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thumbs down for being sick! 😦

So my last fitness post was about me working out 7 days straight. I rested b/c I was all kinds of sore on Wednesday. Yesterday, I was sneezing and blowing my nose all day. Now, my throat is all itchy and here I am…sick…AGAIN. I am SO sick of being sick it’s not even funny.

The big girl always brings home germs from school and she gets sick, but usually gets over it after a day or 2. Then, #2 gets sick…then #3 and then me. I stay home with 2 and 3 and so if they’re sick, it’s just a matter of time until I catch it. I’m really surprised I’m not immuned to all the germies yet.

With #2 and #3 being sick, I can’t go to the gym during lunch b/c I don’t think Child Care will take them in if they’re sick. Besides, there are twin babies that are there during lunch and I don’t want them getting the twins sick…poor babies and poor mommy!

I actually dream of being on the elliptical during lunch watching SATC reruns on E! (don’t judge…lol). It makes the elliptical time go faster and then boom 500+ calories burned just by watching 2 episodes! Instead, I’m home trying to avoid old “comfort” food I used to enjoy when sick – aka chocolates and chips, etc. I should just go make myself an egg white spinach omelet or something…take the edge off. lol

Ultimate Reset – Finito!

Yes, yes, yes! I did it!

It’s been 2 1/2 weeks since I finished the Ultimate Reset and let me tell you, it’s one of the BEST things I’ve ever done for myself! I feel refreshed, renewed, invigorated, energetic and all of this with NO caffeine what-so-ever! I have learned so much about food and myself. I’ve learned that I can control my eating. I learned that I don’t need to constantly snack on junk food, etc. I learned about new food and how to cook new food and even how to cook other foods I knew of before. I like how I feel, I like how I look and I like that I know I can keep getting better with myself – inside and out.

Here I am Post Reset after I just got my blood drawn (I actually left the house, hence why I actually have a little bit of make-up on).

So, how did I do? After 21 days, I lost 11.7 (we’ll say 12) pounds…over 13 inches overall. All that with NO EXERCISE. Just clean eats and taking daily supplements!

THE BIGGEST and BEST NEWS? My cholesterol dropped 103 points!
Yes, that’s correct. 103 points. From 246 to 143. I was thinking I would only drop 20 or 30 points which would mean that I would still be on medication, but NOPE. 103 points = no medication for me!!!

2 1/2 weeks later and I’m still 90% eating clean – no caffeine, minimal alcohol (drinks when my girlfriends and I went to Chicago and I had to water down my 2nd drink), not too much sugar and still having healthy meals. I will have treats here and there, but for the most part? I’ve still been cooking healthy meals from the Reset Recipe book. In fact, my girlfriends came to visit last week and I would make my own separate meals. The only time I didn’t is when we went to Chicago for a day. My stomach paid for it b/c I was so umcomfy! lol Too many “new” things going into mah belly all at once (meats, etc.).

I finally got my bum back to the gym yesterday and did the elliptical. I will probably go back again today. I’m still debating on whether or not to start TurboFire again, but I think I like going to the gym…it gets me out of the house. Let’s not forget I’m a WAHM who also stays home with a 5 year old, 2 year old AND 1 year old pup.

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Anyway, I’m excited to be working out again b/c my body (on the inside) is at its prime thanks to the Ultimate Reset. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m definitely better off now than when I started.

Any questions, just let me know. I am willing to answer – to the best of my ability!

And let me leave you with this…My Ultimate Reset Food Gallery. My meals for the 21 days during the reset.

Ultimate Reset – Week 1 Day 5

ip5 612So yes, I am on UR – W1D5 – not to be confused with any of my C25K WxDx workouts (did I lose you, ok I’m sorry…done with that).

As part of my health, wellness and fitness journey, I decided to do the Ultimate Reset by BeachBody (yes, once again, it’s that same company that houses P90X, Insanity, Turbofire, Les Mills, etc.). The Ultimate Reset is not like any other “cleansing” program out there because you are not starving and you are not in the bathroom at all hours (then again, week 2 is DETOX week so we shall see). While I can’t totally speak for that second statement, I can say that you are NOT starving. In fact, the meals are pretty big portions AND get you so full. There have been a few times where I have had left overs.

Basically, it’s a 21 day / 3 week program. The first 7 days, you are RECLAIMING your body and are trying to make a clean palette inside. No caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, sugars, red meats, etc. The 2nd week, you are in RELEASE mode – aka DETOX. This phase, hmmm, maybe you’ll be going to the bathroom more often, I don’t know yet. You also will have a full vegetarian diet. The 3rd and last phase you will be REVITALIZING yourself and introducing back some dairy and such. It comes with supplements and a full menu for 21 days complete with recipes, shopping lists, etc. I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit pricey, but I need an overhaul and this is where my decision led me.

I am on Day 5, never starving – unless I’m running late w/prepping my food – and down 4lbs. (I wish I knew how my cholesterol is doing). It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but nothing worth doing or having or what have you, is easy .

Day 1 and 2 had me having headaches from caffeine and sugar withdrawal. Days 3 and 4 had me ALL kinds of achy like I’ve been working out like crazy or I had the flu or something, but you’re not even allowed to workout for 21 days. Your body is trying to restore the normal pH balance and alkalinity in your body so working out is out of the question (as that adds acidic levels). You are allowed to walk and stretch (20 minute brisk walks, light yoga, etc.), but nothing major.

This morning, is Day 5 and I woke up less achy than yesterday even though it took me forever to get comfy and asleep last night b/c my back was SO incredibly sore. I feel a bit refreshed, took my supplements and am ready to get my breakfast on.

Just an FYI, here are some of my meals…

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Wellness and Fitness on the Mind

ellipticalAll weekend, I’ve just been thinking about fitness and what I can do to keep consistent.  Everything from diet to exercise to calorie counting gadgets (BodyBugg, Polar FT40 or sticking to my good ol’ Garmin Forerunner110).  I need something to count my calories while I’m working out without being on a machine (treadmill/elliptical) which is what I’ve been on so I can see the calories.  I need to see the numbers.  I never thought I was a numbers kind of gal, but I guess I am.  Anyway, I’ve been trying to get in the groove to get myself going…I need to lower my cholesterol.  One main ingredient that I didn’t do is go to the gym / workout.  I went Friday (pic on left), but not Saturday or Sunday.

I ate well and healthy Saturday, but not Sunday.  portobellostuffedwithturkeyetcHad much too much wine Saturday night so that just totally nixed the whole eating healthy and well, I’m sure of it.  That pic was leftovers from Saturday all rolled into 1 – ground turkey w/spinach & rosemary stuffed in portobello mushroom cap.  Also had left over veggie fried quinoa (instead of rice) so I just put both that in the cap too.  Recipe inspired by watch_me_shrink and damndeliciious.

So, the scale tells me this morning that I gained weight, again.  I am now at my highest weight ever whilst not carrying a child – although I look like I could be about 6 or 7 months pregnant if I don’t “suck it in” or sit/stand “wrong”.

Part of my weekend research was checking out some pics/recipes of Instagram members and their healthy eats (watch_me_shrink) has some great looking eats and are healthy too!  I also was looking at Beach Body Instructor, Chalene Johnson’s page trying to get inspired…and I was (she’s creator of TurboFire, by the way)..  But, looking at pictures on a phone isn’t going to make all my weight magically disappear nor will it lessen my cholesterol.

I need to get back on TurboFire and/gym mode.  I need to eat better more often than not, not the other way around.  I need to detox/cleanse or something.  So, next on my agenda will be going on the BeachBody Ultimate Reset plan.  21 days on a STRICT diet (Lord, Help me…give me strength) and no working out.  I hope that doesn’t make me lose motivation to work and instead, have such a great outcome that all I want to do is maximize results by working out.  Once that is done, I will go back to gym/TurboFire (I LOVED TurboFire and got good results with it, I just wasn’t consistent).

I am going to try to make myself accountable by either posting here and/Instagram as to my foods, my progress, my ups and downs.  I haven’t shared this website / instagram account with my BeachBody Coach yet and I’m not sure why.  I don’t know if that will help or hinder me. Maybe I don’t want him to see all my past failed attempts at trying to get fit?   Maybe because I don’t want him to judge me?  I don’t think he would, but…I don’t know.   I am friends with him on FB so that should be good enough, right?  I like this part of the world being my “outlet” my “anonymous” account where not too many people I know IRL know about it.  There are a couple, but not too many and I’d like to keep it that way.  Besides, I am friends w/almost everyone I know IRL (and about 3 bloggers) on Facebook anyway.

If you want to find out more about TurboFire or the Ultimate Reset or even P90X, Insanity, etc., you can check my BeachBody website where I am a “coach” – just for formality so I can get discounts.  I haven’t coached anyone – not yet.  My beachbody website is beachbodycoachDOTcom/bzmomma – wordpress isn’t letting me link it for some reason…I have to read into that.

4 Weeks Later

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Pumpkin Cheesecake – aka evil goodness

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I do hope everyone had a great holiday season and a fantabulous New Year so far!  We had a great Christmas and New Year full of decorating, baking, cooking and wrapping/opening presents.  I am not ready to let go of Christmas yet.  I can’t bring myself to bring down our tree and decorations, but I just have to keep reminding myself that dust…dust is our enemy.  I am hoping to post recaps of the holidays soon, but today’s post is to update myself on my 4 Week Goal Accountability post.

4 Weeks Ago, I set these goals and by today, I was supposed to be able to say the following, confidently.  Unfortunately, it was a lot harder than I anticipated and our holiday baking and cooking frenzy was no help.  So the only things I have been able to accomplish are crossed out.

By January 10, 2013, I will be able to proudly say I:

  • have worked out at least 4-6x/wk (Turbo/Gym)  – only 2-3x/week.
  • lost 10 lbs – actually gained 4lbs, but it feels like 10.  my cheeks feel chubbier…my belly and thighs feel humungo! 😦
  • am able to do 10 push-ups with no knees  YEAH BOSS!  BIG CHECK on this one!
  • am able to do 10 tricep push-ups  – nope…only about 3.
  • lost 2″ from my waist – scared to check, but I probably added 2”.
  • drank 80 oz of water daily By far, the easiest since I love water.
  • can run 1 mile straight – haven’t even tried.
  • can finish CORE 20* (floor work) without stopping – haven’t tried either.
  • limited bad carb in-take – baked goodies messed me up,  big time!
  • increased fruits and veggiesmy body looks for salad…love it!
  • made daily TO DO lists and prioritized  Big CHECK on this…though my “priorities” don’t always get done did.   I need to work on that now.

So, there you have it.  2 steps forward, 200 steps back.  I wish I never tasted good pumpkin cheesecake (until this past Thanksgiving, I didn’t like anything pumpkin).  Once I tasted the (expensive) pumpkin cheesecake,  I decided to try to save money and make one myself and darn it, it turned out great!  I didn’t realize it was so crazy high in calories!  I mean, I knew it was high, I didn’t think 1/12th of a cheesecake could be over 400 calories!

Anyway, I am keeping at this this and if I don’t do some kind of “reset”, by February 7 I will need to cross more things off this list.  I really need to focus and make a change.  My cholesterol needs to go down. I do not want to go on medication if I can help it.  I repeat, I DO NOT want to go on medication.

So, I’ve started to take steps and log my food in myfitnesspal.com and am going to try to burn at least 600 calories at the gym tonight…

 

 

Losing Weight, Not Just for the Vain

4 Week GoalsYup, I need to lose weight and it’s not to look pretty or be skinny anymore. It’s nothing to do with vanity…nope. It’s for my health. I had some bloodwork done and my numbers were pretty high for cholesterol. In fact, the doctor said I should be on medication with my numbers, but she didn’t want to put me on medication until I tried to lose weight first. I’m not even clear on how much weight I need to lose.  She may have told me, but I think I was too dumbfounded at the moment and forgot to ask.  I think even losing 10 lbs would help.

Through the years, I have had my ups and downs with weightloss. I had stints of getting into working out, running, dieting, etc. I would lose weight, but would gain it back. I never got to my goal weight. Over the summer, I started one of the BeachBody programs (same company that sells/promotes “P90X”, “Insanity”, etc.). I started “TurboFire” and let me tell you, it is great! The instructor, Chalene Johnson, knows how to get you going and keep you going. I lost weight on it, but didn’t keep it off because I didn’t keep up with the program and at some point, fell off the wagon w/working out and eating.

My problem is 2-fold: Eating (not the best of foods and not in small portions) and Motivation.

I can be so gung ho about working out and getting in shape and my mindset will be in the right place, but for some reason, I end up getting distracted and losing that motivation. This time around, it was because girls and I kept getting sick with the change in seasons. Still, when we got better, I didn’t go back to working out with gusto like I did.

Same with food, I can be so healthy 1 week and then devour fast food and junk food the next week (and the week after that, etc.).

I need to stop this, I know it. I like how I feel when the inches come off. I love that my clothes get loose and I’m not “muffin-topping” like crazy.  I love that I have more energy when I workout and lose weight.   I love that even my skin benefits from me sweating (releasing toxins, I guess). I need to get going and make changes. I need to be healthy. High cholesterol at 35 is not cool. Being on medication is not cool and for what? Lack of focus and motivation?!?!

I need to start eating better, but dieting is not for me. Restricting myself from certain foods just makes me binge on them later on. I just need to eat clean as much as possible and/exercise more portion control.

I know what I need to do and I need to make myself accountable.  My #s need to go down and not just on the scale.  They need to go down for cholesterol and dress sizes.  I hate that I just had to buy an XL skirt because my waist is too big, but I have to get it hemmed because it’s too long.   Big waist and short legs are just not a great combo!

I follow Chalene Johnson’s FB page and she put on there to make 4 Week Goals. That was one of the 1st things I did today and I posted it on Instagram and on our Turbofire Challenge Group page on FB. pDaddy signed up for a family gym membership so I am starting to go there now…so far I went Friday and Sunday. I may not be following Turbofire workout schedules to the “T” anymore, but I will still use some of those DVDs. They are awesome workouts! I wish I could have had more focus and more determination/motivation to do the full 90 day program because I know I would have seen results. I saw results after the first 2 weeks!

So anyway, here is me…being accountable with 4 Week Goals (pictured above):

By January 10, 2013, I will be able to proudly say I:

  • have worked out at least 4-6x/wk (Turbo/Gym)
  • lost 10 lbs
  • am able to do 10 push-ups with no knees
  • am able to do 10 tricep push-ups
  • lost 2″ from my waist
  • drank 80 oz of water daily
  • can run 1 mile straight
  • can finish CORE 20* (floor work) without stopping
  • limited bad carb in-take
  • increased fruits and veggies
  • made daily TO DO lists and prioritized

There you have it.  4 weeks from today.  Wow, I just made “resolutions” before New Year’s!

 

*CORE20 is a TurboFire workout

WW: Spicy Shrimp and Brussel Sprouts Stir Fry

Thank you Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food for this recipe…got my Everyday Food in the mail and also an email w/a link to a video 🙂  I pinned it on Pinterst and went off to the grocery to pick up some ingredients.  Got it all prepped and cooked and ba-zing!  Dinner 🙂  Quick and Healthy at that…think you don’t like brussel sprouts? Think again!

The most time consuming was shredding brussel sprouts, but you can use a food processor if you’d like – just like they say on the video and recipe.

Recipe from http://www.marthastewart.com/945719/spicy-shrimp-and-brussels-sprout-stir-fry?xsc=eml_edfsc_2012_10_23&om_rid=NsqEIZ&om_mid=_BQhpTmB8urPRKz#

Everyday Food, November 2012

  • Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Total Time 20 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 small green chile, such as Thai, thinly sliced *
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound medium shrimp (41 to 50), peeled and deveined (tails left on)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high. In 2 batches, saute brussels sprouts until tender, 5 minutes total; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter. Add bean sprouts to pan and cook until heated through, 1 minute; add to platter.
  2. Wipe out pan, add remaining tablespoon vegetable oil, and return to heat. Add garlic, chile, and scallion whites and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and saute until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes. Add to platter, drizzle with sesame oil, top with scallion greens, and toss. Serve with lime wedges.

Cook’s Note

A food processor makes fast work of shredding sprouts. Or, do it by hand with a sharp knife.

* didn’t have this on hand so I used a Filipino hot sauce “Mama Sita’s Hot Pepper Sauce – Labuyo”…worked well for us 🙂

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