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Well Laid Plans

2 Dec

Sooo…you know how I’m supposed to be gluten free?  And romaine lettuce was on my list of “no-no’s” according to my ALCAT. Well…last night I had a huge bowl of pasta, piece of bread, and a romaine salad at my favorite restaurant in the world.  Three strikes! I have prepared myself to have a better week, though.

Since switching jobs, Friday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week.  I work 10-hour shifts Monday-Thursday for the luxury of having this day all to myself.  Everyone else is at work, but I have a full day to mull about.  This Friday I went to the Farmer’s Market. I haven’t been in a while, but the Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite places. The fruits and vegetables are much more bountiful and fresh than the grocery and as a plus, they’re cheaper! Here’s my loot:

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Indulgences include: Almond Butter, seaweed salad, 1/2 Gallon of fresh Orange Juice, and hand-made gluten free tortellini.

Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad

On the menu for this week:

Food is so good, isn’t it? What are you eating this week?

Workouts are my priority this week.  I know I have said that previously, but really, they have to be.  I have had some distractions in my routine, but hopefully I have a handle on that.

Here’s the plan:

  • Sunday (today): 30 minute jog, 2 miles or so.
  • Monday, Wednesday: Home Circuit from The Training Edge magazine, Pages 20 and 21.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: Random Abs Routine 
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Cardio days. Jog 2 miles, then 60:90 walk/jog for the third mile.

Time to get to it!

 

 

 

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She’s got legs

13 Nov

Legs day went well,

  • 50 Squats 40#
  • 50 DL 40#
  • 50 Lunges
  • 30 Pushups

I set the goal to do 200 pushups this week so instead of doing them over 3 days I’m doing some everyday. I suck at pushups.

I started a facebook challenge for 30 days of thankfulness this month. So I’m curious, what are you thankful for?  The first 10 days or so were easy. Now I have to actually think about it and be a little introspective. I think I will feel blessed by the end of the month!

 

  • Day 1: I am thankful for all the love and encouragement I receive from my friends and family.
  • Day 2: I am thankful none of those cops pulled me over while I was hauling butt to Jacksonville!
  • Day 3: thankful for all the awesome people I met today who are putting in hours of volunteer time. Love this environment.
  • Day 4: I am thankful that this world is still a beautiful place.
  • Day 5: I am thankful for my new job which its turning out to be pretty awesome!
  • Day 6: thankful for being able to vote. PS, Florida, you are giving me an ulcer.
  • Day 7: So unbelievably thankful for Obama 2012!
  • Day8: I am thankful for 4 day work weeks and turning off my morning alarm. Goodnight yall!
  • Day 9: I am thankful that I am a healthy, active person. I take that for granted most everyday.
  • Day 10: I am thankful for puppies who teach us to play, to take naps, love unconditionally, and know just when we need a little snuggle!
  • Day 11: I am thankful that my pants are falling off of me, even if I do look like a saggy bottom girl! Can’t wait to lose a little more and replace them!
  • Day 12: I am thankful for my mom who has been one of my biggest cheerleaders on some of my darkest days. Thanks, momma, I love you!
  • Day 13: I am thankful for my Daddy! He has rescued me too many times to count. He has even driven 5 hours to change my flat tire. That’s love! He has taught me so much about being independent and I am thankful for that more than he knows! So all yall who are upset that I’m not married with kids yet….blame him! He taught me not to put up with any bullshit cause I am perfectly capable by myself. Love you dad!

Arm SKLZ

12 Nov

Day one back to my workout went well. Granted it was just an arm workout.  I have a SKLZ sandbag set to use at home and here’s the damage: 

30 Pushups

20 Bicep curls 20#

20 Single arm triceps extensions 10#

20 Push press 20#

Maybe I’m weak after a workout hiatus, but the sandbags feel heavier than weights I used at the gym.  Anyway, I’m trying to workout at home, without a gym membership, and they are pretty effective.

I am also waiting on my Gym Boss interval timer and plan on starting some bodyrock.tv type workouts.  There will be considerable variations taken because I cannot do a plyo lunge, or a split squat, whatever you want to call it.

Really? This is really happening…ok.

20 Oct

Further evidence the universe is trying to keep me down:

Get to the Farmer’s Market today, stop to get coffee.  They are out of coffee and in the meantime, someone stole my cart. (At the Farmers Market you have to get your cart from the middle of the parking lot.  This was a huge offense.) Decide to do my shopping and come back for coffee (this coffee is the greatest coffee of all time, you can’t pass it up). Despite the market not being crazy busy like it usually is, people were particularly rude and inconsiderate. Running into me, cutting me off, not letting me through, etc… I got one toe stepped on and another guy ran over my heel with his cart. Get finished with my list, return to the coffee cart….out again.  Son of a…! Redeeming grace is I got a stellar parking spot, and as I pulled away, I prayed the person who took my spot was deserving of it.

Stop by home to drop off my loot and go finish errands which included: Library, Goodwill, TJMaxx, and traditional grocery for a few remaining items. Despite spending too much money, Goodwill and TJMaxx were good experiences.  I got some good stuff (I have to start dressing “professionally” but more on that later).  Then I come back home, get in my sweat pants, and get ready to cook meals….dammit, forgot the other grocery stop!  Change back into socially acceptable clothes and go to Publix, the closest option.  Can’t find the first 3 items on the list….forget this, going to Kroger!  Get to Kroger parking lot and OOOOH YAAAA, I have prescriptions waiting next door at Rite Aid, let me stop by.  Standing at the drop off counter b/c I’m not really sure both of them were submitted for refill…waiting, waiting….look down at the “pick up” counter…apparently he’s going to help everyone down there today.  Switch lines while he helps a woman who has been waiting for waaaaay less time than I have.  Her prescriptions aren’t ready. Wait. She’s counting out pennies to pay for them. Waiting. Somehow she needs change?  Pharmacy doesn’t have enough change. Page manager, get the change, woman can’t figure out how to use the kiosk where you have to agree to a number of disclaimers. Wait, wait, wait. Woman finally leaves. My turn. Give my name, my date of birth….my prescriptions aren’t ready.

Really fighting the urge to scream YOU JUST CALLED ME YESTERDAY! THEY WERE READY THEN! Wait another 10 minutes.  Pharmacist comes back, “did you get 60 grams of this medication last time (gel for acne), it usually comes in 30 grams.” My response, “Yes, I got 60g last time, I guess I just have a big face.” Pharmacist looks at me blankly for a second, quickly finishes my order!

Positives (because we need to focus on the positives!): Good parking all day, traffic wasn’t bad, it was beautiful out all day, and my hip feels sooooo much better (thank GOODNESS)!  Going to try for a short jog tomorrow, I clearly need the endorphins!

I can’t wait to share my menu and my plan tomorrow because the food in this house smells simply amazing right now.

October’s Week 3 Plan

14 Oct

Last week wasn’t a total bust, but not a total success.  A couple of things derailed my cardio days and I did not make them up.  Nutritionally speaking…I ate pasta with cream sauce and chocolate filled with caramel (oops).  Lifting went well, though.

Truth is, I haven’t been too focused on weight loss this month at all.  I only have two more weeks before I weigh in and I’m not ready to see no progress so time to make it count!

This weekend I have been detoxing:

  • Shake: Almond milk, berries, spinach, flax seed, chia seed
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Drink: 12oz water, 2T Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, 2T lemon juice, cinnamon, stevia
  • Green Tea/Water (copious amounts)
  • Soup: Broccoli, Cauliflour, cilantro, curry, onion, garlic
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Green tea/Water
  • Dinner: Vegetable salad with lemon juice (no dressing)

I did this Saturday and Sunday and will probably continue through Monday. Everything good for you, easy to digest, and the Apple Cider vinegar helps regulate blood sugar and gets rid of the cravings.

This week’s goals:

  • Get back to being serious with the diet
  • Don’t miss a workout

Plan

  • 30 Day Shred in the mornings
  • Monday: Cardio: 1 mile warm up, 2 miles for time
  • Wednesday/Friday: 50 minute runs
  • Tuesday/Thursday: Lifting
  • Saturday/Sunday: Just 30 Day shred

Meals: (time to clean out the fridge/freezer again)

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal and Shakes
  • Lunch/Dinner: Spicy Couscous, Falafel, Lentil Power protein bowl, Barley with Mushrooms, Stuffed Cabbage, Soup/Salad,
  • Snacks: Lentil/Squash Hummus, Shakes, Date Bites, Think Thin Bars  (yum, yum, yum), Apples, Oranges.

Wish me luck!

9 Oct

30 Day Shred was performed in conjunction with this afternoon’s weight lifting. Probably a pretty poor decision in retrospect. Lifting included 3 sets of 10: Deadlift 45# Single arm dumbbell snatch 20# Upright Rows 25# Overhead Shoulder press 25# squats 40# I am not ready to progress to the second phase of the shred. Have you ever sat and watched a workout DVD? I did that today. It will make you feel worse than eating potato chips and watching Biggest Loser.

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Time to relax!

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Sick Day

7 Oct

I do not feel well today. A little sick to my stomach and fatigued so I will keep this short and sweet.

Workouts:

Monday: Paced run for 30 minutes

Wednesday: 50 minute Run (I’m concerned about this distance, but we’ll see)

Tuesday/Thursday: Weight training, same as last week

Friday/Sunday: Just 30 Day shred and some core work

Saturday: 50 Minute Run

Food:

Breakfast: Steel cut oats w/ fruit, Kashi Cereal with Almond Milk, or Morningstar farms breakfast

Lunch: Protein Power Bowl, Barley with Mushrooms, Spicy couscous,

Dinner: Salads, Frozen meals, Soup

Hopefully I feel much better tomorrow and can actually cook those meals.  I’m going to drag myself to the store, but I’m not doing anything else tonight.

Updates shmupdates

2 Oct

Jillian Michaels is really kicking my behind. 6am and a workout? who’s idea was that?  Mine? Oh.

Despite my inability to update, things are going well.

Monday: 30 minutes of treadmill intervals, average 12:29/mile, 2.5 miles

Tuesday: Kettlebell workout, 3×10 of each.

  • This workout didn’t really seem that hard, I wanted to do more, but didn’t.  I had already done Day 3 of the Shred and my thighs are sore.  The workout took 30min and I was sweating so I left it at that.

Slight modifications in the plan because I need to get my hair done Friday before my date (priorities, people!). So I will do Random Abs Friday and get my last run in on Saturday morning.  I’m skeptical about the 30 day shred. It looked easier than what it’s turning out to be (and I’m on level 1!).  On that note, I better go to bed so I can get up for it in the morning.

PS–Two people recruited to do 30 Day Shred, F-ya! (I’m lookin’ at you, Shannon, you go girl!)

October, Week 1 Plan

30 Sep

After thinking on it for 24 hours, I do want to get up at 6 for a little wake me up workout.  Also I want to start working more with free weights in the gym.

6am Everyday 30 Day Shred Workouts….cause why not? (did the first one today!)

Monday: 45 Minute Run outside

Tuesday:  Weights (will report sets at reps as done, but I’m thinking 3×10)

Deadlift (I love how passionate this guy is about his Deadlifts)

Squat

Upright Row (hate these, for the record)

Shoulder Press

One Arm Dumbbell Snatch

Wednesday: 45 Minute Run Outside

Thursday: Weights

Kettle Bells

Friday: 30 Minute Jog, Intervals.

Saturday/Sunday: Random Abs Routine

Chances are I’ll be dead sometime after Tuesday!

Food:

I’m feeling lazy, don’t really feel like cooking much, it happens. I planned accordingly.

Breakfast: Scrambled tofu, Morningstar Farms Stuffed Buiscuits and Grits, Greek Yogurt w/ Fruit, Kashi Cereal

Lunch: Light Life Frozen Meals (3), Salmon w/ Lundberg Rice and Vegs (2), PB and Aple wrap w/ Salad

Dinner: Soup and Salad. That’s right, pretty much every night.

Snacks: Fig Bars, Fruit, Edamame Hummus w/ Nut Thins or Carrots, Shakes

Move your bones!

Measuring up

29 Sep

That’s right, it’s been another month.  I would say this month has been less controlled that the past two.  I didn’t track my food, and quite honestly, I sucked on my weight training.  Those are my confessions, here are the results.

7/7/2012 8/4/2012 9/1/2012 9/29/2012
Weight 240 235 233 228

You’ll see that my start weight was 240, but in reality, I had gotten up to 248. I lost 8lbs in the 6 weeks before I started this blog.  What that means is that this is my first F-ya moment! 20lbs down!

Measurements 7/7/2012 8/4/2012 9/1/2012 9/29/2012
Chest 41.5″ 41.5″ 41″ 40.5″
Waist 37.25″ 37″ 36″ 35.75″
Hip 50″ 49.75″ 49.5″ 48.75″
Thigh 29″ 27.5″ 27″ 26.5″
Calf 17″ 17″ 16.5″
Arm 16″ 15.5″ 16″ 16″

These results are great, I’m happy to have them, but I could have done better from a diet standpoint.  Imagine how much better!  Continuous improvement, that’s what this process is all about!

In the theme of focusing on how far you’ve come instead of how far you have to go, here are some of my accomplishments so far (besides weight loss):

  • Ability to run for 40 minutes straight
  • Ability to run a 5K
  • Clothes are starting to look sloppy
  • Recruited at least one friend to start working out more regularly
  • Started eating and cooking vegan at home (i don’t follow it strictly if I go out yet)

October Goals:

  • Lose 5lbs
  • Finish 1 hour run
  • 2 runs/week for time, increasing 10%/week. (Monday and Wednesday)
  • 1 run/week working on intervals to increase time, 30 minutes in duration. (Friday)
  • Weight training twice per week. (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Core on the weekends.
  • Track calories.
  • No foods with a glycemic index higher than 50.
  • Three meals and two snacks.

Ways I can do better next month:

  • Track workout and food daily
  • Update daily (Get ready for a lot of readin’!)
  • Plan for the week ahead of time
  • No alcohol
  • Set alarm for 6am everyday (I can’t promise I will get up at 6, working on that!)
  • Pack gym bag the night before, before I do anything else, as soon as I walk in the house.
  • Read two books about calmness and inner peace (stress relief)
  • Morning yoga (it only takes 15 minutes, Gina, get yer butt up!!)
  • Register for my first real 5K