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Getting there...

Thursday, January 05, 2012

I'm really trying to get used to this single mommy business. So I took advantage of something I get to do at work- work out! My boss said if I don't take a lunch (meaning 1hr ish) then I can work out at 3pm. I hardly take a lunch (the other day I did a quick trip to the commissary to grab some essentials), so that was good. Thank goodness I was planned in my mind to do it, cause by the time rolled around, I wasn't sure about it!

Today I did a 1000m swim workout in the morning (I got there later than anticipated), then at the end of the day I did 30Day Shred L3, and Yoga Meltdown L1. My coworker joined me for YM... poor guy. :D

Ate 90/10, for some reason today was hard. I really wanted some popcorn or something... so I tried to think, "what would conrad do?" Well, he'd have a chicken breast, but I didn't have that, but I did have thawed talapia...cooked it right up and started chowing down with some veggies... until hubby called and we skyped, and I forgot the rest of my dinner until after I started cleaning up for bed :/ Anyway, hit the goal, blue cheese on my salad today (1/8cp).

At the normal breakfast salad.

Didn't get my 8hrs of sleep, but that was expected. I was super tired this morning, as mentioned earlier thinking I'm fighting a sinus thing... so tonight I'm making extra effort to be in bed *early* but it kinda turned into "on time" :/

Got 89 min of cardio in today, and 84SP pts.

And, tonight I also cooked some bison pork sausage spaghetti sauce. I love the canned diced tomatoes with no salt added! They also have tomato sauce with no salt. AWESOME! Threw in some mushrooms, garlic, and onion. Tried a little with the talapia, can't wait to try some tomorrow over some zucchini & yellow squash!

Well, it's bedtime ya'll! Night night!

  
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CONRADBURK 1/6/2012 7:49AM

    Way to go! Your food sounds delicious! I admire your commitment to exercising!
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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/6/2012 2:44AM

    emoticon good for you on all that fitness work and the great eating!
Sounds like you're finding "the zone" for the single-parent gig... once you're in the groove it'll be much easier!
Keep it up!!
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ALPINESALLIE 1/5/2012 10:14PM

    that all sounds delicious! I really need to try fishies! THey sound so good with all those delicious veggies and things!

And GREAT JOB working out today missy! I'm very proud of you! I still have to get my cardio in this evening, after a 9 hour work day ;-) Oh well... gotta hope to it!

Great job! Keep it up!

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CINDYTW 1/5/2012 10:11PM

  emoticonSounds like you had a good day! Keep it up!

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Wednesday Review

Thursday, January 05, 2012

As expected, yesterday was nuts, so I wasn't able to blog last night, because when I had to choose between blogging and sleep at 9:45pm I definitely chose sleep. Smart choice I think. ;)

The meat wasn't thawed enough for me to start the beef stew in the morning, so I knew I'd do it in the evening so it'd be ready for Thursday morning.

I'm fighting a cold, and with it comes sinus drainage and stuff, so I really wanted tea with honey to help... but I just had some warm lemon water to warm me up and help my throat. It did, but the coffee cup I used was gross...

Pool PT got cancelled because the water was too cold, so in the morning I did 30DS L3 and then did Yoga Meltdown L1. It was super nice cause all my coworkers were on their way down to Nashville to take a guy to the airport (deployment), so I didn't have to be nervous about doing in front of people.

Showered and headed back to work. Thinking that I might need to eat a small snack in the morning to tide me over... cause I wake up around 5:15am or so, and then I don't eat breakfast until around 9 (it's after working out and showering and stuff). SO... I'm thinking of eating a boiled egg, just to give me something.

Work was okay.. stil trying to get a feel for things, still trying to learn.

I had great intentions of leaving right after work to get the kid and stuff, but a coworker was really *really* stressed out, so I was listening to her, and then got to pray with her...and we both left aroud 4:45pm. Worth it, but by the time I got home, I had like 30 minutes before I had to turn around and leave to get to Bible study.

So I went ahead and started the beef stew...

And I forgot to eat dinner/bring something with me.

So I was STARVING all church service. Good thing I had my water to distract me, but seriously, EVERYTHING looked amazing. My kid's nature valley granola bar, McDs...

THANKFULLY the Lord gave me strength to sustain until I got home. Good ole AppleGate Sliced Turkey breast :D Oh, I had some olives, probably not the best... but I was feeling the need for salt.


Goals:
-Met the 50SP points (not sure how many I got tho)
-Ate 90/10: Feta in salad, and a piece of colby jalapeno jack cheese with my wraps (still going strong on no sweets/dried fruits/juices!)
-I think I got 60min of working out... if not, it was really close, I did 30DS and YM.
-Meal funnel worked out-having a salad for breakfast is really helping
-Got about 7.5hrs of sleep, boo! Not getting enough sleep isn't helping me with this cold. But I'm sure eating Paleo is, I can't imagine how I'd feel if I wasn't eating well!)

I think that was all for my Wednesday. :D
Didn't get to sleep until around 9:45, man I can't wait for the weekend!

  


Wednesday Weigh-In

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I've taken the Wed Weigh in from my girl SALBATROSS... and since we're in a little competition together... figured it work out well. Although, she might have changed her weigh-in to Thursday.. so I dunno.

Starting Weight 25 Dec 11: 171lbs BMI: 29.3
Today's Weight 4 Jan 12: 164.6lbs BMI: 28.3

Her and I are competing a little with our weight loss--her goal is 150lbs by her bday in March, and mine is 140lbs by my bday in June. Now, she's taller than me, so to keep it fair, I think we should go by BMI (my goal BMI is 24).

Looks like 90/10 Paleo and Jillian Michaels are treating me well! ;) Here's hoping to keep up the momentum!

  
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CINDYTW 1/4/2012 11:00PM

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CONRADBURK 1/4/2012 5:27PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. You are well on your way to achieving your goal weight! Your idea to have a friendly competition is wonderful. It will help motivate both of you. I like your original 5 food groups pyramid!
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BRANDI.FEY 1/4/2012 3:49PM

    You could also do a percentage weight loss to keep it fair.

Definitely looks like you're off to a good start!

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GROKGRANNY 1/4/2012 3:34PM

    Best of luck to you both!

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ALPINESALLIE 1/4/2012 3:29PM

    Great Job Bren! You are doing great!
Yes, I am 5'6"... you're, what... 5'4"?
BMI I think would be a great competition-type thingy if you want :-)
I'll weigh in tomorrow, but it sounds like you're doing better then me this week!
So Proud of you!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/4/2012 2:18PM

    Wow - that is an awesome way to start the year!
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and keep up the good work!

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Into the Half-Swing of things...

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I say the half-swing... because I don't feel like today was a "full-swing" kind of day.

Let me give you the run-down, today is the first day that I was acting as a real "single-parent." Pack my lunch, get ready for work, get the kid ready for daycare (or family child care since it's at someone's house), load everything up, swing by the ATM to get money, drop kid off at FCC, go to work. PT (physical training) was on your own, so I did 1.5mi timed practice PT test (21* weather tends to add a minute to my time!) then add .5mi of some drills: high knees, butt kickers, sprints. Head inside for a little cool-down, then 30DS on my laptop in a part of our "workout room." Stretch. Shower/Change. Back to work... Work was a little scrambled. Lunch-time, headed to the commissary to grab some essentials: kid toothbrush (he only had one, and that went to FCC with him), feta cheese, heck some blue cheese, frozen unsweetened berries, & spicy mustard. Back to work, 3.5more hours of randomness. Try to leave work, get stuck in conversation for 30 min with boss... finally head out the door, wasn't paying attention to GPS on first time from work to FCC, took a billion wrong turns (okay, maybe like two)...picked up kid, forgot to get receipt for payment, head home. Bring everything in... think about working out, skype with hubby. Realize I have nothing to cook for dinner. Eat 2 pieces of AppleGate Organic/Whatever turkey breast w/spicy mustard... prep food for tomorrow. Reckon I can do Yoga Meltdown...until kid gets psycho needy for attention/laptime/affection.. figure his bathtime and my sanity is more important that YM... give kid bath, ready for bed...and that brings me up to where I am now... Typing the blog while the kid leans over every 2min to give me a kiss. Cute, but thinking it's a little post-separation anxiety... no dad, and then no mom for most the day. :/ Poor guy.

So lessons learned- working mom needs to plan her meals accordingly. Gone are the days where I have nothing to do (like the week) and can cook all day or whenever. Seriously, by the time I got home, it was already 5:30 and to be decent, I need to be in bed by 9. By the time I realized what I could cook, I had nothing "ready" to cook (aka defrosted). There's some meat in the fridge for tomorrow... which brings a new challenge, mid-week service at 6:30pm meaning I won't be home til 8:30pm... :/

Anyway. Game plan: Hopefully in morning start some beef stew to cook from 6 to 5? O boi, guess that won't work... Well. Um... guess I can start the beef stew tomorrow night before bed, and it'll be ready when I wake up on Thursday. (shakes head) At least I know breakfast will always be a salad. And I've got the fixings for that to last all week!

Goal review:
-Probably got a little less than 8hrs of sleep, woke up at 1am to use the bathroom, then texted hubby... so yea, but it was the first time in a while I woke up without hitting the snooze button to wake up.
-Ate a salad, and minus the "turkey wraps" for dinner, I had veggies with every meal. Funny story, went to reheat a snack for the end of work so I would be starving when I got home, went back to my desk, drank some water, and forgot about the food until 30min later when I went to pack up to go home.
-Although I only got 51 minutes of working out in this morning, and maybe 3 minutes o yoga this evening, I still feel accomplished because I did two workouts.
-90/10 Paleo- Feta cheese. Yup!
-Made the 50SP thanks to a little extra 25pts on the bonus wheel :D (83pts)
-Met the meal funnel- big breakfast, medium lunch, small dinner. And even had some snacks today.

Time for sleep yo! This momma has gots to go!
Night night.
I'm delirious.

  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/4/2012 2:26PM

    Oh boy! Yes - the life of a working mom!! And having to do it single is such a huge challenge until you make the "needed adjustments" (whetever they might be for you - we all have different ones). God bless you and the little guy this week as you tweak all the little things 'til you find your groove. Even though it throws a bit of a wrench in the sleeping category, going to mid-week service will surely bless you! You will do great...
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CONRADBURK 1/4/2012 9:55AM

    A little more planning will make your life less hectic. But you already know that! Congratulations on making it through the day. I expect things will get easier when you adjust to having to take care of the kid.
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CINDYTW 1/4/2012 12:12AM

  I keep my roasts in the crockpot for 11-12 hours sometimes, if you put it on low it will be fine. That is a hectic day! Try and steal a few minutes to plan a menu it really helps!

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ALPINESALLIE 1/3/2012 10:35PM

    I'm very proud of you girl! That sounds like a VERY intense day! Wowie Zowie! And your poor little man just LOVES his mama and misses his dada I'm sure... you did great though.... do you slow cook stuff? Can you start something in the morning so when you get home it's ready for you?
Anyhow, keep it up girl, sounds like a crazy day, but it'll start to get easier as the week continues. :-)
Xoxo! Love & Miss you!

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Lessons learned...

Monday, January 02, 2012

Well, tomorrow is the first day that our son will go into a Family Child Care home... where he'll be surrounded by little girls, being taken care of by a stay at home mom. I'm nervous because it's the first day I have to be responsible for someone else in the morning... I gotta get the kid ready and in the car and dropped off in time for me to be at work by 7... and her menu from last week, had POPTARTS for breakfast on 12/30. WOAH right? Granted.. that really wasn't a normal day that she would have been open... but still. Today when I was trying to get Z's stuff ready, I was just so stressed out... all I wanted to do was RUN into the pantry and TEAR INTO my beloved kettle corn and PB M&Ms. Thankfully, I finally got rid of the peppermint bark my mother gave me for Christmas... but sorry guys... I'm holding onto that for Feb 2. Since technically I broke my no sweets thing yesterday. Even if it was inadvertently. If I hadn't seen the wrapper on the counter after I wrote the blog, I wouldn't have noticed! Anyway... the episode was a good revelation of how much I really am a stress eater! What an eye-opener! Praise God He gave me strength to not cave in... and I finally pushed play on 30DS and YM tonight.

The good... well breakfast was still a small portion (I kinda ate a lot, but it wasn't high in calories--kale/collard greens with egg muffins), but lunch was bigger than dinner, and that was good. For dinner, since I was craving those sweets... I went ahead and microwaved a half cup each of frozen sliced strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, added 1 tspn coconut oil, and 1 tblspn of cinnamon... OH MAN. It was like a fruit soup! So yummy!! :D (Frozen unsweetened berries are cheaper right now than the fresh deal). I'm thinking of going back to my "breakfast" salad... to help make sure I really do get my most calories then... The past couple days my "fats" have been above my goal, but it's the nuts/avocado/coconut oil... which although I need to not overdo it, I'm not freaking out about it.

So... didn't wake up as early as I wanted to, also didn't sleep as early as I wanted to (I realized playing with my phone distracted me, so none of that tonight!), I did get 8.5hrs of sleep... so that's good. Kept the 90/10 Paleo (gotta love that feta cheese on the salad!), and had fruit/veggies at every meal.

Somehow I'm still about 100cal short of my 1515 minimum... but I'm not really hungry... so not stressing about that.

**EDIT** Oh yes, and I currently have 69SPP... so I met that goal too. BAM. on a roll baby. ;)

Gotta get my meals ready for tomorrow! Night night ya'll...

What did you see today that reminded you of your Creator?

  
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CONRADBURK 1/3/2012 10:52AM

    I would throw out that kettle corn and the PB M&M's! They are from your past and will only hold you back. They are really not food, but a combination of chemical ingredients designed to be addictive. Having unhealthy foods readily available sabotages your motivation to eat healthy.

It is okay to rely on fruits like apples, oranges, cherries, grapes, pears, papayas, mangoes, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, and blueberries instead of those processed food substitutes. I will tolerate no processed foods in my kitchen. My health and happiness have benefited greatly from this commitment.
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CINDYTW 1/2/2012 10:52PM

  emoticon emoticon You can do this!!

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 1/2/2012 10:14PM

    Your "fruit soup" sounds OOOHSOME! You're going to do all right working it your way. Yummy stuff!

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ALPINESALLIE 1/2/2012 9:35PM

    all this talk of FETA!?!?!? No wonder when I got to Raley's tonight, it was the first thing on my mind, ha ha ha. It really does help to spice up a salad and is pretty low in calories (as far as cheese goes!)

Good job resisting the treats in your house! I can't have anything like that in my house or it's GONE in one sitting!

And, I"m sure your little man will be good and you can handle all this responsibility on your own... It's a lot, but you're a planner and I know you'll get through it without diving into a box of Oreos!

Text if you ever need me lady! ANd great job getting 'er done on 30DS and YOGA! XOXO!

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