Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIAW - First time in a Long Time!!



Hello everyone, how has your Wednesday been? Mine was super-dee-duper long...so tired, so this is going to be short and sweet! 

Tonight I went to CrossFit and it was a very difficult work out:

  •  20 Minute AMRAP
  • 5 Dead Lifts, 10 Pull Ups, and 20 Burpees
  • I used 95 lbs for the DL and band-assisted Pull Ups
  • I made it almost 5 rounds: 4 rounds + 5 DLs + 10 pull ups + 19 burpees...
    • I was quite upset that I didnt make it through the last one, I was popping back up when he called time...oye!
- Tomorrow I have a 2 mile run in the morning and then writing two papers after work, after dinner with my father-in-law and before bedtime - perhaps I thrive on this busy schedule because so far this week, Im 2 for 2 with my workouts - woot woot!!!

Today I am linking up with Ms. Jenn from Peas and Crayons for:

 
Breakfast:
While I realize this is not the best choice, I had to grab something fast and I would rather have that then one of my daughter’s NutriGrains, mmk?

Since I ran out of time this morning to do anything than throw my clothes on and run out the door, praying my daughter actually brushed her teeth like I asked, I didn’t have enough time to make lunch…so, I grabbed a sandwich from Subway – whenever I go there, I try to get the flat bread – it’s 220 calories for 6”. I got a 6” flat bread with ham, pepper jack, avocado spread, and tomatoes – grand total – 395 calories. I'm ok with that and I'm still full – so there’s that :)

For snack before my workout - I had a handful of trail mix, some grapes, a few crackers with two slices of cheddar cheese, and my leftover baked potato chips from lunch. Not that great, but I usually have 3 rice cakes with 1 laughing cow cheese spread out among them topped with salsa and cholula. We are out of the laughing cow cheese, so I had to improvise :) 

My usual:

Tonight, I had dinner my hubby made, baked chicken two different ways, one with TJ's pasta sauce and the other with jalapenos and Dijon mustard, sounds weird, but it was so good, plus some brown rice and grapes for dessert.

Ok, that's all I have, Ill talk to you all tomorrow :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Goals and a Weekly Plan



Hello everyone, how was your weekend? Mine went well – I skipped CrossFit on Friday night in favor of working on schoolwork, knowing that there was a class offered on Saturday morning. On Saturday, sandwiched between writing one paper and reading for the other, I went to one of my favorite CrossFit workouts so far! It was 5 rounds for time:

-          120 meter zig-zag sprint
-          10 wall balls (20/14)
-          15 suitcase dead lifts (which really means kettlebell dead lifts)

It was super fun, and I managed to complete the task in 14:27. I loved how the workout included running and lifting weights, it was really enjoyable. Plus, the class was small – only like 5 of us, and that was helpful, sometimes it’s intimidating with a huge class. 

So, when we were finished at CrossFit, I went home with my daughter and worked the rest of the afternoon on reading the book that I had to write a paper on that was due Sunday night. On Sunday, I finished my paper and then we went to a barbeque held by one of my husband’s rugby friends. Sunday night, I had the hardest time sleeping, I woke up at 2:30 and could not fall back asleep…it was really frustrating. This hasn’t happened to me since we were in the middle of the move, so I’m wondering what, besides the usual stresses of daily life, is going on to make me not able to sleep…it’s awful. Then, Monday we went shopping like everyone else on the planet…seriously, so crowded! But, after months and months of saving – we finally bought a new mattress, woot woot!! So excited!! The rest of the day was spent cleaning and getting ready for the week.

This week – although it is already Tuesday – my fitness goals are:

-          Run 2 miles Tuesday PM - Check

-          Do CF Wednesday PM
-          Run 2 miles Thursday AM
-          Run 2 miles Friday AM
-          Do CF Friday PM
-          Do CF Saturday AM
-          Sunday Rest

This might seem to be a hefty goal, but damn…I'm so tired of not making the time to run – so this week, I’m doing it! I thought about waking up this morning to run, but sleep was just too delicious, especially after my above-mentioned bout with insomnia. So, tonight it is! After I pick up BG from school, we are heading to our tiny community gym to get a run in – it’s way to humid to try outside – and I'm already prepared with my work out clothes with me to change into at work, and with her freshly charged Leap Frog, so she won’t be bored.

My non-fitness goals for the week are:

-          School:
o   Wednesday Night: Complete Progressive Era Post and Complete the Great Depression Post
o   Friday Night: Post CrossFit – work on Essay #1 for Progressive Era, then complete on Saturday morning
o   Sunday evening, begin working on next book for Great Depression.

-          Food:
o   Prep some food for the week
o   Pack lunches the night before, in addition to, setting out outfits for BG and yourself.
o   Keep house clean and organized!

I hate it that at the end of the week, I feel like I'm starting over again. This week, I hope to break the cycle!

In other news, I am ready for fall to get here – today is so humid, it feels like you’re choking on soup whenever you walk outside! And, BG starts soccer next week! Our house is very excited!!

To end this post – I am going to list my September Goals:
-          I want to WILL run at least 25 miles in September
-          I want to WILL be able to do a real pushup by Sept 30 – I'm still doing the “rock up” kind
-          I want to try to WILL track my food as consistently as possible

And I just realized that I wrote “I want to” instead of “I will” – changing the way you approach goals is the first place to start my friends.
 
Ok, that’s all I have tonight, I’ll see y'all tomorrow!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ok, now Im back :)

Hello! Is anyone out there?! I have been away for a long time - it's been even longer since I blogged regularly - oye :) I dont know what happened, but when I moved - it just became harder and harder to get motivated to blog, and then everyone and their mom quit blogging, so I was like well really, do I have the energy to get going again - and then I decided, heck yes I do - see blogging is what helped me keep myself accountable...back a year ago...and now - for the first time in a long time, I have the fire again - I dont know what happened, but almost on autopilot yesterday I started logging into My Fitness Pal. I dont know that what has happened to me is that I have fallen off the wagon, it's perhaps more horrible than that...Ive lost my mojo...my drive...and it all stems to personal things that I cannot blast on the interwebs - it's not my marriage, because that is wonderful and so is my baby girl :) so, make the deductions that you want to...regardless...it's hard to be motivated when youre not that happy...but yesterday...it's almost as though my subconscious was like "dude, snap out of it!" so I did. And I feel good again...man two days of actually paying attention to what I put in my mouth has made all the difference...so here is what is going on with me. I am working full time and going to school (my semester began this past Monday) and I am having the hardest time finding the time to work out and blog. No, no, no - what I mean to say is - I am having trouble finding the time to run...awww...my first love. I make the time for CrossFit - my second love. So, I havnet been running, I cant figure out when to do it and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights I do CrossFit - if I miss one of those days, then I make it up on the weekend - Saturday or Sunday...Ill talk about that  more in a minute...so what's a girl to do? I know I could wake up early to run...but my husband and my mother would both agree, I dont make the best decisions when I am asleep...i.e. hitting snooze a million times. I think I am just going to have to suck it up and get up every morning during the week super early...the non-running days I can do school work...sounds like a good idea - now I need to implement it. Ive also been a huge failure when it comes to food prepping...again, it's hard to find the time, but again, Im just going to have to suck it up and do it. Does anyone have any good suggestions for food prep ideas? I need something new and fresh...I need to shake things up a bit. Ok, so those are my bad things going on...there are also some good things going on - family life is super good and baby girl is in pre-K. She's a November baby and has to wait another year for Kindergarten, even though all her little friends moved onto K - I thought she was going to be devastated, but so far it's been a smooth transition for her in her school. Hubby is good, still playing rugby like the maniac that he is :) and CrossFit...I absolutely love it. It hurts so good :) I started back in June - and many people have asked me if Ive lost weight - no, Ive stayed about the same...Im about 10 lbs up since I moved last December. I know that once I bring back food prep and running, it will start the motion of losing again, but here's the cool part - I know Ive lost inches, I never measured, but I put on jeans from last winter this past weekend, and they totally fit - so yes, the scale is not everything. Anyways, I started with the beginner classes, the "OnRamp" classes and then joined the big leagues and now Im doing the normal WODs. It's hard and sweaty and hot but I love it, I love seeing how strong I am and I love pushing myself every time, further-faster-stronger. Last  night, I was supposed to post but I literally was flattened by my work out. It was the hardest one yet...first one that I wanted to quit, but I didnt...here is the picture I posted on IG:

It was so hard :) And I love my box too because they have a kid area, so I can bring baby girl when my husband has rugby, like last night:
Other than all that, school just started and Im trying to track down a book I need...gosh, you would think these professors would make it easier...nope! I eventually had to rent it from Amazon...oye! So yeah, that's all I have, trying to keep the stress to a minimum, get this weight loss train moving again, trying not to die during CrossFit, and trying to be the best Mama and Wife I know how to be. Im building muscles though and that is so fun! See y'all tomorrow :)
Some more pics for fun, ok GN!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hi.

Ive given some serious though to hanging up the old blogging towel - but I think Im going to keep going - it's been two months since I posted last...there are many reasons why Im not posting - mainly Im having a hard time where we moved last December...it's not what I thought it would be, but it's getting better...slowly...and CrossFit is the main reason for that. Ill be back tomorrow to chat about life lately, this past weekend at the Renaissance Festival (so fun!) and how obsessed I am with CrossFit :) If there is anyone out there still reading, Ill be officially "back" tomorrow!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Great Weekend and A New Beginning

Hello Everyone, how was your Monday?? Mine was pretty craptastic until the end of today, Monday's are always hard on me.  I miss my daughter, I dont want to work, it's really just no fun at all.  And lately, Ive been using this poor attitude as an excuse to eat badly and skip workouts...well that's just no way to set yourself up for a successful week, so today - I stopped the cycle. 

But, before we get to all that, let's talk about this weekend :) Saturday I had a tennis match, and oh my goodness, I played my heart out - I lost the first set, won the second set and lost in a tie-breaker 9 to 11.  SO FRUSTRATING!! Plus, it took 2 and a half hours to lose...talk about disappointing...then we had to shop for our neighbors' little girl's birthday party, and then spent the rest of the day hanging out outside, very fun day!  Then on Father's Day, Daddy got breakfast in bed, then a trip to Lowe's and Home Depot, and then I grilled steaks for him :) It was great :)


But, admittedly - the weekends are my most difficult weight loss times.  For today's Motivation Monday link up with Ms. Wendy from A Daily Dose of Del Signore, her question was how do you stay on track on the weekends...well - sometimes I do and sometimes I dont, but what I do try is to stay active on the weekends by either playing tennis or running, both of which are happening this coming weekend - I have a 5K on Saturday and a tennis match on Sunday!

Next up, I am linking up with Ms. Katie from Healthy Diva Eats for:

 My Monday is Marvelous because today, I took back my fitness.  I joined a CrossFit gym today and I havent felt this excited about fitness and exercise in a very long time.  I love learning new things, and I love the comraderie of the gym, I guess I should be calling it a box?  I am such a nerd ;)  Anyways, I cant wait to see where this new life is going to take me :) All I know is that tomorrow...it's going to be incredibly difficult to sit down!


And finally, my Monday is super Maaaaaahvelous Daaahhhling because I get to look at this very dreamy pirate :) Seriously yall, I cannot get enough of this show...Im so into it.  Im on Episode 13 and there are four more until my neighbor and I are going to have a wine night and watch the rest of the season.  

It is truly one of my favorite shows of all time - if you like to read and love action and romance, this is the show for you!

Ok folks, Ill see yall on Wednesday!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fitness Friday!!

Hello Everyone, Blogging for the 3rd time this week, holy guacamole y'all!!  So, I made a promise to myself that I would blog more often because it holds me accountable!  So here we go, this was the worst week ever, but the ending of the week is turning out to be epic :)  I actually ran today, but Ill get to that in a moment - first, I will share who I am linking up with this Friday: Ms. Aubrey Leigh from ALG Uninterrupted for:





Fitness Friday

Today I actually ran y'all!  My daughter woke up super early this morning and I took the opportunity to take her with me for a run in the jogging stroller.  We only did a mile and quarter and I walked half of it, but damn, what a mood booster!! I loved every second of it, even if I was breathing in soup - the humidity was so awful!
So, this coming week, I start Cross Fit - I feel like Im going to puke from fear and excitement, which means Im supposed to do it :) See yall on Monday!!


 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday - or Will Be Soon!!!

Good Evening Everyone, how has your Wednesday been going so far?  My week hasn't gotten any better - I'm still without a phone, so this post is going to be without pictures, my apologies.  What a crappy week - I wish one day out of the week had 24 hours in it and you magically had the energy to clean and organize your whole house...that would be amazing!  If only...I finished the best book ever just now, seriously y'all, go get Paris Letters, you will thank me.  I am trying to post more regularly, so I couldn't miss out on Weight Loss Wednesday - since I don't have pictures, you're just going to have to take my word for it :)  Today I am going to link up with Ms. Erin and her lovely co-hostesses for:
- It has been quite some time since I linked up with this particular link up and Ive decided the time has come - weekly accountability worked for me before, and it's going to work for me now, by golly - did I just say by golly? :) Since my phone is out of commission currently (tomorrow can NOT come fast enough) you will just have to take my word for it - 163.0 - down 1.4 since Monday.  Tomorrow I plan on running, and every day is a new chance to make good decisions.  I think I'm going to slowly start cutting cheese out of my diet again, it's like my drug of choice.  So, there are the ugly details :)

Next up, I am linking up with Ms. Jenn from Peas and Crayons for:
Since, I cant take pics - again you're going to have to take my word for it:
For Breakfast, I had two Cabot cheese squares from Costco - so delish!  I'll miss these when I go cheese-free!
For Lunch, I had Panera - I love their choose two - half Greek salad and half tomato and mozzarella panini - yum!
For Dinner, Hubby made me ground turkey pasta with Trader Joe's Pasta Sauce and I had a small side salad with Greek Vinaigrette. 

- I have no idea what the calories were for today.  Here's the thing, I keep going back and forth between wanting to count and not wanting to count.  My phone is out and I cant use MFP at work, so I haven't been tracking all week.  I kind of like the freedom - but I know I'm most likely eating too many calories.  How do you reign it in without restricting?  It's like the golden tightrope we all want to walk on.  If I had the answer, I could solve all of life's secrets.  Well, I'm thinking about going completely clean again with food, we shall see.  I start Cross Fit on Monday and I know I will make better decisions with the more exercise I am doing, funny how that works, right? (Sarcasm Font)  I just don't want to get too obsessive - I think part of the reason why Ive gained ten pounds since last September is because I was WAYYY too restrictive.  I measured out my tomatoes for Gosh Sakes...It just doesn't have to be so hard, right?  So, I'm searching for balance...how can I eat healthily without overeating and without counting every single calorie.  If you have the magic answer, please share ;)

OK folks, that's all for today. See you Friday :) or tomorrow - I'm kind of a roll!