With this weeks excessive heat warning and me running all over the place (in & out, in & out), I didn’t get to the gym much at all. I did get in a few short walks while running around for work. I feel bad but this heat is truly affecting me. I know I work out in a gym but being in and out all day, standing in humid buildings has made me completely exhausted. And I feel quite dehydrated today. I think this is the hottest August I’ve had in my six years here. I usually enjoy the summers but this year has been rough.

For the last two weeks or so I have been focusing on my diet. I have worked really hard to start eating right and so far so good! I haven’t been as hungry between meals because I am eating better foods at meals. Who knew that adding two tablespoons of hummus to your sandwich, instead of mustard, would keep you full all afternoon? And I’ve always loved fresh fruit and veggies so eating more of those is not hard. And plain oatmeal with fruit is actually tasty.

Thankfully I haven’t had any temptations to go off or eat badly. I was at training a couple of weeks ago and got a full size milky way (my favorite candy bar) and it is still sitting in my desk drawer. I haven’t wanted to eat it, even though I see it everyday. I am guessing at some point I will have a chocolate emergency and break down but it’s ok once in a while to treat yourself. 🙂

There is also two different things of ice cream in my freezer thanks to J. I couldn’t even tell you the flavor. I don’t even want the ice cream. It doesn’t sound good to me. If I have some extra calories after dinner, I might have a coconut fruit bar from Dreyers. Have you tried those yet? If not, I highly suggest you do. I’ve had the lime also but coconut is my favorite. It is creamy and has actual coconut in it!

Yesterday I broke down and had a diet pepsi. I’d rather not drink pop but I desperately needed a caffeine fix or I was going to crawl under my desk and nap, a la George on Seinfeld. I didn’t want to make hot coffee and had already walked a mile in the heat so wasn’t really feeling another walk. Vending machine here I come. I figured at least diet has no calories, right? And it got me through the rest of the work day. I actually powered through a lot of stuff.

I am working hard to get healthy and lose weight. I’m not sure if it is paying off yet but I feel better, so that is all that matters. I committed to a challenge on my fitness pal to lose 30 pounds by Halloween. Do I think it can be done? Maybe. Do I like the idea of a goal having a deadline? Yes. Will I care if I don’t lose the full 30? No, as long as I lose some weight and feel better I will be happy. I will re-evaluate at Halloween and set a new goal. Maybe I should use holidays as my goal evaluations. By labor day I’d like to be down three pounds (I’m aiming for a pound a week, I tried two but the calories were too low for what my body needed).

What are your healthy lifestyle goals? Are you looking to get in shape, lose weight, fit in that old pair of jeans? How are you going about reaching your goals? Do you find smaller changes help you succeed better? Let’s share because we all need support and if we don’t always get it at home, we can at least get it online. I hope everyone who devotes themselves to changing their bad habits and getting healthy achieves their goal and if we can help each other out on the way, why not?



Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.


adventures of a mad scientist · August 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

I am on myfitnesspal too! Mine is luarn. I got rid of cravings for bad things by just throwing them away. I think the only “sweet” food I have in my house is fruit. And TJ’s graham crackers, lol.

Since I’m allergic to aspartame I can’t drink diet soda which is probably a good thing. I was never really a soda drinker, so it doesn’t bother me all that much…until I want one 😛

heelaholic · August 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

I will see if I can find you on there. Hmmmm, I think I am missing something on finding people lol I am palegreenstars9 on there.

I don’t particularly like diet. I think it’s pretty bad, taste wise and for you. I do like regular though but can give it up anytime. I really like to mix pop with my vodka though so I haven’t been enjoying vodka as much. Oh well, can’t have it all!

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