Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Friday

Yesterday, I ran outside. 
I am working my way through the couch to 5K, again. My knee is holding, so far.  It was a beautiful cold day here, so I bundled up the little one in the BOB and head outside. We hit a local paved trail and I turned on my app, it felt good to run outside instead of on the treadmill and actually felt easier. I love the treadmill, but after yesterday I think I will try to run outside more. If forgot how good it feels to run in the fresh air.
When we got home it was time to do my weight workout, my white board is handy for keeping me on track and counting each workout. This week I switched workouts to the green checks.

Sadly, I was only able to get through 3 rounds before little miss decided she needed my attention.  Look how big she is getting, having a pack and play in the garage is a handy.

One thing for sure, I can tell my legs are already starting to get stronger, as the back to back squats aren't nearly has hard as before. I have been using 10lb weights and feel strong. I need to pick some 12.5 ups as we only have 15lbs and I am not ready for that yet.  For now, I will just keep moving forward slowly.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Baked Oatmeal

Why has it taken me so long to try this. I am not a fan of oatmeal, but I recently made myself give up the single serving packets and make my own. Now, technically oatmeal doesn't fall into the ME diet as I am supposed to be only eating 3-5 bites of carbs a meal, but oatmeal is good for nursing mothers - so I adjust.

Anyways, I was craving oatmeal last night (after eating to much sugar, I know I gave it up but its back) and the family wanted pizza. As I was making it, I was cutting up a pear to put in it and remembered a recipe for blueberry baked oatmeal. I figured I could make a pear baked oatmeal just as easy. I searched the interwebs and found a recipe that had almost everything I had at home.  Tweaking it to my ingredients and 45 minutes later I had dessert ready for breakfast.

I think this might be my new favorite breakfast, to help it fit in with my diet plan I added three turkey sausages to my breakfast this morning and only doubled my carb bites. 

Speaking of diet, I started December strong and then slipped a little. Right now, my goal has changed to not gain. Which is actually going to be difficult. We have 3 Christmas celebrations, plus a couple days after Christmas we will be heading to Disneyland. I can only hope all the walking will do me good.

What is your favorite breakfast?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday 5

Happy Friday the 13th!

1. I started several post this week about various topics around elf on a shelf, Giselle #multitasking and Lululemon, but none of them were published or completed. The reason is at the end of the day does it really matter what someone else does? Nope, my goal is me, my focus is me. As long as I am doing the best I can for me that is all that matters.

2. I love how I posted a weekly recap this week and then went silent. That wasn't because I wasn't working out, I was just distracted by life.  I have worked out every day this week, not exactly the type of workouts I have wanted, but I made sure to get my weights in along with my walking. I need to start upping the intensity but motivation is lacking.

3. Food I am going to give myself a C for food score this week. I am doing great in some areas. Like eating a healthy breakfast and lunch. I have those down, but I am slipping in other area's like snacks and sometimes dinner.

4. I love Christmas cards, but I hate mailing them. I went and picked up stamps today to mail my 50 Christmas cards and the cost of stamps was more then I paid for my cards. Think I can just email everyone the .jpeg file next year.

5. We booked a surprise trip last night! I am not sharing yet as we are still working out all of the details, but lets just say my kiddos, okay only the oldest is going to flip.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Weekly Recap

Last week I started following the ME plan. While the diet plan was something similar to what I had done in the past, it took a while to get readjusted to the plan. Overall, I did well, even if I fell off the sugar wagon. Friday, I foolishly thought I could share part of a Cinnabon with my daughter. This triggered my sugar craving and I all I wanted was sugar all day. This craving is the reason I need to work to minimize it in my diet.  I picked myself up from my sugar coma on Saturday and made smarter choices the rest of the weekend.

My workouts for the week looked like this:
Monday: Strength + 30 min walk
Tuesday: 30 min walk
Wednesday: Strength + 20 min walk
Thursday: 60 min walk
Friday: 30 min walk
Saturday: Strength + 30 min walk
Sunday: No specific workout

My weight ending last week was 248lbs. I lost any increase I picked up over Thanksgiving. I am not on track to be at 240lbs by the end of the year, but I keeping it as my goal because you never know what will happen.  I had said I would be taking photo's of my scale, but I never have my phone with me when I first get up. By the time I remember I have already had water and coffee so I don't take the photo. :)

The plan this weeks is to repeat last weeks workouts.

Strength workouts: 20 minutes, each exercise 12x, as many rounds as I can complete in the time allotted.  I am currently using 10lbs weights.
Squat/Row  |  Chest Press Crunch  |   Curl, Extension holding a squat  |  Squat Press

Cardio: Walking, with short run intervals. I am still working to get my IT band feeling better, so my running is limited.

Food Goals: Take one day at a time, limit sugar intake (cookies and treats). If I must have a treat I plan to delay it as along as I can to avoid getting the craving to binge on sugar. 

How was your weekend?

Thursday, December 5, 2013


1. My big kid had the day off yesterday for parent/teacher conferences. surprisingly this made it difficult to workout, as she is a chatterbox. I opted to push my workout until my husband was home to watch both kids.  I was able to get through my 20 minute strength workout and 20 minutes on the treadmill before my presence was needed. A downside of have the big kid home during the day is the little one doesn't get her normal naps. This means come 8PM, all she wants is mommy to cuddle her until she falls asleep. I am good though, as I know I got an extra 10 minutes of walking carrying he little one until she fell asleep.

2. We had pancakes and bacon for dinner last night. Well, the family had that. I had a deconstructed burger or some fancy name for a burger with no bun, add bacon and an egg instead. It was so good. My diet plan calls for 3-5 bites of carbs with dinner, so I didn't feel bad when I snuck 4 bites from my daughters plate.

3. My husband may have said that it was the best bacon ever. The words bacon nirvana may have been uttered at some point during the meal. hmmm....bacon.

Are you a bacon or sausage person with breakfast?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4 months old

I started this post about a day in my life, but I got bored with it by 9AM. See my day usually starts between 2AM-4AM depending on when Jillian wants to eat, then it is a constant cycle she eats, she sleeps, I do X. X being clean house, eat, workout - whatever item I need to do until she needs me again. Add in getting Evie to the bus stop, picking her up, taking care of the dogs and well, lets just say not an exciting blog post.

Instead, now I have a 4 month old and a 6 year old. Jillian turned 4 months on the 2nd. She has successfully slept through the night 2x and that was a few nights ago. A good night is she will sleep from 9PM-4AM and then wake again around 6AM. I am waiting for her to slept through the night more, but until then I live on coffee and vitamin B-12.

As usual we try to take a monthly picture and it usually ends with me yelling at Evie (6 year old) to back off. At the end of the day the a photo of them together is priceless. Even if J looks like she is annoyed with big sis.
A fun comparison of the girls. Evie in purple and Jillian in pink, both 4 months old. Evie had a few pounds on Jillian, but you can tell they are sisters. It will be interesting to continue to watch them grow and see how much the look alike.

We are used to having a baby in the house and I can't imagine it any other way. Will their be more little ones.....nope! We are set, our little family.

How do you deal with sleepless nights?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The workouts

Yesterday, I started my first day of the ME style workouts. Before starting I wrote out the workout options on my white board.

The goal is to pick one exercise from each group. Complete each exercise 12x and move onto the next, complete as many rounds as you can in 20 minutes, working towards 5 rounds. For my first workout, I picked:
Squat/Row  |  Chest Press Crunch  |   Curl to an extension holding a squat  |  Squat Press

I completed 4 rounds in my 20 minutes. Resting when needed, or when baby girl needed cheering up. I didn't want to kill my legs, as I also had PT exercise to do for my IT band.  Overall, I felt like it was a good workout. It seemed short, but as I improve and get to 5 rounds and increase my weights I am sure it will be tough.  I will do this style workout 3x a week + a 30 minute walk,  am 30 minute Metabolic Rest-Based Intervals ran/walk 2x and 30-60 minute walk on the weekends. Walking can be replaced with running, when I am ready to run again.  I find their Facebook page to be very helpful for answering questions and reading about other peoples success and issues with the plan.

Day 2 eating went well. I did find a bit of a loop whole in the plan and realized I may be pretty happy following this plan. Like I mentioned yesterday, I am supposed to eat 3-5 bites of carbs with my meal. This does not included carbs from fruits and vegetables, so last night when my family had pizza. I had a salad and a small piece of pizza that was about 5 bites.  Either way, it made me happy to find ways to not eat completely different meals from my family.

I am optimistic, yes its only day 3 - but I have faith I this will help me make the lifestyle change I need.

Monday, December 2, 2013

More on the ME Diet and Me

I mentioned I needed a plan, a book was mentioned so I grabbed it and read it. Alright, so where am I today. Today, I am suffering through a sugar detox. It's really not that bad, it is more the fact that I have SO much sugar in my house. I know, everyone says get it out of the house. But is that fair to my family who knows how to control themselves. I don't think so, plus I really need to learn will power.

I  quickly related to the ME diet because it is very similar to an adapted version of the Atkins diet I did years ago. During my younger years I wanted to lose some weight for my wedding, I turned to the Atkin's diet. modifying it, by allowing myself to eat all the fruit and veggies I wanted. I kept the rest of my diet under 20 carbs a day.  I was able to quickly lose weight and not lose my mind.
How the ME diet will work for me:
Based on the plan I am what is considered a Sugar burner. Which means that my body is inefficient at burning fat and relies on sugar to function. This is not a good thing when you want to lose fat. I need to work on my diet so that my body is not just burning sugar but burning fat as well.

The high-level view of the plan:
  • Eat 3 meals and 3 snacks
  • Eat as many veggies and the following fruit - all berries, apples and pears  - easy in the winter.
  • Eat lean animal protein and wild fish
  • Eat no more than 3 o 5 bites of starchy carbs per meal - guess its better then none
  • Eat no more than 1/2 cup of nuts or 1 - 2 tablespoons of nut butter
  • Choose from almonds, walnuts, unsalted peanuts and Brazil nuts
  • Snack on beef or venison jerky, protein bars, protein shakes and veggies
  • Some line about dairy products - but I am avoiding those because of the kiddos issues, so no need to worry about that.
  • Enjoy a reward meal once a week
  • Avoid alcohol
Overall, the plan is completely doable and exactly what I need to refocus. I am taking it 7 days at a time. I started yesterday and had a good day eating. The one thing I am not following is avoiding soy, since I cannot have dairy, I use soy creamer in my coffee. That is the only soy thing I use and  no diet will get me to give up coffee.

I am more worried about the workout plan, it is like cross fit or high intensity workouts. I am not sure how my body will respond, as I have already been having problems with my
IT band and then the workouts to fix my IT band have been causing me a lot of hip pain. Clearly, my body is week and I am going to have to push through the pain for a while until I get stronger. I will report back how my workouts go tomorrow. 

I am I crazy to give up sugar during December?