Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tough Changes

I'm hard on myself. Annoyingly hard on myself--annoying to both me and my husband. 

Usually because: I ate too much, didn't work out not enough, didn't lose enough lbs this week, didn't log my food,didn't  measure the food i ate, didn't get my water in...etc.  I'm mean and nag myself about it. 

I've got to quit it. 

This came up because I'm struggling with the muscle mania workouts. I didn't do any of it last night (had two scheduled so that I could make up for missing last weekend), and I'm worried because I've done so good so far and here I am at the end of the month screwing up. 

This is just life though. It's not going to be perfect. 

I'm going to have to chill. Sometimes life gets in the way and a straight month of workouts just doesn't happen for the entire 30 days. I've done really well, and I should be proud instead of beating myself up over sucking it up this past week. The last week of muscle Mania will be whatever it ends up being. 


I've got to learn to be nicer to myself. I've lost 30 ish pounds. I think I can spare myself the  lectures and guilt. I just have to make myself quit it I guess. Maybe I need to visit the self help section at Barnes and Noble. Or maybe just on my nook-- to spare myself any embarrassment haha. 

I am a ball of anxiety this week. With the past holiday weekend, this whole week hasn't felt right. I'm exhausted because the new evening/morning schedule I'm trying to adapt to right now is getting the best of me. 

I am physically worn the hell out, making workout motivation difficult. 
I'm sucking at logging calories because I'm cooking for two people at night now. 

My work is going to kill me next month because of being so busy--I may have overbooked myself. 

These are all normal things though. Busy work, cooking for two, schedule changes. 

What I'm figuring out from this is that my routine needs to change. Obviously what I've done for the past year won't be applicable to the rest of my life. 

Counting calories for everything that goes into your mouth is an EXCELLENT way to start out. It's really eye opening. But it isn't how I see myself spending the rest of my life. I also know that working out every day for 30 days isn't practical for me, and will only lead to me dreading it or skipping it and feeling awful about it. 

So some tough changes are about to happen around here. Here are the main ideas---

1) I'm going to learn to be nicer to myself. This will take some time. 

2) I'm going to try and just eat well, eat mainly REAL FOOD, instead of counting calories. 

3) I'm not going to weigh myself daily. Instead I'll do it once or twice a month just to monitor what's happening in general. 

Eating real food and not weighing/counting calories daily seems more like a lifestyle I can handle. I've counted calories and weighed almost daily for a year now, and it's time to look at the bigger picture now that I've dropped some poundage. 

I will have cheat days. I'll still eat crap food sometimes. I'll still drink dark beer and skip workouts and only get half my water in. Sometimes. And I need to be okay with that. 

You do too if you're mean to yourself like I am. 

More on this later. I've got to think about it some more. 

Today is my Friday. Thank The Lord. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Farewell to WIW

Hey guys.

I've been thinking about this for a few weeks, and today will be the last Weigh in Wednesday post.


Besides the fact that Erin is giving the link up away, I've decided to not focus on the scale as much.

The scale is still hidden, and I don't miss it... honestly.  It's nice not getting mad/discouraged by a number that may or may not reflect my efforts.

I'll be replacing Wednesday posts with (most likely) another link up, but  I haven't decided on what yet.

I've stayed on track with my catch-up Muscle Mania May workouts this week, so I'm still on track to finish out the month this weekend. I haven't done anything else besides MM this week though (no shred or c25k) so in June I think I may simplify my life and stick to running and shredding.

I thought about doing a plank or squat challenge in June, but the MM schedule has me doing a 2 minute plank and like 150 squats later this week seems pointless to start a challenge that starts at a 20 sec plank and 10 squats.

Instead of the scale, I think I'm going to change my focus more to eating real food and getting stronger. I'm more than halfway to my goal weight, and while I'd love to be at that weight immediately, I'd rather get there in a slow, healthy way and not end up being a weak 130-135 pound girl.

So I'm going to start focusing more on building up my running (lets be real here, JOGGING) endurance and building muscle (the lean girl kind of muscle, not the body building kind) rather than whether my weigh is up or down or if that beer will make the scale jump tomorrow or whether the shred is making me gain muscle weight or if its just from my period.....if you're a girl you get the point.

Last time I weighed I was at 156-157 ish. That's a far cry from the 185 I was last year.

I'll weigh myself again at some point, just not anytime soon.

If you want to see all of my WIW posts from when it started in January, click here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Salsa Chicken Tacos

Another recipe you guys.

Yesterday morning before I left for work I put a liner in my crock pot (best invention), turned it on low, and dumped in these things:
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 carton reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 ish packet of taco seasoning
3/4 jar of salsa
salt and pepper

And left it.

BJ was at home, and I had him check it to make sure I put enough liquid in it since it was the first time I made it. It was fine with the 1/2 carton of broth.

When it was time for dinner, I had BJ shred the chicken and then I added the 1/4 jar of salsa that was left into the shredded meat. To make sure the leftovers didn't dry out I added some of the juice from the crock pot--it's tomato-ey and thick and smells amazing.

So other stuff you might need for tacos:  
tortillas (We used whole wheat tortillas that are 120 calories each)
shredded cheese
sour cream
green onions

whatever you like.

The chicken filling is really low in calories -- My version was made with around 12 ounces of meat, and I used Great Value brand medium chunky salsa. It makes around 8 tacos at 83 calories a serving.

Crazy right? Anyway. The meat was so good--and if you've been reading this blog long you know I'm def not a meat person. I plan on using the leftovers in a Pinterest recipe tonight for chicken enchilada pasta (another night of not really cooking anything, except noodles!)
It could also be used in burritos, chimichangas, nachos, salads, sandwiches... you get the idea.
And all I did was dump stuff in my crock pot.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Recap and Muscle Mania Update

Happy Memorial Day y’all!! I’m grateful for all the service men and women who keep us safe to do as we please!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful day playing outside. I’m stuck inside at work today, but I had Saturday and Sunday off and I had a ton of fun this weekend with both me and BJ’s families. BJ needed to study today anyway, and I bank a vacation day for coming in, so it’s no big deal!

{If you're looking at this on a computer, the pictures might be blurry. Something is up with the blogger app (as usual) But it should look normal on a phone!}
Before I disappoint you with my Muscle Mania May update, I’m going to tell you about what we did this weekend!

Friday night after I got home from work we went to a cookout at BJ’s aunt’s house. His mom’s side of the family was there and I had so much fun. The chili dogs were YUMMY. I haven’t had chili dogs in years.
Saturday we got up and tried to get McDonalds for breakfast, but they didn’t have their act together so we went to Waffle House. We had no groceries at the house to make anything. And I was disregarding calories, obviously.  I made a habit of that Friday night-Sunday night.
After Waffle House we went to the local Farmer’s Market because I wanted some strawberries! They were sold out though, so I left empty handed. But BJ brought me to another farm stand across town and I got some there. Then we went to Wal-Mart and got groceries for the next week.
When we got home I saw my fit box came in from my partner Carmen! It was awesome! There’s some stuff in here I haven’t tried, and I was really excited! She even got me Razorback Band-Aids (Arkansas’ football mascot).
Here’s the fit box I mailed her.

Saturday night we went to BJ’s dad’s house and drank by the pool.  More hot dogs were consumed.
BJ tried Pabst Blue Ribbon this weekend (can’t believe he’d never had it) and he decided that he approves.

Sunday we slept in and I made smoothies for breakfast.
My family came over around 2:30. We grilled hamburgers and sausage. I made pasta salad the night before from this recipe… only I used plain pasta instead of cheese filled tortellini, since it was a side dish. For dessert I made shortcake from scratch and whipped cream (from scratch too) and so we had strawberry short cakes! (Used the strawberries from the farm stand)

Then, we tackled our landscaping. Thank god my family knows how to do stuff like that—me and BJ were completely clueless on where to start and we’re grateful my family volunteered to help us! Everything got trimmed down, we put down some edging and mulch and I planted some begonias. And I got a cute turquoise chair for the porch.
Before (with my dad checking out the bushes--asked him to pose)

Home Depot haul

The baby birds living in one of our bushes even survived the redo—although one jumped ship and ran away during the middle of it.

Right when we got back to the house from Home Depot with the mulch and edging (and cute chair) it started to storm. Out of nowhere. I guess I hadn’t been paying attention to the weather! It snuck up on us. Luckily it blew over and we finished the landscaping with it only sprinkling on us. It was messy, but the results look awesome. I’m sure the neighbors are happy!


Begonia's I planted

Well guys, on to the workout update.

This Muscle Mania May update isn’t going to impress anyone.
 I have been LAZY the past few days. I haven’t worked out since last Wednesday, which means I have taken 4 days off!!
But since redid our landscaping one of those days, I guess I haven’t been lazy the entire time.
It is what it is! I’m making up the workouts I missed this week, and I’ll be finished MM on Saturday instead of Friday like I intended. No big deal.
Monday May 20- 34 pushups, 60 sit ups, 50 sec side plank and C25K 3-2 did it.
Tuesday May 21- 65 crunches, 115 star jumps, 60 sec plank and 30DS 2-3 did it.
Wednesday May 22- 38 pushups, 65 lunges, 65 squats, and C25K 3-3 did it.
Thursday May 23- 70 sit ups, 70 squats, 70 sec side plank. Nope. Didn’t do it.
Friday May 24- 40 pushups, 130 star jumps, 75 lunges. Nope, didn’t do it.
Saturday May 25- 80 squats, 80 crunches, 80 sec plank. Nope. Didn’t do it.
Sunday May 26- 45 pushups, 85 squats, 85 lunges. Nope, didn’t do it.
I know. I know. The whole last half of that list is a FAIL. I’ve added the missed workouts into this week’s schedule and I’ll end up finishing on Saturday June 1.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday and a new recipe to try!!

It's Weigh in Wednesday again y'all!! 
Check out the host Erin and the Co-host Alex to see all the blogs that are linking up--it's grown!! 

If you read my post from Tuesday, you know that my scale has been hidden from me so I don't have a number for you. 

I am steadily completing my workouts though!! Did C25K 3-2 on Monday and 30DS 2-3 last night. 

I'm going to try this recipe later this week (minus the chicken). I think it'll be good to mix in with my overnight oats I've been having everyday. I've even got the husband eating them!! 

Egg muffins with bacon, cheese and peppers. I can't wait to try them. 

I'll let you know how it goes, of course. 

Oh, and 

That's all for WIW this week. Laters! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Scale Got Hidden

Well. The scale has been going up lately, even though I'm working my ass off and counting calories like it's money. I'm pretty sure it's muscle but I don't have one of those fancy scales that tells who knows.

Therefore BJ has hidden the scale and I'm not real sure when I'm going to drag it back out again. 

So tomorrow's Weigh in Wednesday post won't have a number y'all. 

And while the scale is being a whore, I just have to remember that it's not about the number. It's about my health. That's how this all started anyway. It's just hard to think that way when you see that you've gained 4 lbs for no reason. 

So yeah. WIW post tomorrow, check back!! I have recipe to post that I'm going to try this week. Laters. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Muscle Mania Third Week Results

Sorry I got this up so late guys. I've been busy busy busy!! 
This past week has gone really well!! I've stayed between 1400-1500 calories most days and I've really been on top of my workouts. I think I'm gaining muscle y'all!! 

Monday May 13-25 push ups, 40 lunges, 40 second plank. C25K 2-3
Actual- did the muscle mania (push ups lunges and plank) but didn't run. Went on a date with my husband instead. 

Tuesday May 14-90 star jumps, 50 crunches, 40 second side plank, 30DS 2-1
Actual- DIDN'T DO ANY OF IT. Shame shame. Took a nap with my husband instead. Am I seeing a pattern? Ha. 
Wednesday May 15-27 push ups, 50 squats, 45 second plank, C25K 3-1
Actual-Did yesterday's muscle mania I missed, plus today's. WHEW. Kill me now. Also did C25K (2-3 since I skipped Mondays) AND 30 DS. Holla! I was worn the eff out after all this. 
Thursday May 16- 50 sit ups, 50 lunges, 90 star jumps, 30DS 2-2
Actual-Did all of it--50 sit ups, 50 lunges, 90 star jumps, 30DS 2-2, AND 110 squats at my desk, for the hell of it. 
Friday May 17-30 push ups, 100 star jumps, 60 crunches, C25K 3-2
Actual-Did the muscle mania--30 push ups, 100 star jumps, 60 crunches, but not the running, because we closed on our house refinancing that night. Good reason to miss :) 
Saturday May 18- 60 lunges, 60 squats, 50 second plank
Actual-C25K 3-2 from yesterday, and all the muscle mania--60 lunges, 60 squats, 50 second plank
Sunday May 19- rest 
Actual- rested 

Disney princess party on my calendar!! 

Next week--
Monday May 20-34 push ups, 60 sit ups, 50 sec plank. C25K 3-2.
Tuesday May 21-65 crunches, 115 star jumps, 60 sec plank. 30DS 2-3.
Wednesday May 22-38 push ups, 65 lunges, 65 squats, C25K 3-3.
Thursday May 23-70 sit ups, 70 squats, 70 sec side plank. 
Friday May 24-40 push ups, 130 star jumps, 75 lunges, C25K 4-1.
Saturday May 25- 80 squats, 80 crunches, 8- sec plank. 30DS 2-4. 
Sunday May 26- 45 push ups, 85 squats, 85 lunges. C25K 5-1. 

Before a run last week!! 

Cold Tortellini Salad Recipe

Feeds: 4-8 people. Depending on if this is a meal alone (4-6 people), if you have it with bread, or if its a side dish (8 people), etc

Time:15 minutes 

Calories: 1/6 of this recipe is around 489 calories (that's a large serving). 

1 family size package of cheese tortellini (found in deli or freezer section, I used wal-mart's marketside brand from deli section, multi colored/cheese filled ) 
1 Bag of spinach (I used 3/4 bag of marketside brand)
Fresh basil (as much as you like)
1 package Cherry tomatoes 
1 can black olives (I used great value brand)
1/2-1 cup Shredded Parmesan cheese (I used Digiorno brand in deli section)
1/2-3/4 cup Italian dressing (I used Ken's steakhouse Northern Italian Tomato Basil dressing)

Feel free to alter the amounts of each  ingredient, depending on what you and your family like. You could add salami, shredded rotisserie chicken or pepperoni. Or marinated artichoke hearts. 

1. Boil pasta as directed on package. You don't want it too mushy, so be sure not to let it overlook. Drain/cool. 

2. Cut everything up: Cut olives in half (good way to check for pits), cut tomatoes in half, give the spinach a rough chop, julienne the basil. That's really all the "work."

3. In a large bowl (I used a large Tupperware container with a lid) add all ingredients. Stir to coat with Italian dressing and cheese. Then just add salt/pepper if you think it needs it--and you're done! 

You can eat it immediately, or store it in the fridge to eat later (it'll taste better this way, where the veggies/pasta can marinate in the dressing). I used a container with a lid so that I could shake it up, and because I suck at using Saran Wrap. 

I made this Sunday night to have for dinner on Monday. So that means no cooking when I get home tonight ...after we run!! (And we'll probably use paper plates. Even better!) I'll pack the leftovers in my lunch this week. I love recipes like this!!

Muscle mania update will be up later tonight! Let's get this week over with already!!  Laters. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Crest strips

I had a $7 off coupon for some crest white strips. So pumped. 

My mom gave me some mulah to go buy some, and they were $49.97 or something cray like that.  No wonder the dang coupon was $7 off. It shoulda been like $10 off [or more] in my opinion. 

I checked out the equate brand, just to see if I was actually getting a deal with the Crest. And I was! There was only 5 top/5 bottom strips for $19.97. 

What? That ain't even gonna help me. 5 sessions. Lets be real, I drink a lot of coffee and red wine. 

Equate, $19.97 for five sessions.

The crest brand, while more than double that price, had FIVE TIMES MORE STRIPS. 25 top/25 bottom.

25 sessions. That's what I'm talking about. (normally it comes with 20 sessions, but I caught it at the 25% more time and got an extra five sets of strips)

Crest, $49.97 for twenty five sessions = BEST DEAL

And since I'm using these strips, I had to switch back to Sensodyne toothpaste from my regular ol' Colgate. This is because when I use whitening strips my teeth get CRAZY sensitive at the most random times. Even when I'm trying to sleep. Annoying as hell. 
If you have problems with sensitive teeth I recommend you try this toothpaste. Works wonders for me. $4.92 for a tube, but if your teeth hurt when you drink cold water it's worth it. 

So my total was $47.47. I thought it would be less than that because of my coupon--but look at the freaking tax! $4.50?? That's almost as much as my coupon! Ugh. Whatever. Glad my momma helped me out. 

I took a before picture. If there's miraculous results I'll share. Duh! 
Have a good weekend, laters y'all. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Early Riser

Something I am not. Have never been. An early riser.

I'm a complete bitch before 7 am ish (even in my sleep, ask my hubs) and it's best for everyone if I sleep as long as possible.

[Except for this one time in December 2012 when I did 5 am boot camp and loved it]

I've always WANTED to be an early bird though, and since BJ is getting up at 5:45 now for school, I've been getting up around 6-630 trying it out.

Well. I didn't know what I've been missing!!

One morning I got up, ate my breakfast at the table (instead of my car). Made the bed. Got some laundry going. Reset the coffee maker's delay brew for the next day. Took the dog out, fed him and gave him his medicine. Got ready for work like I usually would. And still made it to work like 10 minutes early.

It was amazing.

I'm going to keep trying to do this, because it felt so good not to rush!! We'll see how it goes. I asked BJ to  just turn the light on at 6 so I can't go back to sleep. Hopefully I won't scream at him for it. Hopefully.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Update on Yesterday

It turned out to be a really great day.
I ate breakfast (overnight oats, strawberries and honey) and watched New Girl on the DVR. 

I went to Little Rock and picked up BJ's books for school (a whopping $860 dollars worth). 

Got home, cleaned up around the house (vacuumed, dishes, put up three loads of laundry, etc).
Then watched the Mindy Project. 

And then I really got my act together, and did this:

Muscle Mania Workout One: 90 star jumps, 50 crunches, 40 second side plank
Muscle Mania Workout Two: 27 push ups, 50 squats, 45 second plank
Then I did 30DS Level 2-Day 1

After that I figured I should chill out some. So I paid some bills, packed my lunch for tomorrow, and some other house wifey stuff until BJ got home. After he changed clothes we did C25K 2-3.

I felt amazing. I smelled disgusting.

So mission accomplished--killed it! My HRM said I burned like 899 calories total, and I didn't even have it running while I did housework. Feels good. And I didn't die. So there's that. 

Today I need to do 50 sit ups, 50 lunges, 90 star jumps, and the shred level 2. Ima do it y'all!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Weigh In Wednesday and a Confession

Here we are at another Weigh in Wednesday!! You can check out all of my WIW posts here

I got this up a little later than normal, sorry guys! I'm off work today and things have been cray around my house since Sunday! So this morning has been nothing but a catch up game. I forgot to weigh in when I woke up, so this WIW won't have an actual number for you. I would guess my weights around the same, 156-157 range. 

This week has been different because BJ started PA school this week, I'm randomly off work on a Wednesday, and our usual relaxing Sunday was filled with Mother's Day activity. While I'm THRILLED to have BJ home at night, I have GOT to get it together workout/food wise.  It's been a scattered few nights. 

Sunday was a rest day, so I had that done easy :)

Here's where my confession begins.

Monday I did my muscle mania workout, but not the running I had added on top (me and BJ went out to dinner celebrating his first night home!)

Tuesday I didn't do anything. I had muscle mania and 30ds 2-1 planned.  Me and BJ both were worn out (it's my TOM, so maybe that's why, I felt awful!). The amazing part--BJ took his first nap (since we've been together at least haha) with me! I'm a napper. He's not. 

And today is Wednesday and I forgot to weigh in. Man. This week is just, sucking so far. I need to get with it!! 

So today, since I'm off work, I'm making up for my missed workouts:

C25K 2-3 (with BJ when he gets home)
90 star jumps 
50 crunches 
40 second side plank
30 DS 2-1
27 push ups 
50 squats 
45 second plank 

I may die. Remember me fondly. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mothers Day Recap and Misc Pinterest Stuff

Sunday was Mother's Day.
I hope you didn't forget.

Me and BJ went to his mom's church Sunday morning and then out to lunch across town with his mom's side of the family. It was dang good. Minus that BJ got an awesome cheeseburger and I got a salad. 

husband's food is always better. 

We went home after that and BJ played some video game while I took a nap. Then we got up and ate more food at Outback where we met my parents and sister for dinner. 

I got more salad. I was disappointed with this one. It wasn't worth the $12 I paid for it. 

Anyway. It was fun, but busy. Glad I got to sneak that nap in!! 

Moving on.

I know how y'all like pictures. So I just decided to share a bunch of pins I've liked lately.
Some of it is fitness related. Some of it isn't. Whatevs.

Ima need those leggings. But the pin doesn't link to a place to find those leggings. Gotta keep ma eyes peeled for some.


OMG. Grilled cheese with guacamole, garlic lime cilantro??? Nom nom. How could I NOT pin this.

It feels like hungry. jk jk.

Good words to remember.

Check back tomorrow for Weigh in Wednesday!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

May Muscle Mania Monday: Second Week Results

I've got your second Muscle Mania May update for ya right here!! 

Here's my month so far (one sticker for one workout: C25K, MM, or 30DS)

Here's what was assigned and what actually got done each day: 

May 6 Monday- 15 push ups, 30 squats, 30 crunches 
Actual-did it! 15 push ups, 30 squats, 30 crunches 
May 7 Tuesday- 30 sit ups , 30 second plank, 30 lunges, 30DS 1-9
Actual-holla! did it all!! 30 sit ups , 30 second plank, 30 lunges, 30DS 1-9 AND 15-20 squats every time I went to the bathroom that day. 
May 8 Wednesday- 19 push ups, 70 star jumps, 35 second plank, 30DS 1-10
Actual- again, did it! 19 push ups, 70 star jumps, 35 second plank, 30DS 1-10 AND twenty squats at my desk at work. 
May 9 Thursday-35 sit ups, 35 lunges, 35 squats 
Actual- Did it y'all. 35 sit ups, 35 lunges, 35 squats. 
May 10 Friday - 22 push ups, 40 crunches, 35 sec side plank, C25K 2-2
Actual - did the muscle mania, but after fishing the running just wasn't happening. It is SO HOT already in Arkandas. Also did 35 sit ups because I felt like I half assed my ones from Thursday. 
May 11 Saturday-80 star jumps, 40 squats,40 sit ups, C25K 2-3

Actual- did it! Only I guess it was C25K 2-2 since I skipped Fridays run. 
May 12 Sunday- Rest 
Actual-I effing rested.

Next week's (May 13-19) to do list: 

Monday May 13-25 push ups, 40 lunges, 40 second plank. C25K 2-3
Tuesday May 14-90 star jumps, 50 crunches, 40 second side plank, 30DS 2-1
Wednesday May 15-27 push ups, 50 squats, 45 second plank, C25K 3-1
Thursday May 16- 50 sit ups, 50 lunges, 90 star jumps, 30DS 2-2
Friday May 17-30 push ups, 100 star jumps, 60 crunches, C25K 3-2
Saturday May 18- 60 lunges, 60 squats, 50 second plank
Sunday May 19- rest 

So this past week went really well!! I'm happy so far. I've got a good ache in my muscles and I think I'm seeing some progress in the strength area. 
I'm excited about running during the week now that BJ will be home with me. Fitting a couple runs in on the weekend didn't seem like it was doing much good. BRING ON THE WEEK. 

Mother's day recap tomorrow! Check back.