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Fitness Friday

I skipped last Friday because I was in a wedding that day, and we were swamped all day with wedding stuff! It was fun, but it didn’t leave me any time at all to blog. So this FF is for two weeks.

Diet

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

As long as I keep repeating this to myself, I’m fine. The reality I’m dealing with is that I can’t stand the taste of veggies (I’m not kidding… this is complete with gagging and throwing up in some cases. Dramatic, I know, but it’s the God’s honest truth) and I love sugar (like most people do). I’m doing all I can to train myself to eat better food, but this is way more challenging than I thought it would be. One challenge that I’m facing is that as a Catholic, we really aren’t supposed to eat meat other than fish or other types of seafood on Fridays during lent, but finding good, reliable fish around here right now is difficult. However, I need the protein because I’m working out so much. This tradition normally gets ignored, and I eat chicken.

One other challenge I’m facing is that I discovered that I’m not eating enough calories in a day. Furthermore, I’m not eating enough of the RIGHT calories in a day. IF I get the right amount, that’s great, but it’s not great if the right amount is coming from cookies and brownies.

I’m trying to overcome the vegetable thing. I have managed to get myself to the point where if the vegetable is chopped up into super small pieces and mixed into whatever I’m eating, it usually goes down better. This includes salads- if the broccoli is left in big chunks, I can’t eat it. If it’s really small though and mixed with the spinach (that I love), it goes much better. I’m great on fruits though because of the sugar, so I actually need to scale back on those. I still love the green smoothies, although I have discovered that without banana, it tastes much more vegetable-like.

So, I need to work on eating the right amount of the right food. Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

Fitness

Amazingly, I’m doing awesome with fitness. Due to the medical problems I have (thanks in large part to being fat), I really thought this was going to be an issue. I figured out though that the less I move, the harder it is to move. So if I can get up and immediately go eat breakfast then work out, I set myself up for a day of movement. However, if I’m lazy that day and don’t move, it’s harder to do so later. I’m trying to change my morning habit so I can get into a routine.

One of the ways I’m accomplishing this is to consult my at home strength training flashcard deck. I know there’s a snazzier name for them, but for now, they’re my flashcards. The idea for these came about as a direct result of me being bored with doing the same workouts for days, and having too many workout at home bookmarks on my computer. So, I decided to print out all of the articles.

This isn’t even all of them, actually. They come from a wide variety of sources, from blogs to magazine articles, to random pieces of advice given to me. Anyway, I cut all the workouts out from the printed versions of the articles, and taped them to a large index card.

I put the body part (or parts) that each exercise focuses on, the source of the article, general instructions in terms of reps and sets, a picture from the article if available, and the instructions for each exercise from the article.

I feel that working out while consulting a card is way more efficient and less cumbersome than trying to maneuver my computer into place so I can read the screen while trying to do these. I included the body areas targeted by each workout (remember, the more large muscle groups worked at once, the better), the source of the article (many came from Prevention or Self), and instructions in terms of sets and reps. I cut out a picture of the exercise being performed and the exercise instructions from the articles themselves.

Once this was done, I ended up with a stack of about 130 cards with one exercise on each one. I have about an hour set aside each day, and I simply select two or three cards to do that day in addition to my 100 push ups challenge and cardio.

Now, I’m not delusional. I know that these alone aren’t going to get the job done by themselves, and that’s ok. My goal with these is simply to get up and do something, which sets me up for an entire day of healthy movement. I look at them as a warm-up to my day. An hour of these with a good stretch afterward really works well for me. I always add my walk/jog with the dog at the end of the day and I do the challenges from my Leap Into Summer group as well.

Goals for Next Week

I am going to take my measurements again and get on the scale. I have been a little weary of the scale since my four pounds incident, but I think I have done well enough now for some weight to have come off. In terms of diet, my goal is still to eat the right amount of the right calories of mostly veggies, healthy carbs, and protein.

Another goal for next week is to not drink any soda. None. I HAVE to drink more water, and the only way that’s happening around here is if the soda isn’t even a choice and water is.

I would also like to really keep a great log of my 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge points next week as well.

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Fitness Friday

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Fitness

March is here, and with that comes the 21 Day Mommy Blogger Challenge! I’m participating with Elizabeth from My This N That Life. This program works on a point system, which I have never used before. I’m excited to give it a shot, but more than that, I’m excited about getting in shape and getting my life back. I’m tired of being a blob.

I also joined this amazing Facebook accountability group called Leap Into Summer which was started by this awesome lady named Debra. She reasoned that there are 90 days between leap day this year and memorial day, so we are supposed to challenge ourselves to start summer off on a healthy note. This group is great because I’m  actually held accountable for things like sitting around and binging all day, cheered on when I’m discouraged, and praised when I actually manage to do a 50 second wall sit (have you tried those? My husband literally couldn’t do a 10 second one earlier). I actually got very brave and posted my measurements (including weight) up there. Now that I know an entire group of 134 people are watching me succeed or fail, I’m going to get to it.

Diet

I’m actually pretty proud of myself this week. We ate from home virtually every meal except Tuesday night when I had a meeting and two days ago when I decided that I wanted some french fries as a snack (fries was all I ordered though). I paid for it later with some fairly intense gastrointestinal distress that actually managed to keep me up one night. That’s great negative reinforcement at least.

Thursday night we made turkey burgers and topped it off with a green (or in our case, pinkish) smoothie for dessert. My husband was incredibly skeptical about this smoothie. He said that he shouldn’t have an issue with it because he eats salads all the time, so there wasn’t anything different about this really. He found it weird that it was in a smoothie form though, and was really hesitant to try it with me.

The anatomy of a green smoothie

I originally got the recipe from Pinterest. The recipe is:

1 banana

4 or 5 strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1 small peach

1 heaping cup of spinach

1 tbs. Greek yogurt

2 tsp. honey

1/2 cup crushed ice

splash of vanilla soy milk

We modified this recipe slightly from the original Pinterest pin by adjusting the amount of the ingredients and leaving out the soy milk and honey. We used:

1 banana

6 strawberries because those are our favorite

1/2 cup of blueberries

1/2 of a large peach that had been peeled and chopped

2 tbs. Greek yogurt because we really like it

1 large handful of spinach leaves

1 cup crushed ice

This was the result:

Green smoothie. It's really more pink than green.

The entire contents of the blender fit into this glass, so if you make it like I did be sure to double the recipe. It looked really weird, but it tasted amazing! I really liked it. It tasted better to me than the ones we used to make with juice. I couldn’t taste the spinach at all.

My husband said he didn’t hate it, but his issue was that there was an obvious banana flavor. He doesn’t like banana, but agreed to let me put it in the smoothie because I don’t like peaches or blueberries and I let him put those in it.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that it was better than a big ol’ slice of chocolate cake or fresh baked cookies or anything, but in terms of smoothies, it is my favorite. I think the honey was probably used to make it sweeter, but to me, it really didn’t need it. My husband said that next time he wants to add some pineapple and possibly try a variation with some watermelon later.

If you decide to give it a try or have other green smoothie recipes, please let me know!

Goals for Next Week

I’m starting the 90 day Leap Into Summer challenge and the 21 Day Mommy Blogger challenge, so my goal is to work out at least 4 days next week and stay on track with the point system. I would like to try to find a source for grass fed beef and raw milk, but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to.

I’m excited about losing some inches. I’m in need of new clothes, and it would be great if I could go shopping for clothes one or two sizes smaller.

Fitness Friday

Well we skipped right from one Fitness Friday installment to the next. Sorry about the lack of posts over the week. It has been insane lately!

Anyway, as you know my husband and I have been traveling (stay tuned for a blog post about it), and through that time I have done all I can to stay on track. I have to say that I feel like I’ve done an adequate job doing that. I ate a decent breakfast every morning, and managed to consume good quality protein while we were away. All of that plus the almost constant walking, some running, and standing means that I got in a good consistent amount of exercise as well.

Weight: No change. I’m not sure why, but I am glad it didn’t go back up!

Exercise: Lots more walking. Lots and lots of walking.

Diet: Ate out every day, but I tried to consume quality protein in the form of seafood and veggies. The only thing I didn’t get to do was make my green smoothie. I’m determined to make that this coming week. My husband is quite hesitant though.

Goals for next week: It occurred to me that I need to actually quantify and set specific goals. In doing so, I think I will hit specific targets instead of just doing general, broad things. A goal of mine is to make a green smoothie. This will get done! I want to take the dog on a 1.5-2 mile walk every day, and spend an hour every other day weight training. As for diet, I want to cook from home for every meal.

March is rapidly approaching, and with that comes the Mommy Blogger 21 Day Challenge with Elizabeth from My This N That Life. Thank you to everyone for keeping me accountable and pushing me toward my goals! If you have any tips, tricks, recipes, etc. feel free to leave them in comments, email, or Facebook me!

For the Fatty/Fitness Friday link up, go check out Going Crazy, Wanna Go?! and leave the link to your story. I want to help others as well!

Fitness Friday

I quickly realized that the middle of the week with Wordless Wednesday going on was not a good place to post my fitness accomplishments and setbacks. So, instead of Workout Wednesday, I’m installing Fitness Friday (because alliteration is all the rage in the blog world). I have to credit Janet from Going Crazy, Wanna Go? for the idea and guidance in putting this together.

Overview

It’s been a week full of setbacks, if I’m being completely honest. It really has. I’m working on a pretty large project outside of the blog that had me up really, really late every night and getting up early the next morning. This resulted in exhaustion, and honestly food was the first luxury to go because I was simply too exhausted to feed myself properly. To make matters worse, my husband was gone all week for work, which left me to single handedly take care of all the household responsibilities. I know that it shouldn’t matter whether or not he’s home, but the reality is that it’s easier because I can focus on one or two things and we can split up the responsibilities. Oh well, these things happen (is what I’m trying to tell myself).

Starting weight: To be revealed when I have reached my goal weight.

Starting measurements: Will also be revealed when I have hit my goals

Sleep: I averaged about 47 minutes of sleep per night from Monday to Friday this week (I know… I know).

Exercise: HA! Yeah, that’s a whole lotta none. Zip. Zilch. I didn’t even take the dog for a walk like I normally do. I just took her to a local dog park and let her run around.

Diet: If it wasn’t from a box or a grilled cheese sandwich, I didn’t eat it. I literally consumed zero vegetables.

Overall feeling: I feel fairly sluggish. This is probably due in part to the fact that I have eaten almost nothing but pure crap, but also in part to the sleeping pattern.

Goals for next week: My goal is to get more sleep, around 5-6 hours per night if I’m being at all realistic. I want to try a green shake/smoothie, and if I like it I’ll post the recipe, and work at least one vegetable into two meals per day.

I’m also doing the Mommy Blogger 21 Day Challenge with Elizabeth from My This ‘N’ That Life officially starting in March, so I’m excited about that as well. Have you seen Elizabeth’s before and during (I won’t say after because I don’t think she’s done yet) pictures? She looks amazing! Between Janet and Elizabeth, I have plenty of motivation!

For more Fitness Friday, go check out Fatty Friday at Going Crazy, Wanna Go? Tell her Andrea says hi!

Do you have any tips, tricks, or helpful hints? Let me know in the comments!