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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Yesterday's Run

Even though I ate like crap again yesterday, I still at least got a run in. See, I have been doing what I always do before I start a new 'diet'...eating everything in sight that I might crave. I realize that it is very counter-productive...put on an extra 5 pounds to have to just lose again...but I still do it...every time!

My run yesterday wasn't quite as good as I was hoping for, but not as bad as last week either. I walked to and from the gym again (7 minutes each way). Then I hit the treadmill:
Ran at 5.5 speed for 10 minutes
Walked at 4.0 for 3 minutes
Ran at 5.5 again for 5 minutes
Walked 2 more minutes at 4.0.
My goal was to run for 10 minutes 2 times with a 3-5 minute walk in between, but I just couldn't make it happen. It took a good 5 minutes to get into the groove, and then it wasn't too bad. But I took the walk break at 10 minutes so I could go for another 10 minutes...but I couldn't get going again. I still get so sore during my runs...and I don't have much mental strength to fight through it!

I have decided I really don't love running, and I'm thinking I will be changing my goals again shortly. I do want to be able to run & compete in a 5K race, but I don't think I'm into the 10K & 1/2 Marathon anymore. We'll see how I feel once I conquer the 5K, but as of now I'm thinking running is not so fun!

Today was my last day of eating so junky for a while, and I'm kind of glad. I have been bloated all week and feel like a lethargic cow! Tomorrow will be day one. Well, more like pre-day with our fit tests, pre photos & weigh in, and planning our diets. Here goes nothing!!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I LOVE Sunshine!

Man I do love me some sunshine! (And yes, I do have hick-like-tendencies; so I'm aloud to talk like that.) As I have mentioned before, I struggle with winter depression each most people I think. It definitely isn't bad at all like real depression, I just become very sluggish and a home-body. I tend to not want to do anything but sit on the couch where it is warm and the constant darkness before and after work hours is just plain depressing! To top it all off, we lived under a blanket of snow all winter this year, and even into spring. But now that the sun is doing its very best to stick around, my mood is suddenly changing! It is amazing what an effect it can have on my attitude!

I have never put 2 & 2 together until this weekend, that there is a good chance that this crummy winter weather could be at least partially to blame for my lack of exercise motivation lately. I was talking with one of my friends this weekend about how I usually get so addicted to working out once I get going, and that this time around I just haven't been able to get into it. I was telling him that I have forced myself every time I have done the little that I have. He said that even he has been having a hard time motivating himself to hit the gym, and he blamed it on this winter! It makes sense I suppose...because I seriously usually do get pretty hardcore about it once I establish a routine. I'm hoping/thinking this beautiful spring weather is just what I need to get goin' again!

I must say...I haven't been this excited about my diet in several weeks...I am so pumped to start P90X! I really hope this is what I need to get me over this hump that has drug on for way too long. I did read in the book today that it is ideal for people that are currently plateaued, and I certainly am. I have just been bouncing between 175-180 for several weeks now, and it is getting boring! It is way more exciting to see new numbers on that scale! Plus, all of this beautiful weather is making me realize that Bikini season is right around the corner...and my ass is not Bikini ready yet! I have not worn a Bikini (other than for my progress pics) since our honeymoon in 2006! I used to live in a Bikini all summer long. I want a tan belly this year gosh darn it! Oh man I am really excited...please work...please work!


I have another P90X question for those of you that have completed or are currently following the program. Have you followed the calorie intake as the nutrition plan suggests? My top priority is to shed more fat & weight during my P90X, and I am a bit concerned with the amount of calories that it suggests. At my current weight, I am in level 2, and at my goal weight I would be a level 1. This puts me at 1,800-2,400 calories a day. My goal up to now has been 1,200...1,500 max. I know what the book says that I will need these extra calories to have the energy to complete the workouts, but I really feel like I know my body, and 2,400 calories seems pretty extreme. So here's my question...what calorie range works best for you to stay energized & still maximize weight loss while doing P90X? I am thinking more around the 1,500 - 1,800 range; maybe 2,000 max if I feel like I need it...but I welcome any advice...

P.S. I ordered the Recovery Formula today! I wasn't going to, but I read the reviews on it, and people seem to swear by it so I thought I would give it a try. I think I'm going to try to find a cheaper alternative to the protein bars though. Have you tried either product yet? Are they truly as beneficial as the website claims? What about the flavor?

Lean or Classic?

Which P90X plan should I do, Lean or Classic? I do want to lose weight, so I was thinking Lean. But I also want to keep up with my running at least once a week, so I'm thinking maybe Classic to get a good balance of Cardio & Strength Training through P90X. Any insight or suggestions?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wonderful Weekend!

We had such a great weekend! We got to see our great friends from CA that are expecting their first baby in July...and I got to feel him kick! Knowing that we were going to have company also made us clean our house, which it really needed! It feels great to have a clean house again! When my house is a mess, I feel like a mess and all stressed out. Much more calming to be at home now.

Not that I really have to mention it lately, but the diet & exercise weren't really thought about much this weekend. I actually didn't do terrible, but nothing to write home about either. I just keep maintaining. I do think that it is awesome that I have been able to maintain for the past 6 weeks or so without trying like I should be, but I'm not ready to be done. I really want to keep losing's not time for my maintenance phase yet!

The way I have been looking at it this weekend is that maybe I just needed these last few weeks off? I have been losing weight since August and just got sick of caring. Maybe taking an unintentional break wasn't so bad after all. I have had a chance to relax again for a bit, but I do really have to refocus soon if I'm going to make any of my goals that are extremely important to me!

That being said, Sky and I are going to start P90X on April 1st; this Thursday. I am going to try to stick to the plan as closely as possible; however I know I will not work out 6 days a week. I would like to say that I have it in me to do it, but I just know that at this point in my life I don't. Rather than just skip the entire workout because I miss a day though, I am going to give myself extra time to complete the program. I definitely want to be done with P90X by no later than the end of July, hopefully early to mid July though. My goal is to do no less than 4 of the P90X workouts a week, and run at least once a week. I realize that I may not get the exact results that I would if I stuck to the plan perfectly...but I'm not perfect! I am going to try to hit the ground running for the first week or two to get a strong start, and just keep pushing myself as hard as I can! Wish me luck...I really hope this is what it takes to help me get going again. Now I need to read my nutrition book again so I remember what I need to do.

I skipped my weigh-in this week because it would have been worthless. I haven't been trying, and the scale hasn't been budging! I will weigh in and take before pictures on Thursday for my P90X progress photos, so I will update then.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Curse of the Red Dress

So I have this red dress that I really like to wear because it is comfy and doesn't need to be ironed and looks pretty nice for work. But it dawned on me today that every time I wear it I get bloated! And the way it fits there is just no way to hide my pregnant looking belly! I think it is cursed!

FOOD - 1,100 Calories
I finally had a day with good choices...but not because I wanted to. I wanted junk food all day, but I didn't.

Breakfast 9:00am - 140 Calories
Fiber One Bar

Lunch 12:00pm - 385 Calories
Croissant with 4 oz Pork Loin & 1 T Lt. Mayo

Snack 3:15pm - 140 Calories
2 Boiled Eggs

Dinner 6:30pm - 435 Calories
Bean Burrito with a Flatout Bread, 2 T FF Sour Cream,
1/2 C FF Refried Beans, 2/3 C Cheese, & 1/4 C Salsa

I really wanted Mexican food for dinner, so I made do with what I had in the house that wouldn't be too unhealthy. It was surprisingly very filling! It at least hit the spot and was a better choice than the nacho's I was craving. I'm not going to lie though; I know this isn't going to be the world's most successful diet weekend. I am going to lunch with a friend tomorrow and then we have company coming in from CA on Sunday. We will probably eat out and drink beer. I am going to try not to do too bad, but I doubt it will be all that good either. I am strongly considering starting P90X next week instead of waiting another week. I feel like it's the only thing that might whip my ass back into shape and quit all of this eating like crap & skipping my workouts!

Engagement Dinner

I couldn't say yesterday, but the dinner that we went to with the 3 other couples was orchestrated by one of the guys so he could propose to his girlfriend, one of my best friends! It was so sweet, and the dinner was AMAZING! Calories were out of control, I'm sure...but this was one of those times that was totally worth it! Here's what was on the menu:

Toasted Walnut, Gorgonzola, & Clover Honey Bruschetta
paired with Vertikal Riesling

Traditional French Onion Soup
paired with a Blood Orange Martini

Pinot Noir Braised Beef Short Ribs with
Parmesan Risotto & Zucchini Ribbons
paired with Echelon Pinot Noir

Sugared Strawberries & Creme
paired with Mondoro Asti

I can't believe that my stupid camera is broken! The food was so pretty and oh so yummy! We were all full after the soup! The Chef/Owner was very entertaining and it was so cool to see how they made everything. They even gave us copies of the I'm going to have to make the French Onion Soup sometime soon.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pretty Sore

Wow! My hips are killing me today...all from that measly 10 minute run! I guess it worked me out pretty good because I am certainly feeling it today!

FOOD - 550 Calories (so far)
I've done good so far today on my meals. I am trying to be thoughtful of my dinner out tonight so hopefully I don't blow it too bad.

Breakfast 8:15am - 70 Calories
1 Delicious Orange!

Lunch 12:00pm - 480 Calories
Sandwich on a Croissant with 2 pc Roast Beef,
4 pc Turkey, 2 pc Lt. Cheese, 1 T Lt. Mayo, & Shred Lettuce
with 1 C Grape Tomatoes & a Banana

Everybody is sick at work, so I'm planning to have another orange for my afternoon snack and maybe the rest of my Strawberries from yesterday. Hoping the Vitamin C from the 2 oranges will help keep me healthy! Guess I could always just remember to take my vitamins too huh?

I will try to post tonight when we get back from dinner, but we'll see. I'm so exhausted because I've been staying up until midnight! I have to get to bed early tonight! Not having my camera is making my posts so boring! I've gotta see if I can find my old camera while I'm waiting on this one to get fixed.  Hope you are all having a terrific hump day!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rough Run

FOOD - 1,319 Calories
I had a pretty good diet day today. I had hoped to do my fruit/veggie fast, but I woke up starving and stayed hungry all day. Thank goodness I stayed strong and was able to stick to pretty healthy food. My stinkin camera really is broken. I emailed Canon and they told me how to try to fix it but it didn't work so they said that I have to send it!

Breakfast 9:00am - 150 Calories
2 1/2 C Honeydew Melon

Lunch 12:00pm - 490 Calories
2 Eggs scrambled with 1/4 C Milk,
17 pieces of Turkey Peppereroni, 1/3 C Cheese,
2 T Black Olives, 1 T Salsa, & Green Onions with
2 pieces Wheat Toast & 2 T Low Sugar Jelly

Snack 3-5pm - 75 Calories
1 1/2 C Strawberries

Dinner 7:00pm - 604 Calories
7 Crackers with 2 T Cream Cheese,
Sandwich on a Croissant Roll with 2 pc Lt. Provolone,
6 pc Roast Beef, 1 T Lt. Mayo, & Shredded Lettuce with
1 C Grape Tomatoes & 1 Red Apple

So sorry for the lack of pictures...kind of boring!

I ran tonight, but it was pitiful! It was just one of those nights that I wasn't feelin it! I walked to and from the gym, 7 minutes each way. My goal tonight was to run for 10 minutes twice with a 5 min walk in between. It didn't go so well though, I only made it 10 minutes and that was barely. I walked for 2 minutes on the treadmill following the run, totally 1.05 miles on the treadmill. I'm proud of myself that I went; just annoyed that it didn't go so hot.

We have a really fun group date planned for tomorrow night with 3 other couples. I am really excited...even though I am usually not a fan of going out on week is going to be so cool. There is a new restaurant in Fayetteville called Soul. The Chef will be teaching us a private cooking class with a 4 course meal & pair a drink with every course. I'm kind of nervous because I really don't want to go over on my calories extremely bad, so we'll see. I have no idea what the menu is, but it was such a cool opportunity that I couldn't pass it up! I am really bummed that I won't be able to take pictures of it though! Maybe I'll try to use my iPhone camera. So all of this being #1 goal for tomorrow is to NOT completely blow my diet at dinner!

It Is P90X Time...

I'm back to thinking that I want to start P90X soon. I do think I will do Insanity sometime, but everybody keeps telling me I should do P90X first. And since I don't own Insanity and my friend is sending it back, P90X it is! I am really thinking/hoping that starting this program will help me to find a new motivation and focus again with the new challenge in front of me. I've been kind of at a stale-mate for several weeks now, so I'm hoping this might shake things up. I am planning to start P90X by Monday, April 5th. This gives me two more weeks to focus more on my running (if I would just make myself run).

Here is where I need your advice/opinion. I am thinking about giving myself 4 months to complete P90X, instead of just the 3 months that it is designed for. My reasons for this are pretty simple...time, time, & time! I am already extremely busy, and things at work are about to get even more crazy for me. I worry that working out 6 days a week is just unrealistic with my schedule. And I know how I can be...if I miss a day then I feel like I have messed up and just have to start over again. I am also thinking that this will allow me to still run 1-2 times a week so I don't lose the little progress I have made on that. Skyler is going to do the program with me, and since he is a nurse and works 12 hour shifts, there is no way he will be able to work out on the day's he works. He is entirely too mentally & physically exhausted to work out after a day at work. So that is another reason I am leaning towards giving myself more than the 3 months.

I would really appreciate your thoughts on stretching this out longer than recommended, because I am struggling with this decision. On one had I don't want to set myself up for failure by setting goals that I can't reach. But on the other hand I know that the whole point of the program is the intensity level for 84 days straight. I worry that I'll just be hurting my own progress by stretching it out. If I do decide to give myself more time, I think I will still try to stick to the plan as closely as possible, but maybe just not freak out when I have to skip days. Then when I do miss a day, rather than skipping that workout I could just pick up where I left off the following day. I have listed my Pro's and Con's below, but I'm sure I have left some off. Please give me your feedback...especially if you are currently doing or have completed P90X. I really want to do this program and I really want it to work for me! I have been stuck for a while now, and I need something to help pull me out of my plateau.

- Greater chance of Completion
- Less Stress/More Time
- Keep up with Running
- Will be able to do with Skyler

- Possibly less dramatic Results
- Feeling like a Pansy for not doing it right
- 4 months seems so much longer than 3 (and maybe more time to get sick of it)

I must say, I am very excited to start this workout plan! I think it will be exciting to see the changes in my body, and should be fun for something new. Bring on the comments...and please be honest!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Broken Camera

My stinkin camera isn't working today. I've gotta figure it out because it is pretty new...and wasn't cheap! My day was just so-so...nothing to write home about...

FOOD - 1,584 Calories
My downfall today was dinner. I did great up until then, and then just ate too many calories for that late in the day.

Breakfast 9:45am - 150 Calories
Cheerios & Lt. Yogurt

Sky made lunch for me today. We laid a steak out to cook up on Saturday before we ate like shit all weekend, so he cooked it up this afternoon. I did really good though and just had a little bit!

Lunch 12:00pm - 368 Calories
3 oz Ribeye, 1/2 C Squash, Fiber One Bar,
Salad with 1 T FF Cesar Vinaigrette & 1 T Feta

I snacked while dinner was cooking...

Snack 5:30pm - 95 Calories
2 Slices Cheese

Yikes! I had way, way, way too many calories with dinner! No bueno!

Dinner 6:15pm - 971 Calories
1 & 3/4 Spicy Chicken Sandwiches with
2 T Lt. Mayo, 1 T Ketchup, 2 Buns, 1 Slice Cheese,
Shredded Lettuce, & 2 oz Sweet Potato Fries

I didn't work out tonight, but I do plan to run tomorrow! It should be a good one since I haven't worked out in like a week! Sky went grocery shopping today, so now we're stocked with fruits & veggies again.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Week in Review & Goals for Next Week

I did pretty great Monday through Thursday and sucked really bad Friday through Sunday! That sums it up completely! I only worked out once this week, that's not good. I have never had this hard of a time getting myself into a workout routine as I have this time around. Usually it just takes me a week or two and then I get obsessive and addicted. This time I just can't get into it though.

- Run at least 2 times (hopefully 3)
- 1,200 Calories 5 Days
- Drink 64 oz Water every day

Here goes another week...wish me luck!

Crazy Weekend

We had such a fun & crazy weekend! We need another weekend just to recoup from it though! Kind of disappointing after such a great week, I sucked on my diet this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday.

One of the girls brought in Muffin Tops from Atlanta Bread on Friday so I had 2.

For lunch I met up with one of my best friends from MO that was in town. We went to JJ's and I had 1/2 of a Chicken Strip Wrap and some Fried Jalapenos. Then for dinner Sky and I went to a Chinese restaurant. Skyler loves Chinese food, and I am not a fan! He has been craving it for a couple of months now and I always veto it, so I finally gave in on Friday. I told him that was my one time that I will eat it this year...yuck!

I actually didn't do too bad yesterday until last night, then I blew it royally! For lunch we went to Buffalo Wild Wings in between running several errands. I ordered the sliders and had 1 of the 3 and then had about half of my Potato Wedges...not too bad. I ate a Fiber One Bar at around 5:00 while I was getting ready. We went to a really nice restaurant, Savor, for dinner to celebrate a friends birthday. Sky & I shared a Crab Cake for our appetizer, and then I had the Prime Rib special. It was so, so good, and I can only imagine how many calories! I was pretty good when it came to the birthday cake and just had a couple of bites and then left it alone. I drank way too much wine with my entire bottle to be exact. We then went to the bowling alley and I had a Bud Light, and then we came back to the house and continued to drink. I almost never drink like that, and today has reminded me why. I am all about having a beer or a glass of wine, but I really do hate getting drunk...and I hate the hangover even more! Here are a couple of photos of the fun festivities:

Sky & I at Savor (check out his newly highlighted hair)

Group picture at the Bowling Alley

I have spent all day feeling mostly like death! Reason number 384 why getting drunk is lame...I eat like a cow the next day trying to make myself feel better. Sky went and got us McDonald's for breakfast. I had a Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with a Hash Brown. Then we went out to Mexican for lunch. I had way too many Chips with Salsa & Queso, and then had Flautas for my entree. We had Ice Cream with Hot Fudge for dinner. I do finally feel better again, but I really regret ruining my great week with such an out-of-control weekend. I'm going to get back at it tomorrow, and hopefully do better next weekend than what I have done lately. It is so counter-productive to work my tail off all week and then blow it all weekend. Silly Nonsense!

Weigh In

I weighed 176.2 on Friday morning. I was a bit disappointed because I had weighed 175 on Thursday, but that's life. I was really hoping to lose more this week, but hey, at least I didn't gain right?! I keep saying this, but I really do have to get going hardcore again if I am going to reach my goals! This half-assed attitude isn't going to cut it. I think I've kind of gotten cocky & lazy lately because I am feeling so much better and am pretty proud of my accomplishments so far, but I need to get back to reality. I am still not at a weight that makes me happy or feel confident, so I have to buckle down!

Off of the subject completely, but the weather here is absolutely insane!!! It was almost 70 degrees on Friday. I wore flip-flops & a t-shirt when we went out to dinner that night. Then yesterday it was like 30 degrees and snowed 6 inches or something crazy! Are you kidding me?! Gotta love the weather around here!


FOOD - 1,284 Calories
Thursday was another pretty good day food wise. Here's how it shaped up...

Breakfast 8:30am - 140 Calories
1 C Grapes & Lt Key Lime Pie Yogurt

Lunch 12:30pm - 484 Calories
Chicken Sausage, 1/2 C Brown Rice, 1/2 C Rotel, & 1/2" Velveeta
(I didn't eat all that is pictured)

Snack 2:00pm - 140 Calories
Fiber One Chocolate Bar

Snack 4:30pm - 60 Calories
1 C Grapes

Dinner 6:00pm - 380 Calories
2 Eggs Scrambled, 1/3 C Cheese, 1/4 C Rotel, Green Onions
2 pc Lt. Wheat Bread, 2 T Low Sugar Strawberry Jelly

Snack 9:00pm - 80 Calories
Grape Popsicle

I did much better this week. Buying all of those fruits and veggies on Monday really helped! Every time I got hungry I just ate some of those.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hump Day

I am so ready for the weekend!!!!!

FOOD - 1,210 Calories
Some of the girls from a hotel down the street brought us bagels this morning, and there were mini bagels! It was perfect! I could have a taste, but not too many calories!

Breakfast 9:00am - 215 Calories
Lt. Cherry Yogurt, Mini Asiago Bagel, & 1 T Cream Cheese

It took me most of the morning to finish my breakfast, so I wasn't really hungry for lunch. I ended up just having a couple of snacks throughout the afternoon instead.

Snack 1:15pm - 90 Calories
Pringles Pizza Stix

Snack 2:30pm - 80 Calories
Butterscotch Lollipop

Snack 4-5pm - 210 Calories
Carrots, Grape Tomatoes, 1 T FF Ranch Dip, & Hummus

Sky ended up having the day off, so he surprised me by making dinner. He is getting better at cooking healthy, but still isn't great about counting the calories before he makes it or at least as he goes. I asked him to keep it under 400 calories, and it was almost 900 calories. I scaled back to get it within my daily range. It was still more calories than I prefer to have for dinner, but not too bad. It was tasty though! And it was a great example for him to see why I complain about this diet thing sometimes. The meal he made seemed 'healthy' but wasn't quite what it seemed. Here is what I ended up eating:

Dinner 5:30pm - 615 Calories
7 oz Grilled Boneless Skinless Chicken stuffed with
Jalapenos & 1 Slice of American Cheese, 1/2 C Green Beans,
French Bread with 1/2 oz Cheese & Tomato Slices, &
1/4 Baked Potato with 1/2 T FF Promise,
1 T FF Sour Cream, & Green Onions

He did a good job!

He had made twice as much bread for me and 1/2 of a potato. And then the little devil ate a huge bowl of ice cream with hot fudge right in front of me!!! So not fair that he gets to be tall and skinny!

We didn't work out again tonight. I still want to run 2 more times this week, so I'm thinking tomorrow or Friday, and Sunday. We'll see...

I am yet again re-thinking my whole workout plans. I have been reading several other blogs of people doing P90X, and it makes me want to start it. Plus I have been told by many people that Insanity is harder than I am re-thinking things...again. I will post more about this over the weekend, but I think I have a good idea that will work for me.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Another Good Day!

Woo Hoo! It looks like I'm back in the groove. Sky tried talking me into going out to dinner tonight and I just wasn't interested. And then he offered me some of his fries when we got home, and I didn't even eat one! Look at me go!!! It's about time!

FOOD - 1,135 Calories
I didn't stick to fruit & veggies only today because I was too hungry, but they were still the staple.

Breakfast - 185 Calories
8:15am - Light Cherry Yogurt
11:30am - Banana

Lunch 12:00pm - 265 Calories
Small Baked Potato with 1 T FF Promise Spread,
2 T FF Sour Cream, 1/4 C Shredded Cheese, & Green Onions

We didn't get home until pretty late tonight, so I had to eat dinner kind of late...and it was so so yummy! I had too many calories for that late in the evening, but my calories were pretty low for the day, so I didn't worry too much.

Dinner 7:45pm - 685 Calories
4 Crackers, 1.5 oz Cheese, 2 C Grapes
and a 10 oz Glass of White Wine

We got home late tonight because we were getting our taxes done for the second time this year. This has to do with the major stress we faced a couple of weeks ago...long story...but I think everything is taken care of so we can take a deep breath now. That being said, we didn't go for the walk like we were hoping. I have only had time to take a shower, eat dinner, type this post, and will be headed to bed shortly. I am still pretty sore from my run yesterday, and my brain hurts! I can't believe it's only Tuesday...I have felt like it was Wednesday all day! Hopefully the rest of the week goes by a bit quicker (and the weekend goes by slowly). Good night friends!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Back on Track Again

That's right! I had a great day, diet-wise and just in general. The weather is absolutely beautiful here today. The sun was shining, it was still daylight past 5:00, I stuck to my diet plan for the day, and I had a great run!!! Finally! After like 5 weeks of worthlessness, I feel like/hope I'm getting a renewed sense of motivation. Thank you so much to everybody for all of the kind words of encouragement and support lately while I was stuck in my rut. I really hope it sticks for a while to help me get these last 30 pounds off.

My fruit & veggie fast today was actually really easy! I haven't been hungry and I feel great! I might try it again tomorrow if I feel up to it. Kind of funny, I made the plan to do this fast yesterday without actually having any fruits or vegetables in the house. So I went to Wal-Mart on my lunch break and stocked up then came up and sliced and chopped it all up. Here's what it looked like:

Strawberries, Red Grapes, Nectarine, Red Apple,
Carrots, Cucumber, & Grape Tomatoes

So colorful! I had the Apple around lunch time, and then some of the Strawberries around 4:00. I munched on some of the Veggies with dips before & after my run.

I had about 2T of the Fat Free Ranch Veggie Dip (only 30 calories), and a serving of the Hummus (150 calories).

Tonight I ate the rest of the Strawberries and some Kale Chips. I have drunk about 100 oz of water today!

Kale Chips:
Tear Kale Leaves into Bite Sized Pieces
Spread evenly on a Cookie Sheet
Spray with Cooking Spray
Sprinkle with Sea Salt (and any other seasonings of choice)
Bake at 400* for 10 minutes
Flip & cook for an additional 5 min
They will be crispy like a chip when they are done
Keep an eye on it because they burn easily

Oh! And guess what I didn't eat today??? The yummy treats on our office buffet! Two girls in the office randomly brought in treats today, and they looked and smelled so good, but I steered clear!

I ran again today, for the first time in like 2 weeks I think! I am so proud! I walked to and from the gym because it was so, so gorgeous out.

7 min Brisk Walk to Gym
15 min Jog on Treadmill at 5.5 Speed
9 min Leisure Walk back Home

Yes, you read correctly...I ran for 15 minutes straight! This is only the second time I've done that. It wasn't too bad until about 12 minutes, then it sucked and I was ready to be done. I ran 1.36 miles in the 15 minutes on the Treadmill, for 200 calories (according to the Treadmill).

I want to run at least one more time this week. Like I have said before, I always do better when I just run 2-3 times per week and am well rested.

Obviously I haven't been doing the Insanity video's like I had planned. I am still wanting to try a few this week to see if it is something I want commit to, but I'm really starting to wonder if I am at a point in my life where I can & am willing to commit to a workout series every day. I really want to do this and P90X this year, but they might have to wait until life slows down a bit. I know everybody says you just have to MAKE time to workout, but some days there just physically isn't time left after all of our other responsibilities. Once our house sells and a couple of other things pan out, life might actually slow down some for the first time in our married life, and I'm really hoping I will have more time then to commit to these programs. So, I do still have every intention of at the very least completing P90X by the end of the year (and hopefully still by August), but I am going to have to also be realistic with my life and schedule.

- Stay under 1200 Calories (or do a fruit/veggie fast)
- Drink at least 64 oz of Water
- Be in Bed by 10:00pm
- Do something Physical (thinking maybe a Walk with Sky)

Glimpse into My Weekend

I'm not gonna lie, it's not pretty and I'm not very proud about the way I have been eating lately, but I did take a few pictures this weekend so I thought I would give you a glimpse into my not so appealing food habits. In all honesty though, I will eat all of these foods again. That is why I have said more than once that I refuse to completely give up foods that I like. I really feel like I will be able to keep my weight off when this is all said and done because I'm not depriving myself and doing some extreme diet. I am trying to teach myself better habits, but I am just not one of those people that would ever choose a salad over nachos. I wish I were, but I'm not and that's ok. I just have to continue to learn how to still eat the foods I enjoy and still maintain a healthy weight. So here goes...this was my weekend...

Breakfast: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Lunch: Abuelo's Steak Quesadilla with Beans & Cheesy Potatoes
along with my fair chair of Chips, Queso, & Salsa

Dinner: Chicken Sandwich with Mayo & French Fries

Dessert: Cookie & Hot Fudge Sundae with Heath Pieces is so embarrassing to admit some of this...but oh well! I don't think there are many people who would say that this doesn't look oh so good! :)

Sorry, no more pictures from the weekend. I didn't do quite so bad on Saturday though. I didn't even have time to think about eating until I got off of work at around 2:00pm. I took Sky some Whole Hot Cafe. I ate about 3 oz of Beef Brisket and a few bites of Pulled Pork and about 3/4 C of Potato Salad. Later that night I had a bowl of ice cream with hot fudge.

Yesterday was out of control! I pretty much ate everything I could find. I was actually miserable by the end of the day, which probably made today much easier because I was more than ready to not eat/feel like crap. So for an early lunch I had a Chicken Sandwich and French Fries. Then later in the afternoon I had about 1C of 4 Cheese Risotto and a Heath Bar. Then Sky and I went out for pizza at 9:00pm. YIKES! Yeah I felt like a fat cow after all that.

So, I'm back on track today...thank goodness! I guess that if nothing else, this post certainly proves I'm just a girl that struggles with her diet every day.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Junky Food for a Junky Attitude

I've been lame all weekend, eating like crap and skipping my workouts. I am going to try to get back on the wagon this week. I have spent a lot of time trying to think of a way to re-motivate myself, and I realized that my #1 motivator is weight loss. When I'm losing weight I get so stoked and want to keep going. But when I get in a rut like this, I tend to get stuck for a while. So...I need to start losing weight again to get back into my groove. I know if I could just drop a few pounds this week, it would be the boost I need to get motivated again. In order to do this, I think I'm going to try to do a fruit and veggie fast/diet tomorrow. Hopefully it will help to kick start my diet again and set me back on the right track. Say a prayer for me! I've been stuck for like a month now and am just getting so sick of counting calories and blah, blah, blah. But I know it will be worth it in the end if I can just make myself buckle down for a few more months. Again, I know I sound like a broken record...but NEW Week, NEW Attitude!

On a side note, I saw Sandra Bullock & Jesse James yesterday at work! It was so cool! I have seen a few celebrities over the past couple of years, but she is one of my favorite so I was so excited & star-struck! OK, just wanted to brag for a second. It is almost midnight; I am going to be miserable in the morning. I hate daylight savings! Good night & good week!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Weigh In

I weighed in at 177 this morning. Looking back, I have really sucked this past month. This happens from time to time...I just lose my drive. I did awesome until December and then had a rough month. Then I got back on track again until the past 4-5 weeks. I guess it was probably my birthday week that started this spiral of no success. I'm not gonna lie, I haven't even been trying or wanting to care lately. Work should be a bit less stressful for a couple of weeks after this weekend, so hopefully that will help to re-motivate me again once I have more energy. These pounds sure aren't going to melt off on their own!

Stomach Bug

Yesterday was rough...I think I've had a stomach virus the last few days, and I was miserable yesterday afternoon (which is why I didn't post last night).

FOOD - 1,383 Calories
I did descent on my calories yesterday, mostly because I felt like crap all day and wasn't sure if I could keep anything down. But then I was starving when I got home and ate too much late at night. Here's how the day shaped up...

Breakfast 9:00am - 130 Calories
Strawberries & Light Cherry Yogurt

I had a great plan for lunch, but it turned out soggy so I only ate 1/2 of it.

Lunch 12:00pm - 228 Calories
1/2 Pizza: Light Italian Flatout Bread, 2/3 C Cheese
1/2 C Sauce, 1/4 C Pineapple, 2 oz Ham

I was still hungry after my lunch kind of flopped, so I munched on a Pear when I got back to work.

Snack 1-2pm - 100 Calories
1 Pear

Like I said, by the time I got home, I was so hungry because I had felt sick all day so I went way overboard.

Dinner & Beyond 5:30 - 7:00pm - 895 Calories
PB&J: 2 pc Light Bread, 2 T Carb Options PB, 2 T Reduced Sugar Jelly

1 C Mac-n-Cheese & 1 Biscuit

Lime Real Fruit Popsicle

That was the day. I skipped my workout because I felt like I was dying, and because I suck at dieting lately.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stupid Inner Fatty

My inner fatty has been out with a vengeance lately and it is pissing me off! I am struggling so bad. All I want to do is go out to eat, order unhealthy food & a drink, and then come home and sit on the couch. I was so motivated for so long, and I just am not anymore. I know I will get that way again, but it needs to happen sooner rather than later. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am just burned out all around. I am so sick of working all the time and then my diet feels like a second job. I just need a good month of rest where all I have to focus on is my diet and my fun crafts. I guess I'll keep dreaming! Maybe I'll win the lottery tonight?!

FOOD - 1,547 Calories
I went over on my stupid calories right at the end of the day. I was on track, and then I came home with a bad attitude and ruined it. Ah! Dieting is so hard and annoying!

Breakfast 8:30am - 140 Calories
Fiber One Bar

Lunch 11:45am - 585 Calories
Chicken Parmesan: 2 oz Spaghetti with 1/2 C Marinara Sauce,
6 oz Chicken, & 1 Slice RF Provolone Cheese

I had the busiest day in and out of appointments, and to top it off I wasn't feeling very good. Sky and I are both a bit under the weather today. So for my afternoon snack I opted for something that would hopefully settle my stomach.

Snack 2:30pm - 118 Calories
4 Saltines with 6 oz Sprite

While dinner was baking, I was dumb and snacked on a bunch of crap. I'll show you diet! That was the attitude I was dumb!

Pre-Dinner Snack 5:30pm - 315 Calories
1 Graham Cracker with 2 T Icing &
1 Bag Baked Ruffles

Thank goodness I had dinner ready to put in the oven tonight because I really did want to go out to eat. But we didn't. I did munch on food stupidly while it was cooking, but at least I ate dinner at home.

Dinner 6:30pm - 389 Calories

Sky and I decided against working out tonight. We didn't think that people in the gym would appreciate us vomiting or hacking a lung on the treadmill. So it is 8:00 and we're off to bed!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away (& Wind)

The beautiful sun-shiny day on Sunday has been followed by two windy, rainy days. Boo! And I guess the bad weather is supposed to stick around for a while. At least it isn't snow and ice though!

FOOD - 1,376 Calories
I did descent again today. Not great, but okay. I feel like a freakin cow though! I'm about to start my period and I am bloated and just feel fat! OK, enough of's how my day looked.

Breakfast 8:30am - 235 Calories
1/2 C Oatmeal, 2 t Splenda Brown Sugar,
1 small box Raisins, Lots of Cinnamon

Lunch 12:15pm - 600 Calories
2 BBQ Shrimp Tacos with:
1 Lavash, 6 oz Shrimp in 2 T Lt. BBQ, Lettuce, Onion,
2 T Salsa, 1/2 Avocado for Guacamole, 1/6 C Cheese

with 1/2 C Pinto Beans

I overate for lunch today. I probably should have stopped before I did, because I did get too full. So, because of this, I didn't get hungry for my afternoon snack until a bit later. I wanted to make sure to get my afternoon snack in though so I wouldn't eat too much tonight.
Snack 4:30pm - 144 Calories
1/2 of a Protein Cake with 1 T Reduced Sugar Strawberry Jelly,
& a Light Key Lime Pie Yogurt

After my workout, I made a quick dinner. I hate it when I have to eat this late. I know I am going to gain weight tomorrow, and it's really annoying!

Dinner 6:30pm - 397 Calories
3 oz Sweet Potato Fries, 1 Flatout Light Italian Herb Flatbread,
3 oz Chicken, Lettuce, 1/2 T Mayo, 1/2 T Lt. Mayo

I have done pretty good drinking water again today...about 68 oz.

I did day 2 of my Insanity workout today. It was the Plyometric Cardio Circuit. I didn't love it, but I did enjoy the second half better than the first half. I'm not going to lie though; I didn't do the entire workout (maybe half). I am going to finish out this week's Insanity workouts and see what I think. If I like it, I will keep it up for the 60 days, if not I will go back to my running and start P90X sooner.

- Stay under 1200 Calories
- Drink at least 64 oz of Water
- Complete Insanity Day 3
- In bed by 10pm


Yesterday was back to the grind! Work and diet...

FOOD - 1,370 Calories
I went over my 1,200 calorie goal, but feel like I still made pretty good choices.

Breakfast 10:30am - 245 Calories
Quaker Express Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
with 1 small box of Raisins

We didn't have much in the house, so I threw something together & it actually turned out pretty good.

Lunch 1:30pm - 465 Calories
1 Everything Bagel, 1 Egg, 1 T Lt. Mayo
1 Slice RF Pepperjack Cheese, & 2 Slices Lunchmeat Ham,

Snack 4:00pm - 115 Calories
1 Green Apple & an Acaii Chewy Candy

I was starving for dinner, but pulled off a pretty healthy and very tasty meal!

Dinner 6:30pm - 545 Calories
 Salad with Jalapenos, Turkey Pepperoni, Lunchmeat Turkey,
Garlic Jack Cheese, Croutons, & 1/4 C Lt. Cayenne Ranch

with 1/3 of a Mexicali Black Bean Kashi Pizza

So, so good...just what I had a taste for!

I went grocery shopping last night after work and didn't workout. But I did drink about 68 oz of water.

Monday, March 8, 2010

AWESOME Family Weekend

We had a FABULOUS weekend in MO with my family! We all got together to celebrate February birthday's (mine, Kayla's, & Brian's). We relaxed, and laughed and just had a blast! As for the diet goes, I did bad again. I know, I sound like a broken record lately!

Sky & I took Mom to lunch at Cheddars on Saturday. I ordered my usual Buffalo Chicken Wrap with a Baked Potato & a Strawberry Margarita. I actually did pretty good though, and only ate 1/4 of the Wrap and 1/2 of the Potato. I was so proud of myself to walk out of one of my restaurants and not be stuffed...not even full...just content. I considered lunch a victory. Dinner on the other hand, not so much. We made a big Make-Your-Own Nacho Buffet with all the fixins'! I definitely over-indulged!

Sunday morning was crazy! There were 9 of us trying to rush around and get ready for church. I grabbed 4 Chocolate Chip Cookies to eat in the car on the way. After church we loaded up the cars and headed to the river for a picnic! It was so much fun and the weather was gorgeous! I had a piece of a Sub Sandwich with some Doritos & Guacamole, & a Cupcake. I have got to get better at remembering to take pictures even when we're busy. I did at least remember to take family pics.

Brother Dane, Mom, Me, Sister Kayla,
Sister Laura, Bro-in-Law Brian, Sky

Dane, Sky, Laura, Brian, Krista, Me, Ryan, Kayla

This was the first time that all 4 of us kids all brought spouses and dates! It was a full house and so wonderful to all get to spend time together!