Saturday, December 31, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This time of year it's of utmost importance to remember to slow down and take care of yourself. While I haven't been able to make it to the gym in weeks, I'm finding other ways to retain my mental health ~ I'm quilting. It's a tremendous stress relief and my family loves the results as they are the ones that get to snuggle up in my finished quilts!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Today I remembered but have hardly had time to breathe all day. This the season!
Day 6 - 222.4
Day 7 - 222.4
I'm nothing of not consistent. I have a kick ass post written in my head. Won't have time to write it tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed for Friday!!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Ouch. We went out to dinner last night and although I ordered a salad with salsa and only ate half of it, I ate three onion rings and had three diet Cokes. I never drink soda. Never. I'm pretty sure that's why I feel like shit this morning and am retaining water. My nalgene shall be my BFF today.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I'll stop now.
Who here knows Ben Davis? See, if I had a computer I'd link to his blog. Then you'd all know him. You'll have to google him. Sorry.
Anyway, he's doing a weigh in a day. I think it's until his next marathon - oh by the way, he's running 52 marathons next year. Crazy, right?
So, I decided to copy him, because since discovering pinterest (pretend I linked to it) I don't think I've had a single creative thought of my own. Hello, overload
I'm going to weigh myself every day in the month of December - and post it here Who's with me?
Yeah, yeah, I know all of the experts say...blah, blah, blah. I know me. 1. I weigh myself everyday anyway. May as well blog it. 2. I need more accountability. I'm a hopeless procrastinator. If I don't have to post my weigh in until Monday, I don't actually start thinking about it until oh, Saturday?? But if I'm posting my weight everyday then I have to think about my choices everyday. And what better time of year to be fully conscious of your choices?
I weighed today and I am at 221.0. I missed my birthday goal, but I think (again, can't link or even look it up right now on my damn iPad) my next goal was 25 by my anniversary. That's Dec 10. That's 12 days to lose 6 lbs. it'll be tough, but I think it can be done.
Who's with me? Anyone want to make a button? I so don't know how to do that.
**I really do love my iPad. It just sucks as a blogging tool.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sigh.... Anyway, I have some awesome things I want to share with you, but this just isn't right. We're getting a new computer in a few days. Until then I'll check in her from time to time.....
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
There are other apps out there, but they cost money. I hate spending money on apps! Lol.
I'll be checking in later to update you on my workouts, goals and simply life in general. (I can't create hyperlinks. That's annoying)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
My computer done went and got the sick on me. We just bought each other new iPads for an early anniversary gift and then *BOOM* computer died. I've run several virus scans, I'm removed various softwares and uploads, I wiped it clean and reinstalled Windows and it still doesn't want to play nice. I'm ready to boot it out the window! The one thing stopping me? It is next to impossible to blog from the iPad/iPhone. So here I am. Let's keep our fingers crossed that my computer cooperates long enough for me to get this post out to the interwebs.
So, I have some catching up to do with you all. That real foods challenge? Yea, it was pretty much dead in the water, but it did introduce some interesting conversations around the dinner table with the kids. They are more aware of their food choices now and over all, we're all eating a bit more healthily. I'll call that a success.
I'm back at the gym. I've finally got our school schedule nailed down enough and I'm scheduling workout times around our school work. I'm planning to work out about six days a week with the following schedule:
- MWF ~ yoga or intervals and steady state cardio
- TTH ~ intervals and weight lifting
- Sat ~ rest day
- Sun ~ Reward myself with Aqua Zumba
I stepped on the scale earlier this week and was ASTONISHED to see that I was up to 222.0 again. I started to beat myself up over it and get down on myself, but it is what it is. I know it's because I let this fall get away from me, I was too busy and rushed and simply not making good food choices for myself and my family. Afterall, that's what prompted this food challenge to begin with. I'm not sure why I even expected anything different from the scale.
I have a few short term goals ~ below 220 by my birthday (Nov 5), below 215 by our anniversary (Dec 10), below 210 by Christams (Dec 25). They are slow and steady goals, but I do intend to continue losing weight through the holidays. I'm hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas and I have complete control over the menu. I plan to give myself free passes on those two days only, but the leftovers will be packaged up and sent home with guests.
Ok, I recognize this post is sort of all over the place (hhhmmm, that seems to be a trend around here these days!), but I'm afraid my computer is going to give me the big ole "F! You" any second now. I'm just gonna go ahead and hit publish. Proof reading and copy editing is for people with nice computers.......Maybe Santa will come through for me?
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
We're two days into this challenge and it's been a smashing......FAILURE. I'm talking epic. Completely ridding one's diet of all things processed takes a lot of planning. A lot of planning. Being already behind on life in general, once I started planning out food for our challenge I immediately felt my blood pressure start to rise. I kept thinking I'd find time to do the planning, but who would have guessed that extra hours don't just magically appear on the weekends just because you need them. Pfft.
Each day I'd relax the rules a little bit more and by the time Tuesday morning showed up, the challenge was pretty much out the window. Going from zero to 60, for my family at least, was just too much at one time.
The fact remains, though, that my family is still eating too much processed food. Tonight at dinner, after fighting with the kids one more time about what they'll eat and how many bites and yada yada yada, we excused them to the living room and I broke down. (oh yeah, forgot to mention that I totally timed this challenge to start the exact same day as TOM, stellar planning on my part, wouldn't ya say?)
I am acutely aware that I've created this food struggle in my family. I'm not blind to the fact that my child will tell me whatever it is he thinks I want to hear simply so I won't nag him about nutrition anymore. I'm tuned in to the reality that said child will go back on his word once the food is actually in front of him, I do stop short of actually shoving nutritious food down my child's throat. I know, I'm just not badass enough.
My husband and I talked and we decided to start slow. Breakfast and snack times are easy to fix, so we'll start there. My kids used to be great snackers: cheese, fruit, yogurt, smoothies, etc...lately, though I've been so busy and stressed out that these snacks haven't always found their way into our kitchen and instead I simply throw a bar at them from the front seat of my van as we're driving from Art Class to soccer practice. I'm also usually trying to multitask and organize 50 things at one time while at the grocery store, emailing someone on my phone, texting husband and adding/deleting things on my grocery list while trying to wrestle the iPad from my youngest's hands. It's no wonder some of these less than healthy snacks have been landing in my cart. I can't handle an arguement with the kids on top of all of that, so I simply say yes.
For the next little while, until the kids "detxo" a bit, I'll be grocery shopping alone. Let me say that again. I'll be grocery shopping alone. Did you miss the important part? Alone. Aaahhhhh. I will be removing all junk from the house (or at least hiding it so they don't see it). If it's not here, they can't eat it. When they get hungry, they'll eat what's there.
Now, on to the emotional side of this ~ I have passed my food issues on to my child and I feel that pulling him so hard towards the other way and making this a big deal is simply compounding the problem. I'm the mom and I buy the groceries, so this should be a no brainer, right? One problem ~ I have food issues of my own. My child has learned these behaviors by modeling me. I'm working my ass off to address these issues, but fixing myself and fixing him at the same time is exhausting. Especially when he's not old enough to reasonably understand why things need to change.
In a nutshell, the no processed foods challenge is still on ~ it's just going a slower pace than anticipated. Stick around while we eliminate this junk one bit at a time....
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
- One scoop of Jay Robb Tropical Dreamsicle Protein Powder
- One cup of milk (whole, raw)
- Handful of fresh fruit (mango, melon, strawberry, grape & pineapple mix from Costco)
- One raw egg (only pastured, organic for this girl)
And that's it. Give it a whirl and let your tummy smile.
Monday, October 10, 2011
- Peanut Oil
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Julienned Carrots
- Broccoli, chopped
- Sesame Oil
- Soy Sauce
- Sambal Oelek
- Soba Noodles
- Chicken Broth
I swirled some peanut oil in a small sauce pan. I added the chicken let it sizzle just enough to get some nice brown spots on it (remember, the meat was already cooked), then I tossed in a handful of carrots & broccoli and let those sizzle for a few. A dash of sesame oil and few glops of mirin and a spoonful of sambal oelek and I let that all hang out for a few seconds. Then I grabbed a handful of noodles and threw them and let them chill for a bit and start to separate. Then I poured in the broth. Once it all came up to temp I poured into a pretty Pyrex bowl and sprinkled on some chopped up cilantro and squirted some sriarcha over the top. Can I tell you how hard it was to stop and snap a few pictures before diving it?
Next time I will use veggie broth. The chicken broth is just a little too heavy for this dish. I also added a little fish sauce to this and next time I'll leave that out. It doesn't need it. You could totally add mushrooms (I don't care for them), or cabbage (I didn't have any) or bean sprouts (again, not a fan), or anything else you fancy. Just go with it. And dig in.
- Dairy: We will continue to consume our raw milk, all other dairy will be organic (when possible) and absolutely rBST/rBGH free. There will be no stabilizers, preservatives or other unknowns in any of it. We typically buy Tillamook Cheese and we'll continue to do so. In my opinion, yogurt is no place for "modified corn starch" (GMO), Gelatin, Artificial Flavors, HFCS or atificial sweeteners, so I'll either be making my own or buying locally made, small batch yogurt for this challenge. I read somewhere that most commercial yogurt is only "cultured" for a just a few hours, but I can't find the article now. To truly get the benefit of probiotics, yogurt needs to be cultured for quite some time. I simply don't trust most commercially made yogurts.
- Fruits & Veggies: fresh is best, organic frozen is tolerable.
- Grains: I'll make pretty much all of our bread products (I can't think of any off the top of my head that I won't make).
- Fats: You will not find any vegetable oils or canola oils in my kitchen. Haven't for years. I use olive oil, coconut oil, butter, ghee, animal fats & I'm learning to use palm oil.
- Meat: all meat will be organic and pastured/grassfed and free of nitrates, preservatives and other nasty junk
- Sweeteners: No HFCS, no artificial sweeteners. Maple Syrup, raw honey & organic evaporated cane juice in moderation.
- Prepared/Packaged Foods: Ok, I know I said there would be zilch ~ but then I started to really think about that and well, at least right now, that's not possible in my house. So here's the standard ~ if the ingredient list is all recognizable and indicates that I could theoretically make the item in my own kitchen, it's a go.
- Beverages: We'll drink milk, water and a very very small amount of 100% fruit juice.
This challenge isn't going to be about losing weight. I'm going to use sugar, I'm going to use flour (freshly milled), I'm going to cook (for the most part) the way the Amish still do today. This challenge is about breaking the addiction to preservatives & snythetic 'food'. It's about getting back to the basics. I'll deal with weight issues afterwards.....
I'll blog our food, my recipes, our moods, our medications, everything. By the end of the two weeks, you'll know more about my family than you'd ever wish to! My goal is to teach my children about real food and the connection nutrition has to our health. Ok, who's with me?!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Now, if I could just find some time to get back to the gym.....
I know it'll work it's way into my schedule. School officially starts tomorrow, we're going out of town next weekend and then we'll settle into a nice routine and all will be well. I swear. If it doesn't I fear my children will bear the brunt of a very crabby mommy!
That is all.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
- Increases your resting metabolism, which means you continue to burn more calories even when your workout is over
- Takes the strain off of your joints & tendons and puts the pressure back on the muscles, where it belongs.
- Builds stronger bones and fights against osteoperosis
- Doesn't require you to spend hours at the gym, or on the pavement, trying to burn just a few more calories.
- Builds lean body mass while at the same time melts body fat.
- Has been linked to longer, healthier live spans.
- And most importantly, weight training is BADASS!!!
One thing that is not on this list is heart health. Yes, one still needs cardio workouts to strengthen the heart. However, I'm becoming less and less of a steady state cardio fan and more and more of a high intesity interval training fan.
A few weeks ago, I came across this article by Rachel Cosgrove, in it she describes how training for an Ironman actually made her lose muscle tone, increased her body fat and basically turned her flabby. (Please click through and read her whole article, it's a fascinating, but quick read and she says it so much more effectively than I could!) She started to research this phenomena and found the following statistics and studies:
Learn to Love Intensity, Not Duration
Let's review some of the research:
• December 2006, Canadian researchers reported that just two weeks of interval training boosted women's ability to burn fat during exercise by 36%.
• In January 2007, a six-month study was published showing that adding aerobic exercise had no additional effect on body composition, over diet alone.
• In June of 2007, a twelve-month study was published which had the subjects doing six hours of aerobic exercise per week, training six days a week, for one year. The average weight loss was only three pounds for that one-year period.
• According to a British study, levels of Human Growth Hormone, which assists in building muscle and burning fat, skyrocketed 530% in subjects after just thirty seconds of sprinting as fast as they could on a stationary bike.
• Australian fitness researchers had eighteen women perform twenty minutes of interval training on a stationary bike — eight-seconds of sprinting followed by twelve seconds of recovery — throughout the workout, three days a week.
The women lost an average of five-and-a-half pounds over fifteen weeks, without dieting. Similar groups performing forty minutes of moderate cycling, three days a week, actually gained a pound of fat over the same period. Two of the heavier women who did intervals dropped eighteen pounds.
• In a side-by-side comparison, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario measured fitness gains in eight interval exercisers — using twenty to thirty minute cycling workouts that included four to six thirty-second sprints — against eight volunteers who pedaled at a lower intensity for 90 to 120 minutes.
After two weeks, the interval group was every bit as fit as those who worked out three to four times as long.
I'm a convert. I enjoy running and I'm not giving it up completely and I still have every intention of completing a triathlon ~ but I'm no longer looking at it as the fountain of fat loss. These activities are for pure enjoyment ~ the fat loss is going to come from the weight room and intense intervals. Period. So, THIS is why I strength train!
This is the first year that I'll be homeschooling both boys full time. While I know the work load will be much bigger, it will ease our schedule quite a bit ~ the boys will be doing the same activities on the same days now, rather than running from A to B and back to A again. Last year just about killed me! HA!
I'll be using the next two weeks to convert our current "arts & crafts" area back into our "homeschool" area (it seems to morph every single year!) and also sketching out a tentative schedule to see where I can fit my workouts in around the boys' activities. I'm not sure why we call ourselves homeschoolers as we're very rarely HOME!
Anyway, if there are still any readers out there, stay tuned ~ I'll be back to blogging more regularly. Thanks for sticking around and I hope your summer was a fun and full as ours (and I hope you had better weather! The NorthWest is the ONLY area that never got struck by a heat wave. BOO!)
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
After my workout, I met up with a friend and we walked for half an hour. Tomorrow my plan is to do intervals using Jacob's Ladder. 30 seconds on the ladder as fast as I can and then 2 minutes walking. I plan to do that about six times and then sit and relax on the stationary bike for a bit until I have to get my kids out of their class. Then we're all going swimming! Yay!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
As you all know, I've recently taken up weight lifting and I love it. I feel great, I'm getting stronger, I'm losing inches and I'm able to complete a full workout without spending hours at the gym. As you also know, I set some lofty goals at the beginning of the year. Those goals centered around endurance training/races and to be honest, I'm really rethinking those. Obviously, I haven't met, nor am I going to, meet any of the goals I set for races this year. About a month or so ago, I got really really frustrated and down on myself because I realized those goals were out the window. I wasn't sure if I was more upset that I wasn't going to get to do the races I wanted to do, or if I was upset because I'd set goals and hadn't reached them.
After quite a bit of soul searching, and some prodding from my husband, I realized maybe endurace races just aren't my thing? I'm still not sure if that's right or not, but I do know that right now I'm getting more enjoyment out of strength training than I am out of endurance training. There is one thing I do know: If I enjoy an exercise I will do it. If I do not enjoy it I find excuses not to do it.... Hhhmm.....
I started doing a lot of research about strength training vs steady state endurance training for fat loss and I've read a lot of great information (and a TON of conflicting information), I'm still sorting all of that out in my head, but once I do I'll write a more detailed post on my thoughts on this.
I know this blog post is all over the map, and for that I apologize, but this is how my brain has been working lately. My thoughts are all over the map and I've been having a hard time figuring out exactly where I'm going and what goals I'm reaching for. So, I've decided to chuck ALL of my goals. For now, I'm just working out. I'm doing what I enjoy and I'll see where it leads me. So this is what I do:
I lift weights three days a week. Heavy weights ~ none of these pastel colored Barbie weights for this girl. I'm currently up to 80 lbs on my lat pull downs and my seated cable rows. I can't wait to get to 100 lbs!! I'm doing lunges holding a 20 lb medicine ball and I shoulder pressing 20 lb barbells (in each hand). I have to say ~ this makes me smile more than shaving minutes off of my miles ever did!
On the days I'm not lifting weights, I'm doing HIIT cardio ~ High Intensity Interval Training. All out sprint for one minute, slow recovery pace for two minutes. This can be done with any type of exercise and that's why I love it. Run/walk, jump rope, bike, swim, elliptical, etc.... Right now, my favorite is doing the Jacob's ladder (if you watch Biggest Loser, you've seen this!) for one minute (as fast as I can) and then I walk the indoor track for two minutes. The coolest thing about HIIT is that you only have to do about 5-7 repeats and then you're done. You get all of the great calorie burning benefits for hours after your workout without having to spend hours working out.
Again, I realize this post jumped all over the place. I'm still figuring all of this out, I'm always a work in progress and I know I'll find a plan that works for me soon. For now, I'm off to make my menu/grocery list for the week and for the first time in months, I'm actually looking forward to it!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I'm back in the weight room and happy as a clam! How happy are clams anyway? Ok my week looked like this:
- Monday ~ holiday, no workout
- Tuesday ~ met with a personal trainer who mostly wasted my time...
- Wednesday ~ Stage One, Workout A NROLFW* + 1 hour of Aqua Zumba
- Thursday ~ 30 minutes on stationary bike + a few laps around the indoor track
- Friday ~ Stage One, Workout B NROLFW**
- Saturday ~ rest day
- Sunday ~ heading in for Aqua Zumba this afternoon
*Stage One Workout A; 1st workout:
- Squats: 2 sets x 15 reps with 25 lb dumbell goblet hold
- Pushups: 2 sets x 10 reps at 45 degree angle on weight bench
- Cable Rows: 2 sets x 15 reps at 70 lbs
- Step Ups: 2 sets x 15 reps on each leg on a 6" step, body weight
- Prone Jack knife on Swiss Ball: 2 sets x 10 reps
**Stage One Workout B; 1st workout:
- Deadlifts: 2 sets x 15 reps with 50 lb preweighted bar
- Shoulder Press: 2 sets x 15 reps with 12.5 lbs first set; 15 lbs second set (each arm)
- Lat Pull Downs: 2 sets x 15 reps with 70 lbs first set; 85 lbs second set
- Alternating Lunges: 2 sets x 30 reps (15 each leg) with 3 lb hand weights
- Swiss Ball Crunches: 2 sets x 10 reps holding a 10 lb weight on my chest
So there you have it ~ my workouts for the week.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I've been overly consumed with the tests and doctor appointments concerning my TBI (more on that later), my dad has had major surgery, there has been a surplus of family drama and for a while, I was just completely and majorly overwhelmed. My workouts were put on the back burner. And like in the past, when my workouts suffer, so do my eating habits. *sigh*
I let my membership at the gym expire and we joined (as a family) the brand spankin' new YMCA in the next town over. It was *exactly* what I needed to find my inspiration! All of those shiny new machines have been calling my name. Indoor track? Yes, please. Lap pool? Why sure! Climbing Wall? Absolutely!!!
I've joined a six month challenge over at the JPFitness Forums (can't link because the site seems to be down right now. ggrrrr....). We post our starting stats, and our "before" pics and on the first of each month we update our info with pics and new stats. I'll be keeping a training log over there, but I'll continue to update here as well. That log will be just to track workouts. My thoughts, musings and everything else will still be posted here.
My plan is to lift weights three times a week and do cardio and/or yoga 2x per week (with some additional light cardio on my lifting days).
The pictures below were taken in June before I started weightlifting, and I'm using those as my before pictures for now. I'll have my husband snap some more this week (if I think about it). And here are my starting stats:
- Height: 5'5:
- Weight: 217.8
- Body Fat %: 50.2
- Wasit: 43"
- Hips: 48"
- Thighs: 23"
- Biceps: 12"
- Under Chest: 40.5"
- Chest: 46.5"
- Neck: 15"
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I sometimes want to scream and rant to them that while their intentions are good and they think they are being "healthy" they are, in actuality, slowly killing themselves and their metabolism. Our bodies are designed to digest real foods that came from the earth. Not synthetic foods that came from a science lab.
"Why would a fat substitute confuse the body? Food with a sweet or fatty taste usually indicates a large number of calories, and the taste triggers various responses by the body, including salivation, hormonal secretions and metabolic reactions. Fat substitutes can interfere with that relationship when the body expects to receive a large burst of calories but is fooled by a fat substitute."
Is it always easy? No way. There are so many things I'd rather do than spend double the time I used to in a grocery store reading every label of everything that goes into my cart. Are there times when I give in and just say screw it ~ yes, absolutely. In fact, I'm going through one of those times right now and it's why I've been so silent around here lately. With the end of the school year, new routines to try to figure out, all the crap going on with my TBI, and deciding whether or not to jump ship at the gym and give up my membership and join the new YMCA, I don't have any brain power left each day to devote to nutrition and whole foods eating. But that's the catch ~ the longer I go eating like crap, the more it effects my brain power and more fuzzy, yucky & gross I feel.
This article is exactly what I needed to pull myself out of my funk. I hope it helps someone out there in blogland, too.
Full Article here: Fat Substitutes Linked to Weight Gain: Rats On High-Fat Diet Gained More Weight After Eating Low-Calorie Potato Chips Made With Fat Substitutes
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The funny part is that it sends a test message to your contacts. I did not know this. My poor mother was just going about her business today when her phone rang (from my number) and she got the above message when she answered.
She thought my husband's plane went down. She wasn't a happy camper when I called to tell her it was a false alarm! Whoops! Sorry Mom!!
Monday, June 6, 2011
Friday morning my husband and I decided we'd had enough of our crappy sectional sofa and decided to get rid of it. We bought it from Costco 5 1/2 years ago and it was truly a big, colassal piece of shit. My husband had emailed Costco about it, just stating that it was horrible and that the repair company never did come out to fix a recall from two years ago, and that we'd never buy furniture from them again. We just wanted to voice our frustration. We got an email back from Costco telling us to return it to the store for a full refund. Um, what? We've had it over 5 years.
We decided to head to our local Costco to talk to the manager there. While my hubby did that, the boys and I ate lunch at the food court. Sure enough, the manager told us to bring it in. No problem. We felt a little guilty about it, but everyone at Costco was so pleasant and didn't even blink about it. We made it perfectly clear that it was not our intention to have used a couch for free for the past five years.
We went home and loaded up the couch into the truck and drove back to Costco. I have to stop here and tell you: I helped load that heavy, awkward peice of crap and my muscles didn't even flinch. That new weight lifting program RAWKS! In the past I would have had to stop every few feet to rearrange my grip, set the couch down, stretch my arms, etc....not Friday. I could have kept going for five more couches. I was so excited. I might have babbled on about it for the rest of the weekend. Maybe.
So, anyway, we off loaded the couch back to Costco and were issued a check for our purchase price + tax. We headed to the bank and deposited the check, looked at one another and said "Now what?" We decided to head to the Lazy Boy store just to see what they had. We'd browsed their store room numerous times and liked a lot of their peices but they were often over priced or out of our price range.
There had been a set there several months ago that I'd fallen in love with, but it was super expensive and there was no way we were going to spend that much on a set while we still have two small boys and two dirty dogs... *sigh*
As luck would have it, Lazy Boy has been hit fairly hard by the economy (who hasn't, right?) and they are currently changing management companies. The new management company wants all of the old inventory cleared out so they can bring all new pieces.
That set I fell in love with? It was still there. It was marked down to stupid cheap and we were able to buy a couch, a chair and a half (???) and an ottoman for $50 less than that check Costco just gave us! Hello?!? Destiny???? So, we went home and measured to make sure it would all fit and then headed to dinner (you know, to spend the rest of that $50) and discuss our options to make sure this set is really what we wanted. Oh, and we had promised the kids ice cream earlier in the day, so we hit DQ on the way home.....
We called and bought the set and scheduled to pick it up the next morning. Saturday was already busy without adding in a new couch ~ so we woke up early and after drinking some coffee and fiddling on the computer I headed to the gym (I'd skipped my Friday workout becasue of the couch situation). I only had a small window of time to get my workout done, I was scheduled to change up a few things in the workout and increase my weights). My head wasn't in it. I kept looking at the clock, I kept thinking about everything that we needed to do that day and I wasn't focused. I quit my workout halfway through and headed home.
My huband left to get the couch and I hopped in the shower and drank a protein shake and ate a banana. When he got home, we unloaded the couch grabbed the kids and some snacks and headed out to country. The farm from which we get our raw milk was having a big celebration that day and we headed out to join the fun and meet the cows! The boys had sandwiches in the truck. I ate an apple and some Cheezits.
After the dairy farm, we headed home and were able to sit quietly for about half an hour and then we were off again! It was Date Night! Several families trade child care each month, where one family keeps all of the kids (11 total) and the other couples get a night out. We dropped the kids off and my husband and I set out to run a few more errands and grab dinner (we really know how to live it up on date night, don't we? HA!) We hit a mongolian bbq for dinner. You know, where you load your plate up with meats and veggies and sauces and they cook it up for you? My tummy was plenty full after my first plate, but I'd somehow messed up my sauce and my food was tasteless. My tummy was satisfied, but my palate wasn't. So I went up for plate number two. I only made a small amount and the sauce was much better. I felt sick as we left....ugh.
I was scheduled for a class here on Sunday, and it's about two hours from our house. I got up bright and early, drank some coffee and ate a banana and a smoothie. I packed my lunch and packed up my gear and headed out to the gun range for eight blissful hours. By the time I was heading home, I was starving and had to stop to get something to eat. Fast food drive thru....
Needless to say, I woke up this morning feeling like a fat, puffy, salt lick. In case you lost count ~ that was Friday: lunch at Costco, dinner at Red Robin & Dairy Queen for dessert. Saturday it was lunch in the truck and dinner at Mongolian BBQ, Sunday it was breakfast on the go, lunch at a gun range & dinner at McD's.
Yea, the weigh in this morning wasn't pretty. More on that later....right now, I'm heading to the gym!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I did manage to remember to go to the gym yesterday, so somewhere in the recesses of my brain I must've known it was Monday. Somewhere. In one of those deep, dark corners.
Anyway, my current weight is 215.4. That's a .8 lb drop from last week. I started my period right after last week's weigh in, so that could have been another reason that it was slightly up (that and the fact that I wasn't counting calories.)
I planned on upping my cardio last week, but it just never happened. Both boys were sick and Boy 1 ended up with a major asthma event and well, you know what happens when life throws curve balls.
I'm back to counting calories and also tracking my protein. I'm still positively in love with this new weight lifting program. I started Week Three yesterday and the results are astounding! Two weeks ago I started out on the cable row machine with 50 lbs. Yesterday I was at 90 lbs. I hope to hit 100 lbs next week. I know I'm losing inches all over and it's killing me to not measure myself. But not until I'm finished with this first stage. If all of workouts happene when scheduled, I should complete my final workout of this stage on June 24. I'll take my measurements on Monday, June 27. I can't wait!
I'm going to be trying some new recipes this week. If all works out, I'll post them here.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Having said that, I have to admit that there are a few processed foods that I simply can't give up. These are my vices.
Whey protein powder. Since I've started lifting heavy weights, I simply need more protein to recover. Whey has been used and cherished as a wonder food for thousands of years. If I were into making my own cheese, I would have my own whey. But it wouldn't be vanilla flavored. And I don't make cheese. So, powdered whey is where I turn. I did a lot of reading and a lot of research before I took the leap. Jay Robb has been getting his whey from grass fed cows since way before grass fed became the mating call for all primal & paleo devotees. He also uses stevia to sweeten his protein powders instead of sugar or splenda. Major kudos from me on that one. I'm comfortable with Jay Robb's products and I feel good using them and sharing them with my kids.
Monday, May 23, 2011
As soon as the hubs told me about this event I grabbed the computer (quite possibly out of his hands) and immediately sent off an email to two of my most stylish and girlie girl friends (hi Ann, hi Cricket!). I mean, I love playing Cinderella as much as the next girl, but seriously, I haven't been this dressed up since my sororoity formals in college.