Must Be The Start of a New Year…

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My husband and I started the semester strong by going to the gym last night, and we were not the only ones. As the oddly warm wind of January brushed against our skin as we approached the Rec Center, my husband looks at me and asks what machine we will be using. Large windows show off the hard working bodies inside. I grimace slightly, “Whatever is open.” The inside is packed. The basketball courts are bursting with high energy athletes. The weight room is surrounded by old and new people. Most of the Cardio machines are taken, including every single treadmill. We were extremely lucky to find two elliptical open, not only that but they were side by side. The plan is to take it easy and ease us back into a routine. My husband has a tendency to over-do it since he will feel fine while doing it but then be extremely sore the next three days. The one work out ends up doing more bad than good. We set the elliptical for 20 minutes with a 5 minute cool-down. Respectable I think. I then look around at all the people surrounding us. A lot of them seem like new comers. Quite a few more overweight people which makes me smile. I am sure they made a resolution to get in shape and lose weight this year. I do feel a pang in my heart when I know in a couple weeks I probably won’t be seeing them anymore. No, nothing is going to happen to me… but it is something I have seen many times before. I see people start so strong, and then slowly the gym gets less and less busy. Soon I start seeing less overweight people at the gym, and more of the regulars that seem to eat, breathe, and sleep treadmills. 

I want to reach out to them. Tell them that it is easy right now but there will come a day when you will have a gym day planned and you won’t go. You will promise yourself tomorrow, but then something else will come up tomorrow… and next thing you know it has been a month since you have been to the gym. I know because I have been there. I have set out to do it but then months will pass since my last visit to the gym. Just last Fall semester I went for 2 weeks, and then I just stopped going until like November. No good. 

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As much as I like when we go to the gym and we have a choice of which equipment we want to use, I hate seeing so many people pursue a life of fitness only to give it up a few weeks later. You have to get over the 2 week hurdle. It will become a little easier the third week. By the fourth week, you may even start feeling a little excitement when you know you can just sweat out all the day’s frustrations at the gym. Excuses can be made for anything. Excuses are so. fucking. easy. to. make. You will not be admired for your excuses. They will not bring you satisfaction. Actually doing it regardless of the excuses is what will make you strong. Just do it. Anything. Even if you only do a 10 minute work out. Do it. This is not just advice for you, but it is also a reminder for myself. If I plan on reaching my goal weight, I need to push myself as well.

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Every day I plan on doing something. I have been working on my planking and have gotten up to holding it for 50 seconds though it is still a struggle. Monday was a success for going to the gym, and Wednesday will be too.

Don’t give up. The days you don’t want to go are the ones that count the most. You got this. I am cheering for you.

What to Expect this Week…

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In a half hour, I pack up my backpack and head out into the world to start my Spring semester. This is going to be a little more busy and tougher than last semester but I am definitely looking forward to the challenge. The last week on break I was starting to get back into “healthy thinking,” and took a small break from my nemesis: sugar. Over the past month I had gotten into the habit of having some sort of dessert at the end of the day which usually set me back over 200 calories. I have to say going back to not having a cookie or something after dinner was a challenge! I was never hungry, but there would just be this nagging in the back of my mind. Yet I persevered! 

This week I am hoping to get into a habit of blogging again. I want to get more involved and post about 3x a week with a weigh-in post on Friday.

My goal this week revolves around fitness. I am hoping to start this semester off strong and go to the gym 4x a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The plan is to do cardio 3x a week and then Saturday morning the husband and I will be doing some weight training. 

Unfortunately this post needs to be cut short since I have to head out in the world! Hope everyone has a great Monday!

Anyone else have goals set for themselves this week?

Sheepish Hello…

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I know I disappeared again… but I have some valid excuses! I swear. Only half of them revolve around laziness! Also I was pretty bad with the holidays. So many yummy goodies and I ate them all most of them! After Thanksgiving, I actually got food poisoning. That is not fun! And then after that I spent all my time finishing school projects, studying for finals, and baking a crap load of cookies. I send out cookies for my husband’s customers to enjoy over the holidays and as a thank you for their business. I feel like it is a nice personable gift because I put a lot of love in those suckers! Unfortunately, I also ate a few of them… and we also got a lot of goodies from friends and relatives. So those five pounds I loss in November, well I found them! 

This past week I have been getting back on track, though. Been putting everything into the wonderful MyFitnessPal and staying below my calories. My activity has been lacking, but that will be changing once I go back to school and can go back to the gym. Despite that, I have lost about 3 of those pounds I have gained over the Holidays so I am feeling pretty good about that!

2013 was a year of just taking in life, I guess. I definitely lived in the moment a lot which is not bad at all… I just never did it in the most healthy way possible. I did realize I could maintain my weight though which is a bonus but it was not the weight I wanted to maintain it at. 2014 is the year where that is going to change! So let me hop on the “Goals for 2014 Train” CHOO CHOO.

1. Get down to 160 by June.

I have 6 months to lose 23 pounds. Definitely do-able! I know once you start getting closer to your goal weight the harder it is to shed the weight. I am only looking at losing 4 pounds a month. I got this. I am going to be a bridesmaid for one of my best friends in August. I want to feel and look my best!

2. Not be so Attached to Technology

I hate the fact I spend so much time on my phone, computer, watching TV. I haven’t really read much this break and I hate it. I used to be able to read a book like it was nobody’s business… but now I am stuck in this cycle of watching TV, playing video games, repeat. I want to have more in-depth conversations with my husband. Discuss life a little more instead of just turning my brain to mush. Yucky mushy brain!

3. More Road Trips/More Adventures

One of my big goals this year: Get my passport. It is a shame to live so close to the Canada border and not being able to explore it! Definitely want to do this with my husband. We have traveled all over the state of Maine and are ready to broaden our horizons! I am really craving more adventure in my life. Traveling down to Pennsylvania for my friend’s wedding will definitely be a blast!

4. Stay Motivated in School

I started procrastinating last semester, but I do not want to get to the end of the semester again feeling overwhelmed. Going to stay on top of my studies!

Those are my main 4 goals. Lose weight, live life. I also need to look into volunteering and getting more involved in the world of Dietitians. I only have two more years left of my degree and then I need to make myself look good for an internship… which means recommendations! Already feeling the pressure.

So here is to a successful 2014!

A Call to the Creative Gods…

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I miss dreaming.

Not like the every night close your eyes and drift off to random dream-land dreams. You know the ones you have when you really have to go to the bathroom but there are no doors on ANY of the bathroom stalls and for some reason, everyone is just hanging out in the bathroom. Why dreams? Why must you stress me out so? But I digress.

ImageI miss dreaming. I miss looking outside and thinking “I could do anything today,” and proceed to dream about going on an epic road trip, becoming best friends with the rich and famous, saving a young child in a middle-of-nowhere town in Montana and becoming a hero. One day I could be a pony, and the next I could be a famous Pokemon trainer. The possibilities were all there because I was not afraid to dream them. As I got older and the world became less magical but more responsible, I felt myself dreaming less and just doing what I needed to do to get by. Pay bills, get good grades, eat right, exercise… Daily conversations circled more around complaints and the bad things that encompass the world and less about dreaming, change, and wonder. Everything has just become so much real and fantasy/dreams have become very much fantasy and dreams. The pencil-thin line separating those two realms of my childhood have now turned into a grand canyon of a gap, and there is no bridge between the two. 

My dad was a dreamer, and he chased every single one of them… And he failed achieving them. But at least he failed trying to achieve them. Yet that fear of failing, of falling flat on my face and struggling to get back up, scares the crap out of me. It scares me so much that I am afraid of dreaming. I am afraid of latching onto an idea and just taking a leap of faith. I play it safe. I stay in when people invite me out because I am being realistic all the time instead of just enjoying the moment. I do not dream of all the foreign places I could go to because of the price tag that comes with such trips; I seriously start feeling a little stressed out thinking of spending that money even though it is all dream money. It is just a dream, and I won’t dream it because of the possibility of it actually coming true is slim to none. Why? Why do I feel guilty just for dreaming? For aspiring for greatness? 

I have no idea. Maybe because I think it is a slap to the face for what I already have? In many ways, I do have a dream life. I am married to the love of my life who makes me smile every day, I am pursuing a career that will help others in achieving their weight loss goals, I own a horse that is my partner and friend… I live a pretty comfortable life and in no way, do I feel like this life is not enough for me… because it totally is. But dreaming should not mean I am cheating on what I do have but instead is a form of creative hoping for the infinite possibilities. Like what would happen if a space ship came crashing down in our apartment right now? What would happen? Would my husband and I have to go on the adventure of a lifetime searching for a mystical part for their ship from a previous ship that had crashed on Earth millions of years ago and is somewhere buried in the sands of Egypt? 

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The thing about dreaming is that it leaves this feeling of magic around me. Like this world is a magical place with so much wonder (which it totally is!) and I am the star of my own little show. I can stand out because I am a star and there is no limit to how much I can shine. I just need to stop being afraid of dreaming, of trying, of striving. 

It is the Holiday season. This is when Magic happens.

Right?

Weigh In late but not Forgotten

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Hey! I know this is a couple days late but I have been super busy with school projects due before Thanksgiving break, working out and helping my mom buy a new vehicle for the winter! I am so proud of her for listening to me. It was just very time consuming to spend all day at the car dealership on Saturday. I did manage to get my Jillian work out in before leaving though! And that made me feel super accomplished. 

This is going to be a short post for now because I really hate typing on the tablet!  So my weigh in on Friday was another success. I started at 183 at the beginning of the week and made it down to 181 by Friday for another 2 pound loss! Yay! I am on par for where I want to be. I am hoping to be at 180 by Thanksgiving morning. I plan on weighing myself Thursday morning instead of Friday because I know with Thanksgiving the night before my numbers won’t be so pretty the morning after. 

I am really proud of the work I did last week. I went to the gym twice and worked myself pretty hard. I also stuck with my Jillian work out three times and I am already noticing a huge improvement!

 

This week, despite the holiday, I still plan on hitting the gym three times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and stick with the 30 day shred on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Definitely on Thursday. I do not know what my game plan for eating on Thanksgiving  is… I know I will not be really drinking if at all. I am going to be making a non-processed version of green bean casserole that will hopefully be yummy and low in sodium and calories! If it is a successful recipe, I will definitely be posting the recipe!

 

What are your goals for Thanksgiving?

Weekend of Fun… and Too Much Salt

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This was a fairly successful weekend in terms of fitness and eating. I even managed doing Jillian again on Saturday, went horseback riding, and had plenty of yummy food but still managed to stay within my calorie range (for the most part). The only down side was there was a lot of salt… Between having bacon in the morning, sushi for lunch on Saturday, and then having some tortilla chips, salsa, and homemade mozzarella sticks on Sunday, I am definitely feeling a bit overloaded. Regardless, I am still proud of how the weekend turned out and this Monday has been strong too. 45 minutes doing a variety workout on the Elliptical and burning close to 400 calories. Yee haw! 

Saturday was the husband and mine’s date day. We spent the whole entire day together. We had a delicious breakfast with a bacon and egg English muffin bread sandwich from the local bakery (so good, melt in your mouth delicious but a little on the caloric side). I then did my Jillian Michael work out since I was unable to do it on Thursday so I only managed to do it twice last week. I definitely plan on doing it three times this week! After that, we spent the whole day shopping, dreaming about the future, laughing and getting my rings re-sized! When my husband first proposed, it was with a size 7 ring. It is now being re-sized to 5 and a half! Awesome! It is like dropping a dress size, seriously. I was so excited. I also bought my first button down shirt in ages! Normally I stay away from button down shirts because my boobs always pop out… but no more!

 

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I really like it! I definitely see more button down shirts in my future.

Sunday was Football Sunday! But not before spending some quality time with my pony! I definitely like how active I was this weekend for the most part. Sunday was a blast spending it with my husband and one of my best friends (she is actually the reason why I even understand football). So in honor of Football Sunday, I decided to try some healthy snack fare which included “corn dogs” which were just chicken breast hot dogs stuck in a corn muffin and looked very wrong (hahaha!). The other thing I tried were ” baked” mozzarella sticks.

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Basically, you just take mozzarella sticks, cut them in half, dip them in skim milk, roll them in bread crumbs and bake for 7 minutes at 425 F. They were pretty yummy when dipped in marinara sauce but definitely can taste the saltiness of the cheese! Blargh. They were pretty good, though.

This Week I plan on watching my salt in take, staying within my calories, and definitely making sure I make it out to the gym again Wednesday and Friday and doing Jillian, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday!

What are your goals for the week? 

Stay strong!

Weigh in Friday!

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Yay it is Friday and I am so excited for the weekend. As soon as the days start getting shorter, my motivation really starts slacking off… mostly when it comes to school work. It does not help that I am not feeling extremely challenged like I was last semester. I really felt like every second spent on homework really mattered while this semester, it just… is not the case. I also loved the creative outlet that Public Speaking gave me and this semester I am seriously lacking in the creative department. I really flourish when I can get out ideas and am sort of missing my English writing classes. Sometimes I want to drop in on one of those classes and be like “I don’t want to pay for this class… but can I still write poetry for you guys anyway?” It has been awhile since I have written poetry, though. I do miss it… sometimes. Anyway, I am doing really well in all my classes despite a slightly shaky test on Wednesday in Chemistry, but I know I still passed. I am not too worried about getting at least a B in the class. Food Management has been an interesting course. I was not aware of the fact how much Registered Dietitians have to do with Menu planning and such. I am a little nervous about having to plan an entire menu for a hospital while balancing their budget and knowing the skill of the labor and figuring out what sort of equipment is essential. It is pretty crazy and a little overwhelming to think about. 

Anyway, that is a little bit of insight with what is going on with my schooling. In other news… it is weigh-in Friday!

Last Week’s Weight: 185

This Week’s Weight: 183

Difference: -2 pounds

Whoo! I will definitely take it. Bye bye 185 and hello to reaching my goal weight! I would also like to take this moment to say how proud I am of my husband. We both have been slacking off since I had my jaw surgery. I am definitely the rock when it comes to healthy eating and when I am not planning things out, our health has a tendency to take a back seat. When I told him I wanted to get back on the weight loss wagon since I still never reached my goal, he jumped on the wagon with me and started tracking his weight on MyFitnessPal as well. Even though he was not very happy with the number he saw on the scale this morning, I am proud of him for making these positive steps to get healthy again with me. It definitely makes it easier when your partner supports you and goes down the same path as you do. 

This weekend is looking good in staying healthy… my only potential challenge is tonight going to a party, but I plan on eating at home before going to make it less likely for me to pig out on snacks. I also am going to the gym beforehand which always makes me feel motivated to stay healthy because I do not want to undo all the positive work I just did. Tomorrow morning, it is back to being tortured by Jillian on Level 1 of the 30 Day Shred. I also plan on riding my horse this afternoon and tomorrow. Due to the business of our schedule, my husband and I haven’t had a date night for awhile so we are planning on that tomorrow evening as well. We are making a romantic dinner at home first: Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli and Mushrooms. I know what you are thinking… Alfredo does not sound very healthy! But thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest, I have found a nice healthy adaptation. 

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Image from the Recipe. Not my Own so you get an idea. =D

You can find the original recipe here

Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo (How I make it)

 

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (sauteed, baked, or grilled and cut into 1 in. chucks)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • Smart Taste Pasta Noodles
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup plain 0% fat greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms

Directions:

1. Bring a bot of water to a boil and cook your pasta and broccoli (you can cook them together if you wish)

2. In a frying pan, heat up oil and cook your chicken thoroughly through. Take out and let them cool before cutting them into manageable pieces.

3. In the frying pan, once more, saute your garlic and mushrooms until garlic is golden brown. Whisk in your flour and chicken broth until smooth, around 2 minutes. Make sure the heat is not too high… between low and medium. Then add in your milk, yogurt, pepper and nutmeg. Once the sauce has thicken completely at a simmer (around 3 – 5 minutes), add in the Parmesan cheese, cooked chicken, pasta and broccoli. 

 

Makes about 5 servings and takes less than a half hour to put it altogether (which I love!). It is still a caloric meal around 500 calories but it is definitely way less than what you would get at Olive Garden which is around 1440 calories for 1 dinner portion. 

 

What are your healthy plans for the weekend? Either tomorrow or Sunday, I will post about the healthy football snacks I am preparing! Go Broncos!