September is the New January!

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but summer is over. It’s officially September.back-to-school-kid3
New school year.
More traffic (and by “more,” I mean “Dear God, help us all”).
New routines and schedules.
Now that I think of it, September sounds an awful lot like January, doesn’t it? Brand new beginnings filled with promise and excitement – yup, sounds just like resolution time to me.
With that in mind, let’s talk about some ways to tackle this “new year” with appropriate goal setting, organization and LUNCH!

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Intuitive Eating: Update

Hi All!

I know I’ve been all “my knee this…” and “my knee that…” lately, but I did want to post a quick update about how things are going on the food/body image front.

I have been reading Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch though I must admit, I have not gotten very far. I have, however, gotten far enough to know that in order to really start listening to my body for its fuel needs, I HAVE to stop thinking about losing weight. It just can’t be part of the equation right now.

I can’t express how scary this is. I thought it would be so freeing. I thought I would embrace it wholeheartedly. I mean, it sounds wonderful – don’t diet? SIGN ME UP.

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New Chapter…or New Book?

The Book was called:  

How EB Never Gives Up Hope That She Can Have the Body She Wants

Chapters included:

  • EB Changes the Tape: An inspired story of how positive thinking and re-framing situations might just help beat back the Fat Demons
  • EB Tests Positive: A revealing story of how blood work can create brand new ways to obsess over one’s diet.
  • EB Misses Bread: A hangry story of how eliminating 75% of foods on a normal diet can give you perspective….and drive you insane.

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The Wagon

It’s been a few weeks and so much has happened! A few highlights…

  • Les Mills Mega Launch at XSport
  • First ever trip to a naturopath
  • Fun times with family
  • Epic dismount off the wagon

Fitness Magic

If you’ve been following this blog long or are friends with me on Facebook or, I don’t know, actually know me in real life, you know that I teach group fitness classes. It’s more like I eat, sleep and breath group fitness classes. For the record, I can’t be sure they’re gluten free, but I can be sure it is the best job in the world. Specifically, I teach BodyJam, which I very often mistype as “BodyHam” and it makes me giggle every time. It’s a pre-choreographed dance fitness class created by fitness giant Les Mills out of New Zealand. Les Mills is also responsible for BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyAttack, BodyCombat, and RPM – all offered at XSport Fitness where I teach. We receive new music and moves every three months which we learn and then “launch” at our gyms. We try to make a big deal out of the launches; multiple instructors, coordinated outfits, hours of prep time. Occasionally, we make a REALLY big deal out of launches and host them all at one or two gyms over one or two days. We hopefully create buzz, we invite everyone we know… and usually some people we don’t. 

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Month One? Check.


Weight: 157.4 (0)
Pain: 4 out of 10
Cravings: 5 out of 10
Mood: Eh
Energy: 3 out of 10

ENola Virus

I’m just going to pretend Week 3 didn’t exist. Who’s with me? 
Fine, but you’re only getting the high (low) lights.

  • I returned from Les Mills Quarterly with the ENola virus. Thank you, PleatherB, for naming the plague that struck not only me, but many instructors upon our return from New Orleans. I think along with Fitness Magic, New Orleans delivered sore throats, sinus infections, coughs, colds, body aches and general malaise. Maybe they looooove Newton’s Third Law. Action:Reaction? That’s the only thing I can figure. In order to have THAT MUCH FUN, you must then be SO SO MISERABLE. 
  • Being that sick lead to cravings. Not just your average, “I could go for a piece of chocolate right now.” or ” “Man, I wish I had some ice cream.” cravings. No, no, no. I’m talking about Comfort Food Cravings (CFC). CFC’s are only one step above hangover cravings and one step below pregnancy cravings in the Cravings Hierarchy. All I wanted was Friendly’s Chicken Noodle Soup with 1000 Saltine crackers crumbled into it, my mom’s baked mac n’ cheese – specifically the edges with the crusty cheese bits, and raisin bran cereal with whole milk; 6-10 small bowls because everyone knows if you pour too much at a time it gets soggy and soggy cereal is gross. My amazing husband, Mark, and my partner in all things fun, Jaime, will disagree, but they are wrong. Don’t listen to them. DO eat your cereal quickly. Now, I did not eat any of those things. I did, however, INSIST that Jaime bring me UTZ Sour Cream and Onion potato chips. With ripples. This product lovingly referred to as crack in our home. Feel free to judge us for being insensitive to those with actual crack addictions but then also feel free stop taking things so seriously. I digress. We rarely have crack, but when we do….God it makes me happy. I know what you’re thinking. “But Elizabeth, sour cream? You’re dairy free!” Well this might just hand you the surprise of your life, but there is no actual sour cream in this product! There are potatoes, though. I checked.

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From NOVA to NOLA and Back!

Weight: 155 (-2.4)

Pain: 6 out of 10
Cravings: 1 out of 10
Mood: Tired but Happy
Energy: 3 out of 10

Hello, Week Two.

After such a successful week one, I expected  the beginning of week two, at the very least, to be a breeze. I was leaving for New Orleans on Thursday evening and well aware of the challenges the trip might pose but I thought Mon-Wed would be an easy continuation of my super productive Week One. And it might have been, had I gotten more than four hours of sleep a night between Sunday and Friday.  When you throw in a puppy with a broken leg, a super delayed flight landing at circa 3 AM and 8 fitness classes in two days, frankly, the whole week should have been a disaster.

Poor Sam Adams…


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Focus on THIS

Weight: 155.4 (-2.0)

Pain: 6 out of 10
Cravings: 1 out of 10
Mood: Thrilled
Energy: 7 out of 10

Week one is in the books. Seven days of gluten free, dairy free, and red and orange ALCAT column free eating have passed and my life has CHANGED! All is right with the world! I feel AMAZING!!

Just kidding.

BUT, in many ways, I did have a really good week. I have been asked, “How’s it going? Has it been hard?”, probably 30 times. The truth is, it really hasn’t been hard. Even Saturday, when we had friends over to watch the World Cup, I did just fine. There were so many temptations that are no longer “allowed” in the house regularly and I really didn’t have trouble staying away. I made sure there was plenty I could eat and after having such a positive week, the weekend was completely manageable.
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