Thursday, December 16, 2010

Andi's Healthy Advice 3

Work, holiday shopping, wrapping presents, decorating, parties, family get-togethers - it all takes time! Where do we fit in taking care of our bodies? Lack of time is a reoccurring theme to my fitness tips for a reason. To me, fitness and exercise has become as much a priority as eating, sleeping, showering...you get the point. Taking care of yourself is important. So you have to make the time.
Planning ahead is key... 
 
Manage your time.
 
Scheduling your workouts in advance, either with a printed workout calendar or online, is always a good idea. But it's especially important over the holidays, when just saying "I'll do it when I have time" can be a recipe for failure. Your free time is sure to get filled up with other activities, and it's easier than ever to forget about working out. On the other hand, if you schedule your workouts just like any appointments, you're much more likely to do them when the time comes. If you absolutely can't find time on a particular day, mark it as a recovery period, and make sure you have a workout scheduled for the day afterward. It'll prevent you from losing the fitness gains you've built, and ensure that you keep your exercise habit intact.
 
Thanks,
Andi Ramser
Beachbody Coach
 
Ask me about "the healthiest meal of the day"...Shakeology. It can change your life!
 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Where've you been?!?!

Exactly.. Life is what it's called (or we can go with that).

I really hadn't realized it had been almost a month since my last post. I kind of thought it had only been a week or two! ooops! But really, who's reading?!

But since I have been "gone", I have kept up with my workouts, rotating back and forth between Brazilian Butt Lift and Jillian Michaels. I do about 5-6 days a week on average. I don't see as dramatic as results I did in the first 30 days, but my weight watchers has not been going as well. I am trying to amp it up for the next 12 days (till Xmas) to reach my goal!

Gonna be up on my posts from now on!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Andi's Healthy Advice

Thanksgiving Fitness Tips!
 
So how are we supposed to get through the holidays without causing weight gain? Here are seven effective ways to get yourself ready to beat the holiday bulge.

1. Buy clothes that fit right now. This first tip might be a bit pricey, but it's a great motivational aid in staving off weight gain. A new addition to your wardrobe in a size that shows off your summer body can be all you need to prevent those extra pounds from creeping on. Imagine that beautiful holiday dress or great pair of pants, then imagine being unable to zip them up thanks to sugar cookies. Yeah, no one wants that. So before you begin the festivities, go buy yourself something perfect to wear to your parties and hang it someplace visible, so it serves as a constant reminder. Perhaps on the TV where you play your workout videos, or in front of that treadmill that might be starting to collect a little dust in the corner, or on your refrigerator door . . . that way, if it doesn't fit quite the same way the next time you try to slip into it, you know it's time to get back to work.

2. Keep exercising. Most fitness trainers will tell you the slowest point of their year is between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Sure, their clients schedule workouts with the best of intentions, but then they cancel them for parties and gift shopping. It's hard to remain balanced when you have a million things to do and gifts to buy. Yet the greatest gift you can give yourself is to stay focused on your fitness goals and get your workout in. Shopping getting in the way? Do it online and save some time. Parties getting in the way? Just show up later. Who cares if everyone else is a couple of cocktails ahead of you? You'll be healthier, and you won't have to worry about the embarrassing YouTube videos in the morning. Just stay consistent, even if it's inconvenient. You'll be much less likely to look like Santa (both belly-wise and red-nose-wise) at the end of the month.

3. Eat before parties. Most holiday parties don't focus on low-fat, low-calorie refreshments, so unless you're organizing the event, the best damage control is to show up with a full tummy. Make sure you eat your meals and snacks throughout the day, and try to eat a healthy meal before attending any party. If you're going straight from work, prepare a healthy and filling snack to eat on the way. You'll be a lot less likely to swim in mayonnaise dips and pigs in blankets if you're full.

4. Get junk out of the house. The majority of people don't get into the car at midnight, drive to the store, buy the ingredients for cookies, bake them, and then stay up to eat them. But if those homemade cookies that Linda in accounting made for you are already on your kitchen counter, you better believe you'll find a way to justify it. Frankly, at 12:30 AM, after a rotten day, for most of us there's nothing like a few cookies to drown our sorrows. The secret is to get the enticements out of the house. Send them to work with your significant other, donate them to a bake sale, regift them to your 100-pound friend with the perfect metabolism, or just dump them in the trash. Linda will never know. If you have holiday dinner leftovers, box them up for your guests individually and send them home with them. If your family still sends you that Pepperidge Farm cookie assortment, invite a bunch of people over for a pre-party party and serve 'em up before the drinks. Don't be more wasteful than you have to, but get the less-than-healthy temptations out of your reach.

5. Offer to prepare healthy fare. This suggestion won't be well received by those of us who'd rather spend Thanksgiving sitting around watching football than toiling in the kitchen, but if you do the cooking, you have the control. Your family could have a tasty and satisfying meal without ingesting thousands of calories and fat grams. The way the turkey is prepared, the type of stuffing, how vegetables are made, whether the cranberries are real, and countless other things can make or break the healthiness of a meal. 

6. Choose wisely and proportionally. Something occurs during a holiday meal. It's like a Las Vegas buffet—we feel like we have to eat some of everything. We feel almost like those foods will never exist again, and this is our last meal on the planet. This year, why not try to eat only your favorites, as in two or three items, and keep the portions to the size of your palm? If you're still hungry, try to fill up on veggies (preferably ones that aren't drowned in butter or cream-of-mushroom soup). If you want dessert, lean toward a small slice of pumpkin pie (220 calories) as opposed to pecan (a heftier 543), leaving out the hydrogenated nondairy whipped topping if possible. If you're going to have an alcoholic beverage, go with a flute of champagne (100 calories) as opposed to that rum-laced eggnog (with more than four times more calories, at 420). Just a few wise choices will save you a ton of calories, and probably a significant amount of heartburn as well.

7. Don't beat yourself up. Quite possibly the worst thing you can do is beat yourself up over a bit of holiday indulgence. Yes, it does stink to backslide after working your tail off. But sometimes it doesn't stink as much as dealing with your mother when you turn down her brisket and potato pancakes. Sometimes, we don't have time to go to work, buy a Christmas tree, decorate it with our kids, make dinner, oversee homework, tuck kids in bed, and spend an hour exercising. We can only do our very best. Mentally berating yourself will only make you feel worse, which never helped anyone get back to their fitness program. So if you happen to gain that one extra pound this holiday season, be part of the rare group who actually follows through with their New Year's resolution and manages to shed it again. A week of hard work and a slight calorie deficit should do the trick. Resolutions don't come easier than that!

Andi Ramser
Beachbody Coach
http://teambeachbody.com/rockchick1
http://myshakeology.com/rockchick1

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vitamins!

I think I have mentioned before that I have started taking daily vitamins. So, I wanted to take a minute to let you know what I have decided to take, and why.

I bought one of these things so I can keep it my purse and if I dont remember first thing in the morning, then I have it with me all day!

1. Small white pill - B12 -  to boost energy level, and speed up metabolism
2. Large white pill - Potassium - I take this for muscle cramps. I will get muscle cramps in my legs at night that go up through my feet. This has really helped reduce that pain
3. Large yellow pill - Multi-Vitamin - Everyone should take a multi-vitamin for nutrients we don't get in our daily food intake.
4. Large Dark pill - Omega 3, 6 and 9 
     - 3 - efficient functioning of the brain
     - 6 - help with bloating from PMS, maintains healthy skin, hair and nails and generally helps to bring about hormonal and emotional balance.
     - 9 - reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke
(here is a good source for all things about Omega 3, 6, & 9)
5. 2 brown pills - Metamucil - Fiber for regularity.

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 Day Shred

 I have decided to start the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I debated back and forth as to what I was going to do since my BBL had ended. And since I already had the 30DS, I decided to just pop it in and see how I do. I may end up doing some BBL videos here and there when I get "bored" of doing the same thing day after day, but we will see.
"After" pic from BBL. I realized I never took a "before" and this isn't a good pic.
Who says you can't break a good sweat in 20 min!

So, Day 1 done. I'll keep you up on my progress (and any changes I may make).

Friday, November 12, 2010

BBL Review

I have finally completed "30" days of the Brazilian Butt Lift. It took me longer than the 30 days because the last week I was just not there. Things have been crazy around our household with G being out of town, and then us going out of town together, that I didn't get to complete it as fast as I wanted. BUT! I completed it about 5 days later, so not too bad.

All in all, I really like the BBL. It is definitely different from your regular fitness videos and has fun music to go along with it.

There are 5 different videos that you use in various combination's, depending on the "schedule" you choose. I chose to do the Classic version. Here are a list of the vids:

1. Bum Bum - the signature workout. Kind of a fun dance video that really focuses on your butt area
2. High and Tight - more strength training for your butt area
3. Cardio Axe - the dance work out of the bunch. You learn a short routine to really get you sweating
4. Sculpt - The longer all over strength trainig video.
5. Tummy Tuck - abs video.

I like all of the videos. They are all about 30 minutes long, with the exception of the Sculpt which is 50 min. And the rotation is nice so you don't feel like you are constantly doing the same thing over and over.

I took my "after" measurements today and was happy with the results:
Chest – -1"
R. Arm – -.25"
L. Arm – -.5" (I dont know why they aren't the same!)
Waist – -.5" (Although, I am feeling really bloated today, so I am hoping this number is actually lower!)
Hips – -1"
R. Thigh – same
L. Thigh – -1" (again, don't know why they aren't the same)

So YAY! Down in the majority of areas. I think some of this is also because of the WW.

Now to decide what to do next - another round of BBL? Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred? P90X? New video (turbo fire, slim in 6, insanity)? I just don't know!!!  But I am liking the 1 month thing.

I haven't taken "after" pics yet, but once I do, I MAY post! Depends on if you can really see a difference.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Andi's Healthy Advice

7 great strategies for permanent weight loss

 1.   Exercise is essential for weight loss
It's nothing new, but exercise is probably the most important predictor of whether you will succeed at long term weight loss and weight loss maintenance. In order for exercise to be helpful in weight loss, you should strive for a minimum of five 30 minute sessions per week. The good news is that recent research has shown that three 10 minute sessions in a day are as good as one 30 minute session. This helps many in combating the old "no time for exercise" excuse. Be certain to find something you enjoy. You'll be more apt to stick with it. Once you give exercise a chance, you will begin to enjoy its positive benefits on your psyche as well; you will literally become hooked.

2.   Weight loss and weight training

I chose to list this separately from the "exercise" category because of the significant weight loss benefits attached to weight training in and of itself. The basic equation is this: the more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you will burn. This is why world class weight lifters must eat thousands of calories a day to maintain their weight. Muscle is active tissue, fat is not. Thus, muscle "burns" a significant number of calories each day for its own maintenance. While aerobic activity can help burn calories, muscle's where it's at when it comes to giving your metabolism a significant daily boost even at rest.

3.   Keep a diary for triggers that hinder weight loss

Keeping a food diary can be a huge asset in successful weight loss. Devote some time each day to record what you have eaten and how much, your hunger level prior to eating, and any feelings or emotions present at the time. A food diary can provide a large amount of self-awareness. It can identify emotions and behaviors that trigger overeating, foster greater awareness of portion sizes, and help you discover your personal food triggers. Study any patterns that emerge from your food diary and identify where you may be able to make more healthful changes. A food diary provides an added benefit of keeping you focused on and committed to your goals.

4.   Stay focused on being healthy, not on becoming thin

Many people become more successful at long term weight loss when their motivation changes from wanting to be thinner to wanting to be healthier. Change your mindset to think about selecting foods that will help your body's health rather than worrying about foods that will affect your body's weight.

5.   Weight loss and portion control

With the advent of "super-size" meals and increasingly huge portions at restaurants, our concept of normal serving sizes is a distant memory. Be mindful of the amounts of food you consume at a sitting. When necessary, divide your food in half and ask for a take home bag. It is all too easy to be a "plate cleaner" even when served enormous portions. Learn to pay attention to your hunger level and stop eating when you feel comfortably full, not stuffed.

6. Lose weight slowly with small changes

Try to remember that "losing 15 pounds in two weeks" is nothing to celebrate. It is important to realize that the more quickly weight is lost, the more likely the loss is coming from water and muscle, not fat. Since muscle tissue is critical in keeping our metabolism elevated, losing it actually leads to a decrease in the amount of calories we can take in each day without gaining weight. Fat loss is best achieved when weight is lost slowly. Strive for a weight loss of no more than 1-2 pounds per week. One pound of weight is equivalent to 3500 calories. By making small changes like eliminating 250 calories a day from food and expending 250 calories a day from exercise, you can lose one pound (of mostly fat) per week.

7.   Eating slowly can lead to weight loss

Did you ever notice that thin people take an awfully long time to eat their food? Eating slowly is one method that can help take off pounds. That's because from the time you begin eating it takes the brain 20 minutes to start signaling feelings of fullness. Fast eaters often eat beyond their true level of fullness before the 20 minute signal has had a chance to set in. The amount of calories consumed before you begin to feel full can vary significantly depending on how quickly you eat. So slow down, take smaller bites and enjoy and savor every tasty morsel.
An idea is to print this out, and keep it on your refrigerator as a motivator. A quick fix is likely to backfire at some point. Making changes over time and staying consistent in your dedication can help provide a lifetime of fitness and health. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!


Andi Ramser
http://teambeachbody.com/rockchick1
http://myshakeology.com/rockchick1

Monday, November 8, 2010

Twinkie Diet?

Have you all seen this?

Twinkie Diet

I guess it just goes to show that we really do consume too many calories as a nation. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesday on a Friday.

Yes, I realize it's friday and not wednesday. Do you ever have those days were things dont go how you planned so, you just kind of ignore it and move on?? Well that's pretty much what happened wednesday.

I totally did my weigh-in on Wednesday, but didn't like the fact that the number was still the same, so I chose not to do my post and hope for a better week next week. I know I know, not the way that is supposed to happen, but at least I am coming clean with it now.

So I was a little disappointed that my # was still the same, but glad, I guess, that it hadn't gone up. The last few weeks have been a little difficult in the WW department. With G being out of town for most of the week, I am just not keeping up like I should. Which is kind of backwards, cause you'd think I'd be doing better since I only had one mouth to feed. Problem is, I haven't gone to the grocery in a while. I really need to get there and get some healthy food for meals, especially dinner. I have still been eating breakfast everyday, usually in the form of a Fiber One bar. But I start to loose track of my "points" as the day goes on.

I am going to try my hardest to get back to it. I have too! I am still 3lbs away from my goal.

I am also in my last week of BBL!!! I must say, I can definitely tell a difference. I have had to refrain from actually doing measurements till monday (or whenever I finish) the last video. I am hoping there are some numbers changing!! (fingers crossed). I am kind of amazed that I have actually seen a transformation.

But now, I have to decide what to do next. I am loving this month by month program. It helps me keep on schedule and not get burnt out on the same thing. I am hoping to meet with Andi next week to figure out a plan. I am thinking about doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, but then again, I may to do a combo of running and P90X. G has stated he wants to maybe do P90X, so maybe I'll do some stuff with him?! I'll let you know!

*Shakeology review to come.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Andi's Healthy Advice - 2

Below is a list of questions I would like for each of you to think about this week. If you want some feedback on your answers, send them to me! Otherwise, really think about your answers to each question and be specific as possible. Spend some time honing in on what is important to you and why.

1. What are your fitness/health goals? To lose weight? To have more energy? To stay young/live longer? To look good in a pair of jeans? To run a 5k+? Write down anything and everything that applies here. Be specific: to lose 10 pounds, 20? Energy to do what? etc...

2. How important is it to you to achieve these goals? Really important? Don't really care? If not, why?

3. Who are you wanting to please by achieving these goals? Yourself? Your significant other? Class reunion coming up...impress others?

4. How do you think you'd feel about yourself if you could reach your goals? Obviously, pretty dang good, but do you think it could make you a more positive person? Give you the confidence you want? Visualize yourself reaching those goals, and try to think about what it would mean to you and how you might feel...write those thoughts down.

5. Are your goals realistic? Being the weight you were in high school was fine when you were 17, but now that you're an adult...maybe not so healthy. So make sure you are setting your sights on an attainable target. Also, if "to lose x amount of pounds in 7 days" is your answer, keep in mind that fast weight loss is more likely to be gained back and then some.

6. What do you feel has held you back thus far in looking and/or feeling the way you want? Do you even believe you are capable of achieving what you want? Do you have bad habits you can't seem to break? Don't have the energy to exercise? You know what your vices are...what are they?

Create a goal, know it, and own it. Dedication and commitment...you must believe in yourself and your ability to achieve what you set your mind to, but you must commit in order to succeed. It also takes knowing what will work for you and your situation, and that is what I am wanting to help you with if you'll let me! If you're typically full of excuses, there are ways to modify a plan to work for your lifestyle. Again, I add that I am not a certified fitness expert, but I have educated myself and learned through experience and applying the advice I've been given by experts in the field. If you'd like to share your answers with me, feel free to send them to me. I may be able to "see" things you don't and help you get over the hurdle.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your friends/family who may be interested. Have an awesome week!

Andi Ramser
Beachbody Coach
http://teambeachbody.com/rockchick1
http://myshakeology.com/rockchick1

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

Just a quick post about Halloween.
G and I live on a street that goes all out for Halloween. Each yard is completely different and the decorating starts Oct 1st. We get tons of people walking up and down our street the entire month just to check out the yards. On Halloween night we get around 3000 kids trick-or-treating (this is not an exaggeration, we have counted). Needless to say, each kid gets ONE piece of candy from us, no handfuls. We ran out of candy at 8:45 this year, we started at 5. And there were still kids coming.

But here is our yard this year!!! The Haunted Luau!!!
I wanted it to be a little "scarier" but it gets expensive. G and I made the tiki's ourselves. He fabricated the form out of plywood and aluminum heating ducts and then I painted each one. I think they turned out great. Our yard looked really good when it was dark and our red lights were on and the tiki torches were lit.

And to go along with our yard, I was a hula girl and G (whom I don't have a pic of was a tourist with a "pig roast" on his head). I think we really made our yard.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesday 2

I almost forgot to do my post!! Not that it's anything special, but just trying to keep it up. 

I am starting to get confused about the numbers from week to week. I can't remember exactly where I am. But I am down a total of 7.6 from my start weight. I am not to discouraged that I am not more down from last week because I kind of got off the wagon this past weekend with WW and keeping points. I think I already explained it in my post on monday. But I am back on it and doing well.


I am starting to make more "every-day" healthy decisions. Trying to remember my ultimate goal and making good choices. I have had to force myself a few times to do the workouts, but defintiely feel better after I do them.


I can see changes... well at least I think I see them. Time will tell when I take measurements in 2 weeks. I have over half way done with the BBL and totally curious to see the difference at the end.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New 'do!!!

This is major people.

Here is my before...

And the after .....

DARK HAIR AND BANGS!!!

My hair has never been this dark before. And the last time I had bangs I cried because it was so bad. But this time I love it!!! It's actually a little darker than this picture, but will fade over the next several weeks. So I will have to go back soon so the rich color stays. .

what do you think?

Andi's Healthy Advice

I totally forgot to post this yesterday.. but here you go!!

Trying to get a workout in, but you're crunched for time? This week's tips are all about saving time!
If you're short on time to exercise, try doing compound exercises utilizing your upper & lower body at the same time. For example, do lunges with bicep curls, squats with overhead press, calf raises with tricep extensions. Boom!! You just worked two major muscles groups at the same time! You can also invest in small hand weights to carry and/or ankle weights to add intensity to a power walk!
Something else I do is work in "little exercises" at the strangest of times. ;) While brushing your teeth, applying face lotion, or maybe even while applying make-up (not eye make-up though!)...stand in ballet stance (thighs together, heels touching, toes turned outward where feet form a V shape) & squeeze & contract your butt muscles! I know it seems silly, but why not get in a little strength training when you'd otherwise just stand there? Work on tightening your tush! Think of everyday tasks you do in which you could be doubling up your use of time. Here are some more examples:
*While rinsing or washing dishes, do calf raises to tone your legs. You can also do small controlled side & back leg lifts to tone your thighs & butt.
*While sitting on a swivel chair at work...once an hour take 60 seconds to plant your feet & twist your torso back & forth. If you can do it once every 30 minutes, even better!
*Another reminder to keep hand weights within eyesight of your couch, so when you're watching TV you can do bicep curls, straight arm extensions, etc. Heck, you can even sit on the edge of your seat, weights in hands...stand up & sit down to tone your thighs. You still get to watch your favorite shows, you're just making better use of your time!
*While driving in your car, suck in your stomach & tighten those abs. Hold for a 10 second count & release. (You can still breath while holding in your stomach!) Start at 10 second intervals & build up to 20, 30, and so on!
*Another absolute tried & true favorite of mine is wall push-ups! I remember to do this about 75% of the time when I take a restroom break at work. Before I walk out the door, I stand about 3-4 feet from the wall, & while keeping my back aligned & straight as possible, I max out on doing push-ups against the wall. Typically I'll do 20-30, but if I'm having a really stressful day...it feels great to push for 40+! Helps relieve tension. Of course, this doesn't have to be done in a bathroom! :)
Lack of time is a very common excuse people give for not exercising. When you are dedicated to making a change in your life, you make the time for change. The tips I've given today are meant to encourage you to be creative & think of ways you can fit exercise into your daily lives. Even on the busiest of days...a little bit of exercise here & there like the examples I've given above are better than doing nothing at all. 
Enjoy your week!
Andi Ramser
Beachbody Coach
http://teambeachbody.com/rockchick1
http://myshakeology.com/rockchick1

Monday, October 25, 2010

I have been slacking lately.. apparently on everything. Well, maybe slacking isnt the word, but more preoccupied with other priorities. So, apologies for the lack of posts in the last several days.

Along with not blogging, I have also been a little lax on the eating healthy and the exercising. Here's a recap...

Friday- took a half day to clean house then got my hair cut (stay tuned for new pics). So I didn't get a chance to do my BBL that day. But 4 hours of dusting, vacuuming and moping count for physical activity.
Saturday- 1 mile walk in the morning, clean house, cook food and get ready for party we had on saturday night. Again, no real time to do any workout.
Sunday - I actually did 2 videos!!! the Sculpt and the Cardio Axe. So glad I pulled myself off the couch and did these workouts. Definitely helped with the hangover and made me feel some what productive for the day.
Monday- It's my birthday, enough said.

These past 4 days I have been pretty bad with the WW too. I definitely haven't tracked in a few days. I don't think it was too bad, but definitely not great. Friday I had a huge meal once G got back in town. Saturday I basically didn't eat anything all day (whooops!) until that night when we grilled out (burgers, roasted potatoes, veggies, salad) and had cake!!! Sunday I didn't really eat much, but it wasn't good-- chips and queso and a slice of cake, dinner included chicken, potatoes and rice, plus more cake. Today wasn't that bad, salad for lunch with grilled chicken, lots of water, ahi poke (yum!) and a baked potato. But I had some cupcakes. ACK! I have to get the cake out of the house.

I am back on it tomorrow. I need to get back on track with the eating and the working out if I plan to lose 10 lbs by Xmas and keep it off!!!!! (that's the ultimate goal).

Stay tuned for new hair pics!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Starting intense work outs at 8:30 at night is not really a good idea.

Just did three BBL videos totaling an hour and forty minutes. Mostly all strength training. I'm tired but awake. Laying here with the lights off hoping to fall asleep fast. Yet updating my blog from my phone.

So note: Just like you shouldn't eat after 7 ( or 2 hours before going to bed), don't do heavy workouts starting at 8:30.

Hope I fall asleep soon

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesday

I decided that since my sister and I were doing our weekly Weight Watchers (WW) weigh-ins on wednesdays, that it would be a good idea to give an update on the 'ol blog about the last few weeks.

I am currently down a total of 7.4 pounds from my ultimate* start weight!!!! I am thrilled. I am just 2.6 lbs away from my "goal" weight and still have until Xmas to get there. WW is hard to say the least. I don't get a lot of points to begin with because of my height and my activity during the day (I sit at a desk for 8 hours), so I have to choose my "points" wisely. And I will say, all I really want is a big greasy cheeseburger, with french fries (oh how i LOVE potatoes) and a REAL coke. YUM! But I am doing pretty good at resisting any unhealthy temptations. I will admit to not exactly following my points on 2 nights because we were going to a cookout and I had a few beers. But all in all, I think I am doing pretty good.

The Brazil Butt Lift (BLL) is going good too! I have done a total of 8 days thus far, and after today, I will be half way done with my 2nd week. Some of the moves are totally hard, and I have to take breaks, but I am really liking the ab workout and even getting the steps down in the "dance" video (Cardio Axe). Last week I had to miss wednesday because we had dinner with our neighbors. So I made that an off day, and just pushed everything back a day.

I feel that my body is getting leaner and tighter, although the measuring tape says otherwise. I am not going to fret to much over it (yet) and keep on plugging away. I am hoping by the 4th week of the BBL I will have a noticeable difference and be able to have an "after" pic.

So that's the deal so far. Wish me luck for the next several weeks!



*The weight I have been for the past several months. Not the exact weight I was when starting WW.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Random Thoughts

1. I want to figure out my next steps with running. I thoroughly enjoy running races, but I can't say that I truly enjoy running. If I have a goal, then I am all about following the schedule to complete the task. But I just can't wrap my head around running to just run. And I have to admit, I am little jealous of all these running blogs I read where these wonderful women are out running full marathons! I guess I just wish I enjoyed it more. I am definitely not a runner. It's frustrating.

2. Anyone work out at 6 am? I tried to get up early this morning and get my workout over with, so that I would have more time in the evening to get all this stuff done.. yeah..... that didn't happen. I just feel like I have a ton of stuff to do lately, and having to take an hour out of my already short evening just kind of sucks. While I like working out, most of the time, it is totally time consuming and sucks!

3. We are still looking for a bed. I was completely SOLD on the West Elm bed from my previous post. However, when speaking with my "all-knowing" mother, she kind of suggested I wouldn't like it in a few years, and would find it hard to match with things. So now, G kind of agrees and wants a wood bed. Searching for a good quality, solid wood bed is HARD! They all start to look the same. I found a few the other day for G to look at, but he is going to have to decide.

4. And on that note.. I am in a desperate need to decorate. I know I have talked about this before. But seriously. I get crate and barrel and pottery barn magazines. I am in complete awe of homes that have been complete gutted and redone to a modern, yet comfy flair. I am in love with all things west elm. But have NO idea what I am doing. I need someone to come in and just decorate for me. Make it look cool.

5. UGH! could I complain some more.?!?!?

Birthdays

My birthday is a week from today. Kind of weird that I am going to be 28. I remember when 28 seemed OLD! haha. Now, I still feel like I could go back to college! (well maybe not). And what is so crazy about this birthday is that I have nothing that I want. Usually I have at least one thing I am asking for, but this year, I dunno, nothing really comes to mind. I guess that's a good thing. Meaning, I am pretty content in everything I "have" right now. But it does become a little difficult when people ask, aka my mom! I guess what I want is just to see my friends and family.

I love birthdays. Doesnt matter if it is mine or not. I just love to celebrate them. One day out of the whole year, that is just for you. Your day. If I know it, I will try to do my best to make sure you have a wonderful day. If not on the exact day, at least celebrate it one day close. I just like that its a special day for you (or whoever). I think I like birthdays more than holidays.

This year we are having a bunch of friends over on Saturday night to hang out, grill some food, carve some pumpkins, maybe play some cornhole. I can't wait to see everyone and just have a relaxing night with our good friends.

I had a whole point to this blog post, and now it's kind of gone wonky. Just know birthdays are the best!!!

What do you ask for for your special day?

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Feature!

I have decided to add a new feature to my blog. Every monday, there are going to be fitness and healthy living tips from my Beachbody Coach Andi. This will be "Andi's Healthy Advice".

Here is a little bit about Andi:

I'm Andi. I work as a Senior Media Buyer at an advertising agency. I'm also the lead singer in a rock band called Point1Zero, and it is a blast! I'm happily married to my super cute loving husband and have three amazing stepkids. In my spare time, I play competitive volleyball, coach my stepdaughter's volleyball team, write music, run, and oh...I love to buy shoes. :)



When it comes to fitness, I NEED to work out 4-5 times a week. If I skip too many days, I start to feel lazy and groggy. Exercising your body releases those natural endorphins that make you feel great! Staying fit and healthy is about so much more than just looking good. It's also about being able to get around and do the things you love for the rest of your life as well as feeling awesome about yourself from the inside out! You have one body in this lifetime, and it is your personal responsibility to take care of it if you are well and able. 


And her story:
Soon after turning 30 I began to realize that exercise alone wasn't cutting it anymore. Instead of maintaining I started gaining weight, because I wasn't eating right. I read a book about whipping yourself into shape back in Dec. 2007 that would forever change the way I eat. I was deeply affected by what I read in that book! I had my last steak on January 17, 2008 and never looked back. Since that date I haven't had a single bite of beef, pork, turkey, or chicken. I educated myself on all of the amazing veggie and soy products on the market and began incorporating more salads/fruits/vegetables into my diet. I was maintaining my weight at that point, but more importantly after a few months...I started to feel lighter and feel so much better overall. I still wasn't getting the toned body I wanted though, because I wasn't pushing myself physically. Then...in the summer of 2009, I was in a conversation in which the term "P90X" was introduced to me for the first time. My curiosity grew as they talked about people they knew that completed the program and how unbelievable they looked. I honestly thought I had reached an age where I was past my prime and had to accept I couldn't look the way I wanted. There were those stubborn 5+ pounds that would never go away. Well, P90X changed that dooming idea! After completing the program, I had lost 8 pounds and looked better than I did in my 20's! I truly believe in P90X, which is why I've become so interested in Beachbody as a company overall. They have amazing products that can change and improve people's lives, and I've decided I want to be a part of that! 

So please welcome Andi!!!

(Andi is not a trained professional, but gives her advice based on her personal experience through using P90X and other Beachbody programs. If you have any questions for her, please respond to these posts and she'll be sure to answer all your questions!)

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Bedroom!!!

 G and I have decided we are in desperate need of a new bed. Well, this decision was made quite a while ago when our current bed frame warped (from being CHEAP! and not put together correctly ....). So probably a year ago, we ended up putting our mattress and boxsprings on the floor, with the CHEAP bedframe around it (so it wasn't totally ghetto ;) )

And well, that only is OK for a while. So we have talked about needing an actual bed frame for a long time. And most recently we got a new Tempurpedic mattress. G is totally sold on this concept, me? I haven't slept any better, but it's what he likes. So now, we are using a regular box spring (because our stairwell wouldnt allow us to get the Tempurpedic boxspring up the stairs, way too narrow - and did you know the Tempurpedic boxspring is just like plywood?! crazy!) with our tempurpedic mattress, that is all on the floor.

Last weekend, we went out on our first official furniture shopping day.. Oh, let me also say that, basically everything in our house was either a hand-me-down, furniture from college, used furniture from friends (or craigslist purchase) or nice pieces my grandfather made. We have not really bought any NEW furniture for ourselves (well minus the bookcases I just bought from Crate & Barrel). This was/is going to be our first BIG purchase. We originally thought we wanted a nice solid wood, platform bed (for our tempurpedic). I figured that if I was going to buy a bed, I didn't want to by junk, but have a nice piece of furniture (and actually get side tables and dressers to go with it).

But then today, I came across this from West Elm!!!

upholstered bed
And I just love it! And I even love the paint colors on the walls. I am completely inspired, and hope that this is what we get. I sent the pics to G and he really liked it too. And while its not wood, I think the gray color will leave us wide open to lots of different options in the future.

I also found a ton more on West Elm that I'd really like to have as well... shopping spree anyone?

Do you love it!?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mad, Angry, Hurt, Confused today.

Sometimes I wish my blog was completely anonymous.
That anyone who read it didn't know me in real life.
Sometimes I just want to vent and get opinions on whether my feelings are accurate and OK or if I am a totally looney tune!

But I can't.

I fear of hurting others with my feelings.
So I don't post about them.
And they get bottled up because, frankly, my husband doesn't need to hear me whining all the time.
So I try to let them go and not say anything.
Maybe it makes me a push-over in the end, I don't know.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Whistler

In trying to keep this blog light, and have a sense of variety.. I must vent a little.

I work with a "whistler". What's a whistler? It is someone who whistle's non-stop to various tunes through out the day. All of the tunes are annoying songs that get stuck in your head and won't go away.

Let me give you some background...

I work in a VERY quiet office. Meaning, there could be hours where not a word is said between anyone. No music. Nothing. It's all very strange in and of it's self, but that's a whole other post. But, since our office is so quiet, you can hear people a mile away... (let me tell you there are 13 people in the office.. two in the same room as me).

But the whistler is in the other room!! And it goes on ALL day if there is nothing to be discussed work wise. I am not even sure he is aware that he's doing it. And let me also say that, I can tolerate a lot of "stuff". I live with a person (love you G!) that can't sit still for a minute. He constantly has a foot shakin' or singin' or even whistling! And I know sometimes it's totally involuntary, his mouth just has to be moving. So while I can put up with a lot of "noise", this drives me insane!! Everyday I just want to shout out "SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE WHISTLER!!" Not that I wouldn't prefer our office to have a little more noise, but whistling ain't it.

I think its just that it's soo quiet, and that's the only noise, and they are songs you don't ever want in your head. Today I think I even heard a xmas tune! Really?!?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

body issues?

I am starting to realize after my last few posts, that it seems like I have a major body issue. (and who doesn't really?). But it seems as though I am obsessed. I don't know if I can clearly state that. But blogging seems like a place I get vent a little bit. My husband G is definitely sick of hearing about workout programs, how to eat right, why I want to lose weight, etc etc. And I am sure you, my fellow (but few) readers are probably sick of it too.

Som I am going to try, from here on out, to by more conscious of my words and how I am portraying myself. Yes, I want to shed a few pounds. Yes, I am trying to make better eating choices. Yes, I am doing extreme* workouts to get into shape. But I don't want to make it seem like I am totally unhappy with myself. I am just trying to take steps to a healthier me!

I have plenty of other things going on in my life to talk about (I think). So I will work on being a better blogger. I am hoping to try out some new, yummy recipes soon, so stop back by for reviews.

I hope you continue to read. And ask questions, pass along posts you find interesting, whatever.

* in some people's mind

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bum Bum!

I received my Brazil Butt Lift DVD's on friday!!! I read through all of the material and decided I was going to do a video on saturday.

So I picked out the plan I was going to do and did the first DVD, Bum Bum, bright and early on Saturday morning. I had watched the basic video first just to learn some of the moves. Then, I started the first routine. And before I go any further, let me just tell you, the instructor, Leandro Carvalho is an interesting character. It's a little hard to take him seriously. 


Anyway, the workout was 25 min and was HARD! I was not expecting to be so worn out so quickly. I mean I think I am in OK shape, but I was out of breath in like 5 min! The workout goes from one move to the next without stopping. I am sure my endurance is going to improve over time, as well as getting a good strength work out. I had to stop a few times and catch my breath and get some water. Even having to get a graham cracker so i wouldn't pass out! haha.


All in all, a good workout that I hope I will improve upon.


And just to prove that it will definitely make you sweat, here is a pic of me after.
lovely, eh?


This is 25 min people! No retouching done! I like sweating though, makes me feel like I am really working. 


So the plan is to actually "start" the program tomorrow. It's a 4 week deal. And I will keep you updated with my progress. Wish me luck!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Getting off my lazy ass

Last night, I finally did some exercise after almost a 3 week hiatus. And it was tough.

Like I said the other day, I ordered my Brazil Butt Lift from Beach body and am currently awaiting the arrival of the DVD's. I had all but planned just to wait until my DVD's arrived before starting to do any physical activity. But my coach A sent me an email that told me to get crackin'. She suggested I bust out one of my P90X videos and do that to get my body started on its way to hottness (not in those words).

So, tonight I brought out Core Synergistics. I figured this was a pretty cardio intensive workout that also incorporated some strength moves. Plus, working on core which is definitely my "weak" area. I haven't done a P90X video since May (I think). And though I remembered the moves, I was suprised at how weak I have become. I guess it shouldnt really surprise me since I haven't done any strength training for about 6 months now, but I definitely had to stop a few times and catch my breath. Also at one point, I was feeling pretty light-headed. So, I got myself a graham cracker. (I guess this means I need to up my calories intake on days I am going to be doing a hard workout).

I am happy that I did it and looking forward to my DVD's coming. So far, I am down 2.6 pounds from when I started WW. YAY! I am hoping to keep it up even when I start my new workouts. I just have to be sure not to over eat but to make sure I get enough calories.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Breakfast and High Heels

I have never been one to be a breakfast eater. Over the past 20-some-odd years of my life, I have gone through stages of eating breakfast and not eating it. In all reality, breakfast food isn't really my favorite. Unless I get to have an egg every morning, nothing else is really appealing.

But now, with starting WW and trying to eat the way I am "supposed" to, I find that I have to start eating breakfast. But it's such a struggle to pick something out. At one point it was everything bagels with goat cheese. Or a banana. Or a Clif bar. And another thing, with WW I only have so many points, so I would rather "save" them for meals that I enjoy so much more.

But here are some benefits to eating a healthy (containing protein and/or whole grains) breakfast:

• it give you energy to start a new day,
• weight control (studies have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers)
 - reduces hunger throughout the day
 - eating b-fast is part of a healthy lifestyle that includes making wise food choices and balancing calories with exercise.
• A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
• Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
• More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
• Lower cholesterol levels
• Eating eggs may be one of the best ways to get your morning protein


So what does one eat with limited time?

sorry for the bad, upside down pic.
On another topic all together. Please look at my recent shoe purchase.

These beauties are 4 inch, patent "leather" pumps from Target. I think they are awesome. (and they kind of kill my feet)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Brazil Butt Lift!!

I have bit the bullet and ordered the Brazil Butt Lift DVD set from beachbody. Like I said in my last post, my friend A is a new Beachbody coach and said she has done this DVD and really enjoyed it. I figued I would give it a go around for a few reasons:

1. My butt could definitely use a work out. my pants have been getting tighter over the past year
2. It does more than just work your butt. I will work your abs and everything else too!
3. It's 4 weeks. I think a good way to get back into work out mode
4. The videos are relatively short.

I am excited to start this program. And with following my weight watchers, I am hopeful for a good start to a new me! (isn't that so cliche). I will try to do reviews on the DVDs once I get them and try them out. And if my numbers show something, I'll definitely post my progress!

Look out world.. I'm gonna have this kind of behind!

Monday, October 4, 2010

What's Happening Here

So I'm on it again. I am on a mission to loose some pounds. (Aren't all girls thought?? It's sad really) But honestly, I have slowly gained weight over the last several years, and I am sure it is mostly due to my metabolism slowing down with age. I am nearing that dreadful age of 30 and your body just isn't going to be what it was at 21. But none the less, the weight bugs me, especially on my 5'4" frame. And don't get me wrong, I am not over weight, I would just like to be happier about my body image (and my current clothes to fit better).

So as of last week I started weight watchers. I have done WW before a few years ago and was pretty successful, so that's what I have decided to do. And to keep myself on track, my wonderful sister S has decided to do it with me. Our ultimate goal is 10lbs by Xmas. That gives us 3 months. TOTALLY doable. WW can be hard, especially living with my hubby who out weighs me by 70 lbs and is a good 10" taller. (he needs a lot more calories, considering he is on his feet all day and I am in an office chair). Plus, another way to hold myself accountable is to track my progress on my blog. I am still figuring out how I want to do this though. Whether it's tracking my daily eats (which could get old really fast) or just doing a once a week post updates like I did at the beginning of the year with my 1/2 marathon training.

Another thing that is going on around here is my good friend, A has just become a beachbody coach. And since I have done P90X before I am enlisting her help in my fitness routine. I am just looking for some new ideas of how to keep up with my exercise. I am feeling REALLY lazy these days since we got back from vacation. I haven't ran or worked out once. I need to get on it. But in all honesty, I have been catching up with my home business and really haven't had time.

So, my blog will take a fitness/health turn with random postings about other events and happenings. I hope you stick around as I could use some encouragment through out my journey.

Welcome.

Friday, October 1, 2010

I'm BACK!!

Wow it's been a long time. I hadn't really realized that I had not done a post since the beginning of September. I sort of thought it was like a week before I left... oops! Oh well. I am back.
Are you still there?

For a little recap:
We finished the 1/2 marathon in beautiful Maui Hawaii. Starting at 5:30 AM, we heading out along the coast line. Running 6.5 one way, and then turning around and running the same trek back. All in all, an OK run. The weather was pretty nice. A little sticky, but nothing compared to what we ran this summer. The course was flat, which is good, but a downhill is always nice. We ran the majority of the time. Stopping mostly to take pictures, drink water, and rest the legs (and one potty break for G). We ended up finishing about 2 min shy of the race we did in April. I am OK with that, although I had wished to improve on our time. But for our sake, we were a bit injured and not knowing the course throws me off. Here are some images.
start of race
having fun running
almost half way
views from the run
quick photo break
our final time
hot, sweat and DONE

So now I am in the process of deciding what I want to do next in my running career. I have basically not ran since the race almost 2 weeks ago. I know I would like to keep running in my exercise routine, but I have to figure out where it fits in. I would love to get faster, and break the 10 min mile that I seem to keep. I am just not sure how to do it. And I am deciding whether to do the April 1/2 again here at home. I like racing but training can be draining... decisions decisions.

Other decisions include the rest of my work out routine. I do really well with "time frame" workouts.. Meaning, P90X was 90 days or training was 16 weeks. I like the start and finish of it all. But it leaves me lost when the time is over. I am currently not a member of a gym since it keeps me away from home and my hubby isnt really a gym goer. I may do the 30 Day Shred again or may start P90X again. But I would really love to get into a routine where I can keep it up long past 90 days (or whatever). A few years ago I belonged to the YMCA. And it was great, I would go there after work and spend about an hour doing various things, either classes (hello body pump!) or free weights and treadmills, or even yoga. There was just so much at my disposal. And I also parked in the lot for work across the street which made it VERY convenient. But now I struggle. Tips are welcomed.

So those are 2 things on my mind. I have PLENTY more and hopefully will be able to take my blog into a more entertaining and constant realm. I am inspired by the blogs I read and I hope to inspire others from mine.

More to come in the following days about where I am wanting to take my bloggy!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hiatus

As you can tell, I am on a blogging hiatus until I figure out what I want my blog to be. (and when life slows down a bit.)

The race is in 12 days so I'm gearing up and mentally preparing. Wish me luck

And I'll be back soon

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Not injured...

Went to the docitity doctor today to get checked up on what is going on with my leg pain. Like I said in a previous post, I have had some extreme pain in my left leg starting at my foot and growing up through my calf.. and then sometimes my knee hurts and sometimes my hip hurts. Last week, when I finally decided to make the appointment, I was in a lot of pain, kind of limping around when I walked...much less ran on it.

But like all doctors, it took them a week before they could fit me in. In that week, I took off a couple days but still continued to run. And by yesterday, on my 4 mile non-stop (except for crossing streets) run, it was starting to feel better. But I decided to keep the appointment just in case.

So I went in today, letting them know that I thought the main cause of the pain was starting in my foot... with my bunyon (which by the way, is a gross word... can't "they" name it something else?). I have been having to really stretch out my calves and my toes... Yoga Toes are my best friend sometimes (I actually have the generic from Walgreen's). So the doc examined, asked a lot of questions, even took X-rays.

And nothing.. well, that he could easily diagnos. He told me to go to this other running shoe place in town and have the owner, who knows anything and everything about feet and running to look at my shoes and let me know if I need to get a different pair. If he doesn't think there is anything wrong with the shoes I have (and have been "fitted" for multiple times) then I should call back and talk to the foot and ankle specialist.

I am glad it's nothing serious, and I can still run... but I am a little disappointed, because in all honesty, my foot still hurts. I hope it goes away. I don't want to have to buy another pair of shoes when I just got the ones I am using now. But I guess that is a better alternative than not running or something else.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Recipe Review

So finally, I got to cook out of one of my new cookbooks that I bought last week. Saturday morning G and I got up early and went to the Farmer's Market to buy fresh, organic veggies and then we finally went to the grocery on Sunday for everything else. So, last night night I busted out the "Cook Yourself Skinny" cookbook and tried the Chicken and Bean Burritos with Pineapple Salsa.

And let me just say... it was pretty good! It kind of took forever to make though (I am not so sure the "in minutes" part on the cover of the book is accurate). And I was even trying to make everything at once to make the process go faster.

But in the end, the burritos were light, flavorful and yummy! And best of all, G liked them too. Sometimes the healthy recipes can taste a little flat, probably because we are so used to so much salt in our meals, but with the pineapple and red onion mixed together there was really a little suprise there.

I would suggest trying out this recipe, and maybe even have it for friends... since it's kind of a "make your own burrito" with the specific ingredients.

Here's the recipe if you don't feel like making the jump:

Serves 4
Calories per serving, chicken and bean burritos: 436
Calories per serving, pineapple salsa: 28

For the chicken and bean burritos
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained, if frozen
1 15 1/2-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon minced fresh jalapeño (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 pound bone-in, skin-on split chicken breasts
3 peppercorns
1 carrot, sliced

1 bay leaf
3 medium tomatoes (2 quartered, 1 diced)
1 white onion, quartered
6 garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 medium flour tortillas
1/4 cup shredded low-fat cheddar
1/4 cup shredded iceberg lettuce

For the pineapple salsa
1 cup ripe pineapple, chopped
1/4 cup red onions, chopped
1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the corn and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add beans, cilantro, lime, jalapeño, salt and cayenne, and stir until well mixed; set aside.

2. Put the chicken, peppercorns, carrot, bay leaf and 3 of the garlic cloves in a large saucepan, and add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and then simmer over medium heat until cooked through, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly in the broth. Remove the chicken from the broth, and remove the skin and bones. Shred the chicken into small pieces, and return the meat to the broth.

3. Put the quartered tomatoes, onion and garlic in a blender and blend until smooth. Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomato mixture and cook, stirring until thickened and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shredded chicken to the tomato mixture. Stir until well mixed.

4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Warm the tortillas, one at a time, until pliable, about 1 minute. Divide the cheese, lettuce, diced tomato, bean mixture and chicken with its sauce among the tortillas, spreading the ingredients in a line down the center. Fold in the top and bottom, and then roll in the sides. Serve immediately.

5. To make the pineapple salsa: Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Set aside.

*I have not been paid to advertise Cook Yourself Skinny or any of the recipes in the book. I am merely giving my review based on trying it at home and sharing with others

Friday, August 20, 2010

North East Touring

G and I have talked a few times about wanting to go up to the northeast and tour around. Nothing particularly planned, but just to see the scenery. I have never really been up to the northeast except to go to NYC a couple of years ago. But I would really love to see that part of the country.

We are thinking about maybe going on a driving trip this fall to see the colors. I just love the fall time with the changing leaves and crisp air, so why not go and visit some of the most beautiful places this time of year? I'd even love to get all the way to Cape Cod.

I am just not sure where to go and what to see. Plus, we would like to bring big dog, Charlie with us, so we would have to find pet friendly hotels or bed & breakfasts.

Does anyone have any suggestions on a good driving route? or pet friendly "tour"... nothing organized with a group or anything, but a list of places to see and things to do?

Cookbooks!

I have recently bought 2 new cookbooks that I am really excited about.
This first one has 500!! healthy recipes. The images in the inside were so inticing that I HAD to buy the book. Everything just looked soo yummy. You guy buy it at Amazon too!





This is the second. Cook Yourself Thin. Not only is this a cookbook, but it also includes a shopping list and a good discription of what the purpose of the book is... to be able to eat your favorite dishes, but making substitutions for a healthier way to eat it! Can be found here

I can't wait to try out EVERY recipe in each one. Ya'll know I am on a kick where I want to be uber-healthy, and I think having these 2 cookbooks at my immediate disposal is a definite PLUS.

Now I just gotta get to the store to get some yummy ingredients.

I'll let you know how it goes (and hopefully be able to give some reviews on various dishes)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Injury

To give an update:

My running training is still going strong. I must admit though, we have maybe missed one run a week for the past several weeks. BUT! due to good reason - life, weather, pain.. etc.

This past saturday, G and I did a 10 mile run. We probably only ended up running about 8 out of the ten, but we were at least out there getting it done. We had to stop a few times and stretch. G had to stop once, just to sit down and let his legs recover a bit. Plus, stopping for water breaks and waiting at cross walks. We both felt pretty good on the run. G and I both have had some leg pain over the past few weeks, but saturday we felt pretty good (I think it was taking a few days off before the long on saturday).

Speaking of injury though, it might be time to see the doctor. As much as I don't want to go because I don't want him to tell me the worst (not being able to do the race), I feel that it is better to go so that I don't cause any serious damage. And it may be nothing (cross your fingers), that a few days off can't fix.

Back when the pain started, I attributed it to old shoes and inserts. So, I have replaced both, and while it was better for a while, it seems to have come back. Basically, it feels like I am running up hill the whole time because of the tightness in my calf. Self-diagnostically, I think it has to with my foot - either torn muscle or bunyon issues. But the pain starts in my foot, up through my arch and into my calf.. and on the worst days, up to my hip. I try to run on it as long as possible and just ignore the pain, but if I stop and start again, it just gets worse.

So to the doctor I go, next wednesday. Cross your fingers and pray real hard that its only minor. I will be VERY disappointed if it prevents me from doing the race.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Where does the time go?

I am a horrible blogger. I started this blog as a way to get some things off my chest, and also talk about anything and everything I felt was worthy of typing.

It started out all good.. but now things have kind of gone down hill. I wish my life was more interesting to write about. Or that I was able to tell these hilarious stories about every day activities. But unfortunately, that is not how my life works. boo.

I am selfish enough, and self aware enough to know that I want more followers and more commentors. But how do you get those, probably by writing more appealing material. I need to work on it. And I'm going to. I want to. I want to make this something I enjoy doing and look forward to doing. Rather than something that I struggle with trying to find a topic each day.

So bear with me while I get back on track to better blogging.

(does this all sound familiar???)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nesting...

I want to nest.

G has lived in our house for 3.5 years, and I have lived there 2.5 years. The only room that is "semi" done is our never used dining room. There is so much that I want to do with the house, but am currently in a limbo state of decorating.

See there is a chance we won't be there much longer. So I dont want to put in all this time, effort and money decorating a house that we will more than likely move out of. But I am definitely at that stage, where i want it to feel warm and cozy and not just a place we sleep in. Catch my drift?

I keep looking at furniture on the internet, and almost hit the "buy" button, but then remind myself, that it may not fit with in a new home (because or current place of residence is so awkward and furniture has to be bought specfically). And G asked me the other day why I hadn't printed out our wedding pictures and put them in frames.. I'm like HELLO! we have no shelves to put them on..

Needless to say I want to decorate our house in a more suitable fashion. I just hope I get to soon. But until then I'll just lust after the following...
Sloane Mahogany bookcases from Crate & Barrel

Pottery Barn type gallery wall... I LOVE this
Chloe Velvet Metro Living Chair from Macy's (in Ivory)  
And a bed that is off the floor.. PB

Amongst MANY other things.

Monday, August 9, 2010

How is it...

- that I can go out for a nine mile run on saturday, and struggle with a 3 mile run on monday
- that my knee can hurt me all day, but then on said run, its ok, its other parts of my leg that hurt
- that I can run 5 miles a week and never loose 1 lb.
- that my "to-do" list never gets shorter
- that my 100 lb lab just now started chewing on a bone I gave him 3 days ago
- that everyone I know seems to be having kids
- that I am in my late 20s
- that I can never find worthy blog topics, but could read useless information about other people all day
- that I never have enough clothes but can purge like there is no tomorrow
- that there is never any thing to eat in the fridge
- that i am where I am
- that i have a lot of creative ideas but would rather sleep my free time away
- that i am always tired
- that I have managed to surround myself with wonderful friends (even if they dont live so close)
- that I don't live near a beach

????

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What to say..

It's amazing to me how I can quit something so easily. Does this ever happen to you? You start a project, feeling very confident that you will be able to keep up wih the task and BOOM! you have failed. UGH. It happens to me a lot and it's frustrating.

I have every intention of keeping my word and being good about the promise to myself. But in reality, I let myself down a lot and get disappointed.

I have gone back to "crap" eating this week. I am still trying to not snack on bad stuff through out the day.. or make daily trips to the Walgreens (to save on money too) and I have been semi successful. But I definitely haven't been tracking everything I eat, like I planned. This whole loose 5 lbs thing is hard. And maybe it's because I have never "had" to diet so I dont really know what to do, or how to be committed. And it's not like I "have" to now, but more of a want to be healthier in my food choices. (But geez if a McD's coke isn't exactly what you need sometimes).

Like I have said a million times, I wish I had a live in chef that would make me all these delicious, 0 calorie meals, then I wouldnt have to worry about what's on the label.

And what's up with your body changing when you are nearing 30?!? I mean I am still over 2 years off, but things are definitely not the same as they were last year, and I have trained/training for two 1/2 marathons this year! I run 5 days a week dammit!! Shouldn't something be shrinking?!?

Sorry, it's a bitch-fest over here. I am just frustrated. But I am going to see my doc next week and going to ask about my BC. I think it's making me gain weight.. seriously.. i know that's probably not a true fact, but my body feels different, even in the last few months.. hopefully I can work this out.

Happy Wednesday. Hopefully I will have a happier post tomorrow (if anyone has even read this far)