Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sometimes You've Gotta get it DONE.

I'm still not feeling well today. I thought that I wasn't feeling well because of what I drank on Sunday evening. I doubt that this is still related to that. Or is it? I rarely drink liquor so is it possible that my stomach is still bothering me almost two days later? Hmmm... Or did I pick up a bug at about the same time? I'm not sick-sick, I just don't feel myself. My stomach hurts a bit and I feel kinda "blah" and tired.

I have that virtual race to do after work and, whether I walk it all (okay, that won't happen, I'd get too bored) or jog it all, I HAVE to get it done. This was a huge goal that I set and I really want to achieve it. It took a lot of detours and remapping along the way but to end the year and say, "I did it. I did thirteen races." would make me feel fantastic. So, even though it'll be slow (I haven't ran since my race on December first combined with not feeling well, AND the fact that it'll be on the Treadmill of Terror - boooring!), I have to do it. Obviously I'll slow it down and walk if I don't feel well. I'm not going to push myself too hard when I shouldn't. BUT I do at least want to jog some of it (no matter how slow). This is the perfect way to end one year and to start another.

Our plans for tonight (yes, it's pretty much tonight already!) are STILL up in the air. We were invited to a friends' house, invited to meet up with some other friends when they finalized plans, invited friends over (whom I haven't heard from so I'm not planning on that given the time of day), and had discussed going out for the evening. All I know is I'm going to run, shower, and then get ready for whatever we decide to do. Heck, depending on how I feel we might end up home, in our comfy clothes, on the couch...Just the two of us! I'm kind of on the fence... On one hand I'd love to get all dressed up and have a night out. On the other, I wouldn't mind keeping it more casual or even staying home.

My problem? It's COLD. And snowy. And windy. I'm not sure that I want to get all dressed up (because, for me, this obviously includes a cute, sparkly LBD and heels...Neither of which goes along with this Winter weather). I'm also still not sure how I feel. I'm kind of blah and consuming adult beverages (um, especially in the cold!) does not sound as though it will be all that appealing right now. Of course, not drinking would make me the perfect candidate for DD for whomever in our group goes out.  I'm pretty sure I'm still "good" from having drank on Sunday. Then again who knows how I'll feel in a couple hours.  DD or not, I hate driving in this stuff and the idea of driving home in it late at night is even less appealing.

Hmmm....Maybe I'll just leave it up to the man to decide, which he won't want to do. I guess we'll see how things are after I get this virtual race done. I suppose I should get moving on that... Gotta get it done while I'm feeling up to it! I'm also thinking that if I feel up to it after I might do a round of some moves with my new weights, just to give them another spin. At any rate, I don't want to leave myself TOO short on time, so I'm off to workout!

Happy New Year!!! I wish you all the best in 2014!

XOXO

13 in 13: An Update

I set a goal to participate in (at least) 13 races this year.  My total for the year, had I done what I had planned out would've been 14 for the year. I've definitely had some struggles come up that I didn't anticipate. One big lesson that I learned is to not register too far in advance for races!! Things come up that you may not plan on and changes must be made. It's definitely attainable to do at least a race a month (or an average of) but sometimes you need to schedule a little closer to the date. Some events should be planned in advance, especially if the event involves a large trip or a race that sells out quickly. But some smaller races can wait until a month before- or even a few weeks before!

I had races planned for May, June, July, September, October, and November that I didn't participate in. Luckily some months I doubled up on races. What happened to my races?

The one in May I didn't make it to because I had car trouble. My fuel pump went out and we didn't make it to Chicago. I'd really been looking forward to that one. It was the Race to Wrigley 5K, in which I would've been able to run through the concourse at Wrigley Field.

We had severe thunderstorms forecast, with possible high tornado-like winds the day of the race in June. My Mom was going to go with me and we decided to play it safe and cancel. It would've been a long drive to end up not doing it. Plus, I had just started hanging out with my boyfriend and wanted to spend some time with him.

In July I had planned to do two races in Chicago. One (Color Me Radd 5K) I deferred to another race, closer to home, in October. The other I was going to do with a friend but she ended up moving so I didn't go either. It was the Rock N Roll Mini (5K). I didn't want to pay the cost of a hotel for a race I'd be doing solo. Especially since I'd planned on going to Chicago for a fun trip the next month. Hotels there aren't cheap in the Summer!

I was going to do Pretty Muddy in Chicago in September, but had something else come up so I didn't make it.

October was an interesting month... Instead of doing the race I'd deferred from July, I ended up doing a completely different race that was even a little closer to home. Later in the month I went through a bad tim/a bit of a depression, and my Grandpa had a stroke so I didn't make it to Monster Dash. Being with my family was more important to me than a race.

In November I had planned to do a Turkey Trot with my cousins. Again, weather messed that up. It was about an hour and a half to the race city, on good roads. We got a really bad Winter storm the  night before and decided to skip it.

I have one race to do to reach 13 for the year. I will likely do that tomorrow after week - seems like a good way to end the year. With all the ups and downs I've had with healthy eating, fitness, and weight over the last several months, ending the year by doing a virtual 5K will be like ending the year on a high note.

US Road Running has a virtual race that must be done by the end of the month. Tomorrow afternoon sounds perfect! You can do their races for free or pay $15 and they will mail you a medal. Super cool! Naturally I paid for the medal. You also have the option to print out a paper bib. It looks like they do these races monthly. They have team events as well. It sounds like a very reasonable option for someone wanting to do a certain number of races who can't get to them for whatever reason. I will still participate in races next year, but I'm pretty sure I'll be doing a couple of these as well!

I could start the year on a high note and do a 5K on New Year's Day but running outside during the winter isn't my friend. And I haven't ran in a few weeks so I'm not quite prepared for a small town run - especially not one outdoors and most likely done with a hangover. I suppose I could walk it but I'm not sure if anyone else is doing that...

How did I manage to reach my goal by cancelling so many races? I added more to the list! Had I done every race that I had planned to do, and with those that I added, I'd have done 20 races... Well, 19 I guess because I wouldn't be needing to add one more to make 13!

The races I did this year were 5Ks, 10Ks,a 7K, a 5 miler, and a half marathon. Two of my races were virtual (a Run for Boston 5K in April and the one I'm doing tomorrow). You can view the names of all my races on my "13 in 13" page. I'm sending the best of my bibs (some races I didn't get a bib for or it was a generic bib) to Mile 22 and having a bag made. This was my reward to myself for completeing a minimum of 13 races this year. The one I'm looking at fits 12 bibs on it, so I should be set to send in all that I have from this year. I may not submit my virtual bibs because they're printed on regular computer paper...I'm not sure how those would hold up in sewing. I'd rather have all of my "good" race bibs put on there and save those in my scrapbook with others.

Just for fun, here are a few photos from some of my races...


Wearing my Cinderella-inspired outfit and a big smile after Disney's Princess Half Marathon, February 2013 (my first half!)

 


My friend Kasey and I (dressed in an Aurora-inspired outfit) after the Royal Family 5K (day before the princess half - we did both races).



 
Showing support by participating in "Run for Boston." I counted this as a virtual 5K.
 


My friend Angela and I after the Bayshore 10K in Traverse City last May.



 
After the Grand Rapids Color Run in August.
 
 


Angela and I after a 5K through a vineyard in October. We didn't plan to coordinate our tops!

 
 
My friends Sandy, Angela and I before the Ugly Sweater Run in Grand Rapids in December.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Back from a Month Long Hiatus

Hello, friends!

I took a bit of an unplanned hiatus for a while there... Life has been SUPER busy and blogging has taken a backseat to everything else. Unfortunately working out is pretty much in the backseat with blogging. I have been doing things "here and there" but not nearly at the level I had been.

Let's recap the month...

I was offered a new job shortly before Thanksgiving, which I accepted. My last day at my old job was on December, 3rd (I actually used a vaca day and left the day before around noon). I started my new job on December 4th. A new job in itself is an adjustment and I have to figure out a way to get working out into my new routine. My job is about half an hour from where I currently live so I'm getting up earlier in the morning and getting home a little later in the evening. For some reason when I get home I am super hungry. I'm thinking maybe I need a larger afternoon snack at work or something. Sooo... I end up eating dinner by 5:30 and then don't want to work out after eating.

This isn't every day...

On Mondays I go to my parents' house to make dinner and then spend the evening at my boyfriend's house. Mondays are, in general, a good rest day for me because I typically have to go to the store before I go make dinner which cuts down on time. I'm starting to feel like I'm adjusted to my new routine pretty well...Although with holidays and things going on I haven't really had a lot of time to settle into it!!

My family was up from Kentucky over Thanksgiving, so I some time with them. I managed to squeeze in working out here and there. We were going to go to a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning but got blasted with some nasty winter weather so we didn't go. My cousins got here late due to the weather on the road, so I don't think they'd have been overly excited about getting up super early to go drive in more nasty weather. We just decided that the risk wasn't worth it... My Dad suggested not going. I know that the weather has to be bad for him to say something about it! I also had to babysit that day and the next day.

Thanksgiving was nice - spent the day with Little Miss and the rest of the fam. I left in the afternoon to go over to my boyfriend's grandma's house before heading to his Aunt's. We just hung out for a bit before heading to his Aunt's, where we also just hung out for a bit. We both had eaten big meals and weren't hungry for another dinner. We stayed there for a couple hours. I did some very light black Friday shopping on Friday since I had Little Miss with me. Later in the evening I had dinner with the fam and spent time with the boyfriend as usual. Saturday we spent most of the day at home. In the evening we went to a Christmas parade and dinner with another couple, then spent some time with my family since they were leaving to go home the next morning. Thanksgiving weekend was lots of fun, but very busy!

The next week, my former co-workers had a farewell potluck for me at work on Monday...Then I enjoyed the afternoon and next day off by cleaning, doing laundry, and getting groceries. I started the new job that Wednesday. My work Christmas party was the Saturday after I started, so we went to that.

Then the following week was my birthday and my grandma's birthday, which resulted in two birthday dinners out, two nights in a row. We actually celebrated my birthday dinner out the day after my birthday... My birthday dinner at my parents' house was spaghetti squash and sauce with salad. My Dad had a meeting that night so we waited until the next night to go out with some friends. We went to a Mexican place for my dinner (complete with margaritas, thank you!). My Grandma wanted pizza for hers so I brought pizza and bread sticks to their house, which we had with salad...And wine.

Due to weather and so many activities I was either at my boyfriend's house or my parents' house that entire week. I think we went back to my house that Friday after work! I don't even know what went on that next week... I know I was able to go home most nights and that I had the 20th off, but that's about it. Oh and that Monday I was at my boyfriend's.... And he was back over on Friday. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday though? They're a blur. I think I may have gotten a workout in on one of those days! I was also doing some baking and such for Christmas, as well as cleaning, shopping, and wrapping presents. Last week was also busy with it being Christmas.

Monday was a typical work day. I met some former co-workers for dinner and spent a couple hours with them before heading out to my boyfriend's for our Monday night wresting ritual.

Tuesday I had planned to workout but that didn't quite happen... I had to finish some Christmas wrapping and such and get ready (change clothes, etc.) for my family's Christmas celebration. I picked up my boyfriend, who had been celebrating one family Christmas, then we headed to my Grandparents' house for dinner and gifts. We were there for a few hours and then went to my parent's to do presents. We hung out there for a bit before we had to leave to drive out to my boyfriend's Mom's for the night (about an hour drive, which took longer because of yucky roads). We spent some time with his family and did family gifts before going to bed. We were up kind of late and then woke up early because Santa came. So we did presents again and spent the morning just hanging out.

Then we were off to my boyfriend's Grandma's for Christmas there. We did presents but skipped the meal (which looked good) because we had to go to my boyfriend's Aunt's for Christmas dinner there. Two big meals an hour apart would've been a bad idea. So we ate and hung out there for a few hours before I took my boyfriend home and went to my parents'. I was going to stay with him, but thought that even though our celebration was over, I should probably spend some time with my parents on Christmas. Plus, I had gifts for a couple of my cousins and they were stopping by.

It was back to work on Thursday and Friday for me. My boyfriend came down on Thursday and we spent a large chunk of time shoveling out the driveway from all the snow that had fallen while we were gone for a couple days for Christmas. By the time we were done we were pretty hungry so I set to work on making dinner. I can't even think of what I made for dinner Thursday night! I may not have gotten an actual workout done, but all that shoveling was a workout in itself!! I got there before he did and probably spent 15 minutes out there alone, then he came and I think it took us another 20 or so minutes to finish the driveway and sidewalk. I'm sure I burned some calories there!!

We didn't do much on Friday night. I made dinner (parmesan crusted baked chicken breast, roasted veggies, and baked potatoes) and then we sat around and watched wrestling.

We spent the weekend doing some stuff around the house; prepping to move in a month or so. Saturday he had to go visit with family for a bit so I took the opportunity to do some grocery shopping and started dinner... I made Italian beef sandwiches (from the Six Sisters' Stuff website) so I put the roast in the crockpot in the morning. I've made them before but they are so good - and the smell throughout the house is awesome! We had dinner, watched a wrestling special, and then went and spent some time with some friends watching the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. We didn't stay for the whole thing, but stayed for most of the game. It was getting late and we wanted to get home. We stayed up pretty late that night - the latest we had in quite a while! I don't think we went to bed until about 1:30.... We ended up sleeping in until about 10-10:30 yesterday morning.

I had planned on working out both Friday and Saturday but wasn't feeling so great. I think it was hormonal. I was just feeling blah and didn't want to do much of anything and I had a bit of anxiety with making any little decision...I just couldn't seem to make one! Then I ended up with a headache on Saturday so I spent some time laying around trying to get it to go away so we could go hang out with our friends. Yesterday I got up and started working around the house. I took all of the Christmas decorations down and put them away, packed up some more stuff, cleaned the bathroom (even scrubbed the floor on my hands and knees), and then scrubbed the outsides of the kitchen cupboards, and started some laundry. I didn't get too much farther with anything else though. We just had leftovers from the day before so I even do any cooking yesterday.

My boyfriend's team was playing so I took breaks to watch parts of that game. My team started after four which was the beginning of the end of the day for me. I bought some light vodka (78 calories per 1.5 oz serving) which I decided to drink with some diet Sierra Mist cranberry. Apparently I was making my drinks a little strong (although they didn't taste that way!) because after two drinks I was drunk. After three I was a mess. I made number four but I'm not sure what even happened to it. I didn't drink it because I started to feel sick. It was too hot to wear clothes and I was sweating, wishing I had a bathing suit on, the room was spinning, and my stomach was revolting against vodka and me type of sick. My boyfriend let me lay around for a while while he picked some stuff up, and then he had me in bed by 9. Of course I woke up at four this morning because I went to bed so early... And then couldn't really get back to sleep.

 I did NOT want to get up when the alarm went off this morning. I still felt awful....Apparently I can't drink liquor like I used to. I guess I'll have to stick to wine and light beer! My stomach was still hurting late this morning. I don't think I started to feel better until closer to noon...And even then "better" wasn't what I'd call good.

My plan for today was going to be to do a quick workout at my parents', make dinner, and go to my boyfriend's. BUT tomorrow is NYE and we invited friends over so I need to go home and finish cleaning and putting some stuff away...Not to mention I need to do all the laundry that I didn't get to yesterday. So instead, my boyfriend is staying at my house (he's on vaca from work for a few more days - lucky bum!) to help me with some of that and watch wrestling of course. He's doing a few things for me today - like finishing laundry, getting dinner ready (I made it easy on him - crockpot chili), and packing up some stuff for me. I won't be working out today because I have a lot to get done around here! I also don't think I'll be working out tomorrow because I'll have to finish party prep....Have some things to pick up at the store and make for the evening. Well, maybe I'll have time to get something done in that time. If I get things done tonight I won't have to worry about much tomorrow. I'm hoping to do a vitual 5K after work tomorrow.

So anyway, there's my recap....

My plan? As soon as the next few days are over, I'll be getting back on track with things. I got an elliptical (not at my house yet because I'm going to be moving so it seems silly to set it up only to move it in a month or so!) and some select tech weights for Christmas. I also have a newer DVD program to get back into. And with Christmas money I ordered a cross country ski package (skis, bindings, poles and boots). Those should be arriving sometime this week, so I'm excited to get out and use them!! It'll be nice exercise and something a little different. There are lots of new toys to play with and I am excited to get back into the swing of things!! I'll be better about keeping up with blogging too... :)

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a fabulous New Year!!

XOXO

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Feels So Good

It's an awesome feeling to be back in the swing of things! I worked out for over 90 minutes yesterday (plus burned some calories doing about 20 minutes of shoveling snow!). I did my Turbofire in the morning, then my Hip Hop Abs and a run in the afternoon. As I suspected, HHA was a lot like Rockin' Body. I didn't have a high burn, but the point was to get a little extra movement and burn a few extra calories - which I did. I feel like it worked my abs a little. I can feel soreness if I move certain ways. I don't feel quite as much muscle soreness as I do after doing lots of crunches and such, but it was also the first day. Sometimes learning new moves can take away from how well you do the work. As I learn the dance moves, I suspect that I will start to feel more of a burn in my core because I'll be able to focus more on it. 

Dinner last night was healthy. I forgot to make a veggie though! I had shrimp seasoned with garlic, cooked on butter and lemon. It was delicious and healthy (minus the butter!). I ate some brown rice with it. 

Tonight's menu is similar - I plan to have lobster tails. One tail is only 50 calories! I plan on eating two tails but we'll see. They're not huge so I doubt there's a ton of meat on them. I'll most likely have the remainder of my brown rice and some steamed veggies with it. You know, if I remember to make veggies tonight.

Eating today has been healthy. I had a protein shake for breakfast, egg salad on an English muffin for my "snack," lunch was salad and leftover lasagna, and I had an apple and some almonds this afternoon. I've tracked everything, including pre-tracking my dinner, and I'm under 1500 calories for the day, which is good! I try to stay between 1200 and 1500 a day. This might change when my Body Media monitor comes but until then I'm keeping it where MFP has recommended it to be. 

Speaking of which... I've read mixed reviews. Do any of you use a Body Media or a Fitbit? I'm just curious as to your experiences with each. It seems as though Body Media is more accurate which is why I chose that one. 

Anyway... I haven't worked out yet today, but will do so after I post this. I have HHA, TF/CLX, and a run on the agenda. The TF/CLX workout doesn't look like it'll be a huge calorie burner, and I know HHA won't be either. TF/CLX calls for about 30 minutes today; 10 minute of abs and 20 of a yoga style workout. I'll be lucky to burn 200 calories during that 30 minutes. I burned just over 200 last night doing HHA, so that's what I anticipate. I really think that during that hour I'll burn less than 500 calories. This is where my treadmill time will come in handy. I was planning a 30 minute jog, but may up that time a little just to burn a few more calories....Not much; maybe 35 or 40 minutes. I'd like to burn at least 800 (total) today. My run will be the last thing that I do and will be a huge factor my burn. Knowing what I burn during the other workouts will let me know what I need to burn on my run. I'll either go a little longer or try to go a little faster for longer periods of time (hmmm...I may still be done in 30 minutes that way!). 

I'm looking forward to my workout! It felt good to jog a little last night. HHA wasn't bad and the time actually went by super fast. After that I need to finish my tutu for my Thanksgiving race and get some things done around the house - laundry, unloading and reloading the dishwasher, and a little cleaning. Exciting stuff. Ha. 

I guess that's about it for now! I don't have anything super exciting to report, which isn't all bad!

Life has been pretty calm and wonderful lately... I'm back into my health and fitness regime full-force, my family and friends are wonderful as always, I have a fantastic boyfriend who makes me super happy (hence the weight gain over the last several month!), I have a great new job that I'm starting next week, and, well... Things are just so good right now. So, no one rain on my parade, please! :)

Hope you've had a great Tuesday!!

XOXO

Monday, November 25, 2013

It's Been A Little While. Again.

When I'm off-track with my healthy eating and exercise, it's generally because I'm busy. When that happens I don't blog either. It's been 12 days since I last wrote a post. It's been about that long since I was last "behaving" myself with my nutrition and exercise. I'm honestly not sure where that time has gone!! I didn't workout at all last week because I had things going on - people over, shopping, preparing for a party for my Mom's birthday, time with friends, and then it was Friday and time for another weekend!!

To recap recent events... The most exciting thing that has happened is that on the 15th of this month I had an interview for a new job. I was called on Monday afternoon and was offered the job. I accepted! It's a great step for me in terms of my career and will also allow me to be closer to my friends and family. I start there on December fourth.

Yesterday was my Mom's 60th birthday so I had a party for her on Saturday evening. Lots of time last week was spent shopping and prepping for the party. Shopping meant I was out of town Tuesday evening. I planned on eating a healthy dinner late. My cousin went with me and was "starving" and insisted we eat earlier. Red Robin - 1, me - 0. Party prepping took over Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 

Wednesday I met some friends for a wine tasting and dinner, which was a lot of fun. 

Friday I went out of town for the day with my Mom - shopping and, lunch out. If you're keeping track, by Friday I'd eaten out THREE times. Burgers and fries. Wine. Hard Cider. It was a rough week for the diet.

And because of being so busy, exercise was non-existent. Needless to say I feel "fat" this week. 

Friday evening meant that it was time for my boyfriend to come back over. He had a vacation day on Monday so instead of me going to his house, he just stayed at mine on Monday night too. I'm glad I had things to keep me busy during the week - those three days that we don't see each other can be rough. Yes, three days. Yes, seriously they bum me out. We still talk and text on those days, but I happen to like it better when we're together. Some weeks this fluctuates and we spend at least one of those days together too. I know, I'm sickening. Such a sap! 

Little Miss came over on Friday night too, as I had to babysit on Saturday. My cousin works early in the morning and it was just easier to take her on Friday night. Saturday was busy getting last minute things ready for the party and trying to manage Little Miss. Thank goodness my boyfriend was there to help with her! I felt bad because babysitting wasn't a responsibility that he took on. He just jumped right in and helped me with her without having to be asked. We had a few hours of quiet time when she went home and before the party. We're not used to having a toddler around so it was a nice relief - and it was quiet! We headed to the party (where I ate pizza - but hey at least I had salad too - and wine). 

Yesterday we just kind of hung out around the house. I did some laundry and a little cleaning, and made dinner. But mostly we just relaxed. We watched football during the day and wrestling last night. Eating wasn't too terrible! I made lasagna for dinner and the store I went to didn't have whole grain noodles, so I had to use white, but I only ate one piece so it's not like it was awful. I also made some (again white) garlic toast, of which I ate two pieces. I was going to have salad with it, but I wasn't all that hungry so I didn't. During the day I munched a bit on some unhealthy stuff - chips and my boyfriend's famous football dip. I actually didn't eat much of that, so that was a good thing. Oh and I made some bacon wrapped water chestnuts! Yummy! Those were by far my weakness of the day! I didn't eat a ton of them, but I think I had two servings (six of the little buggers) of them! 

My drinking wasn't quite as atrocious as it has been in the past. I drank two 55 calorie beers on Friday night, oh and a hard cider at lunch. Saturday I had wine at the party but that was it... I'm honestly not sure how many glasses. Maybe four? Let's just say a bottle. I drank a bottle of wine. I'm pretty sure. Yesterday I killed a bottle of wine too, but that was all. In comparison, I've done that during the day (during football - I like to mix it with a splash of OJ for mimosas), and then drank later in the evening. This time I slowly day drank and then was done. In terms of calories and such that's a very ugly day, but it's definitely not as bad as other days have been! 

Today I feel like I'm entering a detox program for my body!! I've kept my eating healthy and clean! Mostly... I started my day with some bacon wrapped water chestnuts for breakfast (only three little guys this time). I'm sure I could've chosen something better but they were staring at me, begging to be eaten. Okay, maybe not, but they looked good and I was just kind of munching, not eating. I also had some coffee. Lunch was a salad - just a bagged mix with two hard boiled eggs on top, and dressing - and a broccoli, cheese, and quinoa patty left from last week. I had an apple and half a cup of cottage cheese for a snack this afternoon. Admittedly, I'm hungry. I've eaten under 800 calories and it's all been healthy, but I'm still hungry. Yes, I've been drinking my water. I'm not quite sure what I'll have for dinner yet. It will include a lean protein and veggies for sure. Maybe a whole grain on the side too, because I'll probably need a few extra calories. 

I worked out (just for 30 minutes) this morning and am undecided about this afternoon... This depends on what I decide to do in the next few minutes. I am supposed to be leaving for the chiropractor but it's kind of crappy out... Meaning we got a fair amount of snow today, which I hate driving in. And it's cold. I'd prefer to stay home, workout, and have dinner. I may call and change my appointment. Then again, it's Monday and that's the day I go to my boyfriend's house. I don't want to miss out on our Monday wrestling date. It's supposed to snow another inch or two overnight, so it shouldn't be too bad come morning. He has to work early this week anyway so I'll be up earlier and have extra time to drive home tomorrow morning. If I change my appointment, I can still get another workout and healthy dinner in before I head up there. I just don't feel like being rushed right now (because I NEEDED to blog when I could've been getting ready to go - ha!). I hate driving in this and would prefer to be able to take my time if I go somewhere.

Update - Scratch most of that last paragraph. I just called my chiro's office and changed my appointment to Wednesday afternoon, when I know I'll be in town for sure. This is also at a time that gives me two-and-a-half hours between when I leave work and my appointment time. Yes, that works much better for me. Now I do not have to rush and can workout for an hour or so. I'm waiting until my boyfriend gets home to tell me how his drive home from work was before I decide what I'm doing. I'm such a wimp with this winter stuff.... 

I'm (officially) starting a challenge group next week and this week is meant to be getting prepped for it. I am actually starting my program now (mostly because it goes past the 30 day challenge time, and I need to get on track NOW rather than waiting). I'll be doing a hybrid schedule of Turbofire and Chalean Extreme for my program, with some running and Hip Hop Abs thrown into the mix. I think it's do-able. 

The Hip Hop Abs schedule is a month long and the first month of my hybrid program doesn't look like it'll be too bad. I think the longest workout on the schedule is an hour, and I should be able to more than just that. If I find that it's too hard to follow the HHA schedule and the hybrid, I'll just do some HHA workouts as "extras" when I have time; along with running for 30 minutes a few days a week. The TF/CLX program is my main program for the challenge. I just thought some extra work would be a good idea - can't hurt! Once I'm done with HHA, I'll likely incorporate something else as "extra" work. I haven't done Brazil Butt Lift in a while, so I'll likely do some of those workouts, or maybe Rockin' Body. 

The TF/CLX hybrid will be my main program and the other workout will be something physical but maybe not quite as intense. I know when I've done both RB and BBL in the past, they're not big burners, but they do their job. My goal with the extra workouts will be just getting more movement and doing my body some more good, rather than focusing on a huge calorie burn.

It will also give me something extra and different to look forward to. I'm hoping that this will help keep things from getting "boring" which is what tends to happen when I do a program that's a longer duration. I'm thinking that the mix of TF and CLX will help with that on its own.... It's not like it will be the same style of workout every day for 20 weeks! 

I suppose that's it for now... I need to go get this workout done. I called my Dad and he said that the main roads aren't bad, so I will most likely get my hour done, shower, eat dinner, and head up to my boyfriend's for the night. I love my time with him, so the thought of missing a day would be a total bummer for me!

Now that I'm super serious about getting back to where I need to be (this challenge will help with motivation - big time!), be expecting more consistent blogging. Life will be busy with the holidays but I will try to find the time to post at least on weekdays!! 

I hope that you had a fantastic weekend and that your week is even better! 

 XOXO

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Another Busy Day... What Else is New?

I have an eye appointment shortly, so this will most likely be a quick post. I left work early enough to be able to squeeze in a short workout (30 minutes is better than no minutes!) and a quick shower before my appointment. I did not do this intentionally... I thought my appointment was at 12:45 and realized when I got home I wrote it down wrong on my work calendar. It's actually at 1:45. So yay for small mistakes that will benefit me! 

After my eye appointment I'm meeting a friend for a late lunch (no worries, I'll keep it healthy!), and then I have a hair appointment a little later. If possible I'm going to try to make a quick trip to the grocery store between lunch and my hair appointment. Needless to say I won't be home until close to 8:00 tonight. That's a bit late for a workout so I'm glad I get to squeeze something in now. I was going to get up this morning to workout, but by now we all know how that goes... I stayed up later than planned, chatting on the phone, and then didn't get up early. Typical. Oh well... My energy level isn't that high first thing in the morning anyway. 

Yesterday was a pretty good day... I ate a bit over my calorie range, but with what I burned my net calories for the day was under my goal. I generally don't like to eat back what I burn, and did not intend to do so yesterday. I guess it was just one of those days where I ate more than I planned. Part of it was that I ate dinner so early and felt hungry for a snack later. 

My workout was Fire 30, one round of the seven minute workout, and my plank and abs challenges... I had a couple challenge days to catch up on because I got behind again due to wine on Sunday and being busy on Monday. 

As of now, even with lunch out, I'll be just fine in terms of calories....Even if I don't workout (but I'm going to because I want to), so that's good. It saddens me that even salads at restaurants can be over 500 calories. I'm guess-timating because the place I'm going is a local place that doesn't list nutritional data on their website. I'll use information from a chain or try to add the ingredients separately, if I have time. Due to my crazy schedule it's more likely that it will be easier to use information from another place. I suppose that's it for now. 

I'm going to do Fire 30 now and will try to fit in my plank and abs challenges later on. I can do those in the evening without feeling like I'll be energized too late at night. In the end I'll do a bunch of crunches, about half that number in leg raises, and two planks. I think I can handle that later this evening (as long as I don't forget). 
I I suppose that's all I have time for now...

Happy camel day! 

 XOXO

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Just Another Tuesday

I should know better than to try to plan a workout on a Monday when I have limited time. Yeah... Didn't happen yesterday. Other than that my Monday was typical. 

Oh except that it started to snow and snowed throughout the night. It made the first part of my drive home this morning a little rough. I took it slow until the roads cleared up and then it wasn't so bad. It only ended up taking me about ten extra minutes getting home this morning. Confession? Sometimes I lay back down for a bit when I get home on Mondays. That extra twenty minute nap is kind of nice. Today I didn't do that and actually felt pretty energized this morning. 

My eating has been pretty good the last couple days. I'm tracking everything which is the important part! I've actually logged into MFP for 10 days which means I actually tracked over the weekend. It's time to get serious again so it's a good feeling to be on track!! 

After work I relaxed for a few then worked out for about an hour. It took me a bit to get motivated to work out because I was super cold. Every now and then I have to re-set my heater. Today was one of those days. Once it warmed up I was good to go. 

Yes I know working out warms the body. My problem with the cold? My toes get super cold and feel weird so working out with cold feet is obnoxious. I noticed today that the toes that feel strange (I really can't explain it but it's almost as if they aren't there) also appear white at the tips. I've never really checked but after taking to someone I decided to. I think it's likely that I have Raynaud's. It really isn't a big deal; just a nuisance.... Especially when it comes to working out. This is part of the reason I don't like running on the cold! I get cold SO easily and the funky toes do not help. 

Anyway so I worked out, had a quick dinner, and have spent the evening relaxing. I'm currently watching my two college basketball teams (Kentucky and Michigan State) battle it out. It sure is strange to watch them play since it happens so rarely! Last time they played was on 2005! It's strange to watch and to cheer for a team playing my other team. One team appears much better than the other right now... And it's not the one I chose to cheer for! Of course!! Luckily I love them both so the outcome won't be tragic to me. If anything I'm nervous to see how UK does this season. And Michigan State is giving me a feeling of confidence about their season!!

I suppose that since I'm going on a sports tangent it's about time to wrap this up. I'm off to enjoy the second half!

Hope your week is going great! Keep it healthy!!

XOXO

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Weekend Re-Cap!

Since I have not been posting as much, I don't think I've done an actual recap in a while. I suppose I don't need to write about Friday since that would be repeating what I already wrote. No one has time for that redundancy! Right?! 

So. Saturday... Saturday morning was pretty laid back. I can't remember what time we got up. I know we slept in though... Maybe it was around nine-ish? I'm trying to remember when the dogs started to get so antsy that they forced me to get up and let them out.... I think it was sometime around nine. drank some coffee, ate some breakfast, and watched some TV. Anyway, so I spent most of the morning doing some relaxing. I had big plans which fell through. I'd pretty much just cleaned the house on Friday, so other than some little things I could have done, there wasn't much to do. 

After much relaxation I decided I needed to workout. I did about an hour workout including Turbofire Fire 45, my plank challenge, and my abs challenge. 

After a shower I decided I'd use up some of these body wraps I'd been suckered into buying earlier this year. My cousin and I used them a couple times and finally, after a few too many months, I cancelled them (not an easy process, FYI - NO I do NOT wish to purchase any of your other products; just cancel it... GOOOSH!). I've had wraps sitting in my bathroom cabinet for far too long. Why I decided Saturday would be the day I'd use a few of them, I'm not quite sure... Except that someone had asked about them that same day. Seed planted? So anyway, after putting on the wraps, several layers of plastic wrap, and my compression garment from when I had my tummy tuck, I got to sit around for 45 minutes.... While the magic happened. Haha. Here's the thing with these wraps (sorry for those of you who I may offend)... They're ridiculous. Do they make your body "shrink"? I can say that, yes, I have seen results when using them. They do magically make inches disappear after just 45 minutes. The catch? You have to continue wrapping for those inches to stay gone.... Like every 72 hours. By the way, it's $100 for four wraps. I had some kind of discounted plan so I didn't pay even close to that, but I still wasted money on them. They're not magical. I'm not sure how it makes your appearance look different, but it does. I've actually seen that with my own eyes.... But it's temporary. The only way to really lose inches is to eat healthy and exercise. Obviously. Bottom line? I'm glad I cancelled those wraps but I might use them a day or two before a big event just to see if it makes any difference in my clothing. 

While my wraps were working their magic, I was drinking water, and getting ready for a baby shower. Luckily I could still dry my hair, straighten my hair, and put on make-up while the wraps were on. I took them off, fearful that I'd stink like the gooey substance on the wraps all night long, but it seemed to go away after a little while. I'd think someone would've said, "you smell like some sort of strange herbal tea" if I had a cloud of stench like that of "Pig Pen" trailing along behind me. 

I went the baby shower for about an hour, but had to leave early to get to a dance recital. Some of the people at the shower laughed and asked if the "recital" was code for me going to a local Casino to see a male revue ("Thunder From Down Under"). I did not, in fact, go to that show. This was an actual dance recital - you know, ballet, tap, modern... That kind of thing! A couple friends had invited me to the other "dance" show but with the time they wanted to leave and me having the shower, I knew I wouldn't make it. I'm also glad I opted for actual dancing rather than.... gyration. 

I had a great time watching all of the dancers. It made me a bit sad that I never danced when I was a kid. Of course, back then, if you were chubby, you wouldn't dare think of dancing. Or cheering. Or any of the things where I've recently seen "cubby" girls in action (good for them, by the way!!!). I wish I'd had the confidence to do it anyway, but I definitely did not. I knew I didn't look like those othe girls and let it hold me back. Like it did a lot of things. I'm so proud to see girls who don't look like everyone else going out there and doing what they love! 

After that it was time to pick up the dogs from my parents' and head back home for a late night cooking adventure. This adventure involved me observing, mostly. I pretty much just relaxed (wasn't home until after ten!) and then hung out for a bit. Bed time was kinda late for me, but it was Saturday after all. 

Of course, this meant I did not get up early enough to workout on Sunday before the rest of the guests arrived for football! I think I originally woke up around eight, which was too early considering I'd been up until around two-ish. So it was back to sleep for a bit. No one else in the house seemed to want to get up that early anyway. I think we all finally got up around ten. I made a plan, cleaned a little (despite the fact that I had done most of it on Friday and it didn't need to be done), and showered before going to the store. I had to get a few things for the week as well as some snacks for the party. I was done with everything just as my cousin, her daughter, and a friend got there. Yay! 

We watched the game and hung out for a  after, all of which included drinking and eating too many calories. If I had been able to do a good workout, I would have at least broken even, which would've been better. However, I did not. So I was over my calories for the day by about 500. I didn't eat a lot, but some of what I hate was high calorie. Seriously, P-Hut, it's over 200 calories for two of your stinkin' chicken wings??? That's insane. I should've gotten up earlier and put the effort into making my own, oven-baked!! At least that would've shaved some calories. I will say that I did munch on a ton of veggies, so at least some of my snacking (other than wings and cheese breadsticks) was healthy. My cousin wanted something sweet and naturally no one touched the dozen cookies that I now have just chillin' at my house. I suppose I should take them somewhere to get rid of them. I'm not a huge sweet eater but if they're around, I'll eat them. 

Anyway... If I only would've eaten, my calories would've been fine. It was the wine that did me in. My cousin and I split two bottles although I believe she was a glass ahead of me on each) and then I started on a third. Over 500 calories in wine? Yup... Not good, but tasty! There's also no use dwelling...Right?! 

Well, I'm off to visit my chiropractor to  this back adjusted. It's Monday, so the ritual will take place.... I'll do some kind of workout at my parents' house and try to make them dinner before my Mom gets home from work/before I leave. But we will see... I will have to try to find something that I can whip up real quick and let cook while I workout. I want to get at least 30 minutes of activity in. An hour would be ideal, but given time frames, I know that won't happen. A little activity will be better than no activity though!!

I hope you all had a fun, exciting weekend and that your week is off to a great start!!! 

 XOXO

Happy Weekend!!!

**Naturally I wrote this, got distracted, and did not post it on Friday. What else is new???

I'm so glad it's finally Friday!! I love the weekend. It's typically when I have the most fun and I enjoy my free time. A lot. 

I didn't get around to posting yesterday because I was pretty busy. I worked in the morning, and left early enough to run home and have some lunch before going to an appointment. After my yearly visit with the doc, my Mom and I headed to Hobby Lobby and Target for a little shopping. I had to pick up some tutu making supplies for this race coming up on Thanksgiving... I have three tutus to make so I decided I needed to get some supplies now. Naturally I got some other stuff at Hobby Lobby. We decided a stop at Target was essential before heading home. I got a few things there too. I wanted to workout after we got back, but it was a little later than anticipated. Instead I ate a little dinner and got ready to meet my friend Christen for a drink or two, which of course turned into four glasses of wine. Good Thursday night!!

Today I worked most of the day and cut a couple hours so I could go home and get some stuff done. There's a chance of rain this weekend and I really needed to get my patio furniture put away. So I spent an hour re-arranging and sweeping my garage, taking down Halloween decorations, and putting furniture away. Then I went in the house and did about an hour of cleaning. I decided that this was my workout for the day... A last minute active rest day, I suppose. I had planned on working out, but again ran out of time. Oh well. I don't typically carry around lawn furniture or sweep out my garage, so I decided it counts. 

Plans for the night? Nothing much...Just staying in and relaxing. It's a stay in kind of evening, which I am okay with. I'm not sure what I'll make for dinner tonight but I'll come up with something. 

This should be a fairly busy weekend. Tomorrow I plan on getting in a good workout, I have a baby shower to go to, and later a dance recital to attend. All should be fun. If I'm feeling really ambitious I may get some groceries, but we'll see. Sometimes I like to just sit and relax for a bit on Saturday. I'm also not done with all of my cleaning and laundry so I could clean the bathroom, and touch up whatever gets messy tonight (probably not much, which will probably be touched up anyway). 

Sunday I have some friends coming over to watch football (Go Bears!!!) so that will be a fun time. I plan on serving some snacks and drinks. I'm hoping to find a time to workout, but I haven't quite figured out where to fit that into my day. I'd say I'll do it after football, but let's be realistic... I'll be drinking a little. I'm not quite sure I want to try a workout after some drinks. I guess we'll see how early I manage to get up in the morning. That will determine whether or not a workout happens. Secret? I kinda like the days I can sleep in a little so I'm not going to set an alarm or anything. If I workout, fantastic. If I don't, it's not the end of the world. I've had four good workout days this week and other than last night's wine I've been on target with the healthy eating. I'm not concerned. That much.

Well I suppose that's about it for now....

Have a lovely weekend!! 

 XOXO

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Back in the Habit.

As I mentioned previously, this week is going well. I'm already planning on what to do over the weekend too. Just because other people eat foods that aren't as healthy doesn't mean that I have to! I need to get back to doing what I used to do; having my own healthy options available. Sometimes others end up liking them too. So I'm doing some planning for the weekend already. It feels good. 

Workouts have been good this week. Yesterday I worked out for about 80 minutes and burned over 800 calories. I've been doing a seven minute workout (it's an app) as a warm-up for a while now. I usually do two rounds before starting my next activity. I did that, followed by moves from a plank challenge and moves from an abs challenge I've been doing. I was behind on both challenges so I had three days worth of work to do! You can bet I won't be getting quite so far behind again. Even if I'm busy and only have time to do those, I'll be doing them!! 

After that work was done, I did 45 minutes of Turbofire (Fire 45). When I was done I decided I wanted to run a little. I've been sick so it wasn't long and it wasn't fast. I only did a mile. I shouldn't say "only," that makes it sound as though it's nothing, which it isn't. A mile is a mile. That one mile is one more mile than I was planning to do. So? I'll take it! 

Today I plan to start with two rounds of the seven minute workout, my challenges, and then probably an hour of Turbofire. I'm thinking I'll do Fire 30 and then one of the strengthening workouts. I should log about another 80 minutes by doing that. I won't burn as many calories since one workout is focused on strengthening rather than cardio but that's okay. I may just have to run another mile when I'm done. Or maybe do one of the short Turbofire high intensity workouts. I guess I'll see how I feel when I'm done with what I have planned; then I'll add something extra. My goal is to burn 500 (or more) calories during each workout so I'd say I'm doing well so far! 

I worked out a few days last week which really helped me to get back into the swing of things. I started feeling that fire again and wanted more. Then the weekend came and I got busy (didn't make time to workout). Even though this is only day two for the week, it feels good. I feel sore. I feel healthy. I know a couple workouts doesn't make a huge difference physically, but for me it does mentally. When I feel the soreness, watch the calories burn, and see my lovely sweat-covered post-workout glow I get "that" feeling back. I want more. I don't want to to stop. I'm so glad I've been working out the last two weeks. I missed it! Even though last week was only a few times, that's a few times more than the week before. And the week before that. I haven't even started today's workout and I'm already looking forward to what I will do tomorrow! I haven't dreaded working out - I've looked forward to it! Yes... That feeling has returned. And I am so, so happy!!

 It terms of nutrition, I've been eating healthy this week. I've had a couple little snacks (leftover Smartees from Halloween) and did have some chips with my lunch today but that's it. I plan to continue to eat healthy. Last night I made bunless cheeseburgers (made with extra lean ground been and the 2% milk cheese singles). I could've (should've) had a veggie with it but two burgers filled me up! My original plan was to make taco salad but since I was out of taco seasoning I had to go with something else. Burgers seemed quick and easy, which was needed by the time I made dinner. 

Tonight I'm making coconut crusted tilapia from a super cool website (Six Sisters' Stuff). I'll have some steamed veggies on the side too. I plugged the recipe into MFP and I can eat two large fillets for just over 300 calories. I'm sure I'll edit that and it's likely that my calories will be a little less. I based that on four once fillets and I've found that one fillet is not usually four ounces. I can probably eat two fillets for that. I'll edit my MFP info when I make dinner. I'll weigh my fillets before I put the crust on them. 

I suppose I need to go get started on a workout. I had to run to the store after work to get a couple things to make dinner so I'm cutting into my unwind time a little. I will most likely start working out within an hour. I like to try to be done working out by seven so that I can make dinner and be done by eight. I like to spend a little time in the evening relaxing before I go to bed.... And generally don't like eating too close to bedtime. 

Happy Camel Day!! 

XOXO

Food : An Update.

For some reason this did not post yesterday... Not sure what's up, but I've been having issues with posts lately; as well as other issues with the site. I can't write anything in compose so I have to write it in HTML then go back in and edit. No wonder I miss posting now and then!!! Anyway here's the second post from yesterday.... 

Food. Eating. It's not been pretty lately. I've eaten out too much (especially a couple weeks ago - one day it was even twice!). I have been good about following a plan during the week, but the weekends are a struggle. I never used to struggle, but I think that differences in my lifestyle have made it easy to go astray during the weekends. 

Football season makes it hard because Sundays are full of football and not-so-healthy foods. With only two of us eating it shouldn't be that hard, but then I don't want to make a ton of something either. I've gotta find a balance of healthy foods for weekends. I also need to stop drinking so much booze on the weekends. 

Easier said than done. 

I suppose if I stick to my 55 calorie beers it shouldn't be TOO hard. My problem is champagne and OJ. Mimosas. I can drink my way through two bottles without a problem. Not only is that a lot of booze, but each splash of OJ adds up!! I'm also quite fond of wine and find it easy to drink a glass, or two, or an entire bottle when I'm on a roll. 

I have some ideas in mind for the weekend, so with the proper planning I should be able to initiate them and avoid not-so-good foods. I'm having a small gathering for a football game on Sunday, so this will be a good time to initiate a plan and introudce some tailgate friendly healthy foods into the mix! 

Despite my perceived poor habits, I haven't done too bad weight-wise. I'm not losing but I'm not gaining either. I guess what I had gained was from changing my schedule and my body has adjusted. I'm not happy with my current weight and definitely need to drop at least the 20 pounds I gained back. I'd prefer to drop 40 overall and be happy with that as a final goal. I like how I looked 30 pounds ago, at my lowest weight, and that's become my new goal. I think at that time I got frustrated, trying to continue to lose, and after a while that's when I started having difficulties. That's my new goal. I'll never be 130 pounds, no matter what... I'm quite certain. What I need to do is learn to be happy with weighing more than that. Weighing 150, 160, or even 170 doesn't have to mean you're "fat" or "unhealthy." In fact, I think 150 is a good healthy weight... As is 160, which is just two pounds out of my "normal" BMI range. For me, keeping my weight below 180 is what I've determined to be my happy weight. I want to be healthy and have good muscle tone. I don't need to be a stick. I don't need to be tiny. What I do need to learn to do is accept that a weight in the 170s isn't a "bad" thing. 

My eating this week has been good. Of course, it's never the weekdays that's a problem. I'm aiming for 1200-1500 calories consumed per day; it's generally closer to 1500. This is, I think, a good thing becuase I've bumped up my workouts too. Well... My burn seems to be higher, which makes since given my weight and not having worked out in a couple weeks. I work out for 80 minutes and burn about 800 calories. I'm good with that!! I've still not figured out all the math and who's correct in the argument about eating back what you burn, but I'm going to try my own method and see what happens. I know net calories shouldn't be under 1200 which means if I burn 800 I should eat 1600... I figure 1500 is pretty dang close to that!!! I'm trying to eat as clean and as healthy as possible. I'm counting calories and such, but I'm not doing any wild diets or different eating plans. I'm just keeping it healthy, drinking my water, and exercising. That's what worked for me before, so I'm hoping that's what will work for me again!! 

Well, I'm off to workout.... 

Have a fantastic evening!! 

 XOXO

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Fitness Update Time!

As you may have noticed, I've not posted much lately. No worries though, today you'll get two posts - one on fitness and one on my eating as of late. Why two posts? Because one will undoubtedly become too long. I haven't blogged much (obviously) lately so there's more than a little information to catch up with. 

I guess I'll start about three weeks ago. Things had been going along pretty well. At that time I wasn't doing so great with workouts (or eating) but I was managing well enough. Nothing was too bad. Then Wednesday, October 16th came.... Actually I'd say it started Sunday the 13th. I started feeling anxious and knew something wasn't right. I went along like like was okay but the feelings intensified. By Wednesday all heck broke lose and I had a bit of a breakdown. 

Without getting into the situation too much, it wasn't good. At all. For over a week my workouts stopped. My eating was all over the place - from eating only a few hundred calories for several days to drinking most of my calories (with some unhealthy meals thrown in the mix). I did not care. About anything. I had hit a major depression and coped by drinking. A lot. So much that my parents tried to have a bit of an intervention with me (while drunk... because CLEARLY I was accepting at that time - ha!). They got through to me a little bit, mostly because they took my cell phone and keys (yes I'm an adult; I was at their house). 

At first I knew I had to pretend to be okay so that I could get my stuff back. It worked. And after a few days, although still depressed, I started feeling somewhat normal again. Almost a week later I was getting back to myself.

I did not end up doing Monster Dash because of this depression. It turned out to be good that my Mom and I stayed home because early that Sunday morning (the day I would've been running) my Grandpa had a stroke. He was in a the hospital for a few days before going home. Thankfully it was a small stroke and he's pretty much back to where he was before. That really helped snap me out of my depression. For a few days I was busy with my family; cooking, cleaning, visiting my Grandpa in the hospital... Anything I could do to help, which also kept my mind off of my own drama. 

The following Wednesday was my first night home in a week. It was odd. I talked to friends, got a phone call from the man, and things seemed to be looking up. I'd gotten into a pretty major.... I don't know... Not a fight, or even a dispute...A falling out I guess?... With someone and received a fairly long apology phone call. By the weekend life was getting back to what was normal for me. Hearts were being mended. I was able to release my anger and start to get back to myself. 

I did not workout that entire time. I finally started working out again last week... After almost two weeks of not working out. Also in there, my back got kind of messed up, so my soreness kept me down for a few days. UGH! I think I completed three days of workouts last week... Better than nothing; and what I needed to get back into the swing of things. 

Since I've had the lyrics "I'm a bad girl, break me like the law..." stuck in my head I decided that it must be time to have some Turbofrie in my life again. I've been doing my seven minute workout app, turbofire, a plank challenge, another abs challenge, and a little running (jogging...with walknig...wogging?). Then I came down with a nasty cold, so I have not worked out in a few days -- AGAIN. I guess the middle of last week was a success, with the weekend being a total wash.

I was going to workout yesterday but this cold has been an absolute killer. I had no motivation to do it, much less time between blowing my nose, sneezing, coughing, and feeling a bit feverish. The good news is that I'm feeling a little better today. Hopefully I'm on the mend now. I actually feel like I can tackle a workout. Maybe not an intense workout, but a workout that will be intense enough! 

I'm going to do two rounds of my seven minute workout as a warm-up like a I usually do, and then I'm going to do some Turbofire, followed by my plank and abs challenge moves (which I need to catch up on, so that will take a bit of time). Due to my congestion I don't really feel up to running today. I'm going to give myself another day or two to continue to let my head and chest clear before I try to do that. It also sounds like a huge energy zapper and I'm feeling short on energy anyway!!

I'm not sure when I'll add it into the mix, but I found this link http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2011/10/the-8-minute-fat-blasting-cros.html and definitely want to initiate some of these moves at least a couple days a week. 

My cousin, my other cousin's girlfriend, and I are doing a 5K on Thanksgiving morning. Last year I did the five miler but since they're being so nice and joining me, we decided on the 5K. They're not huge runners and since I haven't been doing much running lately, I anticipate a fairly slow pace. My cousin's girlfriend warned me to be ready to do some walking. I'm okay with that. In fact, I'll probably need that!! Although, Thanksgiving is three weeks away so as long as I'm consistent with my workouts, I should be good to go! I hope anyway! 

Speaking of races, I am short on my 13 for the year. The one on Thanksgiving will be race 11. That means I need to fit in two more before the end of the year. There's an 8K in my town on November 30th. Some of my friends are doing it, so I'm thinking about doing that one too. I DO need two more races. It's convenient and local. Honestly? I would prefer a 5K distance though? And because it's that time of year... I'm worried about the possiblity of snow and a longer race. Also? There are trails. After that vineyard 5K I vowed I'd stay away from trails unless it's an adventure race, like a mud run. The thought of trails and snow frightens me. However.... That WOULD boost me up to 12 races. I think I'd prefer to find a nice street 5K though... I'm also looking at the possiblity of some virtual races. I'm thinking of doing one of those and then finding one more outdoor race in December. A virtual 5K won't come with swag, but will be cheaper, and as long as I still get a bib I'll be a happy girl! 

I suppose that's it for fitness.... Time to get back into it more consitently - and to combine it with healthier eating. I'd like to wear my smallest clothing again... And I can see where some of the fat has landed; right on my belly. Apparently my butt and thighs too since my smallest jeans don't fit (although they haven't fit in a while....). 

 This is it. This is the time. I have to get back on track and live healthy!!! 

Hope your week is going well!!! 

 XOXO

FPP October!

For some reason this did not post when it was supposed to...Guess I goofed something up!

This month was another awesome FPP month! My package came from Melissa at redwhiteandblueberries.com and it was awesome! I'd also encourage you to check out her website, which is one that I'll be visiting often! I've already spotted a few recipes that I MUST try! That's one of the things I love about FPP... Getting to connect with people from all over the country and visiting new blogs! Fun, fun, and more fun! As usual, check out theleangreenbean.com for more info on FPP and to join in the fun! 

My favorite items were probably the two small bags of popcorn from Cornucopia Popcorn. Those were the first items to disappear from the box, fairly quickly I might add! 

Melissa also sent me some goodies from a candy company in Indiana... One I'm actually familiar with; Albanese. I have a few friends (and one ex) who live in that area. It was kind of cool to have that connection with Melissa (as well as the fact that she's also a runner!). In addtion to those goodies, she sent me some cupcake wrappers and sprinkles...Fall themed; I should probably bake some cupcakes soon!! 

I also tried a super yummy dark chocolate fig bar that she sent. It was the second fig bar I've tried, and it was just as yummy as the last one I received. I'm not a huge dark chocolate fan, but the combination was great together! I really need to stock up on some fig bars for snacks. 

She sent a box of tea, which is one of my favorite things - especially this time of year! I love a nice cup of hot, calming tea before bed. Sleepytime tea is perfect!

There are a couple things in the package I've yet to try, but will try soon! Melissa sent me seasnax which is a seaweed snack. Honestly I'm slightly afraid of this one. I mean, it's SEAWEED!!! I scream when that stuff touches my feet... And now I'm going to volunteer to eat it? Yes, that one will take a little effort to try.... Maybe. I recently tried kale chips, which I thought would disgust me and I really liked those. I suppose eating seaweed won't be so bad... It's dry, so it's not like it's straight out of the ocean, all fuzzy and ready to attack me! Humor aside, I'm intriqued and maybe even a bit excited to try the seasnax. 

The other item I haven't tried yet is the barley soup mix, simply because I haven't had time yet. I'll definitely be making that soon and can't wait to try it! It looks so pretty in the box that I almost don't want to open it, but no worries... I will.

I'm super happy (again!) with my package this month and cannot wait to join in the next FPP!! If you haven't checked it out yet, I'd strongly encourage you to do so!! 





 XOXO

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hello Everyone! I've taken a bit of a leave of absence but I'm back to blogging now. I had scheduled my FPP post to go live...Well, I thought I had, but obvioulsy not. I'll be posting that shortly. Monday will most likely be the return of my regular blogging. Hope you are well!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Weekend Recap (Tuesday Edition!)

I had another busy, but fun-filled weekend! As you can see from my previous post it was a race weekend and overally that was a good time! I got home with enough time to shower and get a couple things done before my cousin brought the Little Miss over. She watched TV (Doc McStuffins of course) for a bit while I finished a couple things around the house. Then we went out and about. 

We stopped at the local pharmacy store (they have a super cool gift area there) so I could pick up a birthday present for my boyfriend's Grandma. Naturally Little Miss wanted a toy so I let her get this weird, ugly witch looking ball thing from the Halloween area. That kid is obsessed with balls whenever we go to the store, then gets them home and hardly plays with them. Must be a fun thing to buy? After that we stopped by the dollar store for some craft supplies for a project I planned to do with her. Then it was off to the local orchard's market - LOVE that place! I get most of my FPP goodies there, so I'm in there at least once a month! I noticed that they had pumpkins out last week, so we stopped by to get some...And by some I mean about eight pumpkins and several little gourds (maybe six?). Then we went home to begin our afternoon of crafting fun! 

First we worked on painting pumpkins. I let her "help" me spray some with glitter spray paint. Of course she's not even three yet (soon!) so I didn't actually let her spray anything, but I let her put the pumpkins on the cardboard and let her pick out the colors so she thought she had a big job. She was SO interested in it! My fear is that now she's going to come over and want to spray paint everything... Hmmm... Like her Auntie! After we spray painted some of the pumpkins we took three of them inside for some hand painting. I worked on while while I let her work on one. Mine of course had a design where hers is more...Abstract. She had a blast with it and was so proud of making painting her own pumpkin. We painted the third one together, which meant that while I painted different colors on different sections she painted randomly on the otherside...And then over what I had painted. Too cute! They're definitely interesting but she she was just so proud of them. I put them out on my front porch with the rest of my fall display. 

After our pumpkin painting extravaganza, we made some ghosts... Out of construction paper, glue, cotton balls, and then paint. They were pretty cool. Gotta love those Pinterest projects!! She is a very active little girl so getting her involved with something to keep her busy is always a good idea. I usually try to do some kind of craft or baking activity with her when she's over. Otherwise she's into everything and making a mess! After we (I) cleaned up, I told her I was going to make something to eat. She told me "okay... I go play in my bedroom and you cook supper." Sassy little thing! She also thinks my guest room is hers. 

Later that evening, we headed up to my parents' house. I think it was the last of the PMDD leaving my system because my mood changed and I just could not stand the thought of being alone (well without any other grown-ups around). My boyfriend was supposed to come over but wasn't feeling well and took a nap. Thankfully he felt better when he got up, but decided to spend some time with some of the guys. I think he just wanted to escape babysitting duty...! Not that she was his responsibility but sometimes you just need time with the friends. It turns out that it was a good thing because time away apparently gave him time to think and now he can't stop telling me how awesome I am and thanking me for being such a good girlfriend. He may need guy time more often! Haha! 

Anyway, my cousin and I hung out after she got out of work, since Little Miss was peacefully sleeping at my parents' house. We went and picked up some random Halloween accessories, dressed up, and took a drive. We were headed back to my parents' house when my boyfriend called to say he was on his way to my house... So we went and got Little Miss out of bed (luckily she was tired and didn't wake up and want to stay up!) and met him at my house. The three of us stayed up a little late, my cousin and I enjoyed some adult beverages and acted like our goofy selves. Then we all went to sleep. 

Sunday I took my cousin and Little Miss home, picked up some football snacks, and headed back home to spend the afternoon watching football with the boyfriend. We were going to go to his Grandma's for her birthday celebration, but we may have both fallen asleep on the couch and woken up a bit late. We spent the rest of the evening just hanging out before we headed off to bed so we could get up and go back to the working world on Monday morning! 

Yesterday I had a meeting and then had time to go home to eat and change, and then I headed over to my boyfriend's for our usual Monday night wrestling date.

It was another good weekend - minus my residual PMDD emotional symptoms on Friday and Saturday. Thankfully by Sunday I was back to normal. It's about time! My emotional craziness lasted a bit longer than usual. I actually had an anxiety attack at work on Friday and went home a little early... I was shaking, felt like I could vomit, and just wanted to cry. It took a few hours before I finally started to return to normal. I guess I kinda skipped Friday... Not much happened after that. My boyfriend came over for the night and we just hung out. We were both pretty tired (I think my anxiety attack wore me out) so we were in bed pretty early, which was good since I had that race on Saturday morning. 

I suppose that's it for now... Time to go workout!!! I'll be doing a few rounds of my seven minute workout, followed by 30DS and at least a little run. Whether it's one mile or three, I'm getting one in! If there's time I'll probably take the dogs for a walk a little later because it's a beautiful afternoon! It's perfect fall weather... Sunny, on the warm side, and the leaves are starting to change color so it's pretty. Definitely a good day to get out and enjoy it! I'm taking advantage before winter comes! 

Have a great week!! 

 XOXO

Vine Wine'd 5K Race Report

On Saturday a friend and I did a 5K at Fenn Valley Winery in Fennville, Michigan. I'm not a cross country runner (neither is she, actually) but we thought we'd give it a try. We thought it was going to be on some kind of dirt type path, maybe even gravel, or something that had been driven on. Part it was... The start and finish anyway. The rest of it was through wooded areas that seemed to be wood-chip covered trails and across the grassy fiels of the vineyard. This was the hardest race I've ever done in my life. I learned that I am NOT a cross country runner. I also didn't anticipate so many hills - and a couple really steep ones, at that! This was a new experience and part of it was fun, but I will most definitely not be doing this type of race again. Give me pavement any day!! If I do another trail race it's going to be an adventure race, like a mud run or Warrior Dash. Yes, I would rather run through dirt, mud, and obstacles than run across hilly fields. Why was I not a fan? First, it had rained the night before and early that morning. Not only were we running on uneven surfaces (which I hated enough!) but we were running on uneven wet surfaces. I was a bit afraid of falling, especially when I have Monster Dash coming up in a couple weeks. I didn't want to get injured and miss that (because TeamOrtho puts on great races, with great swag, and it's fairly pricey!). Plus it's in downtown Chicago, and will make for a nice excuse for a weekend getaway...Probably my last trip there until next Spring too! Anyway, I'm also not a fan of hills, but don't mind them - usually. It's when I'm running up wet grass that hills aren't so much fun. Overall, it was an okay race. My time was a lot slower than usual. My friend's time was also several minutes slower than her last 5K (and she's a fast, awesome runner!). I honestly think it's because we do not train cross country style and other than adventure races, neither of us has done an actual cross country style run. The course was hard and I think because it was so hard it seemed longer than a 5K. There was a point at which it seemed never-ending to me. After the race, we were given water, apples, shot size glasses of champagne or wine, and some delicious bread with a bean spread on it. We were also given a voucher for either samples of six wines or a glass of wine. Both my friend and I chose the glass of wine rather than doing the tasting outside. We had also purchased lunch tickets with registration because we decided we wouldn't get a realtively healthy lunch for six dollars anywhere else on the way home. Lunch was delicious! We had grilled chicken (huge pieces too - chicken thighs!), rolls (we didn't eat ours, as after one bite we discovered they were dry), baked beans, some type of southwest quinoa (it had corn, black beans, cliantro, and some peppers in it, I believe), fresh mixed fruit, dill pickles, and a soft drink or water. It was an awesome, healthy picnic style lunch for an awesome price! Much better than some crappy fast food on the way home. The seating was limited so my friend and I sat on some kind of a platform/deck type thing attached to one of the buildings. They definitely did not have enough tables and chairs for everyone. A lot of people had brought their own camp chairs and sat in groups around the area. After we had lunch my friend and I decided to go in to check out the wines for sale. With our registration we were given a 10% off coupon for that day, so we thougth we would check out what they had to offer We were in the tasting room and decided to have some samples before deciding what to buy. We each tried six wines (five for the tasting plus their featured wine), and then decided which we liked best and we each bought some. My friend bought a bottle of one, and I bought two different bottles. We each picked up a new wine stopper too. While we were in tasting and shopping, a downpour started and people seemed to scatter. By the time we went back outside, the rain had stopped and most people were gone. We headed home, new bottles of wine in hand! It was definitely a fun time, but I'd say I probably enjoyed the post-race eating and drinking a bit more than the run itself. I will say that food and wine were a very appropriate reward for finishing that course!!! I suppose that's it for now! I'm pretty busy today so I'll write about the rest of my weekend (fairly uneventful) and this week's plan tomorrow. Happy Monday!! XOXO

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Weekend Re-Cap (Yes on Wednesday night!).

Sorry I'm a bit late in posting this... I had another busy, long weekend! I'm just going to summarize by the day, it seems easier to do it that way. Friday - I worked most of the day and then went home to get things done that I needed to do. I planned on being off (just got permission to work more hours two days prior) so I had things to do, but also wanted the hours at work. My boyfriend came over Friday night (as usual). I made some turkey pumpkin chili in the crockpot (skinnytaste recipe, I believe) and he ate it with me. I was pretty happy that he kept saying how good my healthy chili was! Honestly I love it when he compliments anything I cook (which is pretty much everything he's tried) because it makes me feel good about my skills. And it makes me feel like that's just one more way in which I'm capable of taking care of him... I like to take care of people, especially those close to me. Saturday - We didn't do much Saturday morning...Just kinda hung out around the house. On Saturday afternoon we went to his brother's football game so it was fun to spend a little time with that part of his fam. After that we returned some cans and bottles to the store then stopped by my Dad's shop. I'd only planned on stopping for a few minutes but we ended up spending a couple hours there, hanging out with my Dad, one of our friends, and then my Mom. Then we went home and grilled some burgers for dinner and spent the night just hanging out. Sunday - We were up bright and early to drive over to Detroit for a football game! He's a huge Lions fan and I'm a huge Bears fan so I got tickets for the Lions-Bears game. Unfortuantely my Bears let me down and suffered their first loss of the season. I will say that my boyfriend was much nicer about his team winning than I would've been about my team winning. I'd have picked on him for sure, and he didn't tease me about it at all. Now I fear that he may be nicer than I. Uh-oh... :) After the game we went back to the hotel where he napped (he loves his naps) and I continued to drink. We hadn't eaten and I proceeded to be drunk by six in the evening. He woke up from his nap and came down to the hotel bar where we learned food was no longer being served. Rats. It was only like... Well I don't know exactly what time but not much after eight, I'd imagine. We went back up to the room, where I managed to find myself in an alcohol-fuled PMDD moment... Or several moments. I don't even know what happened because I'd been fine, but suddenly I was sobbing. Uncontrollably. And then I was angry. All over nothing. This is, by far, the most severe the emotional symptoms of my PMDD have been in a while... Also the first time he's had to witness them. Being drunk certainly did not help me any. Note to self: no drinking the week before TOM... If the emotional symptoms of my PMDD are bad, alcohol will only make them worse. The poor guy could not stop me. I just kept crying and muttering who knows what (well I know some of it but it's embarrassing and doesn't make much sense - typical of PMDD). I noticed at one point that he may or may not have had tears in his eyes (I wouldn't want to say something that would make him seem too sensitive haha). He just did not know what to do with me. We tried to order pizza and between calls (all unanswered because who delivers pizza after 11 on a Sunday night?), I'd start sobbing again. My poor boyfriend... He seriously is the best for putting up with this and trying his best to comfort me. And it's a few days later and he hasn't run away. Actually I've apologized several times and he's told me it's no big deal. I could not ask for a better guy; I'm beyond lucky to have someone so supportive even when he has no idea what's wrong. Minus the drama on Sunday night, the weekend was fantastic! Of course, I felt awful on Monday - sad and embarrassed for my behavior on Sunday night. I was fighting off tears most of the day because I felt so guilty and bad. Naturally some of that had to do with the PMDD, which is my typical cycle. It's happened for years. I act like a jerk and then feel so bad afterward that all I want to do is cry. Tuesday I went back to work and felt like I could cry (and was irritable) all day. I finally broke down after I went home and then felt better. I guess I just needed to get it out. After that my mood swung back to normal and I've felt fine all day today. I might be one of the few women out there who are happy when TOM shows up... It means that the PMDD symptoms have gone and I can act like my normal, happy, sweet self. Gosh I hate having PMDD. I've described it as PMS on crack, but recently saw someone else describe it as PMS on steroids. Either way you get the picture - it's far worse than having PMS. I think I'd rather suffer having more severe physical symptoms (bloating, cramps, headaches, etc.) than more severe emotional symptoms. Symptoms of each show up monthly, but some months some are worse than others. It's horrible not feeling like yourself....It's like this demon possesses me and sometimes I don't even know why I'm doing what I'm doing (like the uncontrollable sobbing). My parents have always stood by my side and dealt with me. They've always been there with hugs when the tearful apologies come. It's so wonderful to have an amazing man in my life who is as supportive as they are. And now I want to cry because I'm so happy.... I suppose that's it for now! Have a great week! XOXO

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

FPP September Reveal

I'm a couple days late posting this since I was out of town, but here it is... This month I got a package from Lauren out in Pennsylvania. She sent me some really good, healthy treats so I was pretty excited about this box! 

Fig Bar - This was the first thing that I ate. It was delicious!! Great, sweet snack that wasn't unhealthy. 

Chocolate Cherry Kiss Coffee - SOOOO yummy! I usually use my Keurig and this was definitely worth busting out my old coffee pot. 

Granola - Two different kinds. I've tried (totally eaten) one but haven't had a chance to try the other yet. The Sheila's Crunchy Delight pumpkin granola is the one that I tried and absolutely loved. This was a local item and I so badly wish I could get it around here! I'm going to have to visit Pinterest to see if I can find a recipe that's just as good. 

I was definitely happy with my box this month! Not only was Lauren the person who sent me my box, but I also got her for my FPP. It was fun to send and receive items to/from the same person! I was also interested to see that Lauren and I sent some similar items (granola, coffee). I've had wonderful experiences with FPP and will definitely be continuing this for a while! If you're interested please visit the Lean Green Bean for more info! 

Have a great week!!

XOXO

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sometimes Plans Change.

Today was supposed to be a running day. Somehow before I even got on the treadmill my foot got a severe cramp from the middle of the top to the bottom. I thought maybe it was my shoe so I adjusted it and hit the treadmill. No luck. The cramp came right back to the point that it brought tears to my eyes and I wanted to quit. 

I stretched. I cramped. I rested. I cramped. Since I was sick of wasting time and of cramping up, I quit. 

Here's the thing though... I quit the treadmill but I hit the bike instead. I have a goal to run three times this week. Now it may only be twice. BUT I think that's okay because it was due to an injury AND I replaced it with biking. I didn't just throw in the towel and say "forget this." I decided to do something that was still active that wouldn't put too much pressure on my foot. I didn't quit and ht the couch. So because I biked for 30 minutes and I'm saying I met my goal. It's not running and isn't nearly as intense but I did something; I kept moving. 

This is a new thing for me. Generally when my plans get goofed up it means that I end up skipping whatever it is that I was planning to do. I'm happy that this was only a minor adjustment and I still got that 30 minutes of cardio done. 

Sometimes plans change. It's inevitable. It's how you adapt to the changes that maters. Sometimes there's a way to do serving even if it isn't exactly what you planned on doing. 

In addition to biking I did two rounds of the seven minute workout, 30DS, and will do 30 minutes of Pilates to unwind later this evening.... After Big Bang Theory, of course! 

Tonight's dinner is homemade butternut squash soup (another skinnytaste recipe), salad on the side, and some roasted asparagus with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The soup had to simmer for 40 minutes so I let it cook while I biked and roasted the asparagus. My house smells divine and I cannot wait to eat!!

Actually I think my bowl is cool enough to eat now, so I'm off to enjoy my healthy dinner!

Happy Thursday!!

XOXO


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mid-Week and Going Strong

I know it isn't much but this was day two of following my weekly plan without difficulty! I am finding that it is working much better for me to take things week by week. It's much less overwhelming than looking at an entire month at once. It's also easier to plan only a few days ahead of time rather than a month. I usually know what I'm doing for the week so I am not having to make changes. Weekly scheduling seems to be much more effective for me!!

Today I did two rounds of my seven minute workout app, did the 30 Day Shred, jogged for half an hour, and then walked my dogs for half an hour. It takes up a lot of my evening being so active but I am really enjoying it. I burned over 900 calories and spent about 110 minutes being active! Great day!!!

As far as eating, that's been on-point too. I've been eating healthy foods that are giving my body benefits. I've been eating more fruits and veggies again too. I eat small amounts throughout the day which prevents me from getting too hungry... Except after I workout. I've been super ready for dinner the last two nights!!! 

In eating healthier I'm cooking more this week.... Healthier foods too. I'm trying new recipes I found online and the two I've tried thus far have been yummy. Last night I had butternut squash risotto with a salad. Tonight I made Greek yogurt protein pancakes and turkey bacon. I added a scoop of protein powder to the pancakes as well as some fresh blueberries (I used blueberry Greek yogurt too). I topped my pancakes with a little Parkay spray and some sugar free syrup. Delicious!!! I'm pretty sure I will be having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! 

I'm really looking forward to making some butternut squash soup tomorrow evening! It sounds so comforting and like a perfect fall meal. I will be having salad with that too. 

After so much calorie burning I'm pretty tired so I am off to bed!

Hope your week is going well!!!

XOXO

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thank You, Diet Bet!

Last week (or was it the week before?) I posted about motivation. I also posted about Diet Bet. I've since learned that Diet Bet is GREAT motivation!!! My bet (Rebecca's Diet Bet - please join if you'd like, or send me your info and I will invite you!) starts in a week! I'm excited about that....Even though as of now only one friend and I have signed up. I had a lot more interest than that so I hope that more people join us before Tuesday!! I decided to join another bet too. Last week I signed up for Jillian Michaels' bet which is not at a pot of over 200,000 dollars. WOW! There are over 6000 participants involved in that bet. Anyone who loses four percent of their weight will split the total in the pot. Even if everyone reaches a loss of four percent, we will at least get our money back (minus whatever the company keeps for their profit). I'm okay with that. I doubt everyone will reach that goal, but I certainly hope that I do!! I feel like these diet bets are exactly what I needed to get motivated again. Money talks, isn't that what they say? SURE DOES!! Putting money into something makes me more likely to keep up with it. This is only four weeks long. Certainly I can commit to that amount of time. And if I can? It will help me get back into my old healthy habits that I've let slip recently. I blame you, boyfriend... Okay not quiet. He doesn't eat healthy like I generally do and he doesn't exercise, but it isn't his fault. We are not together 24/7. I usually have three days where I don't see him, and two that I have time to workout before I see him. The only really difficult time for me is the weekend.... He's always around and I enjoy my time with him. I guess I'd rather be hanging out with him than losing an our of our together time to workout. That's gotta change. It's an hour. That's not much. He's super supportive and understanding so I know it wouldn't bother him at all if I went out for a run or something. We have walked my dogs together before, so that's an option too. And just because he can eat crap food doesn't mean that I have to. I've gotten better about this... Like we had hot dogs on Sunday. I got him regular beef dogs with white buns, and I had lower fat, lower calorie turkey dogs with whole grain buns. We used half a pack of each and put the remainder in the freezer for next time we have them. He was able to take leftovers for lunch and I had leftovers for me too. Perfect. As long as I manage and plan better, there's no reason that we can't continue doing this. AND he has had some of my healthy foods and not even noticed the difference (like whole grain noodles and lower fat cheese). With a little more effort, I can easily figure out ways to satisfy both of us when it comes to meals. Also? I used to buy chips and things in large bags (he LOVES his snacks - he and my dog Buddy are one in the same, I swear!). Now I'm going to pick up smaller bags just for him. I do not need the extra laying around for me to eat. Or I'll buy him larger backs of stuff I don't like, which means I won't be tempted to eat it. Anyway, back to my diet bet... It has really helped to motivate me -- already!! Of course, as I have mentioned before, this time of year really energizes me too. By putting money into a pot and seeing the potential for a large winning amount, I'm all into it. I'm ready to kick it into gear! I sat down last night and wrote out a list of dinner ideas and workouts. I typically have the same types of things for breakfasts and snacks, and will eat dinner leftovers for lunches. I found some healthy recipes and went to the store after work to pick up what I needed. I even organized my workouts based on how often I am going to do various exercises and went as far as noting on which days I'll do them. Given that I was sick yesterday and am not working out on Sunday (going to a football game!) I think I have A LOT packed into a few days, but I'll do what I can. I'm going to accomplish as much of what I've planned as possible. My goal is to do everything listed but I'm also realistic and accepting of it if I cannot fit everything into a day. Like, today, I have about 140 minutes planned out. I went to the store and now I'm blogging... That's over two hours of various calorie burning activities (two rounds of my seven minute workout, 30 Day Shred, a run/walk, mowing my dog pen, and pilates later this evening. Let's face it, that's a lot to do for one day. The mowing isn't a typical workout thing, but I do wear my HRM because I burn calories I wouldn't normally burn. I'm not worried about that. I'm worried about my motivation to do even 30 mintues of a run/walk after doing 30 minutes of the 30DS. BUT I will try my best, even if I end up walking more than running. Plus...What's 30 minutes? Both the 30DS and the run/walk should go by pretty quickly. I suppose that's about it for now! It's about 5:00 and I need to go get started on my workout so I can get done and make dinner! Have a great week!!! XOXO