Tuesday, January 03, 2012
No, that's not that I should be committed. *snort*
Yesterday's Goals Update:
Drink Water. *gulp*
Take supplements. (Nearly forgot. Thank goodness!)
Make meatballs and freeze. Yep! Popped 'em in the crockpot this morning, and other than the sidetracking I'll have to do for more egg noodles (don't ask...let's just say I put it on that counter without thinking about our current pesky mice -- we think there are two and they fight constantly with each other. Rather annoying, actually. What I get for living in the "rural" area.)
Organize coupons again. Proud to say I got it done. Not proud to say I was up until 1:30am doing it, causing me to oversleep this AM. Thankfully the boys were on a 2-hour delay due to the snow/ice, so I took the oldest to the bus stop and was at work only an hour behind schedule. (It was WAY too icy to make him walk that 1/2 a mile. I know because I tried it last night!)
Do 1.5 miles. This is one of my proudest moments from last night.
I planned on doing it after lunch - hoping to walk off the Chinese sodium blast, I guess (didn't work *lol*). Problem was, when fam and I got up to leave the Chinese place, we realized that what had just been a few flakes falling had turned into almost white-out conditions (and later did!). It was coming down so hard it stung my face as I walked to the car. "Great!" I say to Hubs (you can hear the sarcasm from across the net, right?) "And I'm supposed to do 1 and a half miles in THIS?!" (insert growl or proper expletive here) Hubs shrugged and said, "I don't think you can. Sometimes you just can't do it. It's a force of nature."
HA! Force of nature stop me?! I'll be friggin' ....I don't know, something... if I let a stupid snow storm keep me from doing one and a half lousy miles!
I prayed it would simply stop. It did, for a second, then got worse. Approaching 5pm, I realized it was going to be pitch black soon. Snow or not, if I was going to do this, it was going to be now. (Damn the gym for being closed!! *shakes fist in the air*) So I put on my shoes, my gloves, my coat, my scarf, my penguin hat (*big grin*) and grabbed my headphones so I could track my distance. 1/8 of a mile. That's how far I made it on the road before I realized this was NOT a good idea. It was icy and slick and there were cars... just not a good idea. I turned toward home.
I could've given up. I probably would have a couple weeks ago. But something in me said, "There is NO WAY we're going to wimp out on JANUARY 2ND! NO FRIGGIN' WAY!!" So I did what any normal? sane? okay, a little whack-a-doodle person would do - I carved a path in the snow in my front yard and did laps in the small space there. 8 laps, or thereabouts. That's how many laps I had to do for each 1/4 of a mile. That means I walked 40 times around my own yard, just because I wanted to be able to say that I did it.
I DID IT.
Do 30 Day Shred. And how did I follow all of that? I went inside, changed into my workout gear (read: not wet, snow covered socks, jeans, sweater, etc.) and then cooked tacos for the kids, let them play video games for a bit before bed, sent them to bed, and THEN I pulled out my 30 Day Shred DVD and did it all while Hubs ate the leftovers I'd set aside for him.
Know what happened? I felt a tiny bit like that Wonder Woman feeling I had in the past. No, not because I "cooked for my man" or catered to my children's every demand. Because I set out to do A, B, C and D...and I did every single one. CHECK! CHECK! CHECK!
(Okay, confession? I missed one. I didn't get the decorations back out to the garage. It's blocked off right now and while my youngest can squeeze in there to put things away, I can't right now...I wasn't sending him out there in that. ....though he came out anyhow while I was walking and played with the puppy in the yard... but I digress...)
So, what's in store for day 3? Well, after I pee (doing the pee-pee dance right now *lol*)...
* Already scheduled Ethan's eye appointment for next Friday. (This is kinda cheating, adding something to the to-do list you already did, but I did do it, so it counts right! *lol*)
* Drink water. (Halfway through my 8 cup goal already but after Chinese day yesterday, I'm shooting for closer to 12 as a flush of sorts.)
* Do ST tonight. Already picked out some exercises. 1-2 for each major muscle group.
* ZumbaLite. Now, I'm likely not sticking around the gym until 7pm (I get off at 4:30pm every day this week because of the holiday yesterday), so I'll be doing this at home with the Kinect probably. (Probably for the best, as I'll be able to cry, kick and scream my way through it without feeling totally embarassed.)
* Pick up the egg noodles for the Swedish Meatballs.
* Prep the chicken for tomorrow's Brown Sugar "Candy" Chicken. Think I'll either make rice with it or some potatoes. (Did you know you can make baked potatoes in a crockpot? Too bad I don't have 2. ...yet!)
* Scan ads/coupons for deals, especially stockpile deals that are "50 Cents or Less, But Free is Always Best!" And start thinking about menu ideas for next week.
Tomorrow is my "rest" night, where I'll be sure to stretch but otherwise rest these tired abs and legs! *lol* It's funny how switching up your routine can make muscles ache you thought were done aching. Just glad it aches for all the right reasons now!
I know my blogs have been kinda dull lately. Nothing thought provoking. More "yay me, I did something really simple!" kinda things, but I need this accountability so much right now. I've got my sights set on that full makeover and I really don't want to let myself down. Going to do the best I can every day to keep myself checking things off the list and pushing aside the excuses. I'm ready to see changes again. I feel like I can finally see what Thin Me might look like, and I don't think it's half bad, actually. *wink wink* I just have some work to do...and it will be hard...but I have to do it consistently before I can say "It's not working!" It's like that whole, "You can't complain if you don't vote" thing. I can't whine and say it's not working if I'm not doing my best to work it and stick it out. Example? Today I've been super hungry. I ate my lunch earlier...and within an hour I was already eating both my snacks. BUT - everything I ate was healthy and fit within my calorie goals. Even factoring in dinner, I'll still have room for another snack if I want (more room when/if I workout!...more on that later). So, I ate them without shame. And I feel better now. Guess my body just needed what it needed and it wasn't shy to tell me that.
BTW - 30 Day Shred is killing me (in the best ways...)! I've been working on putting more at-home workout DVDs on my wishlist for friends and family to shop from, because these are great "fall-back" exercises when I just don't want to go to the gym or I want to work out but I can't until 11pm (when the gym is closed). Hey, I might one day even workout on a Sunday with one of these!! *shock* *awe!* (my gym is closed Sundays so it's just always just been a rest day for me most of the time. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I think having more choices at home will give me the freedom to switch it up now and again.)
Monday, January 02, 2012
Day 1 Recap:
Cassoulet for dinner.
Stayed around 1900 calories.
Drank at least 8 glasses of water.
Took my supplements.
Stretched before going to sleep.
So far so good. :)
Today's day 2. Plans/goals for the day:
* Do 1.5 miles. The gym is closed for the day so I'll be doing it outside in the snow! *lol*
* Do 30 Day Shred. I did this on NYE and had DOMS last night from it. Have to say, felt good to be sore for the right reasons again (finally!).
* Take supplements.
* Drink Water.
* Organize all my coupons again. Time to get back on track with my couponing and save us a bunch of money (haven't been able to see the coupons + Hubs' discount yet, but the last time I went shopping I didn't use one coupon (except a couple digital ones) and with his discount and mark-downs I still saved 25%! Can't wait to see what kind of savings I can accomplish this year! (Time to regrow my stock pile too!)
* Put away decorations (I took them down but now they need to go back in the garage.)
* Make tacos for dinner.
* Make the meatballs for tomorrow's dinner and freeze them. (recipe calls for them to be frozen for at least an hour before plopping them in the crockpot) I may also prep the chicken for Wednesday's meal, but if I don't get to that, I'll just do it tomorrow night or Wednesday before work.
Today is my high calorie day so I was thinking of taking my boys out to eat somewhere. Maybe Chinese because it's a calorie-killer any other day. I still go there every once in a while, so if I can manage to plan my trips (rarely) on my HCD, maybe I won't feel so awful about it. I've been working on Asian recipes a lot this past year, trying to make the Chinese place unnecessary, but I haven't found suitable subs for my sesame chicken and chicken and broccoli and moo shu chicken yet. That's my goal for this year. I hope to eventually make it so that I can eat my favorites whenever I want because I have homemade versions that are just as good as the original!
My driving force this week: This is my birthday week! I want to give myself the present of a first successful week that I actually earned in a LONG time.
My only gripe so far this year is that I have yet to get my first kiss of the New Year. Hubs explained yesterday that he was getting a scratchy throat and a bunch of the guys at work are sick so, in an effort to not get ME sick, he's holding off until he feels better. *sigh* I guess I can wait, since I know I've got him for life. ;)
How was your NYE and NY day?
I spent NYE grocery shopping. I picked up Mr. Popper's Penguins for the boys and I to watch. Then I came home, put groceries away, dropped the boys off at my in laws, then came home, took down the tree and decorations, did 30 Day Shred, then went to pick up the boys and played Apples to Apples with the in laws before heading home around 11pm to wake Hubs up for work. Boys and I stayed up to say "Happy New Years!" and then we went to bed.
Yesterday I spent much of the day playing Fable III. *lol* I am THIS close to finishing the game (probably will today) so I can start Skyrim with the rest of the family (Hubs is playing it now). I'm strange. I refuse to start a new game until I finish the old one, especially since it has been a LONG time since I've played, let alone finished, a game. I think the last game I finished was Luigi's Mansion and that was back when the GameCube was the system to have. It has been a fresh distraction, but if it thwarts my efforts in any way, I have no problem giving it up again. :) The kids helped with the Cassoulet last night, so it was fun cooking with them.
Hope you all had a great New Year! Off to start my day.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sunday - Cassoulet
Monday - Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Chicken over Rice
Thursday - "Unstuffed" Cabbage Rolls
Friday - Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
Saturday - Fried Tofu and either Fried Rice or Pad Thai
All leading up to my birthday on Sunday. Have to decide whether to order my cake or make it... And next Sunday we'll be going out to eat somewhere. Right now I'm thinking "Big Fat Cheeseburger with Fries" but I'm still not 100% sure.
Sunday - OFF (STRETCH!)
Monday - 1.5 miles & 30 Day Shred
Tuesday - ZumbaLite & ST
Wednesday - OFF (STRETCH!)
Thursday - ZumbaLite
Friday - Nike Training Camp (NTC)
Saturday - End of Year 30 5k
* Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
* Buy supplies and start first craft challenge.
* Pack lunch every single day, save one (have plans to go out with a friend next week).
* Take my supplements every day.
We may go out on Monday for lunch or something. If so, my goal is keep health in mind when I'm ordering. It's a HCD, but that doesn't mean I have to go OTT (over the top).
It's the last day of 2011. What are you doing to end 2011 right?
I'm going to attempt 30DS so I can get some idea of whether it's going to hurt or not. I hopped on the elliptical last night to give that a go. Did 20 minutes with little to no problems. I did discover that the higher the crossramp, the better it is on my back and hips. Not really sure why. Upped the resistance too so it would be a good, but tough, workout. Glad to know that this will be a great back-up for me on Zumba days.
Plans for today are as follows:
* Play some Fable III. *big grin*
* Take down Christmas decorations and store for next year.
* Go grocery shopping for the week.
* Do 30 Day Shred.
* Drink 8 glasses of water, at least.
* Take my supplements with lunch (because I forgot with breakfast...OOPS!)
* Make tacos tonight.
* Drop by the video store (if open) for movies for tonight.
Plans for tomorrow include:
* Official weigh-in.
* Official measurements for start of 2012.
* Official "Before again" pictures for start of 2012.
* Maybe a fitness test too - push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats and jumping jacks.
Hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy NYE and a wonderful start to 2012!! (I could be totally annoying and say, "See you next year!" ...but I won't (except I just did..oops!) ;) )
Friday, December 30, 2011
A break from the normal "this sucks" blog. *lol*
So I've spent the majority of my time planning lately. I'll be the first to tell you that New Years Resolutions, in their traditional sense, do NOT work. However... (I hate starting sentences with "however") I think planning is extremely important to set yourself up for success. Even if it weren't the first of the year coming up, I'd still be planning and setting myself up for the next month because, yes, I'll admit, I think this month was a total wash. I didn't get much accomplished as far as my weight loss/fitness goals were concerned, and it had little to do with the holidays and more to do with what I just happen to be going through right now. So January 1st or November 1st, I'd be sitting here doing the same thing - planning for a positive, healthy, and successful new month.
That being said, there is a certain air of "fresh start/clean slate" on the upcoming month just because it is a new year (and will mean another birthday in just over a week). So, go on and make those NY Resolutions, I'd say - just make them reasonably. And don't waste today or tomorrow. Yes, I know, you'll "get started" on the first, and if you really want to stick to that, that's fine. But use the next 2 days to set yourself up better. Log everything you eat - yes, even the crap. Log and journal and plan, plan, plan - because it will all help you make a better start out of the upcoming month/year. I haven't had "successful" days this past week, at least not in my regular terms of speaking about the whole "healthy lifestyle" thing. I've eaten crap, and too much of it. But I've logged it all and I've started to get my arse back in gear with cooking every day and I'm taking small walks on all of my breaks at work. Each time I log something, take a walk, plan a meal, cook something new, I'm setting myself up for my "fresh start" on Sunday.
What have I learned?
Well, last night I had the first "Okay, that is ENOUGH!" moment when it came to eating the crap. It's been a LONG time since I've gotten to this point. I felt the effects. And I hated that even more than my "loss of willpower" over the candy floating around my house. Know what I'll be doing tomorrow? CLEAN HOUSE, baby! This stuff is finding it's way out of my life for now because I know I'm having a crap time controlling myself around it. (Just think what would have happened if I had "waited" until January 1st...I would've set myself up for failure right there.)
I've also caught the cooking bug again. (Thank goodness!) I've been making crockpot meals, recipes I've found online or ones I've simply "made up" (a skill I learned this year and really does work wonders). I'm starting to feel that pride again in cooking something I know that I made - something in which I know every single ingredient, down to the last dash of salt. This is what "eating clean" is to me. Eating meals that I've cooked, with simple and controlled ingredients. (We can argue how this isn't exactly what they mean by "clean eating" but what does it matter if it works for me?) I'm starting to use recipes and adapt them to cut down on the calories or fat, increase the amount of veggies in them, and otherwise make them less greasy, more healthy, more filling, and less "guilt-ridden." (I'll let you know when I finally find the holy grail - a great tasting, healthy version of Mac-N-Cheese.)
I'm back to drinking my 8 minimum cups of water a day and have been taking my supplements. All these little things add up. I'm also getting my body used to walks again. Sucks that I have to resort back to this, but I know in my heart that people have lost ALL their weight doing nothing but walking. Hopefully one day I'll be able to go back to my KickArse AmpedUp Workouts, but until then, I will walk and adapt every other exercise to make it work with what I've got. "Do what you do."
I've also taken this time to re-evaluate what 2011 meant to me and have come to feel pretty proud of what I've accomplished. I no longer say, "I ONLY lost 20 pounds." I now say, "I lost 20 pounds this year!" Because I went thorugh a lot of crap, and in the past I know that I would have simply given in and given up and would have to say that I gained those 20 pounds instead of losing them. I like this route better. And I learned a crapton about myself too, which will help me mentally adapt to the next phase of this journey. (Because I now see my journey in parts or phases, and 2011 was part of the in-between phase I usually have. Last time that "phase" lasted 5 years and I gained 50 pounds over those 5 years. This time I hope to look back and remember that it only lasted 1 year and I LOST 20 pounds.)
So, yes, I've been planning. And eagerly awaiting the new year to "unveil" my plan to everyone. *lol* This morning I thought, "How friggin' stupid is that?" THAT is something that doesn't require waiting to do...as starting your healthy lifestyle doesn't require a set date, neither does unveiling my plan - jotting it down, proclaiming it to the "world" so I'm held accountable. So, here it is...in all it's glory. And please keep in mind that I know fully well in my mind that this plan probably will change from time to time, depending on my back/hip issues...so I've given myself back up plans as well.
JANUARY 2012 WORKOUT SCHEDULE
1/1 - off
1/2 - 1.5 miles & 30 Day Shred
1/3 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/4 - off
1/5 - ZumbaLite
1/6 - NTC (adapted as needed)
1/7 - 3 miles
1/8 - MY BIRTHDAY!! (off)
1/9 - 2 miles & 30DS
1/10 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/11 - off
1/12 - ZumbaLite
1/13 - NTC
1/14 - 3 miles
1/15 - off
1/16 - 2 miles & 30DS
1/17 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/18 - off
1/19 - ZumbaLite
1/20 - Elliptical & 30DS
1/21 - 4 miles
1/22 - off
1/23 - 2.5 miles & 30DS
1/24 - ZumbaLite & ST
1/25 - off
1/26 - ZumbaLite
1/27 - NTC
1/28 - 4 miles
1/29 - off
1/30 - 2.5 miles & 30DS
1/31 - ZumbaLite & ST
* This schedule allows for 2-3 days of ST per week, plus 5 days of some sort of cardio. I've reclaimed "Zumba" as ZumbaLite to remind me to keep it light...but if Zumba starts messing with me again, I'll have to sub it out for the elliptical machine, and I have no problem with that because they both burn a lot of calories. I'm also going to try 30DS, but I don't think I can do it every single day right now. I may not even be able to finish level one right now, but dangit I vow to at least attempt to do as much as I can of it every single day I've got it scheduled.
* Also, you'll notice I've simply put a mileage number for my old "run" days. If I get back to feeling like I can run (and get the go ahead from the doc) I will try to run part of these. If not, I'll walk it. And on those long days, I'll do what I can - take a break - and then finish my mileage later. Even if that means a LOT of short 15 minute walks (15 minutes seems to be my breaking point right now), that's what it means - that's why I scheduled them on Saturdays!
JANUARY 2012 FOOD GOALS
Allowed High Calorie Days
* Jan 2nd - I'll be home from work with the boys and am thinking this might be our one "eat out" day that week
* Jan 8th - My birthday! We will certainly be eating out that day (hopefully) and I have my eye on a vegan chocolate cake with vegan "buttercream" frosting - not because of dietary concerns, but because the best cake/cupcakes I've eaten in my life have been vegan. *shrug* Maybe my body just likes them more...
* Jan 15th & 22nd - Both Sundays, which I think will be my regular HCD, unless there's a special event or something
- Again, this whole "high calorie days" is a tester type thing. When I started losing weight in 2004, I used to think it a horrible idea to weigh in more than once a week. But last year I started weighing in every day and I noticed it takes the sting out of the numbers for me. I feel somehow better about my progress by "checking in" every day, and starting my morning on the scale reminds me that I have a job to do, that I have a goal I'm reaching toward, so I need to be on the ball each and every day. (Now, I'm not promoting this. This works for me. This could be disasterous for you -- some even say it can lead to eating disorders! -- but I gotta do me.) I'm hoping that this "high calorie day" thing will break me from binges that last a week because I've been trying so hard to be "good" for months and I just can't take it any more. I want to "lessen" that feeling of "all or nothing" and know that if I want a friggin' cupcake, I can have one...and it doesn't mean I have to starve all day to do it. I'll have it on my HCD and then move on. I have no clue if this will work, but it won't hurt to try, right?
Other food goals:
On days not HCD, I need to stick to around 1700-1900 calories. (Haven't found that sweet spot yet, so I'm just going by nutritionist recommendations and what I know about what my body does when I have "successful" weeks.)
Only eat out 1-2 times per week. This includes special occasions and lunches, so no making special "exceptions" for these. If I grab a Subway sub on Tuesday at lunch, then I've used up one of my "eat out" cards.
When eating out, be mindful of what you're ordering! Since I know about cooking now, I know a lot of what types of oils, butters, and sauces pack a calorie punch right in the kisser. So I'm going to be mindful of that and try to order wisely.
Make meals at home. Of course, since we'll be eating out less, that means I'll be cooking at home more. This is why I've been testing out the whole "slow cooker" method of making dinner to see how well that will work into our lives. Right now, it's looking good! I can give myself a "night off" from cooking, while still enjoying a warm home-cooked meal. I think we'll be using our slow cooker 2-4 nights a week in January!
Make healthy lunches for work. This is something I've been working on. I do not enjoy/get filled up on/like the taste, cost, or sodium in those TV dinner type meals. When I eat these, I end up hungry an hour later. No lie. They can say it's got tons of fiber and whatever else, but my body just soaks it up (or maybe just gets rid of it...TMI?) and I'm hungry again. It just NEVER seems like enough. So I need to keep making my own lunch. Something I KNOW will fill me up and keep me going. Of course, this part has always been lacking for me. If I can make enough food the night before, I can usually swing some leftovers. But I live in a house with 3 males - one is 31 and works stocking shelves all night so needs a TON of energy from his food (=eats a LOT), another is 12 (=eats a LOT! *lol*). (The other one, my 9 year old, is still a picky eater and rarely finishes the scaled down portions I give him anyhow, so I can't totally blame this on him...it's just the oldest 2 in the house hogging the food.) This means that, try as I might, sometimes there just AREN'T any leftovers to be had. So I need healthy, quick lunch alternatives other than the fall-back salad and ham sandwich. (Feel free to give ideas!)
Get some healthy snacks going! I'm going to limit myself to 2 healthy snacks at work. Of course, I'm here for 10 hours, so the first snack can be small, but the last one needs to carry me through (especially considering I workout after work). I need to make sure to pack things like my homemade peanut butter and other things that might "stick" to me and give me the fuel I need to round out the day.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water EVERY DAY!
Take my supplements. (Right now I'm taking B-Stress Complex, Potassium, and Glucosamine. Maybe that will give my body the help it needs to REALLY heal. I'm already feeling a little better after just 3 days of it.)
REWARDS FOR JANUARY 2012
Okay, so this month my rewards are based off my exercise, because we've discovered that exercise keeps me motivated. If I find this is making other areas (like eating right) slide because I have that "well, if I just workout..." mentality, we'll switch things up. My rewards are on a sliding scale, trying to get me toward consistency without demanding immediate perfection.
There are 22 workouts scheduled in January 2012.
If I complete....I get.
22/22 - A full makeover - new outfit, haircut and color, mani, pedi.
20/22 - Haircut and new clothes
18/22 - Haircut and a new pair of jeans/pants
16/22 - Haircut and a new shirt
15/22 - Haircut
(I need a friggin' haircut! *lol* For serious. I will be SO mad at myself if I don't make it to the lower level ... *lol* But I have faith in myself that I will. I'm already "shopping" for my new outfit. The only thing scaring me is that pedicure...I've never had one and I have REALLY ticklish feet.)
At least 1 "daytrip" or weekend excursion with the family. I've got my eye on Ohio Caverns for January, but if we can't swing that even a movie and lunch day on a Sunday could work wonders!
Get crafty! I think engaging my creative side helps me too...plus, when you have a hobby you spend time doing something other than thinking about food! *lol* I'm thinking I'll either knit myself a pretty scarf (I LOVE scarves and hats...and I don't know how to knit hats yet...) or I'll get together my recipes into a family recipe book. Other crafty ideas I've had: frame a picture of my own, scrapbook my journey thus far, a new coupon organizing system, paint the living room and do house repairs (even that can be "crafty" for me).
So there it is. The plan for a new month, a new year on the calendar, a new year in my life. I'll be turning 31 and I want to start off the year on the right foot. As for NY resolutions and all that? I've decided I'd like to lose 52 pounds in 2012. That's all I got. That's my goal. One pound a week. That's totally doable...and will put me around the 250 range, which is super close to the gym-set goal for me of 230. Oh, and I'd like to get into some new (smaller sized) clothes for sure! I'm ready to save up and go shopping again! *lol* (I love buying new clothes when I know I might go down a size...makes it more fun to shop and see the progress of my hard work reflected in the mirror!)
So what's your take on NY resolutions? Are you making any? If not, are you planning for next month or just "flying by the seat of your pants" into January?
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