Things I Never Thought I’d Be Able to Do a Year Ago

I was thinking lately that there are way more things I do now that I never envisioned myself doing a year ago. There’s probably more than I will put on this list but this is what I was thinking about last night.

1) Jump Rope

At The Training Station all kickboxing classes start with jump roping. When I first started, I could barely jump rope continuously for more than 10 – 15 seconds at a time. Now I can jump rope for more than a minute with ease and I usual only trip up because I get distracted looking at something. I can even do this nifty jump rope trick. You basically make a figure 8 with the rope while still jumping then jump back into the rope. It’s weird but I feel cool that I can do it.

2) Flip A Tire

A year ago I would have been repulsed at the thought of flipping a tire. Didn’t seem like something I could feasibly do and I really didn’t want to touch a tire. I still may not love the idea of touching a used truck tire however I can now flip tires with ease.

3) Run

I’m not a fan of running. Never have and never will. I still have hopes of completing a half marathon one day. But I have to accomplish that task when the time is right for me. However, I can run 2 miles without even thinking about it. I don’t feel like I’m gonna die, I’m not completely trainwrecked by the end, and sometimes (don’t tell anyone this) I actually enjoy running. I also can somewhat facilitate sprint drills without being a complete mess.

4) Push Ups

Woofles. I hate push ups. I really do. My right side is significantly weaker than my left and it just makes push ups super awkward. I can do 1 solid full push up. That’s way more than I thought I could do last year. I also breeze through modified push ups with ease.

5) Ab Related Movements

A year ago my abs were not even in existence. They are still rather hidden. However I can hold planks, fly through wall throws, oblique twists, TRX abs, and most any ab exercises thrown my way.

A year ago I started getting seriously committed to fitness again. I was out of shape, run down, and didn’t think I’d ever get back to my previous level of fitness. But I’m starting to see myself get back to that point and I find myself doing things I would never have done before. I remember my first session at the gym last May. I almost puked half way through and I was just doing simple step ups. It was a wake up call for me. No matter how stressful life gets, working out keeps me sane and I will not sacrifice that again.

 

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#Totes Tuesday: Superfood Edition

In case you forgot, my name is Alison and I write this blog. I vowed to get better at blogging and I’ve been serious slacking. I may or may not have spent all day yesterday watching that Lindsay Lohan docu-series and going to the doctor instead of getting some blogs written. Sorry but I really needed a day of nothing.

This week’s edition of #TotesTuesday is the superfood edition. As I’ve alluded to in previous posts, I am living with some pretty wonky ailments that no doctor can really diagnose. So I’ve been doing some extensive research on various “super foods” that do more than just nourish you. Here are my current favs:

 

1) #Totes Love Me Some Cacao Powder

Cacao Powder

You may be more familiar with cacao nibs. These are little specs of what looks like chocolate. Cacao powder is essentially raw cocoa, minimally processed, and turned into a powder. It’s insanely high in magnesium and iron. Both help immensely with your blood. It’s rich in antioxidants. Not to mention it gives you a chocolate flavor without all the processed garbage. The closer to raw form you can get cacao, the better. The more it’s processed the more health benefits removed. That is a good general rule for all food. The more you take it away from it’s natural form, the more nutrients you’re going to lose.

2) #Totes Sucking Out HDL With Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Please excuse the terrible photo. Coconut oil is a new addition to the food world for me. I had this jar in the cupboard for a long time before actually learning how to use it. I use it mainly to roast sweet potatoes. But I went to Life Alive and saw that they literally will add a spoonful or so to smoothies for you. So naturally I decided to do the same. I am NOT advocating you add this to your diet every day. I am very strict about fat in my diet. I don’t use butter, I’m not into cream cheese, and I pretty much only get fat from 1% milk or a source like this. You need to do some diet reflection before adding this to it. It is very high in fat, especially saturated fat. However, this is a type of saturated fat called MCT. MCT has been shown to lower HDL cholesterol and reduce abdominal fat. In addition, coconut oil is great for helping your body remove bacteria, fight viruses, and prevent growth of fungus.

3) #Totes Could Bathe In Nut Butter And Not Be Embarrassed

Nut Butter

Nut Butter. Sounds weird, I know. But I say nut butter because there’s more to life than peanut butter. I love PB. Give me a jar of crunchy Teddy’s and I’m a happy camper. However, PB is not the healthiest nut butter out there for you anymore. Almond butter is probably the second most common nut butter out there. This has some more health benefits than PB. There’s also sunflower seed butter, pistachio butter, cashew butter, and just about any type of nut butter. I personally have made the switch to almond butter. It goes better with the raw cacao powder and blends much more easily in smoothies. Almonds have a slightly better mix of vitamins and better fat make ups. Again, I’m really restrictive about fat in my diet. I do not eat spoonfuls of almond butter. I try to limit the amount of added fat I have in a day. As always, I buy minimally processed almond butter with NO added ingredients OR I find a sweet set up like the one above. This is at Whole Foods where you can grind your own nut butter fresh.

4) #Totes Drink Chocolate Milk Like It’s Going Out Of Style

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This isn’t technically a superfood. But I will drink a glass of chocolate milk after I work out. I can’t have protein powder, they all bother my stomach. So this is my compromise. Tons of studies show that this is beneficial for muscle recovery and restoring key nutrients lost after workouts. I use 1% Organic Milk and Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. I don’t like using a lot of chocolate syrup so I just add about a tablespoon. I always buy organic milk. I feel as though the cows are not only happier to make milk in an organic environment but the milk tastes significantly better.

So that’s my #TotesTuesday post. My general rules for foods are:

1. Try to buy foods with a short ingredient list. The shorter the list, the less chance for sketchy additives.

2. Buy produce organic when the skin is thin, you eat the skin, or it’s a leaf. There’s no need to buy an organic orange when the rind is so thick. But spinach where you eat the leaf, may be a good place to start organic.

3. Pick and choose your super foods. Super foods are expensive because they are usually trendy and not mass produced. I try to pick super foods that will do the most for me. Both Cacao Powder and Coconut Oil are good for those with possible immune imbalances. So those are where I splurge each week.

4. Try to keep foods as close to their natural form as possible. Buying a cookie that claims to have a daily serving of vegetables just doesn’t make sense.