Friday, November 30, 2012

Easing back into it


My work outs have made a reappearance. It's the eating I struggle with.

Breakfast (top left) - turkey bacon, string cheese, chobani greek yogurt
Mid morning snack (top right) - 100 cal pack chocolate almods, kiwi
Lunch (lower left) - Jimmy Johns veggie sub
Pre-dinner snack - 1 serving Popchips
Dinner (lower right) - turkey burger on snadwich thin, sweet potato fries
Wednesday morning I resumed my ChaLean Extreme dvd and moved onto the "Push" rotation. This rotation is where you use heavier weights and lift slower for lower reps. I'm happy with my progress.  I was able to use one of Jamie's 20 lb weights for one of the exercises! I also went to the gym Wednesday during lunch and walked random hills on the treadmill. At one point I was up to 4.5 mph WALKING!! Unfortunately I hadn't packed a lunch to eat at work after my workout so I just had a greek yogurt & a piece of fruit. By the time I got home I was starving and are everything in my line of sight.

I also figured out that those lil bottles of Skinny Margarita aren't such a "skinny deal". The bottle is 200 ml and the nutrition info lists a serving size as 1.5 oz. So after you do the converting and math involved - EACH little bottle of "Skinny" Margarita is about 186 calories.  Yep - I drank 3...

Thursday was a really busy day at work so I ate my lunch at my desk while I worked and it was also a rest day for ChaLean Extreme so I didn't get in any workout at all. My arms definitely felt the previous day's workout though!

I left work a little late which always gets the night off to a late start. So I actually went through McDonald's drive-thru for the kids' dinner. I waited till I got home & threw a turkey burger on the Foreman grill and heated up sweet potato fries for myself. I haven't logged my food yet for yesterday in My Fitness Pal but I'm sure it was over. 1200 calories is an impossible number for me to stick with which is why I have to exercise so much.

Last night I did get a special email offer for Les Mills Body Combat which looks pretty interesting so I might go ahead and buy that to follow up after I finish ChaLean Extreme and then Turbo Fire. I'm still eyeing Insanity though too!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Running around and around

So much for an evening workout last night. It always happens to me - without fail - when I put off my workouts until the evening on the week's the kids are with me - someting always comes up and I don't get my workout in. I didn't get in a lunchtime workout yesterday either because I basically worked through my lunch trying to catch up with work since I had been off for 5 days over the Thanksgiving holiday. I thought I had this one in the bag though - I had left work at 4:30 since I came in at 8:30 and I knew we were having leftovers for dinner so I was determined to pop in a ChaLean Extreme dvd while the kids ate their dinner and finished their homework. So much for that plan. At 5:30 on my way to pick them up I got a text from Devin asking if we could stop by the library to pick up a book for reading class because he had finished the one he had just started last Friday.

I picked the kids up and we 1st tried the library close to his dad's house where he knew book 2 in his series was. We walked in at 5:55, they close at 6 and would not process a library card at that hour. So then we went to the library by my house. They only had book 3 and not book 2 so they called over to another libray for them to hold it. Mikaela wanted to be dropped off at home so we swung by the house and left her to hang out with Jamie.

Devin and I got to the libray to pick up the book and fill out new library cards for ourselves.


We checked out the book and on the way home I stopped at the gas station. That is where Devin realized he actually had book 3 and the book that was back at the 1st library was book 2. I filled up the gas tank and then we went BACK to the library to return book 3 that we had just checked out and to check out book 2 - but it wasn't there. We searched all over the shelves with the librarian and she couldn't find the issue that was supposed to be on premises so she called the 1st library and asked them to hold it for us. By then it was about 8pm and I was hungry and tired so we finally drove home. Jamie had prepared plates for us and made the kids lunches for the next day - what a sweetie- but Devin still had math homework to finish! I told him that we were no longer going to be looking for reading books on weeknights. The library has a hold process where he can request to hold books on-line so I plan on having him take advantage of that from now on!

The good thing is they also have downloadable books I can look into after I finish the 100 or so e-books I have in my Nook.

After I finally got everybody to bed I camped out in my recliner with my Nook and remote control to catch-up on some blogs and the dvr.

No workout Monday.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Over commit much?

Yes that would be me! You see - I usually putter out and tire of any workout program I begin so a couple of months ago I thought I would "mix things up".

The first thing I did was join Tina's Best Body Bootcamp. There was a couple of weeks between the sign-up time and the actual bootcamp start so then I ventured onto the Beachbody website. After doing some research and reading some reviews I went ahead and bought ChaLean Extreme and started following the workout program faithfully the day after I got it. THEN... Best Body Bootcamp started. I tried to combine the schedules of the two programs to at least overlap the cardio days to fall on the same day - but then something else got added to my mix. I got the itch to try to "run" again and I dowloaded the RunKeeper app to my phone and dowloaded the Beginners 5K program. So.... now you can see that my workout schedule just got CRAZY. But noooooo.... that wasn't enough for me. I then joined the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge to try to help me get through the holidays.

Now my brain is completely fried and boggled on how I can keep up with any of the scheduled workouts, let alone all the "check-ins" and accountability posts I'm supposed to make. So... it's time for me to step back and just do me.

Yes - I'm feeling stronger following ChaLean Extreme and I am definitely going to keep it up for the next 8 weeks. And yes - I did go ahead and order Turbo Fire to begin when ChaLean Extreme is complete. The next set I want to buy after Turbo Fire will be Insanity. I am DEFNITELY a dvd exerciser. It all started with a step aerobic video and a step bench long ago and then when I finally got back into working out - the kids were small and I couldn't always get to the gym so I started doing the Leslie Sansone dvds at home then. From there I progressed to TaeBo and then a whole slew of various dvd followed. ChaLean Extreme is the first attempt at lifting weights I've seriously done and I love how strong it makes me feel.

I think Tina's Best Body Bootcamp program is an awesome plan if I didn't already have a direction or plan I was following. It's very difficult for me to keep up with it in addition to ChaLean Extreme. The only other thing I have difficulty with it is the prep work. She sends out the program for 2 weeks at a time. Then I have to look up and print the actual moves called for and put them together in a packet for me to bring to the gym or keep by my side to refer to at home. For me - it's just a personal preference - but if I'm going to be referring to anything - it wold be easier to just watch a dvd. That way I'm not losing my momentum or tempo by referring back to my notes. There are 3 more weeks left of bootcamp and I am by no means totally abandoning it - in fact, I would like to try some of her new-to-me moves.

And the running... I do want to continue following a 3 times a week running plan. So far - running has been the best calorie burner for me. It hasn't been too kind on my knees which is why I plan to keep it to just 3 times a week. Maybe I should try Spinning? lol See - there I go again - already looking at a new activity!

We'll see how I do over the next 4 weeks as I prepare for our trip to Seattle for Christmas. I really would like to head out there toned and in shape to see my family and old friends!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

29 Day (Almost a Month) Recap

Geez... where does the blogging time go? It's been 29 days since my last blog post?!? I feel like I'm always so busy - which isn't at all true - it's just that I have a lot of time suckers in my life that I need to reign in and get myself refocused. Right now I am totally addicted to Instagram. I went through the whole Facebook phase, then there was Pinterest, then reading tons of exercise/healthy living blogs, and now it's all about Instagram. I'm using Instagram for my workout motivation and personal journaling. I love to see how other people - especially busy moms - are balancing it all - workouts, healthy eating, marriages and kids. But at the same time - I want to be able to keep up with my own blog as something for me to look back on and see my own transformation story. I had some issues with posting my last two blog posts where I can't, for the life of me, edit and move the pictures. I signed up and looked at moving over to WordPress but for now I'm going to stick it out and see if I can't fight my way through Blogger!

A couple of weeks ago Hurricane Sandy blew her way through Maryland. We were lucky and only lost power overnight. I had been proaactive and overly cautious and booked a hotel room for me and the kids since Jamie had to work. It was like a mini-vacation for the kids and believe it or not - I did manage to get my 1st hotel workout in!


I've been working out pretty frequently lately between following ChaLean Extreme and Tina Reale's the Best Body Bootcamp workouts. My poor heart rate monitor has been all over the place and flat lining - even after I got the battery changed in the watch and the transitter. Jamie said it was probably from OVERuse! So I finally broke down and ordered a new one. It's the same model (Polar) and style (FT4) as my last one - but in pink!

 
And lastly - the family - we're all doing good. The kids have finished their 1st quarter of 7th grade and have really good grades - except for math. Math is definitely our challenge this year for both kids. The teachers aren't using math textbooks - everything is either on-line or worksheets, so when the kids have questions I have to google the math problems and try to review where they're at so that I can then explain it to the kids. One night last week my son and I were up til 11:30pm working on his math.
 
 
Oh - and THESE went out this morning in the mail! Yep - I'm throwing my hubby a birthday party this year! It's in 3 weeks so it's time to get planning - Pinterest here I come :-)