5 lbs Down!

Since rejoining the fitness bandwagon a week ago today, I have lost 5 pounds! This is huge for me. I know that this is mostly water weight but it feels good. The constant feeling of being bloated and just blah is starting to go away as well.

Here are things I’ve done this week to jump start the weight loss:

  • cut the soda every day at 3 pm habit
  • no more before bed ice cream
  • cut excess bread out (super love bread)
  • bought healthy snacks to keep at work (cheese and olives)
  • drank at least 70 oz of water every day (trying to get back up to a gallon a day)
  • tracked everything I ate religiously-even when it was bad (yummy Cook Out!)
  • limited carb intake
  • added Apple Cider Vinegar shots a few times a day (usually about 15 minutes before each meal)

I know that it is a long road ahead of me to get to where I want to be but I’m at a point where I’m really ready to make positive changes all around.

This was probably one of my favorite meals from this past week. Smoked chuck roast with a baked potato. I gave in to the fact that I will probably never fully get away from all carbs in the this world. BUT, I can make a decision to eat the ones that give me fuel instead of the ones that make me want to nap.

Getting Back On Track

Today starts my new journey of getting my fitness levels back on track. Baby J has pretty much weaned off the boob and I told myself when that happened I would start back all those healthy habits that were abandoned during pregnancy.

Before going back to work, I was 7 pounds shy of pre-baby weight and about 17 pounds shy of where I was when I was running races, going to kickboxing, doing PiYo, and/or Cize near daily. I felt so good and felt that I looked good too. However, after getting on the scale this morning after a weekend of fast food, I have gained a whooping 16 pounds since going back to work the first week of October. This is just unacceptable but I know exactly how and why it happened. The picture below is Hallowen and I still felt awesome and although I had gained a bit I was still able to be active and wasn’t having teenage boy skin.

When I came back to work my milk supply started dropping off from not being with him as much. I didn’t respond well to pump and started amping up my calories to make up for it. I was still drinking the sodas and eating all the wonderful, bready carbs that settled my stomach when I was pregnant. Because of depression and just wanting to make more milk, I stepped away from the scale so that I wouldn’t have that anxiety reek havoc on my mental stability and then negatively impact my milk supply. I wasn’t paying attention to what I was putting in my body and about a month ago I started seeing and feeling the effects. My skin is going wonky, feeling oily, and constantly breaking out, my stomach seems to be getting bigger and bigger, and I started feeling worse than I did when I was pregnant. As much as I love the picture of me and my little dude below, I can look at it and pick apart things I don’t like about it and I HATE that.

I know what I’ve been doing wrong, or at least wrong for my body type, and I’m making some changes to correct it. I thought about throwing myself 100% into Keto but I think I’m going to start by moving into the low carb world. I know this works for me. When I did keto the first time, when I started running and doing races nearly every weekend my body needed the carbs. I’m trying to be gentle with myself because I know that when I get stressed I eat and I feel like I am one big ball of stress 99% of the time.

This week I’m trying out some new low carb recipes, ditching the soda habit (again for like the millionth time), and watching my caloric intake. Slowly each week, I’m going to add in a healthy habit. I’m hoping by Memorial Day weekend to be back in a few of my old summer shorts.

Here is my goal for myself. I felt amazing after this run, I love the bright colors, and the tan skin. I was there once and I know with a little work I can get there again.

What are some of your healthy habits that make your life better?

Changing Directions

After being a member of a kickboxing studio for 2 years, I didn’t renew my contract.  This was a very hard decision but since I barely went in July and didn’t go at all in August I thought it was a good decision.

One of the main reasons for not renewing was this precious little girl, Remi.

This is her at 6 weeks.  She totally changed our lives when we got her.  She needed to go out every couple of hours and locking her up for extended amount of time was not good for her.  I would rush home most days to make sure she wasn’t locked up for hours and this made going to kickboxing near impossible.  Although there was once I was able to make it because I went home for lunch to let her out.

In the time I didn’t go to kickboxing, I started noticing a weight loss.  The month of August I lost a total of 5 pounds to hit that 20 pound mark since February. With this revelation I started examining what I was doing differently.  My eating habits were not that great due to an extreme amount of stress (which will be a whole other blog posting) but I was still watching my calories and was making sure to move throughout the day.

So I decided to revamp my whole training program and am calling it Training for the Apocalypse. I’m doing a 30-day squat challenge, some body weight exercises, PiYo/Yoga, and some cardio.  I can’t run with Remi yet because she is still growing so I’m using the beautiful morning weather to walk 2-3 miles which helps with my step count AND still burns calories. Plus I get an arm workout when I walk these two: Roxi and Remi

This is how she was after her first 5k:

Yesterday was the first day of the “training” and this is what I did:

  • 5 squats with resistance band
  • 5 jump squats
  • 5 sumo squats with a 5 lbs kettle bell
  • 5 toe out squats
  • 30 crunches
  • 90 jumping jacks
  • 30 dumb bell rows on each arm
  • 30 push-ups
  • 45 seconds worth of planks
  • 60 walking lunges

The squats I did all together but everything else was spaced apart.  The crunches weren’t originally on the plan but felt like I needed to add them.  Remi makes the floor work parts extra difficult because she thinks it is cuddle time.  I think I will try and do some “before pictures” tonight and post results if any in 30 days to help hold me accountable.

The change feels nice. I’m now constantly thinking of ways to change things up and keep them new.  I really want to improve my mile time as well so after this month I am thinking of adding in something that helps with that.

I’m working slowly on getting back to mostly low carb type of eating but it has been hard lately with all the fall goodies and chocolate has been my downfall recently.  I can tell my body isn’t happy with the increased sweets which means the PCOS isn’t happy as well.  My stomach hurts when I eat too much sweets which is telling me that my body is changing for the better.

Another change I’m noticing is my skin.  I’m not breaking out near as much and when I do it is little white heads instead of cystic acne.  Yay for changing and moving to a happier body place!

Life in a Walking Boot

Me and my ultra sexy foot gear.

On May 20th, I was put in a walking boot because I have a stress fracture on the top of my foot.  I was really bummed out by this news. Mainly because it meant I couldn’t run one of my favorite Memphis races: Zoom thru the Zoo.  I love the fact that it is a longer distance than 5ks so it makes me feel so strong when I finish it.  Instead, I decided to make a sign and cheer for runners at 2 points during the race.  I was one of the first signs they saw and one of the last signs. Here’s me and my sign.

I didn’t expect to get as emotional as I did watching runners cross the finish line but it really was a great, emotional experience.  I loved seeing parents cheer their kids, coaches cheer their athletes at all age levels, and just the overall support of the race environment from the spectator end.

I was told by the doctor that I could do light activities as long as they didn’t hurt my feet.  After walking around the zoo, I found out that walking was going to be out of the picture it just hurt.

Not running but just my daily activity got me past 10,000 steps that day but I hurt so bad that night and the next day.  I don’t think I’ve gotten over 10,000 steps since that day.  I also haven’t minded not getting to that number and have shifted my focus on just burning more than the 2,184 calories.

So in the past 2 weeks, I’ve done some pretty cool things being stuck in this boot. I went swimming at my friend Shelly’s pool.

We had a great time grilling out afterwards and drinking some ciders.

I experimented with my new Jamberry nail stuff.

Went to a free yoga class via a Yelp event and got some really cool swag from it afterwards as well. The class was at Delta Groove Yoga Studio which is in Overton Square here in Memphis.  I absolutely love the studio. Shelly was awesome enough to go with me as she is knocking on her second trimester right now.

During this mini-adventure, I have lost 3 pounds because I’ve been a lot more careful about what I’m eating.  I think also carrying around this 4 pound weight via the walking boot has helped a lot too.  I’m still having some slight pain some morning when I wake up but nothing like it was. I’m hoping to get the all clear when I go back to the doctor tomorrow.  Here’s hoping that he tells me that it’ll be okay to do the Harbortown 5k tomorrow since it is for the organization that I work for.  Last year, the weather caused it to be a bad experience for me so I’m hoping that it isn’t the case this year.  It was one of my favorite running shirts of last year and I can’t wait to see what this year’s is like.

Here’s last years:

It also had this amazing view:

Just looking at the view is getting me excited about going.

I’ll let everyone know what the doctor says!

Love!

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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Getting Started

Last year, I started a new life of fitness and it has taken me to some amazing places and fortified some amazing friendships along the way.  Since June 28, 2013, I have lost 30 pounds and over 30 inches off my body.  It is an amazing feeling!  Although, I have weighed less in the past than I do now, I know that I am in much better health and can only get stronger from here.

Starting next week, August 4th, I am taking my fitness steps even further and committing to a solid training program for a half-marathon in October.  In doing so, I also put together a form of the 21 Day Fix that Beachbody offers.  Through Pinterest, I have the basics of this program and since I’m not fully ready to spend $75 on tupperware and an eating program just yet I figured this would be a good start.

There are other adventures going on right now as well.  My husband and I are planning on buying a house this fall/winter, we are working towards starting a little family all our own, and will be celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary in October. So along side the fitness journey posts, there may also be some happy, crazy family posts as well.