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Run, run, run!

The singer Rob Thomas has this effect on me that every time I hear the song “How Far We’ve Come” or “This is How the Heart Breaks” I feel the need to start to running. It doesn’t matter if I’m at the gym working out or sitting at my desk working I get the same feeling.   

You see I’m not a runner and both of those songs just make my brain to send the message “run” to my legs and that I do. The beat of both songs is accelerated and for some reason, even though I get tired during the songs I just can’t stop running until the music is over.   

I guess the article I read about the beat of the music and the effects on the body is true. In the January/February 2010 edition of Women’s Health Magazine, I found a little column that stated that the music with a rapid or loud beat send a signal of distress  to the brain releasing adrenaline, resulting in more energy.   

The same principle applies for when you need to calm down. Playing relaxing music will do the trick or even to calm the kids. I remember a friend of mine she always played a specific song to calm her baby. If by any chance she forgot to put the song in repeat oh wow, the baby will get up and cry non-stop until the song was playing again.   

Knowing this, I loaded my iPod with songs to get me excited and to calm me down. Here is a list of some of the artists you could find in my mp3 player:   

  • Rob Thomas
  • Maroon 5
  • Rihanna
  • Ricky Martin
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Wisin y Yandel
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Kate Perry
  • Lady Gaga
  • Chris Daughtry
  • ABBA
  • Among other

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Away No More

I'm Back

Last week was crazy at work. Long hours at the office, little hours of sleep, no time to cook, and the list goes on. Last week I was determined to leave the office at 6:30 or 7:00 PM to go to the gym and get home on time to cook a healthy meal and go to sleep. Well I didn’t do anything that I wanted to do. Even the Sunday Weigh-in suffered, I did weight, I just didn’t post it.  

I’m back, and tomorrow I’ll be posting last week’s weigh-in as well as tomorrow’s.  I learned that I missed so much writing and that writing is my new way to vent out how I feel, and I LIKE IT! I find that writing out what happens around in a fun way it’s good for my weight loss journey. 

So, AWAY NO MORE!

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Last Friday in my office we had breakfast, normally we eat bagels, doughnuts and coffee from DD. But that day was different. The smell was amazing and the sight, incredible… boxes with Panera Pastries! I was in heaven.

I ran to the boxes to see what was inside of them. To my surprise, there was the most amazing cherry pastry with my name all over! To be honest, I stopped for a second to think if I needed that or not. I really don’t know what happened, then all of the sudden, I found myself going up the stairs with a cherry pastry in a box for later.

Later that day, looking for Panera’s nutritional facts to count the points I was eating, I found what I think is their mantra: “We make our pastries, desserts and sweets with the best ingredients, from our own original recipes. All are baked fresh daily and all are very, very good for you. In that “I’m going to treat myself” or “I’ve had a bad day” kind of way.”

Hence the “very, very good for you” part. Really? Are you kidding me?? Don’t get me wrong, their pastries are heaven, in deed they fix any “bad day”, but a what cost?? In my case, ALL OF MY WW POINTS! Once I made the calculations, I stopped eating the pastry and felt very, very, sad 😦 . Because I knew that, that pastry was going to be last one from Panera.

I still love Panera, but now that I know how many WW points it “cost” me, I think I’ll move away from Panera and go to other places where my points have more value 🙂

I’ll miss you Panera, we sure had great times, you did comforted me when I was having a bad day or you were the perfect treat for a good day!!

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Brownie
Yummy chocolate!

You can say that again! This last week pushed back everything I did last week, CRAP! 

At work it was super stressful. Not only because of the work load, but emotions were running at all times HIGH! I am an emotional eater, and most of the time I’m not even aware that I am doing it. It is until I feel I can’t breathe or that I don’t fit in my jeans that I realize that I was emotional eating… then it’s too late.  

I am trying to make my emotional eating work in my favor, unfortunately I haven’t learn how to do. Once I realize I’m doing it, I try to identify and stop.  After I stop, I feel bad, and then an urge to give up come over me. It’s this feeling of  “what the heck!! if I ate all, if I fell of the wagon, why should I keep going on?”.  

To me, those messages are worst than stress or emotional eating, because sometimes after I eat I’m able to stop the feelings I was having, but if I let my mind kick im with those messages that’s it, all bets are off. It is true what they say, the mind is super powerful!  

To be fair, I’m trying to learn how-to control my emotional eating and how-to use my mind to help me in the weight loss department. This is far from over, but I’m not giving up :).

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