Friday, July 26, 2013

A Little Bit of Rest and Weekend Plans

When my alarm went off this morning lets just say I was not eager to get up. For some reason I woke up ever hour last night on the dot. If you know me you know I have to have my sleep or I am not the happiest person in the world. So I decided since I only have one workout left this week I would do it tomorrow. We are going to the bf's parents this weekend and they live close to a track so that will be a good time to practice running outside.  I will share with you on Monday how it went. I am pretty excited about this weekend because all the women in the bf's family and I are having our first yard sale. I love an excuse to clean out my closet because I tend to be a little bit of a hoarder with clothes because I think I will wear them again someday. Wrong! ha As of now I have 6 large trash bags full so hopefully everyone buys everything and I make a ton of money. One can dream right? Anyways the reason we decided to have it this weekend is because the bf's cousin is having a baby shower. I just love baby showers, all the eewwing and awwinggg make me smile. I will like always take many pictures and share them on Monday.
Now to the food..... I had to make something rather small because I knew I was leaving for the weekend and I hate to waste food. (aka money ha) So I whipped up some of my favorite foods for my lunch today.

Quinoa, turkey sausage, asparagus and hot sauce. Great combination!

and then we have my newest favorite thing to eat, sweet potato fries! Yum.

Day 163:
Breakfast: Smoothie (strawberries, almond milk and 2 ice cubes) and 2 eggs
Snack: 25 almonds
Lunch: quinoa, turkey sausage, asparagus and hot sauce
Snack: Sweet potato fries
Dinner: small bowl of bbq, coleslaw and chicken salad.
112 days no diet mountian dew- 66 days no soda
24 days final goal
51 days 1st 5k

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Weekly Splurge & Registered for my First 5k

I want to start off with sharing my weekly splurge. I am sure you have realized that I love Thai food. I literally could eat it every day. But that would be rather ridiculous right? Maybe not. ha. Anyways I always order the same thing and it tastes amazing every time. Since changing my eating habits I no longer eat the rice and those yummy little shrimp springs rolls. I stick with my meat and veggies, which is a perfect amount. I get the Pud Gratium. It is chicken with broccoli and cabbage in a garlic sauce. Doesn't it look delish!! But I have to drink tons of water today because I am sure this is FULL of sodium.

I then of course have to add to it to make it as spicy as I can handle.

Can't wait for next week!
Now to something very important to me.
As you can see I am pretty excited about this. I have always wanted to get into races but honestly was just too lazy. I liked the thought of races not the thought of actually doing them. So I am so happy to share that on September 14th I will be running my 1st and hopefully not my last :) race.
So A few weeks ago I knew I needed to start some sort of training so I didn't die when it got time for the race. So I made up a schedule where I started out at running a mile and each week I go up .25. I keep a calender at my desk at work so that I can check it off every day. This also keeps me motivated.
Then squares that are highlighted are days that I have already completed. (4 times a week)
This square that is highlighted is my final weight loss goal date.
And then of course I the day of the race highlighted.

I will keep you updated with how the training goes. As of now it is going pretty well!!
Today's workout
Week 8 Workout 3

I have a love/ hate relationship with burpees. They make me want to die but at the end I am so glad I add them to my workouts.
Day 162:
Post workout smoothie: strawberries, 1 small peach, almond milk and 2 ice cubes
Breakfast: 2 eggs with 1 tsp of sugar free syrup and skim cheese and 25 almonds
Lunch: quinoa, turkey sausage, asparagus and hot sauce
Snack: non fat yogurt/ 100 calorie trail mix
Dinner: Veggie burger with ketchup no bun and a side of quinoa, turkey sausage and asparagus
111 days no diet mountain dew- 65 days no soda
25 days final goal
52 days 1st 5k


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gettin Closer and Closer

Everyday I get closer and closer to my final goal. When I started this blog and my LittleBlueDress challenge I never imagined I would come as far as I have. I have honestly never been so proud of the things that I have accomplished. I have given up soda, signed up for my 1st 5k (Sept, 14th), lost and keep losing weight and have gotten into the gym and actually enjoy it now. This journey hasn't been easy there are so many times where I just wanted to say whatever and eat that pizza or not cook a healthy dinner and get fast food and defiantly not get up at 5:45 am to go to the gym. But this blog has helped me set goals and keep me accountable. This is the first time in my life that I am actually more focused on getting "healthy" not "skinny". It's a great feeling!
Now to my dinner last night. I was going over to have dinner with the bf's parents for the last night that they were there. I was smart this time because I asked what they were cooking before hand.  They were having fried pork chops, cabbage, green beans, corn,  corn bread and beer butt chicken. I knew I could eat the veggies and the chicken so before I left my apartment I chopped up some romaine lettuce and threw some skim cheese on it and grabbed my low fat yogurt dressing. So I made me a grilled chicken salad and had some corn and cabbage. It was a pretty fantastic dinner.
 (cabbage not pictured)
Now to my workout this morning :)
It was super hard to get out of bed this morning, I hit the snooze button which I normally never do. So I got to the gym a little late. But it actually pushed me to not rest in between reps.This meant I left literally dripping sweat.
Week 8 Workout 2
(All ab workouts were done 3 times)
I kicked the 1.5 miles butt today, just saying!
Day 161:
Post workout smoothie: strawberries, 1 small banana, almond milk and 2 ice cubes
Breakfast: 2 eggs with skim cheese and a tsp of sugar free syrup and 25 almonds
Lunch: Mexican Lettuce wraps (without the lettuce)
Snack: non fat yogurt and beef jerky
Dinner: Thai chicken and veggies
110 days no diet mountain dew- 64 days no soda
26 days final goal
53 days 1st 5k

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sweaty Morning

Week 8 Workout 1

5:45 came early this morning but I was excited to get back to the gym since I worked out outside on Saturday and Sunday and Monday were my rest days. Now this week I bumped up my 5k training to 1.50 miles. So I hopped on the treadmill and got started. I ran the 1.50 miles on 0 incline in between 5.0 to 6.0 mph. After I finished I brought out my daily circuit training sheet. (I change it daily so I don't get bored). After I finished this I was a sweaty mess. It felt great!

After that I did the arm machines for around 15 minutes. Then realized I had 10 extra minutes so I decided to hop on the bike and ride on the fat burning level for the remainder of the morning.

After this workout it was definitely time for a shower.

Day 160:
Post workout smoothie: strawberries, 1 small banana, almond milk and 2 ice cubes
Breakfast: 2 eggs with reduced fat cheese and 25 almonds
Lunch: Mexican Lettuce wraps and a side salad with monz cheese and a tsp of feta cheese with balsamic ving.
Snack: non fat yogurt
Dinner: (snacked on a little bit of beef jerky before dinner) Grilled chicken salad with skim cheese with a mixture of low fat yogurt and ginger dressing. 1 piece of corn and some cabbage.

109 days no diet mountain dew- 63 days no soda

27 days till final goal. (8 MORE POUNDS woohoo)

54 days 1st 5k


Monday, July 22, 2013

Meixcan Lettuce Wraps

This weekend went by way too fast. Don't they always? The bf's parents came to visit so we did what we do best, grill, shop and lounge around. Although since my eating habits have changed I have had to make my own food because like I have previously said they aren't the healthiest eaters. So last night they had baked spaghetti full of cream cheese, sour cream, more cheese and all the good stuff. So I stopped by the store to get me something to eat. I have been wanting to try veggie crumbles forever so I thought it was the best time. So I mixed it with grilled peppers and marinara sauce and had a side of sweet potato fries with a tbsp of ketchup. The veggie meat was pretty good. It would be really good in chili.

Now to my lunch for the week.
When I went to Charlotte last weekend, I went to The Cheesecake Factory and had some Mexican lettuce wraps  and I haven't been able to get them off my mind. So I decided I would make some and I have to say they were quiet tasty.
What you will need
ground chicken
low sodium taco seasoning
no salt added corn
organic black beans (drained)
veggie quinoa
Start by browning your ground chicken and cooking your quinoa. Then add corn, black beans, seasoning, salsa and quinoa to the meat. You will have to add a little bit of water.

Once everything is fully cooked. Get ready to stuff your lettuce.

I then sprinkled it will some reduced fat cheese. Then wrapped it up and stuffed my face :)
I have to say these are fabulous.
Week 7 Workout 4
On Saturday it was a perfect day to run outside. Plus I slept late and I am not a fan when the gym is packed. So I measured out 1.25 miles and got ready. I started out with the mind set that no matter what I wasn't going to walk but knowing the last .06 is uphill made me a little nervous. But I pushed through and made it. Now by September 14th I will have to be able to do it 3 times. (whew) This week I am adding .25 so I will be up to 1.50 miles. (basically halfway)
50 jumping jack
20 squats
20 push ups
12 burpees
50 crunches
20 lunges (both legs)
50 calf raises
1 min. wall sit
1 min. plank
50 crunches
50 jumping jacks
Day 157:
Breakfast: egg whites and 2 pieces of chicken sausage
Lunch: (ate breakfast pretty late)
Dinner: 1 small steak
Day 158:
Breakfast: deli ham and almonds
Lunch: 1 Mexican Lettuce Wrap
Snack: Naked Popcorn
Dinner: Veggie meat with grilled peppers and marinara with a side of sweet potato fries and 1 tbsp of ketchup, a few bite of spaghetti sauce, 1 tbsp of pb, and a weight watchers smoothie popscile.
Day 159:
Breakfast: Smoothie (strawberries, 1 small banana, almond milk, 2 ice cubes)
Snack: 2 eggs with hot sauce
Lunch: Mexican lettuce wraps and a side of sweet potato fries.
Snack: non fat yogurt
Dinner: Like I mentioned the bf's parents are in town so I went over to hang out with them and have dinner. Buuuttt when I got there they had ordered pizza. So I decided to just have a sweet potato for dinner.
108 days no diet mountain dew- 62 days no soda
28 days final goal
55 days 1st 5k