Monday, March 18, 2013

Time to Succeed


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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Almond Butter

This is the second post in my blogging history to be dedicated solely to almond butter.  I seriously love it that much.

I eat too much almond butter. I know this. I can eat it on bread, an apple, a carrot, pretzel, you name it!  I will eat a lot of it, right out of the jar.  With my finger if no utensil is around.  

I have a problem, I know.

I have started to think I shouldn't have it in my house.  That way, I won't be tempted to eat it so much.

At Trader Joe's today, I found myself standing in front of the nut butters.  To my dismay and disbelief, the entire shelf of almond butter was empty.

A huge shelf.

Completely empty.

Maybe I need to take this as a sign. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Routines- Exercise

I'm chatting with a very nice lady on My Fitness Pal and I realized I've never blogged about my routine- exercise or diet wise.  I don't think I'd classify the schedule as a routine,  but I definitely follow guidelines.  I need structure and love to plan!

I'm going to make this a two part blog, because the day has gotten away from me!

I have a word document with a 2013 calendar, where I plan out all of my work outs.  I love this format because it gives me a clear vision of what I'm supposed to do and when.

Cardio is obviously very important, but I love lifting weights too. Currently, I'm doing ChaLean Extreme and Turbo Fire, based on a schedule I got from Chalene's sister herself.  Yes, I'm pretty proud of this!  I have three days of weights, five days of cardio, and three days of core work.  It's a three month schedule that ends at the end of March.  Starting April 1, I will follow the Insanity 60 day schedule.  I've tried before to follow my own schedule but choosing programs that come WITH one is so much easier for me.  Plus, I yield much better results.

Here is this week's schedule:

Sunday, March 3: REST
Monday, March 4:  ChaLean Extreme Lean Circuit 3, HIIT 25, ChaLean Extreme Ab Burner
Tuesday, March 5:  Turbo Fire 55EZ, 10 Minute Stretch (or 3.1 mile run)
Wednesday, March 6:  ChaLean Extreme Lean Circuit 3, Turbo Fire Stretch 10
Thursday, March 7: Turbo Fire45EZ and Core 20 (or 3.1 mile run)
Friday, March 8:  ChaLean Extreme Lean Circuit 3 & Turbo Fire HIIT 15
Saturday, March 9:  Turbo Fire 45 and ChaLean Extreme Ab Burner

I think my body adjusted to Turbo Fire a bit, so I'm mixing in some running instead.  I already feel leaner since adding it!

I set my alarm everyday for 5:10 AM.  It's imperative that I get up and get my work out in before the kids get up.  Once they're up, I'm in mom mode and I won't be able to do anything.  Colin likes to jump next to  me and Phoebe likes to stand at my feet and moan "mama."  She hates when I work out!

I also sleep in my work out clothes.  It cuts time out in the morning so I can get to the living room as soon as I can.  I set up my work out space the night before too.  Yes, I work out in my living room.  A room I share with a Thomas the Train train table, multiple monster trucks, about seven Disney princesses, a bat cave, and so many matchbox cars, it's amazing.  I have very little room but I make it work.  Luckily for me, I can tuck my SelectTech weights away in the corner and they aren't too noticeable.  They're ready for me along with my lifting gloves, heart rate monitor, bottle of water and my computer to play my DVDs.

There are no words to express how much I need this me time.  Yes, I get tired. I can fall asleep in less than five minutes most nights.  It's totally worth it though!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


In the beginning of my journey, I didn't focus on fitness at all. I started with Weight Watchers after watching a friend have great success with it.  It taught me so much- mostly, how much I was eating.  My portions were out of control!

About seven months into WW, I decided I might see faster results if I started working out.  I didn't want a gym membership because it would take me away from the house and the kids.  That just wasn't an option for me.  We decided to get a used treadmill off Craigslist, to go along with DVDs I've collected over the years.

I am not a runner.  Fat girls don't like to run.  It makes our thighs rub together and that just plain sucks.

Walking on the treadmill was fine, but it wasn't going to speed up my weight loss.  I knew I'd have to do some running.  I started to run intervals- walk one minute, jog one minute.  Jog, not run.  I can't recall how long I did this, but I eventually got into the Couch to 5K program and ran TWO 5Ks!

Then, I had foot surgery in January 2012 and I stopped running.  That was easy to do since I never loved it anyway.

I've been tossing around the idea of starting to run again.  I have been struggling with weight loss- AGAIN.  Deciding maybe I needed to switch it up, I dusted off (literally) the treadmill this morning and ran 3.1 miles.





I couldn't believe I was able to keep it up. I wanted to quit a few times, but I just kept pushing through it.  Actually, I focus on my breathing and that seems to calm me/center my thoughts so I reach my  goal and not crap out.before I even hit two miles.

Now, I'm going to layer in some running each week to my already crazy work out schedule. I'm also looking into some 5Ks to run this spring or summer.  Eventually  I would like to run a 10K or even a half marathon!  Just typing that out intimidates me!

My messy basement - just enough room for the treadmill!
View from said treadmill.  

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Take the Challenge

I love that beachbody offers great savings every few times throughout the year!  They have THREE awesome sales running right now!

Have you considered taking the Beachbody Challenge?  Committing to a program and nutrition?  If so, now is the PERFECT time to do so!  P90X and P90X2 challenge packs are now on sale!!!  Get the program AND Shakeology and save over $80 than if you bought them individually!

A 90 day program with cardio, strength, yoga, plyo, and more PLUS a 30 Day supply of Shakeology for only $180?  With free shipping?  Seriously?!

If you have been on the fence about trying this or really need the support to commit, comment here with a way for me to contact you.  I can answer any questions!

Friday, March 1, 2013

My Latest Creation

I'm trying the Whole30 Challenge again and at lunch time today, I had no idea what to eat.  I knew I had to cook the shrimp I had in my fridge so I threw them in a pan with some coconut aminos, which is a much healthier alternative to soy sauce.  I had some fresh butternut squash too, so I sliced and diced it and added it to the pan . Then I put some steamed cauliflower in my new food processor and made cauliflower rice.

I combined it all and the finished product was DELICIOUS!