Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Interrupted workout

Today's workout called for 2 mile run + strength training so I do that at the gym. I've been trying for weeks to run 2 miles in under 20 minutes. I've come close but haven't beat it yet.

Today I started the run at 6.0 and gradually increased to 6.3 throughout the run. At 1.73 miles I was well on my way to being under 20 minutes and the stupid treadmill just stopped working. Thankfully I have good balance so I didn't fall lol. So I moved to another treadmill to finish the run. I was at .15 miles and THAT treadmill stopped working. So then I moved a few rows back and finally got on a treadmill that I was able to finish the run. Add all the times together and I did run in under 20 minutes. But I wanted to see that time in whole on the treadmill when I was done for a sense of accomplishment! So next Wednesday I'll tray again.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Try it Tuesday

This weeks Try it Tuesday is a recipe I came across while browsing Pinterest.  I made it last week and the boys (as well as my husband and myself devoured them).  I'm not a fan of coconut so I left that out.  What I made equaled out to about 70 calories each.

 No Bake Energy Bites - (from Smashed Peas and Carrots)

1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In & schedule

161.8 - I haven't looked back to last week to see if that's a gain or a loss for the week.

I ended up running 4.5 miles on Saturday, stopping for 2 red lights and to give an old lady directions on how to get to a yard sale.  I'll be honest and say I was thankful she asked me for directions because i was starting to die on the incline around mile 4 and it gave me a few seconds to gather myself.

I actually bought skinny jeans over the weekend!  I've always been scared of them because they are SO form fitting, but I tried them on and LOVED them  Absolutely loved them and they'll go great with my new boots that I also bought.  

Here is how this week is looking:
Mon - 3 mile run (DONE!)
Tues - 40 min cross
Wed - 2 mile run + strength
Thurs - rest
Fri - 60 min cross
Sat - 5 mile run
Sun - stretch & strength

Friday, September 23, 2011

1 month

I have 1 month until my anniversary of when I kicked my butt into gear and took control of a healthier lifestyle.  By this time next month I would LOVE to be in the mid-150's.  That would be a 30lb loss for the year.  I can do it.  I should be able to do it.  It's only approx a 1-2lb weightloss/week which is totally feasible.  I just need to stay focused and avoid the darn birthday cake that is screaming to me right now from my husband's bday yesterday (at least I substituted applesauce for the oil so it is somewhat healthier).  I need to stay focused on Sunday when I go to a birthday party.  I need to stay focused EVERY day.  When I reach my goal and also finish the 10k I will be treating myself to a spa day.  CANNOT wait!

This morning I woke up and got my 60 minute cross-training in.  Tomorrow is a run - 4 or 4.5 miles.  Sunday is to be stretch/strength but I might throw in a low impact workout just because I know I will hae a hard time sticking to my allotted calories with going to the party.  I also have a gift card to TJ Maxx burning a hole in my wallet.  I'm hoping to find some cute clothes to tide me over for a few months until they hopefully won't fit again.

Funny Friday

This isn't the normal Funny Friday cartoon, but I thought it was great enough to share today.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dare I say it?

My run this morning was actually EASY?? 

I almost didn't go.  I almost gave into the temptation of turning off the alarm and sleeping.  I thought the hubs had to leave for work early today until I asked him at almost 11pm last night.  I got my workout gear set out, set the alarm for 4:40am.  Today called for 2 miles + strength.  Normally I do that run at the gym.  I don't know what was up with everyone last night, but between the 2 boys and the dog I don't even know how many times we were woken up.   The hubs is good with getting up with the boys since they want him anyways, but I still wake up when I hear them.  So needless to say I was not really in the mood to wake up early.  But I am so glad I did!  It was a great run.  I felt great.  I ran at a good pace.  Never once did I complain to myself and I actually wished I could have run further.  Today is one of those days where I feel like I'm having success in the fitness department.  So now I just need to do some strength training sometime today here at home.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Try it Tuesday

This weeks Try it Tuesday is one of my new favorite moves.  I first did the Plank to push up move a few weeks ago while doing the Jillian Michaels Boost Metabolism workout. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In

161.8.  Back in the 160's, but to tell the truth I was COMPLETELY shocked that the number wasn't higher.  I was really picturing at least 164. 

So here I am, back on the wagon after 1 week off.  This morning was hard to wake up.  The youngest is getting his 2 year molars and ended up in bed with us last night.  He was using my arm as a pillow and well I just love snuggling up with him.  The mornings are brisk these days.  During my run on Saturday I actually saw my breath.  I really just wanted to stay in my warm bed and go running this evening, but I knew that wouldn't happened.  After 20 minutes of talking to myself I got out of bed.  It's time for me to invest in some warmer running clothes.  Today was a 3 mile run.  I couldn't get the music on my phone to work for some reason and at 5:30am I really wasn't in the mood to keep trying so I headed off sans headphones.  I do have to say I rather enjoyed it.  It was nice being able to hear the sounds of nature for once.  I didn't like actually listening to myself breath though. lol.

I have to check the husband's work schedule to see how it fits with training, but I plan on following week 4 of Hal Higdon 10k training again this week to get myself back on track.   This is why I started training a few weeks earlier than needed, because I knew there would be some weeks where I would get off track.  So that's that.  I have a feeling this is going to be a good week.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"I'm throwing my body off"

That is what my husband and I say when we have a bad week of sticking with the fitness/good nutrition regimen.  And that is exactly why I have been doing this week.  I hate having bad food in the house because I just love to eat.  If it's not in the house, I won't eat it.  But I had a beautiful birthday cake looking at me.  We had sodas from a GTG with friends over the weekend.  We had wine, coffee, high calorie foods.  All of my favorites.  I had no will power.  But the good news is that it's almost all gone.  Yesterday I woke up and went for a run.  I felt like I was carting around extra weight.  I'm avoiding the scale like the plague this week.  I'm so bloated I know that number is going to be high.  I'll hop back on the scale on Monday. 

This morning my alarm went off at 4:30.  I was laying there contemplating what to do.  I finally decided to sleep a little since it's a cross training day and just do a home workout, probably Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred, rather than go to the gym today.  I was just feeling so unmotivated.  It was nice to lay in bed until 7am.  That rarely ever happens as I'm usually up to exercise or the kids wake up early, but they gave me my late birthday gift of sleeping in today!  So I dressed in my workout gear today to remind me that I do need to workout tonight.  Normally I would do it now during naptime, but the oldest has tball practice later today and I really don't want to get another shower right now.  

I'm looking forward to getting back on track though.  I hate the sluggish feeling I get when I don't drink enough water, when I eat the wrong foods and when I'm not active enough. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy Happy Birthday to me!

Yes today I turn 1 year older.  33!  I really don't feel 33, not like I know exactly what you're supposed to feel like at 33, but I still like to think of myself as in my 20's.  When I am asked how old I am, I have to do the math because I'm some how stuck on being 28 years old.  I guess that was a good year for me?  It was before children so I was probably much more rested. lol.

Today is Monday and normally you see a weekly weigh in post, but this week that will be skipped.  I've been enjoying my birthday with carbs, wine, no exercise and tonight a delicious looking chocolate fudge cake picked out by my 4 year old.  I know the scale would probably look like this

so I avoided it.  Have yourself a fabulous day and remember

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Monthly Measurements

It's that time again to see how the progress is going with measurements rather than what that mean old scale says.

Last month's measurements (total loss since 2/6/11)

Right arm: 11.5" (-1.5")
Left arm: 11.5" (-1.75")
Right Thigh: 24" (-3.")
Left Thigh: 23.5" (-3.5")
waist: 34" (-5.5")
chest: 39" (-4.0")
hips: 39" (-5")

As of today:
Right arm: 11.5" (-1.5")
Left arm: 11.5" (-1.75")
Right Thigh: 23.5" (-3.5")
Left Thigh: 23.5" (-3.5")
waist: 33" (-6.5")
chest: 38" (-5.0")
hips: 38.75" (-5.25") 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nutritional discounts

Last week there was a good sale on Eggos so I picked up a few boxes for to make breakfast time more convenient on some days.  I really never paid real close attention to the Nutritional Facts until the other day. Silly me for assuming 1/2 a serving was exactly half the calories of a serving size.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Try it Tuesday

This weeks Try it Tuesday is one of my favorite core strengthening exercises - the plank


    • 1
      Lie facedown on an exercise mat, legs extended, and place your elbows under your shoulders, resting your forearms on the ground, palms facing each other in loose fists.
    • 2
      Curl your toes under and push up through your abdominal muscles onto the toes and balls of your feet, creating a straight line from the top of your head to your feet.
    • 3
      Distribute your weight evenly between your forearms and feet. Keep your ab muscles engaged, lengthen your neck and relax your shoulders to keep your body stabilized.
    • 4
      Extend your arms, pulling up onto your hands in a full plank, as you would if you were starting a push-up. Maintain the length of the spine.
    • 5
      Hold plank for 10 to 20 seconds, working up to a minute.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In


I'm in the 150's again!  I haven't seen that number 5 in the middle since 2008!  Woohoo!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The week ahead

I was just looking at what is on tap for this weeks training.  I'd like to pat myself on the back because I actually completely finished last weeks as it was supposed to be, well with my rearranging of some days due to scheduling.  But I didn't skip any days!  Yesterday I was sort of dreading going for a run.  My body was tired and I was wanting to just relax in the morning.  But I talked myself into the run and am so glad I did.  I tried a new route that actually was exactly 4 miles.  I just made it up as I went along so that was pure luck.  So for this week here is what I have going for me:

Monday- 3 mile run (+walking at the zoo)
Tuesday- 40 min cross (most likely this will be at home)
Wednesday- 2 mile + strength
Thursday- Rest
Friday- 60 min cross
Saturday- 4.5 mile
Sunday- stretch & strength (I'll be honest and say I have a busy weekend ahead so I just might make this be a rest day)

And while I'm at, the hub actually took a good picture of me yesterday so I did a comparison.  From my non official weekly weigh-in this morning I'm 27 lbs lighter than last Halloween.  I guess it should say 'during' and not 'After' since I'm definitely not done yet!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Labor Day weekend

How can it possibly be Labor Day weekend already?  I feel like it was just Memorial Day!  I confess that I'm actually kind of excited.  That means school for the older boy begins in just 2 weeks.  He only goes 2 days a week for a few hours, but those few hours sometimes mean my sanity for the day.  Fall is my FAVORITE time of the year.  I love the cooler weather, pumpkins, fall festivals, EVERYTHING about fall I love! 

This weekend is going to be a real challenge for the diet.  Our plans - boardwalk (lots of yummy food), baseball game (free sundaes after the game) and the zoo.  Well the zoo I really don't have a challenge since we pack our food and everything is so overpriced I'm never tempted to buy anything.  At least I have a 4 mile run tomorrow to burn some calories as well as a run on Monday.  

Funny Friday

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Pet Fat

Have you seen this before?
I saw My Pet Fat for the first time on Jay (from the Biggest Loser 11)'s Facebook page.  It's an interesting concept.  I think in my house the boys would think it's a new toy for them. lol