Thursday, August 13, 2015

Doctor Day

Tuesday I took the day off from work because I had two Dr's appointments scheduled for myself and then the kids' yearly physicals scheduled for the afternoon.

I started the day with a quick Jessica Smith fasted cardio workout

After my workout I had time to quickly eat a protein bar and jump in the shower.

My first appointment was with the eye Dr. Good news - my left eye got BETTER! My contact lens for my left eye isn't as strong now as my last prescription!

When I got out of that appointment at 11:30 I was starving! I went over to Wegman's hot bar and instead of healthy choices I let my starvation pick what to eat - womp womp.  

Oh you know - just sitting in the pediatrician's office

While scrolling through Instagram at the pediatrician's office I was tagged to - stop, drop and plank. There was no way I was getting on the floor at the pediatrician's office so this was the best I could manage. 

Yesterday I was running SUPER late for work so I didn't pack a lunch to bring with me. Instead I had to shell out $10 for a salad in downtown Washington, DC. Not only was the salad overpriced - but I wasn't paying attention when they started pouring the salad dressing on and I ended up with a BIG OLE ranch-drenched salad. Don't get me wrong - it was good - just not healthy, like a salad ought to be.

I did redeem myself a little bit for dinner with a beef stew I had cooked in the crockpot on Sunday. It was another Hungry Girl recipe. I was a little hesitant at first because the previous two nights we had eaten Hungry Girl recipes for dinner and they just weren't too flavorful. This one (the Fajita-rific Beef Stew) was surprisingly delicious. Hubby said it was a keeper! I did add a sweet potato and only added 2 cans of the beef broth instead of 32 oz. - I didn't want it to be too soup-like.

After we digested our food a bit hubby went on a walk with me through the neighborhood so I could make my 10K steps for the day. 

I tried to go to sleep after our walk but I didn't feel sleepy. I tossed and turned for about 30 minutes before I took a melatonin. Unfortunately that meant I wasn't able to wake up early as I had planned to for a morning workout so I will have to squeeze it in later today.

Monday, August 10, 2015

My streak ended

I hate that I can't complete this #workitout100 Challenge. I've been starting and stopping it for over a year now. The further along in days I get, the worse it hurts when I stop. I got up to Day 37 this time around and then just.stopped.working.out. 

For 3 days.

Last Tuesday was my last workout - and that was only a one mile leisurely walk after the "Night Out" event at Ft. Meade. Hubby and I went with mini-me. My son was busy finishing up his summer reading project which was due the next day.

When I dropped off his project at the school the next morning - this was right next to the office. I'm hoping they get this all cleared up before the students go back in 2 weeks!

Wednesday night the kids' dad kept them overnight so hubby and I had an impromptu date night. We went to the casino and dinner and stayed out way later than we usually do but we had a blast!

The next morning I didn't have such a great time trying to get into work. The metro had an early morning derailment and it of course was on the line that I take. There was no way around it - I was going to have to drive into DC which I HATE doing!

I waited until after rush hour so that commute was smooth. Coming home was awful though - it took me 2 hours to get home! The traffic is insane. I don't know how people do it each day. PLUS parking in my garage at work cost me $20 for the day!

Yes I needed GPS to get me out of the city!

Fortunately the next day metro was running semi-normal so I didn't have to drive again. I was able to sit back, in my normal metro delays and start reading a new book.

The kids agreed to go running with us on Saturday - IF we went in the afternoon - because they're teens and all they like to do is sleep their mornings away.

I don't like running in the heat but I did it for the children. They ran their 1 mile, I ran 2 miles and then I walked another mile around a track that hubby was running around doing intervals. He ended up doing about 4 miles.

The good thing is - my #workitout100 challenge streak began again 

#workitout100 Day 1

Hubby must have been feeling adventurous because after our run he volunteered to start showing the kids some basic driving.

I on the other hand am not as adventurous and chose to sit in a gazebo and observe from the sidelines ie. out of the car.

Sunday I squeezed in a 20 minute Jessica Smith strength training workout followed by 10 minutes of a FitStar App Abs workout.

#workitout100 Day 2

I actually meal planned and power cooked for the week so hubby and I will be eating nice and healthy dinners for the week.

Last night I made a Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe from Hungry Girl. It was an old recipe that I had printed off awhile ago. When I tried to link to it I realized she had taken it off of her website and now it's in one of her books.

Basically this is the before:

I doubled the recipe and it took almost twice the time to cook so we ended up eating dinner really late.

The chicken was good but there was just "too much healthiness on the plate" hubby said. (I did serve it with a whole grain/spinach mix.)

Tonight stuffed peppers are on the menu - AFTER my workout!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Welcome to August!

I can't believe that it is August already! 2015 is over halfway over! Crazy! 

July was definitely a busy month for me! I'm happy that I've been able to keep up with my #workitout100 Challenge!

Day 11 - Treadmill walking

Day 12 - REST DAY
Day 13 - Introduced my mom to at-home You Tube walking workouts

Mom resting with mini-me after her workout

For my mom's last night with us she wanted to take us to Bonefish Grill for dinner. None of us had ever been and boy were we in for a treat! One of the more popular items is the Bang Bang Shrimp.

It was delicious - I could have just eaten this whole thing myself for dinner and been perfectly happy!

After dinner the teens were being picked up by their dad because they were leaving for a vacation with him early the next morning. We took a few final pictures with my mom before they left.

 Then we went home and indulged in some adult beverages.

The next day we slept in a little and then drove my home to the airport before we headed off on our own mini-getaway.

Day 14 - stretching using the Sworkit app
Day 15 - Treadmill run before our 3 hour road trip

Ahhhhh.... obligatory feet in the sand pic when you go to the beach!
This was the most active I had ever been on a vacation. We brought our bikes with us and ended up biking into town every day - sometimes even twice! I even went canoeing for my very first time!

Day 16 - canoeing and beach walking

On the way home we detoured at the casino where I won a little bit of money!

Day 17 - more bike riding on vacation
Day 18 - REST Day (driving back from beach and visiting in-laws)
Day 19 - treadmill walking to hit my 10K steps
The day after we got back we went to check out a Bowie Baysox game. The Baysox are our local minor league baseball team affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles. The minor league games are much more intimate and interactive - oh - and AFFORDABLE!   

Day 20 - hodgepodge workout (strength training with Jessica Smith, Circuit Training with
Fit Star app, walking workout with Jessica Smith)  

Day 21 I was a little sore from yesterday's workout so I tried a beginner FitStar yoga workout
Day 22 I was battling an upset tummy so I only managed a 15 min treadmill walk

Day 23 - slow, late treadmill walk while watching Extreme Weight Loss
Hit my steps!

Last summer league soccer game for mini-me and it was hot as heck!

Day 24 - REST day
Day 25 Another late night treadmill walk. This time while watching Catfish with my teens.

Mini golf with my teens

Yes - I beat them!

A little bowling with the teens - let's hear it for MOM!

Day 26 was just a quick FitStar app workout
Day 27 was leg day with a Jessica Smith workout

Day 28 - my legs were mega sore from leg day. I stretched and cleaned my house.
Day 29 was a slow lunchtime treadmill walk on still sore legs.

I started a new book. An actual real book with pages rather than an e-book!

One entire week hubby traveled, the kids were with their dad, and I only had myself to cook for!

Day 30 - Legs feeling better and I was able to pick up my lunchtime treadmill walking pace!

Day 31 - Took the teens out to dinner and then came home and walked slowly
on the treadmill to hit my steps!

Day 32 - Another night where I went out to dinner.
Another night where I had to get in some late night steps on the treadmill
to make my step goal.

Day 33 - REST Day
Day 34 - Another hodgepodge day. I did a FitStar warm--up, a mini-trampoline
workout and then ran a mile.

The teens are competing with each other to see who can keep a one mile run streak going for the most consecutive days. They started it last week at their dad's so on Sunday when they came back home they asked if hubby and I would go out for a run with them.

Day 35 - 1 mile run

Overall I'm pleased with my progress on my #workitout Challenge. I'm really only competing with myself so the Challenge is what I make it out to mean for myself.  

I don't subscribe to working out every single day - I think our bodies do need rest days so that's why I still count my rest days as part of my 100 day Challenge. Looking back at July's workouts I can see that I definitely need to make more of an effort to add-in some strength training workouts in August.