Success Week!

Getting right down into the nitty gritty with this one.  As I mentioned in my last post, I started training for a half marathon that will take place in April, I joined Weight Watchers again and I started writing my workouts in my planner before they happen.  It was all for the best!  I tracked every item of food I put in my body and I noticed a huge change.  I was looking for fruits and vegetables to consume over things with loads of sugar.  I was on within the point range for 6 out of 7 days.  The one day I was not in points was a day that I ran out of coffee creamer at home and decided to stop at Dunkin for breakfast.  All of my points were consumed in that one meal.  But, I didn’t let that ruin my day.  I ate all zero point foods the rest of the day in light quantities (they still have calories after all) and have felt full and satisfied.  I was down almost two pounds on Monday for my weigh in and I’m starting to feel like I’ve got some control again.

As for the workouts, I rocked those too!  I got up Monday morning determined to complete each workout that was written in my planner.  The week looked as follows:

Monday: Run 3 miles (Treadmill)
Tuesday: 30 min. Total Core from 80 day obsession + 15 min. walk on the treadmill
Wednesday: 50 min. leg day from 80 day obsession
Thursday: Rest day- I determined that my body can only get up at 4:30am 3 days in  row before I feel like I need to go to bed before dinner on the fourth day.  So, I switched the Friday rest day to Thursday.
Friday: Run 2 miles and 20 min. strength training
Saturday: 4mi. run
Sunday: I will be resting tomorrow

After week 2 of this training schedule I am feeling comfortable in my decision to change it up from the usual running five days a week plan.  The break up of running with strength and stretching keeps me excited to wake up at insane hours of the morning.  I’ve also discovered that 80 Day Obsession will definitely be a series I complete after I am done with half training.  I may break it up with 2 runs a week just so I can keep running, but I want to start and finish the whole program.  It would be my first BeachBody program I actually do the entire program.  I got 60 days into T25 and was bored.  This program is actually designed to change it up for every workout.

With everything in our world we are given challenges.  My challenge is myself.  The confidence and belief in myself has always been a battle.  Working out gives me self-esteem and keeps me feeling like there is nothing in this world that I can’t do when I set my mind to it.  I am going to push through this training program and stick with Weight Watchers until I feel confident in myself.  I’m encouraged by the people on Connect (the message group on the App) who have lost and maintained for years.  I did it prior to having my second child and I know I can do it again.

What were your successes this week?  Did you write them down?  Try writing in your workouts before the week starts.  Once they are planned into your day, it is harder to skip.  Until next weeks update, be confident, be fit, be you!

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Weekly Update 12/9-12/15

As we near the end of the year, I’m sure everyone is feeling the stress of the holiday season. Lots of cookies being exchanged, dinners and parties to attend, and drinks with old friends to catch up.  With so much going on, it can be hard to keep things on track.  But, it’s important to at least balance the healthy with the unhealthy and remember moderation.

I started the week with some very healthy meals.  I packed up my yumbox with celery, carrots, mixed nuts, cheese and an apple.  I ate left over chicken and rice soup and avoided all candy bowls floating around the office.  I had two lunches provided by work this week and I managed to not over-indulge in either of those meals.  I’d say my food week was a step in the right direction.  I ate more vegetables this week than I probably have in the last 3 weeks combined.  That was definitely an area in my life that was slacking and needing major intervention.yumbox

Now for the workouts.

Saturday and Sunday- I completely slacked.  I spent some much needed time with my kids and tried to catch up on some house stuff that I was unable to do while I was working.

Monday- Treadmill run.  3.5 miles.  I will admit I run at a slow pace on the treadmill.  I am very uncoordinated and can easily trip over my own two feet.  So, I set the treadmill between a 4.5-5 and just run for 45 minutes.  I can run much faster outside. I’m just not able to get outside during the week and we’ve hit winter here so I’m going to be a baby and stay indoors.

Tuesday: 1/2 mile run, upper body work, 1/2 mile run. I wrote down everything so that I could repeat on Thursday.

Wednesday: Treadmill run with 5- 1 minute sprints.  I dared the treadmill and would kick the speed up to 7 for one minute and then back down to 4.6.

Thursday: Unintentional rest day.  My daughter struggled to sleep and so I was too tired to wake up and get moving.

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Friday:  Repeat of Tuesday because I wanted to get the second weight day in before the week was over.

I still managed to get 4 workouts in this week- Success in my book!  This upcoming week will continue to be chaotic as we approach Christmas.  But, I still want to get at least 4 workouts in and limit my treats.  My goal is not to lose weight during the holidays, but to maintain.  I will worry about losing weight after the holidays are over.  I will continue to add in vegetables and fruit into my diet.  This weekend I am going to take our 3 year old ice skating!  That completely counts as a workout!  I hope she enjoys it because the lake is starting to freeze enough to go out.  For now, we will stick with the indoor arena.

How did you do this past week?  Can you avoid the holiday sweets?  Have you started to set goals for the new year?

Until next time, be confident, be fit, be you!

The dreaded 4 letter word

D I E T.

This may be the most over used word in the English dictionary. I personally have a lot of problems with the four letter word previously mentioned.  People in our society use food as punishment, rewards, stress relief, and boredom.  None of these uses are appropriate for people.  We need better solutions.  We need better support.  We need to stop using that disgusting word.

A healthy lifestyle does not come in the form of a magic weight loss pill, magic drink, or even in starvation plans.  A healthy lifestyle comes in the form of green vegetables, lean proteins, healthy carbs and fats and a steady workout regime.

If you didn’t see the results you wanted for January, then reevaluate your goals and consult your doctor if necessary.  If you were unsuccessful last month, that does not mean you will fail again this month.  Take that determination and drive to have a goal focused February.

Some helpful tips:
1. Stop buying pop, chips, ice cream, candy, etc.
2. Start planning your meals and prepping if you can or if that is the way you can hold yourself accountable.
3. Write your workouts on a calendar.  If you’ve scheduled them into your life, you will more than likely take the time to complete them.
4. Find a friend that you can rely on to kick you in the badonkadonk if you aren’t willing to do it for yourself.  You need to hold yourself to the highest standard because YOU ARE WORTH IT!

What will your goals be for the month of February?

As always, be confident, be fit, be you!

Another meatless meal!

Another week of Lent has passed us by.  I hope that you have stuck to your Lenten promise, whatever it may have been, to bring you closer to God.  Since my child is teething, I’m struggling slightly but really reaching out in prayer.  Other than that, things are going well on the healthy meal front.

So, I took the idea from here (of course found on pinterest).  I originally didn’t have any plans on modifying the recipe, but I didn’t have complete control of the meal.  We were using the peppers as a portion of our pasta dinner and none of the peppers were saved from being on the chopping block.  Therefore, I slightly changed the meal.

Here is my version of “Stuffed” quinoa peppers.

It was actually pretty yummy, despite how it looks!

It was actually pretty yummy, despite how it looks!

I took 2 cups of cooked quinoa and put it in a skillet.  Then I added 1/2 cup of kale chopped, 1 cup of peppers, 1/4 cup of onion, and 1/4 cup of homemade tomato sauce.  Topped it all with some mozzarella cheese and put it in the oven.  Let it cook for about 15 minutes (I was afraid of melting the handle on the skillet since it wasn’t my own).  After letting it cool, we divided it three ways.  It was extremely filling.  I would recommend cooking it slightly longer to soften the peppers just a bit more.  Overall, this was extremely easy to throw together and definitely something I will be trying with my family.  The roll was an added bonus! They are homemade by my mother and extremely delicious!

Hopefully the weather in your area is getting better as Spring approaches! Here’s to warmer weather and getting outside to work towards the end goal, healthy and happy families!

Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

Lenten Meal Take 2

Well, we are officially into week 3 of Lent, which means we’ve had two Fridays with absolutely no meat.  Now, I understand people are vegetarian and do this all the time, but I am not one of those people.  I rarely have a meal that does not contain some meat item as the staple ingredient.  However, there was one Lenten season a few years back that I gave up meat for the first week, then did vegan, then to raw and finally a juice week and let me tell you, that was the most challenging Lenten season I have ever had.  I truly felt like I was making a huge sacrifice.

So, week 1 was a rather boring meal and not too far off my normal eating.  Week 2 brought it’s own challenges.  Since our mission trip puts on a pasta dinner every Friday during Lent, I am surrounded by pizza, pasta, rolls and ice cream.  As I’ve mentioned to my coworkers who bring in sweets, I can walk past it maybe twice, but then I really start craving the sugar.  #whydoesmyofficehavetopassthekitchen?

I came prepared for the pasta dinner with some spaghetti squash to make a mexican bowl. The pasta dinner was cranking out meals (seriously, we provide an all you can eat meal including drink and dessert for a measly $6/ person) and we almost forgot to get our squash in the oven.  Well, after adding black beans, tomato sauce, peppers, onions, and a little bit of cheese, I popped them into the oven.  We waited 40 minutes (it was a convection oven set at 375*), and the squash still wasn’t done.  However, it was 7:15pm and if we didn’t get the kids moving on clean up we were going to be there till 9pm.  We scrapped out what we could of the squash (basically the bottoms weren’t done but the sides were fine) and gave it a whirl.

I added a bit of sour cream to mine and it was delectable.

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This picture was taken with my phone and therefore is not the best quality. I promise the dinner was actually enjoyable.

Recipe:

1 Spaghetti Squash cut in half like a boat (you will want to cook the squash prior to adding the ingredient and then cook for another 15 min.)
1/4 Black beans
1/2 Red, Yellow, or Green Pepper
1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup onion
1/2 cup spaghetti squash (we make a homemade one for the pasta dinner)
Sour cream (if you want)

Add all of the ingredient, minus the sour cream, once the squash is almost all the way cooked.  Then finish cooking.  You can either top it with sour cream, or leave it alone.  I pulled mine out of the squash and plated it while my mom just ate it straight from the squash.

Hope you enjoy and create your own variations of this awesome vegetable dish! Next weeks dish is pinterest inspired, so stay tuned!

Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

T25 Alpha Complete

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Ok, so I just completed week 5 of the T25 program this morning.  It was rough and I could quite honestly say that it needs to be repeated right away. However, I am going to continue on with the 2nd phase on Monday.

The first few weeks I needed to modify with Tonia, but some I was able to do more than her and less than the rest of the group.  For example, I could do the spider pushup, but I couldn’t do the oblique pushups.  So, instead of going with Tonia, I continued with the spider push ups.  As the weeks progressed, I was able to stick with the group a little better. Although I still modify, even this morning.

Some of the cons of this workout is that it requires a good bit of jumping.  Although I am completely capable of jumping, the room that I am working out in just so happens to be my living room and hardwood floors.  Now, I do have a yoga mat I put down, but the stuff no the shelves still has risk of falling if I jump too hard.  I’m also trying to stay as quiet as can be because of the sleeping baby just a few steps away from me.   Another con of the video is the two a days on Fridays.  I do two a days on Tuesdays to get in a bootcamp class at the gym as well as a bootcamp class on Saturday.  So, Friday means 50 minutes instead of 25. Therefore, I break it up into a morning workout and then an afternoon workout for after my child finishes her nap.

I have noticed my running hasn’t been too damaged from lack of actually getting out to get mileage in.  When I have managed to get on a treadmill, I am able to maintain a good speed and get a few miles in without huffing and puffing.  As my boss keeps mentioning, March is literally in a few days.  I don’t believe that is going to change the outdoor running scenario, but at least someone is hopeful.  Once this weather decides to break, I’m finding my way to the park at least 3 days a week, even if I have to get up at 4:45am.

Hope you are remaining positive and continuing to challenge yourself.  Remember that changes in your fitness and health will happen over time and should not be done all at once very quickly.  Be confident! Be fit! Be you!

I’m trying something new tonight for Lent.  Check out my blog Monday for the food review!

First no meat Friday of Lent 2015

As I previously mentioned, I would be trying new foods (found on pinterest or food network) during this Lenten season.  I am trying to avoid the constant pizza and pasta on Fridays, just because it is convenient.

Well, this first Friday I completely failed.  I had pizza at lunch because of my head cold.  It was a convenience and I wanted to get back to napping.  At dinner, I had no desire to cook.  I had a tuna sandwich (100 calorie pack sandwich ready from Starkist) and some tomato soup.

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Although it wasn’t the greatest day for eating, I managed to get up and get something and that is a plus.  I already have this coming Friday planned and I am definitely looking forward to the meal!  I am going to attempt a sweet potato, kale, and quinoa dish that looks amazing!

Also, I hope you had a moment to check out the race schedule and will be joining me this season! If not, here it is again: http://ohiochallengeseries.com/client_images/files/28_news_6128.pdf

Sorry this was a short post.  But as always, be confident! Be fit! Be you!