Monday, March 28, 2016

Let's go for a hike

Let's go for a hike, I said.

Where? He said.

Just up the road?

This is the conversation I had with my family on Saturday morning. It was beautiful out, and I wanted to get out and do something. I had just gotten a new toddler carrier for my youngest and I wanted to try it.  I live in an area with a TON of hiking trails.

I had noticed a trail with a sign on it less then a mile form our house. I thought, it would be a good trail to explore as a family. Truthfully, I wanted to go explore it months ago but wanted to go with someone.  So we set off. Only planning to explore for 30 minutes and turn around and come back.

I carried the baby (2.5 year old/30lber) on my back for the first half mile. It was uphill, and switch backs. Then my husband offered to take her. Let's just say 47 minutes in, 1 mile in we decided that was enough and we turned around. :)

Had we reached that top, nope. But we reached a nice resting place to make the turn around. The kids were getting restless and hungry. We had brought snacks and water so we were at least a little prepared.  

One mile back down this time in 20 minutes! It was a fun little adventure. We now know this trail is a mile straight up and a lot of work. My calves are a little sore today and while I was slow, it was great to accomplish this.  Now, to research some trails a little better around my house. The requirements are that they are close and kid friendly. The youngest we carry most of the way, but we like to let her get down and run around. 

Family fitness is fun! Can't wait to see what else I can find for us to do until boating season begins.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This weeks life lesson

This is something I have been focusing on this past week!
Changing my attitude is helping me change my outlook.
On day at a time, one pound at a time.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

So Delish!!!

My good friend over at Bunny Bee Online shared with me this she found at Dashing Dish. I was super hesitant to try it as I don't like Cottage Cheese. I mean I don't know if I don't like it because I don't remember EVER eating it. Many times, she told me it was good and I need to try it. She sad it keep you full and not have a load of calories.

I tweaked it just a little to for me and ended up with something that tasted like a chocolate shake and full belly for only 225 calories. I think if I do it again as a meal replacement I will use 2 scoops of protein powder for a 300 calorie shake.
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup Low fat cottage cheese
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs malted milk powder
  • 1 pkt Truvia (I might use two next time)
  • 5ish Ice Cubes (I know technical there)
  • Some water, not sure just filled up to the line.

It was so good and filling! I can't wait to tweak it and instead of Cocoa Powder use PB2 and then not Truvia. This is a must have shake in my rotation. I was pleasantly surprised you don't taste the cottage cheese at all.
Share or link your favorite smoothie or meal replacement shake.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Weekend Update

This past weekend I really tried to get myself back on track. It started Friday night and continued through the weekend.
Saturday, I finished off Week 2 of Couch to 5K and Sunday, I started CIZE and finished with a 20 minute walk on the treadmill.
Starting over running sucks, but when I finish each run. I remember why I did in the past. I have to make sure my ankle is braced up, but whatever it takes.  After both workouts this weekend I followed them up with awesome smoothies which doubled as meal. 
My plan for the week looks like this:

Monday - C25K
Tuesday - CIZE
Wednesday - C25K
Thursday CIZE
Friday - Rest, I have an all day Event
Saturday - C25K
Sunday - 30 minutes walk
My goal is to get up before work and get this done. I tried to switch to night time workouts and I got lazy. I hate waking up but I do better in the AM.
Have a great week!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

12 fun ways to burn 100 Calories

Since, going back to work in September, I have always looked for ways to burn a few extra calories. Sitting at a desk all day as a way of slowing you down.   One thing I try to do every day is get out and walk, sadly it often ends up with me at Starbucks. So, that 100 calories I burned walking is instantly erased.  I have been eye balling another path close to my work that won't take me near food or coffee. If start taking a new path, but need a snack when I return to work there are a lot of great examples of healthy options out there.  I love a good smoothie, I am eyeing the Peaches n' Cream Smoothie, ohhhh or the Pina Colada, on The Light that is Right site. Trust me, I will share when I have a chance to make them.
Until then I am exploring other options to easily burn 100 calories in a short amount of time.  An easy favorite in my household is dancing. Both my kiddos (age 2 and 8) love to put on Pandora and dance around the living room.
What is an easy fun way you like to burn calories?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Slipping back into old habits

The first of the year started and I quickly slipped into old habits. A cookie here, an extra coffee there. Before I knew it I found that I had gained back all the weight I had worked hard to lose. I became upset and lost my focus.
This morning, I woke up and the first thing I felt was pain. Then I stepped on the scale, something I hadn't done in a few weeks and wanted to cry.  The sad reality that the pain I had in my rotator cuff, was not only from a bad nights sleep but the fact that I had gained weight back didn't help.
I decided to not workout this week or at least until I can move my arm without wincing and really focus the rest of the month on food.  I cleaned of my 21 day fix planner and fired up my Myfitnesspal account to track it all.   This month, I have been really working locating my food triggers and my breakdowns.
This month, my triggers are sugar, as always but secondly when I get home from work. I pick my kids up on the way and they want snacks. But as I am feeding them snacks I am finding myself snacking, of course it isn't on anything good.  My goal is to start making protein shakes when I come homes. Something sweet to satisfy that craving but without over doing it.  A good friend has shared some from the Dashing Dish that I want to try. I mean seriosusly, how good does this Red Velvet Cheesecake Protein Shake look? Aaaamazing right?  I will defiantly share after I try it.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Back on track

As I sit here this morning and plan for my week, I keep telling myself to keep moving forward. :) One day, one choice keep going. Since my last post not much has changed, well. I am more loosely following the Beachbody program.
I need to get more on track with the 21 day fix way of eating.
Why? Because I feel better.
I need to start setting monthly goals again.
Why? Because I then I have something to reach for.
I am not where I want to be, but I realize that this is because of my choices and my actions.
We  all know this is true.  So step 1  - set some goals for February. Yes, I realize there are only 8 days left, but one day at a time.
February goals:
  1. Complete Week 2 of Couch to 5K plan
  2. Cut sugar intake in half
  3. Prepare and set March goals.

Getting back on track!