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Weekend plans (and workout plans)

Friday, January 11, 2013

So I realized that I made goals for 2013, but didn't make goals for January!

Continue 10 minuted daily exercise streak
Eat within calorie range 28 days this month
No drinking alcohol

Last night was my first night over my calorie range. I didn't know cheesecake would be hand delivered at 10pm, and I hadn't planned for it. Sorry to say, but it was SO worth it. I stopped after a few bites and will have a little bit more tonight (planned for it!). Later this month, I'll be in San Antonio for work, so watching my calories is going to be more difficult with all of the eating out.

Workout plans:
Tonight: 4 mile run at the gym, lower body machines, January Jumpstart video
Tomorrow: Bodyrock Pump It Up video and January Jumpstart video (and bonus video)
Sunday: It is going to be 63*! Going for a long run with J.
** Initially, I'd saidt 71, but you know those weather men, always changing their story...

Weekend plans-
Tonight: J is working tonight, so I'll be home by myself. I'll probably take down the Christmas tree (yep, it's still up...). I've also been following a 40 day decluttering plan, so I will do those things tonight. (and give stuff to my sister since I will see her tomorrow)
Tomorrow: going to Richmond for a birthday party. Will also eat out, but will make good choices. And will put my no alcohol goal to the test...
Sunday: Long run, cleaning, food prep for following week.

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CLPURNELL 1/11/2013 5:59PM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend you have planned!

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SDLEE514 1/11/2013 1:51PM

    You made me think of the Friends episode where they can't stop eating the cheesecake that keeps getting delivered lol. I wouldn't be able to resist cheesecake either. And great goals, you got them!

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STODD251 1/11/2013 11:09AM

    Sounds like a good plan emoticon Good luck!

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LAURAAT 1/11/2013 10:50AM

    I love that you have it all planned out! Definitely setting yourself up for success here.

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10 minutes a day! (and more positivity!)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

So far, so good. I've done at least 10 minutes of exercise every day since December 30th. I'm hoping I can keep that streak alive. H and I went for a run yesterday after I got off work. We were going to do 6.5 miles, but ended up doing 3.25 because my thighs were frozen. 50* is officially capri pants weather for running!

I have been following lots of different exercise challenges this month. I joined the January Jumpstart Challenge (along with some sparkfriends, including my mom!). This entails a daily video and cardio 5x/week. I wasn't sure if we were supposed to repeat week 1 videos for week 2, so I chose to do some other spark videos (Yep, been here over a year and haven't given much attention to the videos. I have really liked some of the videos so far (8min cardio intervals, pilates thigh video and 12 minute pilates abs are some of my faves).

I am also participating in the NEW YEAR challenge in the Four Season's group. The weekly challenges are always well-rounded, including relaxation time, eating freggies and some exercise.

I haven't re-upped my mileage goal from 12 miles per week yet, although I will soon after H and I decide on a 1/2 marathon training program. I feel like I'm on week 3 of whichever program we choose (long run 6.5 miles with 3-4 mile runs throughout the week). I really want to include a cardio cross-training day (last time I was on the arc trainer, I almost died!).

My mom commented on my previous blog that she wouldn't be able to eat the same breakfast and lunch all week. Well I ended up packing leftovers for lunch for today and tomorrow. H didn't really like the dinner I made on Sunday (this recipe, not the one I posted:
mon-ricotta-pasta-352-recipe-088.html). He said it was too lemony. I ended up mixing some of the leftover crock pot chicken fajitas into it (sounds weird, but oh-so-good!) for lunch.
Also, minus the mimosa I had Jan1 for breakfast, I've been alcohol free for January. Trying to stay that way until February.
I have stayed within my calorie range since Jan. 1 (seriously? SERIOUSLY!). I can't remember the last time I've done that for over a week.

Trying to stay positive and to stay motivated. Trying to get more sunlight to elevate my mood (also part of NEW YEAR challenge), but very necessary for me. I'm sending my resume to a resume service tonight to get some tweaking (yeah, it's pricey, but hopefully worth it). I'm pretty sure that with a new job and moving out of our current city will drastically improve my mood and outlook on life. Still dealing with the "I'm not where I though I'd be at 25 (or at 26...)" blues.

Anyways, getting more exercise, trying new recipes, snacking less, no alcohol, prospects of a career change and major change of scenery. 2013 is looking good!

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FOXYPHAEDRA 1/10/2013 10:14AM

    It sounds like you are off to a great start this new year! I really like the 8 minute interval video too; you should check out the 6-minute Butt blaster, it's a great one as well! I'll have to try the Pilates thigh one, I really need to focus more on my lower body in the coming months.

I totally get the mid-decade blues. I think most people go through something similar in their mid-twenties, and if you are like me, you will probably go through it again in your mid-thirties! Life just doesn't go according to plan, and sometimes it's good to take a couple steps back and re-evaluate. But have no doubt that you are right where you need to be at the moment, and that it will lead to where you are going next, which will be someplace awesome!!!

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CLPURNELL 1/9/2013 8:24PM

    Awesome job with your progress on your challenges and streaks this month! Don't be too upset that you aren't where you thought you would be at a certain age. You could be right where you are supposed to be for something awesome to happen!

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STODD251 1/9/2013 11:09AM

    I'm so happy that you've managed to keep up with the challenge! I think for week 2, you're supposed to do the same video workout and cardio schedule and add in an additional workout video. Also you're supposed to start tracking your food, but you obviously are already doing that and rocking at it!

I am so with you on the "I'm not where I thought I'd be at 25/26" blues though. Some aspects of my life are going great, but others not so much. I just try to dwell on the positive things I have got going for me. Dwelling on things you wish you had is just not helpful. But getting out there and doing something about it is a good way to start. In my opinion, you've already gotten a harder piece of the puzzle out of the way. You've found someone you love to share your life with. Finding a job you'll love is still hard, but there are way more good jobs than there are good men (At least in my experience)

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So I said I'd post more positive blogs! (and my meal plan)

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Yesterday gets it's own category because it was just that awesome. I tried and eggs and oats recipe. It was weird, but filling. With some tweaking, it will probably become my new go-to breakfast. I also went for a run around the neighborhood near my office and did 2 loops instead of 1 (6.5 miles!). That was my longest run in awhile. And then my sweaty self went to the grocery store. In addition to the things on my list, I got 5 pounds of frozen blueberries for $12! Kroger has awesome clearance stuff, and I bought the rest of what they had. When I got home, I made my first ever green smoothie (ok, it was a brown smoothie, but this ex-art major knows that green + red= brown, so no surprise there...).

I started a 10 minutes of daily exercise streak on December 30th. So far, so good. It has gotten me up to exercise even when I don't feel like it. I also joined the January Jumpstart Challenge. For the first week, the challenge has been to do the scheduled video each day and at least 10 minutes of cardio 5x per week. Yesterday, I did 2 loops around the neighborhood near my office.

I did take 2 of my eggs and oats recipe this morning. I used the all whites egg beaters. I also messed with the proportions. Much better results today. I went ahead and made a double batch afterward to take to work tomorrow. Then I made a new lentil soup recipe from my cookbook The Soup Bible. I'll be eating this for lunch all this week. I made another green smoothie for lunch. After some Pinterest searching, I decided to add some protein powder to it. Delish!

Recipes I'm making this week:

breakfast for the week:
Modified by doubling the vanilla, adding splenda and lots of cinnamon

Lunch for the week (Lentil soup recipe):

Dinner: Chicken Kale Casserole

Eggs and oats for breakfast
Lentil soup for lunch
Dinner: Crock pot chicken fajitas

Eggs and oats for breakfast
Lentil soup for lunch
Dinner: Garlic brown sugar chicken with brussels sprout and potatoes

Eggs and oats for breakfast
Lentil soup for lunch
Dinner: Spicy tofu lettuce wraps
(replacing the mushrooms with broccoli and onions because I don't like mushrooms)

Eggs and oats for breakfast
Lentil soup for lunch
Dinner: Leftovers, H is working at night

Eggs and oats for breakfast
Lentil soup for lunch
Dinner: Leftovers or some random concoction, H is working at night

Breakfast: probably eggs and hash browns with salsa on the side
Lunch: smoothie?
Dinner: Will be in Richmond for my sister's bf's birthday party. Going out to dinner beforehand.

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SDLEE514 1/8/2013 11:25AM

    Yay! I love food ideas. thanks for sharing. what kind of protein powder are you using? I currently have jillian's chocolate, doesn't go so well with green/fruit smoothies. Also don't attempt to make protein coffee. lol I speak from experience

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GETMYSELFBACK1 1/7/2013 1:05PM

    That's a great plan. I don't think I could eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch everyday though. I usually take dinner leftovers and add a salad or something.

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CLPURNELL 1/7/2013 4:31AM

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STODD251 1/6/2013 4:40PM

    Sounds like overall you're doing pretty well emoticon Keep up the good work!

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New Year, New Resolutions!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I would do a play-by-play of how my planning for Christmas went, but I won't bore you. I am up 1 pound. I did 20 pushups on the 24th and no other exercise. And then I was sick for a few days. I went for a run today. That's what matters. (In my new running tights, new tank tops and new running pullover. And with my new fancy headphones!). Ok, I gave a mini play-by-play...

2012 New Year's Resolutions:
Stop cussing
Get exercise 4x/week
Drink no more than 3x/week
Learn sign language
Save money for a vacation
Make dinner 4x/week

I made an honest attempt at each of my resolutions except to learn sign language. I have drastically reduced my use of "bad" words, usually exercise 4x per week, only drink for special occasions, saved up and went to Las Vegas/Grand Canyon for our anniversary and have been working on meal planning. I actually make something more than boxed mashed potatoes for myself for dinner when the hubby has to work at night.
PS- I kept this list in my wallet, which is why I still know what my resolutions were for 2012 :)

2013 New Year's Resolutions:
Pay off credit cards
Call a friend/family member 1x/week just to catch up
Run a 1/2 marathon
Make weekly meal plans
Find a new job
Run a total of 700 miles
Stop gossiping

So most of my goals aren't fitness related, but I don't have many over-arching fitness needs for the year. I have lots of tiny goals throughout the year to keep me motivated. Also, my goals aren't written as SMART goals, but most are. (ex: 700 miles- run 3-5 times each week, for an average of 13.5 miles per week to achieve 700 miles run for the year). Gossiping is just not nice (like saying swear words), and is something I just need to be conscious of until I can break myself of the habit.

On a side note, one of my friends posted a cute idea on facebook that I thought I'd share. It's a "good things jar." Every time something good happens during the year, write it down and put it in the jar. On New Year's Eve, open the jar a read about all of the good things that happened to you.

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STODD251 1/3/2013 3:17PM

    Some great ideas! I love the good things jar and keeping your resolutions in your wallet, except knowing me, I'd probably accidentally throw out the list of resolutions.. I guess posting them on here is a pretty good alternative.

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AMSTERDAMAND125 1/3/2013 9:24AM

    Great job this year, and good goals!! I didn't eat any candy during December, but didn't keep up with the pushups. :/ Hope you had a great holiday!

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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 5:27PM


You did awesome only up a pound over the holidays! I am sure you will meet your goals!!!

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SDLEE514 12/31/2012 9:49AM

    great goals! and I love the idea about a good things jar, so cute! thanks for sharing emoticon cheers to 2013~

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Plan through the 26th

Friday, December 21, 2012

My initial plan was to not gain any weight between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The day before Thanksgiving, I weighed myself and I am currently up 1.5 pounds from there. I'm going to make my new goal is to stay at my current weight (111). My next weigh-in will be next Friday the 28th.

Today: I plan to hit the gym today for a run, work on my abs and some lower body exercises.
Saturday: I won't have time for exercise. We're driving to my mom's house in the monring for Christmas #1 and then to my grandma's house in the afternoon for Christmas #2. I also have a lot of food prep to do in the morning.
Sunday: I may get a run in. It's supposed to be very windy, so we will see. If not, still get 15 minutes of abs/squats/lunges etc. Then driving to my dad's house.
Monday: Plan to run in the morning. Christmas #3 at my grandma's house in the afternoon.
Tuesday: Drive to NC to visit the in-laws for Christmas #4. We won't really have time for exercise, as it is a 5 hour trip and we will be the last ones to arrive.
Wednesday: Do 15 minutes of exercise before I go downstairs in the morning. abs/pushups/ squats etc. Drive home.

Plan of attack food/drink-wise for the entire holiday:
Drink a ton of water
Brush my teeth after each meal
Alternate water/seltzer water with wine
1 treat item per day (choose wisely! cinnamon roll for breakfast=treat)
No alcohol before 3pm, regardless of what the siblings are doing!
Sneak off to do a set of pushups or situps if you think the snacking is about to get out of hand.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!
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AMSTERDAMAND125 12/21/2012 3:41PM

    Looks like a great plan!! You can do it!! I like the no drinks before 3pm rule!

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