Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday, Football, & Booze

I'm happy to see this week go ya'll. I didn't lose an ounce this week, but this isn't surprising. Remember what happened last Saturday? oh and Tuesday night? and Wednesday? Hurricane Isaac threw me off big time. I've put in one work out a day, still doing something right, aside fromt that, my eating has been straight up messy. I'm lucky I didn't gain weight! I allowed the hurricane craziness to throw me off track, and I broke my biggest rule, no week night drinking! I'm not going to say I regret this last week, because I had FUN, but I am disappointed in myself. Real talk, human beings make mistakes and lose focus. It's gonna be ok. I was going to give my self a big ole fat free pass for labor day weekend, but I've decided to clean up my eating instead. I majorly flunked my 12 day challenge. Weight loss school drop out, go back to higghhh scchooolllll!

Last night, Kate and I got in a killer work out at Personally Fit, one of the most challenging classes, which was awesome, because we had both been bad little girls with our Hurricane calories. In class, the craziest thing happened, I got mistaken for the instructor. I was confused, looking over my shoulder, who is this lady talking to? ME?? The fitness instructor?! Kate had to kick me and say,  "That's a compliment!" I do not see myself this way at all. Not for a milli second. I look in the mirror and see this chick pounding away at those pounds, with a long journey ahead of her. It was a huge compliment and an innocent mistake, but it really made me think about how far I've come. I used to hang out in the corner for the group work out room, closest to the door, because if that shit was too hard, I made an early exit. Now, I try to always get up front to the instructors left. I've become more confident for sure without a doubt, BUT I find it's easier to follow along when you're right up next the teacher, and you're not trying to flip the moves around. I'm a tall, uncoordinated, straight up goof. Seriously, I was Amelia's main source of entertainment when we took Zumba classes together. The simplest dance moves would confuse the hell out of me. Opposite elbow to opposite knee, wait, same knee to same elbow, now flip, ahhh hold on, wait up!!! Class is moving along while I'm tripping over my ski feet. Tall lady problems. Don't get discouraged, and don't be afraid to laugh at yourself! I do so hourly. Here I am this morning, representing my Cajuns after my hour long boss lady sweat session! Friday morning work out breakdown- 35 minute elliptical sweat session, Thursday & Friday days of the week pins, burning core pyramid.

If you live and love deep down south Louisiana, you are probably gearing up for college football this weekend. I love football, and everything that comes with it: Tailgating, daiquiris, and gumbo.  Empty calorie city coming at ya! First things first. You can eat gumbo. Yap yap you sure can! The key is portion control! Don't be afraid to ask how the gumbo or whatever food is being served was prepared ( if you aren't doing the preparing), and what type/cuts of meat are in your favorite *insert preferred tail gating grub. People love questions, just smile really sweetly at them. The people love that.  Anywho, last night, was the last Saints pre-season game, and my man wanted Gumbo. Yap, we made our first gumbo before September 1st. My husband, who has become a straight genius at substitutes, prepared this for our dinner while I was at the gym

He's a rock star in my book. He used boneless skinless chicken breast and turkey sausage. He also found this FAT FREE dry roux mix. Who knew something so wonderful existed!?

I estimated my serving to be right at 400 calories for a cup of plain rice, no butter or salt or oil added, just the rice, and my cup of gumbo. I think this was an over estimation, but I was feeling a little lazy. I'll report back shortly. I won't be serving a starch with my gumbo this year. The rice is the starch. I'm sad too, I really love potato salad.

It's Labor Day weekend, unless your pregnant or the DD, you're probably going to indulge in a few adult beverages.  Elle Noel's guide lines for boozing and loosing:
  1. If you are going to drink, get in a work out, do not skip your work out.
  2. Plan for the calories you are going to consume. Eat lightly all day. Don't consume 1200 calories then start drinking.
  3. Stick with low calorie alcohol-  clear liquors are best. I once had a bartender stick his nose up at me and say, "Clear liquors are for rich women on diets" I'm not rich, so I'll just keep your tip, and I'm on a diet. You aren't punking me into some sugar invested cocktail so that you can show off those mad bar tending skills buddy. Don't let anyone else sway you from your predetermined course of action. It's your body and your buzz. Drink what you want!
  4. Put down the beer. Walk away.
  5. Do NOT drunk eat. You know what I'm talking about. Everyone knows what's really going down at Taco Bell at 3am. The drive through line isn't wrapped around the block because random people simultaneously woke up and craved 4th meal. When you consume alcohol, your body metabolises alcohol first. If you eat after you've been drinking, your body stores the food until AFTER it's metabolised the alcohol, so your bean burrito with extra sour cream add nacho cheese, is hanging around becoming fat more quickly taking up permanent residence on your rear end. While on our week long, all you can eat, all you can drink vacation this summer, we were devouring french frys and hamburgers at 4:30am, and one of the guys said, "mmmmmm this is my favorite time to eat". Me too buddy, me too. Seriously though, control yo-self!
  6. Pick ONE social event a weekend in which to drink. Don't consume alcohol Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Alcohol makes your will power weak. It also makes you weak. Go ahead, drink all weekend long. See what happens at the gym and the scale on Monday, or this case Tuesday. It's NOT going to be pretty. Trust me, I know from experience. You can work out and eat right all week, like you're about to win the biggest loser or some crazy shit like that, but drinking all weekend will completely undo all of your hard work.
I haven't decided when I'll drink this weekend. It will probably be on Saturday night, but we shall see. I find drinking and losing weight to be the most difficult of balancing acts. Especially down South, the booze is literally everywhere. Welcome to south Louisiana!

Phew this became a seriously long winded post! Here I am headed off to work this morning, supporting my Cajuns!! But first, here I am last year at a Cajuns football game, 28lbs heavier, wearing the same shirt, and shorts that are now 3 sizes to big. The shirt was way to tight in the waist and I was trying to hide it. Big time. That's why my shirt is rolled up with my under shirt poking out. Oh mais la. The cray cray things we do, AND drinking draft beer, Tisk tisk!

and in 2012....

What a difference a year can make! I'll address the elephant in the room, yes, I color the shit out of my hair, every 6-8 weeks to be precise and I freaking love it.

 Good luck this weekend ya'll, it's going to be a challenging one, for me too! Have fun, be safe, cheer for the home team, and enjoy yourself!

Daily Motivator

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

We survived! The impact of Hurricane Isaac in our area was minimal at best. We're incredibly thankful and remain mindful of those who were less fortunate, may their lives return to normal as quickly as humanly possible.

We never lost power and were faced largely with extreme boredom. Stir crazy doesn't even begin to cover it. I came back to work this morning, my husband is working from home again. I could not stay locked in the house again. All the laundry is done, there's nothing left to clean, there's nothing on TV in the middle of the work day, I've read all my books, and I can't take being locked up for another second. It was driving me crazy!

Don't let me forget to loud cap myself- I ate like a 2nd grader on crack yesterday afternoon. Extreme boredom was not doing my waistline any favors. I'm a creature of habit and I crave my routine. Personally Fit is opening it's doors again at noon today. YAY!!! I'll be beating down the door to put in my work out this afternoon. Yesterday, I put in a Pinteresting work out at home. Hurricane shumer-icane. You can always get in a work out!

I did the Tuesday & Wednesday days of the week pin, two rounds of Fitness at Home, and then I had my husband call this work out out to me. He kept calling out random exercises well past the time it had finished. Having fun at my expense, but I could have cared less. I was beyond bored and he was keeping the laughs right on a coming. I started off my work out with a Biggest Loser at home demo my man downloaded on his Xbox. He was laying on the couch talking me through my workout, "Don't give up!" crunches on Doritos, "You're almost there!" crunch crunch crunch, "You look really great!" crunch crunch crunch go the Doritos. Lawd-day shit wasn't even funny. The demo was exactly 11 minutes long. I finished with this routine, invented by yours truly.

My work out ran me about an hour total. It was eating me up inside to be stuck in the house.I'm itching to get back to the gym. This hurricane has really thrown my challenge way off track, but I WILL refocus today.

I started off our boring, trapped inside, endless hurricane day with a breakfast casserole. I love to make a breakfast casserole on special occasions. It's super fun and easy on vacation, when you have house guests to entertain, you're hosting a brunch, Christmas/ Thanksgiving morning, or you just flat out want to do something special- you don't need an excuse! I grew up on breakfast casserole, it's a family favorite. My family almost always has breakfast casserole, fruit, and coffee around the kitchen table when we're all together. Breakfast casserole reminds me of my Maw Maw. Everything about it just feels like home. However, the recipe's I've found, and our family favorites, are anything but skinny or diet friendly. I was feeling brave and quite creative after my victorious skinny spaghetti bake, and threw this together. I prep a breakfast casserole the evening before I want to serve it. This allows your starch to soak up the egg & seasonings and it's also a convenience factor for you. It's easier to stumble around the kitchen making coffee first thing in the morning than it is to start prepping a casserole right when you open your eye balls.
1/8th of the recipe is 312 calories

2 Cups Liquid Egg Whites
2 Large Eggs
1lb Jimmy Dean Reduced Fat Breakfast Sausage
1 cup Skim Milk
6 Cubed Small Red Potatoes
1 cup Fat Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup Reduced Fat Mexican Cheese
1 tablespoon Dry Yellow Mustard
1 Table Spoon Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Slice potatoes with skin to desired thickness. Brown breakfast sausage and set to the side to cool. Mix Eggs, milk, cheese, & seasonings. Combine with potatoes and sausage. Cover and store in refrigerator over night. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until eggs are firm.

I served mine with 1/4 cup of blueberries and coffee. This was an awesome way to start the day. I'll make this again in the very near future. I may sub out the potatoes for two slices of toast next time. I wanted to use the potatoes I had before they went bad.

While the day started out excellent, it didn't end so well. I did super well all day, until dinner time. We ate pigs in a blanket for dinner. Eeek. I did use reduced fat crescent rolls to make them, this counts right? No, it doesn't. Please sit down, what I am about to tell you is shocking and shameful. This happened.

Say it with me now, WOMP WOMP! Bad girl! Those are peanut butter M&Ms. My husband pulled them out from his secret hiding place, apparently the same place he's been hiding lots for cooler ranch Doritos.. See why I couldn't stay home again today? That right there, is my biggest weakness. We had a Harry Potter movie marathon, and played trivia together all evening. We made the most of the storm. I'm thankful to be alive and safe. I'm also thankful to be off my butt and back to work. Hurricane survival at it's finest.

This has been an interesting couple of days. Now it's back to the routine. I'm looking forward to heading back to the gym this evening. My husband told me to just ask for a key. Honestly, I'm not sure they would turn me down. It's an ongoing joke. Anywho, here I am headed back to work! I've got an interesting view of the tree line and what remains of the storm from my office window. Glad to be back!

Daily Motivator

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Noel Hurricane Survival (Day One?)

Hurricane Isaac. What a pain in the butt you are! My husband and I are both working from home today. This should be interesting. I use working from home very loosely, as neither of us have received an email or a phone call. Silence. We have power, obviously, I'm putting in a blog post and sports center is blasting from my living room. Working from home ain't all that bad!

The weather is going to get increasingly severe as the day progresses, so the meteorologists have decreed, and our town has shut down. I didn't get to put in a work out last night because Personally Fit closed it's doors at 5pm, they're closed today too. I'm super happy I got my butt there at 5am yesterday morning! I was going to put in a work out at home, but my man literally said, "That's enough Boss Lady, I want you to spend some time with me!" well ok then! My husband and I went to our favorite sports bar and just enjoyed each other's company. You know what? It was so nice. Did I mention I had a sugar free Daiquiri? Yes, there is such an animal. It's going to be my tail gating staple this football season. We had dinner and drinks, I went for a grilled shrimp wrap, and we talked about everything under the sun, and really enjoyed each other's company.  This is what my evening looked like, can we say Hurricane Party for two?

It's 9:30am and we haven't even had breakfast yet. I feel like I'm living someone else's life. Slept until 7am. SEVEN am on a Wednesday! Craziness. We haven't eaten breakfast yet because I'm trying my hand at a skinny breakfast casserole. It has to bake for about an hour. I hate the waiting!

I didn't use a recipe for my breakfast casserole, I just threw a bunch of stuff I had around the house in the dish (breakfast casserole is always prepared at night. I don't know why, I just know that's how it's done. Don't ask questions, curiosity killed that cat). I did this last night after I had a few drinks, yeah, I get productive when I drink, I'm one of those people. Fingers crossed that it turns out edible. My husband is gonna be ticked he had to wait so late for breakfast if it's not, did I mention I used all the eggs and our town has literally shut down? Yeah, it's windy outside. Ah, I got an email! Just kidding, it's spam. It's going to be a long day.

I'm going to put in my work out at home today. Looks like no bike riding either. I'm not so crazy boss lady that I'm willing to take on a hurricane. We all have our limits. My friend Susannah decided to ride out the storm in New Orleans. I'm crazy worried about her, she is powerless at present, says it's scary as shit, and she's never riding out a storm there again. All jokes aside, storms like this should be taken very seriously and it's always better to be safe than sorry. Take care and stay safe out there! I didn't want to short change ya'll out of an outfit. Working from home, check out my professional outfit!

Have a great day ya'll! Stay out of Isaac's way!

Daily Motivator

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Carefree & Carb-less

I got super creative in the kitchen last night ya'll. I made one bomb ass carbless skinny recipe that I am quite literally itching to share with you. I was craving spaghetti last night, bad bad. My challenge, currently on day 9, has barred me from carbs for dinner, but where there is a will there is a way! I'm about to share something so delicious and completely guilt free, you will want to run to the grocery for the ingredients. Side note- I made this up all by myself, a first for me. I did not use one, two, or three recipe's for guidance. This one is all Elle Noel peeps. One fourth of this entire recipe is 301 calories.

1 jar Ragu Light No Sugar added Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
1 Red onion
1 Spaghetti Squash
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 cup part skim Mozzarella Cheese
1lb Lean Ground Beef (97%)
Salt & pepper to taste

Brown ground beef with chopped red onion in olive oil. Combine with Ragu sauce. Season the sauce to taste, I used Tabasco & Salt Free Tony's Chacheres. Combine Baked Spaghetti Squash in with meat sauce. Place sauce in casserole dish and garnish with cheese. Back at 350 for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted. One fourth of the entire recipe is 301 calories, shovel it in your yap and enjoy!

I served myself one fourth of the above with a cup of steamed broccoli. This was a lot of food, and good thing because I was starving after my hard core boss lady Monday afternoon sweat session at Personally Fit! My husband literally ate half of the recipe. He LOVED this meal. Yap, the man who flat out refused to eat spaghetti squash less than two weeks ago. In between forkfuls of spaghetti bake he said, " This is actually really good!" Giving him my best unimpressed quizzical look, "When have I actually not prepared you a really good meal?!' He didn't answer. He just kept eating. Smart man I married, huh? 

I got in my first of the two a day work outs this morning. I have sad news. I have not been given the all clear for running. I have to wait another week. I still have some extremely minimal pain in my left hip, so I've been instructed to keep up the stretches another week, then reevaluate. FML. I'm upset about this, but I'm going to follow orders. I need to be back at it in time for running clinic which starts next month! This morning, I was back on the elliptical. I did 40 minutes this morning.

I followed this up with Monday's Days of the week pin. I'll do Tuesday's days of the week pin this evening.

I followed that up with this routine that I made up, on the fly, boss lady style!

~ 20 Plank Pulse~
~20 Plank Rocks~
~ 20 Kneeling glute raises per leg immediately followed with 20 pulses~
~10 glute raises on ball, 10 knee bend glute raises, 10 combo, repeat on opposite leg~
~10 Curtsey Lunge with 12lb dumb bell shoulder press per leg~
~10 Reverse Crunch~
~10 Oblique reverse Crunch~
~ 10 Leg Raises, 10 Swing Outs~
~30 Crunches~
~20 In & Outs~

This work out ran me about an hour and 10 minutes. Which means I was rushing myself to get ready for work. That means I had another breakfast on the run, but that's ok. I wanted to try this new Think Thin flavor- Cookies & Cream. Yeah, don't feel bad for me ;)

My husband and I aren't too concerned with Hurricane Isaac, as of this morning, we don't even know if we have to work tomorrow. However, we prepared to weather the storm in under an hour yesterday afternoon. Here's a look at the Noel hurricane check list-
  1. Fill both cars up with gas
  2. Get batteries for the flash lights
  3. Buy case of water
  4. Fill ice chest with ice
  5. Place beer & champagne on ice
  6. Have deck of cards handy
  7. Bring in patio furniture- heaven forbid anything bad happen to the bar-b-que pit or outdoor rug
  8. Make Banana pancakes
  9. Pretend like it's the weekend
Aaannddddd we're ready for the storm! Woop woop!

Here I am running off to work this morning. Burdening you with the awkward self shot two days in a row now. #Blamingeverythingtodayonhurricaneisaac

Stay safe ya'll and have a fantastic Tuesday!

Daily Motivator

Monday, August 27, 2012

Keeping the weight loss train on track

Good morning!! Another beautiful day, another Monday morning, and a new chance to get it all right! I was able to get back on track with my challenge Sunday, and my set back Saturday night is now in the past. Ain't life grand? I spent the majority of my Sunday with one of my very dearest friends, Susannah*. She recently moved to New Orleans and we don't get to see each other but once or twice a month now a days. I know what you're thinking, "Stop complaining. One or Twice a month is a lot!" We used to see each other more like once or twice a day/ week, so once or twice a month doesn't seem like all that much now does it? She had to head home to New Orleans around three o'clock, although with what's brewing up in the gulf right now, I'm sure she'll be headed right back. New Orleans is about two and a half hours from our little city. I still find it hard to believe that she really did it, picked up her life, spread her wings, and flew away from home. Alas, this is a fact of life, people grow up and move away. Then there are people like me who grow up, move four and half miles away from their parents and still pop in unannounced hollering, "Moommmmmm, can I steal some flour/corn starch//milk, and do you have anything for lunch? I'm starvinggg. Do you want to go shopping with me? Yeah, right now!" I use the  term "grown up" very loosely as it applies to me.

My husband had very manly things to attend to yesterday afternoon, and by very manly, I'm referring to his fantasy football draft. This is very serious business people. I had the afternoon all to my little self, and I was able to gear up into hyper productive mode. I cleaned my house from top to bottom, did the all the laundry, the grocery shopping, and got in my work out! I needed to return the bicycle I'd stolen from my Mom's house before we bought bikes, so that's what I did. I cycled six miles in 30 minutes taking a round about way to my Mom's house. Lucky for me, my Mommy brought me back home so I didn't have to run/walk back. Phew! Then I did Sunday's days of the week pin three times and finished with a round of Audrina Abs. You don't need expensive equipment or a home gym to put in a work out. I had my bicycle and this stuff, seriously high-tech right ya'll?

This was my tenth work out in seven days. Check check for my 12 day challenge. I get to run again this week. I'm excited/nervous about running again. I know I'll have lost major time and stamina resting my hip this last month, but I'm constantly amazing myself with where I can push my formerly fat body. Although,  I have been instructed to take it easy, i.e. don't throw the treadmill up to 8.0 and see how long I can hang out. Start slow and work back up. Le sigh.  I'm planning to put in my first two a-day tomorrow morning. Post Sunday work out boss lady bad assness!

Friday night, I made Cauliflower "mashed potatoes" green beans and grilled chicken for my carb-less dinner.

This was an excellent dieting weekend aside from Saturday's fast food run. I feel it's important to note- when you go out drinking, the next morning you will weigh less. I weighed in Sunday morning 3lbs lighter than I had Friday morning. If this happens to you, don't get all excited, your ass is just dehydrated, so don't make things worse by starting your day off with a mimosa or a bloody Mary and think you're gonna continue losing weight. Drink some water, and those lbs will come right back to haunt you. I'm getting lots of questions about how to be skinny and still get drunky. I'll do a post soon on alcohol and weight loss. Be warned, it ain't like Taaka, they don't mix easily. Last night, I had left over cauliflower "mashed potatoes" with a lettuce wrap. Yum Yum!

This is how my Monday morning started off. It's going to be another wild crazy day! Just how I like it :) That's honey dew melon in my zip lock bag. Honey dew melon is scrumptiously sweet and a close cousin of the cantaloupe. I'm continuously changing up my foods so that I don't get bored with what I'm eating. Boredom leads to poor choices, poor choices lead to weight gain, weight gain leads to unhappiness. Keep it interesting peeps!

The elephant in the room, Tropical Storm/ Hurricane Isaac. I'm currently formulating a dieting contingency plan for Mr. Isaac. I'm not overly concerned at this point, unfortunately it looks like neighboring New Orleans will catch the brunt of his wrath. What's nice about a hurricane, is that we know it's coming and can prepare. I don't buy into the, "Quick! Everyone panic!!!!" mentality. We know it's headed for our hood, we all know what to do, it ain't our first rodeo. Don't wig out about stuff that you have no control over, it's super unproductive and you'll just give yourself unnecessary wrinkles. Who has time for that?

Here I am this morning in another awkward mirror self shot. Mr. Noel got to sleep late this gorgeous day. He lives the sweet life ya'll!

Yes, I am wearing a turtle neck in deep Southern Louisiana late August. I sit in an igloo all day peeps. Seriously, my space heater is on right now. I kid you not!

Boss up on this day ya'll! Thanks for reading!

Daily Motivator

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Yeah, that just happened, Oopsies!

Good morning guys and gals! It's day seven of the 12 day challenge and guess what? I broke the challenge last night, womp womp, but back on track today! Friday I got in my two work outs, and I got my beastmode on again first thing Saturday morning! Saturday I did another 35 minutes on the elliptical, the days of the week *Saturday's Pin, plank work out, and Audrina Abs- all pins from Pinterest. I also threw this bad boy in the mix. I was a reading a fitness magazine, and this jumped off the page at me. It made me think about how many different work outs I've read in magazines, then never done. Do you do this? Read a magazine and think, "Oh that shit looks cool" then move on and never revisit. I'm guilty of this no more!

I ate really well all day Saturday. Truth be told, I was hoarding calories for night time fun. Anywho, this is how my day started off. Egg whites, turkey bacon, Kashi Go-Lean Hot Cereal, and fresh strawberries. After eating breakfast on the run three days in a row, this felt like a serious indulgence.

How did I break the challenge? I committed the cardinal dieting sin. I hoarded my calories and planned to skip dinner so that I could have drinks. My husband and I met up with a group of friends last night to watch the Saints game and I wanted to enjoy myself. Mission accomplished. I drank Bacardi rum and diet coke- 65 calories a serving. I don't feel bad about this in the least. I recorded every drink in MFP and did not go over my calorie count. What happened after we headed home is what I feel most guilty about. Let's be real, my ass was hungry! Skipping dinner is never a wise idea. I had been drinking so my will power had dissolved like kool-aid in water and my husband wanted Checkers- yes fast food- before bed. Guess what? I drunk ate. This is the worst thing you can possibly do to yourself. Drunk eating is the dumbest thing you can ever do if you're trying to lose weight. I know this! Yet I still struggle. Like all human beings on the planet. I ordered a Checker burger with cheese, no mayo, a small fry and a diet coke. Carb carb city b*tch!

I did log this into MFP. A small fry from Checkers is a whopping 300 calories. YIKES. Let's not even think the fat and sodium lurking in that small fry. (Their french frys are too yummy to trash talk) The burger was 420 calories (Calculated with Mayo) and I ate a little more than half of the burger. All and all, I had 1780 calories yesterday. Not the worst day ever, but certainly not the best. Anywho, time to move forward! I focus on the positive, so let's remember how the day started! Sweaty Saturday boss lady bad assness coming at you!

Now I'm off to bicycle roughly 562 miles and try to undo my late night Checkers run! Talk at ya'll tomorrow!

Wishing you a fabulous fun filled Sunday! Thanks for reading!

Daily Motivator

Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekly Weigh In & Ballin' on a Budget

WOWZERS! At a loss for words over here people, and that's crazy difficult to do, ya'll are a-maz-ing! Huge thank you to each and every one of you for the record high reads yesterday and thank you to everyone for all the new "likes" on my Facebook page! I never felt so "liked" before in my whole little life!!

Today was weigh in day, and my weight stayed exactly the same this week, womp womp. Not surprising to me though, remember what I did last weekend? Oh yeah, I dove head first into the deep dark calorie whole that is wild weekend fun. I jumped in and grabbed every skinny cupcake I could get my grubby fingers on all the way down, muahahahahahaha! You know what? It was worth it! That's right, I don't regret it in the least. It was fun, I work crazy stupid hard, and I needed a little break. Refocused and recharged! I'm on day 5 of my 12 day Challenge, for you newbies out there I'll break down the challenge. No diet cheats (1200 calorie intake per day unless it's a two-a-day work out day -1500 calorie intake) No carbs for dinner, eek I know- this sucks!- three two a day work outs totaling 10 work outs in 7 days. That's a lot of stuff to remember, but so far so good!

I've completed two two-a-days this week and 7 work outs at present (8 after tonight's work out). Last night was my favorite bad ass boss lady work out at Personally Fit. It was a super challenging class, the class started with about 20 people and ended with 10. I kid you not. Everything I own was burning ya'll. Madeline, Kate & myself all toughed out the class together! Real talk- There's safety in numbers, and knowing your friend will call you out if you bail on your boss lady work out. After class, we hung around and gossiped for a little bit with some of the other gym rats we love at PF. Things we discuss; How dieting is ruining our social lives, how much we miss wine-ing (whining about not being able to wine. The irony is not lost on me), the gloriousness that is covering anything and everything with cheese, shopping, and of course we spend a lot of time talking about men. We're forever talking about men. Men. Men. Men. Men. and all the things we love about them. Our men, someone else's man, and that man who isn't going to make the cut because he committed the unspeakable- "gurrlll you won't even BELIEVE what he did"- act. Since working out became social, it's become 123,445 times more addicting and enjoyable. Strike up conversation with other people at your gym! Everyone loves talking, especially when you have the same goals.  I calculate that working out at this rate, I'll have a 24 pack by next summer. Yap, I mean a 24 pack of abs. If it doesn't happen by that point, I'll just say F THIS  and grab a 24 pack of Michelob and park next to the pool with my husband while we fight about who gets to eat the last of the cheesey french frys we picked up to go. Only kidding. Kind of.

I got in a real boss lady style work out this morning! Another 35 minutes on the elliptical- snooze fest- I'm so bored with the damn elliptical. Running again Monday. New Elle Noelers- I injured my hip running mid- July and have been given strict no running instructions until Monday. Let me break down just how bad my leg was hurting me. I was using both hands to lift my leg out of the car, because it was hurting me to badly to move it on it's own. (Note- I never bailed on my high heels though, we have priorities peeps) That was the breaking point for me, when I decided I had to see about it. I'm feeling 100% now, but no running until the all clear on Monday! After the -snooze, yawn, stretch- 35 minute elliptical session, I did two new pins from Pinterest. I did this one first. I think I'm going to try all of the days of the week pins this coming week.

Next, I did this plank work out which was an intense core work out. I decided to do these three rounds to my Tabata Timer. Tabata is an 8 round 20 second work out with 10 second rests in between each round. There's a free app for iPhone you can download. Madeline and I will often use this with alternating arm and leg work outs. We'll pick out two different arm exercises and alternate between those two for 8 rounds then move on to another two arm exercises, etc. This is a great way to change things up and keep yourself actively engaged in your work out. When you reach round six everything is burning in that amazing I'm becoming a stronger, smaller, more awesome version of me kind of way! I finished with weighted bar leg lifts and some more ab work. Post- Friday morning work out boss lady bad ass-ness coming at ya!

Here's a look at last night's carbless boring fishy dinner. Just kidding, it was pretty freaking delicious. I eat lots of tilapia for one reason. It's cheap. I'm balling on a budget too ya'll. Side note- my man thinks I'm over using "ya'll" in the blog. He says I don't say this as much in real life. I asked him what my more commonly used real life phrases are, and he says, "Holler bitches!" and "Wassup Sluts!" all day everyday. Really?? REALLY?!  Conclusion? I'm going to make an effort to say ya'll more in real life. Winner winner fishy dinner!

One more round of ridiculously randomness coming at ya. I picked up three of these 100 calorie snacks for 99 cents on my grocery run this week. I'm reading such amazing things about cottage cheese, that it's a bad ass snack and diet supplement for peeps looking to drop L-Bs. I decided, what the hell, it's 99 cents, I'll try something new.

BLUCK! This is NOT for me. I'm a texture person so I don't like a few random popular edible yums like oranges (GASP, I know, how un-American) lots of nuts- you remember the issue with walnuts- and I don't eat raw coconut to name a few. I am willing to try the cottage cheese again though. I bought the pineapple and strawberry flavors too. I have two options- force feed this to myself or try selling this to my husband. I asked him if he would eat it the other two and he made this grossed out wrinkled up face and said "HUH!?" as he was watching Sports Center and shoveling Doritos in his mouth. Did I mention he lost 2 pounds this week? Without trying? Lucky duck.

Here I am running off to work in another outfit from The Limited! I know what you're thinking, that girl needs to venture out into the wide world of shopping. Here's my deal with The Limited, they have killer sales and they're always sending me these emails telling me what an awesome customer I am and how much they value my opinions, yada yada! I love that. I try to not ever buy anything at full price (I've gotten crazy good at this too), it's a personal challenge, one I'm quite proud of. Balling on a budget, fabulousity just isn't cheap ya'll! Holler for that dolla!

Wishing  all y'all an over the fence, out of the ball park, shoot for stars fun and fabulous weekend!

Daily Motivator

Thursday, August 23, 2012

All wrapped up and feeling like Fall!

Knock on wood and dare I say it.... Are we going to have a "Fall" deep down south this year?! The weather is amazing! I know, I'm jumping the gun a little, but it was only 70 degrees when I left for work this morning and the love bugs are out (Coon-ass Doppler radar)! Everyone I've encountered today is a little extra chipper too, changing of a season will put and extra pep in any one's step! Finger's crossed, it's been a scorcher this year, too hot. Let's hear it for fall, maybe I'll order a new pair of boots, surely that will make the seasons change faster, right?! ;)

Day four of the 12 day challenge and I've had zero cheats and completed my first of three two a day work outs last night! I feel super thin/ small/ light/ and can't wait to weigh in tomorrow! I think it's probably all tied into those super light dinners I've been eating. Feeling this way makes me super happy while simultaneously apprehensive, because I can not/will not give up my dinner carbs for life. It's just not going to happen. Anywho, last night I tried a new recipe for dinner, lettuce wraps! I read a bunch of different recipes, but you really don't need one. This idea is simple, basic, and easy. My three favorite things! Even my husband liked the lettuce wrap ya'll. Special bonus- these are super cheap to make. You probably have ingredients in your fridge to throw one together right now! I made one with two leaves of iceberg lettuce, one serving of sliced low sodium/ lean turkey breast and a single serving of hummus (2 tablespoons). This totaled 130 calories for one wrap. I think I'll have this again for dinner tonight or tomorrow, but add in turkey bacon and cucumbers. My husband made his with hummus and ranch dressing, it looked better than mine. Just saying.

For your reference- this is what it looks like before it's rolled up. Be sure to measure out your hummus, cheese, salad dressing, or whatever you're using as a filler. Portion control is essential!!

The tooth picks were positively necessary in holding this thing together making it edible and "warp like".  Mmmm this was good, but let's be real, my ass was still hungry after I ate the turkey wrap, so I made another one. I made this one with a single serving of lean ham, and two Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese wedges. I think I prefer the turkey to the ham, but both were delicious. The ham totaled in at 140 calories.

I ate the two wraps and handful of almonds before running out of the door to 337 Fit Club! Last night we did Insanity The Asylum back and core. This was yoga-esque with more intensity, coupled with small bursts of cardio. I really enjoy Fit Club ya'll, it's so fun and FREE. Surrounding yourself with like minded people with similar goals is a fantastic way to keep yourself motivated and encouraged by other success stories. No matter where you are in the weight loss/ get fit process, everyone can sympathize, encourage, and give some really great tips and tricks for improving your diet and exercise routine. I'm often left thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?!"  I also like that it's introducing me to new forms of exercise that I wouldn't get the opportunity to try on my own. Win, Win!

Today is day two of the two a days for the week! I did my weekly weight training this morning. We used a lot of equipment this morning, translation- the trainer kicked our butts. I'm going to be sore tomorrow!

Tonight I'll do the 5:30pm class at Personally Fit which happens to be one of my all time favorite HIIT classes. My left hip/knee/leg feels 150% for the first time in a month. I'm going to follow my orders and wait until next week to start running again. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't eating me up inside to wait. For once, I'm going to follow instructions and not listen to my concrete noggin which is telling me, "Just run on it. You'll be fine!" As if. No more re-injuries for this girl!

Be sure and add me as a friend on MFP if you haven't already! I share my daily dairy- i.e. the nitty gritty, exactly what I'm eating every day- with my friends. I've had breakfast on the run two days in a row now. I'm really loving these Think Thin bars. Here's yesterday's breakfast

Tomorrow is weigh in day. I want to see where I am relative to last week and for the end of my 12 day challenge next week. I'll share that info tomorrow. Also, I'm thinking it may be time to do measurements/ BMI again. I haven't checked any of that since mid May when I finished personal training. I'll probably do that the second week in September. I'm shooting to reach goal weight by November first. That may seem like a long ways out given I'm 11 pounds away, but I have a feeling these 11 pounds are going to be stubborn. November first seems like an achievable goal. Once I get to goal weight, what I've been working towards for a year and a half (FYI-it feels surreal to be talking about reaching the "finish line") , the real challenge begins. Maintaining my weight. This is such a scary concept to me, I'll leave it at that one sentence for now.

It gives me the frissons (chills, hee-bee-gee-bees, goosebumps) just thinking about it. Lawd-day I'll ponder that later, one thing at a time. I owe, I owe so it's off to work I go!

Shirt- The Limited
Pants- The Limited
Shoes- Target

I hope your day is freaking fabulous! Keep going, keep pushing, your goals ARE within reach!

Daily Motivator