Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wishing Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I did get a few inspirational healthy items for Christmas. If you have followed this blog at all, you know that I love to read health and nutrition books, and that I am a fan of Dr. Joel Furhman. So I was very happy to unwrap the following books:
Ok, the last book I received is not a Dr. Furhman book, but it is a famous book on nutrition analyzing the findings of the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted:
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
For Christmas morning, I plan to make my special French Toast which my boys love. I will have some too, but also am going to have a large fruit tray out to munch on so I don't go overboard with the French Toast.
Moderation is the key. Don't deprive yourself - just exercise portion control and don't just allow yourself to 'graze'. I'm also going to squeeze in a brisk walk or jog on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day just to keep my metabolism going.
Merry Chrismas to all!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
"Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa-lighto"
1 jar of your favorite salsa (I love peach mango)
3-4 chicken breasts, rinsed (ok if frozen)
1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
Add a few spoons of salsa to bottom of slow cooker and arrange chicken breasts on top as evenly as possible. Cover chicken with remainder of salsa. Spread black beans on top (do not mix in). Slow cook all day (6-8 hrs on low). Once cooked, take two forks and shred chicken breasts. Gently mix everything together. Serve on warmed tortillas.
This is fantastic tasting, healthy, and sooooo easy to make!! Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I decided it was finally time to replace my 15+ year old bathroom scale. I had heard great things about the Tanita scales because they also measure your body fat by sending a mild, harmles charge through your body (way more accurate than skin calipers, but of course not as good as a DEXA or hydrostatic scan).
So I bought a Tanita scale at Bed Bath and Beyond. This is the one I ended up with Model BF-679W. It measures weight, body fat and water.
I was a bit nervous that I would weigh like 5 pounds more on the new scale, but was happy to see that my old scale was no more than a pound off. I did all the readings for both myself and DH or the original more complicated scale, and we both got a big chuckle that my metabolic age was 14 and his was 31. So now I keep telling him this marriage is not legal! I wouldn't put too much emphasis on that age thing though as far as accuracy goes - I totally don't feel 14! LOL!
So this AM on my new scale, I weighed 119.4 and had 22.5% body fat and 53.5% water. All within a healthy range for me. I'm hopeful the fat percentage calculation keeps me on track to exercise. My Nike+ Mini is getting mad that I'm not running more often (check her out by scrolling down and looking for her on the right hand column of this blog).
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I am a creature of habit - one of those people who orders the same thing in a restaurant every time - makes a list for everything and does best when sticking to a schedule. But life doesn't always cooperate. Just when I'm finally able to run again, daylight savings time hits and the weather changes, so my old routine of running outside when my 9 year old has evening soccer practice is history. That was my 'thang' and it worked so well for 16+ weeks. Now it is too dark to run in the park next to his practice field, and outdoor practices are coming to an end soon anyhow.
SOOOO - I'm in desperate need of new groove thang. Anyone want to give me theirs???
Morning runs would be great, but I just can't seem to get myself going to run before work. I can barely take a shower without first having a cup of coffee. I have a great treadmill, but I get bored so quickly on it. My runs seem so much longer on the treadmill than they do outdoors. But evening outdoor runs are not an option for me - I won't run outside in the dark. I sure hope I can get myself into a new groove before the holidays. I baked a batch of peanut butter kiss cookies the other day 'for my boys' and I've been munching on them ever since - yikes!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
No meetings today so I wore my jeans to work....my new jeans that I had to buy because my old jeans are falling off...my new size 2 jeans....ehhemm....did you see that...SIZE 2! And this is no Talbots size 2, these are from The Gap - Boot Cut Size 2 jeans! And yes, I can breathe! Ok, so I know sizes have changed, and the new 2 is the old 4, yada yada, but I can't help feeling on cloud 9 that something I'm wearing is a size 2 - I don't think I've ever worn a 2 before...ever!
The hip is improving but not good enough for running yet. Looks like I will be walking the Nike+ 10k on Saturday in two installments. Hope everyone is doing great. I'm sorry I haven't checked in in weeks - I'll try to get back to a weekly post going forward.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
These last 2 weeks have been tough from a running standpoint. Two weeks ago, I noticed that the muscles on the right side of my hip were hurting - not too bad - but enough to be annoying. I didn't think much of it, and then I had a busy week so I figured it was probably good to give everything a rest anyhow - but worried that I would get out of my routine.
So last Tuesday when I went to run, I purposfully ran in the opposite direction around the trail thinking that maybe the curve of the trail was irritating my hip. I ran through the pain and did just over 5 miles. I was feeling on top of the world, but the next day and for the rest of this past week, my hip was SORE. So I haven't run since then and have been using the heating pad and Motrin to help the pain. I made an appointment to see and Orthopaedic doctor tomorrow am, so I'll get the official word then.
For exercise, I have done my arm weights several times and my 8 Minute Abs video once. I adjusted my calorie intake to 1200 (I'm ususally around 1450) to account for the lack of running. So I was surprised that the scale was down 2 pounds this week. It may be a fluke so I won't panic if I'm up a bit next week, but for now now I'm enjoying it! Tonight, I plan on doing some walking and will see how that goes as far as my hip is concerned.
The Biggest Loser is on tonight, so that always helps in the motivation department too! Hope everyone is having a great week!!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
BUT ;;;I'm here to tell you that a little planning goes a long way!
We had a long road trip, so I packed individual baggies of broccoli and carrots. I also popped some kettle corn and packed that as well. Didn't forget the apple-grape bites too.
Did you know Taco Bell has a new low fat menu? Well you do now.
I squeezed in a 4 mile run on Saturday morning (yes, I ran in the morning before coffee!), and did fairly well food wise for the trip. One stop at Ben & Jerry's but I 'treated' myself to their chocolate brownie frozen yogurt.
I was 124 the day we left, and 125 the morning after we got back. Since that time, I have bounced around between 124 and 122....did you see that...122!!! So far that hasn't stuck, but today I am happy at 123.
I've taken 4 days off of running, and I am feeling very lazy. Last Thursday's run was HARD and my knees and hips were sore - I hate when that happens. Tonight is Jack's soccer practice, so I hope to get a good long run in tonight without any discomfort.
Hope everyone else is doing great!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Nikeplus.com has been a huge motivator for me. I am signed up to run in the Human Race on October 24th. In the mean time, I am participating in a challenge from the Human Race Ambassadors. I am on Petey's Electric Highway team!! He lost 50 pounds by running. If you are interested in joining along, check out these links:
Hope to see you there!!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
the scale read 123 this am!!
I haven't been this weight since before I was pregnant with my first son!! Talk about motiviation - I am even more inspired on this health kick than ever.
I feel great.
My clothes are comfortable and look nice on me.
I am proud of myself.
I feel in control.
I am running 3-4 times a week, and logging about 3-4 miles each run. I had two running accomplishments to note this week -
(1) On Thursday I ran with someone for the first time. We ran 3 miles and I was dead tired at the end - it was a new trail and we were talking so it was much harder for me than normal but I was glad I did it.
(2) I ran very early on Saturday morning. I am a wanna-be morning runner (my runs are almost always in the evening). We had a very busy Saturday schedule: 2 soccer games; 2 birthday parties; my friends were coming over to crop in the evening and I needed to clean up and get ready for that. So the only time I could run was the am. I took Jack to his 8am soccer game (he had to be there at 7:30) and I did my 3.6 mile run during his warmups and the first part of the game. I didn't think I'd be able to do it, but I did and was fine. It gave me hope that I may someday be a morning runner after all. The only downside was that in my morning groggy haze, I didn't push the start button on my Nike+ wristband hard enough and didn't notice until after I had run about .4 of a mile! Ahhh - if I'm going to run I want credit for it!!
I'm now officially addicted to Nike+ by the way!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I signed up for a challenge on nikeplus.com to run 15 miles in one week - which is a lot for me! I did it though - I logged over 16 miles and felt very proud of myself. Tonight I went running during my son's soccer practice and boy did the wind under my sails die down!! It was a tough run - harder than any recent run I can remember. I felt like my legs were two barrels of lead - it was hot and I was tired and almost gave up. But I hung in there!
I do not listen to music when I run - and tonight for some reason I was tuned into the pat...pat...pat of my feet hitting the pavement. I realized I could hear my feet hitting the ground. The pat...pat...pat turned into a slap...slap...slap. It was a sluggish, clumsey run, but a run nonetheless. I love when there is a spring in my step a soft push...push...push off the pavement. I tried to turn my slaps into pushes but it was hard! The pattern I seemed to repeat over and over: push...push..push...pat...pat...pat... slap...slap...slap! When I got to the slaps, I realized it was time to force myself back to the pushes. On and on I went until I was done. It was a long 3.6 miles!!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
I finished Dr. H's book, and was searching the shelves of Barnes & Noble yesterday for a new read. As I've mentioned before, I like to read health and fitness books as I find they give me good information and motivation. [short aside here: One thing I have noticed is that the nutritional information is not always consistent even among reputable books, which just goes to show that there is probably a lot we still don't know, and there are a lot of funky extreme diets out there so you have to be careful with what you choose to read.] Anyhow, I picked up Chasing Life by Sanjay Gupta... CNN ran a documentary on this subject a while ago and I loved watching it. So when I saw the book, I knew I had to get it. I'm about 1/3 of the way through and many of the people he mentions in the book were featured in the documentary. The premis of the book is a world wide study they did of longevity. They visited places on earth where people lived the longest to try to draw some general conlusions for factors that lead to long life. Here are some of the factors I have read so far: a diet rich in fruits and vegetables; an active lifestyle; attitude and outlook on life; cultural views of the elderly. He starts off talking about advances in stem cell research in other countries, but once you get past the first chapter, there is a lot of good nutrition and fitness information.
If you recall my first post on this blog, the weight was only one of my concerns. I had noticed many physical changes in myself over the past year - cellulite in places where I never had it before, way more grey hair, differences in my skin texture and tone, feeling tired all the time, oh and yes, extra weight that wouldn't come off easily. I think I realized that I was aging and it literally scared me into this lifestyle change. The weight loss is only part of it for me. I want to live longer and live better so I can be around to see my children and grandchildren grow up (but not too soon!!).
It is a sad reality that our accepted lifestyle in the US is a very unhealthy one. Sanjay points out in the book that there are at least 20 developed countries that have longer life expectancy than the US. We are literally killing ouselves with overeating and underexercising. Let's face it - the generally accepted behavior is hard to go against. It is difficult to find healthy food on the run - french fries and ice cream are all around us. On a similar note, I make a point to send healthy lunches to school with my kids - but it is hard to respond when my 6 year old comes home and complains that Johnny (name changed for the example) gets Doritos in his lunch all the time, so he wants them too. I would explain over and over why I send fruits and veggies instead but he still thinks my lunches stink. Finally one day I said "Well Johnny's mother must not love him as much as I love you." So there. I don't even care if that gets repeated at school - if so then I hope Johnny goes home and asks his mom about that!!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Who knew 10 weeks ago that I would be able to run 3+ miles on a regular basis now? My clothes fit better and I don't struggle doing a push up now. My husband says I look taller and he can tell my legs look thinner. I can feel all the muscles in my body now - usually because they are stiff in the mornings now (lol) but it is a 'good' stiff and at least now they are being used!
I re-read my original post this morning, and I have come a long way in 10 weeks. Check it out here: http://thegettinskinnyscrapper.blogspot.com/2009/06/blog-post.html
I can really tell a difference in looking at the original photo. I wish I would have taken measurements! But my original goals were to (1) lose 12 pounds (2) be able to run 5k comfortably and (3) gain muscle tone. I've accomplished all 3 of those and am just beside myself that I actually was able to set and accomplish these goals. I was so TIRED when I started, but now I have energy and feel great. Exercising truly does make a difference!
So now the challenge is to keep it off! I would like to lose another pound or two so that 126 is by 'heavy' weight. But for now, holding at 126 is the goal. I have also set some running goals for myself on the nikeplus.com site, so that will hopefully help keep me motivated on the exercise front.
Thanks for checking in with me today and if you get a chance, please leave a comment - it really helps keep me going [side note, a few of you have emailed me that you can't leave a comment without an error, apparently if you try again immediately after getting the error it will let you post - some glitch in blogger or something]. Have a great day!!
Friday, August 14, 2009
(1) Crazy Bowls & Wraps - my favorite fast food chain. I get a Chicken Teriyaki Superbowl (smaller size) with white meat and brown rice. I choose the steamed veggies for my side (and they are amazing). The website lists the calories as 325 with 5 g of fat. I'm thinking that may not include a side and seems low to me because it is a lot of food, so I count it as 375 cal. It is very filling and great if you are having a 'hungry' day.
(2) Frosted Mini Wheats. 24 biscuts is 200 calories - so kindof hefty for cereal but it is packed with fiber and is very filling. I add a scoop of ground flax seed and about 1/4 cup of frozen wild blueberries (very high in antioxidents) to the bowl and top it off with about 2/3 cup of skim milk. Another very filling meal that also satisfies my sweet tooth!
(3) Ground flax seed. I have about a tablespoon of this stuff per day (usually in cereal but you can add it to anything). It is high in Omega 3's which are very good for a number of health issues. It is also have read that it is a natural anti-inflammatory which is great for helping with the aches and pains of exercise!
(4) Shrimp. Speaking of Omega 3's, I love coctail shrimp. Also high in protein and low in calories so a great dinner with a big salad for days when you have overeaten. I do splurge with a bit of coctail sauce, but try not to use too much. I buy about a pound in my grocery store (already cooked then frozen) I thaw the shrimp and serve it in a chip-n-dip tray with the coctail sauce in the middle. It's gone in about 15 minutes in this house.
(5) Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties. I've mentioned these before - they have been a staple of my diet for years. Served on a wheat bun with a dab of ketchup for lunch several times a week. Love these. Can't go wrong with any of their offerings really. Just recently discovered their chicken grillers which are only 80 calories but very high in protein and fiber.
(6) Apples. I love Del Monte (I think?) Apple bites and Apple-Grape bites. Already washed and cut and in individual packages. These are great to take to work and I plan to keep them on hand for the boys lunches when school starts back. I read a study in Prevention magazine a few years ago that Pectin (found in apples) is a natural appetite suppressant too. Don't skimp on the fruit!!
(7) Fresh Broccoli. Last but not certainly least. I eat this just about every day. It is one of those super foods that is so healthy for you. I eat it raw, steamed or blanched (my favorite way but that takes a bit of work so I don't have it that way too often). I found that you can buy a bag of precut broccoli (ready to steam in the plastic bag) in the produce section so that is great to eat raw out of the bag, or just add a handful to a salad. I DO NOT steam anything in a plastic bag (due to the risk of toxins getting into the food). I steam in a stainless steel steamer on the stovetop - not as fast as the microwave, but still quick and the taste is way better.
Ok, I'll add more if I think of it, but these things have really helped me over the past several weeks. PS - did I mention that I was 126 on the scale this am!?!?! Woot-woot but not going to count it yet until I get on the scale Tuesday am. Just need to get through the weekend (holding my breath and keeping my fingers crossed)....
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
My Mini-me is getting irritated that she hasn't gone on any runs yet - haha - she keeps changing and is pretty funny. There is so much you can do on Nike+ (in addition to tracking your running) - you can participate in challenges, find or create running routes, chat with others, and more. Check it out at http://www.nikeplus.com/ !!! If you are already set up on there, add me as a friend - I am JenninMO.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
1. Veronica http://www.leiasblogg.blogspot.com/ - fabulous blog of my Sweedish friend, with great scrapbooking ideas (even though I can't read Sweedish, I can look at the layouts - LOL!).
2. Cameron http://www.createbeautydaily.blogspot.com/ - a great blog for all things crafty - this girl makes everything and takes amazing photos!
3. Shar http://www.scrapendipity.blogspot.com/ - a great blog for scrapping and die cutting inspiration!
4. Karen http://www.helmkahappenings.blogspot.com/ - a great blog for scrapping, die cutting, and amazing photography.
5. And last but certainly not least, to Robyn, a huge inspiration to me in my gettin' skinny quest! Her amazing blog can be found at: http://thepinkloser.blogspot.com/
So ok selected bloggers, here are the rules for this award: To pick up the Circle of Friends Blog Award cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog. Nominate 5 other bloggers you feel have become part of your circle of friends. Link to your nominees within your blog post. Include these instructions on how to pick up the award in your blog post. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your blog post, to show your appreciation.
Another great feeling is the first blog award I received from Dot!! It is a Circle of Friends one and I am so flattered!! Thank you Dot! She has a great crafting blog - check it out at: http://dottiemaes.blogspot.com/!! I get to pass the blog award on to five other blogs, so I'm excited to do that - I almost have them all picked out so I'll post again later when I do!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
(1) If you decide to take your Siberian Husky on your run with you, be prepared that she will think you are training her for the Iditarod (especially if she is used to going on fast and long runs with your 6'2" husband).
(2) If you decide to run on a warm summer night and trash pick-up is the next morning, remember to go on your run as early in the evening as possible........eeeeewwwww!
(3) If you are feeling bloated and decide to wear your 'fat' shorts on your run, do a test jog first in the house so you don't end up having to hold them up the whole time (although it is a good problem to have in the grand scheme of things -haha).
So here is the journal I picked up at the bookstore to help me get back to the nutritional breakdown mindset:
It is great - fits right into my purse and has a small index of food in the back. My older sister got me hooked on http://www.calorieking.com/ to look up the details of food. So far, so good. I'm averaging about 1250 calories per day, which is a good level for me for weight loss.
Here is what I am reading at the moment. It is written by the physician who is in charge of monitoring The Biggest Loser contestants. The plan is written to target obese people, however, there is a ton of great information about exercise and body composition in this book. I'm about half way through and enjoying it.
Did a 3 mile run this evening and passed up on the family trip to Dairy Queen tonight (after the 16 point birthday cake slice episode I can't step foot in that place again). The scale seems stuck at 129 but hopefully I will see it move for Tuesday's weight check in. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Anyhow, I was status quo for the week - nothing gained, nothing lost. I had a good week eating and exercise-wise though, so I'm not down about it. But look at my weight tracker on the right side of the screen.........-3, -2, -0, +1, -3, -2, 0...........hmmm very interesting! Now my goal is to not repeat the +1 that comes next in my pattern! That was 4th of July week and I was way off on my eating and exercising, so if I can keep on truckin' I should be good!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Another thing I started to do this week was to look beyond the points (the Weight Watchers points, that is). I've been thinking in terms of points for so long, I lost touch with calories. I also wanted to see how my carb and protein breakdowns were. I am a partial vegetarian so getting enough protein is a concern for me. I'll post again later today or tomorrow with a photo to show the cool food journal I purchased to help me keep track this way.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here is the scrapbook layout I did for that race for comparison:
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ok, so I decided to just go and see what happened, and guess what? I was FINE!!!
I covered 5 whole miles - powerwalking and running mixed, and here were my times (rounded to the 5 second):
Mile 1 - 12:35
Mile 2 - 12:20
Mile 3 - mostly walked and don't have a time because I pushed the wrong buttons on my watch and got all mixed up - probably 14 or 15 minutes
Mile 4 - 11:45! This was the easiest for me - maybe exercising longer is the key for me - I find this so interesting that running this mile was easier than the first two - I only powerwalked a small portion of it.
Mile 5 - I didn't time this one because I intended it to be a 'cool down' walk, but I felt so good I decided to run the last lap and felt like I could have continued. Who knew?
I took water breaks between miles and wished I would have brought a notepad to record my times or even laps - it is easy to lose track when you are going in circles. I would switch direction on the track for each mile so I would only have to count 4 laps!
I woke up all congested again this morning, but it didn't bother me at all when I was on the track last night. I was really proud of myself for getting out there and just doing it. I couldn't help but step on the scale this am and it was so nice to see 132 looking back at me. I'm not recording the loss yet because I am only going to do so weekly, so I sure hope I keep those pounds off!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
I decided to move my weigh in day to Tuesday of each week to give my body a day to readjust from the weekend. Not sure if that is the right or wrong thing to do, but I just couldn't bring myself to step on the scale this am. I thought of changing it to a day later in the week, but decided against it to help me keep accountable over the weekends.
Anyhow, I'm going to try to have a 'detox' day today - mainly vegetables and fruits to eat, and lots of water - and I will get on the scale tomorrow to see what the damage is. Sigh.....I am not looking forward to that.
Hopefully this cold/virus will subside soon and I can get back to my running. The second 5k is this weekend for me. This past week was supposed to be my big training week to get to try to run the whole 5k. I'm still going to do the 5k, trying to run as much of it as I can, with my goal being to beat the time on my last 5k. I sure hope we don't have a heat wave this weekend (that would be just my luck). So I'll check back in tomorrow to record the damage and I'll just go on from there...........hope everyone else has had a better week!!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
So I looked it up on line, figuring that it would be about 5-6 points.
Yes 15 points! That's practically a days worth!!
Ok, so I ate it. What's done is done. Good thing it was at the beginning of the week. Time to move on...
Monday, June 29, 2009
I did however run/walk 3.5 miles last night. I clocked the first 3 miles at 38:42, and just walked the last 1/2 mile to cool down. It really was not that hard - I could have pushed myself more to get it done faster - so that was a good feeling.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
My second benchmark 5k is July 12th so I only have about 2 weeks to get ready. I'm getting a bit nervous that the heat is going to do me in. The weather was perfect when I did the Race for the Cure - high 60's with a light breeze. I sure hope Mother Nature is kind here on July 12th!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
I don't look nearly as bloated as I did 2 weeks ago, and my clothes are fitting better too. I'm motivated to have a great week.
Thanks for checking in and have a good week everyone!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I also figured out my block is exactly 1.o mile - soooo great for knowing how far I've gone. I'm trying to run at a decent pace and then powerwalk as needed. I about 2.25 miles yesterday in 30 minutes which was good considering the heat. This afternoon we are headed to the pool so I hope to try out my new swimming goggles. I'm making a flank steak dinner tonight (which I don't eat so I'll be able to make something point friendly for myself). Hope everyone has a nice Father's Day planned!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I first read it a few years ago and was insprired to eat ultra-healthy. If you want to be grossed out about all of the processed, unhealthy and empty carlorie foods we eat, this book is for you. He is especially concerned about childhood obesity. His basic message is to eat nutrient dense foods, and he has helped many patients reverse disease and get off of medication just by transforming their diet. A great inspirational book for healthy eating.
A heads up though - this dude may seem a bit radical to you but keep in mind he has the data to support his claims of disease reversal - just think about that! I could not stick to his ideal diet exactly forever, but the underlying messages are good and most of what he recommends can easily be incorporated into anyone's diet. I am trying to follow the basic principles and eat primarily nutrient dense plant foods so that they make up 80% of the food I eat on a daily basis. I don't eat red meat so I'm good there, but I do eat some dairy (he is anti-dairy). I strive for 80%, but from looking at my food journal it is really more like 60-70%, but I'm trying!!
My only complaint is that this book could have used another edit - he tends to repeat himself sometimes (I'm sure which is just due to his passion for the subject). The book does have some really catchy chapter titles such as "Digging our graves with knives and forks." It is an easy read, interesting, and a good reminder of why we need to eat healthy. I recommend it to everyone!
If you read it (or have already read it), let me know what you think!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
- Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patties - these cook up quickly in the microwave and I eat one on a whole wheat bun with a bit of ketchup for a filling 3 point lunch. I've eaten these for lunch several times a week for the past 3 years (so I sure hope they don't find out they contain some kind of disease causing agent someday - haha) - delish!!
- WW Yogurts - I have a hard time getting in my milk - not a big dairy person here - but I do like their one point yogurts.
- Here is a new discovery for me: Eat Smart fresh salads brand Santa Maria Style- Broccoli Salad. I got mine by the bagged salads at Shop-n-save. It comes in its own little container - perfect to take to work. Lotsa broccoli, some carrots and red cabbage, then a bag of crunchy stuff to put on top (soynuts, dried cranberries & sunflower seeds) and a light tangy dressing. It took a while to eat and was a very filling 3 points. On the days I ate this last week I had low points days...hmmm....gotta stock up on these!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I was about over an hour and a half early though - haha! It wasn't a problem with this event though because there was SO much going on. Lots of festivities, vendor booths, hoopla, etc. Talk about INSPIRATION!! Seeing so many survivors and their support groups just brought tears to my eyes. It made me feel so good that I have started on this quest, because I truly do not want to take my good health for granted. I highly recommend attending this event if it comes to your area!
The 5k is about 3.1 miles. My total time was 36:46, which was a lot better than I thought!! I would guess that I ran about 2 miles of it and powerwalked about 1 mile. I broke it up so I'm not sure of the exact amounts, but I was going at a faster average pace than I thought I would so I felt great when I finished!!
1st benchmark successfully completed!!
Friday, June 12, 2009
I really would like to try to workout in the mornings, but my body is so used to the routine of dragging myself out of bed, pouring a cup of coffee down my throat and getting in the shower. Today showed me I could exercise before the coffee [side note here - coffee is a very significant part of my life so this was quite a moment] and survive. It really makes more sense to exercise in the am - I don't like to go to bed all sweaty and taking 2 showers per day is just not efficient. Plus our evenings tend to fill up with activities for the boys so trying to get in a workout on a busy evening is difficult. So I'm going to attempt to workout in the mornings at least a few days per week. We'll see how that goes.
Tomorrow bright and early is the Race for the Cure. I'm pre-registered so all I need to do is get myself up and dressed and down to the starting line. I'll check in tomorrow to post how I did!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Today I registered for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k that is in my city on this Saturday - YES as in 3 days from now. No, I'm not crazy - it is a run/walk so my goal is simply to actually show up (baby steps here) and complete the race. I plan to jog as much as I can and powerwalk the rest. I figure if I am looking for inspiration, there is no better place to go than to this event - they are expecting 60,000 participants! It starts at 7am and I am so afraid that I am just going to hit snooze on the alarm and go back to sleep, thus I am putting it out here to make sure I do it! Ok, so that is Benchmark 1.
I found Benchmark 2 in my registration packet - it was a flyer for another 5k on July 12th so my goal is to be able to run the whole thing. I would have about 4 weeks to train so I think I can do it. What great material for scrapbook pages these 5k's will be!!
My hip is feeling better - between ice and motrin I was able to control the damage (I think). Yesterday I just did arm work because even the sit-ups were bothering it and I wanted to make sure I gave it enough rest. I adjusted my WW points lower and ate under 20 points due to the lack of exercise. I stopped at Target today and picked up some swim goggles. I plan to add some lap swimming this summer especially if my hip starts acting up again - no stress on the joints so no excuses!
Today I was able to get back on the treadmill and completed my 2 miles - this time in 29 minutes, but I did slow down a couple of times and walked. My running pace was faster though and I found this workout more difficult than Monday's. I was hoping that the workouts would get easier, but I guess it will take a while before I turn the corner. Today was busy so I didn't get a chance to start exercising until this evening (as in 8:30pm) but I'm glad I didn't skip it - I'm really feeling good now - so much so that I'm about to do the 8 Minute Abs video.
To all those that are on a similar quest, keep on keepin on........
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Welcome to my online scrapbook documenting my personal quest to get IN SHAPE and lose those last 12 pounds that love to hang around on my body. I've lost them many times before but somehow they keep creeping back!
I'm a bit hesitant to put all of this out in the public domain, but I am doing so to keep myself ACCOUNTABLE! I also hope that keeping track of my progress will help keep me motivated in this quest! If you happen to stumble upon this blog, please leave me a comment to keep me going, or share a story about your journey.
A little background...
I have healthy eating habits for the most part thanks to years of Weight Watchers -- see evidence photo below...
What I don't do at all these days is exercise. Other than chasing around after 2 boys, I really don't do anything else. This must change!
I'm 5'5" tall and yesterday I weighed in at 138 lbs. Now that may not seem too bad to you, but I am very small boned so it is quite a bit of weight for me. Also, I think I've been able to keep my weight under 140 for the last year by managing to lose all possible muscle tone - haha. Sad but true. 138 a few years ago would not have looked the way it does on me now. I've noticed many physical changes in myself this last year - more grey hair, age spots, cellulite - even the texture of my skin seems to be changing. I'm always tired. I used to be able to drop 5 pounds easy by just being strict about my diet, but that's not working anymore so I think my metabolism has slowed way down too. I'm only 37, so the bottom line is... I'M JUST NOT READY TO LOOK AND FEEL THIS OLD!
I'm a goal oriented person, so I need to lay out a few to keep myself on track. They may change as I go along but here they are for now (in random order) --
I want to...
(1) lose 12 pounds
(2) be able to run a 5k comfortably
(3) gain muscle tone
I plan to accomplish these goals by exercising regularly and eating healthy. I'm not sure of the timeline needed yet, so right now I don't have a deadline. I do plan to add some small benchmark goals along the way.
Yesterday (6/8/09) was Day One of my quest and I was off to a great start. I started keeping track of my WW points again, and had 23 for the day. I got on the treadmill after work and decided to run (well, ok jog) to see how far I could go and I was able to jog 2.0 miles. It took me 31:00 minutes so I was jogging s.l.o.w. but I did it, and it felt great! I had my 9 year old son take my picture when I got off the treadmill, and here it is (can't believe I'm actually posting this photo on the internet, but it must be done)...
I also did 8 Minute Abs (my favorite exercise video of all time) and some push-ups in the evening. So I went to bed last night very proud of myself for a good first day, but I know I have a long way to go.
This morning brought with it a reminder that the journey is not going to be easy. I woke up and my left hip was SORE! I have had problems with bursitis in my hip in the past, and I so hope that it doesn't start bothering me again. I think I got a little over anxious and did too much yesterday -- going from not exercising to jogging 2 miles was probably not the best idea. So no jogging today, but I plan to do some arm work with weights and the 8 Minute Abs video this evening. Hopefully I'll get back on the treadmill tomorrow.
So if you have made it this far, thanks for reading and please WISH ME LUCK!!