Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changess.

You guys might not be aware, but back in October, just after Jarid & I were married, I started a new position within the same Department, but different Bureau, of the State that I was currently employed in.  What changed?  Well, for one, I’m now a supervisor.

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And for two, I’ve upgraded from a cubicle, to my very own office… complete with a window and view of Soldier’s Grove 🙂

office

I nixed the boring office chair for a more comfortable and ergonomic option.

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Thank you, Momma Cox for the gift!  After I read this article on FitSugar, I was really pleased with my decision to switch to a yoga ball as an office chair.

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Change number twoRED MEAT IS BACK.  That’s right.  I’m sick off hearing it get SUCH a bad rap.  People don’t realize, that if you choose the RIGHT cuts of beef, you can really reap the health benefits.

*High in zinc, which is important for a healthy immune system.

*Contains more iron than most foods, and it is more easily used by the body than iron from other sources

*Good source of other vitamins and minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium and b vitamins.

*Excellent source of complete proteins

*A high-protein diet based on lean red meat has been shown to help weight loss

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Does this mean that I’m going to be enjoying hamburger meat everyday?  Absolutely not.  But it does mean, that I’ve learned to incorporate it back into my diet.  The above picture was a super easy recipe (if you can even call it that?):

  1. Chop up 1-2 cups of celery, 1 small onion, and 1/2 red (or green) pepper.
  2. Saute the veggies in 1 tbsp. of oil (this time I used grapeseed oil, but canola or EVOO would work, too) + 1/2 C. chicken or vegetable stock.
  3. Add 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef, 1 tbsp. of parsley, and 1 tbsp. of rosemary
  4. Cook until well done and serve either on top of brown rice or quinoa!

Not too long ago, Poppa Cox even made Jarid and I some STELLAR filet mignon!

Change number three:  I’ve made the switch from my old protein powder to this new protein powder from Pure Matters:

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I noticed that my stash was getting low, and since I use it every single morning for breakfast, I figured it was smart to take advantage of a Pure Matters coupon that was delivered to my inbox the other day.

Our superior extraction and purification process results in a protein content of 80 percent, up from six percent from fresh peas. Our Vanilla Pea Protein Powder yields a high biological value (BV), an accurate indicator of the biological activity of protein. High BV proteins are a better choice for nitrogen retention, healthy immunity, and IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) stimulation.

Vanilla Pea Protein stats:

120 calories per scoop, 1.5g fat, 25g protein

Simple ingredientsPea Protein Isolate, Xylitol, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Stevia.

I LOVE that there’s no soy in it.  Since I use it in the morning, it’s really important that I stay away from soy for the first 4 hours after I take my thyroid medication.

Change number four:  My workouts. hrI’m done with putting my body through hell and sacrificing half my day to insane cardio workouts.  I’ve vowed to myself, that I won’t push myself to burn a certain amount of calories.  I’m going to listen to my body and, while I’m not ALWAYS going to “take it easy” on myself, I will be mixing things up in the fitness department.  Maybe adding some yoga, pilates, and strength training, rather than my current obsession with my new elliptical.  I’m so tired of being hungry every 3 hours and getting grumpy if I don’t have a lean source of protein or complex carb nearby.

Here’s to change… POSITIVE change 🙂

What’s one change you’ve been meaning to make? 

 

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