Thursday, August 27, 2009

Everything In Moderation...

This shirt says it all for me & yes that is attitude you see! I love my chocolate and I love my coffee even more. These two things are my Achilles Heel. As long as I’ve been trying to stay on a healthy path I always manage to slip up with have chocolate or something else sweet. Oh and heaven forbid you try to snatch my coffee away from me… Actually, if I had to pick one to give up forever it would probably have to be chocolate. Yes, that is how much I love my coffee. It quite pathetic I know!

All this being said, you don’t have to give up EVERYTHING when trying to lose weight or stay healthy. My exercise patterns are consistent, so to me that means if I want to splurge a bit, why not??? It doesn’t mean that I’ve fallen off the wagon. But by having that one small Dove Dark Chocolate, or one small chocolate chip cookie gets me over my cravings and I move on. It’s all about moderation, and moderation IS NOT the whole bag of Dove Dark Chocolates, or the batch of chocolate chip cookies you just made. There is nothing wrong with taking a bite of something, and then pushing it aside. Sometime that one bite is all I need to realize that it just doesn’t taste as good as it looked!

This is also why I strongly believe in having a “Free” day. I have talked about this in other posts. I feel that I can take one day and eat what I want. I used to go WAY overboard and literally eat anything and everything in site, and now I’m to the point that I feel like it’s a waste and sometimes it doesn’t taste like it used to. The thing that I always want on my free day is pizza. I love to sit and eat pizza with my family. It’s a good weekend tradition.

So, keep in mind that just because you splurged on that one cookie doesn’t mean throw the whole day away and keep eating them. It means stop at that one and move onto something healthier. But at the same time… you didn’t deprive yourself!

Go see Sandy at God Speaks Today, and Debbie at Heart Choices. They always have great info!

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Day in The Life...

Here is a glimpse into my daily life. I pretty much have a routine with a few variations. I got this great idea from Sandy and God Speak's Today. Go check out her daily schedule...

7:00 AM: Crawl out of bed with my head pounding from my allergies and neck being stiff.

7:30 AM: Fix the kids breakfast and fix myself a bowl of cereal. (Kashi Go Lean mixed with a little natural granola & skim milk).

8:30 AM: After mustering up some energy, I put in P90X Kenpo DVD. Once I was done I was glad… 650 calories burned.

9:45 AM: Showered

10:30 AM: Snack: Half of a protein bar and milk. Got the kids in the car and headed to the Chiropractor for my neck. Then ran to the grocery store.

12:30 PM: Fixed the kids their lunch and warmed up leftovers for myself. Chicken Teriyaki stir fry over wild rice. Followed by a small piece of brownie with milk poured over it that I shared with my kids.

1:00 PM: Naptime, and my work time. Put the kids to bed and fixed my notorious 2 large cups of coffee & sat down to call some patients.

2:45 PM: Child # 1 wakes up and I set him up to watch a movie while I still work.

3:15 PM: Snack – Apple and Natural Peanut Butter

3:45 PM: Child # 2 wakes up and I’m now done working.

5:00 PM: Heading to meet my husband to pick out lighting for our new house while my father in law watches our kids. Upon meeting my husband he has a Quick Trip coffee ready for me – YUM!

6:45 PM: Arrive back home and the kids have already eaten. I fix myself a 3 egg white omelet with Fat Free Cheese and pepper. I then turned it into a sandwich on 2 pieces of low carb whole wheat bread and fat free mayo.

8:00 PM: Kids Bedtime

8:15 PM: Snack: the other half of my protein bar from earlier and some skim milk.

8:20 PM: Work time again – followed up with patients.

9:30 PM: Watched TV with my husband

10:00 PM: Played on Facebook

11:00 PM : Bed Time… FINALLY!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Filling Up the Healthy Way

As my family and I are finally getting into a normal routine after selling our house I now have another hurdle to jump. I got a new job working as a nurse from home. I've been training with another nurse (who is totally awesome and she's actually completed the Boston Marathon multiple times & done P90X!) for the last two weeks which is taking up a lot of me "free" AKA "blogging" time. Heaven forbid I give up my workout time every morning... See I've still devoted amongst all the commotion! But Once the "newness" wears off a bit, hopefully I'll be able to begin multi tasking a little better and start posting more. In the meantime here is a rerun...

As you all probably know by now, I am a HUGE advocate of Jillian Michael's Making the Cut. I feel that it's a very feasable program and I can do a lot of it from home. (What I can't do from home I tweak so that I still work the same muscle group).

I signed up for Jillian's newsletter a while back on her website and really enjoy reading some of the tips. Here is one that she wrote about:

If you think you're suffering from a food addiction, the first step is to make sure you're eating correctly for your metabolic type. (You can find this out by taking the "What to Eat" quiz on my site!) This will help a lot. If you're certain that you are eating as you should for your metabolic type and you still feel hungry all the time, here are some tricks to make you feel more full so you don't derail your progress:

Drink tons of water. When you feel as if you're starving, pour yourself a huge glass of water or grab a bottle of flavored seltzer — it will help quell the urge to snack, and some of those fruit-flavored waters can even satisfy a sweet tooth.

Sleep! There are two hormones that regulate our appetite, both of which are directly affected by how much sleep we get: leptin and ghrelin. Together, these hormones work in a kind of "checks and balances" system to control feelings of hunger and fullness. Getting the right amount of shut-eye will help curb your appetite.

Examine your hunger. The next time you feel really hungry between meals, consider the last time you ate. If it was less than three to four hours earlier, your stomach isn't growling, and you're not weak or tired, it's likely that you're emotionally unsatisfied rather than genuinely physically hungry.Think about what, besides eating, soothes you. Steer yourself toward positive feelings of self-worth, and you will pick activities and behaviors that inherently contradict self-loathing and self-destructiveness.

Don't panic. You can and will lose weight. Even if you're eating more than the meal plan calorie allowance, you can still lose — it just might take a little longer. Exercise is crucial. Working out harder and more often will help burn those extra calories you might take in if you have a bad day.

Do NOT beat yourself up! You can do this. One slip up is one slip up, and if this is to be a lifestyle change you can't expect to be perfect 100 percent of the time. Believe in yourself, and get back on the wagon tomorrow.

(Michaels, 2008)

Friday, August 7, 2009

My first week of P90X

Today’s post is about my first week doing P90X. These workouts are LONG and HARD. I probably feel like their long because I’m not used to working out for over an hour with my 2 small children running around. This being said, I skip over the water breaks (I do drink the water) but I don’t take the full 1 minute breaks because I get enough interruptions just with my kids alone!

I’m doing the classic workout, so my first day was chest, back and ab ripper. Lets just say that my chest and abs hadn’t hurt like this in a long time. My abs were sore for 2 full days afterwards! The second day was plyometrics. Once I began I realized I had already been doing a lot of the same stuff with Jillian Michaels’ Making the Cut. For example: Jumping lunges, jumping squats, sumo squats, etc. Day 3 was shoulders, arms, and ab ripper. I felt that this was the easiest day (so far anyway). The ab work was still a killer! Then Day 4 came… Yoga day. It’s 90 minutes of yoga, I don’t know about you, but 90 minutes of yoga is A LOT when you have two kids doing circles around you. I did 40 minutes of it and took my kids to the park. I think the next day I do yoga I will be doing it in the evening after my kids are already in bed! Today will be legs, back, and ab ripper, and tomorrow will be Kenpo (which is like Kick Boxing). I’ll let you know how these two go.

I’m still trying to get into a normal routine. These next few days I will be covering for another nurse at the new company I work for. So, besides moving, unpacking, signing my son up for preschool, building a new house, and trying to keep my kids in a normal routine – I have also spent the last week training from home for my new job. Once all this calms down a bit I want to start posting a mid-week post and a Friday post. It’s in the works! Who know, I might even do more!

By the way... I weighed in this morning at 127 lbs.