Friday, September 19, 2014

The Gratitude Challenge

Good morning and TGIF! I'm keeping my word and blogging two days in a row. If you're friends with me on my personal Facebook, I apologize for this repeat. When I posted this one random Saturday morning, I knew I couldn't get the whole blogging thing out from under my skin. I'm sure you've seen the graitutude challenge floating across your news feeds, here's mine, condensed. With Pics. Enjoy. 

Last week, my cousin Jamie nominated me for the gratitude challenge, 3 things your grateful for, for five days. I procrastinated, so I'm gonna do one better and drop them all in one post  15 things I'm most grateful for, here we go...

1. My hard working husband Nick, for his love, support, Mr. Fix-It winning attitude, and the ability to make a joke out of any situation. I love laughing with you, especially in awkward situations when it's probably more appropriate to be quiet. You are a gem. You challenge me to better person, continuously keeping me on my toes. You are my very best friend, truly a gift, and I'm a lucky to get to call you mine. I could go on for days, but you'd have a fit if I got all mushy mushy on The Facebook (or the blog- whatever).

We asked him to pick up some Champagne. He's an over achiever 
(and going to kill me for posting this pic)

2. My Mom, for all the countless times you put my needs above your own, for your selflessness, for always leading by example, for teaching me how very important it is to be able to support yourself, for my education, for that mum you bought me to put outside of my front door last fall (unfortunately, I didn't inherit your green thumb), for your generosity, your kindness, and your unconditional love. Oh and for the potty training, I can't tell you how many times that's come in handy. (I stole that last bit from a greeting card. Sue me).

3. My family, on all days. All of the little and big life lessons I've learned from each member. For all of the precious memories only we can share. No one else on Earth can sympathize with my tall people problems like you, for the all those hugs and greetings in the foyer. For the unconditional love and support. To Maw Maw for holding onto my strawberry milk Donald Duck cup all of these years, For all the holidays, birthdays, and just because days that you've made me feel loved. I truly hope I give it back to you.

4. My ride or die girl friends. You know who you are. Those special girls who help me in all tasks. From stripping wall paper out of my new bathroom, pep talking me through a long run, for all of the weekend editions of the hot mess express, for never minimizing the all important question, "What shoes do I wear with this dress?!", for cheers on race day, for your punny text messages on a basic Wednesday, for helping me clean the fridge of champagne (because Mimosas), for humoring those inevitable Lindsey Lohan moments life throws our way, I am always here for you boo.

5. My education. The ability to learn, and to put those skills into practice. I know that I've been afforded opportunities that don't come everyone's way because of it. This one is all you Mom 

6. Nacho, my big Buddha baby. You are so spoiled and I know it's all our fault. When you bark at me at 6am on the one day I get to sleep late, I rethink my sanity in having you as an inside pet. Then I see your sweet face, and how happy you are to see me, and you color my entire day. I love how happy you are just to be near us. You make me appreciate all life's little things that much more. 

Give it to me straight: How many more times will you have to leave for this "work" thing?

7. Nola, our sweet girl, you are incredibly kind and patient, honestly you don't have a choice with Nacho as your brother. I love how quiet you are in the mornings. I love that you love to cuddle with me. I love the way your butt wiggles when you run up to greet me. I love that little noise you make when you yawn. You light up my life. (It's really sick how much I love these baby dogs)

 Beware of dog: she comes for cuddles

8. For Tuesday, you are not the forgotten child. I love you too. Your quiet nature is a trait I attempt to emulate, but frequently fail. You've been side eyeing me ever since I brought home number 6 and you really thought we lost it with number 7. Sometimes I imagine what expletives you are shouting at me when you stare at me from across the pillow. Yeah gah, I see you. 

Don't mind me. Just creepin on your run gear

9. The ability to run. Running transformed my life in the most incredible way, and I don't just mean the way it's affected my body physically. I crave the continuous challenge the road presents to me. I treasure the relationships I've gained when I first set out to train for a race. I cherish the many talks I've had with Jesus out on the long run. For the extra challenging run goals, whether speed or distance, where at the end I'm physically spent but emotionally rejuvenated. I am forever grateful to have discovered this passion.

At the finish line of my first half marathon: Rock N Roll New Orleans 2012

10. I'm grateful for insurance. For health insurance, car insurance, home owners insurance. All. at. the. same. time. I really feel like I'm winning adulthood in having all of these things.

11. Football season, I'm so grateful you have arrived. I love the camaraderie on game day, I love the fashion opportunities you present. I love the shouting people who gather in my living room on Sundays. You also make it socially acceptable to day drink... again with the Mimosas....

I just love this pic. There was a football game on too

12. Travel, I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had because of it, I love going somewhere I've never been and seeing how other people live life. I value all of the lessons, experiences, and memories carved out of each trip. 

Sweating bullets at the Sears Tower: November 2013
13. A place to call home. I am so grateful for my home. I love being here, especially with the person and furries I share it with. No matter what happens during the day, I feel at peace when I arrive on our drive. I'm grateful for the little things like covered parking and the big things like two bathrooms (Hallelujah).

14. Fabulouso. It's pretty trivial, but I seriously love the way you smell.

15. Last but certainly not least, I'm grateful for my cousin Jamie. I'm grateful to you for nominating me for this challenge, it made me realize how very many things I have to be grateful for. I'm grateful to you for your caring spirit and the way you work so hard to make sure everyone around you is happy. I look up to you and admire the way you carry yourself. If I've got even a teensy bit of your character in my genetics, I'm forever grateful. I'm grateful for the friendship we have, and the way we've grown closer over the years. Also, I'm grateful to you for driving everyone home from Flora Bama on your Birthday. I owe you

Flora Bama Selfie

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Le sigh. Am I still a blogger?

Hewwo?? Anyone out there? *Crickets*

Serves me right. Can I just take second to complain about my insanely busy, over packed schedule that has left me no time to blog?

No you can shove it because Skinny Meg is busier than five of you combined and she posts errry day.

Fine. I'm lazy when it comes to blogging, but today I want to talk. 

Preach gah!

Fantastic. My bizarre inner monologue has cost me what few readers remain (I see you)

I've got big plans for the little blog guys. On the real. Will I ever put them into practice? I hope so. But I make no promises. 

What have I been up to?

Work is #crayallday and frankly that's the way I like it. When the whole day zips on by and you feel like a productive badass lady biznitch with all you got accomplished that day. #likeaboss ... oh wait

This is what a typical day in my life looks like these days:

5:55am *five minutes before the alarm goes off* Insert Nacho barking- YOU GUYS!!! I want to come hang out with ya'll!!! Nick and I grumple and complain about whose turn it is to go let down the baby gate, freeing the baby dogs to roam the house,so we can sleep a little later. I usually win. My husband has the smarts.

6:00am Alarm goes off. Press snooze until Nick kicks me out of bed for being so annoying

6:30am Is it high carb day or low carb day? What am I gonna eat for my snack? I should've done this last night...

7:15am Out the door with an Apple and a plan to stop for a fruit and yogurt parfait *hold the granola* because I didn't plan for dis low carb day. Story of my life

7:30am At my desk. Scarfing down my fruit and yogurt parfait. No coffee no talkie, but the people don't care! Leigh Ann!!! Leigh Annn!!!! LEIGGGHH ANNN!

5:00pm Time to bounce. Down the hatch with C4 and get to da gym. (I'm gangsta now. A lot can happen in a month)

The gym has become my only *me time* Ear buds in. Crank up the treadmill. Turn off the noise and move. I crave it like a drug and I swear it's the only thing keeping me *somewhat* sane. I started officially training for the Cajun Cup this week. 10K for speed. I wanna be fast fast. 

Cajun translation: you say the same thing twice in a row to express emphasis. 
He be strong strong yeah.
I wanna run fast fast.
Oh mais, dats good good eatin
Dats a hard hard problem to have yeah

I swear I'm an educated person. Most days. Hi Mom!

 I know I need to get off the treadmill and hit the pavement, but I'm a diva and it's hot. Preach. 

You should post about that training gah. Since you're a "fitness and weight loss blogger" 
*side eye*

7:00pm Heading home or home. 
Nick, What's for dinner? 
Are wives supposed cook dinner?  You gotta chill with the high expectations bro
My poor husband. 
Well you can have broccoli and ground turkey and two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese OR roll 3rd grade style with your mac and cheese. Makes a face. I'll get a pizza.
He's actually at an all time low weight. Little shit 

Gotta clean house, gotta do laundry, gotta do the dishes, gotta answer some more emails, gotta give the baby dogs some attention,  gotta make sure my house is clean because my OCD has been through the roof. I'm fun to live with. Swearsies. Is social media still a thing?

10:00pm Why am I still awake? I gotta go to bed. Wash rinse repeat.

I'll be back...with a somewhat less spastic blog post. Even Positive Patty needs a day off sometimes.  Tomorrow. Yeah, I'll do this again tomorrow....

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Friday, August 8, 2014

TGIF! Week in Summary

TGIF!! It's a big weekend at the Noel house! Saint's pre-season starts tonight, which means I've just handed our social calendar over to my husband for the foreseeable future. While I enjoy football season, he lives and breaths him some Saints football. It's a joy to be around and I look forward to this time of year! 

To make it extra special, we are spending the weekend in New Orleans with Susannah (sister from another mister) and her man as we are all participating in the Red Dress Run. I haven't seen her in more than a month which feels like eons. 

FBF 2009 me love you long time!
Oh all my gees I am so excited about this event! It's a bucket list item for me without a doubt. Betta live up to the hype! Say some prayers I don't drunk eat Bourbon Street pizza. Again. For like the millionth time in my life. Don't knock it till you've tried it! I can't make that fit even on high carb day if I tried. I'm really going to try not tototally fall out this weekend, as I'm keeping that Monday morning weigh in. Accountability, what what! Speaking of drinking and weight loss, there's been lots of questions about that lately too. We'll talk about that next week. How to be a booze hound and still drop elle bees. 

This week's work outs have been outta sight for me. I'm finally feeling like myself again after the stress with the move, puppy additions, vacation etc. I had been queitly concerned about loseing my comfortable five mile base going into long run season. I've been doing more 3 mile runs for speed and sprints than anything else over the summer. I made myself pound out three five milers on the treadmill this week- I'm not ready to face to humidity reality just yet- each run a little bit faster than the previous. Feels good to get my kicks under me again!

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Runs

Friday morning I had planned on either an old favorite 55 minute walk/run routine. I find incline walk/run combination routines once a week have really helped my overall outdoor pace. Training your heart to recover quickly is just as important as logging all of those miles.

I didn't have time for the full 55 minutes, so I shortened the routine to 40 by cutting the 12 minute incline walking sections in the beginning down to six minutes, and increasing the first of the 7.0 runs to 3 minutes. I felt that shorten recovery time. Burn baby burn!

40 Minute Walk/Run Routine 

I've been pulling lifting routines from all week to coincide with this week's work out goals. Feeling fantastic rolling into the weekend! Please self control, help me say that come Monday ;)

Hope you have a rocking weekend!

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Carb Cycling Questions

Yesterday's post yielded a whole bunch of burning questions about carb cycling and how the hell you lost 7 pounds in one week?! Share with the class!! 

First, let me say those results aren't typical and it's definitely not a loss I will expect to happen again. Why? I weighed myself the day I got back from vacation. I had been eating things I wouldn't normally eat, my activity level was down, sodium intake was way up, and I was bloated. I don't think I ever actually put on 4 pounds of fat. Hence, the ease in which those four pounds came off.

Secondly, I busted ass at the gym. I ran aggressively every single day. I ran until my heart gargled in my throat and begged for me to stop. It paid off.

Third, I'm not a nutritionist, or a dietitian, I know what works for me. What works for me may not work for you. I could be criticized all day long for not eating enough calories, not getting enough carbs, yada yada. Anyone who knows me in real life will tell you I eat when I'm hungry. 

I do not count macros. I do keep my eye on certain counts. I try to keep my protein higher than my carb count, and my fat count around 40 per day. However, I am not planning my day around numbers. I admire anyone who can count their macros in healthy way day to day. Counting macros yields results, period. I know this, and if you're interested in personal plan for counting macros, I've got the perfect person to hook you up with!

For me personally, counting macros and hitting certain counts each day does something strange to me physiologically and ends up having the adverse affect. IE Licking the peanut butter jar clean at 10pm because I feel deprived.

All that said, I did not read Chris Powell's book on Carb cycling. Say what? Nope nope, I did not. I did some Googling, You should Google Everybody Googles, and devised a plan for myself. I followed his Turbo formula: 

Monday: Low Carb

Tuesday: Low Carb

Wednesday: High Carb

Thursday: Low Carb

Friday: Low Carb

Saturday: High Carb

Sunday: Reward Day

Wash Rinse Repeat

High Carb vs Low Carb is going to be different for every single person.I have to eat a low carb count if I want to lose weight. Especially at the stage I'm at. The less you have to lose the harder it is to shift weight around. I can eat the same things on constant repeat, I understand that isn't for everyone.  I literally ate out for Breakfast every single day last week. That's kinda embarrassing. I am not presently supplementing my diet with any type of protein whey or casein. This is for two reasons: one I'm still in the anal stage about keeping my house clean. If you get the blender out, it has to be cleaned and put back up. I'm short on time these days. Two, we just bought the house and the list of things I want to buy is literally never ending. Protein powders are expensive.

Full disclosure: On Saturday's, high carb day, I had diced potatoes. I also had a daiquirs that was called Almond Joy. Hello carbs and fat.I also drank champagne. I was not an angel. Here was my week one plan, week two has been very similar thus far.

Low Carb Day: (Aim to hit below 80)

McDonald's Fruit & Yogurt Parfait (No Granola)
Medium Sugar Free French Vanilla Iced Coffee with no Cream
* You have to emphasis NO CREAM. Apparently the extra cream button is neighbors with the no cream button*

Mid Morning Snack:
100 Calorie Pack of Almonds

6oz Lean Ground Turkey
8oz Steamed Broccoli
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan Cheese
Mix all that together in the Microwave

Afternoon Snack:
Turkey Jerkey
String Cheese

4:30pm C4 Pre Work Out

6oz Grilled Chicken
8oz Asparagus
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan Cheese

Evening Snack:

High Carb Day: (Aim to hit below 115g)

McDonald's Egg White Delight
Medium Sugar Free French Vanilla Iced Coffee with no Cream

Mid Morning Snack:
100 Calorie Pack of Almonds

6oz Lean Ground Turkey
8oz Steamed Broccoli
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan Cheese
Mix all that together in the Microwave

Afternoon Snack:
Turkey Jerkey
String Cheese

4:30pm C4 Pre Work Out

6oz Grilled Chicken
1 Cup Asian Stir Fry
1/2 Cup Brown Rice

Evening Snack:

Reward Day:
One meal whatever I want. I mean whatever. Last reward day I had Taco Bell. It was heavenly.
Low carb meals for the remainder of the day

I'm sure this post will yield some more questions. Fire away playas

Feeling lean and mean this Thursday- totally warrants a selfie

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