Sunday, November 28, 2010
How much sleep do YOU need each night?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Do you ever have days where you just want to escape to an island....just you, a hammock, and a margarita? Yep my friends, that is definitely one of those days today. Everything that couldve gone wrong has...or so it seems. My kiddo is sick. GREAT. I am feeling a little under the weather mentally. I have a lot of work to do but now have to take the day off. Fun stuff huh? I think I have to take the day off tomorrow too because the daycares policy is they cant be there for 24 hours after a fever. It will be nice to have a day off work so I can kind of unwind, but this isn't the ideal situation for me.
On the workout front, haven't worked out in a few weeks. What??? What happened to half marathon training? Well I still have 3 months so I am not too off track. I have just been dealing with the girls by myself, and quite frankly, I haven't had it in my to work out. I know we talked about excuses and how they suck and the people that use excuses suck. Well my friends, I suck!
Eating has been okay. I finally got the scale down to 139! Go me. Last week I had a tummy bug, got down to 138. I spent the past few days eating junk, so I was up to 140.2. I hate being sick because afterwards I consume too many carbs to make myself not feel like crap. By no means do I count carbs, I just noticed that I do consume more carbs after I am sick. Sigh.
So here's my pity party post for the day. I am off to get the kiddo...and dream about a vacation.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
What a week...it's only Wednesday too. Sigh.
I want to talk about smoking today....I am a former smoker. And let me tell you, after the past few days I have been having, the thought of smoking is almost appealing. I also saw a friends facebook post that said nursing school is driving her to want to smoke again. Hmmmm...is smoke a stress relief? Possibly..but guess what...so is RUNNING!
I was having a horrible day today and I made myself go to the gym because I knew that a nice run would make me feel a little better. Guess what? It did. I came back much less stressed than when I left.
I made a choice today. I chose to run instead of smoke. The minute I smoke, it will hurt my lungs and affect my breathing while running. Its kind of counter productive to working out. (At least for me). If I can't breathe while working out, it flat out sucks. So if working out will give me the same stress relief as smoking, then I might as well work out!
And let me tell you, that run helped me 100% mentally. I was on the verge of having a panic attack this morning. Right now, I am pretty much calm. Thank you treadmill.
On another running note, I ran for 20 minutes this morning and I have noticed its getting much easier to do. My breathing was awesome. I wasn't fatigued. My legs were getting tired. I think the more I run and the more weight that comes off, the easier it will be. I have also noticed the slower I run, the more tired my legs are. Thoughts on that?
Happy Wednesday all!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Happy Tuesday all! I need to keep this as short as possible because I have an appointment in 2 hours that's 80 miles away. I should be preparing to leave!
Man oh man I have been so sleepy lately. I dont feel like I am getting sick, so I dont know whats going on. Last night I got home from work and took a nap. I had meant to workout but I crashed. Have no fear peeps, I got up, cooked dinner, ate, then foolishly ran. I noticed I started getting side cramps. Well I wonder if that has something to do with running on a very full tummy??? Anyway, it was 8:30 at night, but I got my workout in. This correlates with my last post. Sometimes you have to push yourself to do things even when you dont want to. After my run, I was asleep between 10:30 and 11:00. Let me tell you, I was still dog tired when I woke up. Sheesh. I thought I was supposed to get more energy.
Anyone else dealing with this issue?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The past two days I have been dog tired. I have been begging for 4:30 to roll around so I can go home. Of course, once at home I am begging for 8:00 so the kids can get ready for bed. I usually dont end up in bed until 10:30 or so, and then I dont end up sleeping well. Yesterday and today have been a struggle at the gym. I have to MAKE myself go. Trust me, I didnt want to go. I just wanted to sit around and do nothing. But little cupcake here sucked it up and went. I ended up doing a 30 minute run yesterday in spite of being lethargic. Today I did an easy 30 on the bike. Neither time did I want to be at that gym. But both times I pushed myself. And look what I accomplished.
There are times when life happens. We are tired, not feeling well, too busy...The thing is, we have to MAKE ourselves get up and do things. Day after day I can come up with excuse after excuse to NOT workout. I am busy at work, I am tired, I will take today off and do it tomorrow, I have kids...At some point we have to make the choice to crush the excuses. Sometimes we have to do things we dont want to do but it's so worth it. I couldve sat on my booty for an hour, but I made a decision to workout instead. Instead of being setback and being two days further from my goals, I am not two days closer to being where I want to be. ***Disclaimer***I do advocate taking rest days from working out. Thursday will be a rest day. But there is a difference between a planned rest day and taking the day off because you just didnt feel like working out.
So I encourage all of you to just push through it when you really dont want to. Remember, you're the only one stopping yourself from reaching your goals!
Monday, October 18, 2010
I had a kick booty workout yesterday. I did 36 mins on the treadmill with a walk/run combo. I started off with 6 mins walking and 6 mins running at 4.0 mph, followed by 4 mins walking, 6 mins running, 4 mins walking, 6 mins running, 4 mins walking. I increased my speed to 4.2 on the second set, then 4.3 on the last, with the last 1.5 mins running at 4.5 mph. Right now I am slow, but considering I went from sitting on the couch to straight running, I will take it!
I stopped full blown running and opted for a walk/run combo because I have some ankle pain. Typically, my ankles hurt right around the 4:45 mark. Then when I stop and walk, it gets better. I am sure its nothing major, I am just not accustomed to running and carrying an extra 25 lbs doesnt help. But right now, I am trying not to aggravate things. After my run yesterday my shins were hurting a little. STAY AWAY SHIN SPLINTS! After my run, I did X Stretch (P90X). It felt sooooooooooooooooooo good. I think I will do this at least 1x per week, if not more. Flexibility never hurt anyone!
I am tweaking my diet some. I was going to stick to a plain ol chicken/green beans/broccoli/tuna diet, but I have added carbs in the form of whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal to my diet. Here's a sample menu for today:
M1: Egg White Omelet with salsa, sour cream, jalapenos and 1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal with apples
M2: Myoplex after workout
M3: 1 cup spaghetti with whole wheat pasta
M4: Grilled steak salad
M5: Baked chicken, broccoli, sweet potato
I may not eat M4 because its been in the fridge since last week and I am not sure if its still good. I may wait until I get home for M4 and have something light like string cheese and grapes.
I have been adding in gatorade or the gatorade pre-workout drinks. I do account for those in my calorie count. I also have been trying to drink more water.
Last week I was at 147, the other day I was at 143.6. Go me! Today I was up to 145. Stupid scale. Drink more water. Drink more water!
That's all I've got right now. Just working, working out, and trying to stay sane. Have a fantastic week!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
So what have I been up to? Besides wanting to jump off a cliff because Clint, Mackenzie, and Caroline are constantly being loud and my nerves are frazzled???
I picked up a new activity: running!
I ran everywhere as a kid, but as an adult, I find I despise it. I texted Kelly O and told her I was hopping on treadmill but wasn't running because I hate it. Well I ended up running for 32 or 33 mins straight. Wow, where did that come from? The next day I ran 35 mins straight. An since then I've been doing walk/run combos (because of a possible ankle injury). I am addicted. So addicted, I'm going to sign up and run in a half marathon in February. WHAT?? If you look back at my early blog days, I said I was going to do this. I've always wanted to run in a marathon, despite my non love of running. Well, that time has come. I'm doing this!
That's all I've got. I need to get ready to workout. I'm running every other day then doing weights or a complete rest day the others. This helps me stay sane. For half to one hour a day its just me and my iPod and no outter noise. Its Sherry time!
Monday, September 27, 2010
I had my first real leg workout last Friday. Holy hell my legs are still sore. DOMS, I love you! I plan on incorporating weights into my life again. Ill probably just work my abs tonight in addition to the cardio. Tomorrow might be arms, who knows! I just know I want 5 days of cardio and weights. I will probably do yoga or pilates on Saturday and rest on Sunday. Fact is, I have no excuse to be fat. 2 gyms that cost me nothing plus a mini gym at home. NO EXCUSES.
So there's my synopsis. Dinner is about to be on the stove (chicken salad) and I will be on my way to the treadmill soon. Nothing is gonna stop me now!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
My package from Visalus should be in soon! So excited. Cake batter flavored shakes. Yum! Can't wait. More to come on that soon. I hope everyone has a kick ass week. I know I will.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Have you ever had moments where the stars seem to line up and everything falls right into place? Well this is one of those times. What's so good about life?
Months ago I listed a boat, car parts, parts of a car, and a gazelle on Craigslist. Nothing ever came of it. Then yesterday I got rid of the Gazelle, today the boat. Tomorrow someone is looking at car parts and heck, he might walk away with the parts car if my luck stays this way. Its mindblowing how nothing would sell, now everything is at once. I even had a hit on the car but they didn't contact me. Heck, I even spent $5 on a scratch off ticket and won $50. But my life doesn't stop being bless today! This isn't even my good news.
Thanks to the fabulous Kelly Olexa and Jenny Lynn, I've just been afforded an amazing opportunity to get myself in shape and also help others reach their goals too. To learn more click here
I'm using my Droid so I don't believe my hyperlinks showed up. I will update tomorrow. Stay tuned. I'm so excited about the doors opening in my life. I can't wait to share with you all!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
So I've been doing some thinking. Life happens. There's always work, bills, kids, stress, housework, errands, travel, etc. Very few people have worry free lives. How we handle the situations life throws at us is what can make or break us. I can give you every excuse in the world as to why I haven't reached my goals. I went TDY for 5 days, packed my workout clothes but didn't workout. I looked for a gym with a workout facility. I chose to catch up on sleep instead. A friend of mine is deployed in Afghanistan. A lot of times I sit around worrying about him wondering if he's okay. A coworker is about to get sent there and I feel sad because of that. My kids have created mess after mess and I feel like I'm constantly cooking and cleaning up after them. I started a new job and it has stressful moments. I could use all of this as one big excuse--I'm tired, I'm stressed, I don't have time. But in reality, it comes down to one thing: ME. I make my own choices. Previously I chose to sleep instead of workout. I chose to sit on my couch and be sad about my friend being so far away. I chose to sit around after chasing 4 kids. But guess what? Its time for a change.
You see, lifes always going to happen. I'm always going to have kids. I'm always going to have to cook dinner and clean up, since I work for the Air Force I am always going to be surrounded by people that come and go. But this can't stop me from reaching my goals. Only I can make it happen. I choose if I hit the gym or go out to eat a lunch. I choose if I sit on my couch and mope or if I get up and get on that treadmill. Todays a new day my friends. I choose not to let life get in the way, but instead I'm using it to fuel my fire. I am determined to reach my goals. Big things are about to happen my friends. Just sit back, relax, and watch this unfold!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
But, that's not going to stop me. I am more determined than ever to keep going. I have 79 days to reach my goal. I plan on dropping 30 lbs. Watch me do this!
What are your goals? Do you want to lose weight? Tone your body? Become more flexible? Maintain your body? What are you doing to reach your goals?
Monday, August 16, 2010
It is hot here in Texas. I think the high for Thursday is 106. Yuck. When I get home in the evenings, my house is about 76-78 degrees and I want to die. Its usually 72, so if my AC is having a hard time keeping up, you know it's hot. I honestly dont feel like going home to workout because its so warm. But you know what? I have a cold shower to cool me off afterwards. Heck, there's a kiddy pool outside and I have jumped in it before after an hour on the treadmill. So there's no reason to let the heat get to me now. Sure, I'd love to be in a well air conditioned gym, but considering I dont make the effort to get to one, well, my 76 degree living room will work!
So here's whats on my my menu for today:
Meal One: Grapes, Almonds, and Pepper Jack Cheese
Meal Two: Pepper Jack Cheese
Meal Three: Turkey Meatloaf with Cauliflower and Broccoli
Meal Four: Pepper Jack Cheese and Apple
Meal Five: TBD. Probably Turkey Burger Wraps (no bun, wrapped in lettuce)
I don't eat alot of cheese. These are 50 calories cheese sticks. Its unusual for me to eat cheese once a day, let alone 3x. But they're pretty small, and low cal, and I am the only one that likes them, so that's why I am eating them.
I haven't weighed myself, but I will in the morning to let you all know how far my goal is from now, and I will also list out my goals.
Hope you make your day a good one...even if it is Monday!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
You better bet I do. And nothings going to stop me.
I might cling to cheesecake, then one day, thin might be gone. I might gain and gain and gain and when I realize the cheesecake wasn't worth it, thindom might be long gone. Baby, no freakin way am I gonna lose this one. Bye bye cheesecake. You weren't so great afterall. I know what's important to me. I know there's no room for both in my life. That choice was easy. Stay tuned as I work my big ol booty off. By the time November gets here, Ill be saying "cheesecake who?" as I rock a new body. I define me. Cheesecake doesn't.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
So the countdown is on. I'm tired of being gat. My blog should be titled fatbabiesfatmomma. I've not lost any weight and that's not cool. At. All. Boo.
So I'm setting a goal: baby will be 1 in November and I refuse to NOT have the weight off. 4 months. 30 lbs. Totally. Doable. There no need to put it off because its a holiday weekend. Too many people use holidays, get togethers, event to put off fitness. I ate like crap because of so and so's BBQ. STOP the excuses. If you keep filling your mouth with calories that aren't needed and you workout, then you might get in shape. I'm going to use my words of wisdom to my advantage!
4 months. 30lbs. A little over 7 lbs a month. Game. Freaking. On. Baby!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
That's all I've got. I don't even have the motivation to write. Hopefully that will change soon. Here's to hoping a little boxing therapy returns me to myself.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Here I go whining again--but I really need to start working out. I am going to do something as soon as I type this. We're watching a movie (sort of) and I would love nothing more than to go to sleep. But I will push myself to workout. Even if I do nothing more than push ups and sit ups, I will do something. Here's things I would like to get into:
- Maybe some classes at the gym
I am like a football field away from a gym at work but I don't use it. I could easily strap on some shoes and run at lunch but it's deathly hot here. Not really my thing. The ideal time is to work out during the day while at work--I have a 1 hr lunch everyday but can take longer if need be. Also, technically I can go to the gym for 1 hour 3x a week on company time. I just don't want to do that right now. I have a ton to learn at work. I am way in over my head. So there's no time to take off work to work out. At lunch I tan or do other things like feeding cats, or running errands. I really don't have time. I could get up early in the morning to work out or I can do it when I get home. The best choice is when I get home, but I have kiddos at home that need something and I have to cook, do laundry, clean, etc.
There is a point to my whining: I need to make time in my schedule. It's almost 7pm. I got home around 5:30. I haven't washed clothes or cooked dinner. Dishes are still piled up. I did make the baby a bottle and gave it to her (she can hold her bottle now). So for an hour and a half I've read blogs and ate. Speaking of eating, I have been coming home and eating like a horse. Uggggg....This. Must. Stop. Now.
Back to the point: I need to get a schedule down and stick to it. I need to come home, work out, and be done with it. End of story.
Well that's that. I better get off the couch before I go to sleep. Yes, I just considered taking a nap instead. Must keep moving. Must keep moving.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Today is going to be a busy day. I have mounds of laundry to do then I have to read a huge document and answer questions before I go to training tomorrow. Ugggg.....This stuff is the most boring stuff I have read in I don't know how long. Takes me back to the law school days. Wait, this is a class on contracts. Didn't I do this already? At least I hope I walk away with a better understanding of my job. I also have to take H and H back to their dad. Fun stuff.
So, Kelly O and I are focused on getting rid of the flab. Actually, she's been focused for a while now. I've been saying I was focused but I have yet to prove it. Well, that changes today, hence the re-focusing. I have got to work out and change my diet. I lost 14 lbs, gained a couple back, now I am up to 7 lbs total gained. FAIL. Especially when my goal is 15-120 and I am sitting at 147 this morning. Wait...now I have never been the best at math, but isn't that 27-32 lbs that I need to lose. Damn. At least when that scale was at 140, I only had 20-25. So do you see the problem with how "focused" I was. I definitely see a problem. I am moving away from the goal, so things need to changed....without a doubt.
Less calories in
Work out 6 days a week
It's that simple. I would love to start running again. I say this every year. I buy new running shoes and I fail to run. However, I think these just might do the trick. I need an 8.5. I will be more than happy to supply any mystery donors with my shipping address. Kidding. But yeah, I do love those shoes. I've tried numerous brands of running shoes and thus far, NB is my favorite. But I think I need to try another pair to make sure;-)
Anyway, coffee for breakfast. Later this morning I might have an eggwhite and spinach omelet. I've found the later I eat, the less hungry I am. And the less I eat, the less hungry I am.
I should get up and workout soon. I just need to get it over. Not sure what I am going to do, but I will let ya know soon.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
So, what's going on in my life. Here's some highlights:
- Baby is 7 months old today
- Still carrying baby weight
- After baby, got down to 152-155ish. Dr discovered thyroid and hormone issues, maybe even insulin problems
- Got down to 14, currently around 142-144
- Goal is to get back to 115ish; I'd be happy at 120
- Still in Texas
- Started new job on base. Much more challenging. For once in my life I am actually working
- I love summer time and all the produce that's available
- Summer means salads and grilling!
- Finally made it to the Farmer's Market. Went a little late, only bought peaches and pecans
- I need to start working out again. Started P90X, had finger surgery. I'd like to get back into it. My new job is right by a gym too; we'll see. Of course there was a small gym in the old building where I worked, so I won't hold me breath.
Bottom line: I haven't got the baby weight off yet, but that's my #1 goal. I still have close to 30 lbs to drop. The only way it will come off is with restricted calories and working out. By no means will I starve myself, but I have to consume less food, period. But I am not going back to the days of green beans and tuna. Sure, I'd love to look like a figure competitor, but fact is, I don't want to do the work. I peruse blogs and you can tell who belongs on the stage and who merely dreams of it. Those who belong are the ones that are working out like they're supposed to. They're eating what they're supposed to. They RARELY go off course, if at all. The ones who dream of it talk about getting on the stage but don't do the work to get up there. They're hit or miss with workouts and sticking to the meal plan and have every excuse in the book as to why they've gone off course. Well let me tell ya something: I am NEITHER. I would love to have the perfect chiseled body, but A--I am not going to do the work and B--I am not going to sit here whining about wanting to be on stage while I shove a cookie in my mouth. I will eat what I want, when I want, where I want but I will be smart about it. I just want to reach my goal weight and look good doing it. I don't need anything beyond that.
Meal plan for the next few days:
- Reuben's on whole wheat
- Tortellini salad
- Veggie Pizza
I've got nothing planned beyond that. I really haven't been eating dinner lately. I'd love for dinners to be light--salads, fruit, etc.
That's it. That's life in a nut shell. Stay tuned for more to come!