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Fruits & Veggies

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It looks like a nectarine.
It feels like a nectarine.
It smells like a nectarine.

Aak, why doesn't it taste like a nectarine!?!

On Saturday a friend gave me two nectarines that they had received from a Harry and David package. They were sweet, juicy and all kinds of goodness.

Monday night I stopped at the organic produce stand on my way to the gym and bought a nectarine to eat before boxing. The first bite was dreadful! It was mushy and tasteless. I trashed it. There really is no way to salvage a bad piece of fruit.

Today I stopped to buy more fruit. I walked away with one banana and two peaches. I just ate one of the peaches. In a word I was . . . Unimpressed.

It's hard to embrace the goodness of fruit (which I dearly love) when it just doesn't take like fruit!

Veggies:

Operation Veggie has commenced. Actually it started on the weekend and has continued forward. I'm eating an abundance of salads and putting together stir-fries at the house.

My latest stir-fry has zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, peas, and onions. I use a tsp of oil to get it going and lightly season it. Delicious!

Honestly, I had forgotten how lovely veggies taste - before the Mr moved in I used to eat them daily. (veggies don't come natural to him) This weekend when the Mr and I go shopping I'll expand my variety. I'll need to stay mindful to not over buy and becoming wasteful though.

A note about salads: They ALWAYS taste better when someone else prepares them so I rarely buy salad fixings for the house. My latest salad love has come from Trader Joe's and the Panera restaurant. Those are just my top two, I've got others. Both salads are reasonably priced, yet I consider them "treats", and the calories are totally doable, even with the dressings.

  
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KINSBAILE 9/15/2011 12:11PM

    I only love grapes, berries and APPLES (red delicious ones)... peaches and nectarines seem to be good if you're in the state they are grown in and in season.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/15/2011 12:25AM

    I hate bad fruit. Now I want a delicious, juicy nectarine-lol! Shopping on Friday or Saturday and planning on hitting the local health food store for lots of delicious fruit, hope it is delicious :).

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JENJESS48 9/14/2011 8:44PM

    I have the same problem with my DH; he hates almost all veggies. A coworker and I have traded tips on how to hide veggies: what works on her kids works on my husband, rofl. Let me know if you want some tried-and-true tricks to try on the Mister.

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BLUEANGELLK 9/14/2011 8:44PM

    I agree, salads taste better f someone else prepares them. I wonder why that is??

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SUGARPIE54 9/14/2011 7:55PM

  if you get any zucchini try making zucchini burger they were very good

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1THING 9/14/2011 7:46PM

    yes!

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My First Monday Weigh-in

Monday, September 12, 2011

A four pound loss this week. It kinda seems like a hollow victory.

I worked my tail off this past week. I added in Strength training, attended ALL my Zumba and boxing classes at the gym, ran and stretched. I did it all and I loved every moment.

I worked A LOT at my Saturday job getting ready for another trial so I rewarded myself with new Zumba dance shoes and running shoes.

I incorporated A LOT of veggies and a few pieces of fruit into my diet too. My system loved me for this! I'll leave it at that.

All positive right? So why the hollow victory? I've been here before and I fear a repeat of the past. The up and down and all the way around. The true victory will be when I no longer bob up and down the scale but see that downward trend that I've so longed to see. Ya, I'll take the four this week and bid them a good-bye (FOREVER) and move forward.

Dear Universe,

I wish to see the other side of 232, you know the side with smaller numbers. I wish to attend all classes, run the distance and build my muscles while doing ST and do it all being safe and healthy. I'd like to buy baskets of veggies and prepare them in endless dishes of goodness. Please and Thank you!

  
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ENDUROVET 9/14/2011 4:01PM

    I feel your pain, even though I'm hardly workin' MY program at all...

(Keeping up w/my workouts but that's about it)

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ELSAG83 9/13/2011 4:32PM

    Look at you grab that bull by the horns! Your wishes will come true, celebrate the 4 lbs! You inspire me daily! I always come by your page...so someone is always here cheering you on!

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KINSBAILE 9/13/2011 11:19AM

    I feel the universe will listen and respond! Good for you on this victory!

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ESHERRILL3 9/13/2011 8:14AM

    I have faith that this time will be different. Hand in there. emoticon

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ABB698 9/13/2011 3:56AM

    Congrats on the loss, KT! You work hard & I think your numbers will continue downward. Enjoy your new shoes, you deserved them! Keep Sparking forward!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/13/2011 12:19AM

    Keep doing what you are doing and you'll see the numbers you want to see. You had an AWESOME week!! Here's to having many more aweome weeks! emoticon

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PJH2028 9/12/2011 9:43PM

    Your week sounds so inspired. Right- the ebb and flow is part of what makes the world go 'round. You ARE going to great habits your way to the other side of 232 - It's coming. You are DOing this!!! emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 9/12/2011 9:39PM

    Awesome! I know you're afraid to believe in the 4 pounds..I get it. But I have every confidence you are going to be charting new territory going forward. Congratulations!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/12/2011 8:35PM

    This is a LONG process. Even if all the stars align, it still a process. Four pounds is awesome and you should be SO happy! I totally understand the "bob" because I've been doing it since February. Try and see the positive KT, you're doing great!

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MICRAELIE 9/12/2011 8:24PM

    May all your wishes come true!

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My Updated Workout Schedule

Friday, September 09, 2011

Here it is, my newest workout schedule.

MONDAY: Walking 55 minutes (maximum), Zumba Class 60 minutes, Run a quarter (3:30) or half mile (7:02), Strength Training 10 minutes, Boxing 90 minutes

TUESDAY: CARDIO & STRENGTH TRAINING REST DAY

WEDNESDAY: Walking 55 minutes (maximum), Zumba Class 60 minutes, Run a quarter (3:30) or half mile (7:02), Strength Training 10 minutes, Boxing 90 minutes

THURSDAY: Walking 55 minutes (maximum), Zumba Class 60 minutes

FRIDAY: Walking 55 minutes (maximum), Zumba Class 60 minutes, Strength Training 10 minutes

SATURDAY: Zumba Class 60 minutes, Run a quarter (3:30) or half mile (7:02)

SUNDAY: CARDIO REST DAY, Strength Training 10 minutes

Some adjustments will be made over the course of the week / month too. As in life, things change. Like today, I rode my bike to work instead of walking.

I know this appears to be a lot of the same thing and that may bring on some concern over my body adjusting to the schedule. Remember, appearances can be deceiving.

Each Zumba class is lead by a different instructor. Each instructor uses different techniques and works different muscle groups. Even the intensity levels are different.

Boxing class is organic, our trainer keeps it fresh each workout. Each class is different with a highest of intensity levels.

I plan on alternating my running between the quarter and half mile which will keep my body guessing and Iíll be playing around with different speeds too.

Walking and biking will remain the same - I walk / bike to and from work and the gym, that just doesnít change.

Lastly, my strength training routine. Do I admit here that my first 10 minute session of ST kicked my ass or do I just omit that fact?! Okay, okay, Yes, my first session on Wednesday has left me sore - even two days later - SERIOUSLY!?! *FACE/PALM* Rest assured Iíve just proven to myself that I do in fact need to incorporate ST into my schedule. Done & Done!

This ought to keep me busy for awhile.

  
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KINSBAILE 9/12/2011 4:48PM

    Wow you really go! Awesome hon!

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ABB698 9/10/2011 8:42PM

    You are seriously a MACHINE KT! Go Girl!!! emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 9/10/2011 4:47PM

    Your workout schedule is BOSS!!! Way to go :)

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ESHERRILL3 9/9/2011 7:34PM

    When I grow up I want to be just like you! Seriously KT, your workout schedule is amazing. emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/9/2011 6:27PM

    That is an amazing schedule and even more so because I know you can do it! Can't wait to see what you accomplish with this new plan!! :)

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DESERTFLOWER8 9/9/2011 6:01PM

    Aside from the fact that you are so amazingly fit, the greatest part about this is that you seem to be having SO MUCH FUN doing it! Great job, KT!

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Well, HELLO inner thigh muscles

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Ever have that light bulb moment? I love them!

After blogging yesterday and then reading and re-reading my own blog (don't judge me) I tried to figure out my first step to achieving my self imposed new healthy life style steps. I knew getting gluten out of my diet, again *SIGH*, and strength training were in my top three. The third is to incorporate more veggies. Gluten is a no brainier - stop eating it - sounds so simple. Veggies, buy more, eat more - again, sounds so simple. Strength training - oh, strength training. Where would I find the time and energy to input you into my already crowded workout schedule? Then it happened, thirty minutes into Zumba class in the middle of a routine the light bulb sparked and I nearly stopped dead in my tracks! I would replace the elliptical between zumba and boxing on Monday and Wednesday nights and add in strength training. *HAPPY DANCE* - literally because I was in a dance class! *GIGGLES*

Zumba ended and I started to formulated a plan. I knew I had to keep it short and simple. Kinda like my running schedule.

Side Note: I ran a half a mile last night in 7:02 minutes. It just happened, I jumped on the treadmill after Zumba and just started running. I felt great during and after! *FIST PUMP* Will I move from my quarter to a half mile? Don't know at this point but I'm thinking about it.

Back to my light bulb moment . . .
When trying to figure out the strength training plan I had yet another light bulb moment. This one brought on by my friend TD (TRENTDREAMER). In short, he has set a time limit on his exercise routine and builds from there. Brilliant! I decided I would limit my strength training to 10 minute sessions three times a week. In boxing we already have to do situps (90) and pushups (25) so my 10 minute routine would round it out. I like to rest on Sundays but figure I can get in a 10 minute ST session in at the house by using my weights, ball and bands.

The plan was set! The time was now! After I finished my break and snack last night I headed for the weight room. There I did 10 minutes of ST, mostly upper body but also added in lunges with a 12 lb bar.

Side Note: Boxing was great. My kicks are stronger and my stamina has improved greatly. I still don't appreciate jumping rope but now see the need as it improves foot work greatly. A newbie came and then left. She lasted 10 minutes into the first round. We'll never see her again. I didn't much care that she left but found it extremely rude that she walked out without a word. Poof, she was gone. (It takes all kinds)

As I walked up the stairs to work today I said, "Well, HELLO inner thigh muscles!" Ya, those lunges are affective.

End Note: Gluten is making an exit from the diet already and veggies are already on the grocery list.

  
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MICRAELIE 9/9/2011 8:57AM

    Fantastic -- as usual! You are so motivated and determined and it rubs off on all of us! Rock on!

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MAGGIE805 9/8/2011 9:36PM

    Awesome!!! Keeping rocking it, girl. emoticon

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ESHERRILL3 9/8/2011 7:00PM

    emoticon emoticon I love it!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/8/2011 5:55PM

    That was an awesome light bulb moment. I think strength training is an awesome addition to your routine. Love that good kind of sore that means you've done something for your body. Good luck with the ST :)!

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My "Real Age" is . . .

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Before I get to the results of my updated real age test I want to openly thank all my friends who take the time to not only read and respond to my blogs but offer up suggestions and support. Without you, when things get rough my positive energy would spiral into the depths of despair, so I thank you all!

Today in a fit of boredom I decided to update my Real Age test to have a look see at my results. I don't remember the last time I updated my test but do recall I've always been deemed younger. That's a good thing! In truth, I thought this might help shed some light on my plateau issues. I use it as a guide, not as an absolute.

A few of the questions I am unable to answer which I'm sure affect the test results - I did the best I could with what information I have. I can't answer questions about my family history, I'm adopted and know nothing of my birth parents. I also don't know some of my vitals - blood pressure, etc.

In the end the tests states that my real age is 39.4
This compared to the age calculated from birth which is 41

Does this mean I can tell people I'm 39.4 instead of claiming 41? Tee hee hee

Here is what they recommend I work on to improve my health and real age status:
*Shed extra weight - YES, PLEASE AND THANK YOU!
* Ease financial worries - Dear Universe, I'd like to be independently wealthy. In reality wouldn't we all like to ease our financial worries. I do the best I can and live within my means.
* Find positive coping strategies - This one surprised me, I thought I had found new coping strategies. I know I'm a hot head and I'm constantly working on taming the beast which lives within. I'm hard wired this way but that doesn't mean I can't learn a new trick. Must keep working on it . . .
* Eat more grains, veggies and fruit - YES! I know I need more veggies in my diet - the list has been written. I enjoy fruits but I also know they affect my blood sugar and not in a good way. I eat them in moderation. Grains - I TRY to stay away from gluten's and I do enjoy brown rice over white.
*Expand your diet - Yup, I love variety in my diet but I'll admit that I'm a repetitive eater. I'll try to change that up a bit now that I've been called out on it.
*Go Easy on Red meat - Again, a surprise. For unknown reasons I stopped eating red meat on a regular basis at the beginning of the year and can't tell you the last time I indulged. This recommendation may have been issued due to my love of bacon and the fact that I eat it regularly. I'm not willing to give up the bacon but I've noted it. :)
*Tighten and Tone, Strength Training - I love and hate strength training. I don't do near enough of it, Not even close. I'm a cardio girl. Give me a partner who likes to pump iron and I'd be right along side them. Maybe SP ST bootcamps should be introduced into my morning routines again along with situps and pushups.

I also checked out the following link that my friend ESHERRILL3 suggested: www.wikihow.com/Break-a-Weight-Loss-
Plateau

The steps they suggest to try and break a weight loss plateau are spot on! A great link ESHERRILL3. I've incorporated all but join a sport over the course of year which helps fight off any boredom that may set in. If I had the time for a sport I would be signed up for softball - my first love! I encourage everyone who stops by this blog to check out the information.

Will any of this break the mighty plateau? Don't know but I'll give it all a try and see what it does. Things mentioned certainly won't hurt me any so why not give it a try.

My quest continues and my journey continues each day my feet hit the floor.

  
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KINSBAILE 9/9/2011 10:46AM

    Awesome! I take that test too! I am a lot younger than I used to be when I was a smoker and heavier!

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ESHERRILL3 9/8/2011 1:59PM

    Why would anyone willingly give up bacon? I use it to help boost my protein and everything tastes better with it!! emoticon

Good luck with the ST. I have faith the plateau will soon be a memory.

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MICRAELIE 9/8/2011 8:39AM

    You are my hero! Thanks for sharing another insightful and positive blog. Spark on!

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JENJESS48 9/8/2011 7:55AM

    I agree with you on the bacon! Life isn't worth living without certain indulgences, and bacon is in my list - right below chocolate and bubble baths. emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/7/2011 8:27PM

    Now I've got the ch-ch-ch-changes song stuck in my head-lol! You are shaking things up and moving and grooving!! Love the proposed changes and might be just the thing to kick that plateau in it's hiney!! :)

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KJ4444 9/7/2011 8:18PM

    Just keep moving forward and making small changes that will eventually lead to the big changes! emoticon

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