Friday, December 30, 2011

Two Thousand Eleven

Are you a Twenty Twelve kind of person or a Two Thousand Twelve person. I can't commit but for the most part I say Two Thousand Twelve versus Twenty Twelve. The last month of 2011 was decent to me, even if I was banned from running most of the month.

December Goals:
  • Spin Class 2x a week - Done! Plus now we have a Spin bike at home to get in the extra workouts for me, and an option for my husband as he rehabs his knee.
  • Lose a few more lbs...lets go for 6lbs   - Started December at 202. Finished December the same, well as of 12/30 I was the same. As of tomorrow I am taking all new measurements and weights.
  • Start the push up challenge again, my goal is to do 50 push ups by the end of the month - I started and I think I completed 2 weeks. I just don't have it in me to do it this month.  I did do 50 push ups last night, just in 3 sets instead of all at once.
  • Create a training plan for half #3 - Done, it included running 3-4 days a week, Spin, Yoga and cross training. I should be busy in the New Year. I figured everyone is pushing hard I might as well join the fresh blood of that January Joiners at the gym and use them for motivation.
The numbers:


  • Miles Ran – 6.5 miles  - better then nothing
  • Miles Rode (Spin Class) –  122 miles , with 7 Spin workouts completed in my garage where I have no computer to track distance.
  • Pounds lost –  0 - I maintained though so that's a bonus
January Goals:
  • Find and run a 5K
  • Run all of my Sunday long runs outside (this is big for me, I actual like running on my treadmill)
  • Continue with the Primal 21 Day Plan
  • Spin 2x a week
  • Yoga 1x a week  
  • Weight Loss Goal - 5lbs
Day 5 of 21 looks like this:
  • Diet - Modern Foraging - Dine out and see how well you can stay primal. Love this challenge since its a Friday night and we usually eat out on Fridays.
  • Exercise - Abbreviated PEM Workout - 1-2 sets of max reps push ups, squats, pull ups and planks
  • Lifestyle - Don't go longer then 30 minutes without moving around.  This should be interesting to try to implement.
At the end of the year I am suprised that I am still on this journey and look forward to what 2012 brings me. Don't forget to Friday Blog Hop and bring on the New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

To dive or not to dive

That is the question. I have been considering doing a run on New Year's day since last New Year. That was the first time that I was slightly connected to the running world. I had already signed up for my first half and suggested to my husband that we do the Polar Bear Dive. He promptly reminded me that we are usually hung over on New Years and also jumping in freezing cold water was not his thing. Honestly its not my thing either, but I don't know why this year it sounds so cleansing, like a rebirth into 2012. Oh what to do, what to do?

No headache for day 3 of cutting sugars! I may have kicked the sugar out of my system a little faster this time. It probably also helps that I only slipped up a little over Christmas. As for finding spontaneous play yesterday, I took my daughter swimming and we did a few laps back and forth using the kick board. Its quite a workout keeping a 4 year old on a kick board and swimming laps and it was also fun.

What's in store for me on Day 4 of this 21 day challenge:
  • Diet - Honor Hunger - Eat when you are hungry and not when you are scheduled to eat.  This one is a bit different for me as I am a pretty scheduled person. Thankfully I guess I have been on a wacky schedule with the holidays. First up wait until I am hungry to eat breakfast, don't just make it  because that is what I do when I get up.
  • Exercise - Aerobic Adventure - this calls for a longer workout with the heart rate at 55-75 percent of maximum. Time to pull out the heart rate monitor and figure out what that is. It also calls to do something out of my comfort zone, while I wish I could do that - it won't be happening today as on my schedule is a 5 mile tempo run.
  • Lifestyle - Stand up Work Station - Since I am working from home, I will be able to try this. We have a bar at our kitchen that should work out perfect. I try this out and see how often I can work this into my day.
Have you ever raced on New Year's Day? Ever been involved in a Polar Bear Dive?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

8/10 and room to improve

If I had to rate Tuesday on a scale of 1-10 for over all health and wellness I would give myself a 8.  There were area's I can improve and I will work on those over the next few weeks.  I got both  my scheduled workouts in a short 2 mile run, which I pushed myself at. It sounds funny to say that I am pushing myself but I have to remember my speed is just that MY speed. For me  I was fast for these two miles.

After my quick run, I gobbled down half a Nature Valley Granola bar (not on the primal diet, but quick energy)  and head to Hot Yoga. I am still feeling a little ill during certain poses in Yoga, I am hoping this will end soon.  I have 2 more sessions left on my pass that I bought a few weeks ago, then I will need to decide it I will continue to practice Yoga at this studio.  I am leaning towards staying there for another month or two, but I don't know if I want to pay a Hot Yoga studio fee as well as my gym membership. Rumor has it that they are going to start Hot Yoga at our gym, so I guess it depends on if they will charge extra at the gym. 

Eating Challenge - Day 3 is a bit more challenging and I am actually going to skip one portion:
  • Primal Celebration Dinner Planning - I am skipping this, as just getting my family to eat this way will be a challenge enough. Although last night I had Chicken and mixed veggies, they had chicken and green beans out of a can. Its one step in the right direction, I will call it a win for all.
  • Boycott Industrialized Foods -  This one is difficult, but it is easier to avoid as much as possible and plan meals that don't include those. Having non processed items on hand for when I am  tempted to snack on chips or cookies should really help.
  • Full-Length PME Workout - consists of Push ups, Squats, Pull ups and Planks - everything except the pull ups should be easy enough to do at home. I don't have a pull up bar right now, I wonder what I could sub in its place.
  • Play - Find time for spontaneous play.  If the weather permits we will head outside for some sort of game with my daughter. If we are stuck inside I am thinking Just Dance 2 for the Wii might be needed. I received Zumba for the Wii - not to spontaneous, but I have never played it so it would be 'play'.
Have you ever made your own protein bars or recovery bars/cookies? Have a recommendation for those?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ta-ta-ta-ta-tuesday

I went to donate blood yesterday and my iron levels were a little to low. I was bummed but I will try again next week and hopefully I will be good to go.  The plus side of not being able to give blood is that I was able to get my workout in. My new training plan, which I realized I forgot to post yesterday called for Spin. Since I couldn't go to Spin Class - I headed down to the garage for an hour long Spin on my bike. Before Christmas I picked up a few Spinerval DVDs at the library, but I wasn't in the mood to try them instead I watched Vampire Diaries while I rode.

Here is the plan for the rest of the week -Yoga Classes may turn in to rest days depending on how I feel those days. The mileage is also a goal, if I don't reach those miles I am not worried about it. This week is really just to test my body and see if it is ready to start training for my next half.

Day 1 of the Primal Plan went well, I did have a little bit of a cheat only because we went to the movies and my husband got a small popcorn, a few handfuls made it into my mouth.  I did some basic grocery shopping to get the house stocked again and to keep from eating all of the deliscious treats we brought home from Christmas.

Day 2 of the Primal Plan calls for the following actions to be completed:
  •  Primal Shopping Spree - I plan to visit Trader Joe's and PCC to look for any additional supplies I might need for this plan.
  • Moderate Aerobic Workout - See plan above
  • Calm, Relaxing Evening - This may be difficult as I have a 4 year old. I am going to find a way to give myself 20 minutes of me time, alone time even if I have to lock myself in the bathroom.
I am pretty sure today will be a little more difficult to resist the sugar and I have a feeling my Keurig will be my best friend to help keep the sugar headaches away.

What's your week look like? Are you heading back to work or are you still on winter holiday?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Weekend Update

I managed to workout a little every day over the weekend, nothing earth shattering but I am proud to keep the workouts going over a weekend filled with holiday family fun and food.
Friday: Ran 1.5 miles and 30 minutes on the bike
Saturday: Went to Spin Class at the Gym
Sunday: After all the Christmas festivities I spent 45 minutes on my bike in the Garage

Over the past few days I have been reading the Primal Blue Print and I decided that I would try the 21 day challenge. I don't think it will be to difficult as before the long Christmas weekend I was low carb so by switching to a more Primal/Paleo I lose most dairy, which isn't a huge thing as we don't eat a lot of dairy as my husband is lactose and allergic to cheese.  With this change I have some things to accomplish today.

Day 1 Goals -
  • Purge pantry and kitchen - for me this is more of a rearrange, as the whole family is not switching to this diet - just me. I am going to put the foods off limits to me in the pantry and create a shelf just for me.
  • Preparations to restock - Perfect time for this as I normally grocery shop on Sunday and I skipped it today so I need to restock soon
  • Increase daily movement - I am not worried about this on most days. Today I am donating blood, so if I don't get my workout in early I won't be working out.
  • Acquire some new essentials - See Preparation Restock above
Overall I think Day 1 will be easy, it is Day 3-5 that I am more worried about as that is when the sugar cravings will kickback in for sure.  Starting this today instead of as a New Year's Resolution gets me one step closer to my goals for 2012, which right now are all ideas. I really need to sit down and define them better. 

How was your weekend?

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Eve of Christmas Eve

I was going to run yesterday, I wanted to run yesterday, but I didn't.  After waiting 3 weeks I figured what is one more day. Actually, I was working from home and was going to do a lunch time run on the treadmill. Within minutes of getting up to go change into my running gear the doorbell rang. My husband had scheduled a someone to come and do some repairs on our garage door. He was supposed to show anywhere from 11AM - 1PM, I got up to go run at 1:30PM, he was late and I had a quick and easy out since our treadmill is located in the garage.

Instead of waiting for the repair man to be finished I went and pampered myself with a mani/pedi. Yes, I just did this to weeks ago, no I don't usually do two in one month but I really needed it. The last training cycle really messed up my feet.  At the end of the day I didn't run, heck I didn't do a thing in that would be considered exercise......wait, I did walk around looking at Christmas lights for 40 minutes, ha, I did get something in.

Today is the Eve of Christmas Eve - where the masses are running around trying to get all of the last details done. I will be one of those today. I need to get 3 more gifts, 1 - I know what I need get, the other 2 I am still have no clue. This should be a fun day. 

From my family to your family I hope you have a happy holiday season, whatever you celebrate!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Want to guess I am going to do today?

I am going to run. It has been 3 weeks since the doctor ordered me not to run and let my lower back (lumbar strain rest).  I am first going to hop on my bike for a little bit and then I will be hitting the treadmill for an easy run just to see how it feels. I am a ball of nerves. Here is to a good run.

Besides finding out that I have an ear infection when I went to the doctors this week I also had some blood work done.  The last time I had blood work done with this doctor was 2006. My insurance changed, I had a baby and my insurance changed a couple of more times, here it is the end of 2011 and I went back to see here.  She was beyond excited with my results. I wasn't bad in 2006 (if I had to guess I probably weighed about 50+ more then I do today), but I am better now. She asked me what I was doing and I shared a little bit about my journey to better health. Overall if my doctor is happy, I am happy.  I was a little worried that being on a low carb, higher fat diet might hurt my blood work, but overall my body is responding great to it and I have the numbers to back up my choices. 


For the record I didn't go 5 years without blood work, I know I had it done when I was pregnant and a year after that, I just have no idea where the results are.  One other silver lining of the doctors office I had a great weigh in, I was expecting the worst since my appointment was after lunch time but I was pleasantly surprised. It gave me the extra boost to push through to the New Year.

How often do you get blood work done?

How far would you run after taking 3 weeks off from running?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chili-Lime Drumsticks

You will never see an original recipe by me as I am not that creative. However, instead you will see many recipes that I have found and tried to make. I mentioned that I was making these awesome looking Chili-Lime Drumsticks for dinner. I really wanted to like these, and while they tasted good they were a little bland. I might add some more spice and definitely marinate overnight instead of just for 8 hours.   Either way here is the recipe:

2 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 10) - My package had less
1 medium lime, juiced and zested
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil

Add all the ingredients in to a bowl and whisk together. Add chicken to plastic bag and pour marinated in. Let sit for about 8 hours. 


Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a shallow, rimmed baking sheet with foil and place the chicken on top. Roast the chicken for 45 to 50 minutes, turning it halfway through, until the juices run clear when pricked with a fork. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

I didn't have a any large plastic bags, so I just put it in a a shallow Tupperware, put the lid on it and shook it up. Every couple of hours I flipped over the Tupperware in the fridge. Over all it worked out fine.  I roasted some baby carrots with garlic for a quick and easy side.  Next time, I will marinate longer and I think making it with chicken tenders instead of drumsticks might actually give it more flavor without tweaking the ingredients to much.  At the end of the day the family enjoyed it so its a win in my book.
Last night I headed to Hot Yoga for a late night sweat session. I sweat a lot in this class and I think it is the cause of my ear pain. I went to the doctor yesterday for my physical and learned that had what looks swimmers ear and that is why it is hurting so  much.  I haven't been swimming in forever, I mean I have taking my daughter to the pool but we only go in the kid pool which is less then 2 feet deep so I doubt that is the issue. My husband suggested maybe its from the crazy amount of sweat from hot yoga.......that could be, as I have felt the sweat dripping into or out of my ears in certain poses. Either way now I have ear drops from the next 7 days.

Do you have any good chicken recipes you can share

Have you ever had swimmers ear?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Moving slow this morning

Last night I went to bed early. My right ear has been bothering me so I took some pain meds and by 8PM I was ready to pass out. I had to wake up early to take my pets to the groomer, time for them to get a haircut! I love when they are all cleaned and groomed, the look so cute. Of course when I called last week the only appointment they had was 7AM, not the time I was hoping for but I got up and took them in this morning while the rest of the house was sleeping.

When I got back I started the marinating dinner tonight using this recipe.  I will share more tomorrow if it actually turns out. I actually have no doubt that this is good, just my cooking skills are not good - I don't have faith that I will make it turn out as good as the photo looks. Only time will tell.

I have a doctors appointment this afternoon for my annual physical - oh joy! I am kind of happy though as my ear is hurting and I can discuss my back with her also before I attempt to run on it tomorrow.  I hope I get the clearance as I have my training schedule all mapped out for my half in March, and I have a goal of shaving a few more minutes of my time so I need to start working on it.

So that's my Tuesday, nothing to exciting. How is your Tuesday treating you?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekend Round Up

This weekend wasn't that successful workout wise. I have been so incredible tired and my 4 year old has been waking up quite a bit at night saying she can't sleep. Talk about frustrating, I woke up Saturday morning so tired that I skipped Spin and ended up sleeping in until 8AM. This only works  because the little one crawled into bed with us and I kept telling her to go back to sleep.

I had an infrared sauna appointment scheduled for 9AM so I finally got up, put on a bra and headed down to the Yoga Studio to sit in the sauna for 30 minutes. I figured if I put on a bra at the least they might not notice that I hadn't showered and pretty much just rolled out of bed in sweats and an over sized sweatshirt. After sweating my booty off I headed home to take a shower. The little one had a school 'parents day out' so we dropped her off and got some shopping done.  We ended up cutting it short and heading home where Sean watched a movie and I slept on the couch until it was time to pick Evie up from school.

Sunday  I went to Hot Yoga, but not until 4PM, talking about putting it off. I finally talked myself into go and it was so worth it. Afterwards I made a chocolate banana protein drink which was so good, which is shocking as I am not a fan of  banana's. It was just a frozen frosty goodness and I was still sweating when I got home. That is one thing I really love about Hot Yoga, I seem to sweat for about 30 minutes after the class before finally starting to cool down.

This week my plan is simple if I am not Spinning, I am attending a Yoga class........but wait on Wednesday it will be 3 weeks and I might get to go for a test run. I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday so I will see what she says. My lower back (lumbar strain) is doing ok. I wake up with a little pain, but nothing to bad. I finished my anti inflammatory last week and when I was on those I felt fantastic so I might ask for another round of them to get me through.  We shall see.

Last but not list - my beautiful child would like to sing Feliz Navidad to you all........she doesn't know all the words, but she is to cute not to share.



How was your weekend? Are you ready for the Holidays?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Best of Craigslist: To the people at the gym

This weeks edition of Best of Craigslist is brought to you by the person who is actually looking at you in the gym.  Whenever I hear someone encourage another person to go to a gym they always use the line "Just go, no one will care what you are doing they are working out and focused on themselves" or some variation of that. We all know that is a complete lie. I for one usually focus on myself, but I will admit I watch other people also. I am a people watcher and well the gym is a great place to watch other people.
To the people at the gym from Best of Craigslist
 Hollywood Lifter: As you lift, you fill the gym with your grunts, groans and sounds that defy description. You like the attention. Yes, you have some big muscles. But you also have a pony tail and goatee and that makes you ridiculous. You think it makes you look like a badass. You're half right.

To Shower Honker: What you do in your own shower is your own business. But when you share the shower room with other people, most of us would appreciate you NOT covering the floor with your snot rockets. I simply don't have faith that your nasal cannons can aim well enough to hit the drain with any sort of consistency.

To Bearded Guy with Two Hot Girls: You kick ass and I want to know your story. Who are those girls? Are you their trainer? Are they your girlfriends? Is it your girlfriend and her friend? Her sister? Her roommate? Can I have one? You, sir, are an inspiration.

To Elijah Wood: You look just like him. Now change your nasty shirt, Frodo. But I do like your little tattoo and the band it represents. Seriously, a band tattoo? To each his own, I guess.

To Intense Blonde Girl: You really don't fuck around. You lift crazy weights considering how thin you are. Now I'm just throwing out ideas here, but maybe we could go out for coffee sometime and get married. Just a thought.

To Skinny Old Guy: You're pretty cool. I like you. That's why I'm going to recommend that you try pushing less weight. You're strong for your size, but I'm surprised you're still alive and functioning with the way you overload the machines and struggle mightily with the weights. Slow and steady wins the race. Plus, I don't want to have to pick your torn-off limbs up off the floor for you.

To Braces Guy: I know what you do with the weights before you leave a machine. Who are you trying to impress? Maybe I shouldn't care so much about this, but I hate to see you waste your effort trying to convince the rest of us of how strong you are. God loves all his children equally...Except liars, Braces Guy. Except liars.

To Hardcore Trainer: I don't care if you WERE a Navy Seal; I swear to god, if you yell out "You da man!" to a client one more time, I'm going to fill out a comment card with SO many negative comments regarding your abilities, it'll make your head spin. And if you weren't roughly 76 times my size, I'd cockpunch you. Every time I hear you yell out that catch-phrase from the 90s, I want to walk up to you and say, "No, sir...YOU da man!"

To Walking Pharmacy: I've never seen someone carry that many juices, powders and pills around with them. You're like a walking GNC. Apparently they work because you're built like Stallone (circa 1985), but your face looks just like Matt Stone, glasses and all. I'm really tempted to come up to you and ask you to do the Kyle Broslofski voice, but I'm afraid you'd eat my head for protein.

Anyway, you guys are actually great and you make each and every evening at the gym much more interesting and entertaining. Our quirks make us who we are and I wouldn't change any of you. Except for you, Mr. Shower Honker. That's just gross.  

What do you think? Do you have people like that at your gym? I used to giggle at these two guys who I swear had a bromance going on. They worked out together everyday and yea I am sure they were just workout buddies but from my narration it was a bromance. :)  Who are your worst/favorite gym member's?

Don't forget to Friday Blog Hop and Have an AMAZING weekend!
 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Proud moments in 2011

We only have 16 more days in 2011 and it i,s as good as time as, any to look at my year and remember some moments that I am proud of. If you have been a follower for a while you may have already read these recaps.

I ended 2010 by signing up for a half marathon. Why? Not really sure, but I thought I could do it so I signed up. I learned at a later date that the course was super hilly, I still was determined to do it. In order to get ready for it I signed up for other races along the way.  I have linked to my race recaps and added some commentary as to why I am proud of this race.

Love'em or Leave'em Valentines Day 5K -  My first 5K that I ran the entire way, didn't stop once and just kept pushing. This was huge at the time for me at the time.

St. Patricks Day Dash almost 4 miles - This was my first race ever 4 years ago. This year I felt stronger then ever and got a PR out of it.

Bellevue Run 10K - First ever 10K. The race was nice I was proud that I crossed the finish line under the time limit. Being slow I always worry about this. To date it is my 10K PR.

Kirkland Half Marathon - I accomplished something I never thought I would EVER do. I am a girl who hated running. I am the girl who was always last to finish the mile in high school and now I am able to say I have ran a half marathon.

Shore Run/Walk2011 5K- This race was fun, I wasn't prepared as after my half I took a little longer then I wanted to recover from running. I still enjoyed it and the course was beautiful.

See Jane Run Women's 5K  - Nothing better then running with a bunch of ladies to boost your confidence. I meet some awesome Pacific Northwest Bloggers and also got a PR for the 5K distance.

Lake Union 10K - This race was a struggle for me. It was warmer then I am used to but I was inspired along the way by a women who was running her first race ever. We kept playing leapfrog along the way and motivating each other. 

Iron Girl 10K -  This race was ugly, but it showed me that I should never give up. I wanted to quit at the 5K mark but I pushed through and completed the race.
Bellinghm Bay  - I ran this with a friend, it was her first 5K and I have to say I had a little awesome to be able to share my new found interest in running with someone else. She beat me but that's ok because it also reminded me that I am only in competition with myself.

Salmon Days 10K - My home town race! Along this race a local runner who was running her first 10K started chatting with me. We ran the rest of the race together and having a buddy to run with was awesome and help keep me motivated to push through when it starts to hurt. It also taught me that I don't need to be a solo runner and that if I open up a little more on the course I might meet some new people.

Amica Seattle Half Marathon - I don't even know what to say about this race, It was tough, I was hurting but I crossed the finish line and got a new half marathon PR. I also now get the privilege to say I am half marathoner, because I have ran more then one. :) I actually really enjoyed this course and will most likely do it again next year. I know I have shared this race photo before but I have to say it is one I am really proud of. I feel strong in it, I feel like I got this I am confident that I am going to reach the finish line.

What is your proudest moment of 2011?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quick Eats

First,  I was featured over at let's move it mommas - check it out. :)  Now on to - the Monday workout: I was supposed to go to Spin Class Monday morning, but that didn't work out as my bed said, Jen stay in bed don't get up, you need to sleep. Yes I have a talking bed. Of course when I woke up to get ready for work my freaking back hurt. You know that part that is supposed to be healing so I can run next week. Since I missed my morning Spin Class I thanked my husband for getting me a Spin Bike for Christmas and headed down to the garage for an hour on the bike.  After my bike ride I finally started my push up challenge and completed Week 1 Day 1 with sets of 5, 4, 4, 6, 6. I am trying to do all real style push ups and man those are hard.

Now to the quick eats! I could start this with as a busy mom, as a busy full time working person - or just as a person who likes to sleep a little longer in the morning because I have a talking bed. In reality it comes down to:  do I want to make breakfast before I go to work? Or do I want to dry my hair? Lately my hair has gone in a ponytail so that I have time to make some breakfast. A few weeks ago I found this recipe on the lovely Pinterst, which lead me to this awesome website Health-Bent.com.  The recipe had all the components that I look for - quick and easy, with the easy part being the key factor.  I made this Sunday night while making dinner.
What you need:
Eggs
Canadian Bacon
Muffin Tin
Oven

What you do:
Preheat your oven to 350, take your muffin tin out, put a slice of Canadian bacon in each cup, crack an egg in each cup, put muffin tin carefully in the oven and bake to desired doneness (thats a word right?). 8-14 minutes depending on how you like your egg.
Before they went in the oven

After

Refigerate the leftovers and reheat when you are ready to eat. I heated them for about 45 seconds this morning.  The only downside is I remembered this morning when I heated two up that I don't like egg yoks fully cooked, so tomorrow I plan to eat 3 and just remove the egg yoks.

What are your quick breakfast ideas?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weekend Update

Friday I had a chance to try out the Far Infrared Sauna Therapy treatment at the Hot Yoga Studio I recently joined.  The studio promotes that the Far Infared Sauna has the following benefits:

Photo of Private Sauna
  • Burn hundreds of calories in a 20-30 minute session
  • Improves Appearance of Cellulite
  • Improves Skin tightness and beauty
  • Eases Joint Pain and Stiffness
  • Strengthens cardiovascular system
  • Relieves Muscle Pain and speeds healing
  • Increased flexibility
  • Deep cleanse skin and removes toxins
  • Improves the immune system
  • Greater amount of detoxifying effects 
While I was sitting in the private sauna I was reading their pamphlets and they are also endorsed by Dr. Oz........so all of the above information must be true. All I have to say if any of this is true its just an added bonus.  It was nothing short of amazing to sit in a super hot, super dry sauna for 30 minutes when it was 32 degree's outside.  I get one more free session and I cannot wait to use it, I think this winter I may be purchasing a few more sessions for those days when I am chilled to the bone.  Friday night I got 45 minute ride in on my spin bike, followed by an arm workout with  a few lunges and squats thrown in. I am not supposed to do any lower body weight baring excersise but I have been feeling good so I thought I would add in a few low reps squats and lunges just to test it out.  I finally also started my push up challenge with an 9 'real' push ups completed for my inital test.
 
Saturday I took a rest day and instead went and got my first post half marathon pedicure. It was heavenly! I did worn the girl before she started that I had 4 toe nails that were not so pretty, but not to worry as they didn't hurt just looked really bad.  She just laughed at me.  After my pedicure I headed to a Cookie Exchange, which is the last thing a girl on a low carb diet needs, but they were good. It was great to get a girls afternoon away.

Sunday I woke up early to head to Hot Yoga. I figured I need to sweat out all of the sweets I ate on Saturday.  Ooohhhhhmmmmmmmggggggg did I sweat out everything. I went to the Power Yoga class, which last time I went wasn't as hot as the Hatha class, but this time...ugh. I felt like I was taking the class with the Oren Ishii’s  of Hot Yoga. She was awesome, but in an really intense way! Her class was much more difficult then the last Power Yoga class I took with a different instructor.  It is amazing how an instructor can really make a great class.

What is on my plate for this week:
Monday - Spin & Push Ups, Abs
Tuesday - Hot Yoga
Wednesday - Spin & Push Ups, Abs
Thursday  - Hot Yoga
Friday - Spin & Arm Workout
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - Hot Yoga

How was your weekend?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Yoga mat for sale. Used once.

First my Thursday workout: 1 hour of Hot Power Yoga, came home put the child to bed then went down to the garage to knock out some time on the bike.

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Yoga mat for sale. Used once at lunch hour class in December 2009. Usage timeline as follows:

11:45a
Register for hot yoga class. Infinite wisdom tells me to commit to 5 class package and purchase a yoga mat. I pay $89.74. Money well spent, I smugly confirm to myself.

11:55a
Open door to yoga room. A gush of hot dry air rushes through and past me. It smells of breath, sweat and hot. Take spot on floor in back of room next to cute blonde. We will date.

11:57a
I feel the need to be as near to naked as possible. This is a problem because of the hot blonde to my left and our pending courtship. She will not be pleased to learn that I need to lose 30 pounds before I propose to her.

11:58a
The shirt and sweats have to come off. I throw caution to the wind and decide to rely on my wit and conditioning to overcome any weight issues my fiancée may take issue with. This will take a lot of wit and conditioning.

11:59a
Begin small talk with my bride to be. She pretends to ignore me but I know how she can be. I allow her to concentrate and stare straight ahead and continue to pretend that I don't exist. As we finish sharing our special moment, I am suddenly aware of a sweat moustache that has formed below my nose. This must be from the all the whispering between us.

12:00p
Instructor enters the room and ascends her special podium at the front of the room. She is a slight, agitated Chinese woman. She introduces me to the class and everyone turns around to greet me just as I decide to aggressively adjust my penis and testes packed in my Under Armor. My bride is notably unfazed.

12:02p
Since I do have experience with Hot Yoga (4 sessions just 5 short years ago) I fully consider that I may be so outstanding and skilled that my instructor may call me out and ask me to guide the class. My wife will look on with a sparkle in her eye. We will make love after class.

12:10p
It is now up to 95 degrees in the room. We have been practicing deep breathing exercises for the last 8 minutes. This would not be a problem if we were all breathing actual, you know, oxygen. Instead, we are breathing each other's body odor, expelled carbon dioxide and other unmentionables. (Don't worry, I'll mention them later.)

12:26p
It is now 100 degrees and I take notice of the humidity, which is hovering at about 90%. I feel the familiar adorning stare of my bride and decide to look back at her. She appears to be nauseated. I then realize that I forgot to brush my teeth prior to attending this class. We bond.

12:33p
It is now 110 degrees and 95% humidity. I am now balancing on one leg with the other leg crossed over the other. My arms are intertwined and I am squatting. The last time I was in this position was 44 years ago in the womb, but I'm in this for the long haul. My wife looks slightly weathered dripping sweat and her eyeliner is streaming down her face. Well, "for better or worse" is what we committed to so we press on.

12:40p
The overweight Hispanic man two spots over has sweat running down his legs. At least I think its sweat. He is holding every position and has not had a sip of water since we walked in. He is making me look bad and I hate him.

12:44p
I consider that if anyone in this room farted that we would all certainly perish.

12:52p
It is now 140 degrees and 100% humidity. I am covered from head to toe in sweat. There is not a square millimeter on my body that is not slippery and sweaty. I am so slimy that I feel like a sea lion or a maybe sea eel. Not even a bear trap could hold me. The sweat is stinging my eyeballs and I can no longer see.

12:55p
This room stinks of asparagus, cloves, tuna and tacos. There is no food in the room. I realize that this is an amalgamation of the body odors of 30 people in a 140 degree room for the last 55 minutes. Seriously, enough with the asparagus, ok?

1:01p
140 degrees and 130% humidity. Look, bitch, I need my space here so don't get all pissy with me if I accidentally sprayed you with sweat as I flipped over. Seriously, is that where this relationship is going? Get over yourself. We need counseling and she needs to be medicated. Stat!

1:09p
150 degrees and cloudy. And hot. I can no longer move my limbs on my own. I have given up on attempting any of the commands this Chinese chick is yelling out at us. I will lay sedentary until the aid unit arrives. I will buy this building and then have it destroyed.
I lose consciousness.

1:15p
I have a headache and my wife is being a selfish bitch. I can't really breathe. All I can think about is holding a cup worth of hot sand in my mouth. I cannot remember what an ice cube is and cannot remember what snow looks like. I consider that my only escape might be a crab walk across 15 bodies and then out of the room. I am paralyzed, and may never walk again so the whole crab walk thing is pretty much out.

1:17p
I cannot move at all and cannot reach my water. Is breathing voluntary or involuntary? If it's voluntary, I am screwed. I stopped participating in the class 20 minutes ago. Hey, lady! I paid for this frickin class, ok?! You work for me! Stop yelling at everyone and just tell us a story or something. It's like juice and cracker time, ok?

1:20p
It is now 165 degrees and moisture is dripping from the ceiling. The towel that I am laying on is no longer providing any wicking or drying properties. It is actually placing additional sweat on me as I touch it. My towel reeks. I cannot identify the smell but no way can it be from me. Did someone spray some stank on my towel or something?

1:30p
Torture session is over. I wish hateful things upon the instructor. She graciously allows us to stay and 'cool down' in the room. It is 175 degrees. Who cools down in 175 degrees? A Komodo Dragon? My wife has left the room. Probably to throw up.

1:34p
My opportunity to escape has arrived. I roll over to my stomach and press up to my knees. It is warmer as I rise up from ground level - probably by 15 degrees. So let's conservatively say it's 190. I muster my final energy and slowly rise. One foot in front of the other. One foot in front of the other. Towards the door. Towards the door.

1:37p
The temperature in the lobby is 72 degrees. Both nipples stiffen to diamond strength and my penis begins to retract into my abdomen from the 100 degree temp swing. I can once again breathe though so I am pleased. I spot my future ex wife in the lobby. We had such a good thing going but I know that no measure of counseling will be able to unravel the day's turmoil and mental scaring.

1:47p
Arrive at Emerald City Smoothie and proceed to order a 32 oz beverage. 402 calories, 0 fat and 14 grams of protein -- effectively negating any caloric burn or benefit from the last 90 minutes. I finish it in 3 minutes and spend the next 2 hours writing this memoir.

3:47p
Create Craigslist ad while burning final 2 grams of protein from Smoothie and before the "shakes" consume my body.

4:29p
Note to self - check car for missing wet yoga towel in am.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mama's got a new toy

I great Craigslist deals.  Our little home gym just got a little bigger last night I got an early Christmas present, we picked up a used Spin bike from a women who stated that she was going to stop biking because she started running.

I didn't want to tell her that Spin was a great cross training for running, instead we swooped in on the deal and came home with a new piece of fitness equipment. Our treadmill is also from Craigslist, but that was purchased from an overweight man who said his wife was done with it. When we had it serviced we learned it had very few miles on it. I call that a win.


I plan to use this bikes on days I want to sleep in and not go to early morning Spin, but also for days I want to double down and get two workouts in.  Last night I took it for a short 30 minute ride just to get a feel from it. Once I get everything tweaked to my liking I am sure I will be logging many more hours on it.

Are you asking for any special health or fitness item for Christmas?


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A few of my favorite things

That are so incredible bad for you! Shall we call this What NOT to eat Wednesday.

I was going to treat myself to one of my favorite fast food meals post half marathon run, thankfully my stomach didn't cooperate and I keep the calorie intake overall to minimum to keep it from cramping and well bad things happening overall. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite and pretty much banned from my life food items. Yes, I know everything is good in moderation, but when it comes to these things they should just be banned for me.

First up an old regularly of mine: Taco Time Crisp Burrito and I wouldn't just eat one. I usually ate two with each bite dipped in ranch and then hot sauce. Followed by a order of tots and washed down with a sugary beverage of some kind.  The last time I ate Taco Time was driving home from California a few months ago and while it was tasty, I paid dearly for it later.


My post grocery shopping snack Hostess Fruit Pies. You all know the kind right, I swear they hide crack in these. They are so tasty. Before I became more healthy conscious I would pick 1-2 up at the grocery store and eat them on my way home. You read that right sometimes I ate 2 on the way home. I walk by the isle now and dream of them.  I had one a few weeks ago and it was so yummy, but I quickly remembered why I am not allowed to eat them as I will consume them without even realizing it. I get this feeling like I am sneaking something I am not supposed to have. Within seconds they are gone.  Not a good food to have in my hands. I want to enjoy my food not inhale it.

Fruit Pie


An old friend at from Starbucks the Cranberry Orange Scone packs a whopping 490 calories! I have eaten countless of these for breakfast with a high calorie drink.  That pastry counter is like a candy next to the cash register to a kid. I seriously drool over it every time I go in there. I recently switched up my drink from a Skinny Latte, to Americano to lower my carb intake. I always feel weird ordering it because I feel like they are looking at me like I am trying to get a cheap latte. When in reality I just don't want the carbs from the milk but I still want the sugar free flavoring.




There are three of my favorite things, that  I used to eat on a regular basis. I bet in the past I had Starbucks for breakfast, Taco Time for lunch and then pizza or something terribly wrong for dinner.  I wonder why I gained so much weight.  Either way I know at some point or another I will consume these foods again, but I will be aware more then ever of what I am putting into my body.

What are some of your favorite 'bad' foods?  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Having a hard time relaxing

I know my body needs rest, but I am really having a hard to with this no running doctor order. As much as I love laying around on my bum it is making me antsy to do something.  I did hit up Spin yesterday morning and plan to go to Hot Yoga tonight, but it just doesn't feel the same. Both are difficult for me but there is something about running that just feels like I got a workout in.  The plan until 12/21 when I have a date for my test run is to basically alternate Hot Yoga and Spin class. 

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday - Spin Class
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday - Hot Yoga

I also need to start the push up challenge I keep talking about as well as work in some upper body on 2 of those days. Just haven't figured out when I am going to do that. I have a fear that I won't get the motivation to run again. 3 weeks with no running is an easy way to break a habit that I spent forever building up.

My weight lose has seemed to stall out, which is also frustrating, I know my body needs to adjust to not running and I need to figure out my calorie needs a little better to get the weight moving in the right direction.

On a positive note I did get my Christmas Cards out for the Christmas Card exchange hosted by Kim. That felt productive and I hope they reach there final destination soon. I was leery of using  the weigh machine at the post office because I used it a couple weeks ago to mail a package and it was sent back to me for more postage. WTH? I had weighed the package on their machine and bought the stamp through their machine so I have no clue why it needed more postage. Either way I sent them this morning and I hope you all enjoy.

Any tips or tricks for getting through the rest period I am in? Have you mailed your Christmas cards yet?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hoooooooot Yoga

This past week I signed up for a new yoga studio that was offering an amazing offer on Hot Yoga. The Hot Yoga Experience just opened less then a mile from my house.  As a new member they offered 10 classes and 2  Far Infrared Sauna Therapy sessions for $10. I figured even if I only attend one class I figure its a great deal.

 Last night I wanted to read up on it a bit since the only Yoga I have taken in a studio was parental yoga. I have done the P90X yoga, but that was in the privacy of my own home.  When I searched for the studio I must have typo'ed because Yahoo search told me they include naked yoga experience in my search results. Thanks Yahoo!  Yes, Naked Yoga would be an experience, but a type of experience that I would like to keep in the privacy of  my own home.

I went to the 8AM class hoping it wouldn't be to crowded but I bet there were 30+ people in the studio. It was a very large studio and when I walked in from the 32 degree weather it felt heavenly.  I went about 10 minutes early so I could get used to the heat in the room. Now, I love hot and humidity, but this was some serious stuff. I really enjoyed this class and can't wait to get better at all of the movements. There were a few moments where I as light headed but I just took a moment to breath and pushed through. At the end of class, although I was dripping with sweat I didn't want to leave the room it was cozy. While I am on my break from running I plan to go to hot yoga 2-3x a week. I am interested in trying out their Far Infrared Sauna Therapy, I will let you know what it is like. I checked out one of the rooms and they look just like mini sauna's which again will be so nice in to warm up in on a cold day. I think even if I didn't enjoy the yoga I would go back to sit an hour in the hot room.

Have you participated in a yoga class before? Do you a favorite kind?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Eating for your lifestyle

Yesterday, I posted a day in my life of trying to eat healthy. Several people commented that I eat healthy. The truth is that is just one snapshot of a week. Yes, that day I was on the ball and knocked out awesome meals all day, but that doesn't always happen. For me it is a constant struggle and I know it will be.  I have weakness's, while I was eating my salad at Subway I was dreaming of the cupcakes at the Cupcake Store that was next store.

I posted about my weight loss  and was asked besides running how did I lose the weight? I wanted to take some time to respond to that. I don't think I lost weight from running, however it did help to shape my body differently and the food I choose while training do help me lose weight.  When I am training I try to focus on what I eat more to fuel my longer runs, as its hard enough for me already without hitting a major wall from not eating properly.

So how did I get started on my weight loss journey. I feel like I have been up and down over the years, but really my 'I gotta change moment' happened when I went to my one year check up after my daughter was born and I was up to 263lbs.  6 weeks after she was born I had lost all the baby weight and was at 250lbs. I had gained weight! It was time to come to the realization that I need to make some changes. I had a one year old daughter to think about.

I went straight from that appointment to the gym and signed up for trainer sessions.  Yes, I had a gym membership and heck I even went but my workouts were weak and sporadic. By the end of 2008 I had lost a few pounds and even signed up for my first race. Which was more of a walk but it was a start. In 2009 I received a BodyBugg as a birthday present. It was a blessing! It really helped me see that I was phoning it in at the gym and that I needed to take control of my calories.  For me eating is 75% of my weight loss and working out is 25%, if I don't keep my eating in check I don't lose weight.  I continued to use the BodyBugg until this summer when I decided I didn't want a tan line from it and to go at it on my own. 

The problem is when I don't follow a structured program I bounce around, try different eating plans and pretty much stay the same in my weight loss. In October I decided to go back to low carb, cleaner eating to help me reach my next milestone. I like this method as I can try to eat as little processed foods as I can which makes me think about my food choices instead of just grabbing 100 calorie pack of something. It has been difficult and I have had slip up days but for the most part it has helped me stay on track. It introduced me to new vegetables and combinations of foods.

I believe that everyone has different ways of eating and it is important to find what works for you. I have 22lbs to lose to get to where I will be happy, but in the back of my mind I am shooting for another 47lbs (155lbs safely in the Normal BMI range) - you know that dream weight. We shall see where this journey takes me.

Thanks to everyone who reads and makes comments on my blog. I really enjoy reading them as track my journey. The feedback is awesome and I try to respond to questions asked if I can, maybe someday I will have a nifty comments section that I can actually reply to you in the comments section, but for now this works.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Why I am not a good food blogger

Thursday I thought since I can't talk about my normal Thursday run, or my first run post half I will blog about what I ate.  Living in a low carb eating world can be difficult, but fun. While I would love to just eat meat and cheeses all day to keep my carb count low, I know I need to add in veggies and try to get them where I can. Here is a day in the life of what I eat:

Breakfast
Two eggs over medium
3 asparagus spears diced
about 1.5 pieces of bacon sliced - I picked off the meaty parts before cooking
water
Flavored Coffee w/ SF syrup and creamer

I love Eggs in the morning but I am learning to add veggies to my breakfast. I love the taste of asparagus with the yellow part of the egg. Another favorite is dicing up brussel sprouts and cooking with bacon and then placing the eggs right on top of it all. So good.

Snack #1 - Oops I forgot to take a photo. It was a Grande Americano with SF Carmel Syrup and a little cream.

Lunch - See I told you I was a bad food blogger - Lunch was light and filling with leftovers appetizers stuff from Thanksgiving. 2 mini babybell cheese, salami slices, hot and spicy crunchy green beans and  diet cherry coke.  A normal day is usually some sort of leftover protein and veggies, but lately I haven't been that hungry at lunch so I kept it light today.  I did have a Fresca after lunch and took a photo with my phone, but for the life of me can't get it to send. Plugging in my phone to my computer is just to much work for a can of Fresca.

Snack #2 - Protein Drink - exciting I know. I usually have a protein drink or cheese and almonds in the afternoon. Just enough to hold me over until dinner.  (no photo, see reason above)

Dinner - Ended up being Subway, I got a text from my hair person reminding me of an appoint that I thought was tomorrow.  So after picking up the munchkin we ran to Subway and got this lame salad. The normally fill the bottom with lettuce and spinach, but with the little one begging for Cheetos I didn't get a chance to correct them. It got the job done so at the end of the day it was perfect.


Evie on the other hand had her usual plain sandwich with Turkey and olives only. We then made worms out of Cheetos wrapped in turkey and olives for the heads. Getting creative will get your kids to eat just about anything.
As for a workout on my first day with no Cardio - I did a 13 minute Wii Boxing workout, abs, and some arm work with 15lbs.  Monday can't come soon enough so I can hop back on the Spin bike.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Add me to the injured list

I am glad I didn't sign up for any runs in December. I am officially on the injured list.  I went to the doctor yesterday morning because of the pain I have been having in my left hip region. Turns out its a good thing I am not a doctor as my hip is fine. I do however have a lumbar strain.
Doctors orders:
  • Take 14 days worth of  ant-inflammatory  - twice a day
  • Take muscle relaxers as needed (recommended only to take at night)
  • Bengay Message, alternate ice and heat
  • No running for 3-4 weeks
  • No lower body exercise for a minimum of 1 week
My counteroffer:
  • Try running in 3 weeks, starting out small 1-2 miles - date with my treadmill 12/21
  • No lower body workout the rest of the week, but can go back to Spin on Monday
She agreed that I should be ok, but if I have any pain I have to stop. If in 2 weeks I still have pain then I go back and get referred to physical therapy. My only reason for negotiation is for the past month when I have went to Spin, it really helped to loosen it up and I usually felt better after class.  Right now I am going to take it one day at a time and really focus on my eating to keep the pounds coming off.

These photo's are in from my half on Sunday and these were the best of the bunch. Normally I smile at the camera, but with the rain I just didn't have it in me to get excited.  I love the first one, my legs look slim - I need to hire this camera man to take more photo's of me. :) 


Dragging my booty across the finish line. :)
Rocking the Team-Sparkle.com skirt

What is your favorite upper body workout? I need some options to get me through the next 3 weeks of no lower body.