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Training yourself to eat breakfast

 

As I read though blogs yesterday I ran across http://southwestcommunitycenter.wordpress.com/. They talked about morning exercise. I would like to be a morning exercise kind of girl and hope to work my way up to that one day. I am at my peak around noon to 3 pm so that is when I work out daily. Kind of an odd time but I get my work out in everyday and that is all that counts. One day I will be able to get up and bust my butt, right now I am just happy that I can get up (this girl is not a morning person), I also started eating in the mornings. I have never been one to eat breakfast. Unless I woke up hungover and HAD to have a huge plate of eggs, bacon, toast and hash browns. Naughty, Naughty.

As you know I am using Les Mills Pump by Beachbody. It came with a nutrition plan and of course it includes eating breakfast, snack, lunch, snack then dinner. Holy cow it seems like a lot of food when I first got started. Eating it all and getting the calories I needed was a struggle at first. Eating breakfast was the most difficult part of all. For years eating anything in the morning made my feel nauseous and miserable. I really am not sure why, it just did. So yes, I spent probably 10 days with a little bit of morning nausea as I got used to eating breakfast.

I don’t really think that there is a trick or gimmick to learning or training your self to eat in the morning and you body being okay with that. Just get up a few minutes earlier and eat something. Even if you do no want to, even if you are afraid or feel that you will be a little nauseous for a bit after. I MADE myself eat breakfast, and I whined and complained about it for about 10 day. I just powered through it as you need to do. Just like that last set of lunges, you want to run, but that last set is the most important so you power through know that in the end result will be so worth it. After powering through breakfast for 10 days my body just got used to it, 10 days is nothing seeing I have been alive for 11,472 days. My body expects it in the mornings. I wake up and get motivated faster for the day (no caffeine) my appetite is properly controlled through out the day and I love the fact that I was able to become a morning eater. So I think the key is a good mind-set, some determination, the want for change and a go to attitude and anyone can be a morning eater. The first week or so may not be the most pleasant but in the long run the benefit is so worth it.

And…. don’t tell me you do not have time. There are fast and easy breakfast options. I’ll even give you a list so you don’t have to do the thinking for yourself.

  1. bowl of high fiber cereal
  2. protein bar
  3. smoothie
  4. eggs (you can scramble an egg in 60 seconds in the microwave)
  5. toast
  6. oatmeal
  7. fruit
  8. waffle

Start simple if you need to and work your way up to a more well-rounded meal. You will find that you will snack less through the day, eat a better lunch, eat smaller meal portions and have a better day. When you treat your body good your body rewards you for it. And remember that any small change you make leads to a happier, healthier and more fit you and don’t you think you are worth it? I know I am.

Time to go have my breakfast, have a great day everyone!

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Morning Fires and White Coat Syndrome!

I make one heck of a breakfast... Someone call 911! Fire! Fire!

Whew, it is not even 7:30 am and I am already having a rough day. I overslept, hit the snooze bar for 45 minutes. That is not my norm. Of course that made my daughter miss the bus, no big deal though, we have a car. So the over sleeping problem was easily solved and just a minor annoyance. Next I decided to make my breakfast. Today I needed a fire truck parked outside my house. I burned my breakfast. Not just once but three times (that’s right I said THREE TIMES!). What the fluff? On the bright side the house is not a smoldering pile of rubble and I did not lose any limbs. Eventually I did manage to feed myself a breakfast that was not charred, and live to blog about burnt food and snooze bars. I know, I know I lead such an exciting life. I can see the look of jealousy on you faces as I type. But really boys and girls, burnt foods are for the birds, heck, I don’t know if the birds would even want it!

Not too long ago my husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure. He had a sordid love affair with the Chinese Buffet, caffeine and sodium. I would poke fun at the fact that he spent so much time at the buffet. Jokes about how his mistress must be there or that he was going to visit his love child. I figure the marriage license automatically gave me rights to poking fun of him. So anyhow after he was forced to see a doctor we found out he was in hypertension. Yikes! Getting him to the doctor is like pulling teeth, he is afraid of doctors. They call it White Coat Syndrome. I have noticed that many men avoid the doctor like the plague. Oooo blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope. RUN! Ahhhhh! It’s going to get me!! So today I go visit the doctor with him. He is nervous. It is a follow-up and him being on my diet for a month has brought his BP down to normal. So nothing to worry about.  It will just be a conversation, what’s to be scared of? Maybe because I do not have White Coat Syndrome I just don’t understand? Maybe she can talk him into doing more exercise. He has changed everything else to be healthy, that would be the last step.

On a final note I am looking forward to some Tikka Marsala for lunch, shopping for new gym shoes, cleats and dumbbells and the kiddo’s first baseball practice.

Dialing it back a little..just for today.

I am S.O.R.E as all get up, I have been keeping up with my daily Les Mills Pump workout schedule and added extra abs, yoga and/or cardio in on some days. Yesterday’s workout was a bit rough and I had some cramping issues during the billion lunges you do during Pump and Shred. So today I am going to up my water and potassium a bit and skip the lunges and squats. I think I will just do an hour of yoga to stretch everything out then just chill. No cardio, no abs, no Pump (too many lunges and squats, which I usually love!). My body said it needs a break, so I guess I will allow it today.

I wish I looked like this while doing Yoga!

I will get a bit of walking in today, I have to go shopping. Tomorrow is my daughters first Coach pitch practice of the year and swim starts soon after. It is about time we get her suited up for her summer sports. She is the ONLY girl on her baseball team this year and is very excited about that. I wonder how rough the boys are going to be on her. She can take it though.

Oh Crap it is Tuesday!

Yes, Tuesday, the day I faithfully get out the tape measure ans the dreaded scale. I still have not developed a loving or even friendly relationship with either of these tools. I know they won’t hurt me, or even make me feel bad about myself. I just choose to judge them, very harshly. Maybe I don’t like the truth, maybe I can’t handle the truth. Or maybe it is all in my pretty little head.

This is what my measuring tape and scale look like when I get to my Tuesday morning visit with them.

 

Anyhow, this week went well and passed by quickly. I purchased a new exercise mat, a pretty hot pink super cushiony  (is that a word?) really large one.  I love it!  The new mat definitely makes floor work a lot more comfortable to do. I also bought a stability ball. I did do some ab work on it a couple of times, I thought that was fun and a little change up was nice. I think I may bring the ball into the living room and sit on it when I watch my shows. It can’t hurt and a stronger core and better posture are always sexy.

The diet, oh wait I am not on a diet, I just eat healthier food, and it is far tastier than I had been cooking before I stated this health and fitness adventure. Made Pho yesterday for the first time, I had never eaten it (or amde it) but my husband always talked about how you can not get it here in Saginaw, MI.  The food in this town eatery and restaurant wise is very limited. It was amazing and even Emma my 6-year-old daughter ate it and loved it. She loved being able to pick and choose her own veggies, herbs and condiments. Pat (husband) said that after trying my Pho it was as authentic as it comes and little old Vietnamese women would induct me as one of their own.  So I guess that means that it is a hit with everyone!

Today is the beginning of Phase Two with the Les Mills Pump System. Looking at the workout schedule I have a feeling I will be on here doing some Oh my Goodness I am so ridiculously freaking sore posts. But, it’s my freaking blog and I with whine if I freaking feel like it. Right? Well I hope I can. I have yet to see a rule against it.  But I guess it is getting to be time to quit stalling and put this weeks stats up for the world to see. Oh why did I decide to make myself accountable to the entirety of the internet? Oh yes, to keep me more motivated, that’s it.  I love seeing the inches go but still have not seen much for change in weight in the 36 days I have been on this mission. I really want that number to go down (I know muscle vs fat, it takes time, etc, etc) but summer is approaching and I still want to be able to wear shorts that I planned on, and maybe a bathing suit I don’t feel like I’d get a casting call for Free Willy 5 in while at the beach. Plus my husband has put a hefty wager on my weight loss to a tune of an entire new wardrobe, so that depends on what the scale says. I actually am not really disappointed and am okay with the inches lost. But I need new clothes and would love to buy some smaller ones. And what girl does not love a large amount of money and a shopping spree?

 

 

 

OK here we go… Drum-roll please..
This weeks results are:

  • Chest: 36 inches  (- 1 inches)
  • R Arm: 12 inches  (- 0 inches)
  • L  Arm: 12 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Waist: 36 inches (- 1 inches)
  • Hips: 43 inches (- 0 inches)
  • R Thigh: 25 inches (- 0 inches)
  • L Thigh: 26 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Weight: 174 pounds (- 1 pounds)
  • Pant Size: 14
  • BMI: 35.6

For a total of  2 inches and 1 pound lost. I also decided to put my BMI up too seeing I have been recording it the entire time. When I began 36 Days ago it was 52 so in that 36 days it has gone down 13.4 percent.

Small Change = Big Win

Fruit of the Earth Wild Berry Aloe Vera Juice

Wandering through the health food section today at the grocery store I spotted a bottle of Berry Flavored Aloe Vera Juice, of course being it sounded strange to me I had to buy it immediately. I of course had no idea what it is used for or what purpose it serves. But I wanted it and wanted it now! So I left the store with Aloe Vera Juice. After returning home I hopped on the Internet to find out what to do with my mysterious Aloe Vera Juice. After a bit of research I found that this impulse buy could be very beneficial to me. I read that it helps battle pain and inflammation, helps with digestion, and is a good immune booster. On a couple of web sites there were even claims that it is good for you hair. Can’t beat that with a stick. Well, I could but I wouldn’t want to mop up the aloe of the floor. I tried my first shot of it today before lunch. It was not bad at all going down, very berry tasting.  The after taste was pretty pungent but washed away with just a couple sips of water.

Today’s workout was good. I did get a little surprise. I was able to touch my toes while doing my stretches. I had a fall about four and a half years ago and bruised and cracked a few ribs and suffered a few hairline fractures to the spine. Even with months of physical therapy I had not gained back my flexibility in my back or legs let alone have the ability to touch my toes since that injury. So yay me!  It is a small change for me but a definite big win!

Light between my thighs?

I know the title could sound a little scandalous, I assure you this is not a post about my magical lady-parts or anywhere near that.

I started this morning heading to my daughters school to drop off my Fun Fair donations and buy tickets. On the way home I noticed that I was extremely stiff so I decided to do some yoga so I am loosened up for this afternoon workout. Hard Core Abs and Toning with a Twist today!  As I am in the middle of a half forward bend, I attempt to look between my legs. At that moment I start thinking about how when standing (or while doing anything really) my thighs did not touch together and light could make it through. Then I start missing that light like it was a long-lost friend. So now I have had to add another fitness goal to my list, to resurrect the light between my thighs.

Checking In.. Week 4

I am feeling better and continuing with the Les Mills Pump program. Starting week five today which introduces Pump and Shred, I hope this really revs things up for me. I did add some step aerobics to my routine in place of the 45 minute walk the program called for yesterday. Holy cow! I am no longer coordinated in the least bit. I am sure I will catch on soon though.

This weeks downfall. But it is so darn tasty! St. Patrick made me do it!

This weeks downfall. But it is so darn tasty! St. Patrick made me do it!

This week there are no changes to report, didn’t lose a pound or gain a pound and the same for inches; none lost, none gained. So really there is not much to put out there. This weeks schedule went awry with the illness then St Patrick’s Day. I think I had 2,000 liquid calories on Sunday as well as a slice of pizza. Ooops. but hey, I still have to live a little. I can just make up for it this week. I some extra cardio to the mix and it will be all good.

Now lets just get this done and over with. Here is this weeks weigh in results:

  • Chest: 37 inches  (- o inches)
  • R Arm: 12 inches  (- 0 inches)
  • L  Arm: 12 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Waist: 37 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Hips: 43 inches (- 0 inches)
  • R Thigh: 25 inches (- 0 inches)
  • L Thigh: 26 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Weight: 175 pounds (- 0 pounds)
  • Pant Size 14

It is so very nice out and….

I have been stuck inside, sick. So, I figured out what made me so down and whiny and workouts far more exhausting, I was sick! After my Tuesday workout I had zero energy, but did not think much of it. a few moments later I was putting something away and saw the thermometer and decided to randomly take my temp.. It was over 102!  I still went and got my chicken wings though 🙂 Yesterday I still had a fever over 102 so decided to skip the workout and sleep all day.  But it was the first day with 70 degree weather here in Michigan so I was unhappy to be sick. Today I still have a fever but it is manageable, I am thinking I should go for a walk or do something else low impact. It is almost 80 degrees today! I feel like I am wasting it because soon it will snow or something. It is Michigan and that is how it works around here! Plus I really do not want to miss a second day of exercise.

Week Three.. Still waiting for something to happen…

As you all know I have spent the past few weeks I have been doing Les Mills Pump and following the nutrition plan that came with the program. At this point I am wondering if it is really what I need. Maybe I am just discouraged by the lack of weight loss, maybe it is just too darn early in the morning. I won’t quit, at this point I started this,  and just need to follow through.  Plus I do know I have been a bit of a Debbie Downer this week.

I still love the food, I do eat meals that are not in the nutrition guide, but I keep the daily total to 1200-1300 calories, 70-80 g protein, 150-180 carbs, 30 g fat and 30-35 g fiber. So I figure even if it is not in the book and the nutritional breakdown is the same it’s good (or is that the no progress issue). Either way, I do not think I am willing to cut back any more diet wise.  I do think I will be bad today and have a cheat meal. even with very little weight loss i have been working out hard and dieting like a mad woman, so I am going to eat something I really want. Buffalo Wild Wings. I sat the other night and watched my friend have Fried Pickles,  Fries and my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE: Chicken Wings. It was  torture! But I sat there and ate my plate of grilled chicken, celery and carrot sticks with a smile on my face. So now I have been craving chicken wings! So I will have chicken wings, no fries, no pickles. I will be a little good and eat it with the veggie boat (celery and carrots), I can pass on fries any day.

Maybe I should try this... LOL

Anyhow.. here are this weeks weigh in results:

  • Chest: 37 inches  (- o inches)
  • R Arm: 12 inches  (- 0 inches)
  • L  Arm: 12 inches (- 0 inches)
  • Waist: 37 inches (- 1 inches)
  • Hips: 43 inches (- 1 inches)
  • R Thigh: 25 inches (- 0.5 inches)
  • L Thigh: 26 inches (- 1 inches)
  • Weight: 175 pounds (- 0 pounds)
  • Pant Size 14

For a TOTAL of 3.5 inches and 0 pounds lost this week, and a GRAND TOTAL of 17.5 inches lost and 4 lbs since I started on February 20th, 2012.

Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself…

I am almost finished with week three of the Les Mills Pump system. I know I griped the other day, but damn this is hard work. Especially when I am a girl whose shape is round.. very round.  Even with the gripes and pain, yes, I have completed every minute of scheduled workout the plan gave me plus some. I have 2 bridesmaid dresses to wear this fall and I would like to wear them well. And maybe be able to wear shorts again. I miss shorts sometimes.

Today I will have to do Flow the Yoga portion of the workouts. I have found that even though I kind of resemble the shape of a Weeble I do fall down when I wobble! How do those Weebles do it?? I no longer have any ability to balance myself in any way, shape or form. So I am sure after doing Pump long enough I will gain that back.  And let me tell you, some of those poses are not made for women with large breasts and big bellies, I can not figure out what to do with the girls or the spare tire! It is awkward! But, I do try my best and it gives me a good laugh.

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