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Monday, July 01, 2013

Ugh! I am so ready to break this plateau! I've been stuck here for the past several weeks. Really it's been since the kids have been out of school. My exercise routine has been completely derailed and we've been eating out a lot more than we should be. It's my own fault, but I really need to get my act together and get back on track!

I've still been working out. I've whittled my 1 mile run time down to 10:42, I've been seeing a personal trainer who kicks my butt (heavy ropes and tabata circuits are the best!), and I've been playing tennis every opportunity I get (tennis is my favourite favourite favourite sport to play).

On Saturday, I did the Dirty Girl Mud Run and it was one of the most awesome experiences of my life -- Definitely my favourite 5k ever! Dirty Girl was a whole lot muddier than the Warrior Dash, and the obstacles seemed much more managable (partially due to the fact that I'm 40 pounds lighter than I was when I ran the Warrior Dash, but also because the Warrior Dash really tries to be an athletic challenge while the dirty girl, although challenging, is much more about having fun. I was easily able to manage every single obstacle, and was super proud of myself, not just for finishing, but for pushing myself to overcome my fears and conquer every challenge presented to me. I've decided that, in the future, I'm really only interested in doing fun (i.e. messy) 5k's. (5K foam fest, Dirty Girl, maybe a Zombie Run-- stuff like that).

Yesterday, I didn't do any formal workouts, but my family and I went to show our support at the Pride Parade. We ended up walking 10 miles, did a lot of dancing in the streets, and spent most of the day on our feet. It was so much fun, and the whole event had such a celebratory spirit in light of the recent SCOTUS rulings. I'm very proud to be part of the fight for equal rights.

Today I found a groupon for an indoor trampoline place, so we'll be heading there in a couple of hours to get our jump on. I've heard that trampolining can be an excellent workout, and this place actually offers trampoline aerobics classes, so that might be fun to check out. I'm all about mixing things up!

I'm really going to buckle down this week and get things back under control. I need to plan out our meals and cook more at home. Part of the problem is that we have activities every single night, so that makes coming home at 7 or 8 and then making dinner for 2 hungry kids and a hungry husband even more of a challenge.

What are your strategies for busy nights?
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  • TEMPEST272002
    You've come such a long way, don't get discouraged. Even if the scale isn't moving, look at the changes you've made to your life. Love your resolution to keep it fun with the 5Ks! Woot for supporting equal rights! My busy strategy? I often double batch cook so I have plenty of pre-made foods in the freezer.
    1662 days ago
    Hang in there, and remember it's not always about the scale, although it is frustrating--I know=)
    Here is one of my fave crockpot recipes,

    chicken tacos/nachos

    4oz chicken for each person, with extra fat removed--I always make a little extra for a salad topping.

    1 package of taco seasoning

    1 cup hot water,

    It's very simple, just mix the taco seasoning and the water together, then put chicken in the crockpot, and pour over the top of it.

    cook for 4-6 hours on high,

    shred and serve with regular taco/nacho fixings.--can also be done with eggplant/squash, but cook on low, for only 4 hours
    1662 days ago

    I know you will find a way to break the plateau.
    1662 days ago
    On busy nights, I pull some leftovers out of the freezer and nuke them. Or have pasta with jarred sauce, not ideal, but quick and easy.

    Hang in there! I'm sure you'll bust that plateau in no time!
    1663 days ago
  • CANDIK48
    Sounds like you're having fun! Full days can be a pain in the you know what when it comes to all the other things like getting dinner done. Maybe doing something in the slow cooker so it's ready when you are might be an idea? There are also a ton of recipes that take 30 minutes or less and are health friendly too. I found lots of those online and most were not just realistic but actually tasty too. They were a lifesaver when I had kids at home.

    Hopefully you'll find a way to break your stalemate!

    1663 days ago
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