focus on food & fitness.

by Janetha on April 17, 2011

in meals

sunday night already? where did my weekend go?! oh.. that’s right.. i slept the whole weekend away. no, seriously, aside from a bikram yoga session yesterday, the insanity fit test today and a quick trip to costco & the grocery store.. i haven’t left the couch in 48 hours.

rather than bore you with every last minute detail of my uneventful weekend, i want to talk about something i realized today. yes, amidst all the lounging and laziness, i managed to have a revelation.

this post is about to get real wordy and full of deep thoughts. feel free to skip to the banana muffin recipe at the end.

there is always a lot of talk in blog land about the scale. recently, i read about the scale on mary’s blog (she is working on giving up the scale) and melissa’s blog (she pulverized her scale in the middle of the street). these particular posts have got me thinking about my own relationship with the scale.

image

(source.)

i don’t weigh myself. plain and simple. i don’t. i have no idea how much i weigh and guess what? i honestly don’t care how much i weigh. i know that i am not excessively over or under weight.. so i don’t think i need to know that number. it is not important to me.

it took me a long time to get where i am today. i used to be an avid scale user. every morning, like clockwork, i would weigh myself. as expected, the ritual of weighing myself became something that i had to do, and the number i saw would dictate my mood for that day. you guys, that’s ridiculous. plain and simple.. letting your weight dictate if you are happy or sad each day is straight up STUPID.

so i stopped weighing myself. i haven’t weighed myself in over a year. not even at the doctor’s office. i just tell them i am not over or under weight and that i don’t weigh myself. they understand and never make me hop on the scale. i have come a long way from when i let my weight affect my mood, and unless my weight becomes a health concern, i have no plans on weighing myself any time soon.

granted, i gained a lot of weight after giving up the scale. that had nothing to do with weighing myself and everything to do with the ice cream and excessive bowls of cereal i was eating every day. when my jeans stopped fitting comfortably, i changed my eating and exercise habits and got back to where i knew i needed to be (in order to avoid purchasing a whole new wardrobe.)

anyway, let’s talk about the here and now. i started the insanity challenge on april 3rd. i wanted to track my progress but i didn’t want to weigh myself. so what did i do? i took before photos and i measured various parts of my body and wrote the measurements down. in addition to photos and measurements, i completed an initial fit test (part of the insanity program) and wrote down my numbers for the fit test. i made a plan to eat clean 6 days a week with one day off—very similar to body for life—and then i hit the ground running. well, not running, more like jumping.. the insanity program involves a whole lot of plyometrics.

fast forward two weeks. i have been sticking to my workouts, focusing hard on eating the right foods and have been drinking lots of water. i have had healthier habits these past two weeks than i have had all year. i am determined and focused.

i completed my fit test today—that is something the insanity program has you do every two weeks to see how you have progressed. want to see my results?

there are eight exercises. you do each one for one minute and try to improve your score. here are mine:

move day 1 day 15 difference
switch kicks 100 109 +9
power jacks 44 50 +6
power knees 85 107 +22
power jumps 28 38 +10
globe jumps 12 13 +1
burpees 14 17 +3
pushup jacks 25 30 +5
plank obliques 50 60 +10

as you can see, i improved on every move. to be honest, i wasn’t sure if would improve.. but i was pleasantly surprised by my progress!

so, after the fit test, i was in the shower, where i do my deepest thinking (what, don’t you?) and i got to thinking about how we measure ourselves.

there are lots of ways to measure our progress when dieting and exercising:

  • how much we weigh
  • body fat percentage
  • our measurements
  • the way we look
  • how our clothes fit

but one thing that often gets overlooked when we want to measure our progress is how our fitness has increased. i never once have monitored my progress according to how many reps i can do of any given exercise in one minute. that fit test i did today made me feel AMAZING. better than any amount of weight lost. better than any old pair of jeans buttoning. i increased my number of reps in every exercise and i felt stronger. i felt stronger, more fit and like i made a huge accomplishment.

who cares if i have lost any weight in these past two weeks? does it really matter if my thighs are smaller? no. what matters is that i am more fit. and i am doing something good for my health. and that is what it’s all about.

the other side of this post is the food side. like i said, i have been focusing on eating clean, healthy foods 6 days a week. i take a day off to indulge and satisfy my cravings. that was friday night, when i ate my weight in homemade ice cream and brownies. boy, was that awesome.

but i want to point something out: i felt like crap the next day. my body was saying, “hey, janetha, what gives? you have been eating so healthy 24/7 and you really just threw me for a loop with all that sugar! thanks a lot.”

because i have been focusing on eating clean, healthy food the majority of the time, my body has set the bar higher on what makes it feel good. my body is having a great reaction to all the healthy food. it is like a domino effect.. the more i eat healthy the better i feel. not only do i feel better, but my complexion is nicer, my skin is softer, i have more energy.. the list goes on. all because i am focusing on a healthier diet.

i am going to continue to focus hard on my insanity challenge. i am going to focus on my fitness and focus on my food. i am going to strive to work hard at my workouts and eat healthy each and every day. and in case you are wondering, i am still going to eat that ice cream once a week. we all need our indulgences. that’s part of a healthy lifestyle, in my opinion.

i think that the real sense of accomplishment comes when we see that our bodies are reacting positively to the healthy changes we are making in our diet and exercise regimens. the cool part about this is that we can get instant gratification from gauging our accomplishments this way. if we rely on the scale, it could be months before we get to “the magic number” we are after.. but just after a week or two of focusing on healthy eating and diligent exercise, i feel like a whole new person with a huge burst of motivation to keep up the good work.

OKAY, the serious stuff is over. sometimes i have to get these deep thoughts off my chest! and now, a healthy recipe to help keep us all focused on our food.

these muffins aren’t as high in protein as my lemon chiaseed ones.. but they do have 11 grams per muffin.. and for a muffin, 11 grams of protein is pretty stellar.

high protein banana muffins.

makes 12 muffins

IMG_1372

ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 3 medium overripe mashed bananas
  • 1 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup xagave
  • 2 T unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 3-4 T unsweetened almond milk

directions:

combine flour, protein powder, almond meal, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a bowl. mix well.

IMG_1357

in a separate bowl, combine bananas, yogurt, egg, xagave, applesauce and vanilla.

IMG_1360

pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. add the milk—as much as you need to create a nice batter.

IMG_1365

separate the batter into 12 muffin cups—either silicone, paper liners or a greased tin—and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

IMG_1368

try not to eat all 12 at once.

IMG_1369IMG_1376IMG_1378

nutrition info per muffin:

image

well.. that’s enough out of me for the night. thanks for reading! have a great monday.

xo. janetha g.

Print Friendly
Jess April 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

I think you are a great inspiration to ladies out there (like me) that live their life by the scale. You have a healthy, awesome outlook. I especially like that you don’t even weigh at the dr’s office- it takes off all pressure. :)

chrysta April 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

Love this post! I used to be an avid scale weigher too. Im working on giving it up. Now I just weigh myself like hhmm every week or so…but even then I just take it with a grain of salt. All I know is that my clothes fit fine and I feel amazing. And thats all that matters to me!

cleaneatingchelsey April 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

great post! I don’t weigh myself either. I haven’t since December. I don’t mind having the doctors weigh me, but I look up when they do it. I know that I’m not overweight. I know my pants still fit me. That’s all that matters!

todayilovemylife April 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

Wow. I just real all your posts from this weekend. Heavy! All I have to say is that I’m so glad you’re my friend. You’re such a positive influence and fun person. Love you! xoxo

vanessa April 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

I just made those muffins — SO good!

Emily April 18, 2011 at 10:55 am

I love this attitude. A number on the scale is not indicative of strength or endurance or performance. These are the benchmarks that are important to me, and I eat to fuel for them.

emilyscurls April 18, 2011 at 11:13 am

Measuring in terms of fitness… Now that’s a healthy concept!

Paige is Running Around Normal April 18, 2011 at 11:18 am

I don’t weigh myself either:)
Thanks for the banana muffin recipe! Sounds delicious and protein filled!

Katie H. April 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

Two places I get the best ideas and thinking done:

1. Shower
2. A long distance run

The shower happens much more often though. And we should all be thankful for that. :)

Jen@jensdaily April 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

This is why you are so awesome!!!
I, unfortunately, am very overweight and it’s detrimental to my health (or lack thereof) so it’s necessary for me to weigh myself. But, that number does not dictate my day! It’s simply one part of the equation.

Michelle April 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm

You make a great point. I do weigh myself once a week just to make sure I’m on track but I rarely, if ever, evaluate my fitness levels! You’ve definitely given me food for thought, even though I don’t think I’m ready to give up the scale just yet.

And congrats on making so much progress in two weeks! You should be so proud of yourself. I’m sure it’s great motivation to keep up the good work :-)

Haley April 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You’re a great role model as far as food and fitness is concerned. I love that you don’t care so much for the number on the scale as you do getting your body the nutrients it needs and wants! That’s so great. I deprived myself for far too long, and so now my body is relearning how to adjust to normal eating.. Weird, huh? P.s. Calorie counting sucks. Life is so much better without it :)
I hope your week goes great! <3

Tamizn April 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Ooooooooo those muffins! Yay to Bikram I’m going tomorrow and can’t wait! x x

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun April 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I use the scale to track progress while losing the baby weight, but don’t know my weight so I don’t get obsessive. It is a good balance for me now, but I don’t plan on it being forever. I love not using the scale when just trying to maintain my weight. I think its the healthiest thing to do. I also try to focus on fitness improvements. For example, this past week I didn’t have a good loss according to the scale. I could have cared less because I banged out a 25:12 5K race and placed in my first race! Who the F gives about my weight? I want to make progress, but I want to be strong and fit more. ;)

emily April 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Did you cut back on end-of-post questions after reading that Hollaback post? Yours were always fun, I miss them! :)

Melissa @ TryingToHeal April 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Brav-freak’n-O!!!! I love this post and seriously, all the feelings i have too. being able to accomplish something that makes us feel strong is so much more fulfilling than that pair of pants or bikini that I’ve tortured myself w/ trying to fit into for years! I mean, i never thought I’d be able to run 15 miles and I did; I ran a 1/2 marathon with a 3 minute pr w/o even looking at my watch during the race…and those things make me feel wayyyyyyyy better than fitting into my pants! :)

Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices April 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

I still have issues with the scale..I can’t lie. I do still weigh myself every morning..like clockwork. (like you said) BUT I can say that I’ve come a LONG way in realizing how my body FEELS, rather than looking at a number as a mood indicator.
One day I WILL get away from weighing every day, but for now I am happy with the progress that I have made :)

Susan April 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I got rid of my scale three years ago! I weigh myself maybe once every two months out of curiosity. But I know where I sit based on how my clothes fit, so it’s never really that surprising. Plus, I hold all my weight in my belly, so even a 1 lb gain can make my pants feel more snug. And vice versa. It’s pretty easy for me to tell without the help of a scale!

This injury has really thrown me for a loop in terms of fitness though. I can’t even run a 5k anymore. So “being fit” has a whole new definition for me right now. I’m just happy I CAN still run (albeit, in short intervals) and try to take advantage of that whenever I can :)

laursorganiclife April 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Love this! I put my scale away a year ago and never looked back…Going by what I see in the mirror and how my clothes fit has been way better for my mental happiness. I know I am in a healthy weight range so they number doesnt matter anymore…I had a long past with scale obsessions..scary place to be in. I workout to feel good, take care of my health and look good…and be able to indulge alittle more without my pants getting tighter.
Your Insanity challenge is so inspiring, Ive heard its so tough!

The Sometimes Healthy Girl April 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

Thanks for this post! I haven’t weighed myself in awhile…and it feels pretty good, although a little scary. I’d love to get to a place where I can say the scale doesn’t matter. Not there quite yet but I am getting there. When I trained for the marathon, I started to focus on those fitness accomplishments rather than weight. It was definitely helpful. Lot of great tips in here. Thank you!

glidingcalm April 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

love you!! yes, getting rid of the scale was the BEST thing I have ever done!! i think I’ve been free for over a year now? I think this calls for some champagne! ha! Anything I can call a celebration I will CELEBRATE.

Love you so!

Matt @ FaveDiets April 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

Thanks for linking this recipe up to the FaveDiets blog hop!

Barbara April 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

You are beautiful! That is all! I think a lot of this post comes from self-acceptance, greater love for yourself, and perhaps the fact that you are loved and accepted unconditionally by your husband! What else matters? All that matters is that you are happy, healthy, feeling emotionally/ mentally healthy, have contentment and inner-peace, and most of all, know that you are loved! I love this post so much! BE KINDER to ourselves- and enjoy the ice cream/cereal! (Or better yet, both at once, mixed together- omg, so good), but also honor your health. If you ever have a low day, look back at this post, and look back on your wedding pictures- you radiate joy, and this post serves as a reminder that you are not a number on some calibrated/digital/electronic device!
XOXOXO
Barbara

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) April 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Now you’re my role model.

And can you please bring Insanity so that we can do it together!!”???

cardiopizza April 28, 2011 at 5:49 am

Great post!! I agree, us fitness buffs often overlook the very reason we exercise: to increase our fitness levels! We get too caught up in our bodies to appreciate the hard work. This is such a great reminder.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post:

FTC Disclosure. Disclaimer.