Tuesday, January 17, 2012

going down....

my weight that is!  I cant believe how much a few changes in eating can do to your weight.  Since right before the new year i have been really conscious of what I put into my mouth.  It has only been healthy options.  nothing processed, nothing with anything except 100% whole grain or whole wheat and no sugars.  I also watch sodium intake all which have added to a whopping 11 lb loss in 2 weeks!  crazy!  We even went to a hockey game on Friday and got there too late to grab dinner before the game, thanks to DC traffic and an accident that had us stuck in traffic for about 45 minutes.  We were really good and as hungry as we were, did not get anything to eat at the game.  they had nothing healthy to eat so we opted to just wait until after the game.  After the game I had grilled chicken, plain, with asparagus which were waaaaay too salty for me so i left them on the plate.  It felt so good waking up the next morning not feeling like a bloated pig! 

I have also become extremely addicted to the gym.  I go at least 4 times a week now and if I miss a day, I am completely bummed.  Last night was one of those nights.  Being a mom, my family comes first.  Things happen but that's OK.  I can pick back up and go tonight.  I'm back on my running schedule which is great since I have a marathon in 9 weeks!  yikes!  I ran 9 miles on the treadmill Friday and felt like I could have run 9 more!  

I know everyone has heard it a million times but diet and exercise really are the key to feeling great!  Since i have cut a lot of the bad things out of my diet, i feel totally different.  I am never bloated and I don't feel like  I have over eaten.  I have learned to doctor up foods so that they taste amazing but are still very healthy and beneficial to my body.  Add a tasty healthy diet to some sort of daily exercise and you are bound to feel better!  I really noticed this when I ran the other day.  I thought back to how bad I felt the day after Christmas when I went for a run and then how amazing I felt running 9 miles on Friday.  Huge difference and it all started with making a choice to change the way I was eating.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Challenge

To start the new year off right, between the holidays I started a 10 day challenge that I found in my Zumba dvd kit.  It was to follow their diet plan and Zumba schedule for 10 days to drop a pants size.  Well I followed the plan and did not drop a size but I did drop 6.6 lbs! My pants fit better and I am feeling amazing!  The challenge was not a failure because I did not drop a size.  I dropped 6.6 lbs!  I just did not lose it in the pants region I guess.  Oh well.  My husband followed the same eating plan but did not do the Zumba and he lost 13 lbs!  What a great start to the new year!!!

Because the eating plan is so easy to follow and I feel so clean and energized this is something that I can easily stick with.  I am committed to following the basic rules set in the eating plan so that i can continue to lose!  The food is yummy and I do not feel deprived or hungry.  Im actually more satisfied because Im not filling myself with empty calories.  Basically I have cut most processed foods out along with the sugars and anything that is not made with 100% whole weat or whole grain.  As long as i continue to do this along with my exercising, I should be good to go in July when I hit the beach with my family!  My goal this year is to wear a 2 piece bathing suit to the beach and actually feel comfortable wearing it. 

Now on to the running.  So I am still running.  I actually have my 3rd marathon this year in 11 weeks.  I am running the Shamrock Marathon which was the first marathon I ever ran.  This time my husband will be joining me and will be running the half.  i have been doing some speed work and have been running almost every other day so I think i should be good to go this time around as long as I continue and get my long runs in.  I will have to post my running schedule once I actually pick the races that I am going to run.  I have so many that I want to run!  That is my goal for tonight.  narrow down my list of runs for the spring/summer. 

Tonight is a gym night for me and I am so excited to go work out.  The gym has become an obsession of mine and I absolutely love being there.  I have worked it into our family schedule so that i go 2 nights during the week and am home in time to snuggle on the couch before my kids go to bed.  I get the best of both worlds! 

well off to start the day at work!  I look forward to my lunchtime run today and my gym night tonight!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2011
what an amazing year!
Not only did I have the time of my life watching my amazing kids accomplish new feats and grow over the past year, and grow closer to the love of my life, but i accomplished some very personal, and what seemed like unreachable, goals.  this was the year that I proved that I can do anything that I want as long as I really want it!  this was the year that the words "I can't" were replaced with "I will".  I realized that there is NOTHING that I can't do. 

I accomplished a feat that I would have considered to be impossible, and ran my 1st marathon.  Not only did I run one, I ran my second and now I'm training for my third!  who would have thought?  3 marathons in one calendar year!  crazy!  I never in a million years would have predicted 1 let alone 3!  the funny thing is, I'm still not done.  I want more!

I also changed career paths.  I always knew I was too bubbly and cheery to be stuck working in a lab. I decided to take a temporary position within my organization that would be completely out of my field.  Well i have been here since October and I absolutely love it!!!  I'm busy, happy, love my coworkers and I'm having a blast!  I don't know if I will ever go back to what I was doing.  The fact that I am happy at work has in turn made me a happy person all around.  My new job has me dressing super sassy and I even chopped my hair off for a super cute, fun, sexy, yet sophisticated new hair style!  My new job requires me to look nice so I am more conscious of my appearance which makes me more conscious of my weight.

As for my healthy eating, well I slipped off for a while.  I did not gain weight, but I also did not lose any.  During the holidays when I was at home I decided I was tired of sitting on the couch and I went to the gym.  Then I started doing Zumba and really took a look at my eating habits and started a 10 day challenge (that came in my Zumba dvd set) to drop a pants size.  Well, 5 days into my challenge and I have lost 5 lbs and my clothes are baggier!  I have been doing my Zumba dvds every day and I'm trying to get to the gym 4 times a week.   I can tell that this is the year that I am going to totally change myself!

I will start with getting back on track with blogging.  I'm going to do one later explaining my 10 day challenge and my awesome recipes that I am using to lose the weight and still maintain my energy.  I hope I have not lost too many people and I hope to gain more followers and I write about my journey to a healthier me!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

One Action

I really do want to keep up with the whole blogging thing but i get side tracked easily and I forget to get on the computer.  oh well, im here today and im writing.  I have a very busy schedule ahead of me with all of the races that I have signed up for this sping and summer!  Im in complete training mode and have been getting my runs in each week. 

Race Schedule:

May 7th:  13.1 mile race
May 21st:  3.2 mile race
June 5th:  13.1 mile race
June 18th:  10 mile race
October 16:  26.2 mile race

I am still going strong with my P90X workouts as well.  Im on my last week of phase 1!! I will post my measurements at the end of this week!  I was asked if I have noticed a difference in my shape or my body yet.  The answer to that is nothing drastic.  I think the first phase gets your body in shape to handle the next two phases.  it is basically laying the groud work for the upcoming workouts.  My body is now used to the workouts and will start to change now that the routine changes a bit.  I think the big results will be seen at the end of the program when i compare the end photos with the beginning photos along with the changes in my measurements.

So far I have noticed more definition in my shoulders and chest area and way more strength in my entire body.  My core is really getting stronger and my abs are tightening under all of my fluff!  i actually did push ups the other day which I could not do when I first started.  I was on my knees doing them and now I can do a few without being on my knees. 

My husband has joined me in my running fetish!  he signed himself up for the 10 mile race in June and has signed up for his first half marathon in october!  Im so proud of him and the dedication he is showing!  Im glad that my actions in life have been a positive influence on him!

All it takes is one person, one attitude, and one action to inspire change!  Be that person!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday

So it's that time of the week again!  Monday morning.  Sunday night probably the most depressing night for me.  I can't seem to shake the funk that I get into.  I distance myself with thoughts of what I need to pack for monday, are the kids bags packed for daycare?  did we wash their sheets and blankets? are lunches packed? Are the kids after daycare snacks and drinks packed?  Do I have my gym bag and are the clothes in that bag clean?  Do i have clothes laid out for tomorrow?  and the list goes on.  I find it very hard to wind down and actually go to sleep on Sunday night. 

But it's Monday.  It really stinks that we wish the week away just so we can get to the weekend.  In all essence we are wishing our lives away by trying to fast forward through 5 days just to get to the 2 days that we have off.  I try really hard not to wish the weeks by so fast.  Time flies as it is and I want to cherish every moment that I have now with my family.  I don't wish for the weeks to go by any faster than they do.  I am already astonished at how quickly the time has gone and how my kids are kids now and not babies! 

So this week Im sticking with the P90X and will be finished my 3rd week this week then I have one more week before remeasuring myself.  I will have completed the first 30 days!  This time has been fun because I do some of the exercises while my kids are watching TV and they join me!  have you ever seen a 2 year old do a decline pushup?  too funny!  I will have to remember to keep the camera close next time I exercise!

I have also been running religiously again!  I missed my routine runs but now Im back in action and apparently going to be signing up for my next marathon!  yikes!  what am i thinking?    i will be updating my good eats section today as well to inlcude my meals for this week.  Im a little behind because I had a seriously busy weekend and was working a Tastefully Simple Party yesterday afternoon.  But none the less, here i am and my meals will be shortly following!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

totally just got....

checked out by guys in a jeep while I was running!!!!!  holy cow!  talk about esteem booster!  I was running at work and was about 2 miles into my run when a jeep with two guys in it went by me.  the passneger in the jeep looked out the window at me and as he turned the corner, put his head out the window and very obviously looked back at me again!  hello!  that made me feel amazing! 

now for the record i am happily married with two beautiful children and would not change that for the world, but the fact that i am check-out-able is an amazing feeling!  I have been working so damn hard the past year to get to where I am now and to see that kind of a reaction really makes me feel good!  (I still have a loooong way to go)

I cant wait to be the MILF on the beach this summer. after running 5 races and finishing P90X in the next 2 months I should be in the best shape ever!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What time is it???

Spring has sprung,
The grass has riz,
Do you know
What time it is?

Time for spring
 And time for fun!
It's time for all those
Spring time runs!

Ok So im a huge dork!  anyway its been a busy few weeks.  I have been one busy mama!  I ran another race on April 3rd.  i did a 10 mile Cherry Blossom run in DC which was awesome and so much fun!
Although, the morning of the race I was super jittery since I had not run one single day since the marathon 2 weeks before!  yikes!  Somehow I still managed to run 10 miles and actually do it in record time!  1 hr and 42 minutes and 3 seconds!  that is a 10:13 mile avg.  Crazy!  If it had been a half marathon I would have probably finished in about 2 hrs which is 35 mins faster than my first half!

I have also started doing P90X and am on the last day of my second week.  I will post my initial measurements later and then will update them after 30 days!  Im so going to have the beach body in time for the beach this year!!!I am continuing with running and working out each night and of course eating right.

speaking of eating, I have been asked about my meal planning that I do each week.  With such a busy lifestyle (working, mom, exercise, second business) and wanting to eat healthy, the only way for me to do that is to prepare my meals ahead of time so Im not scrounging throughout the week to make something for dinner.  Im going to try and post my weekly meals each sunday to help others see what I do and how easy it is to eat healthy in very little time even with a super busy schedule!

On Sundays I cook all of my meals for the whole week.  This takes about 2-4 hrs depending on what I make.  i can get most of it done during nap time.  This way all I have to do throughout the week is to pull food from the fridge each night and reheat.  Takes about 15 mins to make dinner and about 15 to clean up.  This leaves me more time to spend with my family before going to bed.

this week's menu:
We grilled all of our meat minus the fish we are going to eat this week.  We grilled 3 chicken breasts, 1 pork cut, 4 hamburgers, and 1 lb shrimp.

I washed and cut up fresh veggies for the week and placed them into ziplock bags:  broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, turnips, peppers, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, spaghetti squash, zucchini,  and shredded cabbage.

Using my veggies I made a huge pot of veggie soup with the shredded cabbage, frozen spinach, turnips zucchini, onions, peppers, carrots, celery and 2 cans of diced tomatoes with the juice and about 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth gresh pressed garlic and spices to taste.  I usually take a bowl of this to lunch every day and will eat a bowl at dinner.  (very filling and low calorie)

Sunday:  we had the hamburgers that we grilled with fresh cut fries.  I cut potatoes into wedges and seasoned them with old bay and pepper and a tiny spray of olive oil and broiled them on a stone cookie sheet.  We also had steamed broccoli.


Monday dinner:  I made Quinoa for the first time and i diced up the chicken breasts that we grilled and tossed them into the Quinoa with some fresh steamed asparagus and 1 can of low calorie cream of chicken soup.  Delish.  I served this with fresh steamed cauliflower since my kids do not eat asparagus. 

Tuesday:  We will have spaghetti squash casserole:  I cut and cooked the spaghetti squash then removed it from the skin.  I placed it into the bottom of a baking dish.  I then added, onions, peppers, zucchini and fresh mushrooms and covered with home-made tomato sauce.  I will bake it for 15 mins tonight when i get home and dinner will be served.

Wednesday:  Shrimp Stir-fry:  Use the grilled shrimp and some of the veggies that have been cut up already and stirfry in a pan for a few minutes and within 15-20 mins dinner will be done!

Thurs:  I will cook the pork with a steamed veggie medley from the pre-cut veggies that i have.  I mad add some rice as well.

Fri:  broiled halibot and fresh steamed veggies for the kids.  i will have grilled halibot over a salad.  Maybe a baked potato.

Sat I don't usually plan for because i allow for one night of wiggle room.  We either eat any leftovers, make a pizza, or order out. 

This week I even made a breakfast for the week.  I used 12 egg whites and beat them, added frozen spinach, mushrooms, oinions, peppers, and garlic and baked it for 60 mins.  I have an egg casserole for the week!

I will update my meal plan each Sunday and put it in the good eats tab of my blog! 

hope this helps!