Days 10-14 Fix

It’s been a few days since I have posted, but that doesn’t mean that I have quit. Far from it. I have been sticking to the meal plan as much as possible. I say it that way b/c I haven’t been feeling as hungry this week as the last week. Not sure if that’s b/c my body has gotten used to less calories, but I’ve been having regular meals, 3 times daily with a snack (sometimes) in between. I haven’t had any sugar, nothing fried…Like I said, sticking to the meal plan. I have been doing my workouts regularly, and I have been thinking about doubling up on them. I’m kinda at a stand still now, like I have peeked. I’m feeling good, but I wanna feel even better. I wanna see my ab muscles and I was hoping that I would have started to see them by now, but that isn’t happening. I have gone from working out with 3 and 5 lb weights to 5 and 8 lb. weights! YAH me! Yesterday was dirty 30, and oh boy can I feel it in the front part of my shoulders! It’s a good pain, don’t worry.

I had considered possibly becoming a beachbody coach, but I’m gonna hold off right now. I was going to do it for the discount on the shakeology, but I decided to do a little research on the product before I jump in all the way. Now, don’t leave me yet. I don’t have anything BAD to say about shakeology. I love the drink. I have been drinking it everyday and have been enjoying it, especially after my workouts. It has reduced my sweet cravings, but not my appetite (which is ok) I like it better as a snack than a meal replacement. I’m usually hungry about 30 minutes after drinking it, so I eat some fruit. It is an acquired taste for sure, and I’m sure it also depends on the recipe you use for your drink. The husband didn’t like it, but that’s alright. The shake got a lot of mixed reviews. Mostly the negative was the cost, and I totally agree. Now that I have been drinking a shake everyday, I can’t imagine going a day without some sort of protein shake. I ordered something different, but I’m gonna wait to tell you what it is until I get it and try it. I will say that it is half the cost of my current drink and has been ranked #1 compared to all the rest of the protein shakes out there. I can’t wait to try it and let you all know!

I’m not giving up on this plan though. I love beachbody, but I’m going to get into fitness and nutrition, I want to put my money into something that will further me educationally. I’ve been looking for books and other information about nutrition and fitness and can’t wait to learn. Let’s just see where this takes me! Thanks goes to my cousin for getting me into the fix and keeping my motivated. And to my husband, for telling me how proud he is of me for making myself better and feel better (even if that means that he has to eat my sometimes healthy food!) Until tomorrow…or whenever that is 🙂

Day 9 Fix

So it’s either getting easier or I’m getting stronger! My body isn’t hurting like it was at the beginning of last week. I’m seeing a difference, especially in the way my clothes look. I feel even better. I say that, and I still want to take a nap in the middle of the day. Maybe I’m just not active enough in general. I feel great in the morning after my breakfast and workout, but now…yes now I want to nap. Can I? Nope. There are 2 little people that won’t let me. Anyway…Since I didn’t sleep well the night before, I thought that I would try something a little different. I put on the yoga Fix. As soon as I did though, I realized that I hadn’t done my 10 minutes abs. Therefore, I did THAT first. I didn’t want to skip it now when I’m almost able to get through the whole 10 minutes without stopping! So I did yoga after I put the kids to bed and during, Ky got up and sat on her daddy’s lap while I tried to relax. The only problem with that? She would not stop talking! My little girl does not stop until she is actually asleep. She started out in a whisper and got louder and louder. I told her daddy that it was time to put her to bed! I felt super relaxed afterwards. We watched a little bit of a movie, and I fell asleep almost right away and SLEPT ALL NIGHT LONG! I felt so awesome waking up this morning.

Today was another Upper Fix and guess what!?! I used my 5 lb. weights almost the whole time!. Know what that means? I need to go get myself some 8 lb. weights soon. That is very exciting for me. I had to switch between my lighter and heavier weights by the 2nd round when I felt my arms almost falling off. Great isn’t it? I had shakeology. I basically had to choke it down b/c I don’t want to waste. I did the Vanilla Nog again. I thought that I liked it more than I did today. Not my favorite. I think it’s b/c of the Run extract, so I think that I will stick to something more Vanilla-y.

My coaches have told me that I need to up my calorie intake since I have been losing too much weight. I have been sticking to my meal plan pretty well. I may sneak a yogurt in there every once in a while, but def. not a lot. Here’s why…When you buy food that expires, you have to eat it, as long as it isn’t all bad for you. I haven’t had any cookies or candy for over a week now, and I feel alright. My tastebuds will get over it. I have been holding strong. In fact, I crave more fruits now than before which is great. That and peanut butter 😉 Until tomorrow all!

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Day 8 Fix

Well, today is the beginning of the 2nd week of the 21 Day Fix. I can definitely see a difference in my body. I feel better as far as my normal energy is concerned. I say it that way b/c I’m stuck inside all day, everyday b/c it’s cold outside. I HATE the cold! Even in the forties, it’s too cold out. Not feeling up to par today either. I don’t feel sick or anything, just blah. That’s all. I did have my shakeology this morning and did my workout, but even that didn’t seem to help. I think maybe today is one of those days. I didn’t sleep very good last night either. I use a Smart Alarm app on my phone and my sleep was only at 56%. Not very good at all. I felt like I was up most of the night. Ok, maybe not up, but awake. I had a dream that I was my age but back in high school. I didn’t what class I supposed to be in and when I finally got to where I was supposed to be, I didn’t know what the heck the teacher was teaching. I asked for a book, but she wouldn’t give it to me. I hate dreams about going back to high school. Anyway…I think that I’m just exhausted and may just have to get my yoga on today to center me a bit. I feel a bit off. That’s what it is.

My husband is a little concerned with my weight loss and maybe that is a contributing factor. This I weighed myself at 104.4 lbs. Not good at all. I’m way under weight. I just weighed in again at 106.2 lbs. Weird, but I did just have lunch. Turkey with lettuce and a bit of cheese on a thin whole grain bun. I know that may be cheating a little from the diet that I have been on for the past week, but I need carbs and protein.

As far as my workout went this morning, I felt really good about it. I tried my hardest to keep up with the 5 lb. weights. I would switch in the middle to the 3 lb. weights when it got too much for my arms, but I kept up with the weight. Gonna get stronger! That’s my goal. I didn’t stop which is awesome for me. GO ME! Even if I did modify in the middle of an exercise. I didn’t modify every exercise. My favorite? Actually my favorite is the surrenders. The very first exercise. Autumn says that it’s the hardest for that workout, but I really like that. I love engaging my leg muscles. It’s my arms that gives me the hardest time.

My shakeology this morning was delicious as was yesterdays. Today was Nutty Butter which consisted of milk, walnuts, peanut butter, half of a banana and shakeology. Super yummy. I could drink that all day long. yesterday was vanilla almond which consisted of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, almond butter and vanilla shakeology. When I saw the price of it, I didn’t think that I could afford to drink it every month. Now that I have tried it, I love it and want to keep it in my daily diet, that’s for sure. Anyway…I know it’s short today, but until tomorrow all!

Day 6 & 7 Fix

I did not post yesterday, my apologies. I was out most of the day and by the time I got home, got all of my stuff put away, my exercises and dinner thought of, the husband came home and wanted to burn trash and then wanted to eat. So this post is for yesterday and today.

Yesterday, I had to go out of town and it so happens that where I had to go to, there was a Target in town. I LOVE Target. Living an hour or more from civilization, I take the opportunity for target shopping when I can. I bought a resistance band thinking that I might like it better than my weight. Wrong. I used a couple of times during the workout, but I switched back to my weights. My fix was supposed to be Dirty 30 but since I did that at the beginning of the week, I did the Upper Fix instead. Oh man, do I need to do that more often. I loved working out my arms. After that, I think I may double up some days so I can work my arms more. It was tough especially since I don’t have that much strength in my arms. I want to get up to using 5 & 8 lb. weights. That’s my goal right now. That may not seem like a lot to most people, but it’s a lot for me! I broiled salmon for dinner and had the leftover stir fry veggies. It was delicious. Gonna have to get more of that to eat. I loved it more than I thought I would. Who knew eating so healthy could taste so delicious? Anyway…Still working on the 10 minute abs. I try so hard to not stop, but it hurts so bad. I know the only way to get stronger is to push through, but when you can’t breathe, it’s a little difficult. I love the burn, hate the hurt. I was hoping that by the end of this week, I was going to be able to go the whole 10 minutes without stopping, but I’m not quite there yet. I have to modify just to keep myself moving.

Today is a yoga fix. I’m pretty excited b/c I love yoga, but I think I may double up on something else. I’m trying to build muscle here. I started the week out at 108.8 lbs. Now? I’m at 105.2 lbs. I know that I’m losing fat lbs. at least I’m pretty sure that I am, but I really don’t want to lose any more weight than necessary. I’m 5’2” so I’m not skin and bones, but I am small. According to the BMI charts, I’m actually under weight. My ideal weight for my height is 122 lbs! I need to gain 17 lbs of muscle! Wow! How in the world do I that with only 1200-1500 calorie diet? My cousin (who is a beachbody coach) is helping me, but I’m up for any other advice and help. I don’t want to just take supplements to help. I love food and want to eat, but I want to eat the right stuff. Well, I need to get to my yoga fix today and some lunch. Until tomorrow!

Day 5 Fix

Well, it’s getting close to the end of the first week, and I’m still going! Going as strong as the beginning as the first 3 days? Not really. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m sticking to the diet and workout plan. I have not faltered with the fix plan. But the first 3 days, I was done with the majority of my day by 11. That’s breakfast, workout, shakeology and planning my lunch and dinner. Yesterday I really started to feel the munchies come one, but today…oh man! Today, I just want a single little piece of a kit kat or just couple of peanut butter m&m’s. I’m trying to be the strongest person that I can be, but this going cold turkey stuff is hard. I know that it’s for a healthier life, a fitter life, a happier life. I will not eat that cookie! I will not eat that candy! If I give in now, what’s the point of going on? I mean really. The first time you give into something that you are wanting to give up, you are opening up the flood gates of not changing. If you want change, you have to make it happen, no matter what. 

After I finally had my shakeology for the day, the cravings did go away. I feel so refreshed and ready to get going on just cleaning my house. I did my cardio fix today. That was tough. I am not very good when it comes to weights and all I have are 3 lb and 5 lb weights! I’m such a sissy! I kept going even if that meant doing the modified version. BTW…I did the whole body cardio fix that I was supposed to do at the beginning of the week. I started the wrong DVD, but got back on track. So tomorrow instead of the Dirty 30 (again), I’m gonna do the upper fix. 

Anyway…I’m getting stronger! Physically and mentally. 2 more days until the start of the 2nd week. 2 more days of my making my body stronger! Here’s to tomorrow!

Day 2 Fix

I woke up this morning to a very achy body. I did my 10 minute abs last night before bed, and it was tough. Tougher than expected? No not really. I’m way out of shape so my husband was on the couch motivating me. He asked what the end result was supposed to be after the 21 days. I showed him a picture and he gave me the “that’s not gonna happen in 21 days” look. Then he proceeds to tell me that if I get in shape the way I’m supposed to after 21 days, he will do the program…twice…So, now I have been challenged, twice. The first time from me and just to finish the program, and now secondly from the husband. Oh boy…at this point I would have already told myself that I am setting myself up to fail, but I have a plan! I’m stickin to it! And I’m gonna feel awesome afterwards! Who’s with me?? 

This was good in a hurtful kind of way. It’s Tuesday which means Dirty 30 Day. What is Dirty 30? 30 minutes of weights and exercise. Have I mentioned that I am out of shape. I tried to push, I really did. I only have 5 lbs weights. I’m picking 30 lb children up all day, why do I have a hard time with 5 lb weights!? By the end, they felt like 10 lb weights! I ate a good breakfast first so there was no nauseas feeling, but oh my! My body…I’m really feeling it today. I can’t quit now though…oh no no no…Gotta keep pushing. Why?

Because I was just interrupted to get the kids a snack. They wanted vanilla wafers. Usually I would take just one cookie. Not bad right? No, not really…but 1 turns into 2 which turns into more and there goes my workout for the day. It’s only DAY 2! It shouldn’t be this hard! I drank my shakeology and I still want a snack. By the way…It was delicious today. Orange Creme. 1/2 c orange juice 1/2 c vanilla unsweetened almond milk and my shakeology. I can’t wait to get the ice tray back in the fridge so I can make my shakes a little thicker…Anyway…here’s to the rest of the day!

Day 1 Fix

Well, it’s only 11, and the majority of my day is already done. I didn’t get up as early as I wanted but it wasn’t so bad. I got up a little after, got my shower in, kids got up, made myself my breakfast of oatmeal, 2 hard boiled eggs and apples and worked out all before my shows came on! yeah! I’m gonna have to figure out how to make my breakfast taste better that’s for sure. I couldn’t even finish my oatmeal.  I put cinnamon in it, but that didn’t help. I think I may have cheated a bit with my eggs. I put a little bit of sea salt on them, but in my defense, I didn’t put as much as I usually do. I salted one time, and that’s it. I waited until my food settled before I got into the workout portion of my day. I must say, I was quite pleased! I have tried several times to do a Jillian Michaels workout and fail every time. After 10 minutes, I’m done! This workout was tough, don’t get me wrong, but I was able to get through it. I stopped a few times, but my body isn’t quite ready for the full body workout yet. I sweated, I was breathing heavy, but I feel awesome. My least favorite part? The burpees! I hate burpees with a passion. I’m not very good at them. And to do them for a full minute? yeah…well, that didn’t happen…today, but it will happen eventually. I have 3 weeks to get there!

Now for my Shakeology…I drink the vanilla latte. A cup of coffee, almond milk and honey and of course the shakeology. It wasn’t awful, but not gonna go on my favorite go to drink list. I tried it today b/c I missed having my morning coffee. I’m not sure how well I will fair without my coffee with cream so I may just have to go on a coffee fast. So anyway…Don’t know what the next 3 weeks has in store for me, but I can’t wait to start feeling great and looking even better. I’m excited about having more energy and maybe a little more motivation in my life. ImageStay tuned for more updates. It’s only Day 1 of the 21 Day Fix so no struggles yet.

Here’s to a New Start

I’ve been absent for quite a while. I’m not sure what the reason…nothing to blog about, life is pretty uneventful to say the least, whatever it is, blogging has taken a back seat for almost 2 years. Here’s I am…again…and gonna give it another try. We moved again back in May out of sunny CA to pretty dull KS. Ugh! Not much fun so far. Living in the middle of nowhere, having to drive a distance just to go get groceries is not my idea of fun. I’ve been trying to enjoy my kids more b/c they really are little only once, and it won’t be long before they are grown and in school, having friends of their own, not wanting to be home, etc…I’ve been trying to keep my spiritual self fed. I started the Proverb a day at the beginning of this month. And something else…I am getting ready to start 21 Day Fix by BeachBody, and I am stoked to say the least. I miss the gym. I miss feeling good. I miss feeling good about myself. I miss the nice weather to go out for a run whenever I want. Did I mention that I miss the gym? 🙂 Anyway…21 Day Fix is a 3 week program to slim down, get toned, feel good and just in general change my lifestyle.

I have already changed the way I eat to a point. No more drive thru burgers and fries (makes me sick even thinking about it) cutting out the caffeine (with the exception of my morning coffee) No more soda! Eating more fruits and veggies and no more buying chips and dip. I messed my tummy up one night eating too much. I’m tired of fluctuating weight. I want to be strong and fit. I don’t want to be 108 lbs. of little and skinny, I want to be 115 lbs of muscle, strong and toned. No more small belly pudge, yes to sit-ups. No more jiggly butt, yes to jump squats and lunges!. I’m gonna do it! I really am. (Now don’t look at me like that! I really am!)

I will struggle. I will struggle at first. When I start a workout on DVD, usually I’m done in the first 10 minutes. Why you ask? I haven’t worked in almost 9 months! I get tired and no one is here to kick my butt and say get up and keep going! It’s so easy to just turn the tv off. It really is. Just try it…ha! just kidding…anyway…I get bored also. I know it’s just 30 minutes, but 30 minutes seems like an hour when you’re huffing and puffing and your muscles hurt and you just can’t go any further! Then you realize, THAT WAS JUST THE WARM UP! ya feel me?

What else will be a struggle? Cookies! Bread! more cookies! so….I really like to bake. Cookies, banana but bread, coffee cake, etc. I love my sweets. My major downfall…peanut butter m&m’s. I LOVE them! I really do. That is my go to candy. I have the munchies…I have a big bag of PB m&m’s. I don’t eat a lot at a time, just enough to satisfy my craving. Oh yeah, and breakfast food that includes strudels and the rare poptart. Fried eggs and toast with butter. Pancakes, french toast with butter and syrup…need I go on? I love food! That’s why a meal plan is so important for me and not only that, but to follow it. That’s gonna be my biggest struggle, not gonna lie.

Something I want to accomplish? Getting up before my kids and getting my workout, shower and breakfast in before the kids wake up. What will that require of me? Going to bed early. Getting my lazy, tired butt out of bed in the morning when my alarm goes off. Figuring out what to put in my stomach before my workout. I tried to workout on an empty stomach one time, yeah…almost made myself sick. Not a good thing.

So why the journey? Why do this all when I am already small to start out with? Well, Every year, I am getting older. I’m so close to 30 I can taste it! I want to always keep up with my kids…heck, I want to outrun my kids! I want to always be able to go out and play with them and when co-ed softball leagues come up, I’m ready! When zombies attack, I’m ready to run! HAHAHA! Who’s gonna help me? Who’s gonna be by my side during this journey for support?

I’ve kind of already started and my legs have been hurting for 3 days! I got a new app by Nike. I haven’t been able to finish the workouts yet, but my legs feel like jelly just after 8 minutes! I’m almost there! The workouts are only 15 minutes. I can do it. My husband said that he was proud of me for trying. Heck, I may just inspire him. Well, I’m out for now…Can’t wait to get pictures up to show my progress! So excited!

Things to Know When Riding a Bike

I grew up in a world where if you didn’t wear your helmet, it was ok. I have never owned a helmet or any kind of riding safety for that matter. I taught myself how to ride a bike when I turned 7. My birthday is in January and I got a bike on that special day. Growing up in Indiana, well, in January, it snows or it’s just really freaking cold. As an adult, I try to avoid going out as much as possible when it’s cold out. I hate the cold, but as a kid, I guess I didn’t care. I was so excited about getting that bike, I took it outside and learned how to ride. No one pushing me, nothing. I didn’t fall but once and was riding like a pro after just a little while.

When I was in junior high, I lived just down the road from my school, so when it was nice outside, I would ride to school. I remember one day it was nice in the morning, but throughout the day, it started storming really bad. My dad came and picked me and my bike up in the old pick up truck. What a good daddy 🙂 I was constantly riding to my best friends house and back. I would ride all day and not even get tired.

There were only 2 specific times that I remember crashing on my bike and it was always from going downhill. From then on, I was terrified of going downhill. I was always scared of wrecking. Nothing horrible like broken bones came out of it. Just scraped knees and hands. As a kid, it was pretty awful, but I guess never scared me enough to start wearing a helmet or knee pads.

As an adult now, I ride for pleasure and exercise. (I still don’t wear a helmet, just sayin) When I ride now, I feel it in all my muscle the next day, even my arms. Meaning that I am way out of shape, but getting into shape. I finally got a road bike for the first time a couple of years ago, after I had my first child. It helped me lose a lot of my weight. The last time I remember riding, I rode 10 miles. It was one of the greatest riding experiences that I learned, but I was wore out in the middle of my ride, which wasn’t good because I had to turn around and go home.

Here’s my need to know list when you decide to start riding

  1. Check tires and brakes – There isn’t anything worse than being in the middle of your ride and find out that you have a flat tire or your going down a hill and your brakes aren’t as good as you hoped.
  2. Take a squirt bottle of water – Riding on hot days can be very tiring, and if you aren’t riding on trails where there are rest stops, you could get very dehydrated. Reason for the squirt bottle? You need both hands to ride and when you have a squirt bottle, you can still use one had to steer and steady and one hand to get your bottle, use your mouth to open the spout and drink. Just common sense, I think :/
  3. Watch out for rocks – When riding a mountain bike, this one isn’t as important because of the way the tires are designed. Road bikes on the other hand, they have skinny wheel and riding over even small rocks is not advised. I ran over one the other day and just about lost my balance. Could have been a reason to get a helmet, but nah 🙂
  4. Ride with traffic, not against it – You are technically on something sort of moving vehicle so it’s just law.
  5. Be courteous to drivers – I’ve been on both end of this one. I have been behind bike riders and scared to pass because I might hit them. That’s when you end up with a line of cars behind you, and those people are usually pretty impatient. You may not be able to stop, but try to get over as far to side as you can.
  6. Watch out for falling tree debris – Ok, so you may not be able to WATCH out for this, but if anything hits you in the head, don’t freak out. It’s probably just a tree nut.
  7. Keep your mouth close – Sometimes this one is hard cause you may be so tired and panting like a dog, but trust me, keep your mouth shut. You know when you are driving and bugs splat on your windshield? Well, when riding, you end swallowing those bugs, and that’s really disgusting.
  8. Wear sunglasses, unless riding at night – Same thing as above, but getting them in your eye kind of really hurts and then you can’t see where you are going. Not good.
  9. If you can only ride a mile, ride half way – Now, when you just start out riding and you can only go so far, don’t ride as far as you can go because you do have to turn around a go back. If a mile is all you want to go, ride a half mile and then turn around. That’s 1 mile. Build your milage up. Don’t expect to do the impossible the first time around.
  10. Don’t give up, just keep riding – Who really likes to exercise? I know that unless someone is there motivating me, I don’t do much as far as exercise. I love riding my bike and could do all the time, if I had the time. Don’t get discouraged if it’s too hard at first because the more you do, the better you get and the harder and faster you can ride.

Now get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather! Play with your kids. Stay active. Eat healthy. Be the awesome person that you already are!

My Poor Baby

I’ve been dealing with a fussy one year old for almost a week now. You would say, isn’t that normal? No, not really. I have very happy children, especially my son, he wakes up happy, he goes to bed happy, he’s just….happy. So when I say that he is fussy, there is something definitely wrong.

Last night, I went out for a few and daddy was home taking care of the boy. When I was about to leave to come home, I saw that he had called. When I called back, he told me not to worry when I got home because there was an ambulance in front of the house. Conner just about passed out and really scared him. Conner slept all night, waking up a couple of times just coughing and then going back to sleep. He was ok, but I took him to the Dr. today anyway.

I found out that he has an ear infection (which is probably the reason for his fussiness). His lungs are clear, he is just really congested. My poor poor baby. I don’t like it when he feels like this. He got medicine including an inhaler for when he has trouble breathing or starts coughing a lot.

Sick babies are no fun. Not because they don’t play or not that I enjoy them less, it just breaks my heart knowing that they don’t feel good, and I can’t do much about it. He is going to get better now and start eating and drinking like normal. That’s my prayer and proclamation. This whole sick thing is new to me cause my kids are never sick.

On another note, my monster girl is coming back tonight. I just wish it was sooner than later. I got her new coloring books, play dough, sidewalk chalk and color wonder finger paint. I hope it’s nice out tomorrow because this mom wants to play with her babies 🙂