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 4 Fix

I LOVE PILATES! Today was pilates fix, and I feel great! It was great to have a cool down after 3 days of “harder” workouts. I needed the break, but that doesn’t mean that I’m gonna slack on my abs fix! That is an everyday fix as long as I’m getting my life turned around. The only problem I have with doing pilates at home is that I don’t have anyone here to help me with my form and making sure that I’m doing it correctly. Any exercise done wrong can end in disaster, but when it comes to yoga and pilates, form is everything. That is the only way you are going to work your muscles correctly and effectively. If I had never done pilates before, I would be a total wreck. 

I think that yesterday messed me up though. I’m supposed to eat throughout the day, but I haven’t been hungry…At least not for a meal. I’m in the munching mood. So what did I do today? I baked! Yep! You heard me correctly. When you are basically going cold turkey from the occasional chocolate chip cookie, after a few days, the sweet tooth really tries to take over. I made the banana oatmeal cookies from my meal plan book, and they are delicious! I was expecting them to be ok, but not wonderful! Nothing that healthy can be that good if it comes in the form of a cookie can it? Usually that stuff tastes like cardboard, but not these. Here’s the recipe: 

  • 1 cup Old fashioned rolled oatsImage
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat baking sheet with spray. Set aside. Combine oats, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well. Add bananas, raisins and walnuts; mix well. Drop be heaping Tbsp. onto baking sheet. Flatten cookies. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until firm.

They don’t take very long to make at all! I made them while on the phone with a very good friend. Actually started and finished them while on the phone! Ok, so we were on the phone for like 2 1/2 hours, but it didn’t take me that long to make them. Thinking about doing my 10 minutes abs early today. I wanted for the husband to do them with me last night, but even after I started with him in the room, he didn’t join. SLACKER! Ok, I guess I can’t be too upset with him. I think that he tore a tendon in his foot, and he is coming home from 12 hour work days. He is very tired and working out right now is not on his list of priorities. Well…until tomorrow!

 

Day 3 Fix

Well, today was an interesting day for us. From 9am to 1pm, we were in a power outage, so I took the kids out today. We didn’t get back til about 4 so that means that my fix took an interesting turn. Yes, it’s only day 3, but even for just 2 days, I have kept very faithful to my diet and workout routine. I usually eat my breakfast then do my workout and have my shakeology all before 11, and that sets me for the rest of my day. But today was a different story. I started out with a banana and my shakeology drink this morning and left the house before 9. I was bound and determined to NOT go through a drive thru. It’s true that our world has evolved concerning some food choices you get through fast food places, but there still is the temptation of eating just that one french fry. I succeeded! We did, however, go to Chili’s. The menu is little more forgiving when it comes to yummy food choices. I tried to choose as wisely as I could to what sounded good to my taste buds. This is the part where I learned why portion control is so so so important. Now don’t think that I over ate. I didn’t do that at all, but even after 2 days of complete portion control, my little less than normal was almost too much. I say little less b/c usually when I go out, an appetizer is involved along with my meal even if I don’t finish all of either. I had the California grilled chicken flat bread with avocado and pica de gallo. The indulgence here? The cheese. ImageEverything was in portion except for the cheese, and my body still feels full from todays lunch. I wasn’t miserable by no means, but I could feel what portion control was doing for my body more than I thought I would. I will say, that is something that I could make. It was delicious, and I didn’t have that “Oh my gosh I shouldn’t have eaten that” feeling I would have had if I still ate burgers and fries.

We went to the mall and as we were walking, I can feel every muscle in body screaming at me! I’ve got to keep pushing. I got more comfy and workout clothes. That’s always fun b/c that’s about all I wear since I don’t go anywhere fancy anyway. I’d much rather be comfortable.

I got more items from the it’s ok to eat this list. That includes ingredients to make the treats that are in the meal plan book. My sweet tooth just about got the best of me last night. I love my pb m&ms and I really wanted some last night, but I refrained. I was then determined to make myself some treats. Target didn’t have all the ingredient that I wanted but I did find this little gem while in the “big city”. I’m gonna have to make another trip there again before leave Kansas. I went in and it smelled like Trader Joe’s, and that is one thing that I miss about California. The kids were getting a little restless so I didn’t get to look around. That made me a little sad but oh wellImage.

The first thing I did when I got home was do my workout. Oh my goodness! It was so hard. My legs were already screaming from yesterdays workout. Side note…I did not the wrong workout. Dirty 30 wasn’t supposed to be until I think Saturday. I was supposed to do the Upper Fix yesterday so I will be switching that around. Anyway. I can’t hardly walk now, but I’m still going to my 10 minute abs. My abs hurt when I sneeze, but it won’t be like that forever. Right? RIGHT? I sure hope not. I’m not gaining muscle yet, but I guess I shouldn’t expect a miracle over night. I am happy to say that my splurge didn’t make me gain any weight. I don’t want to lose anymore weight though. I don’t really know what to do about that. An extra shake maybe? I don’t know. Until tomorrow!

This Takes the Cake

I made my first cake last night, and let me tell you, it may not look pretty, but oh my! It tastes amazing! I get a lot of my recipes off of http://www.foodnetwork.com. It took a couple of tries for the frosting. The first try came out too runny. I think I messed up with the egg whites. I don’t think that I whipped them up enough. I’m sure that it would have worked for a more professional baker, but I’m still learning. This is the frosting I ended up using:

Basic Buttercream Icing on the Food Network.

The cake that I made was Classic White Cake on the Food Network. OMG! This tastes amazing. I was making this as a birthday cake test for my son. There wasn’t a lot of ingredients involved which was great because I had everything that I needed for my little project. Looks good huh?

I was really surprised about how little batter this recipe made, so the actual cake was smaller than I was expecting.

I worked on the frosting as the cakes were being made. Like I said, the first one did not work out, but here it is cooking.

That part was a little difficult for me because I was trying to get my eggs whites to beat and also keep check on the temperature of the syrup. Yeah, that’s something that I have definitely not mastered yet. 🙂

The second frosting that I made did not need cooking. It was just 2 pounds of powdered sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla, half a cup of milk and a cup and a half of butter. It’s very sweet but yet so heavenly. The next time I make a frosting, I have a different recipe that I’m going to try, but I need a double boiler for it.

Well, like I said, the cake didn’t come out too pretty, but it tastes amazing! Very moist and oh so yummy. My next project  in baking is rolling fondant. I would like to make that for my son’s birthday cake.

If you have any suggestions, I am all ears. I need as much help that I can get. I love to bake, and I want to get better. Enjoy!