Monday, January 06, 2014
I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with myself. I have done Level 1 of the 30 Day Shred everyday since I started it (which I think was Dec. 29) except for New Year's Day, so that's 7 out of the last 8 days. Almost everyday I've done it pretty much first thing: wake up, bathroom, put on workout clothes, take dog out, have a small snack while getting workout queued up, then get my sweat on.
I'm still not getting up as early as I'd like. I'm even trying a "white noise" app and playing the "heavy rain" sound because I usually sleep like a baby when it's raining. I feel like it might be helping a little bit, but I still feel like I'm not getting great sleep the first few hours, and then I finally fall into a deep sleep and when my alarm goes off, it's like I feel like I haven't been asleep for very long. Ugh! Trying to figure out how to get to sleep when I want so I can get up when I want. Maybe once school starts again it will help? Even though I'm working out now, I'm not getting in a toooon of other activity, other than playing with the dog, short walks, and cooking (and baking for the hubs). I think I felt like I was in a really deep sleep this morning because I hardcore cleaned the the floors yesterday (and did some other household things) because I'm following a "get your house together" guide called The January Cure (over on ApartmentTherapy.com).
Anyway, I haven't done my workout yet today. I woke up much later than intended, and had something I wanted to watch at 11 (University of Texas just hired their new head football coach and I wanted to watch the press conference), plus I woke up hungry. I usually cramp up a bit when I workout soon after having a full meal, so I decided today I'd watch the press conference, watch "The Chew" on ABC afterward (love!) and workout later in the afternoon.
Oh, also, I weighed in yesterday. I'm down about half a pound. Definitely better than nothing, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed at first. I kinda grumbled through the first few minutes of my workout, even thinking "what's the point of doing this when it's not really paying off?". And then I realized, again, that in just a week I've upped the weights on some of the moves, and my cardio endurance has improved dramatically. Plus, I've done this before, and I know it's not always easy and/or fast... which is why I gave myself nearly a year to reach my big goal. Hubby also pointed out that what you eat plays more of a role than activity, which I tend to agree with. So, while we've been eating much better and I've been monitoring my portions (to an extent... not actually measuring anything, usually), I probably need to cut my portions down even more, or start measuring them. Gonna probably give it to the end of January to see how it's going, and if I need to start logging my food, I will.
Lastly, when I was bringing the dog back in this morning, he saw a little dog (chihuahua maybe?) and started going crazy, and then he half pulled, half tripped me and I fell kinda hard on my left knee on the cement. Ouch. Even though I had workout pants on, it scraped a bit and it's definitely bruising (I bruise super easy, so it'll probably be huge and nasty looking!). Hopefully it doesn't end up hurting too bad.
Anywho, off I go! Catch ya later...
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Happy New Year, guys! Mine's off to a pretty good start! We had a good NYE with my bff and her hubs, though we got to bed verrrry late (like 4 am... eek!). I had more wine than I was intending to... that happens sometimes when your hubby is refilling your glass for you. I ended up only sleeping for about 4 hours, I think because of dehydration. I chugged a couple glasses of water when I got up, and felt a bit better. Once everyone was up, Tom really wanted to go to "Jim's" for breakfast (kinda of a Denny's/diner kinda place... feels kinda old school!), and everyone was game, so we headed there. I got the migas (egg scramble, basically) with two tortillas, most of the beans, and some of the hashbrowns, along with more water and COFFEE! I wanted a pancake (really I just wanted a bite) and ended up not getting one because I knew I didn't need it, didn't want a whole one, and didn't want to pay $2.50 for a single pancake. Luckily, my bff's hubby got pancakes, and let me have a bite... they were GLORIOUS!
We came back and hung out at our place the rest of the day... our friends left after about an hour so they could go home and enjoy the day relaxing together, and Tom and I both took naps. I very rarely nap, so it was definitely needed. I ended up not doing my workout, but didn't get down on myself about it, and let my body rest. I'll either just miss one of the 30 days or double up one day. Ended up having some leftover stuffed bell pepper soup and a salad for dinner... so tasty!
I had to babysit from 9-1 today, so I had one of my healthy, homemade banana nut muffins and coffee on the way to their house, babysat, then came back and immediately did my workout after I played with the dog for a little bit. Playing with the dog is a little bit of a workout itself because he weighs nearly 90 pounds and is not messing around when it comes to tug-o-war! I lot of times I put my hands together on the rope and my elbows out to the side and do a few reps lifting him up onto his tippy-toes.
For lunch I had two tortillas filled with the homemade bean dip I made for NYE (yum!), a little bit of shredded cheddar, and a drizzle of homemade greek yogurt avocado ranch dip... followed up by a banana with some almond butter and a small PB-oatmeal cookie. Think I'm going to make a healthy-ish "spasagna" for dinner at some point after Tom gets home... which should be soon!
Hope everyone's new year is off to a fantastic start!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Bahaha... no matter how many times I do 30DSL1, when Jillian makes that comment during the abs portion, it makes me giggle. Also, I still remember most of the lines from when I did it before. Anyway, when I did my workout today (yep, 3 days strong... WOOT!), my neck was not invited to the party. Sorry neck. Maybe you'll get a workout in tonight if I do a little seat dancing to some of the music on a NYE countdown... ha!
It's looking like I'm going to have to come up with a good, solid plan to get my sleep pattern under control. Still need to get that journal I talked about, to help me wind down at night. I think I probably need to have a "no electronics" rule 30 minutes before target bedtime. Maybe I need to stop drinking fluids an hour before, too... I always pee right before I get into bed, and I always seem to have to get up an hour or two later to pee again... SO ANNOYING! Also, not conducive to restful sleep... like, at all. I can do some research for some "best practices", but if anyone has any, I'd love to hear 'em! Maybe Spark still has that better sleep challenge they used to have.
Anywho, same ol' same ol' today... got up, took the dog out, went for a short walk instead of coming right back in, already had my workout clothes on, so I had some water, two mini banana nut muffins, and got my workout on. Afterward, it was close enough to "lunch time" that I went ahead and had leftovers from last night's dinner... stuffed bell pepper soup. A Pinterest find, and it was pretty darn tasty! I also had a few "jalapeno popper wontons"... I made them for the first time last night (inspired by another Pinterest recipe) as "couch-gating" food since our team (and my current school!) the Texas Longhorns were playing in the Alamo Bowl. I used reduced fat cream cheese, and baked them instead of frying them, so definitely a healthy alternative to traditional game food. For dessert, I had one of the healthy-ish peanut butter cookies I made last night. They're made with just five ingredients: oats, chunky PB, brown sugar, egg, baking soda. There was only half a cup of brown sugar and it made 14 cookies, so not too bad!
My best friend (I've known her since 6th grade!) and her hubby are coming into town to hang out and stay with us tonight for NYE... so far I've got celery and carrot sticks with two different greek yogurt dips to have out as snackies, but am about to hit up Pinterest (of course!) for some inspiration... err pinspiration? ;)
And, since it's NYE, I've gotta recap the year, right? Right. Here are some of my 2013 highlights:
- finalized grad school app (and crossed some fingers and toes!)
- celebrated the BFF's birthday in Austin, & got some big wedding stuff finalized while there
- first and only Valentine's day as an engaged couple
- got our engagement pictures taken (part of it was a zombie attack... pinterest recreation!)
- celebrated our first "engagiversary"
- was officially admitted into the UT Austin Sport Management Masters program
- *shrug* nothing comes to mind, other than work!
- Father in-law came to visit from Michigan... always a great time!
- ended a 5-year stint in retail (woohoo!)
- moved to Austin (YAY!!!!!)
- turned 28
- bridal shower hosted by my aunts and cousins
- started grad school
- bachelorette party!
- GOT MARRIED!!!!!
- hubby (thankfully!) got a new, well-paying, "grown-up" job
- 1st Thanksgiving as a married couple
- finished 1st semester of grad school... with a 4.0 GPA!
- first Christmas as a married couple
- decided I was DONE! (see post from 12/29)
There may be some things I missed, but all in all, it was a fantastic year! Hope everyone had a great year as well, and here's to an even better 2014! Y'all be safe if you're going out tonight!
See y'all next year!
Monday, December 30, 2013
Well, I didn't get up as early as I wanted to today. I was pumped that an early-ish morning yesterday, a good workout, and keeping relatively busy had me getting sleepy around 10, but I have this terrible problem that when I'm planning to get up early the next morning, I have a hard time getting to sleep and then sleeping well. So annoying. I'm gonna keep working at regulating my sleep-wake schedule... it'll take time, and it won't be easy, but I'll get there.
Anywho, I was still fully awake by 9 and outta bed by 9:30... once again put on my workout clothes first thing, took the pup out to do his thang, came back in and had a little water and had two mini banana nut muffins (one with a dab of almond butter) that I baked last night (they are pretty healthy... no sugar, the flour was oats I ground up in my magic bullet, no butter, etc). Then it was workout time! I woke up thinking, "Man, I am too sore to do that workout again... maybe I'll do yoga", but ended up telling myself that I could do it and if I was too sore to get really deep into the moves, that was ok. But, once I got moving, I felt pretty good, and actually felt like I did better than yesterday a lot of the time. WOOHOO!
For breakfast, I used a new-to-me Pinterest recipe to make a healthy "carrot cake smoothie"... it had greek yogurt, banana, carrot, soy milk, ground flax seed, chia seeds, pineapple, vanilla protein powder, oats, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg (I think that's it). It was pretty tasty! If I make it to the store today, I wanna grab some peppermint extract, because I found another smoothie recipe that's a healthy knockoff of the McDonald's Shamrock Shake... which I've never had, but something cold, creamy and minty is right up my alley! That recipe has protein powder and other healthy add-ins, too.
Other than that, I've been spending lots of time playing with the dog (tug-o-war and jumping at bubbles are his favorites)... he's currently laying on the loveseat next to me... snoring. Ha, he's so precious, I love my fur-baby! :) I had a veggie sandwich and a salad for lunch, and some coffee and a small carrot cake cookie for a snack.
So far I'm focusing on consistently eating healthful foods and watching portions, so I'm not tracking calories on SP... yet. Since I did so well for a year or two, I know the knowledge is there, so I'm seeing if working out and trying to eat sensibly works... if it doesn't (or even if it does) I may go to tracking. Anywho, I'm off!
Sunday, December 29, 2013
I did it. I got up this morning. Took step one and dressed in workout clothes. Then I took the dog out to do his business... and then took him on a short walk before we headed back in. I really wanted some coffee, but I wanted to get my workout in as early as possible and knew a belly full of liquid sloshing around would not bode well, so instead I drank a little water and ate half of a banana with a schmear of almond butter. I got my tennis shoes on, pulled up Jillian Michaels' "30 Day Shred: Level 1" on YouTube on my phone and used Chromecast to have it play on our TV (btw, Chromecast is awwwwesome!), and got my sweat on. My dog thought the whole process was very interesting and either stared at me (comfortably situated on my yoga mat) or came and jumped around with me, thinking it was play-time.
Afterward I showered, dressed, and made the hubby and I breakfast (egg tacos... plus coffee and the other half of my banana for me). Now I'm about to get to work on meal planning and making a shopping list.
So, this morning has gotten me off to a good start... now I just gotta keep on keepin' on and make this habit!
Check ya later,
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