Friday, March 2, 2012

February 29th March 1st

Workout log Feb 29 and March 1st
uh the 29th I did nothing. Thursday the 1st I did yoga.

This week has been a really off week. Actually the whole month of February was a slow month. March will be better!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 28

Workout log February 28:
P90X YogaX
My friend Becky came over and we did 90 minutes of yoga. Have I mentioned how much I love yoga? I have gained SO MUCH core strength from yoga. My arms are looking better and my legs are getting more defined. I took measurements and I've lost at least 2 pant sizes. I know I've lost at least 1 inch on my thighs. I took measurements when I started and I can't find the paper. I thought I posted my measurements, and I didn't. ugh. I know the puppies got hold of the paper and I think I threw it out. So now I go from the measurements I took the other day.

Bust 35
Chest 32
Waist 28 1/4
Hips (widest part) 37
Thigh (largest part) 22 1/2
Bicep 11
Calves 13

So hopefully I can look back in 4 weeks and see even more progress! I know my bust and chest won't change (hopefully not) and I'm actually really happy with my measurements.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Preparation is the key to a successful diet.

Taking care of myself

     Friday I was hosting a party and didn't manage my time well. With all of this licensing, organizing, and party hosting I'm having difficulty with my time management. Some of this I will blame on this yucky head cold. Today I'm still feeling dizzy and a bit run down, but a that could have been the wine from last night. I was good last night and I made up a veggie tray with guacamole and hummus and some tortilla chips. Last year when I hosted parties I would make a 5 cheese pizza, plus serve chips, queso, and cookies. I always made the excuse of have friends over and taking a "night off." What I have found (even thought I'm still struggling with this) is that I ENJOY veggies, and I can be satiated with a veggie tray just as much as a bunch of fried, suger filled, non healthy foods(I still totally lust after them.) If this were a once a couple of months type of thing, I might make some treats, but a group of us get together weekly/biweekly and that's a lot of excuse making!

Friends keep me on track
    Another big thing that really helps is that almost all of the women I hang out with are eating healthy as well. Talk about a great support system. This group of women are amazing, strong, smart women that are all choosing to eat healthy and make a difference in how they fuel their bodies. My friends are doing a paleo diet, whereas I am doing Eat to Live. I have given up dairy and eggs and I have felt amazing! (other than the rancid sickness/head ilk) I'm not saying that I'm vegan, because I'm not up on all of my product ingredients, BUT basically I am trying to only eat things that grow naturally. I slip up sometimes when I give the kids graham crackers, but that is where preparation comes in to play.

     I've found that if I go shopping on Sunday and cut my veggies and have them ready to grab and go, or throw into a pan and cook I'm so much better about making dinner! If I make up a big fruit salad on Sunday I don't reach for junk food. It's amazing.. if I have a healthy option ready I'll make a better choice.  It really only takes about half an hour to prep my veggies for the week and actually I could probably get the fruit done as well. I'm going to suggest meal planning even though I don't do it. I tend to eat the same thing over and over, and my family hates everything that I cook, so meal planning is really hard for me. Some day I will take it on and maybe my family will actually like the food I make.

Food trends
       Even though I am (trying) to follow Eat to Live, I have cut out grains. I have steel cut oatmeal in the morning, then for the rest of the day I get my carbs from my fruits and beans. I have noticed a difference in how my stomach feels on the days that I do eat grains compared to when I do not eat grains. I know that being gluten free is a big trend right now, and I've hopped on the bandwagon! I'm not as careful as someone that has a gluten intolerance, but I am avoiding bread and obvious gluten products.. like cakes and cupcakes and cookies and all of those amazing yummy things. I will say that on my daughter's birthday that is coming up I will have cake. For my daily eating habits... no gluten. It has worked, I feel good. My stomach doesn't feel so bloated. Of course I'm gassy from beans, and broccoli, but I'm not holding onto bloat like I do when I eat a bunch of bread products.  Here is a article that gives a good breakdown on why people might want to consider going gluten free. It's not for everyone.

Do what works for you!
 You make your own choices that are right for you. That's what this is all about, figuring out how to best fuel... FUEL our bodies, not fill them. It has taken me so long to see the difference between the two! Now on the flip side of make your own choices, join up with someone that will hold you accountable. I know that checking in with my BFF Mel holds me accountable. If I have to tell her that on Thursday I barely had a vegetable and instead had a bunch of graham crackers and tortilla chips I feel like I failed. I'm embarrassed. It makes me want to succeed even more, so the next day I hit my reset button and start over. Sometimes I even reset in the middle of the day. I'll call and talk to Mel and I hear her talk about her lunch and it helps me reset (if I need to) and make better choices for the rest of the day. She really helps me, she's my rock! Love you Mel!

What do you do that works for you? I know that there are so many amazing ideas out there especially on pinterest! <3 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you can see what I'm loving over there by clicking here.

Feb 23-25

Feb 25 workout log:
  Jillian's ripped in 30 week 1 and 30 minutes elliptical (2.5 miles)

Feb 23 and 24th:
I took both days off. Thursday I just felt horrid. I have not kicked this head cold and just needed to rest.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feb 21

Workout log Feb 21st
P90X Kenpo X

A friend of mine came over yesterday and mentioned she wanted a workout with punches and kicks. My brain immediately went to Kenpo X. I forgot how much I like that workout! I also forgot that it is 60 minutes. I hope I didn't scare her off!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday is Yoga day!

So in my schedule I have Tuesday and Thursday set aside for yoga. I do the p90x yogaX dvd and it is a nice hard yoga workout. I love it! I have noticed a huge difference in my core strength and upper body strength since I have started a regular practice. I love yoga, and I wish I could afford the time or money to go to a studio. Actually I wish I could certify to be a yoga instructor. It 's something I've always wanted to do, and someday I will certify. Until then I'll keep practicing.

Workout log Feb 21:
90 minutes ashtanga yoga. <3

Monday, February 20, 2012

Feb 11- 20

This last week has been a lazy one. I started feeling sick last week and over the weekend took it easy.

Workout log:
Feb 11: 3 miles
Feb 12: I have nothing logged, and can't remember if I did something or not.
Feb 13: see above
Feb 14: yoga 90 minutes
Feb 15: 45 minutes of Pilates
Feb 16: 1 hour of yoga
Feb 17: nothing
Feb 18: walked about 2 miles with my almost 3 year old on my back in the Kelty and both puppies. This should be a whole post on it's own! HOLY COW! The dog pulled and the girl is heavy!
Feb19: Walked with the dogs for about an hour
Feb 20: Feeling much better! Jillian's 30 day Shred week 1 (Just that one week off make me feel weak)Followed that up with 30 minutes on the elliptical. Have I mentioned how much I love my elliptical? Seriously.. LOVE!

Last week was a slacker week exercise and diet wise. So today is back on track.

Breakfast was oatmeal with blueberries
Lunch was carrots, cucumbers, hummus and an apple with almond butter
Dinner was tofu mousse lol and chips and salsa ok ok not so great on dinner, whatever don't judge. lol

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rest day day 39

Workout day 39:
I took a rest day. My knees and shin are starting to act up a bit. So rather than push it, I'm resting. OK well I rested for Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Month 2 Day 6 (day 37)

Workout log day 37:  Did a 3.5 mile walk with Mel. Wasn't feeling so hot and my legs were hurting from the ZWOW workout. I liked that one! I'll definitely do that again.

Month 2 day 7 (day 38)

Workout log day 38:
I did the make-me-proud-bikini-body-rep-challenge-workout from and finished in 16:03:5 and then followed that up with Jillian's 30 Day Shred week 1, and then followed THAT up with 30 minutes on the elliptical.

Did you know that it is hard to dance whilst ellipticalling? Well I am here to tell you that it is indeed hard. In my mind I had some sweet moves and was looking good. I imagined that I made a video of my elliptical dance moves and it went viral and everyone wanted to take elliptical dance classes. Then I tried a hard move and was schooled by the hand railing. It brought me back to reality and made me realize that I don't look nearly as cool as I think I do. This is true in all areas of my life. The good thing? I don't care, I'm awesome, even if I don't look cool.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Month 2 Day 3, 4, 5 (34, 35, 36)

Workout log day 34:
Friday was a busy day of running around so I had a little bit of time to squeeze in a workout. I did a Zuzana Light workout.

Workout log day 35:
Feeling tired, but I did 40 minutes on the elliptical

Workout log day 36:
ZWOW 3 followed with 15 minutes on the elliptical.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 30 and 31

Workout log day 30: 3-4 mile walk/run

Workout log day 31: ZWOD #1 and followed it up with Blogilates 8 minute butt workout

LOVED both workouts! If you have not checked out Zuzana on youtube, go check out her workouts! RIGHT NOW! Her workouts are awesome! I LOVE them! I am also loving Cassey's workouts on Blogilates!  So many  workouts that I love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 28 and Day 29

Day 28 workout log: nada.... running around all day with kids.

Day 29 workout log: 4 mile run with Parker in jogging stroller and Taj 10:29 avg pace. Not bad.
Jillian Ripped in 30 week 4

Tomorrow is the start of Zuzana's  ZWOD workouts. I have to admit I'm nervous.

Join me?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 27

Workout log day 27:
Jillian's Ripped in 30 Week 4 8lb weights

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 26

Workout log day 26:
Jillian Ripped in 30 Week 4 8lb weights.

Over lunch I did a corset workout from Blogilates. Excellent 10 minute workout that focused on core work. LOVED it!

I think I am going to try to implement these short workout throughout the day, and next week start the ZWOD workouts. All with some running thrown in.

Where exactly am I finding time for all of this? lol

Day 25

Workout log day 25:
4 miles walk with Mel and the dog. Approx 55 minutes.

Day 24

rest day. Those 8lb weights schooled me! lol Between that and the run with G and the dog, I needed to rest.

Day 23

Workout log day 23:
Jillian Ripped in 30 week 4 with 8lb weights
30 minutes on the elliptical

Day 22

Workout log day 22:
3 mile run with Gryphon and Taj 3 miles in 28 minutes. Between the two of them they are great pacers! I'm thinking Melinda and I are going to enlist Gryphon to run with us! Felt great after we were done!

Day 21

Workout log day 21:
2.9 miles in 29 minutes. Took our Puppy out for his first run, he was awesome!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 20

Workout log day 20:
Jillian Ripped in 30 week 3 used 8lb weights this time... I think I need to stick with the 8lb.
I followed up with 30 minutes on the elliptical

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 19

Workout log day 19:

Jillian's ripped in 30 week 3

Still feeling sluggish, but felt good enough to do this. Now off to rest some more.

Day 18

Workout log day 18:

rest day

I was sick and did nothing.

Day 17

Workout log day 17:

30 minutes of YogaX
My left shoulder was hurting, so I called it quits.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 16

Workout log day 16:
warm up and cool down walk 1 mile total
Ran 3 miles.. avg pace 10 min mile :)
Jillian week 3

My legs are a bit sore, but overall I feel good.
Today marks day 1 of half marathon training. Have I mentioned how much I love running!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 15

Work out log day 15:
Jillian's ripped in 30 week 2. 

I am done with week 2. Tomorrow I start week 3. Last time I did Ripped in 30, week 3 was my favorite. I'm thinking of upping my weights. I might try it tomorrow and see if I can move the next day. I'm noticing that my arms aren't sore at all. I know I'm cursing myself. I thought about adding in some elliptical tonight, but my legs have been sore, so I'm going to give them a rest tonight. Hopefully I'm running tomorrow with Mel. We have 13 weeks until our half marathon and I've done NO training for it. I think I need to get on the ball! OK Off to enjoyt he rest of my evening. night!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Just start and see how you feel.

I just wanted to pop in and say I am feeling GREAT! My food intake has been pretty good, I am working hard, and I feel strong! After 14 days of working out everyday, I feel good! Of course today I thought.. "I might take today off" but instead I decided to take it easy and at least start my workout. That was all it took, as soon as I started moving I felt my spirits lift, and by the end of the workout I felt so much better! I needed to write this, so that later when I want to just not do anything, take a break, do nothing, I can look back and see how much it improves my mood. OK now I am done my exercise I am off to re-fuel. (That's my favorite part!)

Day 14

Workout log day 14:
Jillian ripped in 30 week 2

That's it. I feel like I'm cheating. lol

Day 13

Workout log day 13:
Jillian Ripped in 30 week 2 followed by 15 minutes elliptical

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 12

Workout log day 12
P90X yogaX 1.5 hours of yoga during naptime. Then tonight before dinner I did 5 miles on the elliptical. I'm starving and I am pretty sure I cannot eat enough healthy food tonight to make up for the calories I burned today. I'm hungry and going to go eat a big bowl of chili and a salad. mmmmmm

Day 11

Workout log day 11
Jillain's Ripped in 30 week 2 followed by 30 minutes on the elliptical. I had a soccer meeting so it was a quick elliptical/run.

Day 10

Workout log Day 10
1.5 hours of yoga. P90X yoga.

I had planned to do a Jillian workout as well, but then Uptown sent me a text and asked me out on a date. I ditched my second workout for a date with my fiance! It was more than worth it. We went to Genghis Khan and I had amazing food, and wine. Wonderful dinner without the kids.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Day 9

Day 9 workout log:
Jillian's Ripped in 30 Week 2 followed by week 1

Going back to Body for life as far as eating. It's what works best for me. It's whole foods, I cook more, I eat better, I have a free day to indulge.
The blog was started for me to keep track of my transformation during a 12 week body for life challenge. I've strayed, tried other things, and I'm going back to what works. I'm not doing the whole challenge, with the exercises and everything, I'll keep up with Jillian 6-7 days a week, plus walking/running, and yoga on Tues and Thurs. I think that should be plenty. lol I have some homemade sweet potato black bean chili waiting for me downstairs. yum!

Day 8

Day 8 workout log:
4 mile run/walk felt great! My lungs were not happy, but muscles felt great.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Day 7

Workout log Day 7:
Jillian's ripped in 30 week 1 then I met up with Mel and we went for a 6 mile walk. It took us 1hour 29 minutes. Not too shabby. I have some eating to do.

Breakfast: 2 egg whites, 2 whole eggs, hand full of spinach, one tomato, a mushroom, tbs salsa tbs guac I only ate half and saved the other half for later

Lunch: pure protein bar

Dinner: other half of breakfast and left over broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and fake chicken with guacamole.

I think calorie wise I'm under. Off to log and see.

Day 6

Workout Log Day 6:
P90X Yoga X 1.5 hours of yoga. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Day 5

Day 5 workout log
Jillian's Ripped In 30 Week 1and week 2
Still no elliptical so I doubled up. I'm hurting from yesterday. Maybe I am sick, but I love feeling that next day muscle soreness. it lets me know I worked hard. I'm not legs and back P90X sore, but I'm achy from chaturanga.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 4

Workout log day 4:
Jillian's Ripped in 30 week 1
Not a bad day.
Breakfast 3egg white and 1 whole egg, handful of spinach and one small tomato, 2tbs salsa, 2tbs guacamole half a soy sausage. Coffee

Lunch protein bar

Snack: apple with almond butter

Dinner: same as breakfast.

1.5 hours of yoga and 30 minutes of strength and cardio is a damn good day. Now if I can just keep this up...

Day 4

Day 4 workout log:
Today I did P90X Yoga X. I am really out of shape. Usually I can do that without too much of a problem, I had a hard time  maintaining my runners pose/warrior pose. My brand new elliptical power supply is messed up and buzzing, so I have to wait 3 days until a new one arrives to use my elliptical. I am thinking I can use it without the digital display, but if I can't I'll double up on yoga and Jillian.

Day 3

Day 3 workout log:
Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Week 1
We had a lot going on yesterday so I only got to do that yesterday.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2

Workout log day 2:
Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 week 2

So I did week 2 today just to shake things up a bit.
I'll have to come back later and edit this to add in my elliptical after I get it done. Uptown and I have plans today and I needed to make sure I get in my workout before I really start doing anything today. So tonight I'll get in some miles on the elliptical. I'm off to eat and then go shopping. yay!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day 1

Workout log: Day 1
Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 week 1
done. 5 lb weights except for side lunge with lateral arm raises, dropped down to 2lb weights.

So I just finished all 4 weeks of Ripped in 30 on the 28th. I'm starting the whole thing over again and adding in elliptical workouts and running. There are some days when I will do two levels back to back, or I will do a level and do several miles on the elliptical. That's my plan (loosely) but with some yoga and running as well.  Tonight was a really late workout, we had family visiting but I wanted to try to do some sort of exercise every day of this year. No excuses, meaning I didn't have time, or I can do double tomorrow etc... sickness and injury are acceptable excuses. I'm not that much of a hard ass, unless you read back on this blog and you read the part where I continued to run on a stress fracture and was out of running for months, I never really got back to where I was previously. OK enough for tonight.

Happy New Year! Welcome 2012!

     Ah New year's day.. a day full of good intentions. A day full of promise of another year to get things "right". I slowly started my "New Year resolutions" back in November. Let me take you back to August, just to fill you in on a couple of things. In August I found out the we were expecting again. This was a surprise to us, but a wonderful surprise. I had a hard time dealing with the mental shift of going from training everyday as hard as I could, while also trying out new eating regimens. I was trying to get rid of that last little bit of love handle and struggling with it mentally. I knew that in reality I was in great shape and should have been happy, but I wasn't. Maybe I need to mention that I can be a bit obsessive (except about blogging.. cause I'm so busy being obsessive about other things), so obsessive that I can not own a scale. I just can't do it. I have the type of body that is heavy, dense, thick, and so I can fit into a size 4 pair of jeans and my weight will still be higher than what my "ideal number" (in my head) is. I will weigh myself several times a day and it just becomes very unhealthy. So I have learned that I have to go by how my clothes fit, how my body feels, and measurements. I'm such a HUGE proponent of taking pictures and measurements when starting out a new exercise routine. So when I found out that I was pregnant, I had to make that mental shift into "it is now ok to gain weight" Let me say that it was HARD! It took a while for me to be ok with the weight I was gaining. I knew pretty much right away that I was having a boy, I just "knew". So when I immediately started gaining weight in my hips, butt and thighs at a rapid pace, I just silently confirmed my "guess". I was 16 weeks and going in for a routine visit with my midwife, and mentioned that I had seen a very small spot of blood, so she mentioned that we would do an ultrasound just to check things out. She put the ultrasound wand on my belly and as soon as the image popped up on screen I knew. I had lost our baby. Immediately all the thoughts of me obsessing over my weight, obsessing over my running, or lack there of, my workouts, flooded my brain with their most evil sides. Maybe I had worked out too hard, maybe I shouldn't have complained so much about my weight, I should have enjoyed the pregnancy more.. etc etc etc. My mind was a terrible place to be in that moment. Blame was ruling the scene and it was horrible. I am very fortunate to have amazing friends and family and they were/are a wonderful support system. When I went into the hospital and delivered our baby, my suspicions were confirmed.... It was a Boy. Uptown's only biological boy. A whole new level of horrible.
I waited a week, just like the Dr asked, before I threw myself back into an exercise regime. It was/is my outlet, my sanity.

Wow, I didn't mean to get so into details about all of that, but well there you have it.

So with a new year comes new resolutions. My resolutions or goals of this year are:

  • Start running again, Half marathon in April and Full in October.
  • Start eating food for fuel, and stop using it to comfort (cookies I'm looking at you)
  • More yoga. I LOVE yoga and I don't do enough
  • Do one post a day for the entire year. (this is the hardest one of all)
What are your goals? What do you want to accomplish this year?

. My goals, my story, my first post of the year. I'm going to try to post recipes, and log workouts. If you have any tips, tricks, vegetarian/vegan recipes, or just comments please feel free to post in the comments. I would LOVE feedback, or if anyone wants to follow along, let me know. 
Happy New Year.