Thursday, 31 May 2012

Locavore - Why I am going Local

I mentioned long ago, that when I first set out on my weight loss journey and my genetic battle I decided to go vegetarian. I made this dietary change for a few reasons... 
  1. I had never met a fat vegetarian (Score! for chubby Krysten)
  2. Going veggie would mean a major shake up to my diet - which was something I desperately needed
  3. Vegetarianism has long been linked to healthy hearts - and area where I can use all the extra help I could get
So I took the veggie plunge on a whim and the recommendation of my cardiologist at the time, lost 50+ lbs, and was one happy little vegetarian for over 6 years.

Pretty recently, after a pound of chicken wings ruined my resolve, I came back to the dark side and embraced my inner carnivore.

But my genetic shortcomings have continued to pile up. And here I sit having taken some seriously drastic steps over the past few months to ensure I stay healthy, all while declaring some lofty fitness goals for the future. (*ahem* Marathon *cough, cough, mumble*) Thus, I have found myself even more fascinated with the healing power of food and questioning what is the right fuel for me.

Food has never been my strong suit. And I will be the first to tell you that if you put me in front of a bowl of Salt and Vinegar chips my willpower will be instantly DESTROYED. So I find myself still searching for for that elusive balance between the enjoyment of all things tasty and the importance of a proper diet for my health.
My Recent Reading Material
I have professed my love for Michael Pollan's approach and shared my thoughts on Suzanne Somers' Knockout on my little blog before. And the truth is I have spent a lot of time over the last few months reading and scowering the internet pondering the way we eat - and how I eat. Throw in a few amazing documentaries like Food INC, Farmageddon, and Forks over Knives into the mix, and Hippocrates quote  
" Let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine thy food" 
really hit home for me.

All of the sources I looked at say the same thing...
  1. Eat Real Food - aka cut out all the processing, chemicals, and yucky additives.
  2. Plants are Magic - your body needs the unique combination of vitamins and minerals found in a variety of our fruits and vegetables. And these foods work in perfect harmony with your body in a way that other foods or supplements cannot.
  3. Eat Local - by choosing foods that are in season (aka not eating strawberries in January that have traveled 1000s of miles) you are getting those foods at their best with their highest nutritional value. You are also supporting local farmers, who follow sustainable farming practices.                 (Yay Eco- Love!)
I think it is possible that Hippocrates had it right all along - and he got it right over 2000 years ago. So many diseases in our modern epidemic - heart disease, diabetes, cancer - can be link back to our unhealthy lifestyles and to our unnatural, processed diets. Obviously I know all too well the role our genetics and family history plays into our susceptibility to these conditions. And I also happen to know that if Darwin is gunning for you - well then those are the genes you are going to be dealt.

But food - well that is something we can choose

So I am choosing to eat differently from now on. I am choosing to eat organic food produced on local sustainable farms, and have signed up to receive a weekly Produce Box from Culinarium, along with a monthly Meat Box.

Starting Tuesday I will get a bushel (aka a LOT) of fresh, local, organic fruits and veggies from some of the AMAZING local farms nearby every week. There is no guarantee what you will find in your basket each week, except that it is All Ontario, All the Time! And that sounds good to me!

I am officially declaring myself a Locavore!


Stay tuned, because each Tuesday I will share my produce bounty and show you exactly all the exciting and wonderful things I get each week.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten



Monday, 28 May 2012

Motivation Monday - Strength Training Session

It's Monday Friends!
And this week I need all the Motivation I can get!

This is a week of firsts! 

Beginning with my inaugural midterm - marking my official return to student life.  That's right people, I spent the weekend studying, making notes, and generally basking in a studious glow. I am officially a student - with lectures, deadlines, exams, and everything. And I must confess, I LOVE it! For 3 years now, I have been cramming classes around a 40-60 hour work-weeks, family, runs, and everything else. But now I actually have a chance to focus, and I am relishing in it.

I am also about to finally cross the recovery threshold and reach that magical 12 week milestone. Which of course in true borderline crazy-pants fashion I will mark with my return to racing at MetCon Blue. After many discouraging runs, and several panic attacks, I think I have finally settled into my pre-race excitement. I am looking forward to taking the racing plunge and spending the weekend with some of my favourite people whatever my results may be.

Sweaty and Hot
And if those firsts weren't enough for you - Robyn Baldwin  walked into my life. She has made it her personal mission to whip this little Cardio Queen into shape. Robyn is my kick-butt Fitfluential friend, who has quickly become an awesome "in real life" friend. She also happens to be a fitness model and personal trainer - phfft no big deal - that how we roll.

So when she said she would train me post-op, I was excited! Like super-extra-crazy excited!

Half way through our 5k
I am a total newbie when it comes to the world of strength training, so I need all the help I can get. I don't know which muscles to work and when, or how many reps to do, or how to modify things for my current boobie situation. But I have been told time and time again that if you want to see changes in your body and you want to see a real difference in your time - then you need to strength train. So having all this expertise readily available is pretty freakin' fantastic if you ask me!

So tonight we did our very first Strength Training session!

We did a 5 km run to warm up, because I am also helping Robin train for the running portion of our upcoming Warrior Dash  . Our run included some of the local trails and getting super sweaty on this hot and very humid evening. We then ended up at one of the parks near my house for our Upper Body Workout.



Tonight's Workout included...
Bench Pushups 10 reps x 3
Bench Dips 10 reps x 3
Resistance Shoulder raises 12 reps x 3
Resistance Bicep Curls 15 reps x 3
Reistance Chest Flies 12 reps x 3

It felt good! I feel like I am getting stronger already. And to be honest, having a workout like this right before my race, was just the little confidence boost I needed. Tonight's workout showed, that while there is obviously still room for improvement, my body is getting stronger. My post-op recovery is actually happening. And I am slowly but surely returning to my self.

So thanks for the fab workout Robyn! I promise I will stick to my Strength Training routine this week!

What are you guys doing to get sweaty this week? 

Don't forget to journey over to my Facebook Page and tell me all about it for a chance to win some awesome prizes from Sparkly Soul and NeoCell . You get an entry for each comment you leave, so cover my wall with your goals and sweat-fests to increase your chances of winning. The winner will be announced on Thursday!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten



Thursday, 24 May 2012

Thankful Thursday + Boobie Update + GIVEAWAY

I think I have made it pretty clear in my most recent posts that I have been struggling to embrace recovery.

May has been hard. Because mentally I was ready to shake off all the dark yuckiness of surgery and BRCA - but they were still holding my body hostage.

I wanted to be out running. I wanted to be training 5, 6, heck even 7 days a week. I wanted to get moving. I wanted my body back. I wanted my life back. I wanted to feel like me again.

But despite this serious drive and desire to do all these things and more. And despite my OCD-style color coordinated schedule and overflowing To-Do lists, I just couldn't.

The tears are welling-up in my eyes as I write that statement -  but "I just couldn't". That is one of the hardest things for me to say and to accept. But that my friends is the honest to goodness truth.

I couldn't do it.

I would run a couple of labored and difficult kilometers at the beginning of the week and then would find myself exhausted and curled up on the couch for the rest of it. Things I loved doing were hard. My lungs burned. My legs hurt. My chest was on fire. And I was mad. I was mad at my stupid genetically defective body and my ego was bruised - VERY bruised.

Confession: even with all my talk about Body Evolutions and Marvelous May - this past month didn't exactly turn out how I had planned.

I am *almost* 11 weeks post-op and I am starting to feel more and more like myself everyday. I have done my first proper training week since my surgery, and I don't feel horrible. I still cannot do a proper push-up. And the left side of my chest is still sporting a perfect pacemaker sized bruise. But I am getting there.

At the beginning of the month I asked you guys to join me on my evolution for a chance to WIN some awesome prizes from Sparkly Soul and Neocell Sport, and even though I'm not sure that I can categorize this month as a success - it has been a work in progress.

So I am THANKFUL for the progress I have made.

I want to hear about your month and give you guys some GREAT PRIZES from 2 of my FAVOURITE companies for a job well done (or a work in progress - we won't discriminate over here).

So if you want a chance to win either....

A. Some SPARKLY loveliness from SPARKLY SOUL

B. The Pomegranate Capsules and Collagen + C Serum from NeoCell to help you Sparkle from the inside out

Then you have 2 options...
1. Head over to my Facebook Page - and leave a comment telling me your goals for May and how the month went/is going
2. Leave a comment here sharing your May story

You get a new entry for each comment or post that you leave - so feel free to leave daily goals for more bonus entries. Facebook me like crazy until May 31st. (which is when the winner will be randomly selected)

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

WIAW - Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

Alright people, finally after a rejuvenating long weekend, I have hit the training reset button.

I feel like I have saying over, and over, and over again how I have been longing to be back on track.

I am not going to lie, I probably spent the majority of May trying to will my body back into a routine that it really wasn't quite ready for. I am not always the most patient girl in the world - and least of all with myself. Convalescing is not exactly my forte. And I will be the first to admit that I don't always do a very good job taking care of myself the way I should. In other words; my mind was ready, but my body was not.

It has taken a lot longer than I anticipated to really feel like myself again, but this weekend I feel like I turned the corner. My energy levels are back. Running is not as horrible as it was a couple weeks ago. And I finally feel like I am really ready to tackle my training routine full on. YAY!

And proper training requires proper nutrition, so I wanted to share my tasty new Chipotle Shrimp Taco Recipe. This is a super quick, super easy dish - total time necessary 15-20 minutes.

I LOVE Mexican dishes and their big flavors, but they also tend to be heavy on the sauces and the cheese. Alas! Making them delicious, but less than healthy. So I have cut the cheese and come up with lighter version of an old favourite. It is tasty and the avocados, like olive oil, are high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies. Not to mention the vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart. Woohoo Win-Win for this Darwinian Fail!

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos
*Note: This recipe makes enough for 2 hungry adults, but feel free to double the recipe to suit a larger family

Ingredients:
15-20 Shrimp - raw and cleaned
4 canned Chipotle Peppers diced
1 tbsp Chilli Powder
1 tbsp Lime Juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Avocados
1/2 Spanish Onion finely chopped
2 Roma Tomatoes finely chopped
1 Jalapeno finely chopped (*optional*)
2 Limes - juiced
2 tbsp of fresh cilantro
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

Small Pre-Packaged Corn Tortilla Shells
Spinach  

  1. Warm Tortilla in the oven for approx 10 minutes at 250
  2. Mix and Mash the Avocados, Onions, Tomatoes, Lime juice, Cilantro, Jalapeno (*optional - only add if you like heat) garlic, salt and pepper - until you have created a rich creamy guacamole. Set aside.
  3. Marinate the Shrimp with the diced Chipotle Peppers, Chilli Powder, Lime Juice, Salt, and Pepper for 5-10 minutes and then cook until translucent (approx 2-4 minutes per side) on skillet or grill at medium heat.
  4. Construct your individual tortillas - I added some raw spinach to mine for some extra crunch and a vitamin boost!
And that's that! Easy-Peasy! Hope you guys enjoy!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Monday, 21 May 2012

Motivation Monday - Getting Hot and Sweaty

So long, long, LONG ago, when I started to get back into embracing a healthy lifestyle I signed up for a Bikram Hot Yoga class that literally changed my life.

Getting Centered at Home
After 2 years of being sedentary and packing on an uncomfortable 50 lbs - the wheels in my head started turning. I wanted to change. I wanted to get my body back. I wanted to get my health back. I wanted to be active again. But I had little to no idea how I should go about doing that.

So on a whim - after a couple of my much fitter and cuter girlfriends raved about this intense new "Hot" yoga studio - I decided to give it a try. I had never done yoga before, and it had literally been years since I broke a serious sweat. But the girls walking around campus in their lululemons looked pretty rockin', so maybe if I did this class I could too!

So there I was - a little chubby yoga virgin - walking into Tanya Harrington's Thursday night Karma class at the Feel Yoga Studio. The first shock was that the class was 90 minutes. The second shock was the room was actually HOT - like sauna-style hot. And the third, that we could not leave the class part way through. If we signed up, we were committed to 90 sweaty minutes. It was terrifying!

I am not going to lie to you, that first class was INTENSE. It was a huge shock to the system. I was hot. I was nauseous. I was trying to bend my pudgy body into positions I did not think were possible for me anymore. But when I lay down on my mat for my final shavasana I was in LOVE.

Shavasana

I remembered what it was like to love the sweat. I remembered what it was like to feel the burn and like it. And I remembered that feeling of accomplishment you get when you finished a good workout. Those 90 minutes woke sometime inside me that I thought I had lost years ago - a drive and a desire for a healthy body.

So this week, after struggling with my inner demons and fears about my upcoming race, I went back to my first love - Hot Yoga. I got hot. I got sweaty. And most importantly, I got a much needed wake-up call.
After a year spent battling my genetic shortcomings and my less than cooperative body, I had forgotten what it was like to love my body and have it love me back.
Sweaty, Happy Glow Post-Yoga

What a novel concept?!

I have 12 days until Met Con Blue, a race that is going mark exactly 12 weeks post-op for me. So this run isn't going to be about PR-ing or even running well. This race is going to be about LOVING my body, CELEBRATING this crazy journey, and EMBRACING finally being healthy!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Collingwood and Crossfit

I have returned, from my brief but lovely, journey up to Collingwood and my impromptu MetCon Blu training session. And I have to admit, it was a pretty awesome way to kick off my week.

The amazing and always delightful Allie picked me up shortly after 3. And after a MUST-HAVE Starbucks stop - we hit the old dusty trail. Our little journey took slightly longer than expected, because of this city's horrible rush-hour traffic and a few slightly meandering turns on our part. 

On our Way!!
So needless to say, we ended up scrapping our grand plan to run the hill and opted for a night of fun with Allie's super fabulous sister and brother-in-law - Sarah and Bill. Not only are they both member's of our badass MetCon Blu team "Insane Pain", but they also happen to be two very knowledgeable fitness enthusiasts. So it was great to spend the evening chit-chatting over a patio dinner - discussing all things race, run, crossfit, and paleo related.

We did hit the hay early though, because we were all up bright and early and heading to our 6:00 AM Crossfit class over at Indestri this morning. Now I was aware that this class was pretty likely to kick my ass, and was slightly panicked about it. Not only am I just barely 10 weeks post-op, but I am also right in the mists of battling a nagging cold. So I wasn't exactly bringing my A-game to this morning's Crossfit adventure. But I am definitely glad I went.

Getting SERIOUS about our WOD
Our coach ended up being Scott Thornton, which was pretty intimidating way to start the class. Not only has he made a serious name for himself over his 20 year NHL career, but he also happens to a hard-core CrossFit-er, and part-owner of Indestri. So it was somewhat nerve racking as we warmed up with our kettle bells and lined up to hear the WOD (workout of the day).

Today's WOD was...
1000 metre row (sprint)
50 thrusters
30 pull-ups

That was a lot of upper body action for this gal. But everyone was very supportive and understanding about my *ahem* limitations, so it just ended up being a great workout. I definitely worked some areas that have not seen much action in a while, and it was nice to feel like I was back into training mode (at least sort of).

Post WOD - Bill, Me, Allie, and Scott
Modification were definitely made. My weight was limited, I only managed to do 10 pull-ups with the help of the beginner green band, and I opted to run rather than row during the second timed run through. But all the supportive talks with my new Collingwood crew reminded me that I have to stop being so hard on myself and accept the healing process a little bit more.

I am slowly but surely returning to my training regime. But the strength and endurance I lost during recovery is not going to magically come back over night. I had to work to get it, so I am going have to work to get it all back. And that is just going to take time and commitment.

So that is what to today's workout was all about - accepting where I am today and taking my training one day at a time.

Thanks for the AWESOME (and much needed) reminder guys! And Fantastic Workout!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Monday, 14 May 2012

Motivation Monday - PANIC

Okay...my first race post-op is fast approaching. MetCon Blu is 3 short weeks away, and I am officially PANICING! OH DEAR GOD! I don't know if I am going to be ready.

I was feeling pretty good about my recovery -was being the operative word here. All my doctors have been showering me with praise and raving about my speedy rehabilitation, so I was developing a false sense of confidence. I have a few runs under my belt, and my energy levels was generally improving.

Happy to be running again...but training is a work in progress
But this weekend, while celebrating Mother's Day with my family, I found myself chit-chatting with my younger sister about her new intense soccer training regime. And I recommended she start incorporating some yoga into her weekly routine to help increase her flexibility. Naturally, I thought it would be a good idea to demonstrate a standard Sun-Salutation series, and thus received a rude awakening about the true state of my recovery.
 
I could not do a chaturanga push up to save my life. My chest muscles are horribly weak, and definitely still healing. This little chaturanga (or lack there of) sent my mind reeling. The truth is...I have done some running, but I am still no where near a consistent routine. I am still only averaging 2ish workouts a week. And all of my efforts are labored. Running is not the blissful, relaxing, activity it once was. It is hard! My endurance is still craptastic. My muscles are pitiful and weak. And I only have 3 short weeks to correct all of this.

AHHH! What was I thinking? Why did I sign up to do a race exactly 12 weeks post-op? What the heck am I going do?

Truthfully, I really have no idea. But I may as well give it a shot, right?!

So I am brushing up on tips from my Runner's World Trail edition. And I am packing my sneakers and heading up to Collingwood tonight with the lovely Allie for trial run and a Crossfit class.

I am hoping this little adventure to the mountain will help calm my nerves, and give me a good butt-kick. But it may just end up showing me how much work I really have to do in the coming weeks. Wish me luck!

Have you ever felt unprepared for a race? Any thoughts, tips, or training tricks I should use to help come back quickly?

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Friday, 11 May 2012

Thankful Thursday - Mantra

No that's not me...yet!
Today I am THANKFUL for all the lessons my genetic journey has taught me.

Limits are something only you can imposed on yourself. 2012 is about breaking through this self-imposed boundaries -with hard work, determination, and dedication to see what I am really made of. Genetics have played a huge part in who I am, but they do not define me. Adaptability, perseverance, and strength – is my new definition. I run this body.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

WIAW - Priorities

I mentioned in my last post that nutrition-wise this past weekend was less than stellar for me. (*sigh*) I won't get into the tawdry details of it all. Or come up with some lame excuse for why this weekend was justified. But I will say that Sunday's date with my hubby read a little bit like the menus featured on an episode of Paula Deen. It was a lesson in excess and my tummy paid the price for it later.

The thing that gets me...is that I know how to make a healthy meal plan. I know how to make smart choices when I eat out. I know what is fuel and what is fun. But just because I know how do those things, does not mean that I want to them. Sometimes what I should eat and what I want to eat do not align. It is something I am still working on.

And after Sunday's indulgences, my tummy is screaming at me to do the right thing this week. So I am making nutrition a priority and eating balanced meals to fuel this weeks training. This week is all about Doing after all!

So here's What I Ate Wednesday (re: technically Monday)

Breakfast
Breakfast:
  • 2 eggs scrambled (note my attempt to increase my daily protein intake)
  • my Vitamins
  • and a cup of Fantasy Island Tea courtesy of Davids Tea (which I have become borderline obsessed with! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!)
Lunch
Lunchtime Snack

Lunch:
  • A giant Cranberry and Candied Almond Salad with an Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Lots of melon 
  • Additional Snacks Not Pictured - Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks for a PM pick-me-up and Taste of Nature Organic Cranberry Bar
Dinner:
  • Organic Chicken Pot Pie. This was a quick and easy pre-packaged organic pie from the Farmer's Market company. They make some great pies and quiche - I highly recommend if you are looking for a quick fix, but without a lot of the extras (sodium, fat, chemicals).

I did some serious menu planning and grocery shopping this week. So this week's goal - Train and Fuel like the athlete that you want to be!

Let's do this!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

It feels like a FRESH start

I've been talking a lot about planning lately - my plans for a healthy May,  my plan to go back to school, all my BIG race plans - just plans, plans, plans... I have set all kinds of great intentions and grand goals. But all of that means very little until I actually start doing all the things I planned to do.

So this week is about just that - Doing!

This week all my plans are coming to fruition. Its the first week of school. I am finally getting back into serious training mode. And after a not-so-hot nutrition-wise weekend - I am starting to create a viable menu plan chalk full of nourishment and whole foods. It is time make this happen!

Yesterday I finally got a glimpse of what this shiny new life of mine is going to be like, and I loved every second of it! I started classes and smiled like a dweeb through my entire 3 hour lecture. It felt amazing to finally be dedicating myself to this goal and actively working towards it.
(<----see photo to your left for proof).

 It feels like a FRESH start!

And I could not be more excited to see where this journey will take me and what I can truly accomplish with a little hard work and determination.

But I had better get back to work. These plans aren't going to execute themselves.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Thankful Thursday

Okay, so I had every intention of rockin my new series What I Ate Wednesday yesterday. But...yesterday got lost in the shuffle that is life. I had a follow-up appointment for my robot heart - which is ticking along marvelously. I had a fun, slightly muddy, girlie run date with a few of my adorable Warrior Dash team members - Robyn, Jess, and Morgan. I went out for an evening tea with my hubby.


And some serious BIG LIFE CHANGING DECISIONS were made yesterday. EEK! (*deep breath*) I have officially given my notice at work and will be returning to school full time!

If you guys have been following along this past year, then you know that it has been a year of emotional ups and downs, with hours spent in doctor's offices, hospital waiting room, and in the O.R. This little type-A monster had to relinquish control and allow other people to dictate the timeline that was her life. I waited over 7 months for my surgery date - each month with something tentatively booked but in the end not materializing. All my plans were on hold while I navigated this logistically frustrating medical world. That mostly meant school, but it felt like EVERYTHING was hold, while I waited to figure out the next step.

But as of today this medical world has a hold on me, no longer! My ta-tas have been toasted and breast cancer can no longer hold me hostage. My robot heart has been replaced with a newer, sassier, model. And I have officially been given the post-op all clear.

My life is mine again! And I could not be more excited or grateful! I truly believe...


And that is exactly what I intend to do this year. I am going to push myself, work hard, and dream big! I am going to create the life I always wanted and be the person I have always wanted to be. 2012 is going to be my year! This year I am going to...
  • Finish my Psychology degree
  • Write my GRE
  • Apply for grad school
  • Run 2 adventure races, 2 half marathons, and my very first full marathon
These changes are daunting and a little scary. My goals are lofty and a little overwhelming. So today on this week's Thankful Thursday I am thanking myself (and my always supportive husband) for being willing to take this risk and accept this challenge.

Let's get started shall we?
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

My Plan for a Marvelous May

If I learned anything about myself this year - it is that I love making BIG SWEEPING DECLARATIONS about health, wellness, and happiness - but I need to make smaller more manageable goals to create a plan I can actually stick to.

May tends to be a tricky month for me. There are birthdays, family events, BBQs, and long weekends - all of which interrupt my Type-A regimented schedule and include lots of food-centered activities. These events tend to derail all of my good intentions. I skip my weekend workouts and gorge myself on deliciousness.

Now everyone has these weekends. And I actually believe everyone needs these weekends from time to time, else you become a soul-sucking, no-fun, calorie-counting, exercising Monster! BLAH!

The issue with May, and the following warm weather months is that it is easy for "these weekends" to become EVERY weekend. Which as fun as that can be, won't be so great for my Race Plans. Or my goal to start training like a "real" athlete.

So I have decided to make some mini goals for this month to ensure I don't slide down that slippery slope and that I stay focused on my training.

1. Training is Priority!

I am 8 weeks post-op and slowly but surely returning to my normal self. And a BIG part of returning to my normal self is returning to my normal training routine. I want to get back into the swing of things, and to me that means...
  • Running 3-4x a week
  • Strength Training 3x a week
My distances are going to be short this month, because I am still recouping and rebuilding. So I am planning to stick with 5km as my distance of choice for May. Strength Training is also limited, because I am under a weight restriction until June. So this month I will be focusing on the lower body only. Its all about the LEGS people!

2. Focus on a Clean Diet and Increased Protein

Despite all the temptation - I am going to try to stay focused on eating healthy whole foods. I want to fuel my body not my emotions. MUCH easier said then done! This is one of my greatest dietary struggles. Food has always been so tied to my emotions. I eat when I am stressed. I eat to celebrate. I eat to relax. I eat for fun. I eat for a million reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with nourishing my body. So this month I am definitely going to try to eat more  mindfully and healthfully.

I am also going to try to increase my protein intake to help build the strong powerful muscles I am trying to cultivate for running.

2. Take My Vitamins

This is an effort to stay focused on my commitment to Nutrition and fueling my body properly. I am going to incorporate supplements to help make sure my body is getting all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to perform at its best.

So those are my mini goals for a Marvelous May!

What you guys doing to create the kind of month you want?

Make sure you comment, tweet, or facebook us to be entered to win this months amazing prize packs from NeoCell and Sparkly Soul. (winner will be drawn at random on May 30th - the more times you comment the more chances you will have to win!)

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail
Krysten