Feeling that burn!

I know it’s not much but today I did two workouts within 30 minutes. I should be doing an hour each day of workouts but I’ve gotta slowly work my way into it since I haven’t worked out in a long time.

Thanks to my lovely friend Kerri for informing me of Sparkpeople.com. It’s an amazing website with nutrition, workout videos, healthy cooking recipes, a calorie tracker and a forum to be able to get advice from others on weight loss. Tonight I decided to do two workouts listed on their site. One was the Bootcamp Day 1 cardio/kickboxing workout and the second one was a chair/core workout. The cardio one definitely kicked my butt but the lady was also doing burpees on there and I can’t do those yet. I did keep moving and doing other exercises while she did those. The core one was nice because it works on your lower back muscles, shoulders and stomach.

I pretty much decided to take a break from running tonight because my feet have been hurting. I didn’t want to just take another day off from working out since I did that yesterday to complete some chores that needed to be done badly. I figure I’ll alternate days and do video workouts one day and then walking/running the next day. Hopefully tomorrow since the hubby and I are both off work, we can someone squeeze in a quick run.

As far as nutrition, well I kinda slacked off in that department today and yesterday. I’m running out of healthy food and I won’t have money for another two weeks to buy new stuff. So I just have to eat what I have here. At least I’m adding a workout into the mix. *wink*. Once all of our bills are caught up and we have some extra money, then I’ll be able to get more fruits and veggies.

If anyone is interested, there’s another site that I used to use called Self.com. It’s basically the same concept. You have a forum you can discuss exercises with other people. They have nutrition and work outs as well. I loved the recipes I would find on there and I know there are a lot of good recipes on Sparkpeople.com too.

Well, time for a shower!! I’m stinky..ick!

Big Step

Yesterday I took a big step in my life and started working out again. I’m going to try to keep up with this because I usually last a few days and then start back up with the laziness. Last night I got home from work and the handsome husband of mine made dinner which was a package of birds eye viola with chicken, carrots, broccoli, pasta, a light sauce and some corn. We had that and then waited awhile to let it digest before we started working out.

We did:

  • 20 situps (which was a struggle for me cause I haven’t done situps since High School)
  • 20 Squats
  • Pushups (which I attempted but since I don’t have any upper body strength anymore, I only did about 5).
  • Stretching¬†
  • Running
  • Walking

I was definitely exhaust afterwards but it felt good. I was mad at myself most of the time we were running cause I feel like I’ve just let myself go. It’s depressing at times but I know I need to start doing something now. Plus with a wedding in the future, I want to look my best.

Once we got back I made some smoothies. The first one I made was strawberry banana. I used:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 6oz of Greek yogurt

The second smoothie I made so I wouldn’t have to make one in the morning. It’s called a chunky monkey smoothie and I used:

  • 3 Bananas
  • 1 cup of strawberries (extra flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut butter (I doubled the recipe so I could have some after my workout)
  • 2 cups of Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

I definitely have to say that the second smoothie was not my favorite. I liked the strawberry banana one but the greek yogurt made it really thick. I’ll have to check out some other recipes to perfect it more. My friend Sonny just told me to mix a bunch of fruits and veggies together and call it a day.¬†

Moving on. Yesterday my eating plan was a little off but today I did much better.

Yesterday:

  • Breakfast: Brown Sugar Cinnamon Poptarts
  • 1 Bottle of Water
  • Snack: 1 Cup of Grapes
  • Lunch: Roast Beef sandwich-mustard-lettuce-half of an avocado-pepperjack cheese
  • Small bag of Funyuns
  • 1 can of Mountain Dew
  • 1 Bottle of Water
  • Snack: 2 Small packs of fruit snacks
  • Dinner: Birds eye Viola Three Cheese Chicken
  • Strawberry Banana Smoothie (after workout)
  • 1 Potato skin (at least it was just one)

Today:

  • Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs on a healthy english muffin sliced in half and chunky monkey smoothie.
  • 1 Bottle of Water
  • Snack: 1 cup of grapes
  • Snack: 1 cup(ish) of Pretzel Crisps
  • Lunch: Roast Beef Sandwich-mustard-pepperjack cheese-lettuce
  • 1 Bottle of Water
  • Dinner: Salad-cucumber-tomatoes-carrots, 1 serving of Sweet Potato fries and some edamame.
  • 1 Bottle of Water
  • 2 Fruit Popsicles (40 calories each!)

I’d say I definitely did better today. Who knew being healthy was so expensive! I spent $60 the other day and I’m almost out of fruit and I ran out of lettuce and avocado. Boo! Luckily Steven’s parents told him about this store called Sprouts. It’s pretty much like an indoor farmer’s market. I’m pretty excited to go check it out! Plus they said that they are pretty reasonable on pricing. I just really want to be able to get some good produce without paying an arm and a leg. But then again, anything good for you is going to cost a lot. That’s why so many people get fast food, it’s super cheap! Which I haven’t had fast food in maybe a full week? I’m slowly…..s…l…o…w…l…y…starting to wean myself off of soda. It’s hard!! I love Mountain Dew. I’m making it a mission to at least get down to drinking one soda a day instead of 3-4 like what I was normally drinking. Hopefully I can just keep with this because I want to look amazing on our wedding day and in my engagement photos. I don’t want to look back and be like “omg who is that cow??? how could I let this happen?”.

So tonight I went out and ran without Steven being here. It’s a little weird to not have someone telling me “ok..we’re going to run from here to here”. I tried to run as long as I could before stopping and walking. I think I ran 3 times and walked about 2 laps around the complex before quitting tonight. My leg muscles were starting to lock up pretty bad and my feet were hurting so I noticed I was walking weird. I’m going to go back at it tomorrow night and if my legs still hurt, maybe do some more walking and ease my way into running more.

I shall say farewell, until tomorrow. Night Everyone!!

On the health food kick!

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of blogs and Facebook posts about eating healthier and losing weight. One blog post in particular got me wanting to get some healthier foods. Her name is Natasha and here’s her blog. Back in 2011 she weighed 177 (I wish I weighed that lol) and now she weighs 122 just from working out and eating better. I’m trying to motivate myself into eating better and trying to lose weight because since I moved to Texas, I have done nothing but slowly gain weight. It’s rather sad actually. The lowest I ever remember being was around 186 pounds and that was when I was in 8th grade.

Hopefully by posting more, I can hold myself accountable and actually succeed in losing weight. I’m starting out slow by cutting out as much soda as possible from my diet. Normally I’d have about 3-4 sodas a day. I’m going to start by just drinking 1 soda a day and start trying to drink as much water as I can. I’m not fully cutting soda out just yet because I don’t want to crash pretty much.

Next step for me is to start working out. I’m either going to start by walking around my complex each day or try running. My husband used to run all the time in the Army so hopefully he’ll be able to get me into running. I know walking/running a short distance isn’t a lot but for someone who hasn’t really worked out in years, it’s big. There might be days when I don’t feel like running and I’ll most likely get out on my road bike and try to do 20 miles. Just something to get me out and active will be good.

One thing I did last night after looking at Natasha’s blog was head to the grocery store and get some fruits and veggies. Here’s what I got:

  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bag of salad mix (romaine)
  • 1 small lemon
  • 3 apples
  • 2 bunches of bananas
  • 2 containers of greek yogurt
  • 1 container of strawberries
  • 1 container of blueberries
  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bag of grapes
  • 1 bag of petite carrots
  • 1 bag of white onions
  • 12 dozen eggs
  • 1 package of healthy english muffins
  • 2 boxes of edamame
  • 1 bag of sweet potato fries
  • 2 bags of steamfresh veggies
  • 1 bag of pretzel crisps

Last night for dinner I ended up baking chicken breasts. I dipped them in egg and then garlic and herb bread crumbs and placed them in a pyrex baking dish and put them in the oven. After a bit of cooking, I squirted half of the lemon juice on them and back in the over they went. While they were cooking I started on my salad. I used half of a bag of romaine lettuce, half of a cucumber, some cherry tomatoes, some petite carrots and then on mine I threw on half of an avocado and a smidge of pepper jack cheese. For another side, I cooked one of the steamfresh bags: Asian Medley. It contains carrots, baby corn, snap peas and broccoli. Once the chicken was fully cooked, I squirted the other half of the lemon on top. Dinner was absolutely amazing. I’m not sure that it was 100% healthy but it’s a lot healthier than going out and eating fast food. So I’d say I did pretty good with dinner.

If I ever get brave enough, I’ll post a progress picture. Until then, I will try to post as much as possible and post what I have eaten for the day. If anyone has any tips please feel free to leave a comment below.