Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011

Ready as I will ever be

Lets just say that most of my weight loss goals for August completely landed in the water. I am learning to be OK with this, I am ready to tackle September like it is my my only dying wish (or I need to get fit for a wedding dress and want to look and feel smokin’ hot) Since today is the last day of the month I have decided to start a new goal list for September and truly kick it’s ass!

I will wait until tomorrow to fully unveil the list but I figured I could give you a little heads up of what I have been doing since I took a week off life and pretty much partied like I was 21 again…I turned 26 on Wednesday but who is counting?

What have I been doing so far?

  • I started squeezing a half a lemon in luke warm water and drinking a full glass of this every morning(My liver is thanking me)
  • Since Monday I have been hydrating with lots of water and coconut water to the point of my belly exploding…not really but close!
  • I am thinking more about what I am eating and trying my best to track everything that goes in my mouth
  • I started putting my workouts in my calendar so I can have it all planned out and I have less of an excuse to blow them off.

So far so good! I made it to Turbo Kick boxing last night right after work and felt like I was going to die great! I was even lucky enough to come home to my loving Fiance who was cooking a healthy chicken vegetable dish. I planned out my breakfast and lunch for today and I am feeling better than ever!

I stepped out of my food box!

I decided to make a breakfast egg white burrito, it was amazing and such a nice change from oatmeal or toast. It had veggies which is a huge Plus!

I even brought a bag of carrots and had carrots and hummus as a snack.

I am feeling great about getting back on track and I need to really remember these feelings and try to not forget them when I start going All or Nothing Aly.

Keep updated for my goals for September!

What have you been doing to be healthy?

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August 25, 2011

Birthday week in a nutshell

Can you guess what kind of themed party I had?Dinner at Scotts!New Necklace from MOm! Thanks Mom!

And tonight we are going to Dinner and a show in the city. I am so excited to see Stuffed and Unstrung!! More on that to come!

August 23, 2011

The fight to become a better me!

Maybe fight is a strong word, I mean I am not going to go all MMA on my own ass to make me a better person, or maybe it is just to show the struggle it can be to make the healthy decision. This week I know all too well what it is like to battle against myself for one reason or another. I am not sure why this seems to happen and come in waves but I think the way to fight it is to just work day by day on being a better me. This is not to say that I am not already good, I mean who am I kidding I am great! It is kind of like me wanting to just be OK with me and be happy about my choices day by day. I plan to do a full set of goals for September and really work on things to calm my crazy brain that likes to think I am crazy….(who is crazy here me or my brain? or does that mean both..anyways) But, for now I am going to just think about certain things I have been reading about and what I am going to start implementing today to make this day get better and make me feel better.

1. Thinking positive has been a topic on The Chic Life for a while now. I keep looking at it and I know that if I can turn this negative thought into a positive one I can be a better me starting now! Alright negativity get ready to get your ass kicked!

2. Making small choices to a cleaner body- This has been all over the blog world but I think I am going to be a new Flexitarian and just work more vegetarian meals into my life. This feels easy enough and I know it would be good for me in more ways than one.

3.  Work on letting go, I let things get to me so easily. I am not sure how to attack this one but I plan to do some reading on it soon.

There you have it, I am slowly but surely going to get back into the groove of a healthy mind and body. There is so much more to health than working out and eating right. And, it is my birthday tomorrow so these little steps will put me in control of a few things and still let me enjoy my fum celebrations. I think I am winning this fight!

What are you working on to be a better you?

August 18, 2011

Dance with me!

I went to Body Jam last night and it was great. The weird thing is that I didn’t absolutely love it when I first started but after I came home and collapsed on the bed in a sweaty heap I was so glad I did it. I wanted to do a weight lifting video when I got home, and I probably would have done it if the matter of time wasn’t there, but then I came to my senses and remembered working out isn’t just riding a bike, or running on pavement, it can be fun movement that looks amazing as well.

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My dancing career is short but sweet, I first started dance when I went to college at College of the Redwoods in Humboldt County. It was there that I learned my love for dance. I of course had blasted BSB and danced around my bedroom singing into a bruch before attending the college Jazz class, but it was not the same, not at all. I loved Jazz even though it was hard, I guess I felt comfortable dancing in a class since I just considered it part of my school elective. I even performed in a dance one of my teachers choreographed for a separate organization outside of the school, it made me feel like a true dancer that she even considered me, let alone envisioned me on stage dancing with the other girls. I took that love to other colleges and continued only dancing in college classes as a hobby. Then I tried some dance classes at the gym and none of them seemed to stick, but last night it felt like I was in a class again. The moves were quick and the choreography was not taught to you very slowly so it was a little challenging to get the steps. The last dance of the class I totally bombed on one move and found it really hard to complete the complete dance but I kept trying.

It reminded me that things are not easy and sometimes you have to keep trying at something that you love. I plan to keep going to this dance class to remind me of why I loved dance in the first place and think of exercise as something fun more often.

So why don’t you come dance with me?

August 16, 2011

Worked up about working out

Some facts that I am just going to have to deal with

1. I might not lose weight the rest of the month with all the birthday celebrations ( Oh well…Feed Me Cake!)

2. A Weight Training schedule is great but I am not sure I am ready to commit 100% to lifting 3 times a week

3. I really want to do more classes at my gym so weight lifting will just have to suffer for a bit

 

There are a lot of workout related thoughts going on in my head and I know that a lot of them are because I am so used to having a strict schedule for working out. I pretty much took 1 week of triathlon training and then jumped straight into weight lifting training. I love weight lifting, don’t get me wrong; but one of the things I was really excited about when I knew triathlon training was almost over was all the Les Mills classes my new gym offers. So far I have not been to one group exercise class, this just makes me sad. This was my bread and butter of exercise when I first started getting into fitness. I truly miss being in a class and working out. I think I am going to have to hold off on the weight lifting routine (at least being so strict about it) for a bit so I can get some group classes going on. Tomorrow there is a body jam class that I really want to try and I am just going to do it. It means skipping weight lifting this week, maybe for the whole week. I know I can do this on my own I just get so caught up in doing things other people are doing and when I saw that another blogger was doing a weight lifting group with this book I just jumped on the band wagon. But I really miss dancing, like I would miss chocolate if I gave it up for a year(hah fat chance) and I have to do what is right for me. I guess the decision has been made, do what I want to do as far as working out goes. I am not just going to do it because I feel like I have to. I know I benefit from exercise in more ways than one and I have to do what my heart is telling me to do. Geez talk about getting all worked up about working out….BOOYAH.

August 15, 2011

Random Weekend Fun

This past week has been a bit of a whirlwind, I wish I had pictures for you all but I have been dropping the ball on taking photos. I am going to work on that….seriously! Here is one just so you can be happy and smile for the day.

I know that it is a picture from a while ago but I really like this picture, maybe its lighting maybe its seeing 6 glasses of wine in front of me, either way it’s a keeper.

So here is a little recap of what I did this past week/weekend.

Worked out! – I made it the the gym 3 times and attempted to ran outside one day. Hooray for me! This is a big deal since I had my crash. I was not sure how my body would react to getting back into working out, so far so good! I ran on Saturday for about 45 minutes. It was a run/walk and my body was hurting after about 25 minutes. I am not sure if that was because of the new lifting routine this week or just not running for a while. I decided to take it easy and walk a fair amount the rest of the run. I made it past my first week of NROLFW and Day 4 starts tomorrow. I will come back tomorrow with a recap of what my weights were for last week and what I am shooting for this coming work.

Date night- Jason and I wanted to do a date night together since we have been so busy and I have been a crazy biotch lately. (I swear this man did not know what he was doing proposing to me 😉 We went to our favorite bar spot, Barceluna, for an early cocktail.( I mean at least it was after 5pm so it wasn’t too bad hehe) We happened to get there during happy hour. SaWEEEETT! We both ordered a few cocktails and it was buy one get one free for apps so we got the Lamb Taco’s and the Mussels. They were both amazing, I really should have taken pictures and for that I apologize! After we wolfed down the apps we decided to stay there for dinner instead of go somewhere else. Jason ordered the steak and I ordered the fish.

Here is the fish!

Everything was delish! I didn’t realize I could eat the skin or the eyes and apparently I should have partaken in both! Everyone on Facebook asked if I ate the eyes, next time….Maybe. After eating the massive fish I ate some of Jason’s tasty land animal meat and enjoyed some of this fries as well.

After 3 cocktails I was ready for more! thought it would be a good idea to get some coffee before the movie. We found out that the local theater lets you take in coffee! I wish I would have known that before gulping down my mocha….no I actually finished it well before we got there but now we know!

We went to see Cowboys and Aliens. But don’t be swayed by Harrison Ford and that other guy, the movie kind of blew. It wasn’t completely awful but it wasn’t great earlier. Spoiler alert! It is about Cowboy’s Vs Aliens, nuff said.

When Sunday rolled around I got up early-ish and made some pre-weight lifting fuel. Then we jetted to the store so Jason could make an awesome brunch for himself and we could stock up the fridge. After throwing him and the groceries out of the car I jammed to the gym for a nice lifting session. I came home and did a little shopping then we made some bbq and I drank beers in my bikini. (Note to self sun and beer can be dangerous) After a nap we watched not 1 but both of our netfilx movies- Rango and Suckerpunch. I liked Rango more than Suckerpunch, Suckerpunch really just felt like a comic book nerds dream come true. But it was decent.

Now that I am sure you all are wishing you were me I will leave you to go read many other blogs. Tonight is Sushi with the girls and I promise to be back with more pictures of this fun night!

August 9, 2011

Weight Watchers,Weight lifting and wedding venue, Oh My!

Well first I want to say thanks to everyone who reads my blog and had some sweet things to say about my recent accident/sad face party. I am doing better now and I am pretty much 97% better from the accident. I have a few bruises here and there, that only the future hubby can see…if ya know what I mean ;), but I can almost open my mouth wide enough to fit an entire banana in it again which has really been necessary! haha J/K I am eating normally with only sight discomfort and the only soreness I have right now is from my new weight lifting routine I did yesterday. Lets get to that shall we?

I started Week 1 workout 1A from New Rules of Lifting for Woman last night! I am excited to say that I am feeling fairly confident that I will enjoy these workouts and get the hang of it pretty quickly. It helps that I have some experience in the weight room from working with trainers in the past. Here is a list of my stats so I have something to refer too as well!

7 minute warm up on Tredmil

Stage 1A

Squats- 2 sets/15reps with 20LBS added to Bar(I need to find out how much the bar is I think it was at least 10 pounds)

Push-up-2 sets/15reps on knees(hoping I can be on my toes pretty soon!)

Seated Row- 2/15 on floor 1 set 40lbs 2 @50lbs- I need to look this over to make sure that I am doing it right, I was sitting on the floor!)

Step Up 2/15 with 24LBS(12lb barbell in each hand) 4 risers on each side of platform.( I might need to make this a little higher since it didn’t seem too hard)

Prone Jacknife- 2/15 I used a small red ball instead of the large one I wanted to use because it was all that was left. 😦

15 minute interval workout on treadmill

Minute 1-2:20-3.5 Speed

Minute 2:30-3:30- 6.9 Speed

Alternate between 2 minutes slow and 1 minute fast.

Doing this interval workout was really intense. I am not sure if it is because it was my first time back in the gym or if my legs were just tired from the lifting but either way it was great! I love doing short interval workouts!(right now that is) I am glad that I gave this a try tonight, I think since this is so different than what I have been doing with Triathlon training I will really start to see a difference in my body composition. I am hoping sooner than later!

Another thing that I am currently happy about is that I am getting close to the end of my first week on Weight Watchers. I have done weight watchers before and succeeded and now I am back to really have my final go at it and get to goal for my wedding and stay there for life. I had a bit of a splurge day on Saturday, I honestly can’t even tell you how many points I had 😦 Bad I know for my first week back on the program but instead of letting myself have a hangover Sunday and laze around on the couch all day we went and did laundry for a few hours then went to whole foods to spend Jason’s whole paycheck get groceries! Since then I have been really good about staying in my points and making smarter choices. I am really hoping to see the scale go down this week but even if it doesn’t I am going to press on and make next week better than this week no matter what.

What is going on tonight?

Well I am going to our wedding venue to discuss decor and taste some catering. My lovely Man of Honor is meeting Jason and I there and then it is sushi for dinner! I am saving up my points so I can have a nice dinner with my two favorite men.

Up next on the Agenda is a haircut tomorrow after work, I am hoping to wake up early for a run tomorrow, wish me luck!

 

August 5, 2011

Missing the workouts

Today it has been a full week without me breaking a sweat. Well technically I broke a sweat when I was doing the dishes last night but it just isn’t the same. I am waiting for the OK from my acupuncturist to go get a good workout in. I guess I didn’t realize how much I need it for my mental health. I feel so antsy and I even yelled at Jason a little last night. (not that that is horribly uncommon, but still!) I just miss feeling the high I get from a run, or leaving the gym with a huge smile on my face. Why am I lying what I really miss is being able to eat more food!

I just restarted weight watchers last night and I am already on track and doing good. For some god-awful reason I am still starving and just dealing with the fact that I am going to be hungry for a while. We are going to a friends house tonight for dinner/game night (Settlers of Catan anyone?) and thankfully these friends are down with the healthy living. Well lets be honest the Wifey, who is amazingly beautiful already, is trying to drop some baby weight and our men are just down for the ride. This works out perfectly because I could really use all the extra support I can get right now in the healthy food department. I love my Future husband, but he loves the snack! I have been dodging snack bullets the past few days and I hope that he eats them all before I have the chance to get to them. I am determined to lose weight this week even if I can’t workout until after next week. I still miss working out but I have to do what is right for my body.

August 4, 2011

The Beginning of the rest of my life, 3rd times a charm.

I have restarted weight watchers 3 times in my life now, there might be another time that I can’t remember, but at least 3 times, for sure. Tonight I am starting it again and hopefully for the last time. I know there are so many options out there for losing weight and I have tried most of them. Why am I choosing Weight Watchers? because it has a sense of community and it has worked for me in the past. I also have a great support system with my mom wanting to join with me as well.

I have always done weight watchers with my mom. Once when I was 15, again a little over a year ago and then tonight we will walk through those giant WW doors again.  It is a way for us to be close without having to be in the same town. We are helping each other be healthy and also spending time together. Even though we are in two completely different parts of our lives, me coming off a full year of triathlon training and team gatherings(i.e. lots of tasty food and beer!), we still need to go for the same reason, we have weight that we want to lose and we need the help. I am proud to go to weight watchers and make this lifestyle change for good. I am sick of feeling like I don’t fit into clothes the way that I should. I want to feel confident and happy with myself in pictures and the mirror. I am ready to start the rest of my life today.

August 2, 2011

Finding the good in the bad

So some of you may already know that I had a bike crash on the way to the Barb’s Race Triathlon this past Saturday. I will spare the exact details but basically I went head over handlebars and hit my helmet and chin hard on the cement. My chin started gushing blood and I went back to our vacation rental with tears in my eyes and a rag on my chin. Jason was such a great guy, he did everything he could to make me feel better and stitch me up. The cut on my face would not stop bleeding for anything at first. Finally after about 10 band-aids and lots of ice we were able to get the blood to stop. I didn’t want to just sit and wallow in our room so I did what any person who might have a mild-concussion and a lot of pain would do- we went to the bar to drown away my sorrows.

After the 1 beer we went to lunch since I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything since 5am that morning. I tried to chew lightly and managed to get down some food. The next plan was to go to the race finish line to get my run gear and turn in my timing chip. I found my gear and started seeing athletes everywhere. It took all I had to not just break down and cry right there. I searched for a volunteer to give my timing chip back and they told me to find Barb(the founder of the race) so I can get my medal still. I didn’t want a medal if I didn’t race, bottom line. I finally found someone to give the timing chip too and told Jason we had to leave because this was too hard for me emotionally. I was cheering for my friends on the inside but I was still in a lot of pain and I needed to get away from the race. I hope those of you who raced understand that I could not be there.

I am looking back thinking about what could have happened, I could have broken a bone and been rushed to the hospital. I could have gone into oncoming traffic. I am lucky I was able to get up and ride away and my bike is barely messed up. I am barely messed up. I am still a strong woman who could have done the race but it was not in the cards for me that day. I will return to triathlons but for now I plan to focus on wedding planning and getting better physically and emotionally. It was a lot of stress training for this race and I loved it most of the time, but I need a break from it right now. I am focusing on the good things in my life instead of the bad. And wedding planning is going to be good…Real good.

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