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.

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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?

PCOS Update

This past week has been extremely rough but interesting and good.

I started a new fitness schedule, started some dietary changes, and most importantly started my period. For most women, this isn’t that big of a deal.  However, when you have PCOS this can be a HUGE deal.

For the past two weeks, I’ve had severe uterine cramping.  Like I thought  I was going to die.  I almost threw up I was in so much pain. So when I made my yearly appointment on Wednesday, I asked to talk to my doctor about it and he wanted me to come in so they can take a look at what is happening in my uterus. Halfway through my work day yesterday, I started my period for the first time in 127 days.

My doctor still wanted me to come in so we can check on the state of things.  I still have cysts on my ovaries.  There are still quite a bit but not nearly as much as there was the first time I went.  He let me know that this is probably going to be what my periods are going to be like and that I shouldn’t worry too much but he wants me to call and let him know every couple of months what is going on with my cycles because he cares.

He also told me of a study he read recently where women that lost just 5% of their body weight had more success getting pregnant than those that were prescribed clomiphene (Clomid) which helps stimulate ovulation.  He really encouraged me to focus on that 5% right now and take this one step at a time.  He was extremely positive that we are heading in the right direction.

This bit of info has also given me a new way for me to look at weight loss as well.  Instead of focusing on the actual pounds to lose, I’m going to focus on the percentage.  I’ve read that even losing 10% of your body weight helps to lower all kinds of things like risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.  Each time I lose a 5%, I know that I am not only closer to my goal of having a mini-Caulfield but also of having a healthier lifestyle and outlook on life.

Why are carbs in everything?

Trying to go low carb as a lifestyle has been one the hardest things I think I have done so far. And I’ve been pretty lousy at doing it which sucks. I think some of the issue has been in my body also trying to get used to the medicine. I started off with 500 mg of metformin at night. I experimented with taking it right before bed or at dinner and found that either really works but sometimes it can make me extra sleepy. Moving up to 1000 mg, one in the morning and one before bed was a rough 3 weeks. I don’t know if I had a stomach bug or it was just the medicine messing with my GI tract or what but I was unable to work out for a little over a week which has brought me to a whole other level of crazy. Yesterday, I started taking 1500 mg a day and my pretty low carb breakfast is making me light headed.

In lighter news, I think I have found the ideal low carb breakfast. These things are all over pinterest as well. It is the little egg muffins things. For mine, I used eggs, turkey sausage, some heavy whipping cream, colby jack shredded cheese, and canned mushrooms for ease. With the amounts I used, these little goodies for 2 are: 203 calories, 1 carb, 20 grams of fat, and 4 grams of protein. I made these for a book club meeting and was super happy that there was enough for me to have breakfast throughout the week. The only annoying thing is that the egg batter kind of stuck to the muffin pan. So I’m in a battle right now with it to get it all off. I am out of SOS pads so another trip to the store maybe needed to get it all gone.

I’ve also noticed that my overall cravings for sweets, bread, and pasta have gone down. I don’t feel the need to have something sweet after every meal now, which is awesome. So yay for non scale victory!!

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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21 Day Fix: Days 1-4

Day 1 (Monday, August 4th)

I didn’t prep my food for the week like I really wanted due to a very hectic weekend so today was just a bit of a hodge podge of food.

Breakfast: coffee with  tbsp of creamer and a smoothie (smoothie was frozen strawberries and bananas with 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats, 1/2 scoop of Juice Plus+ Complete Protein powder, and 2 cups of water).  I felt extremely satisfied with this breakfast.  I am really boggled as to how to handle my coffee in the morning.  I used to take it with tons of milk and sugar and in the past year have gotten it down to 2-3 tbsp of creamer.  Today, I used one tablespoon and it was okay.  After reading a blog from another woman that did the 21 day fix, I think I will try putting some of my chocolate protein powder in the coffee to see how it goes.

Lunch: 1/2 cup of bbq chicken that I made last week in the crock pot with a side salad of romaine, whole-wheat croutons, tomatoes, some shredded cheese, banana peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette.  This salad was amazing and surprisingly filling.

Dinner: Steak quesadilla with flour tortilla (not on the program but it was all I had at the house), mixed peppers, salsa, black beans and guacamole.

Snack throughout the day: 1/4 cup of granola, chai tea with 1/3 cup of almond milk, and a teaspoon of peanut butter.  My throat was still hurting after dinner so I had a frozen fruit Popsicle.

The first thing that I discovered from the first day is I really don’t like measuring out stuff.  I think since I am doing a modified version of this program since I don’t have the actual program at my disposal is making this a little bit harder on me.

After reading several blogs on this yesterday, it seems that I may not have gotten a full food list OR others like me have modified it a bit to serve their tastes.  Since the main reason I am doing this is to push myself beyond the typical pasta dishes that are quick and easy, I’m going to try my best not to get too hung up on some of the details.

While I was cooking this meal, I also prepped for Tuesday and I’m hoping to do the same thing for Wednesday nights dinner.

Because of the sore throat and general full on body aches, I didn’t workout like I planned.  I redid some of my numbers to see what calories should look like when I don’t exercise and I fell into that range with the eating yesterday.

Day 2 (Tuesday August 5th)

Breakfast: My strawberry banana smoothie again and coffee with a half scoop of Juice Plus+ Dutch Chocolate complete protein powder.  To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the protein powder in my coffee.  I think I may need to add a bit of almond milk to it tomorrow to help it out a little bit.  My throat has been bothering me since Sunday so I also had an emergen-c in 8 oz of water.

Lunch:  For lunch, I am eating what I had last night for dinner except I subbed out the tortilla for some cilantro rice.

Dinner:  I am making a version of these Asian meatballs with ground turkey instead of chicken.  I also subbed out fresh ginger for ground ginger.  I used about 2 tsp of the ground ginger.  The meatballs smelled absolutely amazing and I’m stupid excited about having them for supper tonight.  I’m also making a brown “fried” rice to serve with them with carrots, peas, corn, and broccoli.  This was a great success and the husband has already requested them for next week!!!

Snacks throughout the day: a had a little bit of some feta and herb dip that I make to go into the chicken for dinner on Wednesday and a moon-pie because the husband bought a ton of them and I was really under my caloric goal for the day. (again not fixed approved but I really wanted a moon-pie)

WORKOUT:  45 minutes of intense kickboxing

Day 3 (Wednesday August 6th)

Today has been really rough.  I fell back to sleep after my alarm, overslept to the point of rushing to my dentist appointment that lasted over an hour and a half and by then I was starving.  I hit up McDonad’s for an iced coffee and a go-gurt and finally got to work.  So breakfast was an iced, creamy coffee and yogurt.

Lunch: Left over asian meatballs and half of the rice and veggies from last night.

Snack: some Doritos and part of a magic bar that the kids make at work.  I know this was totally not approved but oh well.

Dinner: feta stuffed chicken with spinach & feta couscous

Hopefully tomorrow will put me back on the right track.

WORKOUT: 50 minutes of intense kickboxing-my abs hurt so bad!

Day 4 (Thursday August 7th)

This week has been really rough on the Caulfield household.  After a meeting at work, I checked our bank account and found out my husband’s identity was stolen for nearly $3000 and it could take a little over a week for everything to get worked out.  Luckily, we are going to not be held accountable for anything it is just going to take awhile for it all to be worked out.  But on the my version of the fix.

Breakfast: I drank half of my SB smoothie, mainly because I used almond milk and Greek yogurt so it was a bit heartier.  I also had my coffee with some almond milk and a bit too much vanilla.

Lunch: We had a catered lunch at work so I had a Italian style salad with peppers, olives, carrots, lettuce, and some ranch dressing.  I also had the toppings off their veggie pizza instead of eating the bread with it.  I love the place work orders from veggie pizza.  It has black and green olives, mushrooms, onions, and banana peppers on it.  So good.

Dinner:  I had what I call our deluxe buffalo chicken salad.  I marinated chicken breasts in spices and franks hot sauce and the slowly cooked them on the stove top in the mixture.  The salad consisted of turkey bacon bits, whole wheat croutons, carrots slivers, romaine lettuce, a homegrown tomato, shredded cheese and of course the chicken.  I also used a lite ranch dressing with this.  Depending on funds, I hope to make this ranch recipe to keep over the next week.

Snacks: I had a chocolate chip cookie with some peanut butter on it although I wanted nothing more than a big bowl of ice cream.  I also had a soda to help perk me up and a chai tea before bed.

As of today, I am already down 3 pounds! I’m really excited.  I haven’t measured yet.  I thought of waiting to the very end for that one.  I’ll see what I think come tomorrow.  It is nice that although I’m not sticking to this 100% I am still making healthier choices and seeing results.

WORKOUT: none because of dealing with bank issues and other accounts.  I did do laundry and chase the dogs around while it wasn’t raining outside for about 10 minutes.

This has been a rough week but I’ve stuck with this.