Monday, June 10, 2013
I went tanning today. I still only get in for 8 mins, and I am really not seeing much of a difference in my skin color yet. This was my 4th session, so I am hoping that by the 12th, I will not be so dang white!
After tanning I went to the gym. It felt good to be back there after I flaked out last week. I did some cardio and weights. I realize how much I lost in my cardio just from taking a bit of time off. I need to step it up. After Mud on the Mountain, I hit a slump. I had been training my heart out for the event, then it came and went, and I sort of lost a sense of purpose. I wish my boss would get back to me and let me know if my day in September is approved for another mud race. I want to get registered! Plus I think that will give me more incentive to start hitting the training HARD!
Anyway, it felt good to be back at the gym. I felt good after my workout. I need to do it again soon! Like... maybe tomorrow since it is supposed to rain! I guess we will see what time I get up. I need to get to the gym in Altoona and get a PC Fit schedule. I need to see how that is going to work into my schedule.
I don't really have much else to talk about. I have noticed something strange.... when I take time off of exercising, my weight drops. Then when I start again, and it goes up. I mean it isn't a HUGE amount, maybe a pound, but it is interesting to me. My weight fluctuations intrigue me, which is part of the reason I weigh every day/ That and I think by weighing every day it helps keep me more accountable. I know what I am starting the day with.
I think that is all for now
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Just wanted to say I am proud of you changing your entire lifestyle.
Think 5 years ago you were still smoking and all that crap. Now you’re a nonsmoking obstacle course runner that budgets her $$ well.
and coming from this particular co-worker, that is a HUGE thing.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Many people at group were talking last night that most of us will experience a weight gain of 10% -- so for me that would mean about 13 pounds. I don't think so! That is just another reminder for me to be mindful of everything I eat and do. As Mad Eye Moody would say "Constant Vigilance"!
A few days ago, Spark Coach asked us to find our healthy lifestyle mantras - here are mine
"It never tastes any better than the first bite"
Those are 2 things I need to remember! I will NOT regain my weight!
I realize that there will always be fluctuations - I will be happy at 130-135. Past that... not so much. I have the tools and I must be mindful at all times how to use them. I also need to learn moderation and working things in like treats for special occasions. I will do this and I REFUSE to become a statistic! I don't want to be the "norm"!
Which brings me to.... my next point - me being a slacker
On Monday, I rode my bike 32 miles. Pretty impressive! Whoo Hooo me! I didn't intend on riding that far, it just kind of happened.
Tuesday, I went with my Mother to a tattoo shop about 1 1/2 hours away from where i live. I didn't work out
Wednesday... I volunteered at the library, went tanning (more on that in a few) and went to group. My plan was to go to the gym after group, but I didn't make it. Why? Because I forgot to eat a healthy, filling snack and was starving! I was uncomfortable hungry, and I knew that if I tried to work out, it would not end well. Again, I have to be mindful of those things! Not an excuse.
Thursday (today) - I am not sure what my excuse is. Other than laziness. That is unacceptable, and I know it, yet, here I am, and I didn't leave with enough time - I guess I will go after work - which sucks because I am tired, but it must be done
I started tanning... you know - fake and bake? There is a reason for my madness... Every year I burn and I burn bad. So, I thought this year, since I plan on being out more showing of my sexy old lady thighs, I would start out getting a base tan, then when I go out swimming, I won't burn as much. Yes, I wear sunblock. I usually wear SPF 50+ and I still burn. So, hopefully this will help. I will say, it is only my second session, but I can see how people get addicted to it. Laying in that bed is like laying in a warm cocoon of nice. I think I may bring along the Harry Potter audiobook. That would be like heaven!
So, here is the game plan for next week
1. Exercise - I love doing it, so I need to do more of it! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING gets done until I have worked out. Everyone in the house (Boyfriend and cats) will have to wait until I have gotten in what I feel is an adequate workout. (starting after work tomorrow)
2. Junk food -- none. no excuses for poor eating. I don't care if my weight has remained constant - that isn't an excuse to justify eating something with poor nutritional value. There are no "special occasions" coming up so... (starting today, from this second)
3. Water water water and more water. I am not a big drinker, but I need to be. This is the area of the healthy lifestyle I struggle with the most. No more excuses (that is starting today)
So there you have it. I will not regain my weight!
Friday, May 31, 2013
Today I spent the day at my parent's house cooking with my Mother. I have another work potluck this weekend, so I wanted to get the stuff made for that.
I made Pasta Salad. That is a given. Although, this time, I did something different. I measured out
1 cup of pasta
1 oz of ham
1/2 oz of pepperoni
1 oz of cheese (total 1/2 provolone, 1/2 colby jack)
green pepper and tomato
placed it in a separate container. To this, I added 1/4 cup of light italian dressing. This will be exclusively for me. This is enough for 2 servings. It greatly cuts down on the calories, and I can still enjoy it!
(this is what my pasta salad looks like)
I also made Peanut Butter Cream pie w/ an oreo crust and a homemade peanut butter tandy cake.
I asked Jason what he wanted for his cake, and normally every one requests the chocolate peanut butter filled cupcakes but he said he wanted to challenge me. He still wanted chocolate and peanut butter, but something different. I accepted and that is what I came up with.
Peanut Butter Tandy Cake
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup of milk
2 tsp vanilla
Peanut butter - I don't measure this... I just glob it on until it looks like enough
2 7oz hershey bars
*preheat over to 350*
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside
beat eggs and vanilla on high until fluffy, add milk and give another whirl. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
Grease and flour a jelly roll pan. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 20 mins. Be very careful not to over bake!!
remove cake from the over and glob peanut butter on the hot cake and allow it to start melting. Work the peanut butter around until the entire cake is covered. Place cake in the fridge for several hours and allow the peanut butter to harden.
Once the peanut butter is hard remove the cake from the fridge. Break up the chocolate bars and place in a sauce pan. Melt the chocolate over low heat. Once it is completely melted. pour over the cake. Work it around until it is fully covered. Place cake back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.
I don't have a picture of the pie, but I will include the recipe.
1 oreo cookie pie crust
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
3oz soften cream cheese
8oz tub of cool whip
Hershey chocolate syrup
Beat the milk, peanut butter and cream cheese together until well mixed. using a large spatula, fold in the cool whip. Once well mixed place in the pie crust. Drizzle with syrup and refrigerate.
Sometimes I think i should be setting a better example for my co-workers and bringing them in healthy dishes instead of these calorie laden and fattening things. Like I have said before, a healthy lifestyle is all about moderation. I do frequently bring my BFF/co-worker/supervisor Sue lunch. Of course, they are the healthy recipes I prepare for myself. She had enjoyed everything that I have made her so far.
I guess I feel like I should be the one bringing the veggie or fruit tray... Of course, none of my co-workers are really overweight either.
Oh well, I am sure every last crumb will get finished.
I think that is all for now
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I admit I am addicted to iced coffee. I adore them. I love them. They are yummy! I usually get one from McDonalds - and even the large 32oz big gulp only has 160 calories. Honestly, calorie wise, that isn't too bad. I would stop and get one here and there. Then I started getting one every day that I work.
I went through my bank info yesterday and found out... in the last 90 days, I have spent over $90 ($92 and some change) on iced coffee. Not only that, but I have also consumed over 4,000 calories! In iced coffee!!!
Now to be fair, my weight hasn't really changed. In fact, in the last 90 days, I have even lost a few pounds... but to think, I wasted over $90 and 4,000 calories on a drink just has me in shock!
In other news...
Today was a gorgeous day out! I strapped my bike on and headed out for my first trail ride!! From the very start, something didn't feel right with my bike. Then i started to hear and feel a weird clicking and grinding... I got off and checked it out, and everything seemed fine, so I rode a little more. When I got about 2 miles in, it got worse, so I turned around and went back. I didn't want to get 10 miles out on the trail and have something major happen. I would have to walk it back, and it was already 6 in the evening. I am going to call the bike shop tomorrow and see when they can fit me in for a repair.
I then just drove to the gym and worked out there for a while. I did some upper body stuff, and ran a 1/2 mile.
I am getting together with my mom tomorrow to cook. I have yet another work potluck dinner this weekend. I am making Pasta salad, peanut butter oreo pie and peanut butter tandy cake. I like to cook, and it is my co-worker Jason's birthday. I love Jason. He is just great. we are fellow nerds/geeks. We need to stick together!
I think that is all for now!
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