Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Update on Me

I really have not been making much time recently to blog. So here's what's new. I have been attempting Couch-to-5K and it really has been rough on me. But I am in week 4 now and was shocked to jog for 5 while minutes (twice!). And plus working out regularly (other than cardio) as well. I am also doing the Tone It Up Frisky Fall Challenge.

I have also been trying to focus more on my eating. I think food consumes at least 50% of my thoughts all day. Some days are better than others. Then, some days I eat a bunch of good stuff and then it's like a switch gets flipped. My mind and stomach are like we need to counter all these good foods with foods we actually like (ie bad foods). And then there's the craving days of course where I'm all like what's the damn point, I want to eat what I want to eat not what I have to eat. And then there is the goods days where I'm like I can do this (fist punch in the air). I wish every day was like that.

Stone cold truth, for the past six months if I had kept my eating under control, I'd be down to my goal weight by now. That really makes me feel furious. I hate the fact that I have been letting food control me to this extent. I'm not saying I never want to have food I enjoy, but I do want to have them far less often.

There was a week last month that I thought I was going to pull out of this weight loss rut I've been in and actually lost weight. But, back up the very next week.

So I am about to make some changes and do some things that I've been resisting. I will be sharing more on the blog in the next week or two.

Thanks for reading and feel free to share any of your tips or any of your food woes in the comments.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Active Living Challenge Week 3

Recapping the third and final week of the Active Living Challenge from Fit Approach and Lorna Jane. I had so much fun during this challenge. Even if I was unable to get the challenges posted every day on Instagram, I always double checked what the daily challenge was and did it. It definitely kept my wheels turning about my health, fitness and active living. Here were my week three shots.

Day 15: Show how you are practicing #activeliving today.
I did the #mindbodymat challenge (ab workout), park with the kids, and Couch-to-5k Week 2 Day 1. I love that my kids like to be active and if my kids had their way, we would have been at the park every day this summer. Unfortunately that doesn't always work out but, we definitely doubled last summers trips to the park easy. So I can be happy in that.

Day 16: #activeliving is for life! What part of the future are you most excited for?!

There's so many things I'm looking forward to, it's hard to pinpoint one thing. Being healthier and more fit (I've still got a ways to go). Being able to run a marathon (I can't even run a mile right now without getting a side stitch). Being a fit family and doing more active things together. What is the term "fitcations." :)

Day 17: Share a photo of you getting sweaty with your favorite workout.
Couch-to-5k Week 2 Day 2. This is my favorite thing to do right now - even if now and then during runs I hate it. You may wonder why do it. Because when I don't hate it I love it 10x more than the hate. I feel so freakin awesome, really like a bad ass chick. It's totally worth the moments that I hate it and want to quit. Especially when I get a new best time and distance. By the way, this is my second round of week 2.

Day 18: What's a short-term goal you've set for yourself.
Recording my food. It seems like a small thing but, I know my food is my worst issue. I have really gotten my at-home workouts really going well. It was a rough transition losing my gym after moving. I just couldn't find my groove the first month or two. I finally got it down. But, my eating has been a roller coaster. I can't get it under control and keep it that way. So I want to attempt to start recording all my food until I've had a solid month of mostly healthy eating.

Day 19: Share your favorite healthy snack.
My current favorite, strawberries! Ok I'll admit it, I eat them with meals sometimes too lol

Day 20: Share your favorite #lornajane clothing piece.
The Lover Excel Hooded Zip Through. Or every dang pair of tights! Omg seriously so many cute workout clothes!! Check them out:

Day 21: Your favorite part of #activeliving

Wanting to be active and obviously raising active children who love healthy living. Wanting to be active was a pleasant and welcome surprise. There were several weeks (maybe even a month or two) in the beginning where every day I planned to workout (usually 3 days) I dreaded it, half assed it, and wondered if I'd ever look forward to my workouts. (Currently I workout 4-5 days) I'd say one or two days every few weeks I drag my feet but I don't have an extreme dread for it. And that is much appreciated. Now if I could just do the same for my diet.

I'd like to give a big thank you to Fit Approach and Lorna Jane for hosting this awesome challenge!
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Active Living Challenge Week 2

I am very late recapping week two of the #activelivingchallenge I've had teething and sick babies since Friday. Finally we are pretty much back to happy babies status around here. So here's my recap:

Day 8: favorite super food.
This one is kind of funny, because well, I never remember eating these as a child (not just this fruit but lots of other fruits and veggies - if it was an option, I chose none). And even still in my teen/young adult life, I recall a number of times getting Sundays or some form of ice cream with a cherry on top and picking it off. Really... I couldn't eat one damn cherry... GRR to my younger self. I really have no idea how even as an adult I continued this stupid aversion to fruits and veggies and really it is so hard to break - but I'm doing it that's key! :) Anyhow, I bought an enormous bag of cherries for the first time ever about a month ago and we weren't even a quarter of the way through the bag. I had no idea how quickly they go bad if not eaten so after about a week, I put them in the freezer. I just didn't want to waste them. I like trying new healthy foods and love when I like them.

Day 9: do something new.
I have been wanting to try out a barre class for awhile now but there are none close to me. So today I decided to try a barre workout at home. And after trying out my first one at home, I am so glad I was not in a class for this. I am positive I looked like a hot mess. But, it was a lot of fun. I will definitely give it a second shot and still plan to do a class some day.
PS. Barre workout found via Pinterest. >Click here<

Day 10: how I practice active living everyday.
As a stay at home mom of four young children, I definitely do what I can, when I can. For example: on day 10 I did my Couch-to-5k early in the day before my husband went to work. And in the evening when I got my twins to bed, I did my #mindbodymat Challenge upper body workout.

Day 11: daily motivation to #movenourishbelieve
My kids are a big motivator for me. But, I also just this month started doing a calendar for the month for a bit of structure and I look at it daily. It's a loose schedule so if I change it out and do something different no biggie. I think it is definitely a stepping stone to an even better place/ better schedule that I am happy with and can stick to daily. OK, the scale pic... I know, I know you shouldn't weigh yourself daily. But, for quite a few months I have been on a plateau after gaining weight (over 20 lbs through moving and loss of gym access). And Id say now for two months I've just been yo-yoing around the same couple pounds 230-228. I was finally under that at 226.6. And then I gained it all back plus some this last week 229.8. I felt defeated and knew I only had myself to blame and boy was I. So instead of like normal letting these feeling consume me and bring me farther down (which was my norm) I decided to weigh myself everyday for a week and see how it went and yesterday I am happy to report 227.6 yay! :) So it was such a tremendous help to me and I am hoping I don't have to continue this process. I don't recommend it on a normal basis. In the past I have let it consume me going to weigh myself  2-3 times a day, so not healthy!! That's when I went scaleless for a month (2 times now). This time I only weighed myself once in the morning took a picture and didn't think about it the rest of the day. If I found myself thinking of it, I stopped took a breath and tucked it away. This weeks motivation was not for me to stress about my current weight it was to make sure I had a reminder to make my day count, especially in regards to my eating. And I am so glad it worked. And I am going to attempt to return to normal once a week weigh ins from now on.

Day 12: favorite quote about staying positive & true to myself
This is more so for staying positive, but negative thoughts have always come so easily to me especially in regards to my body image. I've always got to remember to keep positive. I have got to learn to love the body I have even though it's not perfect, it's mine. And hating it won't make it turn into something that it's not. It only spans more negative thoughts.

Day 13: what I do to get more out of everyday.
As I mentioned above, four small children at home means messes on top of messes some days. I just learn to roll with it.I leave the clean clothes to be folded in the morning (sorry mom :) ). I go for late runs (this actually helps me run faster because I'm afraid to be out after dark). I do what I can, when I can (including pictured ab workout after said late run). And sometimes that's the best I can do. I've learned to be OK with that, roll with the punches, and to not "sweat" the small stuff.

Day 14: ultimate dream/ goal
I have so many goals. As I looked over the blog at my goals to pick just one as my ultimate goal, nothing really jumped out. Somethings I wasn't even sure I cared about anymore and some things were coming to mind that weren't even there. So now I need to revise the goal tab. But, I realized that happiness is my ultimate goal. To be happy with my body. To be happy with my abilities. For my kids to be happy. A happy and healthy family, what more could a mother want.

Thanks for reading and hope everyone is having a great week.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Active Living Challenge Week 1

Week 1 down of Lorna Jane Active and Sweat Pink's Active Living Challenge. It's been a mostly good week. The scale came down (woot, woot) and I got in several at-home workouts. However, I had the flu for 2 days, I didn't run and I didn't do very well with my eating overall. But I have already been plotting a better week this week.

Here is my recap:

Day 1: Favorite summer workout move.
I love a good run outside in the warm weather. But I have been all about kettle bell workouts lately. I have a DVD that came with the kb but also Pinterest has some good ones too.

Day 2: Favorite healthy recipe.
Scrabble as my father-in-law calls it. I had never had it before he made it. It's pretty simple as far as ingredients go. He does sausage, potatoes, and eggs. He also cooks the sausage part way and then adds the eggs and potato to the same pan an cooks till sausage is nice and brown. I however cook all the parts mostly separated on the same skillet and combined at the end. I also added green peppers. As the cool think about this meal is you can substitute, add or take out anything you like/ don't like (spinach, onions, turkey sausage, turkey bacon). Ps I haven't really ventured much in to cooking healthy recipes. I have had "reasons" but what it really comes down to is I am lazy at shopping and lazy at cooking. Some people in my family like to say I can't cook. I can, I just don't. I plan to start changing that.
PS I was planning to make spaghetti spaghetti squash for this one because I have never made it and wanted to for awhile now. But I was sadly unable to find spaghetti squash. I'm such a newb I don't even know if it is out of season or you can only find it certain places.

Day 3: What active living means to you.
Finding ways to move daily, loving what I do, and not having to be active, wanting to be active are all so important to me in active living. I feel better when I move daily - walks, runs, workouts, etc. and if I don't love what I do or want to be active it just doesn't work. And if I hate the workout I'm doing, I'm miserable and want to quit the whole time.

Day 4: Favorite place to relax/ have quite time.
The trail around the park. It's really awesome. It goes in a big oval around a big park, a little park on opposite end, baseball diamonds, soccer fields,and a big open field of grass with a large hill. Then it has a path through the middle to cut it shorter. There are also unpaved paths that go in the wooded area along one side but I haven't ventured in there yet because I usually run alone in the evening around sunset. But it is so peaceful.

Day 5: Snap a #workout sweaty selfie!
I'm not like super sweaty in this photo but I like it a lot because I feel like I have a glow going on. This was post arm workout. I did 5 pound weights because I am a weakling - but I'm working on it. The second round I found it very difficult to get the whole set so I went down to 3s for the last however many and did extra if I could. And then the same with the third round.

Day 6: Moving/ working out with your friends.
I now love 40 minutes from friends, so these are my workout buddies. Usually 1-2 times a week we either go to the park (and I don't sit I walk around,climb things like a kid) or we walk the trail together. We also will sometimes do a mini circuit at the park if no one is there. And sometimes on the path we will every ( minutes or so start "racing."

Day 7: Something you're grateful for.
I am so very grateful for my family, but in the moment I was feeling my motivation returning to me for running. I haven't ran in over a week. I'm really missing it and I have really noticed a difference in me - unmotivated sluggish. I had the flu here toward the end of the week so that only made matters worse. And then I hope fed to run this weekend to get back at it but I just wasn't feeling it or feeling motivated. But tonight I am determine tomorrow I will run tomorrow. My goal for this week is to run every day. Mon, Tue, Wed 30 minutes and Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun 10-15 minutes (or whatever I feel just as long as I do it).

My goals for this week:
-Keep current with my Instagram post because Sunday I had to play catch-up.
-Run everyday.
-Better my food choices.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Beginner Fitness Tips

I have been on this journey for a little while now and I wanted to share with you some beginner tips.

1. Don't wait for Monday, a new month or the New Year.

Start today. 4 o'clock on a Thursday doesn't mean it's too late to make a good dinner choice or go for a walk around the block.

2. Do what you can, when you can.

A great blogger (Roni) I follow started posting about this a little while ago. And it is what it is. If you can get a 10 minute walk, jog, run, or any other type of physical activity - do it. It doesn't have to be this big production that lasts for an hour or nothing at all.

3. Do what makes you happy.

If you hate the workouts you are doing the processes is going to seem miserable. You will also find you have no motivation to do your workouts. I've done this before. I felt it was what I needed to do or I joined some challenge and failed miserably because I hated it.

4. Utilize the web for workouts.

This is not just for fitspiration and good health and fitness bloggers... Hi ;) But seriously,you don't need a fancy gym membership or a fancy at-home gym to get in shape. You don't even need weights. Utilize YouTube, Pinterest, or any other site to find at-home workouts.  Don't just create a Pinterest board of workouts and never use them! PS I'm guilty of this too (until recently). Start a notebook or binder and start writing out these workouts you pin or share on your Facebook wall. And DO them. Also if you think you won't remember moves draw little characters - that's what I do. And they look hideous but I'll get the point during my workout and that's all that matters.

5. Start working on your eating.

I went quite awhile in my fitness journey thinking what I eat doesn't matter. I felt I was working out so I deserved to eat the things I liked in whatever amount I liked. And this is still a real struggle for me. It seems like it is a constant push and pull for me mentally in regards to food. So know that this may take work but it will get easier - most days.

6. Don't "sweat" the small stuff.

You indulged in a piece of cake? So that doesn't mean the whole day is shot so eat whatever you want the rest of the day. That just means you make all the better choices the rest of the day. You get in bed and realize you didn't get your workout in, don't beat yourself up. Make a plan for tomorrow and get it in. Even a second day not getting your workout in doesn't mean your whole week is shot so you'll start again Monday. Every day is a new day and a chance to start fresh.

7. Be ready for anything that may come your way during this journey.

Like when you nearly pee your pants during a run or workout because of all that water you've been drinking. Or when you stink from a workout... And you like it. Or when you start getting checked out or called pretty lady (even if it is by an old man ;) ). Or when your clothes start getting looser on you and people start to notice.

8. Don't compare your journey to someone else's.

I know it is so hard not to compare to others. A good piece of Fitspiration: "You can't compare your beginning to someone else's middle." - Jon Acuff. Someone else's journey is just that - theirs. You never know their circumstances, their bodies (metabolism), their mindset, their game plan, their point in their journey. So you can't expect to be in the same place.

9. Don't quit. 

I had times attempting to resist foods (mainly desserts), that I was like 'This is so stupid and I want to quit.' But I stuck it out (OK most of the time I don't eat it) and the next day I feel better for it. And it's really easy to get frustrated with the process on weigh in day. When I have felt I had done awesome all week but I lost .6 (that's happened to me by the way). And I instantly feel like hulking out, stomping the scale, picking it up, trying to break it over my knee, and chucking it out of the bathroomRome wasn't built in a day and all. I still struggle with this. Another good piece of Fitspiration: "It's a marathon not a sprint." There are all these contributing factors to losing weight, and from week to week those factors may be different. So don't give up because you still have such a long way to go or you're not getting their fast enough.

10. Remember to enjoy the journey.

Through all the ups and down you will have, it will all be worth it. You will gain so much more than you lose (weight). You'll have a healthy mind, body and soul. You'll be able to do more things and have more energy to do them - especially if you don't just feed your body, you fuel your body.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment below with your beginner tips or links to your beginner posts.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday

Last weigh in: 228.2
This weigh in: 226.6
 I lost 1.6 and I'm super excited. The last two weeks it's been .2 and .6 and this week that wasn't going to cut it. I may have even lost more if I had not indulged the last few days, in Reese's at that. I was doing really well. Then we were at the store, my daughter decided she wanted a bag of Reese's; she was being good and I wanted to keep it that way. When we get home I'm like noooooooooo why would I do that! But I ended up decided on a workout move to do so many of if I ate one. I decided on 20 lunges. I have no idea if it would even make a difference but I did them anyway.

As I mentioned in my previous post for August goals, I have created a workout calendar and am really stepping up my workouts.

Yesterday was arms and I haven't done an arm workout in a few months. But, carrying twins in car seats sure gives me the illusion that I have arm strength.

Today was leg day and I've felt sick on and off all day. I really contemplated not working out, but here at the end of the day I decided to go ahead and get it in anyway - no cardio though.

Hope everyone's having a great week so far! Only two days till the weekend! :)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Goals

Recapping on July:
I completed Fitfluential's #FFPushup Challenge with 965 push-ups for the month of July. In the beginning week 10 a day was a struggle so I planned to complete 310 for the whole month because as week as my upper body felt I knew that's all I felt I could absolutely gaurentee. However, I knew I would finish with much more and I did 965, and only missed one day total. Not because I didn't want to do it but because I completely forgot.

I completed the I'mperfect Life 1,000 minutes of exercise challenge with 1,069. It would have been more if for most of the month I was mostly just doing cardio 3-4 times a week for 30 min sessions. Then a few random workouts, a few short walks and a few long walks got me to goal. But nonetheless, I did it and that's an accomplishment. 

I only did Spartan challenge for two weeks. Then the Sweat Pink Summer Instagram challenge from Fit Approach and Jill Conyers I didn't even make it past the first day. At the beginning of last month I really wanted to do all these challenges but realistically I just couldn't.

I planned to do more veggies and less sugar. I was a bit on and off with the veggies. The less sugar, hmm not really a change I don't think. Still no Reese's. But now I have been having a much smaller issue with butterfingers. When i stopped eating Reese's I was getting them every few days - sometimes every day. I had the butterfingers cups once last weekend and now once this weekend - still too often in my mind. But I think I can keep a handle on it. I failed miserably on recording my food everyday.

I completed the Couch-to-5k program indoors. So my plan was to take it outdoors. I have not been doing three a week sadly, and last week only got one in. But I'm hoping this week to get back on it, because I'm doing The Color Run South Bend in September. TEAM NAME: Rainbow Dash

I did not lose my hoped for pounds but I have definitely in the last two weeks completely overhauled my workout routine and I plan to become much more active this month.

Goals for August:
1. C25K 3 times a week
2. Do my scheduled workouts on my August calendar I created
3. Eat in moderation and healthier choices
4. Lose 5 pounds
5. Complete the Active Living Challenge from SweatPink and Lorna Jane Active

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your goals below or a link to your blog post on August goals.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Active Living Challenge Participant

This month I am participating in the #activelivingchallenge from FitApproach and Lorna Jane Active.

I am so excited to do this challenge in August because, well the July challenge from FitApproach and Jill Conyers I ended up not making it past day one. I committed myself to far to many challenges and couldn't keep up with a few.

Stating August 4th for 3 weeks, you post a picture for the daily active living challenge on Instagram. Bloggers write weekly recap posts for their blogs on Sundays. And at the end of the challenge a lucky winner will get a $500 gift card to Lorna Jane Active :)

I am super excited my wheels are already  turning about what I will do/share for certain days. I think this challenge is really going to help me in all areas of healthy living and especially in moving toward "clean eating."

Be on the look out for my first week recap post on the 10th.

Check out more on the details here:

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

I have been struggling to log my food the last couple weeks. So today I decided I'd take a picture of everything I ate and do a WIAW post. So here goes:
Eggo waffle, butter, & light syrup with blueberries and Kiwi Strawberry Juice
Old habits: i would have had two waffles slathered in syrup, No blueberries, and an extra-large glass of milk.
Post cardio (it was close to lunch time) string cheese and water :)
Old habits: there would have been No cardio and my mid morning snack would have been either nothing or more donuts.
Bad meal alert - grilled cheese, spegetios, and a small handful of barbeque chips. I also ended up having a little more spegetios and a little more chips.
Old habits: I would have ha two grilled cheeses, more spegetios on the first round in a desperate bowl and the a whole second bowl and possibly a quarter of a bag of chips.
Peanut butter sandwich and strawberries
Old habits: I would have had two peanut butter sandwiches and no strawberries and possibly spegetios again.
After dinner and park snack - Cheerios in chocolate milk shared with my daughter. My stomach was growling and for some reason that's the only thing I was interested in.
Old habits: I would have possibly ate this a mounding bowl of Cheerios or got the chips from lunch and possibly finished the bag.

Overall not too bad. But, no veggies - that's no good. So tomorrow I am going to try and get veggies in at lunch and dinner. I am not sure if I am going to continue to do photo logging but I really feel like it helped me today. But tomorrow it is definitely back to MyFitnessPal food logging for sure.

Thanks for reading!

Weigh In Wednesday

Last weigh in: 228.4
This weigh in: 228.2

I am surprised and not surprised at the same time. 

My eating has actually been much better compared to a month or so ago. I did eat a little more overall one day - which of course had to be yesterday.

I have definitely stepped up my workouts. Friday I wasn't able to get my cardio in because of my husband working all day into the evening. Then Monday I just really wasn't feeling it and I wasn't feeling the best, so I skipped cardio because if I didn't I'd been miserable. As of late, I have been solely relying on cardio 3-4 times a week and the time always ranged from 30-60 minutes. However, since I made my workout binder I mentioned in last weeks post, I have been getting in actual workouts regularly. In the last week, I have had sore legs, arms, abs, and booty! And I tell ya, that sore feeling is welcome.

I think I am possibly starting to gain muscle along side losing fat and I'll definitely take that even if the number on the scale isn't necessarily coming down as fast as I'd like.

I saw this on Facebook yesterday:
"You want faster results, you need to work harder."
That will be my quote to live by for a little while.

Here's to another, even better week! I hope I can keep it up.