Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekly Weigh In #3 - 1/22

Starting weight - 232.2

Last week's weight - 230.6
Current weight - 230.8
Weight lost this week +0.2
Total weight lost - 1.4

Thoughts - So gained 0.2 pounds. Honestly, I'm not surprised. We had friends in for the long weekend and I ate my fill of soft cheeses and baguettes. Plus I didn't make it to the gym once this week, so only a slight gain seems plausible.  Back to the exercise plan next week and hopefully more weight will come off. 1.4 pounds in 3 weeks seems a bit off so I'm going to get some advice from a doctor to see what else I can be doing. I've had thyroid issues in the past so maybe that is coming back to haunt me. Stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

- c

Monday, January 18, 2016

Exercise Plan 1/18 to 1/24

I had a great week last week! I did all my workouts and I felt fantastic!

This week will be a little screwy because of the holiday on Monday (which my husband and sons have off from work/school, but I do not) and the day off from school my youngest son has on Friday. I'll have to work in as much exercise as I can, and take advantage of my husband's time when he's home.

Here's my plan for this week:

Exercise Plan 1/18 – 1/24

Monday 1/18
Yoga day 18 – I’m doing Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga Challenge
32 knee pushups – I’m using Fitness22’s Pushups app (it’s free!)

Tuesday 1/19
Yoga day 19
30 minutes Elliptical trainer -  I’ll be using the elliptical trainer at the gym
44 squats – I’m using Fitness22’s Squat Workout app (it’s free!)
37 crunches – I’m using Fitness22’s Sit Ups app (it’s free!)

Wednesday 1/20
Yoga day 20
30 minutes Elliptical trainer 
32 knee pushups

Thursday 1/21
Yoga day 21
30 minutes Elliptical trainer
48 squats
41 crunches

Friday 1/22
Yoga day 22
30 minutes Elliptical trainer
35 knee pushups

Saturday 1/23
Yoga day 23
50 squats
43 crunches

Sunday 1/24
Yoga day 24

Have a great week!

- c

Friday, January 15, 2016

Weekly Weigh In #2 - 1/15

Starting weight - 232.2

Last week's weight - 232.0
Current weight - 230.6
Weight lost this week - 1.4
Total weight lost - 1.6

Thoughts - Just over a pound lost! Yay! After last week's minor weight lost, I'm so glad to see some movement! All that gym work and yoga really paid off!

Have a great weekend!

- c

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Checking in on my 30-day Challenge



One of my goals is to do a 30-day challenge each month. I expect them to be mostly fitness related, but you never know. There are a lot of fun challenges out there.

This month I am doing the 30 Days of Yoga series from Yoga with Adriene.

Currently, I'm on Day 14 so I'm roughly half-way through and I have to say - I LOVE IT!!

I don't mean to shout but seriously, I didn't know if I could find the motivation/time to stick with it, but I actually find myself looking forward to doing my yoga practice each day.  I've done yoga before so I'm not a total beginner, but it's been a while and I'm certainly not as flexible or strong (or young!) as I used to be.  But each video is super doable for all fitness levels and Adriene gives plenty of variations to the practice.  Each video is between 15 and 30 minutes and it's always mixed up, sometimes there are more stretching based moves, other times strength, sometimes abs. It's nice not to be doing the same thing everyday and it keeps me interested. Also, Adriene is awesome! I love her positive attitude and even though she is really strong and flexible, she never makes me feel weak or inadequate for not being able to do all the moves. She's really "go with the flow" if that makes sense, and just makes me feel really comfortable in the practice.

I have to say, I'm so glad I started with this challenge. It actually hits two of my goals: doing a 30-day challenge AND finding time each day for myself. I'm at the point now that while I'm doing yoga, that's all I'm doing. I'm not stopping to check my emails or take the laundry out of the dryer (which I admit I was doing the first couple of days *red face*), I'm just doing the yoga and concentrating on the positions, my breathing, and my body. It's so relaxing and even after 14 days, my husband says I seem more relaxed and I stand up straighter. Maybe I can't attribute that all to the yoga but I'll bet it makes a difference.

So I'll definitely be continuing on with these 30 days and then I think I'll continue to add yoga into each day. Adriene has a new 30 Day Yoga Camp that looks interesting.

I'm looking forward to what the next 16 days of yoga will bring!

Have a great day and namaste.

Source 


- c


*full disclosure - I don't get anything from Adriene for this recommendation. The videos are free for all and easy to access through YouTube. I just love it so much that I had to let you know.

Monday, January 11, 2016

My Meal Plan 1/11 to 1/17

I did pretty well with my meal plan for last week, at least dinner-wise (we ate everything that was on the menu and finished up any leftovers before they went bad - I can't stand food waste!). I did move some of the lunches around, but in the end, I ended up eating most of what was on my menu. I didn't really get to any of my snacks though, which meant long periods where I wasn't eating anything (like 5 hours+ between meals), which I know is not healthy. It wasn't because I wasn't hungry, mostly it was because I got caught up in work or with the kid's activities, but this week I will try to be more mindful about eating every 3-4 hours. I know this is good for my metabolism and overall nutrition, plus it will help me from overeating at mealtime.


Here's what I'm planning to eat for this week. Remember, I'm feeding 4 people, 3 adults and a 5-year-old that sometimes eats like an adult, depending on what's for dinner.  My boys like meat and pasta and basically it can turn into a carb-o-palosa around here if I'm not careful, so I try to have a ton of veggie sides in case I want to refrain from carb overload. I'll see if I can stick to this menu. 

*note – the breakfasts, lunches, and snacks will be all for me. The boys will get something at work, school, or I will pack a separate lunch for the littlest boy that I won't list here*

Monday
Breakfast – egg sandwich, fruit smoothie
Lunch – turkey sandwich on gluten-free bread, spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – Braised pork loin, roasted new potatoes, steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Tuesday
Breakfast – gluten-free toast with sun butter, hard boiled egg, fruit smoothie
Lunch – lentil soup, spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – Ground beef tacos, black beans, taco fixings, salad
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Wednesday
Breakfast – egg sandwich, fruit smoothie
Lunch – turkey sandwich on gluten-free bread, spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – chicken tortilla soup (in the slow cooker!), salad
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Thursday
Breakfast – gluten-free toast with sun butter, hard boiled egg, fruit smoothie
Lunch – leftover chicken tortilla soup
Dinner – salmon, wild rice, roasted peppers, salad
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Friday
Breakfast – egg sandwich, fruit smoothie
Lunch – turkey sandwich on gluten-free bread, spinach salad with sesame dressing or leftovers
Dinner – pizza, salad (maybe leftovers again for me)
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Saturday
Breakfast – fruit smoothie, vanilla latte, scone (this is our day to go to coffee after soccer practice)
Lunch – leftovers with a spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – Happy hours snacks (usually chicken nachos or a hummus plate) or leftovers
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Sunday
Breakfast – pancakes, eggs, sausage (this is our traditional Sunday breakfast)
Lunch – leftovers with a spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – TBD (Sunday is Husband's choice and he usually cooks something amazing!)
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Have a great week!

Cheers,

c

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Exercise Plan 1/11 to 1/17

So last week was tough. There were some weather-related issues (we got unexpected snow here in Portland, which turned to ice and shut the schools down for two days!) and I think I got a little overambitious with the running program, especially considering it's winter and super cold outside. But I'm glad I set a schedule for myself, it was very useful reminder.

Here's how I did with last week's exercise plan:

Monday 1/4
Yoga day 4 – done! I'm really loving this Yoga program and look forward to doing it everyday.
Couch to 5K WK1 day 1 – not done. The weather and icy conditions kept me inside.
18 knee pushups – done! And boy were my arms and chest sore!

Tuesday 1/5
Yoga day 5 - done!
30 minutes Elliptical trainer – The roads were still icy and the boys were still home from school so I didn't get to the gym.
18 squats – done! Plus I added shoulder raises with the squats to make them more of a cardio workout and work on my arms. It felt good!
15 crunches – done! Crunches are the worst, but they are so important for a strong core.

Wednesday 1/6
Yoga day 6 - done!
Couch to 5K WK1 day 2 - I did 40 minutes on the elliptical at the gym instead. It was too cold to run outside (OK too cold if you consider 34 degrees cold, which I do!) and I don't like doing the stop and go running this program needs on the treadmill. I felt like I got a good workout on the elliptical though.
20 knee pushups - done!

Thursday 1/7
Yoga day 7 - done!
30 minutes Elliptical trainer - not done :-(  I didn't get to the gym today. Some work issues kept me at home and Thursday is a short day for my 5-year-old so somehow gym time got lost int he shuffle. I'll need to be better in the future about making it a priority.
20 squats - done! With shoulder raises!
20 crunches - done!

Friday 1/8
Yoga day 8 - done!
Couch to 5K WK1 day 3 - Again the cold kept me from running, but I did take a 40 minute walk once it got sunny (to the store to grab some groceries) and got to the gym and did 40 minutes on the elliptical. 
25 knee pushups - done! Though this was tough, I'm really glad the Fitness 22 Pushup app gives you rest time in between sets, I needed it!

Saturday 1/9
Yoga day 9 - done!
26 squats - done! I added shoulder raises to the first 20 but had to put down my 5 lb weights for the last 6 because my arms were tired.
25 crunches - done!

Sunday 1/10
Yoga day 10 - done!

Thoughts: Well now I can see why I only had a .2 pound weight loss this week. I only did cardio for 2 of the 7 days, and if I want to burn off that fat, I'm going to have to do more. One of my goals is to run a half-marathon this year, but as a pretty newbie runner, it's hard to get up the motivation to get out and struggle through a run when the weather is a (cold to me) 30 degrees. I may have to focus on things I can do at the gym and then try to sneak in a run when the weather gets warmer (like maybe to 50? I know, I'm a wimp!). But the daily yoga is the BEST! Not only do I feel better but it's really helping with my strength and flexibility. I love it!

So keeping in mind what I did (and didn't) do last week, here's my new exercise plan for this coming week:

Exercise Plan 1/11 – 1/17

Monday 1/11
Yoga day 11 – I’m doing Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga Challenge
30 minutes Elliptical trainer – I’ll be using the elliptical trainer at the gym
27 knee pushups – I’m using Fitness22’s Pushups app (it’s free!)

Tuesday 1/12
Yoga day 12
30 minutes Elliptical trainer 
32 squats – I’m using Fitness22’s Squat Workout app (it’s free!)
29 crunches – I’m using Fitness22’s Sit Ups app (it’s free!)

Wednesday 1/13
Yoga day 13
30 minutes Elliptical trainer 
28 knee pushups

Thursday 1/14
Yoga day 14
30 minutes Elliptical trainer
36 squats
30 crunches

Friday 1/15
Yoga day 15
30 minutes Elliptical trainer
29 knee pushups

Saturday 1/16
Yoga day 16
40 squats
33 crunches

Sunday 1/17
Yoga day 17

So as you can see, I removed the C25K running and replaced them with gym days on the elliptical. I'll try to get out and do a run depending on the weather, but I'll also try to go to the gym at least 5 days this week and get that 30 minutes of cardio. I'll also see if there's the opportunity to get some additional cardio in, like a walk or an extra gym day, if I can.

Have a great week!

- c


*just an FYI – I don’t get any compensation from the links on this page. They are just to let you know which program I am doing. Feel free to try them out yourself!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Weekly Weigh In #1 - 1/8

Starting weight - 232.2
Last week's weight - 232.2
Current weight - 232.0
Weight lost this week - .2
Total weight lost - .2

Thoughts - So I lost .2 pounds. That is . . . a little disheartening, to be honest. True, some unexpected weather cut my cardio workouts in half, but overall I did really well on eating under my calorie counts and getting some kind of cardio and strength training exercise each day. But I'm going to be positive, a loss is a loss, even a super tiny, minuscule one :-P

Maybe it's just my body adjusting. I know next week will be better!

Have a great weekend!

- c

Monday, January 4, 2016

My Meal Plan 1/4 to 1/10

Here's what I'm planning to eat for this week. I'm feeding 4 people, 3 adults and a 5-year-old that sometimes eats like an adult, depending on what's for dinner.  My boys like meat and pasta and basically it can turn into a carb-o-palosa around here if I'm not careful, so I try to have a ton of veggie sides in case I want to refrain from carb overload. I'll see if I can stick to this menu. 

*note – the breakfasts, lunches, and snacks will be all for me. The boys will get something at work, school, or I will pack a separate lunch for the littlest boy that I won't list here*

Monday
Breakfast – egg sandwich, fruit smoothie
Lunch – turkey sandwich on gluten-free bread, spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – leftovers (we have a ton of ham and roasted veggies from New Year's Day)
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Tuesday
Breakfast – gluten-free toast with sun butter, hardboiled egg, fruit smoothie
Lunch – lentil soup, spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – split pea soup with ham, salad, bread (I'll post the recipe I use soon, it's delicious!)
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Wednesday
Breakfast – egg sandwich, fruit smoothie
Lunch – turkey sandwich on gluten-free bread, spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – spaghetti and meatballs, green beans, salad (I may eat leftovers instead)
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Thursday
Breakfast – gluten-free toast with sun butter, hardboiled egg, fruit smoothie
Lunch – split pea soup (if I didn't eat it for dinner last night, or some other kind of soup)
Dinner – chicken fricassee over wild rice (recipe coming soon)
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Friday
Breakfast – egg sandwich, fruit smoothie
Lunch – turkey sandwich on gluten-free bread, spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – pizza, salad (maybe leftovers for me)
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Saturday
Breakfast – fruit smoothie, vanilla latte, scone (this is our day to go to coffee after soccer practice)
Lunch – leftovers with a spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – Happy hours snacks (usually chicken nachos or a hummus plate) or leftovers
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

Sunday
Breakfast – pancakes, eggs, sausage (this is our traditional Sunday breakfast)
Lunch – leftovers with a spinach salad with sesame dressing
Dinner – TBD (Sunday is Husband's choice and he usually cooks something amazing!)
Snacks – apples, carrots, snap peas

I hope sticking to this plan with lots of fruits or raw veggies if I get hungry between meals, combined with my exercise routine, will really help me see some results on Friday's scale!

Have a great week!

Cheers,

c

Sunday, January 3, 2016

My Exercise Plan 1/4 to 1/10

Here is my exercise plan for the week. Next week I'll have a new plan, plus I'll provide an update for how I did with this one. Because this is pretty new to me, I may have to do some tweaking but it's always good to start with a goal in mind. I plan to post these every Sunday so that I know what I'd like to attempt.

Exercise Plan 1/4 – 1/10

Monday 1/4
Yoga day 4 – I’m doing Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga Challenge
Couch to 5K WK1 day 1 – I’m using Fitness22’s 5K Runner app (it’s free!)
18 knee pushups – I’m using Fitness22’s Pushups app (it’s free!)

Tuesday 1/5
Yoga day 5
30 minutes Elliptical trainer – I’ll be using the elliptical trainer at the gym
18 squats – I’m using Fitness22’s Squat Workout app (it’s free!)
15 crunches – I’m using Fitness22’s Sit Ups app (it’s free!)

Wednesday 1/6
Yoga day 6
Couch to 5K WK1 day 2
20 knee pushups

Thursday 1/7
Yoga day 7
30 minutes Elliptical trainer
20 squats
20 crunches

Friday 1/8
Yoga day 8
Couch to 5K WK1 day 3
25 knee pushups

Saturday 1/9
Yoga day 9
26 squats
25 crunches

Sunday 1/10
Yoga day 10


Hopefully I can do it, but as I said, things may need to be tweaked a bit.

Have a great week!

Cheers,

c

*just an FYI – I don’t get any compensation from the links on this page. They are just to let you know which program I am doing. Feel free to try them out yourself!
                                                                                        











Saturday, January 2, 2016

Savings Goal - a "me" splurge!

One of my goals is to save $1000+ to splurge on myself. I know this is a lot of money and I don't expect to save this overnight, but I think that by putting a little away over the course of the year, by next January I will have a nice little sum to spend on myself.

I've decided to do this savings challenge, you may have seen it floating around Facebook (I'm sorry I don't have a specific source to attribute it to):


Basically, you save a little each week (the amount corresponding with the week you're in, so week 14 = saving $14) and by the end of the year, you'd have $1378 in the bank, not counting interest (and assuming you don't touch it over the course of the year).

What I've done is set up a savings account through Capital One 360 (this isn't a referral link or anything, just a direct link to their website) with an automatic monthly withdrawal on the 10th of each month for the amount of total money that each week in the month would amount to (for example, since January has the first 5 weeks of the year in it, the total of weeks 1 - 5 would be $15). That way, the savings happens automatically but I don't have to worry about money coming out of my account every week. In case of an emergency (which I hope won't happen), the money is fairly easy to get to but not so easy that it's too easy to spend (yikes did that make sense to anyone else??).

As long as I don't touch the money, this should be an easy to goal to cross off my list. Then I'll just have to figure out how to spend it!

Let me know if you have financial goals and how you're planning to save for them!

Cheers,

c

Friday, January 1, 2016

My 2016 Goals

While I have a lot of things I want to accomplish this year, here are the big ones. I'll post an update on the last day of each month to check my progress.

1) Reach goal weight of 175.  This is roughly 55 pounds of weight-loss but spread over 52 weeks, I think it is manageable if I work hard on continuing to exercise and become a healthier eater.

2) Run a half-marathon. My husband is a runner and has run several marathons and half-marathons. I don't want to compete with him, but my weigh in showed that I need to add significant cardio to my exercise routine in order to burn fat (especially that dreaded belly fat, yuck!). I'm never going to be a fast runner, but I have had luck jog/walking in the past, so I'm going to do the Couch to 5K program to start, then move on to Bridge to 10K and Half-Marathon training programs from there. There is a half-marathon in October, so my goal is to be ready for that one.

3) Do one 30 day challenge a month. 30 day challenges are a great way to try something new and put a little excitement and competitiveness into your workout, so I'm going to set a goal of doing one each month for a total of 12 at the end of the year. The first month, I will do the 30 Day Yoga Challenge from the YouTube Yoga with Adrienne series. More on that later.

4) Spend 30 minutes a day doing something completely for myself. I'm not sure what this will look like and it might even be as simple as taking 30 minutes to do a workout, but I want to me sure to add it into my daily planning so that I do it.

5) Save $1000+ for a "me" splurge.  We are financially comfortable (not well off by any means, but comfortable enough that we can pay our bills each months and spend a little extra, which I'm extremely grateful for), but going through our monthly expenditures over the past year,I realize that I spend money on my house, my kids, and my husband, but almost never on me. I don't really have any extravagant things I want, but I'd like to put money away each month that's earmarked just for me and then make sure to spend it on myself. Find more information about how I'm saving this money here.

That's all I have for now. I want to keep it simple so I don't get overwhelmed right from the beginning, but I reserve the right to add more as the year goes on. Look for the first update on January 31st!

Cheers,

c

January 1st Starting Weight and Measurements

Happy New Year!!  Welcome 2016!!!

I want to do a weigh in every week (probably on Fridays) but I also want to do a more complete measurement because I think that's another good way to track progress. And while sometimes the scale is not my friend, measurements usually paint a fairly accurate picture of what's going on. So I'll do measurements on the first of every month.

So without further ado . . . January 1st:

Weight: 232.2

Neck: 14.5 inches
True waist: 41 inches
Waist at belly button: 49.75 inches
Hips: 50 inches
Upper arm: 14.75
Upper thigh: 28.5
Upper calf: 16.5

Thoughts: Yikes! I truly believe this is the heaviest I've ever been! Well, these numbers have nowhere to go but down! Also, holy belly fat! Yeah, I carry most of my weight in my belly which is not good health-wise. I'll need to make sure I do plenty of cardio to burn off that belly full of jelly.

Next up, my exercise plan for the week.

Hope the start of the year is wonderful of all!

Cheers,

Ms.C