Getting Ready for the Weekend

This weekend is going to be awesome!  I’m getting to visit my family back in Gallatin and we are taking an extra road trip to go to the aquarium in Chattanooga.  It has been years since we have all been on a vacation together so I’m really excited about it.  This week has been really great as far as workouts go and pretty decent as far as eating goes.  I finally had some alfredo that really hit the spot and was everything I thought it would be, other than the fact I used chicken instead of bay scallops because I can’t seem to find bay scallops anywhere right now.  I guess I’m not looking hard enough but oh well.

My week’s workouts:

Monday: Kickboxing

Tuesday: started 30 day challenge and some kettle bells

Wednesday: Kickboxing & Day 2 of 30 day challenge

Thursday: PiYo Drench dvd, Kickboxing, and Day 3 of the 30 day challenge

Friday: PiYo Drench dvd

This week has been a total sensation of great workouts.  It is also the first week in a long time that I’ve worked out in some form or fashion every single day of the work week and it feels good.  I can tell that my mood has gotten better and I’m just feeling all around better.  My ankle still isn’t 100% which has made me come to the conclusion that I will not be fully ready for the half marathon I wanted to do come October.  I felt really guilty about admitting this to myself and when I vocalized it to others it made it more of a reality.  In doing this, I feel like I’ve had a weight lifted off of me in a sense.  I think the weight of all those miles and how sporadic my running has been was taking a toll on the way that I was thinking about myself and my fitness levels.  I’m taking the next week or so to really strengthen up my ankle and see how things go.  I plan on doing the Cooper Young 4 miler two weeks from today and depending on how that race goes   I’m really loving the mix of doing kickboxing and piyo and have already been able to tell a difference in my workouts, my form, my attitude, and my physical body.  While showing a friend the importance of tracking not just the number on the scale and inches but doing so in pictures, I made this comparison picture that really shows me that every change I have made has been worth it.

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October 2013 vs. August 2014

Another little treat this week has been a new smoothie recipe that I came up with because I ran out of my traditional smoothie material and didn’t feel like going the store.  It contains one frozen banana, 6 or so ice cubes made with coffee, 1/8 cup of ground flax seed, 1/4 cup of traditional oats, 1/2 scoop of Juice Plus+ Complete Protein Powder in Dutch Chocolate, a tsp of honey to help with allergies, and 1.5-2 cups of water.  When I let my husband try it, he was shocked it didn’t have any milk.  Here it is without the water.  It doesn’t look the prettiest in the world but it so good and healthy.  The extra coffee gives me a little kick in the morning too which has helped with productivity.

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And before I leave you for the weekend, I wanted to share this amazing piece that a friend of mine shared on Facebook earlier today.  It motivated me to get out of the bed this morning and actually do my work.

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The type of workouts that I do help to improve overall fitness and make me look and feel strong.  That is what my health journey has been about for me.  I wanted to be able to do things I’ve only ever dreamed about doing and wanted to make sure that my health was not the reason I was unable to do fun or even every day activities.  I wanted to have a strong body in order to have a strong life.  And now I’m off for a fun-filled adventure with the Hall Clan.  This will be Tristan’s first outing with us all.  Should be interesting.

LOVE!!!

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A New Challenge

After my last blog, I had a couple blogs like my post yay!  So in reading one of those blogs Run, Hemingway, Run, I found this challenge.  Monday, I debated on doing this challenge since so far I haven’t had any luck with 30 day challenges.  I usually have a really rough kickboxing class or a long run and then forget about it.  However, I have never blogged about a challenge and seeing how blogging the 21 day fix stuff worked so well I decided to give it a go.

Yesterday was Day 1 and included 10 push-ups, 50 squats, 15 sit-ups, 5 crunches, 5 leg raises, and a 10 second plank.  Planks have really been a struggle for me in the past so I thought this would be a great way to work on strengthening my planks.  The longest I’ve held one has been a full 2 minutes but it was pure torture.  Leg raises are definitely not one of my favorites although they are slowly becoming an important aspect of my exercises.  Before doing the challenge, I did some work with some free weights and some resistance bands.  I did half of my squats with the resistance band like this:

 

And did the rest of the 25 squats in the traditional form.  The move above is one of my absolute favorite squat exercises mainly because it becomes a fully body workout instead of just a lower body and core exercise.  With the resistance band, I also did more bicep curls, weedwackers (which is where you go super fast with the resistance band in front of you), and one that works the shoulders where you hold the resistance bands to your sides and pull the bands up to your shoulders as fast as you can while keeping the form tight.  All of the exercises I did yesterday, I did at home, in the AC, broke a sweat, cooked dinner, and was able to start catching up on The Leftovers.  I could definitely tell I got a good workout because my arms were shaking and my knees were a little wobbly lol.  I was able to burn around 300 calories in this time which is awesome. And the best news is I will be able to take this on the road with me as I visit my parents and go to the Chattanooga Aquarium this weekend.   Running shoes, calendar of workouts, and my resistance band will definitely be in my luggage.

Days 19-21 and another fun weekend

Knowing this was my last weekend of doing this 21 Day Fix, I tried my best to keep things going although I did have some moments of lapsing due to schedule changes and not feeling 100%.  

Day 19 (Friday, August 22nd)

I took my lovely little hatch to get some basic maintenance done on Friday and used this time to get some food and get in a little exercise.  

Breakfast: coffee with creamer, water, and a Lox Bagel on an everything bagel from Einstein Bros.  I was kind of shocked at the calorie content of this for breakfast but wasn’t too upset with it.  I definitely will get this on a bagel thin going forward though.  This really helped with the seafood craving I’ve had all week though. I then walked a total of a mile up and down Poplar while waiting for my car to finish.  

Lunch:  Asian Dirty Rice.  I’ve determined that I like this way better than the meatballs.  Mainly because it only takes a total of 15 minutes to make!  

Dinner:  This is where things got a bit rough.  Tristan had to fix his little brother’s phone so we ran out to his parents house before going to our evening plans.  Because of this, we got something quick, easy, convenient to eat.  McDonald’s.  I had a quarter pounder with cheese with a few of Tristan’s fries and some Dr. Pepper.  It was good and the grease really hit the spot.

Snacks: I had a small flour tortilla with some salsa and some granola.  

Day 20 (Saturday August 23rd)  

Breakfast: I made actual OMELETS! Drinkingly at 3 am, our buddy Andrew showed me his Alton Brown method of making omelets just using the egg.  So after doing the Hit and Run 5k with Adair and burning 859 calories on a stomach loaded with Monster Zero because I had around an hour and half a sleep, I made Tristan an bacon and cheese omelet and I had a taco omelet.  I used left over turkey taco meat, some cheese, and a little bit of hot sauce and it was AMAZING!!!  I also had 2 cups of coffee with some creamer.  

The Hit and Run 5k was absolutely amazing and taught me a lot about things that I need to work on in my workouts.  Balance is a huge area for me.  However, PiYo and kickboxing have definitely improved these areas for me, there is always room for more improvement.  This was one of the funnest 5ks I’ve done and can definitely see why my sister in-law loves them so.  Doing this, I hit my knee, twisted an ankle, and broke a fingernail (the picture below has the nail) but it was all worth it.  I’m definitely going to look into doing more of these!  

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Lunch:  So this was an awkward lunch day.  We went to Tristan’s parents house to do his birthday thing since we were out of town last weekend.  I had 3 of his mother’s amazing homemade chicken nuggets, some cheese dip and some chips, a slice of Boston cream pie (a Caulfield must for birthdays), goat cheese and crackers, and 2 ciders.  I also had a couple of bites of Tristan’s hot dog at Costco. 

Dinner: We went over to Andrew and Susan’s house for a pork butt. Although my stomach can sometimes handle pork bacon and ribs (only if they are Andrew’s, weirdly enough), it still does not tolerate pork butt.  Knowing this, I grabbed a portobello to throw some BBQ flavors on.  I also had some fresh squash and zucchini.  I threw the squash, zucchini, and portobello on a sandwich with 2 different styles of BBQ sauce and it was amazing.  After trying a mustard base sauce a few months ago at Whole Foods, I’ve wanted some more and have become slightly obsessed.  While waiting on everything we snacked on chips and french onion dip along with some amazing strawberries that we picked up at Costco.  

Day 21 (Sunday, August 24th) 

I woke up Sunday to an allergy attack which is never a fun way to wake up and always puts me in a mood because although I planned to go for a run, I couldn’t because I couldn’t get a good deep breath for over 2 hours.  Coffee along with the inhaler actually helped to level it out but I just felt tired and achy all over. 

Breakfast: 1 fried egg and some bacon along with of course coffee.

Lunch: I got creative because my turkey deli meat went bad so I made a grilled cheese pizza sandwich.  I subbed the turkey for pepperonis and it was amazing and will be eaten again.  

Dinner:  Jalapeno popper chicken made with jalapenos, cream cheese, shredded cheese, slap your momma spices, and some garlic powder.  I also made garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.  Cream cheese is not on the fix information stuff but the husband asked for it specifically so I made it. I hadn’t originally planned on eating the potatoes but they smelled so amazing I just had to have a little bit so I had 1/2 cup.  

Other than the allergy attack, Sunday was the ideal lazy day.  I was able to go to the grocery store by myself and make a meal plan that consists of chicken Caesar salad made with Bolthouse Farms Caesar Parmiganio yogurt dressing for dinner on Monday night.  We watched the Simpsons marathon on FXX, put headlamps on the dogs, and Tristan drafted his Fantasy Football league. We also watched the series finale of True Blood which was interesting and in the end satisfying.  I’m glad the show is off the air now.  I haven’t even read the last installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series because I heard how the last book ends and how awful it was written so I’m saving it for a rainy, nothing better to do day.  PhotoGrid_1408933923844 

just in case you were wondering what Roxi and Kouki look like with headlamps on  🙂 

I hope everyone has an awesome week!

Thanks for reading my lazy 21 day fix postings.  After Labor Day, I will do another challenge for this where I hit it a bit harder and hopefully without the influence of steroids so that I can see how I truly do.  

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Days 15-18

This week has been extremely rough.  After hurting my ankle on Sunday, I tried to make it to some workouts but didn’t because of the pain and then the one day I was somewhat pain free, I got stuck at work late.  My eating has been pretty good for the most part.  I’m still having issues losing weight due to the steroids but I’m anxious to see how that all plays out when I’m off of them.

Day 15 (Monday August 18th) 

Breakfast: I wasn’t really hungry when I woke up so I had coffee with creamer.

Lunch: the culinary kids and staff made some tacos so I had a salad with some of the black bean and corn salsa they make and 2 corn, hard shell tacos.

Dinner: olive oil baked chicken and green beans with mushrooms and onions

Snacks: nutella with some peanut butter, Greek Yogurt.  We ended up meeting up with some friends after supper and I had some chips and salsa.

Day 16 (Tuesday August 19th)

Breakfast: whole wheat English muffin with cream cheese, coffee with some vanilla protein powder and almond milk.  The coffee was not satisfying at all.

Lunch: the baked chicken and green beans

Dinner: Greek salad made with some marinated chicken breast, some homemade Greek yogurt dressing, carrots, romaine, black olives, croutons, and tomatoes.

Snacks: some granola and a couple of dark chocolate pretzels

Day 17 (Wednesday August 20th)

Breakfast: coffee with creamer and a fiber one bar because I was running late

Lunch: Greek salad again along with a diet coke and some falafel chips because I needed a boost and Shelly bought some and I wanted to try them.  I had a little bit of hummus with them as well.

Dinner:  Turkey Tacos

Snacks: granola

While watching So You Think You Can Dance, I did some kettle bell workouts since I needed to do something but didn’t want to strain my ankle too bad.  I had SO much fun with these and definitely want to start adding them into my everyday TV watching routine.

Day 18 (Thursday August 21st)

Breakfast: dunkin donuts coffee and turkey sausage english muffin.  I had a CT scan done of my sinuses at 8 in the morning so I grabbed some food on my way to work.

Lunch: a small side salad and some seafood gumbo along with some steamed veggies, green beans, and some roasted potatoes

Dinner: the Asian style dirty rice dish with some fresh peppers from the garden

Snacks: granola and some peanut butter

I am in sheer awe of how I have gone this long without having a pasta dish.  Although, I want nothing more than a big plate of seafood alfredo right now I’m super proud of this adventure.  I still have a few days left of doing this but I definitely want to keep on.  I think after Labor Day weekend, I’m going to start this all over again but using more of the stricter guidelines when it comes to measuring out things and definitely increase some of my fruit consumption. Doing this has really opened up my overall diet and let me know that it is possible to fill full when you have just veggies as a side dish.  I realize now what I need to keep doing to not only feel overall better but the things I need to watch for when making meal plans.

The Crazy Weekend

This weekend was extremely crazy, awesome, fun-filled…you know everything that you wish your weekends could always be.  As fun and crazy as it was it was also filled with dieting fails that I really don’t care about right now.  I had a great time and am so happy I was able to have an extraordinary weekend with some amazing people.  Before going into the details of the weekend overall here are the things that I ate.

Day 11 (Thursday August 14th)

Breakfast: 21 day fix strawberry banana smoothie made with water, coffee with creamer

Lunch: deluxe buffalo chicken salad with the cilantro avocado dressing

Dinner:  broccoli and beef (so simple and so freaking good)

Snacks: a couple of kale and spinach chips and dark chocolate covered pomegranate

Exercise: PiYo.  I super love this class and just wish it was closer to me so I could go more often.  I’m not the biggest fan of the dvds although I will do them in a pinch.

Day 12 (Friday August 15th)

Breakfast: coffee with creamer.  I didn’t eat a lot because I was running late and knew I was going to have a big lunch with the in-laws for the husband’s birthday.

Lunch: grilled cheese sandwich from Local Gastropub and black bean soup with a vodka tonic with lime since I wasn’t going back to work because of a doctor’s appointment.

Dinner:  This was a very weird meal.  I made some baked bbq wings for a preseason football game and tried eating one and realized I was not in the mood for chicken.  The other food that was there was chips with rotel and meatballs made with pineapple. I ate some pineapple from the meatballs and the chips and rotel.

No exercise because getting prescriptions filled and the doctor’s office took way longer than I had hoped for.

Day 13 (Saturday, August 16th)

Yay for Tristan’s birthday!

Breakfast: iced coffee.  I took the dogs for a run before breakfast which ended up being an epic failure.  I planned on 4.5-5 miles because of this whole training thing that I am not doing very well and less than 2 miles in one dog poops on the other.  There is literal crap on one of my dogs and I feel that I am just done.  We go back to the house  which ends up being a little over 2 miles done and I have to give the dogs a bath.  And by bath, I mean spray them off with the hose while holding both of their leashes to get poop off of both of them at this point. I also scrubbed Roxi (the one that was pooped on) down with Dawn to make sure that she was clean.  We had lunch plans at 2 and after all of this I didn’t have time to eat or do anything else other than get cleaned up.

Lunch: thin crust pizza with pepperoni, cilantro, and jalapeno along with 2 ciders

Dinner: didn’t really eat much of anything other than some chips and some tuna fish once we got to the cabin we were staying at in Heber Springs.

Day 14 (Sunday, August 17th)

Breakfast: half a cup of eggs and about 4 cups of coffee to wake up after sleeping for maybe 3 or 4 hours lol

Lunch: sandwich with turkey, provolone, wheat bread, mayo and mustard.  Also had some chicken salad dip with crackers.  Cranberry lemonade juice mixed with some vodka

Dinner: We stopped at Bulldog Cafe in Bald Knob AR.  I ate half of a double cheeseburger and gave the rest to Tristan.  Tristan ate my entire single because they were mislabeled.  I also had some of his ice cream and a few onion rings.

Snack: split coconut water with Tristan along with a Dr. Pepper and a rockstar hydration thing.

Exercise: copious amounts of swimming and playing in the lake

What made this weekend so great!

This weekend we spent nearly every single minute having fun with our amazing group of friends.  From preseason football game and cards against humanity on Friday to lunch at the Flying Saucer and drunk flea marketing on Saturday to a day filled with fun boating activities on Sunday.  The weather was gorgeous, the company was fun, the sun was fantastic, just all around fantastic.  Heber Springs, AR has easily become one of my favorite places on earth.

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Day 8 (Monday August 11th)

Breakfast: Coffee with cream, whole grain English muffin with reduced fat garden veggie cream cheese.  I realized that I would need to eat this before driving in my car especially since pulling out of the driveway caused my purse to immediately plant into the muffin getting cream cheese all over my purse and then the crazy bits of I guess corn meal that is found on the bottom of every English muffin got all in my passenger seat so I will definitely need to vacuum it soon.

Lunch:  Shelly brought me a cup of Gumbo from Bogie’s.  I ate half of it along with all my green bean/mushroom mixture and about a fourth of my chicken.  I was so full.

Dinner: Steak burrito loaded with peppers and goodness along with some beans.

Snack: some chips that Shelly surprised me with.  I also had a coke to help me breathe since the bubbles and the caffeine always seem to help.

Exercise: 50 minutes of kickboxing, my abs are still hurting.

Day 9 (Tuesday August 12th)

Breakfast: coffee with creamer, strawberry banana smoothie made with almond milk and yogurt.  This breakfast keeps me stupid full and makes me feel like I’m eating a strawberry banana milkshake for breakfast.

Lunch:  Steak burrito without the actual tortilla still had some beans.

Dinner:  I made the Asian meatballs thing but didn’t put them into meatball form.  I also made brown rice with mixed veggies.  I jokingly called it Asian dirty rice because it looked like dirty rice.

Snack:  I tried 2 goat cheese and olive tapenade crostinis that the culinary kids made.  I also had a coke again because my head felt like it might explode.

Exercise:  nothing because my face and head hurt.  I planned on kickboxing but thought about running because of how pretty it was but when I walked outside for an extended period I could feel a sinus migraine coming on.  So I took my migraine medicine, cooked dinner, and did laundry.

Day 10 (Wednesday August 13th)

Breakfast: coffee with creamer and English muffin thing again.

Lunch: Asian dirty rice.  The name makes me laugh. As good as this was, I was really not in the mood for it and ended up eating more fruit.

Dinner: Buffalo chicken salad. I used Bolthouse Farms Cilantro and Avocado dressing that I bought at Fresh Market after kickboxing because I was excited to try it.  I tested the Greek yogurt ranch dressing I made and it tested more like the Feta dip I make so I think I will make a Greek salad sometime next week and use it for that instead of as a ranch dressing.  I thought I had all the dried herbs that the recipe called for and  I didn’t so I just made up my own version using herbs that I had that were close to the recipe and I think I ended up using way more dill than I should have.

Snacks: fruit, 2 goat cheese/tapenade things, the insides of a seafood quiche, slice of apple pie

Exercise: Kickboxing

After kickboxing, we went around the Fresh Market and just had fun.  There will be a lot of goodies there to make a quick meal after kickboxing or on Friday nights, especially their seafood.

I gained a pound this week but I think that has do more with the timing of my cycle than what I’m eating so I’m not too upset about it.  I usually gain 2-5 pounds this week so I think when this is over I will probably have lost at least 1-2 more pounds.

This weekend may be another rebellion time because it is the Mister’s birthday and we will be celebrating all weekend starting Friday night.  Friday we are having lunch at Flight with the mother in-law whom I love, Saturday we are having lunch at the Saucer, and Sunday we will be on a boat all day long.  I’m excited and will try to make the best eating decisions as I can.  That is one thing that I do love about this eating challenge nearly everything is included so I’m not feeling like I am constantly having to say no to things and outings with friends.

Day 5-7

This weekend was a bit of a disaster when it came to eating and exercising.  Mainly because breathing was a difficult task to accomplish.  Being allergic to everything out doors can really suck this time of year in Memphis.  But I did the best I can and since this 21 day fix thing is not only a diet thing for me but a way to change my overall eating lifestyle, I am not going to get stuck on certain aspects of it and then throw in the towel.  So here it goes.

Day 5 (Friday, August 8th)

Breakfast: coffee with creamer (yeah I still haven’t worked this one completely out).  Strawberry, banana smoothie made with almond milk and yogurt

Lunch: deluxe buffalo chicken salad (the same thing I had for dinner on Thursday)

Dinner: Pepperoni rolls.  The husband requested them so I made them for us for him being a good sport.  I substituted regular pepperoni for turkey pepperoni and there wasn’t much of a difference. Because of a measuring error, I ended up making a whole extra pepperoni roll.  

Snacks:  I saved snacks this day for drinking some vodka and water while we played board games at our friends’ house.  I ended up getting a violent sinus headache, took medicine for it, got home, and got sick.  Luckily, it wasn’t too bad because at that point there was nothing in my stomach but a bunch of water.  

Day 6 (Saturday, August 9th) 

Breakfast: iced coffee, left over pepperoni roll.  I know but they are so good!  My stomach still wasn’t 100%.  When I woke up around 7 am (after being asleep for maybe 3 hours), I set up to go ahead and run for the day and as soon as I did my head went woozy and I could instantly feel my nose close up with sinus pressure so I laid back down. I slept till nearly 11 am because of this.  

Because of the lateness of breakfast and other errands I didn’t actually eat again until supper that night which ended up being rather large.

Dinner:  fruit (blueberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe), salad-kale, romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion and greek dressing, steak with mushrooms and shallots, and green beans made with peppers and red onion.  Later on, we had some chocolate cake too.

Day 7 (Sunday, August 10th)

Another morning waking up with so much sinus pressure that it hurt to breath and take my head off the pillow.  My eyes were swollen and touching my face hurt so husband suggested Dunkin Donuts and I agreed.  

Breakfast: Because of the ease of the 21 day fix, I was able to order things that fell mostly in line with the program.  I got an iced coffee, turkey sausage english muffin with egg and cheese, and a coffee donut (not approved but so good!)

Snack: tuna fish sandwich

Lunch: another bad decision that we had because we were out running errands and both of us were stupid hungry: McDonald’s and I just went with a double cheeseburger and some dr. pepper.

Dinner: I was back on track lol.  Baked chicken with Tuscan Herb olive oil from the Mighty Olive, cracked black pepper, and a little sea salt.  It was utterly divine.  If you haven’t tried the Mighty Olive yet for your olive oil needs you seriously need to.  I’m not being paid by them so I can toot their horn for their amazingness alone.  So many olive oils that are unique and you can try them all to find the one for your needs.  We love the Tuscan Herb one.  I also made green beans with mushrooms, a little butter, part of a shallot and some Parmesan cheese. I used steam in a bag green beans and they still tasted stupid fresh.  The husband asked for these to be made again soon.

Although this weekend wasn’t picture perfect for either working out or eating right, I did not gain any of the weight I lost last week.  I have most of this week planned out extremely well so here’s hoping for continued success.