8er November 2, 2009

you are such an inspiration! I think I’m gonna go running outside before school today! if you can do it, I can do it right? since I’m sure it’s colder in Canada ;)
have a great day!

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Mellissa November 2, 2009

I had decided to work on this too, I need a good routine going and I need to drink more water and get my meals in.

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AGS November 2, 2009

Great idea — this has always worked for me in the past. Also, I am definitely snagging the suggestion of a green monster in the evening to beat snacking. I used to “sneak” them in during the early morning right before work, but I’ve been heading out so early, that’s just not an option anymore. So now the GM will serve double-duty for veggies and anti-aimless snacking in the evening!

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Lauren Christine. November 2, 2009

i’d love to join! i’ve been sidelining myself from heart pumping, sweaty cardio, because i was having knee and back pain, and blood sugar issues that caused me to drop to a borderline too skinny weight. so, i’m going to join the challenge by adding physical therapy exercises and stretching to my workouts to aid the recovery of my body in addition to adding high quality protein and complex carbs before my workouts so i have energy! thanks for the motivation!

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Katie November 2, 2009

Looks yummy! I need to join. My goal is to start swimming and biking more (spinning it’s cold here) to try to get in shape to even think about a tri. Plus eat more fruits and veggies fewer sweets. It will help me cope with the busy month I think.

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Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 2, 2009

YESSS I am so down for this. Especially after this weekend!! I’m sure it was an indulgent one for everyone. And, gaaah, planks get so much harder when you stop doing them for a while! I am with you on gettingmy plank endurance to where it used to be :)

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 2, 2009

I would totally like to join you guys in this challenge! I have been feeling just the same lately – too much indulging has left me feeling less than stellar! This is an awesome idea and I am happy to join in :O).

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Kate November 2, 2009

I’m so with you in this challenge! Next week my family, boyfriend and I are going to Jamaica for my brothers wedding for 4 days. I know I will not be working out while down there so have to make sure I keep myself healthy while still indulging in the all inclusive food and drinks and of course wedding cake!!!

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