Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dinner and Wedanceday


So I cooked the dinner that I had been dreaming about since my trip to Target today, and after I sat down and started eating it hit me, "Take a picture!" So, I took one, not a very good one, but I took one. Proud?
For dinner I had a lot of Pineapple, and the rest of my grapes, 2 Morningstar Mushroom Lover's Veggie Burgers on a whole wheat Arnold Sandwich Thin, with ketchup, beefsteak tomato slices, and iceberg lettuce. I. Am. Stuffed. So good.

I snacked on a scoop of Trader Joe's Soy Dream "Ice Cream" with blueberries and chocolate sauce earlier (no pic). Right now I am craving some Tazo Green tea (again).

But I wanted to mention that I have had some trouble finding Chobani greek yogurt in my area, which, yes, I live in the midwest but Minneapolis is no slouch half-ass city. We is a Metropolis, and I was baffled to not be able to find it after reading rave reviews on so many blogs. But today is a new day, and I FOUND some (at Target)!! YAY!! I am dying to try it, I just bought one because I have had less than stellar experiences with greek yogurt, but it's one of those things that I want to love so we will see. I bought strawberry low-fat. Cross your fingers for me.

Ooo, ooo, ooo!!! I also got Stonyfield smoothie drink thingers. Excited for these as well.

Seriously people, I love yogurt. I could eat it everyday. With berries, granola, on fruit salad, or right out the container. Love love love it. But I am not a fan of plain ol' unflavored greek yogurt. I don't like the texture, at least the brands I have tried (ahem-TJ's, and Roundy's) have a weird sort of mealy texture, and it coats my tongue, gross. I like to put it in stuff when I am baking, and cooking ect. but I can't just eat it. So I stick to Stonyfield. But I am ready to try Chobani, I'll let you know how it goes!

For now, I'm watching "So You Think You Can Dance"!

Deuces!
-H

What is your favorite "health" food?

Yeah so those pictures I was telling you about...

I absolutely suck at taking photos of my food. I am always so hungry, and 90% of the time I pass through the fridge and take a bit of something I forget I ate it like 10 minutes later. But I'm gonna work on it. I slept in until about 11am after not getting to bed until after 3.

Breakfast: 2 Trader Joe's whole wheat toaster waffles, Stonefield non-fat vanilla yogurt, blueberries and 1Tbsp maple syrup, ice coffee

Lunch: Salad: romaine, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, bell peppers and a vinaigrette with Buitoni's four cheese spinach ravioli in marinara (I added prosciutto-it was soooo good), and Starbucks Tazo Iced green tea (obsessed)

I'm already planning dinner, and thinking about heading upstairs for a cool Peach from my fruit drawer. Boo is gone with the car at work so I'm planning on a late night gym session, a couple hours of sleep and then another early in the a.m.

I find it's hard for me to get to the gym in the mornings because my sleep schedule gets so thrown off when I work nights. If I don't start work until 4 or 5 p.m. I don't get home until after midnight most nights, and don't get to sleep until around 1 or 2, so getting up before 9am is a struggle for me. I am a night-owl by nature so even when I don't work it's hard to get to sleep before midnight. And it's too hard to get to the gym after work because my feet always kill after being on my feet all night running around. And if Boo works nights and is home all day I don't want to go to the gym, I just want to be home together. So, I am still trying to find that perfect time of day to work out. I know the perfect time is whatever time I actually do it at, but I need to get into a routine, so that it just becomes a life habit for me. On days when I get up and get it done first thing in the a.m. I feel ah-mazing, and I find I make better more conscious food decisions throughout the day, but sometimes it is just too hard to get out of bed.

So when is the best time of day for you to get in your workout and why?

Holy New Layout!

Good Evening...er.. Morning Blogworld!

I logged on tonight surprised to see a new layout on my little blog. I had totally forgotten I had redesigned it last week. And I still like it! That is very good news!

I apologize for my absence I had a very crazy weekend. Lots of work, errands, friends, and no exercise-quick recap:

Thursday: Babysat two of my nieces, went swimming, caught up with old and new friends over wine. I ate pretty healthfully all day because I knew I would be boozing my buddies later that night. Exercise: 30 minute jog/walk on treadmill, 10 minutes on elliptical.

Friday: Hungover. Yeah, I boozed too much Thurs. night and gorged on hangover food until I had to work. Juicy Lucy from the 5-8 Club, with fries and fried mushrooms with blue cheese dressing, and lots of water. And then work.

Saturday: I don't really remember what I ate this day, it was kind of a blur. I ended up working a double and was exhausted still from Thursday and working the night before. After work I had to go check on my friend's mother's animals as I was supposed to be house/petsitting, and then went back home and took a nap for 3.5 hours before getting up for work.

Sunday: Worked the morning shift after no sleep, snacked on fruit and an iced coffee for breakfast. Once I got home later that evening I was planning on hitting the gym but I was waaaay to tired. I cleaned, did some laundry, and then went to Lund's to buy some junk food for dinner. We had deli fried chicken, mac n cheese, and brie and crackers.

Monday: No breakfast. Lunch was leftover chicken, salad, cheese and crackers. Work. One bite of chicken stir fry with noodles, 2 bites of chicken wild rice soup, and cornbread. I did 30 minutes of cardio with Gilar before work, after the weekend I was feeling like a fatty fatty 2 by 4.

Today... well Tuesday I didn't have to work, and I was so tired from the weekend I did little more than veg on the couch all day... oh and took a nap. I was up early this morning to babysit, had tomato, sauteed spinach w/ parmesan, a poached egg and prosciutto for breakfast, lunch was a McChicken and fries (this is what happens when i leave my boo in charge of meals), dinner was a little leftover fried rice, leftover brie and crackers, and a Hansen's pop. 30 minutes of cardio kickboxing, and 30 minutes of strength training with Gilad.

This has been a lot to read, so I'm calling this done. Goodnight or Good Morning!! See you in the a.m.!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Couch-to-5K

This is an absolute record. Two posts in 3 days. Let's relish in the moment....

OK. That was fun. Since we last spoke my days have been pretty uneventful, and accomplished at the same time. I have run a lot of errands, and gotten a lot of those little nit-picky details that we forget to do, or put off doing because they aren't pressing matters. But I have also done a lot of healthy eating, and working out! I mentioned that I went to the farmer's market on Sunday and stocked up on produce, so I have been eating a LOT of salads.

Usually consisting of:
-Romaine
-Cucumber
-Tomato
-Carrots
-Onions
-Mushrooms

I usually add a little bit of bleu cheese, because I love stinky cheeses, and when I use it a little goes a long way. It just adds a nice salty, pungent, flavorful bite, and it makes you feel like you're indulging. I also BBQ'd some chicken breasts on Monday with the really good raspberry-jalapeno sauce I bought from the owner/manufacturer at the grocery store. It is sooo good. There has also been a lot of fruit and breakfast burritos (1 whole egg+egg white, beans, spinach, salsa, tomatoes, flour tortilla).

And it has been hotter than hell this week so i've had lots of iced coffee, with vanilla syrup+soy milk (I just bought chocolate soy milk yesterday, and am currently trying that in the iced coffee,not sure how i feel about it) and ice tea. Yesterday I had a fruit smoothie for dinner: banana, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, soy dream-ice cream, organic strawberry/banana juice, and ice (#yum).

I started training for my 5K last night, I thought the running would be horrendous but I made it through, and when I was done I did 10 minutes on the elliptical, and 100 crunches. So It wasn't awful, which makes me feel like I can keep to it. I found a really great program that I think will get me where I need to be. And after day 1, I'm not worried about getting discouraged and quitting. If you are not a runner, and you're like me and said you would run unless someone was chasing you, go to CoolRunning.com and check out their Couch-to-5K Running Plan and try it with me. You'll be surprised!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Home Stretch...

So we are EXACTLY 3 weeks from my 23rd birthday and I am on track to not complete my list... And I'm OK with that. I am really trying to focus on one thing at a time, and focusing on doing it well.

I'm about a month into my "diet" or as one of my co-workers called it a "live-it" because it's a lifestyle change. I'm working on losing the weight, and learning to maintain it. I've already lost 10lbs but I attribute some of that as water weight because I used Jillian Michael's 14 Day Cleanse & Burn. I don't usually condone diet pills, because they can be dangerous, and it's really important to know how to lose weight naturally (because you are more likely to keep it off that way), but I am the kind of person that if I make a change and after 2 weeks I don't see a difference either in the way my clothes fit, naked in front of the mirror, or on the scale-I get discouraged, and give up. So I tried a different approach hoping that it would jump-start my weight loss and keep me motivated, and it has!! But please if you consider doing something like this please consult your doctor before starting any weight loss program, and LISTEN to your body! I can't even express how important it is for you to pay attention to what your body tells you. For me it worked, and I am continuing to eat well, exercise, and burn the fat.

I have been reading a lot of food and fitness blogs lately (I want to add a favorites list linking to some of them...someday), like Carrots N' Cake, FoodFitnessFashion, and N Her Shoes, and I have been inspired by what they have to say! I find myself eagerly awaiting their next post, and going through past posts looking for recipes and workouts. I am inspired to continue this blog and keep writing, documenting my choices. I am going to try to document my food choices through photos to hold myself accountable like these ladies have (not that they need to hold themselves accountable but you know).

My other motivation is to be in shape for dance camp next month. It's the week after my birthday, and as a coach I will have to take some dance classes, and since I am taking my 2 summer coaches (young, thin, fit 19 and 20 year-old) I don't want to look like the old, fat, out of shape coach that just sits and watches. Bleh :( So goals, goals, goals.

I'm trying to work more and save for an (august.ugh) florida vacation, and my tattoo on my birfday (heeeey)!! The wax, and bikini will (hopefully, if I lose the flab) come before and during Florida. I've started guitar lessons, and chose the 5K I will be running in September, in fact I am starting my run training this evening once my boo gets home from work!

For now I am trying to work more, and save some money for the various things I have on my list, reading food, fashion, and fitness blogs, working out with FitTV, and at Anytime Fitness, looking up exercise classes to take so I don't get bored, shopping at the farmers market, and cooking.

This is quite long, so I'm gonna stop for now, and hopefully write another later tonight after my second workout of the day. I hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday and FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

1 Month Mark... (almost)

#Fail. That is what this journey has become. I didn't commit, I was inconsistent, and didn't hold myself accountable. Part of it was that I know no one reads this, so who am I holding myself accountable for. I hoped that putting it out there... into the universe would move things along but I was wrong. #Fail.

With a little over a month left I am still trying to achieve some of the things on my list, but I'm deciding, right now, just as I write this, that I won't write this journey off as another missed opportunity to better myself, but to allow myself the chance to make this journey just that, a journey. I will take my time do my best, and give myself an additional year... or two. Over the last year, I have discovered there are more things that I would like to add to my list, and I think that as long as most are achieved by the 25th anniversary of my birth, then I am doing ok.

So, for now, I will continue to do what I do, and work on my list, and adding to it (run, on, sentence). So forgive me, and bare with me. This will, in time, be a success!!