Fun Filled Weekend

Hello and happy weekend! I hope you’ve been having a wonderful one. Mine has been full of fun, so I’m now enjoying a much needed lazy day. My liver also likes the break. There are weekends like this one that are full of alcohol and fun, which is totally okay, but my body really craves the other kind of weekends with less alcohol and more exercise. I’m hoping to give into that craving next weekend!

So what did I do in my fun and alcohol infused weekend? Well, Friday we sat out on our deck for a while and enjoyed the sunshine. I wanted a little happy hour action, so we headed out to our usual bar for the meat raffle they put on every Friday. I love me a good meat raffle! There, my friend Julie joined us with her new husband. We may have switched wedding rings.

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Can you see my nails in the picture above? Not very well, huh. Here’s a better view.

IMG_2327[1]I finally gave my Jamberry Nails another chance! I first bought and wore them in November when we went to Hawaii. They didn’t stay on very long, and I wasn’t very happy with them. I recently found out that there is an official video out there on how to put the nails on best. I watched it, and tried again on Friday. It worked well!

In case you don’t know what Jamberry Nails are, they are nail shields that you put on your nails like stickers. They are supposed to stay on for 10-14 days. I’m hoping they do! It took me about half an hour to get them on this time around. I’m hoping it goes faster with more practice.

So that was my Friday evening. We left the bar pretty early, but it was still plenty of fun for one night.

Saturday was even more fun! We had plans to go to a beer and wine expo in a town nearby with friends, and then grill out with them later. Have you ever gone to a beer or wine tasting event? They are so much fun! This one gave us a real glass (instead of a plastic one), and there were about 100 different kinds of beer to taste. We stayed away from the wine since mixing beer and wine doesn’t work out so well. The wine will also get you drunk fast, which we didn’t want either. Instead, we went around an arena and tried all of the beer we could. It was so fun!

IMG_2336[1]Yep, I even got a pretzel necklace! The Gopher hockey team played in the national championship yesterday, so I had to wear my MN t-shirt. Unfortunately they lost. Bummer.

After the event, we went back to our friends house, grilled, and got sleepy. I was in bed around midnight. I like early nights!

I had huge plans of running and cleaning today, but I woke up with a major headache. I had sobered up before coming home, so I don’t get why I have such a headache! It’s annoying. So I’m having a lazy day of taking care of myself instead of worrying about a run. It works out anyway since it’s so cold outside! It’s a gray and windy day, feeling like only 30* outside. Brr! A perfect day to stay inside and be lazy.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back later this week to regale you with tails of the hiking and running I’m going to do in the next few days while I’m in North Carolina for work. I’m excited for warm weather and blooming flowers! Have a lovely end to your weekend!

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I Like to Move It, Move It… Except CrossFit

Happy Hump Day! I’m coming to you from my new tablet keyboard. I’m a nerd, but I was super excited to buy this thing. It’s going to take me a bit to get used to it since it’s smaller than a regular keyboard, but it will make blogging from my tablet a lot easier. Hooray for that!

I have so many things to talk about! Where do I start? How about workouts and how I’ve been rocking them lately. Here’s a summary of last week’s workouts (you’ve seen some of these):

Sunday, 3/30 – 3.06 mile run/walk (13:42 pace)
Monday, 3/31 – 45 min walk (ave 3.5 mph)
Tuesday, 4/1 – 25 min treadmill run/walk (ave 3.9 mph) + arm strength training
Thursday, 4/3 – 40 min full body strength training
Saturday, 4/4 – 80 min walk (ave 2.9 mph)

Nice, huh? Here’s a hint into this week – it’s gotten even better and more intense. I’m beaming with pride for myself!

Speaking of workouts, guess where I was yesterday? If you guessed CrossFit from the title of this post, then you were right! Here is the backstory of how I ended up at a CrossFit class if you can’t remember. The weekend before last I went to a garage party at my friend Kim’s house. A friend of hers was there with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend happens to own a CrossFit box and game me his card. I used what female balls I possess and sucked up the courage to call the guy and make an appointment for a CrossFit intro class. So that’s where I was last night.

I was so nervous going in yesterday. I know I’m in horrible shape right now, so I was really worried about how the workout would go. It didn’t go that bad, but it was still tough. My intro class was just me and one other girl, Katherine. She was pretty skeptical about CrossFit, thinking it couldn’t be as awesome as everyone says it is. I kind of felt the same way. She was also in awesome shape, having just finished 6 weeks of Insanity. I told her she was insane. :)

So that sets the picture for you. Two of us in the class – one in really good shape, and one in awful shape. Oh boy.

We started the workout with a 200M jog around the gym, some dynamic stretching, and then rounds of high knees, butt kickers, skips, and bear crawls back and forth from one end of the gym to the other. I was just fine on everything except the bear crawls. Apparently my hands and feet don’t work together, and I get really winded in that position. I made it down to the end and that was it. Oh well. I felt embarrassed, but I moved on.

After warming up, we went over how to squat, do burpees, do wall-balls, and do kettlebell swings. I was okay on learning everything, although I’m not so good at wall-balls. I can’t get the squat and throw the ball all in one motion. First timers, man.

Finally, we did our little workout. It was 5 wall-balls, 5 burpees, and 5 kettlebell swings, three times through for time. I just about died. I should add at this point my blood sugar and majorly dropped, and I was going through a caffeine crash. I was physically shaking. Great point to start a workout! I got through it, although I felt so winded, in less than 5 minutes. That was the worst 4 minutes and 20 seconds of my life! I just felt fat, old, and slow. *sigh*

The rest of the evening I really debated what I was going to do next. Should I sign up for CrossFit? Obviously it would be stretching my comfort zone and could potentially get me into really good shape. In the end, I decided not to. Here are my three reasons why I’m not going to sign up for CrossFit:

  1. I don’t want to feel embarrassed with myself again. This may sound like a silly reason, but I really contemplated crying in those 4 minutes and 20 seconds because of my own frustration with where I have ended up in my fitness.
  2. The price tag is hefty for someone who can’t always attend workouts. The lowest price for a 4 month commitment is $100 per month for 2 sessions a week. For someone who is out of town a lot, that ends up to me an expensive cost per each visit. Trust me, I made a spreadsheet. Smile
  3. My husband is hoping to be a local truck driver soon, and he wants to be my workout buddy. How would that work if I’m doing CrossFit? It wouldn’t.

So that’s my reasoning. I was really iffy about it. I always worry about hurting someone’s feelings or disappointing them – which is how I felt with the owner. I need to do what’s right for me, and that’s it. I did learn that I like kettlebell swings though!

This is getting long with no pictures. I suppose I could add some, but meh. I’m lazy. You can deal with all words, right? Winking smile

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Small Successes & Spring Cleaning

Almost Friday! I actually was thinking today was Friday on my drive to my client this morning since I won’t be there tomorrow. We are getting yet another snowstorm, so I am saving myself the 2 hour drive down to the client in snow. Yay! I needed a break from that drive. It is so exhausting! In fact, yesterday I was pretty much an exhausted puddle when I got home. I ate dinner, snacked way too much because I was tired, and finally crawled into bed at around 8:45. I was ready! I also took a rest day from exercise since I needed the rest. Today I’m feeling a little refreshed, but still pretty tired.

Celebrating Small Successes

This morning I read this post by Monica at RunEatRepeat, and it really made me think about how many negatives I focus on. If you don’t want to click over to the post, basically Monica talks about an article she read regarding weight loss and how we are always punishing ourselves for the bad things we did on our diet, but we aren’t celebrating the successes. Totally summarizing here based on what I got out of the post.

Anyway, it made me think about my small successes and how I should celebrate and be thankful for them. I even went back to that little food and exercise journal I’ve been keeping on my phone and added successes for each day. Let’s celebrate them together! Here are my successes from the past week:

  • I exercised for 5 days in a row! Some of those were outside when we had beautiful weather!
  • I went to a party on Saturday and drank without worrying about calories, diet, etc. and had an absolute blast! (without a hangover the next day too!)
  • I took care of myself on Sunday by getting a 1.5 hour massage. So needed!
  • Since Monday I’ve had a clean meal every single day!
  • Besides my clean meals, my other meals have been pretty darn healthy as well!
  • I’ve also slipped in some treats – no room for treats = not a way I want to live my life.

  • I’ve listened to my body and its hunger signals during most eating adventures this week!
  • Yesterday I listened to my body’s call for sleep and went to bed early!
  • This morning I ordered my Caribou breakfast I had on Monday and Tuesday without worrying about the calories or healthiness of it! (Yesterday I made my own at home, thinking I could cut some calories there. It ended disastrously by not filling me up and sent me into a downward spiral of being hungry all.day.long)

  • This evening I pushed myself to exercise when all I really wanted to do was lay on the couch, but I knew my body had the energy for a workout.

Now I’m feeling really awesome about the progress I’ve made! I’m going to keep putting my small successes into my journal so I can go back and see the little things before I think about how “bad” I’ve been doing.

Spring Cleaning

Do you guys do spring cleaning at your house? It seems like I only do 2 big/deep cleans to our house a year – once in the spring/summer and once in the fall/winter. I’ve been noticing so many things that need to be done around our house lately. I’ve even looked at my calendar and thought about taking some time off work to do a spring clean. That might still happen. When I do get the time, I’m looking to do so much! Specifically, I want to get the following done:

  • Clean baseboards and vacuum edges of carpet
  • Clean vents and light fixtures
  • Vacuum up all cobwebs (so many!)
  • Clean door hinges
  • Deep clean kitchen (ugh)
  • De-clutter & take stuff to Goodwill
  • Clean windows, tracks, and shades
  • Clean ceiling (I’m not even sure how to do this, but it’s needed) and paint touch-up
  • Clean and organize garage

It looks like a little list, but that’s actually a lot to do. Now that I’m looking at it though, I’m thinking of manageable ways to get it all done. I could totally just start cleaning vent and light fixtures on any old day. Nobody said I have to do them all at once. I could start de-cluttering little by little. I really want to tackle our kitchen and extra bedroom upstairs first. Those, plus our basement storage, are the worst!

*pause as I spent a little time on Pinterest looking at organization ideas*

Okay, I’m back. I found some good organization ideas that I want to do! I’ll share next week. I’m home, so I’m going to get some of my spring cleaning projects started.

Most of this post was written in the morning. Now I’m back in the evening to finish it off. The snow storm started. Here is my drive home:

Ugh! The 2 hour drive took almost 3 hours. It was quite nasty. I’m glad to stay inside tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening!

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Moving & Eating

Happy Tuesday y’all! I just posted to Twitter last night that it would be a miracle if I blogged this week due to my busy work schedule (lots of driving), so I guess it must be because here I am! I thought I would be absolutely exhausted, but I’m actually fairing very well. It must be my Vitamin D supplements I’ve been taking. I think they are really starting to help with my energy levels. Seriously, I’ve gotten some awesome workouts in the last few days. I’m actually going to start updating my exercise log (it’s still October right now!) because I’m proud of the exercise I’ve been getting. Look at this from last week through today:

  • Monday – 35 min treadmill walk @ 3mph
  • Wednesday – 3.12 mile run/walk @ 14:05 ave pace
  • Friday – 30 min treadmill walk @ 3.33mph
  • Saturday – 30 min treadmill run/walk @ 4mph ave
  • Sunday – 3.06 mile run/walk @ 13:42 ave pace
  • Monday – 45 min walk around the gym track with Julie @ 3.5mph
  • Tuesday – 25 min treadmill run/walk @ 3.9mph ave + arm strength training

A lot of walking and some running. I’ll take it! I’m hoping to increase the running this week, and I guess I’m off to a good start. I did realize after my workout today that I need to just cover up the time and pace on the treadmill and just run/walk to what feels good like I do outside. I’m so much slower on the treadmill otherwise.

Clean Eating

This week I’m trying to make at least one meal per day a “clean” meal. That just means no processed foods for one meal per day. I totally failed on Sunday, unless you call my juice I had in between meals as a meal. I don’t, but that’s okay. Anyway, I took pictures of my food today to help me out with that goal. Plus, I’ve been keeping a food and exercise journal the last few   days and have found it very helpful to see where I could clean and tighten things up a bit. See if you can guess which was my clean meal today!

For breakfast I stopped through the Caribou Coffee drivethru. I did this yesterday and enjoyed it so much that I decided to do it again today. Today I had an egg white and turkey bacon sandwich along with a decaf coffee with soy milk and one shot of white chocolate syrup.

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Seriously, I haven’t ever just gotten a coffee with a flavor shot before. I loved it! Sure, I added a few extra calories, but I sipped on that thing all morning and into the afternoon. I’m weird and am okay with cold coffee, so I didn’t finish this until about 2pm. Then it was finally lunch time.

Today’s lunch was some leftovers from last night. This is also last night’s picture since it’s much prettier than the leftovers. I tried out a new recipe I had pinned – Honey Mustard Crunchy Chicken and Plantain Salad from PaleOMG.

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I modified the original recipe in the following ways:

  • I used a rotisserie chicken since it was already 8pm, and I didn’t want to have to wait for some chicken to thaw and be baked.
  • I cooked the onion since I used a frozen chopped red onion I had in my freezer.
  • Since my chicken was already hot, I didn’t heat it up in the pan or make it crunchy.
  • I had to use a mix of honey and agave syrup since my honey didn’t want to come out of the bottle.

I liked it, but it was a bit too heavy on the mustard for me. Next time I’ll use less. I did find out that I like to cook with plantains though. I must find more plantain recipes!

Around mid-afternoon I decided I needed a little chocolate pick-me-up. I had 3 squares of coffee flavored chocolate.

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That was just the ticket to wrap up my work day.

On my long drive home (2 hours), I had a KIND bar to fuel my workout that was coming up as soon as I got back to town.

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Yes I took this picture while driving 75 mph. I am naughty. Winking smile

Finally, after my workout tonight I had some BBQ chicken pizza that was inspired by Becky at Olives ‘n Wine.

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I made it my own way by using a low carb tortilla, barbeque sauce, rotisserie chicken, and Mexican blend cheese. I ended up using too much barbeque sauce, so I also ended up topping it with Greek yogurt to take the bite out.

CrossFit

On Saturday I met a CrossFit gym owner at a friend’s party. He gave me his card and invited me to try it out. Can you believe I am actually doing it? I scheduled my intro appointment today for next Tuesday at 7pm. I’m so nervous and excited at the same time! The only issue I’m having is what if I like it? It’s so expensive! The lowest price is $85 per month. Plus I travel a lot, so it’s not like I would be able to go every week. For now, I’m just telling myself I’m going to try it out. If I like it, then I will figure out my next steps.

Well, I need to get my kitchen picked up and head to bed. Nighty night!

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Fun in the Sun & A Doctor Visit

Hello my homies! It’s been a while! I was off gallivanting around in Key West, FL last week partially for work and partially for fun, so I didn’t feel like stopping in. I had such a wonderful trip! I got outside and ran/walked or just walked every single day. It was marvelous! I even spent one whole day by the pool. I desperately need spring and warm weather to make it here. Alas, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen anytime soon. :( To keep on thinking warm thoughts, here are some pictures I took last week:

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Just looking out over the boardwalk. Water is so calming to walk by.

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I really wish palm trees grew in MN!

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Eek a shark! It’s okay, it’s from the aquarium.

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The views from on top of the shipwreck museum. They would be a lot better if the cruise ships and that hotel weren’t in the way!

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Hemmingway’s house

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I took myself on a little sushi date to El Mar Restaurant. I highly recommend it.

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The southernmost point of the US! I took this out of my windshield so I wouldn’t have to find somewhere to park. ;)

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This is the view you get as you drive up (or down) the keys. I did that for fun on Friday right before I had to leave.IMG_2190

My little sunbathing buddy. I swear he hung out with me pretty much all day.

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I had fun looking at the map to see where exactly I was in the world. Look at how close I am to Havana and the Bahamas!

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Just a view of the waterway on one of my walks.

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My wheels for the week. I think the guys at the rental agency thought it was funny.

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Just cooling my legs in the pool after a run.

IMG_2165A puffer fish and stingray just swimming along together in the marina.

I told you I had a blast! Florida is my second favorite state to visit, only beaten by Hawaii. I can’t wait to go back!

Reality

This week I came back to reality after that gorgeous trip. On Tuesday I went to the doctor to see if there is anything that can be blamed for my extreme weight gain besides my own eating and exercise habits. I feel like I’ve gained so much so quickly that there has to be something else going on. I talked with my doctor (and cried) and got some blood tests done. I won’t find out most of the results for a couple of weeks, but my doctor’s office did call today to let me know my Vitamin D levels are low. That can totally explain why I have been so tired and emotional lately! I started taking a supplement today, but obviously I haven’t felt any better yet. These past couple of days I’ve been so tired that I took a nap on the couch after work. Today I didn’t feel like I had any energy to move, and I ended up bingeing to make myself feel better. Of course that didn’t work.

Besides the tests, my doctor recommended I decrease my starchy carb and alcohol intake, and increase my fruits, veggies, and proteins. Of course I haven’t done that. I had so many chips in the last couple of days that I don’t want to see another one for a while! I’m going to take my doctor’s advice starting tomorrow. I’m planning on making myself some juice and eating plenty of yogurt. Those are apparently energizing foods. I’ve also started counting my calories again, but not freaking out if I go over my daily limits. I ran this by Jamie during my call with her on Tuesday, and she was super supportive about it. As long as I’m listening to my body, not restricting too much (a little is normal), and treating myself with love, counting calories doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I’m making sure to do all of those (except today and yesterday of course when I binged… le sigh).

So that’s what’s up with me right now! I hope to be back soon with more energizing news!

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Duluth Eats

Hello from Duluth!

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I got up here last night around 10:30 and immediately jumped in bed. Wearing my PJs up and washing my face before I left were great decisions!

On the way up last night I ate some mini Milky Ways. At first I planned to eat the whole bag, then I didn’t, and finally I did again and ate them all. Worth it.

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Today I’m working with coworkers again! It’s so nice to see people and get to talk to them all day.

Breakfast was on the go. I had a baby banana and then some Raisin Bran cereal. I only ate a tiny amount of the cereal in the morning and ended up eating the rest at about 4pm.

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For lunch we headed across the street from our client for some Italian food. I had half of a turkey Jack melt and a cup of pasta fagioli soup. The soup was super spicy so I only ate about 3/4 of it.

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The rest of my work day was pretty boring. Apparently evryone at my client is sick, so we all drank Airborne today. I do not want to get sick again!

After getting back to our hotel and changing into sweats (okay, everyone else wore jeans), we headed out to one of the many Grandma’s restaurants up here. I was in the mood for a beer, so of course I had one of those. No picture because beers are made to be drinken! Along with the beers we ordered some nachos to share. Here they are after we demolished a bunch:

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Some sweet arm shadow in there too. ;)

After some nachos, I also had half of a BLT and some sweet potato fries. Here’s what’s left:

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Now I have to talk myself into working out after drinking a beer. I told myself I’d do it at 8:30, so it looks like I have 45 minutes to relax. I better get on that! Bye!

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So Much Good (and Weird) Food

Happy hump day! Are you ready for some more pictures of food?! I’ve been having fun with this the last two days. It’s made me excited to make something and eat some healthy foods.

First, I need to share that I had a Hershey’s chocolate before I went to bed last night. I needed to get the extreme garlic taste out of my mouth and this was just the ticket.

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Now here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast was another strange omelet creation: onion, green peppers, peas, egg whites, and avocado. I also added a slice of whole wheat toast with yogurt spread since I wanted my breakfast to keep me full until noonish when I could eat lunch.

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Yeah, that only kept me satisfied until about 11:15. By the time I could leave my client at 12:30, I was HANGRY. Good thing I had yesterday’s leftover kabocha squash on hand. I call this lunch part 1.

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Around 3 I was ready for lunch part 2. I dug through my fridge to see what I could make somewhat quickly. I saw all of the right ingredients for some tortilla pizzas. Bonus points – I used up all of the ingredients that went to make this!

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Have I ever shared with you how I make these? They are one of my favorite quick foods to make when I’m craving something tomato-y. Here’s some quick instructions:

  1. Bake low-carb tortillas in a 350* oven for 5 minutes <—I use low-carb because they are chewier in texture
  2. Slather with tomato paste and top with cheese & desired toppings (these have Colby-jack cheese and feta)
  3. Bake for 5 more minutes

That’s it! They are delightful. I always make two because I don’t feel that one is filling enough.

While I was waiting for my tortillas to bake, I actually went through my fridge and threw some things away. There were a lot of moldy things in there! We hadn’t gone through everything for months. I’m glad that project is finally done!

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My whole afternoon was spent finishing some things before work. I had planned to be done working around 2 in order to get some things done around the house, but that didn’t work out. 4:30 snuck up on me! I finally got in the workout I had planned then. Today I did Jessica Smith TV’s HIIT Cardio. Holy crap, it was hard! I was a sweaty mess.

Dinner this evening was a chicken stir fry topped with avocado. A few thoughts on this – (1) I didn’t know what sauce to use, so I went with hoison… it was a wonderful choice! It was perfectly sweet. (2) I had half of an avocado left that I needed to use, so I threw the whole half on top (similar to this morning)… yep, I’d do that again! I really liked this meal! I took a picture before I mixed it all together, and then I decided to take another one after.

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There was rice under there! Smile

Well that was my whole day in a nutshell. I was too busy today trying to get things done to have any deep thoughts to share. Perhaps I’ll have some tomorrow… or not.

Now I’m off to drive up to Duluth. I’ll get there just in time to crawl into bed – perfect! I might have a snack on my way up (or maybe not since it’s late), but I’ll share that tomorrow. Nighty night!

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Pictures of Food

What-up! When’s the last time you heard someone say that?! Winking smile I hope you are all having a fabulous week. I’ve actually been home this week! Well, I’m working at a client in town, but I’ve been home in the mornings and evenings. It’s been so nice! Alas, I’m leaving tomorrow evening for Duluth, but it should be a fun trip. I’ll actually get to be working with other people! Socializing during the work day (or just during the week!), here I come!

Taking Pictures of Food

So I used to want to be like all of those other bloggers out there who take daily pictures of what they eat. It didn’t work out for me, so I moved on to whatever style I have now (none?). However, yesterday evening I was thinking about how I’m trying to eat healthier, and I thought that maybe taking pictures of my food would encourage me to eat foods that are healthy but fun as well. So I gave it a shot (and also experimented with bolding and font colors). Here is what I ate today:

For breakfast I made an egg white and Brussels sprout omelet. Does that sound weird? It’s just some sautéed onions, liquid egg whites, chopped up Brussels sprouts, Colby-jack cheese, and avocado. Quirky and not very photogenic, but delicious.

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I brought this pear with me to work, but I didn’t think I’d actually eat it. The joke was on me! I ended up getting hungry before my 11am call with Jamie, so I ate my pear (and wiped the juice off my shirt… sucker was juicy!).

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Since I had the pear in the morning, I didn’t think I’d be hungry again until at least 1pm. The joke was on me again! 12 hit, and my stomach was making hungry feelings. I thought I’d let it do that for a while, but it was so distracting that I gave in. I had some leftovers from our hibachi visit on Sunday to enjoy. I’m sort of sad those are gone. I freaking love hibachi!

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Since the weather was absolutely gorgeous today for once, I went for a walk when I got home (early!!). It was 45*!! My walk was kind of an adventure since I had to dodge a lot of snow and puddles. It was also emotional as I thought about some personal issues that came up during my call with Jamie. I tell you, walks are just as good as therapy!

I was actually hungry again when I got back from my walk. My appetite has really been surprising me today! I didn’t expect to be hungry again until dinner time since my hibachi leftovers were quite big. Whatevs.

I came up with this snack idea. It’s two graham crackers with peanut butter on top. I can’t believe I’ve never done this before! It’s really good!

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Finally, I made a strange meal for dinner. I guess I’m in a strange meal mood? Dinner was roasted kabocha squash and garlic cauliflower rice with chicken and feta.

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I told you it was strange! I needed to use some of the food that is about to go bad in my fridge. Actually there was a ton that went bad before I had a chance to use it. Fail. This kabocha I had already eaten half of, so I had half of a raw kabocha squash sitting in my fridge for the last 3ish weeks. If I am sick tomorrow, you know why!

Other Mini Goals

Remember the mini goals I set last week? Eating more vegetables was one of them. I think I did that wonderfully today!

Anyway, the other goals were to move more and drink more water. I’ve done okay on the moving more thing, thanks to my Chimes app. I haven’t always done a 5 minute workout when it went off, but I have been at least getting up and going to the bathroom or getting more water. Still some good movement!

Besides moving during the work day, I also worked out two times last week. Both involved doing Jessica Smith TV workouts off of You Tube. I haven’t done any of her workouts in a while, and I forgot just how much I like them! In fact, I like them so much, that I decided to do her weekly schedule this week. I’m not going to say I’m going to do it ever week, since I am really bad at following plans, but I’m trying for this week at least.

To follow Jessica’s plan, yesterday should have been a 30 minute walk and today a strength session. Yep, I didn’t go for a walk yesterday since I was so tired from a Sunday Funday I partook in the day before. Instead, I slipped the walk in today along with the strength session. That works.

So that was the exercise part of my mini goals. Now what about the water? I did okay on that front until Friday. I didn’t track my water intake on Friday or over the weekend, but I know I didn’t drink enough. I was so darn dehydrated yesterday! I got right back to tracking and drank 50 ounces yesterday. Hopefully I drink even more the rest of the week!

This is long, so I’m out of here to clean a little and relax for the rest of the evening. Later gators!

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Some Mini Goals

Look at me blogging for a 3rd day in a row! Sometimes I am just feeling it, and others I’m so not. This week I’m feeling it.

I just wanted to drop in quick and tell you about my goals for this week. I have felt lately that there is so much that I want to work on, but it’s hard to focus on them all at once. Last night I decided to just make up a couple of healthy goals for this week. Here they are:

1. Drink as much liquid as I possibly can. I’ve been so dehydrated and puffy the last few months due to an increased sodium intake and a decreased liquid intake. It’s annoying when I go to put my rings on in the morning, and I have to really push them on because my fingers are swollen. I’m tracking my liquid (I don’t want to say water, because I’m counting every liquid but alcohol) on the Waterlogged app for my iPhone, aiming for 64 ounces per day. Yes, more would probably be better, but when I’m starting from like 20-40 ounces per day, I think 64 is a good goal.

2. Get more movement and exercise into my daily life. Last night I downloaded another app for my iPhone called Chime!. It allows you to set a rotation for an alarm to go off. I’ve set it for every two hours, when I will get up and do a quick 5 minute stretch or exercise session during my work day. If I don’t have that, I literally sit on my butt for just about my full 8 hour work day. Yesterday I found myself so darn tired in the afternoon, and I think it’s because I’m lacking movement. This should help!

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I am also aiming to work out more this week. Any workout will do! Yesterday was an 8 minute SparkPeople workout in the morning plus a 22 minute Jessica Smith TV workout in the evening (both found on YouTube).

3. Eat veggies at one meal per day. I’ve been seriously lacking veggies in my diet lately. Do the onions in my soup and on my pizza count as veggies for yesterday? Um, no. Today I believe I’m going to get a Noodles & Co. salad for dinner. I freaking love their Med Salad, but with shrimp not pork.

That’s it! I think anything more than 3 would be too hard to accomplish.

I also have to share this graphic that BodyMedia FIT shared on Facebook:

Not fat

It kind of gives a new perspective doesn’t it? I have fat, but I’m not fat! I think that’s going to be my new motto.

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Still Working on Body Love

Hello friends! It’s another cold winter day here. Ugh. Will spring ever come?! I’m in Rochester, MN this week at my favorite client, so it’s going to be a good week regardless of the cold weather. Thank goodness!

Body Love

I believe I’ve told you that I’m working on some body love right now as part of my intuitive eating journey and healing myself from diets. It’s not easy! Some days I feel awesome about myself, and then others I feel awful. I know that sounds pretty normal, but the awful ones are just really, really awful. An example: This weekend I went to a bachelorette party for my friend Julie. I was already feeling like crap since it’s that time of the month, and I had super bad cramps and bloating. TMI? Don’t care. Anyway, I tried to wear an outfit that I felt good in, but it didn’t stop me from judging myself. After we would take a picture, or when I would see my reflection in something, I just kept spewing the self hate. I can be so cruel.

Where am I going with this? Well, nowhere really. I just want to tell you I’m working on it. I started the book, Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance, last week, but of course I immediately fell behind on the whole daily practice. (It’s a daily journal prompter to move you towards loving yourself.) Travel and a busy schedule will do that. Then over the weekend, I just didn’t want to work on loving myself. Yep, I just wanted to get in my own way and hate myself for being fat.

Today I’m starting back at the book with days 3 and 4. See, I really got far when I started the book! I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m hoping it gets to at least a place of acceptance. After the lows of the last couple of weekends, that’s all I am hoping for.

My Intuitive Eating Journey

I think I should stop and do a recap of my intuitive eating journey – what I’ve done, what I’ve learned, where I am now, and where I’m going. Since I only pop in a couple of times a week (if that) to chat with you, it can be easy to get lost in what the heck is up. Here’s a summary starting at the very beginning…

June – I was really struggling with weight loss, having bounced back and forth between WW and counting calories then adding Paleo in for a short while. I thought maybe I could just find a coach online to help me out. I discovered Marna Thall from ThinWithin, who preaches intuitive eating for weight loss. I immediately signed up for her 6 month coaching through her Gold Member Group. All was good for a while. I worked on intuitive eating and felt like I was losing a bit of weight here and there.

July & August – I began to get really discouraged with intuitive eating. I didn’t feel like I could do it! So many of my usual bad habits seemed to be getting in the way, and I was gaining weight instead of losing it. I began to blame alcohol for my issues, thinking that it was the nights where I went out drinking and binged that were my problem. (I later realized this wasn’t the problem, and by loosening up and letting myself know it’s okay to go out and drink more than 2 drinks, I’m doing better with the after drinking binge sessions.)

September & October – I gave up on intuitive eating and started counting calories. I wanted to blend the two. Of course this didn’t work for me, but I kept trying.

November & December – I was back on the intuitive eating train with Marna! However, my program with Marna ended in November. I didn’t want to sign up for another 6 months with her, since I didn’t feel like it was going to work. I looked into the option of getting a therapist to deal with my issues. Then, at the end of November, I signed up for Jamie Mendell’s Good Life Challenge. I loved the format of it so much that I decided to try working with her for my intuitive eating.

January & FebruaryI have come so far! I’m now eating intuitively at least 80% of the time (I’d say even more than that most days!). Some weeks aren’t that great (like two weeks ago when I was sick), but I’ve been using those as learning tools. I’ve found out that my struggles with intuitive eating in the past were because I wasn’t enjoying my life enough to stop eating for pleasure. Now I’m trying to incorporate joy and fun into each day. It’s like keeping myself busy so I don’t think about food all of the time. During this process, however, I’ve put on a ton of weight. That’s what I’m currently struggling with – loving and accepting myself at this size so that I can gently remove the weight. I truly believe we have to at least accept ourselves in order to remove weight. That’s really been my stumbling block in the last few years whenever I would try to lose weight. I can’t stop blaming myself for gaining all of this weight back after I had worked so hard to lose it in 2009. I need to accept that fact and move on. Easier said than done.

Since I struggled with my thoughts a lot this weekend, I went back to My Fitness Pal yesterday in an attempt to “get control” over my weight. That was a bad idea. I immediately deleted the app this morning. I need to stop thinking that counting calories is the answer! I know it’s not! How many times now in the last 5 years (ugh… how has it been 5 years?!) since I’ve regained this weight have I tried counting calories to lose it again? Um constantly. How many times has it worked? Um none. You dummy, quit going back to something that doesn’t work! Go back and read your posts about what thin people do!

Sorry, I needed to get real with myself there for a moment. Sometimes it’s just what we need to do.

So what am I going to do now?

• Work on my body love as mentioned
• Work on getting more healthy foods into my diet. My fingernails miss my veggies! Seriously, I usually have fingernails that grow long and strong, but with the poor diet I’ve been eating, they keep breaking.
• Incorporate more exercise into my life. Part of the reason I have been feeling down on myself is that I feel so out of shape. Going to an exercise class feels embarrassing to me now because I’ve lost all my muscle. The problem is that I keep finding excuses as to why I don’t want to work out. I need to remind myself that I actually like working out because it makes my mind and body feel good when I’m done.

I’m getting re-started today! I did a quick 8 minute SparkPeople workout this morning when I woke up before my alarm, I got a healthy Greek yogurt parfait for breakfast, and later today I’m going to do some body love journaling. I’m on the path to success, I just need to keep remembering that and stop jumping off!

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