Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday two-a-day

Yesterday was definitely a good workout day for me. During lunch I went to the gym in the building and did Week 4 of the Couch to 5K running plan. I am determined to figure out why I always have to take walk breaks when I try to run. I'm just going to continue using the program for my runs until I can complete the running workout as stated instead of skipping ahead to the next one - even if it means I'll be stuck on the 20 minute run for the rest of my life!
 
Jamie had to work and the kids were having dinner with their dad so I was also able to fit in my ChaLean Extreme workout for the day. I did the Burn Circuit #2. This was my 2nd time doing this circuit but my 1st time with the sheet so I could actually document which weights I was using. I really need to still do my measurements and "before" picture seeing as I'm already in my 2nd week of the program...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Still at it

Here I am - here I am! On Week 2 of ChaLean Extreme and still at it. It's a little harder trying to fit in the workouts this week (last week the kids were with their dad) so I'm trying to adjust, juggle and reschedule the workouts to still get them in!

Getting it done

Some pics of my getting it back together with my workouts. I am doing ChaLean extreme and still doing a little cardio on the gym treadmill at lunch. I love the summary report on the treadmill after my workout!
 
And look at my husband helping to support me! I came home from work last week and he had TWO crockpots going with our dinners for the week. One had a turkey meatloaf in it and the other had turkey chili! He's definitely a keeper and so supportive of me!

Long weekend

Yay for long weekends with my sweetie! Hubby and I were both off for Columbus Day so we had a relaxing day together.
 
Besides the fact that I could barely walk because I had taken the ChaLean Extreme Fit Test and done the workout the day before it was a really fun day!
 
We ACTUALLY used a Groupon BEFORE it expired. We went to Poncabird Pub in Baltimore for $20 worth of pub food. It was in a kind of sketchy area but we still ventured in. Inside it was pretty empty - maybe because it was late afternoon on a Monday afternoon. The bartenders and cook were super friendly though. I ended up getting and devouring this ginormous burger that was sooooo.... good (and greasy, but good)!! Our final bill was only about 5 bucks plus tip.
 
And on a final note - I bought a new blinged out cell phone case. Isn't she cute?

The weekend!

Tis the season for pumpkin fever! Check out the pumpkin spice coffee and the pumkin creamer I had with my healthy breakfast on Saturday morning!
 
I was the soccer snack mom for the game so when Devin and I ran into K-mart before the game look at what we saw - Christmas decorations - ALREADY!! It's not even Halloween yet!
 
After the game Jamie and I took the kids bowling which later turned into Cosmic Bowling.
 
And yes - we were in Ravens territory as can be seen by the purple Ravens donuts on the top shelf at Dunkin Donuts.

Busy school weeks


With Devin taking swimming lessons and Mikaela playing soccer - it sure does get hectic during the week!
 
When I went to Devin's swimming lesson I surely was not prepared for how HOT it is in the pool area. They have chairs set up around the pool for the parents to watch and I was sweating to death. Plus I didn't realize I would be walking around a wet pool area in my work heels since I took him to his lesson straight from work. Next time I'll have to plan my outfit a little better.
 




Mikaela's season is almost over. She only has practice once a week and it's getting darker earlier which makes is colder too!
 
And then after a full week of activities - we stopped at the town center to grab some pizza to bring home. I had a veggie with a Lime A Rita to round out my Friday evening.
 
And then looky what was at the door:
 
It's ChaLean Extreme! I CAN NOT wait to get started!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy October

I can't believe the 1st week of October is almost over!
 
I'm seeing so many pumpkin items in the stores I just HAD to pick this up to try!
 
It is DELICIOUS! It really does taste like pumpkin pie! Of course it's probably not as good for me or as nutritious as my Chobani greek yogurt but boy is it yummy!
 

 
I made this Annie's Macaroni & Cheese as part of dinner last night. I liked it but my daughter said it tasted "healthy"!

Fwd: Getting Fit Steps

All of the birthday festivities have finally settled down and now it's time to step up my fitness game!
I joined Tina's Best Body Bootcamp. It's an 8 week on-line bootcamp that I cannot WAIT to start!



I also broke down and ordered ChaLean Extreme which I REALLY cannot wait to start. Through all of my instagramming I've seen a lot of women with great results from the Beachbody products. They are all pricey so I need to start it right when I receive it because it has a 30 day money back guarantee.  If only I had done that with P90X...

I have been down to the gym in my building twice this week so far. The 1st time was on Tuesday and I was not impressed. It is TINY - just 2 treadmills, 2 ellipticals & 2 bikes along with some weights.  Each cardio machine has its own tv - but of course the tv wasn't working on the treadmill I got on & someone was already on the other one. So my only option was to listen to my ipod and stare at the reflection of myself since all the cardio machines face a mirrored wall - yuck!


One cool thing though is at the end of the workout the treadmill has a pretty comprehensive summary page which is interesting to see.


The above summary was for an interval run I was trying out. I set my phone timer for intervals of 10 minute runs followed by a 1 minute walk for 3 sets. I made it through the 1st 2 runs by that 3rd one got me and I only lasted about 7 or 8 minutes. I will try it again today though I hope at lunchtime.
 
THIS is the face of a happy boy!
My son is an avid reader and he has been waiting MONTHS for this book to come out so of course we had to go to Barnes & Noble the 1st day it came out. How can I deny a kid that loves to read??

I finally tried this new to me mahi-mahi burger for dinner that I had bought at BJs months ago and was sitting in the freezer. I didn't want any bread with it since I was already having carb-y peas and sweet potato fries so I just put a little bit of salsa on it for flavor and it was GOOD!
 
And then this happened! I was craving something sweet and didn't want to open up one of the bags of Halloween candy in the pantry that Jamie had already bought that I have been resisting for weeks so I had one of these - a leftover-from-Easter hollow chocolate bunny. Which may or may not have been followed by a couple of hollow eggs too.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 1, 2012

October ...

Well, none of the Living Social/Groupon fitness classes I wanted to attend ever materialized.  Something always came up - in addition to the fact that I'm so very shy that I didn't really push myself to get out to those new classes. I still do want to at least use the paid value of the coupons. 
So - now we're onto October.  I did awesome the 1st 3 weeks of September.  This last week though....between an office move and my birthday ... let's just say the scale was not my friend this morning.

Thursday through Sunday I stayed at the Capital Hilton in DC for work.


Thursday night while our old office furniture was being broken down & removed, my friend / supervisor & I went across the street to the Hamilton Hotel bar for drinks and appetizers while we waited.


Friday morning I did make it to the gym for a "birthday workout". I did a 35 minute treadmill walk and then a co-worker and I walked 3 miles roundtrip to Georgetown and back to pick up the new parking passes for our new office.


 Afterwards the ladies and I from the office went back to the Hamilton for an outdoor lunch. I indulged myself and had a pretty fattening lunch with 2 glasses of wine.  Then I went back to the hotel for a nap. When I woke up it was time to get ready & hit the bar with Jamie & my best friend & her sister for my birthday celebration.  The evening festivities included fried food,  plenty of drinks & even a couple of shots. Needless to say - it was a REALLY fun night!


Saturday was the actual office move.  The day started with coffee. A Jimmy Johns sandwich was my 1st food/meal in the late afternoon. Upon move completion we went to Black Finn for celebratory drinks. Then I went back to the hotel for dinner & drinks with Jamie.

Sunday & Monday didn't involve any drinks but I was on some sort of binge/eat everything in sight because we're starting a new month and I'll get back on track path of destruction. I've been getting really motivated to have an awesome October by following some motivational moms on instagram. I'm hoping to document my progress by updating the blog more often. I know ... I always say that...