Checking In :: Or, Maybe I’m just venting….?

I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve updated.  So, I thought I should get on here and do so.  Let’s see… where to begin?!  (Warning:  This is going to be all over the place…)

I’m still teetering around the 228 lb mark.  I’ve lost 20.8 pounds since January 2nd.  Not too bad, but I would REALLY like to get myself into ONEDERLAND sooner than later.  For some reason, the taste of onederland is causing me some extreme weight-loss anxiety.  I’m having battles from “What to Eat?”, “What workout to do?”, “I don’t feel like logging”, “Why won’t my friends come work out with me”…etc etc.  I know it’s nothing more than just in my head, but it’s really starting to piss me off!  I know some of you are like “Quit Complaining” & “You’ve lost, what more could you want”!?!  Blech!  That’s all, just Blech!

I really need to find some new workout sessions/classes.  I think maybe I have hit boredom?  I also need to either find a personal trainer or a group of friends who will work out with me.  Perhaps loneliness?  The main problem, I live about 45-minutes to an hour away from everyone.  😦  Not good!  But, something needs to change.  Maybe I’m just scared that I will “Give Up”?!  I think that’s the ultimate right now.  I know I won’t entirely, but unless something snaps…. I’m heading for a full blown sabotage.  Yikes!

Oh, did I mention that I have started working again?!  I have.  I love it!  The job is flexible and the family is ultra sweet.  However, I’m noticing that since starting I have slowly become “lax” with my journey.  I need to maybe find some better time management skills in the process too…

I don’t know what’s ultimately going on… but, I think I’m overwhelmed.  Therefore, I’m starting over.  I’m going back to week one.  NO CARBS, NO SUGAR.  EAT VEGGIES & FRUIT often and LEAN MEATS.  Also, NO DAIRY or EGGS.  I’m planning to do this for at least two weeks.  I’ll report back afterwards and let you know if this is just the kick in the ass that I’ve been needing.

Here’s what I have on the plan for the week too….

Monday:  Workout @ Planet Fitness (Hoping to meetup with Friends), OFF today

Tuesday: AM Walk @ Home & Weights,  Work 4-11/12

Wednesday:  Work 12-6, Dance Class 7pm

Thursday:  Work 9:30-3:30, Evening Walk @ Home & Weights

Friday:  8am Yoga, 10am Gym,  OFF today

Saturday:  OFF  — Gym/Walk @ Home

Sunday:  OFF — REST DAY

MEAL PLAN…..

Breakfast Daily:  Green Monster Smoothie
Snacks: Fruit, Veggies, Nuts
Lunch & Dinner: Lean Meats (Tuna, Turkey Breast, Chicken Breast…) & Veggies

If you missed it.  Here’s my Bridesmaid Dress that I picked out yesterday.  This is a little reminder that my hard work is actually working.  Somewhat.  Maybe.  😉

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So, What do you think?!

On a positive note, I have added some small items of encouragement.  I am signed up for a 4% Biggest Loser Weight-Loss Challenge.  I have 22 Days to lose another 6 pounds.  I know I can do it!  I also signed up to walk the Susan G. Komen 5K with my Mom on Mother’s Day in Chicago.  I’m really excited about this one.  A 5K through my favorite city?  Yes please! It should prove to be a good & healthy time.

Alright, I must go prep for the week.  In the meantime, check out this cool website I found today.  http://www.FitnessBlender.com.  It’s absolutely FREE to sign up on it and they have TONS of FREE Fitness Videos.  You can even do a search based on what type of workout you want.  Say you wanna tone your arms (like me!)…. you just search “Toning” “Tri-Ceps/Bi-Ceps”.  It’s as easy as that!

Wishing you all a fabulous week!  Enjoy!

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How to incorporate fitness into your mommy/Nanny schedule.

This one is really for all of my fellow Nannies; as Nanny Stella (from Nanny 911) shares some challenges and some great ways to get fitness in each & every day. It can be done! http://mommyandmenetworking.com/?page_id=499

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Festive St. Patrick’s Day!  I will be partaking in the Corned Beef & Cabbage today!  Heading over to the crock pot in a bit to get it all set-up.  Here’s the recipe I intend to use….

 Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ingredients
10 Baby red potatoes, quartered
1 onion, peeled cut into pieces
4 cups of water
4 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
6 ounces of beer
1/2 head of cabbage, coarsely chopped

Directions
1. Place onions and potatoes in the bottom of the Crock-Pot
2. Pour in water and place brisket on top
3. Pour beer over brisket, It is about a half a can so enjoy the 2nd half as you cook
4. Sprinkle brisket with spices set Crock Pot on high
5. Cook 8 hours on high, 1 hour before serving stir in cabbage pieces and recover crock pot

By the way, I’m down 2.5 pounds this week!  Woot Woot!

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Don’t Give Up!

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Hey Y’all!  I hope you are having a GREAT week so far.  I’m getting myself back on track and NOT GIVING UP!  I spent the last few weeks surrounded by bad food, bad choices and bad people.  Now it’s time for ME!  I’ve got my week going pretty good so far.  Here’s what I have in store…

Today:  Dance Class

Tomorrow:  Do 3.1 miles at the gym and weights

Friday:  Yoga in AM.  At least 2mi walk at home in the PM.

Saturday:  At home/gym 5k and weights

Sunday:  Do “something” active with the hubby & pupster.  (Weather permitting, I’d like to go for a walk on the beach or do a local trail.)

What do you have planned for your workouts this week?  What roadblocks have you had along the way?

**My personal goal for this week is to be able to run at least a 1/2 mile non-stop.  I’ll keep you posted!

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Sometimes, I feel like other bloggers have ESP. Seriously! Just what I needed! Thank you!

Keep Weight Off For Life

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When something like a number on a scale can take you from confident & hopeful to self-loathing & hopelessness, it’s time to break up with your scale.

Believe me, I understand! We are all so conditioned to want to see that number go down, but your body weight is only one measure of your progress.

What are some others?

Consider these:

  • Are you sleeping better?
  • Do you have more energy?
  • Are you less moody or depressed?
  • Have your cravings dissipated?
  • Do you recover faster from exercise?
  • Have your symptoms or medical condition greatly improved?

Just because the number on the scale hasn’t moved enough for your liking does not mean your program is a failure.
It means there may be other things going on, like changes in body composition, that aren’t necessarily being reflected by the weight of our body.

So, be patient and feel good that you are doing…

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It’s My Friday!

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It’s absolutely beautiful outside today! Ok, maybe it’s windy and only 55 degrees out. I betcha my Northern folks wouldn’t complain, right?! 😉

No, this isn’t my backyard. (I wish!) Isn’t it a spectacular view?! It’s where I work. Today I am spending “My Friday” with the “little lady”. She’s currently enjoying her morning nap. (She’s 11mo, she’s allowed a morning nap.)

Oh! You wanna know how my “diet” is going?! Ok Ok! Well, my body is being a BIG “B”! Not to be too TMI, but let’s just say I am retaining water like a water buffalo! I’m still sitting at the same weight I was two weeks ago!

Yesterday, I walked my at-home 5K (3.1 miles). Of course, the rest of my day got a little mucked up. I was planning to have a healthy dinner with the hubby. However, my 4-hr shift got switched to a 6.5 hr shift an hour into it! Err! I hadn’t planned and didn’t have anything “healthy” to eat. So, I devoured a PB&J and chips & salsa. I’m pretty sure I chose those out of being frustrated. Emotional eating at it’s best! Ugh!

Today, I’m working till 3ish. Going to head home, tackle my laundry avalanche on my coffee table, do some 30-day shred with Jillian Michaels, shower and then meet up with some friends. (Hey Ann!! <~~~ She's my Kansas girl! Looking forward to seeing her!)

Tomorrow, I'm hitting the gym for "at least" an hour. Maybe mid-day. My in-laws come tomorrow. I love them, but I'm going to need this workout for more than just stress reduction! You'll see in a moment…

Here's our weekend plans…

Thursday: 1/2p: Me @ Gym — then nap! 😉
4ish: In-Laws arrive
Dinner: Out

Friday: 8am – Me @ Yoga! Hellz ya!
Spring Training BB game
FL Strawberry Fest
B-Fast, Lunch, Dinner: Out

Saturday: Epcot All Day
B-Fast, Lunch, Dinner: Out
Late Lunch @ Le Cellier in Canada (Yum!)

Sunday: Late Lunch – In-Laws depart

As you can see. I am going to have a tough weekend. There's going to be lots of temptation shoved in my face all weekend! I'm hoping to get a workout in here & there and hope for the best. Thankfully, I have an amazing hubby who will be holding my hand and tugging it at times to keep me in check. I just hope he doesn't let go! (I'm a bit scared of myself right now. I told you! I'm "retaining water"!)

I'll try to post pics and keep you updated on my daily happenings this weekend. In the meantime, have a great week/weekend!

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Let down… BY THE SCALE!

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Well, I’ve gone up a pound this week!  UGH!!  Feeling a little at my wits end; as I have worked out and ate right all week.  Not only is the scaled F’ing with me.  So are my eyes.  To me, it appears that I look larger this month than last month’s photos.  I guess I’m just frustrated.  Losing the first 13.8 pounds came off so nicely.  These next 130 (and counting) pounds are going to take some MEGA work!

Going to enjoy today and reassess my “plan” tomorrow.  May need to switch some things up a bit.

Anyone else feeling let down by the scale this week?

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March Fitness Challenge

I’m so doing this! Check out Curvy, Confident & Fits Facebook page to see her results from the last 28-Day challenge. Let’s do this! (I’ll post my before photo on Sunday. Or rather, an update photo.)

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Here’s a video to show you each workout move:
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=wnW6GnJQGpA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DwnW6GnJQGpA

Keep this in Mind

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