Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Back to my normal routine after a week vacation. I went to New Buffalo, Michigan for four days. It was fantastic. New Buffalo is a small town off Lake Michigan, and is part of a cluster of other small beach towns. It's hopping in the summer months, but since I went during the off season there aren't many visitors. I was told this is when the locals start coming back out. Haha We stayed in a 30 room inn, and while we were there only one other room was occupied. We had the beach all to ourselves. It wasn't warm enough to take advantage of the lake, but it was warm enough to sit out comfortably in the sun, read a book and listen to the waves. I can't tell you how relaxing it was. Most people say they need a vacation from their vacation. Not the case. I am completely refreshed. Ready to get back to "normal life."
I stayed active by either doing PiYo on the beach or running. However I ate whatever I wanted, and it was great. I haven't stepped on a scale, but I'm pretty sure I gained weight. I feel bloated and gross, and I'm okay with it. I enjoyed myself. I have complete confidence I can get back on track.
Last Friday was my last day of physical therapy. I left knowing my hamstring is strong enough to do plyo exercises and sprint again. At the beginning of this week everything seemed to come to a head. I got my junk food cravings out of my system, I'm refreshed from my ruts and I'm good to get my fitness back to where it once was. I start P90X3 October 6th to help me with that goal. Anyone who wants to join me by doing P90X3, P90X or the new P90 is welcome to.
I'm enthusiastic about my goals and the road I'm taking to reach them.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I have reached a detour in my journey. Not every moment is going to be progress, and this is one of my moments. I strained my hamstring a few weeks ago playing softball. In the past couple of games I had felt a tight area in my hamstring, but as I warmed up it went away and didn't cause any issues. This particular game I was running late and didn't take much time to warm up. I jumped right into the game. I felt the same tight spot, but thought as before, it would go away as the game progressed and as I stretched it out. I got through the first game without any problems, but during the second game I was running to first base. I had just planted my right foot and in mid stride I felt something give in the back of my leg. I totally wiped out and knew I couldn't finish the game. A physical therapist confirmed I strained my right hamstring. Which was actually good news, because I was worried I may have torn it. It was so strange, because I felt like I was back at square one, but instead of the daunting thought of having to lose 50lbs, I was faced with the daunting thought of how long will this take to heal. At least with 50lbs I had a set number. There was really no calculation for how long it would take for me to be 100% again.
Anyone who follows me can guess exercise is my drug of choice. It's the thing I look forward to doing everyday. Not because I'm great at it, but of how good I feel when I'm done. It's just the feeling of "I did it." It's pride, satisfaction, progress, confidence...it just feels so good. I embrace the fact that exercise has become my substitute for junk food and beers after work. Those were my go to's when I had a stressful day. I was worried about how I would handle having to take time off, and not being in control of when I could come back. I knew I wouldn't completely unravel, but I had plans and goals for myself.
Fast forward to today. I am healing a lot quicker than my physical therapist and I thought I would. Tomorrow may be my last physical therapy session. That was such a relief to hear. Now I know there is an end in sight. I'll never know when I'll be 100% again, but knowing I can start strengthening and conditioning lifted a very dark cloud away from my head.
In honor of my road to recovery. I'm going to start P90X3 in Oct. I would love to have a group of people join me. You can do P90X3 like me, P90X, or you can do the new P90. P90 is for those people who are new to fitness or those who want to be fit, but just want workouts the are straightforward, fundamental and doable. They don't need the "extreme" element. Which I think will reach a huge group of people who have quit a workout, because it was just too hard. If you're interested in joining me let me know. Or if you have a hamstring story you think I should hear lay it on me.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
This is one of my go to recipes I use to help me get out of a chicken rut.
Chili Verde is what's for dinner. Here's how I make it.
2 lbs Pork Tenderloin, cut into 1in cubes
1 lb tomatillos, cut in half
2 jalapenos, cut lengthwise seeds removed
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic clove, minced
1 yellow pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp ground oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
zest and juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup chicken broth
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 450. Coat jalapenos and tomatillos with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 15 - 20 minutes. Allow to cool then chop up tomatillos and dice jalapenos. Add to the slow cooker.
Combine cumin, coriander, oregano, salt and pepper. Coat the pork with rub. Heat some oil in a large pan. Brown half of the pork then put into a slow cooker. Use more oil if needed and brown the rest of the pork and put it into the slow cooker. Deglaze the pan with the chicken broth scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour broth into the slow cooker. Add onion, garlic, yellow pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve on corn tortillas.
If any of you make it let me know how it turns out.
Friday, August 01, 2014
This blog post is soooooo overdue. I can't put it off any longer.
Just to recap the 21 Day fix it's a fitness program that lasts 21 days. I did two rounds of it. It comes with 7 workouts on DVD's, a workout schedule and an eating plan that focuses on clean eating and portion control by using color coded containers. Each container represents a food group. You follow a guide on how many of each container you should eat everyday. So in my case my containers were as follows
3 greens - vegetables
4 red - protein
2 yellow - carbs
2 purple - fruits
1 blue - healthy fats
1 orange - salad dressing, nuts or seeds
2 Tablespoons - oil or nut butters
The reason why I want to do the 21 Day fix, was because I was in a rut. I had just finished training and running a half marathon, and doing P90X3 on cross training days. I think I was over training and burnt out. I felt like I was progressing backwards. My nutrition was getting complicated too. I was constantly worried if I was getting enough carbs for my training, or if I was eating too much. I was worried about once my training wass over how was I going to adjust, because I felt like I'm starving all the time....I just needed to simplify things. I needed simple fitness and nutrition. That's exactly what 21 Day Fix offered.
I think it's a great program for any fitness level. The workouts aren't overly complicated. They have exercises everyone can relate to. They were simple, but effective. I was surprised at how sore I was the first week. What I like about the workouts the most is that each time I did them I could tell I was getting better which would help anybody build momentum. The trainer, Autumn Calabrese is energetic and motivating. I still follow her Youtube channel for tips and tricks.
The best part of the program is the nutrition. It's so simple. My meals were getting complicated from the way I was preparing them and the number of ingredients I was using. Not to mention eating healthy was getting expensive. Following the plan helped me simplify my meals. It helped me understand when to eat certain food groups during the day for the best results. I also got a reality check with portion control. Best of all my grocery bill was lower. I will warn you that you do need to plan out your meals so that you can spread the containers through out the day. You don't want to get to dinner and only have a purple and teaspoon left and go to bed hungry. Even though I'm doing other workouts now, I'm still using the containers and following the plan.
I personally think this program would be beneficial to anyone no matter where they are in their journey. Maybe you love your high intensity workouts, but need a reality check with you nutrition. I think it would be great for someone who is new to fitness or struggling with how to eat healthy and be full and satisfied. You'll also learn what kind of results you can get by doing a variety of workouts. You will see results if you follow the plan. I didn't lose a ton of weight, but I did lose inches.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I have been looking forward to this fitness program since last year when I heard it was being created. It's finally going to be available to buy on June 23.
I know I know. Some of you are probably wondering what the heck happened to 21 Day Fix. I'm still doing it. I'm on my second round, and I'll write a review for it a little later.
PiYo is a workout that has been around for a while in gyms and fitness clubs. The creator, Chalene Johnson, has finally created a 60 day fitness program out of it. So basically she took concepts from Pilates and yoga, but instead of holding poses, you're constantly moving so to get cardio, strength training and flexibility work. The workouts can be high intensity, but they are low impact. For once I'm not going to be beating my body up while getting into shape.
The reason why I'm so excited for this program is the preservation factor it offers. How many of you wake up in the morning with aches and pains and you have to shuffle around your house until every warms up. How many of you are always feel like something is injured or aches. How many of you chalk it up to your age? Have you ever considered it might be because of your lack of flexibility? For example, I have lost a lot of flexibility in my hamstrings. Other parts of my body have to make up for the lack of mobility and strength which adds extra strain on those body parts. This is probably the reason why I feel discomfort in my lower back, why my hip flexors ache and feel fatigued after running and why my knees ache. Flexibility is one of the main pillars of fitness. Unfortunately, it's the one that is avoided the most. A flexible muscle has more mobility, is sturdier, has more potential to get stronger and faster.
I'm guilty of not working on my flexibility as much as I should. I love doing yoga, but I only have so much time to workout during the day, and I want to make those workouts count as much as I can. I save yoga for my rest days, and because it's my rest day....I usually don't do it. I really think these workouts are going to fill a void that I've been missing. The best part about the program is the results that I'll get will give me more potential to get better results with other workouts.
So there it is kids. This is why I'm excited to do PiYo, and I wanted to write about it just in case some of you are in the same boat as me and are looking for answers. OR Maybe you hate yoga, because you just can't stand still long enough to hold the poses. OR You're looking for a great workout, but you're tired of straining your joints with high impact moves. OR You're coming off of an injury, but you're usual workout is out of the question until you have recovered, but man you are jonsen for a killer workout. What ever the case may be. PiYo is my suggestion.
Here is a link to a site that gives more details about the workouts, and you can watch a video. www.PiYoTBB.com?referringRepID=115613
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