I know it’s been awhile ….

Oh my goodness – it’s been almost FOUR months since my last blog post. Seriously. I’m so sorry! I get so antsy when blogs I follow don’t update very often and here I am not paying any attention to mine. ..

So, I have A LOT of recipes that need to be added and I’ve continued to workout consistently and eat clean. I probably eat clean 85-90% of the time (I mean, when a coworker brings chocolate covered macadamia nuts, they don’t count, right?).  The most difficult thing for me to do is drink water. It’s like I’d rather starve myself than drink water. It’s horrible. I think that’s what’s definitely holding me back from my goals. I just want to keep getting stronger, leaner and fitter. I don’t want to be a skinny girl, I want to be able to do unassisted pull-ups and more than 2 chin-ups at a time.

Lately, I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to feel rested and stay focused. It’s not easy being so used to eating a certain way that, when you eat a cheat meal, you feel like crap. It’s also not easy realizing that maybe you have to tone down on those weekly “treats”. I think that keeping up with this blog will help me realize that I am getting stronger and that the road to fitness is a long and beautiful journey filled with many ups and downs.

Since I’ve been working out so much, I’ve decided to invest in a few goodies to help motivate me to stay on track!

Some of my new loot:

1) Polar FT4M heart rate monitor watch. This is amazing. I was contemplating getting the FT40 which let’s you see your calories burned and workout time on the same screen, but couldn’t justify the extra $50-70 for just that. This definitely keeps me working harder to keep my heart rate up and my workouts intense. And, let’s face it, it’s orange – I love the color orange!

2) New balance tank. For those of you who know me well, you know that I NEVER wear tank tops or anything that shows my arms. My arms get bulky very easily and, if I’m not taking care of myself, I get very self conscious about them. I’m now trying to get over my fear and this tank is AMAZING. It doesn’t cling onto you and covers part of your butt. What else could you ask for in a workout top? Oh, and it’s sooo pretty that I might get it in white/red too 😉

3) Vitamix!!! I’m very excited about my Vitamix 🙂  It’s pretty pricey (Canadians, you’re looking at spending around $500 at Costco), but it’s an amazing blender and it’s great for every day use. We use it to make our daily green smoothies (I’ll need an entire post to describe my love for green smoothies) and some cooking needs. I use it at least once a day. It’s also super easy to clean, so the husband doesn’t mind helping me out with that part 😉

And now I’m off to enjoy the first of many cloudy days in Vancouver. At least the weekends have been beautiful! Hope you guys are enjoying your Thursday and I promise to not be so distant.

Aliya.