Monday, June 29, 2009

Get Fit After 40 Weigh In...

Still a tad bit over my goal weight, but overall, I'm not going to complain as I know I have really pushed my strength training this past week and not done much cardio...

Today's Weigh-In: 141.4 lbs (1.4 lbs above my goal weight)

Today's Strength Training Challenge results... I goofed up on my squats and forgot to check last Friday's set 5 so did not increase... but still a good workout.

Push-Ups: 63
Crunches: 112
Squats: 84

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stronger or More Fit Than Half the Military?????

Haha... this morning hubby decided he wanted for him and I to go out for breakfast since our daughter was not home. While sitting there eating he says to me "You didn't do your challenge workout this morning". Well, I did it yesterday, so I have the weekend off... Only doing it MWF so that my muscles have a chance to rest and repair themselves from the training for the week.

His next comment... "well, you would put half my squadron to shame"...LOL. In a way, I guess that's a scary thought that his entire squadron is military so we should expect them to be fit, in shape, and strong enough to do what I have been doing... :) Sad thing is, some of the commanders do not enforce the fitness expectations the Air Force requires... though, they are getting stricter here on base...

Hope you are all having a GREAT Weekend!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Day 3, Week 1

My push-up, abs, & squat challenge went well again today. I really struggled with my push-ups as I've never (ok, just once) done this many at one time... but it's not hurting today at least. Last time I reached this amount, my chest muscles hurt for better than 2 weeks!

Today's Counts:

Push-Ups: 57
Squats: 91
Abs: 102

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I feel the BURN... but all's good!

I've been slacking on my blogging, but I'm still hanging in there. Food choices may not be the greatest, but I'm still maintaining my weight with just slight fluctuation which is to be expected. I can't be the goal weight every time I weight in... I know that.

I started my 100 push-up & 200 Sit-Up challenge on Monday... I did pretty good. I did start myself at the highest level (based on my test of how many consecutive I can already do) and actually found the sit-ups (abdominal crunches) to be too easy. So, instead of skipping ahead since they are both on the 6 week challenge, I chose to make them harder by doing a reverse crunch as I lifted my shoulders off the floor... in other words, I'm lifting the hips & shoulders off the floor at the same time...

Well, after yesterday's workout... adding the reverse really made a difference. I can feel the burn right in the sternum area of my chest. It's not uncomfortable so I know I did not over do it at all... I also feel it in the whole abs just not as much as the sternum area.

I also decided to add to the challenge as I found a link for the 200 squat challenge I began that on day two, level 3 on Wed. also. And man do I feel it in the thighs today.

For an idea of how many of each I am doing to start... this is broken down into 5 sets with a break of between 60-120 seconds each... each set has a different amount... and the last being the max I can do without collapsing.

Yesterday's workout consisted of...

Push-Ups - 50
Crunches - 93
Squats - 80

4 hours after my workout, my body was still trembling from the workout. It was awesome! Though, it sure made it hard to type! LOL...

Well, I'll try to get in and post more updates than I have been. I just wanted to post a quick one for tonight and let you all know how I'm doing with my working out and such...

Friday, June 19, 2009

I've Found Myself the Perfect Challenge...

Over on Facebook, one of the guys I worked with in Panama City mentioned that he was was starting to work out doing cardio and strength training...all on his own, not at the gym. Well, one of his buddies posted a site for him and I am sooooo going to go for this 6 week challenge. It incorporates both of my favorite strength training excercises.... Push-Ups & Sit-ups (Ok, I do crunches, but I'm going do the sit up challenge using crunches instead)...

The challenge is to become strong enough over a 6 week period to do 100 consecutive push-ups... and the second challenge is to become strong enough to do 200 consecutive sit-ups. I"ve got a pretty good start on the crunches already as my abs are pretty strong...but I'm going to start Monday and follow the 6 week plan...

If you are interested in checking it out, or even doing the challenge yourself, here is the link to the site... &

Thursday, June 18, 2009

15 Best Diet Tips Ever

Just wanting to share an article I found online...

I really like Tip #2... That alone should make a huge difference in the way we view our journey to being healthy...

15 Best Diet Tips Ever

Experts share their top tips for weight loss success.
By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Everyone knows the keys to losing weight: Eat less and exercise more. Sounds simple enough, but in the context of real life and its demands, it can be anything but simple. So how do successful losers do it? To find out, WebMD asked experts across the country for their best diet tips.

Here's what they said:

Best Diet Tip No. 1: Drink plenty of water or other calorie-free beverages.

People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. So you can end up eating extra calories when an ice-cold glass of water is really what you need.

"If you don't like plain water, try adding citrus or a splash of juice, or brew infused teas like mango or peach, which have lots of flavor but no calories," says Cynthia Sass, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

Best Diet Tip No. 2: Think about what you can add to your diet, not what you should take away.

Start by focusing on getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

"It sounds like a lot, but it is well worth it, because at the same time you are meeting your fiber goals and feeling more satisfied from the volume of food," says chef Laura Pansiero, RD.

You're also less likely to overeat because fruits and vegetables displace fat in the diet. And that's not to mention the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. More than 200 studies have documented the disease-preventing qualities of phytochemicals found in produce, says Pansiero.

Her suggestion for getting more: Work vegetables into meals instead of just serving them as sides on a plate.

"I love to take seasonal vegetables and make stir-fries, frittatas, risotto, pilafs, soups, or layer on sandwiches," Pansiero says. "It is so easy to buy a variety of vegetables and incorporate them into dishes."

Best Diet Tip No. 3: Consider whether you're really hungry.

Whenever you feel like eating, look for physical signs of hunger, suggests Michelle May, MD, author of Am I Hungry?

"Hunger is your body's way of telling you that you need fuel, so when a craving doesn't come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it," she says.

When you're done eating, you should feel better -- not stuffed, bloated, or tired.

"Your stomach is only the size of your fist, so it takes just a handful of food to fill it comfortably," says May.

Keeping your portions reasonable will help you get more in touch with your feelings of hunger and fullness.

Best Diet Tip No. 4: Be choosy about nighttime snacks.

Mindless eating occurs most frequently after dinner, when you finally sit down and relax.

"Sitting down with a bag of chips or cookies in front of the television is an example of eating amnesia, where you mindlessly eat without being hungry, but out of habit," says American Dietetic Association spokesperson Malena Perdomo, RD.

Either close down the kitchen after a certain hour, or allow yourself a low-calorie snack, like a 100-calorie pack of cookies or a half-cup scoop of low-fat ice cream. Once you find that you're usually satisfied with the low-cal snack, try a cup of zero-calorie tea, suggests Perdomo.

Best Diet Tip No. 5: Enjoy your favorite foods.

"I think putting your favorite foods off limits leads to weight gain because it triggers 'rebound' overeating," says Sass.

Instead of cutting out your favorite foods altogether, be a slim shopper. Buy one fresh bakery cookie instead of a box, or a small portion of candy from the bulk bins instead of a whole bag.

"You can enjoy your favorite foods, but you must do so in moderation," says Sass.

Best Diet Tip No. 6: Enjoy your treats away from home.

When you need a treat, Ellie Krieger, RD, host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite, suggests taking a walk to your local ice cream parlor or planning a family outing.

"By making it into an adventure, you don't have to worry about the temptation of having treats in the house, and it is a fun and pleasurable way to make it work when you are trying to lose weight," says Krieger.

And for those times you just can't get out? Krieger stocks her kitchen with fresh fruit, which she thinks can be every bit as delicious as any other dessert.

Best Diet Tip No. 7: Eat several mini-meals during the day.

If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. But when you're hungry all the time, eating fewer calories can be challenging.

"Studies show people who eat 4-5 meals or snacks per day are better able to control their appetite and weight," says obesity researcher Rebecca Reeves, DrPH, RD.

She recommends dividing your daily calories into smaller meals or snacks and enjoying as many of them as you can early in the day -- dinner should be the last time you eat.

Best Diet Tip No. 8: Eat protein at every meal.

Protein is more satisfying than carbohydrates or fats, and thus may be the new secret weapon in weight control.

" Diets higher in protein [and] moderate in carbs, along with a lifestyle of regular exercise, have an excellent potential to help weight loss," says University of Illinois protein researcher Donald Layman, PhD.

Getting enough protein helps preserve muscle mass and encourages fat burning while keeping you feeling full. So be sure to include healthy protein sources, like yogurt, cheese, nuts, or beans, at meals and snacks.

Best Diet Tip No. 9: Spice it up.

Add spices or chiles to your food for a flavor boost that can help you feel satisfied.

"Food that is loaded with flavor will stimulate your taste buds and be more satisfying so you won't eat as much," says Perdomo.

When you need something sweet, suck on a red-hot fireball candy for a long-lasting burst of sweetness with just a few calories.

Best Diet Tip No. 10: Stock your kitchen with healthy convenience foods.

Having ready-to-eat snacks and meals-in-minutes staples on hand sets you up for success. You'll be less likely to hit the drive-through or call in a pizza order if you can make a healthy meal in 5 or 10 minutes.

Sass stocks her kitchen with:

  • 94% fat-free microwave popcorn (20-25 calories per cup, and you can make it in two minutes or less)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Bags of pre-washed greens
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Canned beans
  • Whole-grain wraps or pitas
  • Pre-cooked grilled chicken breasts
  • A few containers of pre-cooked brown rice

Within minutes, she can toss together a healthy medley.

Best Diet Tip No. 11: Order children̢۪s portions at restaurants.

"When you are eating out, order a child's pizza or a small sandwich as an easy way to trim calories and get your portions under control," suggest Perdomo.

Another trick is to use smaller plates. This helps the portions look like more, and if your mind is satisfied, your stomach likely will be, too.

Best Diet Tip No. 12: Eat foods in season.

"If you don't love certain fruits or vegetables, it could be because you ate them out of season when they have little taste or flavor," says Pensiero. "When you eat seasonally, fruits and vegetables are more flavorful, at their best, and I promise you won't be disappointed."

At GiGi's Trattoria, her restaurant in Rhinebeck, N.Y., she serves simple fruit desserts, like naturally sweet strawberries topped with aged balsamic vinegar, or low-fat yogurt or fresh berries in a compote.

Best Diet Tip No. 13: Swap a cup of pasta for a cup of vegetables.

Simply by eating less pasta or bread and more veggies, you could lose a dress or pants size in a year.

"You can save from 100-200 calories if you reduce the portion of starch on your plate and increase the amount of vegetables," says Sass.

Best Diet Tip No. 14: Use non-food alternatives to cope with stress.

Sooner or later, you're going to be faced with a stressful situation. Instead of turning to food for comfort, be prepared with some non-food tactics that work for you.

Sass suggests reading a few chapters in a novel, listening to music, writing in a journal, practicing meditative deep breathing, or looking at a photo album of loved ones.

Best Diet Tip No. 15: Be physically active.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, don't use exercise either to punish yourself for eating or to "earn" the right to eat more.

"When you do, it sets up a negative thought pattern, which is why so many people say they hate to exercise," says May.

Instead, focus on how great you feel, how much better you sleep and how much more energy you have when you exercise. Physical activity is good for you whether you are trying to lose weight or not, so keep it positive and build a lifelong habit.

Reviewed on April 24, 2007

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fabulous N Fit Fall Challenge weigh in...

Pounds Lost This Week: None...I think I gained, but can't remember last weeks weigh-in. If I recall correctly it was 139.2 and todays weigh in was 140.4 so still not bad considering I'm only .4 over goal weight.
Total FNF Challenge Pounds Lost: Gained... it's TOM so I'm bloated today.
NSV's This week: None
Day's Exercised: Only my activities at work last week. I've so gotten into a funk where I'm less than motivated.
Inches Lost (optional):
This Week's Motivation: It lacked...
Weekly Summary: Over all, my eating patterns were not bad. I rarely ate sugary sweets, have cut back on my Diet Pepsi, drank more water or flavored waters. I continued to choose salads over fatty foods when I went out to eat...and even skipped my usual breakfast yesterday at McDonalds after my Chiropractic appointment and opted for the apple/walnut salad and and OJ instead of the Southern Style Chicken Biscuit value meal. I did end up with Pizza twice... one day for lunch as my daughter was with me at work and that's what she wanted...and Hubby ordered it one day after we came home from a party...which, thee was NO food at...LOL. Just beer and I don't drink that... so I was set.

Room for Improvement for next week: I must get my motivation back and head to the more strength training at home. I MUST MUST MUST do this for myself, for my own happiness, and self confidence.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

5 Ways to Love the Foods You Hate

The weather is finally starting to warm back up some. Still not as warm as I would like for my summer months...but mid 60's is better than the 35° temps we had over the weekend.

Today was a busy day at work... A large appliance truck, but I didn't get to work that much as I was on the SNC at MPU. It was pretty busy with customer pick-ups so that's where I got my workout during that truck... Our second truck was 750 pieces so we all got a pretty good workout on that one... was amazed at how quickly we got it unloaded, separated into Divisions, and staged for the sales people and merchandisers to put it out. Had the ENTIRE truck done in 1 hour 22 minutes!

I've done pretty well the last couple of days overall. A lot of fast food though as my daughter had to go into work with me as she was going to babysit for one of my coworkers granddaughters. And since we live about 20 miles from town, I brought her in with me so they did not have to drive out to base. Needless to say, Holly spent the time she was not working at the mall. It gave us time to eat breakfast and lunch/dinner together though. Lunch was Subway so at least I could eat healthy there...but today she wanted Pizza Hut. Dinner was a Tuna Sandwich loaded with Veggies (Celery, Onions, Relish) and lite Miracle Whip. We also had fries and a few Olives. For dessert... tomatoes topped with Splenda. YUM!

OK, here is today's eDiets article I wanted to share with you all...

5 Ways to Love the Foods You Hate

By Bridget Kelly
eDiets Contributor

Have you typically chalked up your failure to eat enough produce to the fact that you hate vegetables?

The bad news is that by avoiding the foods you don't like, you may be depriving your body of valuable nutrients, and making weight loss harder by limiting your options. The good news? You can teach your taste buds to enjoy the foods at which you once turned up your nose.

1. Grant them a second chance. Maybe you didn't know your palate, like most other things, matures as you get older. In other words, if you were five years old when you declared your hatred for beets, it may be time to put them through another taste test. You might be surprised at what you've been missing all of these years.

2. Remember: One bad apple does not spoil the bunch. If the word "vegetable" conjures visions of much-maligned cabbage or Lima beans, it's time to broaden your produce horizons. With hundreds of veggies out there, many with vastly diverse tastes and textures, it's unlikely that you'll hate every one of them.

The key is finding those best suited to your palate. Don't like beets or Brussels sprouts? Perhaps you prefer sweet, starchy foods? Then a sweet potato or sugar-snap peas fit the bill. If you like something a bit bitter, perhaps collard greens are more to your liking. If spicy is your style, jicama or roasted red peppers might be the right vegetables for you.

3. Resolve your health-food issues. If you're prone to declarations like, "I don't eat white meat, only dark," or "I can't do skim milk," setting such definitive parameters for yourself can make succeeding at weight loss less likely. Dark meat is rich in saturated fat and should be limited in a healthy diet, leaving you with minuscule portion sizes you won't find satisfying.

The same goes for whole dairy products. The bottom line is that there are some changes you simply must accommodate if you want to be successful at losing weight and improving your health.

Think about why you don't like a particular food and how you can make it more appetizing. If white meat is too dry, for instance, try different cooking methods, such as roasting, which helps keep the meat moist. Try Skim Plus, which is formulated to have a consistency more like whole milk. If one oatmeal or whole-grain bread is too bland, try a different brand.

4. Seek out flavor sponges. If you truly can't find vegetables or soy products with flavors you find tasty, choose the ones that act like sponges -- taking on the essence of whatever it is you're cooking, such as mushrooms, eggplant and tofu.

Add them to a stir-fry and they'll taste like the soy sauce, cook them in Marsala wine and they'll absorb that flavor, etc. Before long, you'll start thinking of these foods in terms of the endless possibilities you can cook them in -- rather than the raw flavors you associate with them now.

5. When all else fails, put on a mask. Why was salad dressing invented? Perhaps it was for people who don't like the taste of raw veggies. Makes sense, right? Choose a low-fat or fat-free variety, and the dressing will make each crunch on those nutrient-rich plants, guilt-free and enjoyable. Other flavor enhancers can serve the same purpose for low-fat meats and whole-grain breads.

Spice things up a bit with hot sauce, garlic, ginger, balsamic vinegar, chili paste, honey mustard, spices and herbs. Add texture with wheat germ, or a touch of sweetness with honey. The possibilities are endless?

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I'm Still Around...

It's been a few days since I have updated my blog. I have been TERRIBLE with my workouts, eating, and such. This cold front that hit us over the past week has really put a damper on my moods. I have NEVER heard of it snowing in June... and that's exactly what it did here in North Dakota on Saturday. Luckily, in Minot, where we are stationed and live, we only got rain... but two hours away from us got 2" of snow. With the rain came 35° temps... today it's finally in the upper 40's but I want my summer back! It's just so hard to be motivated to workout, clean house, do laundry, or just do anything when you look outside and the weather is dark and dreary.

I've started today off a bit better...determined to make a day to try and flush my system of the crap I've been eating over the past week. This morning I ate Digestive Health Trail Mix and Dried Apricots, for lunch, I am going to have my Salad at JR Rockers, then dinner... I'm not sure yet. But will probably eat at Subway where I can get a Ham & Turkey Sub with all the veggies, no cheese and no dressing.

I thought I would also share this article from e-Diets which I received in my email today. We all know there is times that eating at Fast Food Restaurants are the only option we have to grab something to eat when life gets busy. There IS healthier options, we just have to make the choice to choose them over our beloved favorite high calorie meals...

Best Fast-Food Choices

By Joanne Eglash
eDiets Contributor

Even though you know it's not the healthiest decision, there are times when you just can't resist zooming to a fast-food joint for an enormous greasy hamburger or a plate of spicy fried chicken wings.

Before you take a bite, navigate yourself to one of my "Determined Dieters' Best Buys":

McDonald's: Yes, really. The Golden Arches now houses some of the nicest nutritional options for those counting calories and carbs. We're not talking Double Quarter Pounders with Cheese (740 calories), of course. But with salads galore to choose from (opt for low-calorie dressing and use only half the packet), not to mention the luscious fruit and yogurt parfait (160 calories), you can enjoy a meal that won't leave you with a guilty taste in your mouth.

Taco Bell: Say no to the Nacho BellGrande (770 calories), and opt for one of the delicious "fresco style" soft tacos. A grilled steak taco ordered fresco style, for example, has about 160 calories.

Subway: Feeling like there's no substitute for an indulgent sub? Then dive into the nearest Subway. Skip the Meatball Marinara (560 calories for a 6-inch sub) and go for a 6-inch turkey breast (280 calories) or a Veggie Delite (230 calories). You say you're carb conscious? You'll love the Carb Conscious wraps, like the Turkey & Bacon Wrap (400 calories).

Pizza Hut: A piece of pizza without guilt can be yours if you head to Pizza Hut. Avoid the Chicken Supreme Stuffed Crust (360 calories per slice) and go for the Fit 'n' Delicious menu, from which you can choose your own toppings (they have lots of veggies) for a pizza fit for a diet king or queen!

Applebee's: This casual restaurant is great for the family, especially when one or more members is on a diet. The Weight Watchers menu includes all the nutritional information, with options ranging from soups and salads to main dishes and desserts. Don't miss the delicious cheesy onion soup or chocolate raspberry layer cake.

TGI Friday's: If you're on a low-carb diet, TGI Friday's Atkins-approved menu includes fish, steak and even cheesecake. However, their menu does not list complete nutritional information.

Quizno's: Here's a quiz: What has healthy options, selections just for kids and reasonable prices? Answer: Quizno's! The chain has lots of healthy options from which to choose, and the friendly folks behind the counters are usually more than willing to substitute or leave off ingredients such as cheese. If you're counting calories, try the Tuscan Turkey (400 calories in a small sub).

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Who's Idea of a Joke is this...

SNOW fell today in North Dakota! We only got rain here in Minot, but they are saying possibility of snow tonight... I thought it was JUNE!...

Kids in Dickinson built snowmen, dressed them in bikini tops and had them holding bottles of suntan lotion.... and then placed a "sign" with a great big question mark on it...LOL.

Friday, June 5, 2009

An Early Update...

I woke up this morning feeling totally exhausted and have no clue why. I slept pretty decent, was in bed by 11:00 and my alarm went off at 7:00 which I shut off and tried going back to sleep. My hubby walked in to say goodbye to me shortly after 7:00 thinking I was awake since my alarm was set for 7:00... I had gone back to sleep by then and couldn't fall back to sleep after his appearance so I got up, came downstairs and checked my Facebook, emails, and boards.

I initially wanted to go to the gym again this morning, but just felt too tired to go up... I did however, do a set of strength training exercises so not all is lost. I would have liked to have done 2 sets at least, but just didn't feel up to it.

I'm going to meet up with my hubby at 11:00 at JR Rockers for lunch. I will stick to my salad this afternoon, and will be taking leftovers for my dinner tonight at work. It should be an easy day at work, mostly helping customers and organizing after yesterdays trucks...

Today's Body Blessings:

B: Grab N Go Cottage Crunch, Spicy V8
L: Buffalo Chicken Salad with Ranch Dressing
D: leftover Beef tips with mushroom/onion gravy, mashed potatoes, & Fresh veggies
S: undetermined

Today's Workout:

1 set of 10 Dolphin Pose
1 set of 10 Sumo Squats
1 set of 25 Torso Twist with Punch
1 set of 10 Push-Ups
1 set of 25 Laying abductions
1 set of 25 laying adductions
1 set of 25 Bicycle Crunches
1 set of 25 Scissor Kicks
1 set of 10 Pilate Roll-Ups
1 set of 15 Triceps Kick-Backs
1 Set of 10 Lunges

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I feel the BURN...

Oh my goodness! My daughter was in the mood to go to the gym with me tonight, since she wanted to ride on the recumbent bikes, I decided to ride them with her. I usually just set it on the "cardio" setting and peddle away. Tonight, upon hitting my target heart rate of 144, my thighs started to burn... and I mean BURN. My legs were shaking uncontrollably. Usually, once I hit my target HR, it lets up on the resistance some...but not tonight. I was pushing, pushing, pushing with all my might and it wasn't enough oomph to even keep the timer running. It kept going into "pause" and back to "resume" over and over and over. I finally gave up, logged my time and moved on to the treadmills. At the rate I was going, I wasn't going to be doing much of anything other than killing my legs.

While on the bike and treadmills, I was watching game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Not looking too good again tonight for my Red Wings... but, they still have another period left, so with some luck, they will pull it off, then win game 5 and the championship tomorrow in Joe Louis Arena... that would be AWESOME to win at home.

Work was pretty good today... our District Manager showed up today instead of tomorrow. So, needless to say, we were pretty surprised by that. Though, he at least let our manager know early enough that we could do a mad dash at getting things finished up we were not able to last night. I for the most part just had to update my boards from today's reports and some dusting. My Ops manager did the sweeping in the warehouse for me... and I had to supervise the new Delivery Team as they loaded today's deliveries.

We also had two trucks today... one of which I helped with about half of it, then I had to take my lunch break as it was reaching the 5 hours mark. They were about done with that when I came back, and then I worked on putting up the air filters while organizing the shelf as I went. It was a disaster area... then the big chore was trying to find room for all the Miter Saws, Table Saws, etc. Big, bulky heavy stuff...and TONS of it. I guess everyone that did NOT buy them for Christmas gifts are expected to buy them for Father's Day gifts this year...LOL. Anyway, it was a good strength "training" workout for me today with the heavy lifting.

Tomorrow should be a good day. Just more clean up after today's trucks, no trucks, and just assisting customers with their pick-ups, returns, and service items.

I close again tomorrow and Saturday... so, hopefully I find the motivation to get off my butt or I should probably say, motivate myself to climb out of bed and head to the gym for a good cardio workout since it didn't go so well tonight...

While at the gym tonight, I did pick up the Training Schedules so I can attend a few classes on my days off or late shifts. Maybe I can convince Holly to do those with me too. I think that would be a fun time for her and I to spend together. And if she wants, maybe she can convince a friend to go with us.

Now that summer is here, I want to spend some time with Holly at the pool and also bowling here on base. THAT is good exercises too. Last time I took her bowling, my buttocks and thighs burned for days from the "lunges." Maybe I need to learn to throw left handed too so the burn is equal between the two sides...LOL.

Today's Body Blessings:

B: Grab N Go Cottage Crunch
L: Chicken Tendercrisp Sandwich (held the mayo), small fry.
D: Beef tips and mushroom/onion beef gravy over mashed potatoes, 12 asparagus spears
S: Cheese, yogurt, Salsalitas, Peanut M&M's (first time in a while I raided the vending machines)
Beverages: 2 diet Pepsi, 1 lg. diet coke (BK), 1 Fuze energy, Water

Today's Workout:

Recumbent Bike:
10 minutes
2.82 miles
84 calories burned

17 minutes
.94 miles
85 calories burned

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Just a quick update tonight...

Today was a pretty good day... I got up fairly early, ate a healthy breakfast, worked on some laundry, played around on the computer some then fixed lunch for the family (hubby comes home and daughter is out of school for the summer)....after cleaning up lunch and finishing up the loads of laundry that were complete, it was time to head to the mall ... or work.

Work was fairly slow for me... I didn't work merchandise pick up today rather vacuumed the warehouse and did cleaning as the District Manager will be in for a visit on Friday...and he ALWAYS finds fault in something. Nothing is ever good enough.

Today's Body Blessings:

B: 2 packets Lower-Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal with one sliced banana, apple juice
L: Polish Sausage, Kraut, Tator Tots
D: Burrito, Potato Oles
S: Yogurt, Cheese

Todays' Workout:

Just a couple of pull-ups at work. One of the guys convinced me the other day to try it and I squeezed in I managed to squeeze in about 2-1/2! LOL...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fabulous N Fit Fall Challenge Starts!

Well, I went and joined another challenge. I tend to do better at getting my workouts in when I am held accountable to others and do not want to let my team members down...

I'm up a bit from the last challenge weigh in...but It's only 2.6 lbs over my goal weight, so not much of a big deal. I've not done any cardio on a while, just some strength training. Too many push-ups in two days straight caused too much hurt, so even the strength training was put on hold... but, as of right now, I'm back on track.

My official weigh in for the Fabulous N Fit Fall Challenge is:

142.6 lbs.
Goal weight: 140
Height: 5'7"

I also want to log my measurements to see where and if I manage to loose more fat in the thigh and hip areas... very little left in my arms and belly area so I'm not so concerned about those, but will log those too just so I can see what my overall changes are over this challenge.

My measurements are actually from 5-29-09 and not today...

Arms: L 10.5", R 10.5"
Chest: 34"
Waist: 26.75"
Abs: 28"
Hips: 37"
Thighs: L 20.5", R 20.5"
Calves: L 14", R 14"

Total: 227"

Today's Body Blessings:

B: Yogurt & Pineapple
L: Arby's Roast Turkey & Swiss Sandwich, sm. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Marinara
D: Sm. Beef Steak, Fresh Veggies, Sea Shell Alfredo
S: None today..

Beverages: Diet Pepsi, Fuze Slenderizer, Diet Green Tea with Citrus, Water

Today's Workout

Treadmill, Various Speeds & Incline/Decline

4.33 miles
505.7 calories
4 mph average speed
65 Minutes

Bonus: There was still 5 minutes left of the Stanley Cup Series game so I reset the treadmill and watched the rest of the game for an extra .33 miles walked... LOL. Darn Red Wings lost though... there's still game 4 and the Wings are up 2/1 anyway so they are NOT out of it... :)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mother Daughter Day Out

Well, today was an AWESOME day...

I got up this morning, got online to check my fitness boards, challenges, emails, blogs, etc. I had a few more classmates connect with me on Facebook... Some, who never even talked to me in High School... but then again, it doesn't surprise me because when we went away to college, she tried to be my best friend until she met others "better than me". Oh well, maybe she has grown up some by now...

I went up to Holly's room around 10:00 or shortly after to wake her up as I wanted to leave the house around 11:00 so we could head to town (it takes half an hour) to go out for lunch before we started our shopping at the mall.

I let Holly decide on where to eat lunch. She chose Space Aliens, so that is where we headed first after gassing up the Explorer and getting a drink for the road. We both had a wrap...her with fries, I opted to replace the fries with a salad. We had a great time sitting there talking and listening to her new ring tones she put on her phone.

From there we headed to the mall so she could get her hair cut and colored...though, that appointment was not until 3:00, so we wandered the mall, had a small ice cream for dessert, picked out a pair of earrings for her to get her ears pierced a second time. She finally was able to convince her dad to let her do it if she paid for it with her babysitting money. Holly wanted both ears done at the same time, so we had to go back at 1:00 when there would be someone to help the manager do her ears.

It was really cute... there was a woman with her daughter and granddaughter there. They were trying to convince the granddaughter (maybe age 2 or 3) into getting her ears pierced. They were excited to see Holly getting them done so that the little girl could watch it done to see it wouldn't hurt. The little girls mom looked at Holly just before they pierced her ears but after telling her daughter to watch, telling Holly "Now, don't cry"... it was kinda funny. The little girl watched as they pierced Holly's ears. She didn't flinch (nor did Holly) but politely turned down her mom's suggestion of getting them done... LOL. I'm just glad that the mom and grandma were not forcing her into getting them done... they let her make the decision. That's how we were with Holly. I wanted to get them done when she was little, but we wanted it to be her decision on when it was done...

We went through a few of the teen stores, Payless Shoe Source, etc. I bought a cute pair of flip flops in black with the money I received from my Mother & Father In Law for my birthday, Holly bought a t-shirt for one of her guy friends, and she bought another set of earrings. Once we decided we had enough shopping, we still had about an hour and a half before our appointments to get her hair and my waxing done so we decided to leave and head over to Roosevelt State park over by the Zoo and State Fair Grounds. I had hoped to be able to stop and park somewhere and walk through, but there really was not much to see...and I had forgotten to take my camera anyway so we couldn't take pics of the monuments at the park.

As we were driving back to the mall, I remembered that I needed to stop at CVS to pick up some more of my facial scrub and get some more body wash...and stop at my Chiropractor to get a bottle of BioFreeze as my hubby hurt his shoulder last week when lifting his lawnmower into the back of his truck to go do the yards of a couple of guys who are gone TDY (temporary duty). It is the same shoulder he had two shoulder surgeries on about 5 years ago. He's been in some major pain so they have had to do x-rays and did an MRI to check things out. No results as of yet.

After shopping, we headed back to Sears for Rick to do Holly's hair. We had an AWESOME time. Rick is totally awesome. Out of 13,000 employees in the Sears Salons (company wide) he is #9 in sales and business. He is so awesome. I just love him. He won't let you do something to your hair that is not good for it... won't let you talk him into doing a style that he KNOWS will not work with your hair type etc. He really knows his business and is always busy. There is NEVER a walk in appointment available for him. He's just that good and people want his business. He would do so well out on his own...

Anyway, we were sitting there and Rick was joking with Holly. He loves to tease her and make her think he is going to give her an 80's hairstyle....LOL. Today he French Braided her hair, she sat there and let him do it then he starts to spray it...she's like "Your NOT going to leave it like that are you?"... Last time he was "splowing" her best friends hair to show them how we wore it in

Then, Holly takes a rubber band and attempts to shoot me with it... well, she missed, so I picked it up and I go to shoot it back at her... she says "RAPE!"... not real loud, but loud enough for me and Rick to hear it. Rick's like "Don't say that too loud, people might start to think I'm straight" (He is gay)... then he says "You might ruin my reputation as a hair stylist"... it was just so funny!

Well, after our appointments were done and over with, we headed back to base. Holly asked me to drop her off at Kacy's house as they wanted to hang out for a while. I came home and Drew was at home too. He had actually come home from work before we left this morning not feeling well... took some meds. and passed out on the couch. He decided that he wasn't really up to going out to dinner nor to be fixing dinner, so we ordered pizza and I went to pick it up. We ate dinner then I came in to check my messages again and did a good 50 minutes of strength training while "watching" the bachelorete... It was a GREAT workout again. I did a repeat of my killer work out from a few weeks ago... only did one set rather than two of each. I just added a few more stretching and exorcises to it to make it the full 50 minutes.

So, overall, today was a GREAT day. Holly and I need more days like today...

Today's Body Blessings:

B: none...
L: Cajun Ranch Chicken Wrap, Salad with Ranch Dressing, Water with Lemon
D: 3 Slices Deluxe Pizza
S: Small Strawberry Blonde Ice Cream from Coldstone Creamery

Beverages: 2 glasses of water with Lemon with Lunch, 2 bottles Diet Pepsi, 1- 33.8 oz bottle water, 1 glass cranberry/lemonade drink

Today's Workout:

30 jumping jacks
15 lunges
10 Pilates Roll-ups
25 bicycle crunches
15 Triceps Kick Backs
25 Knee to elbow torso twists
25 crunches on stability ball
25 hammer curls with 8 lb weights
25 Triceps Extension with 8 lb weight
25 shoulder shrugs with 8 lb weights
25 laying leg adductions
25 laying leg abductions
25 laying straight leg lifts
25 potato pickers
25 windmills
25 dumbbell side bends with 8 lb weights
2 minutes of boxing
10 modified push-ups
25 "tug of war" side bends
25 sitting toe touches
10 minutes misc. stretches

JUNE ~ Goals & Commitments

What are your goals for the month of June? To work out minimum of 3x per week at the gym & 3x at home doing strength training (or maybe the gym using the machines). Continue NOT eating out of the vending machine at work... Fix more healthy fruit smoothies for Holly and I for snacks... eat more fresh fruits and veggies. No excuse not too! They are so cheap in the summer months when they are grown "locally"... GRILL out more now that the grill is no longer buried under 4 foot of snow!

How do you plan to accomplish these goals?Working out in the evenings & my days off (or mornings on my days I work late). Loading my cart with fresh fruits and veggies, hubby loves to grill out, so there's no chance of my failing at that part of the goal.

If you had problems in May, what will you do differently this month to ensure that nothing gets in your way and that your goals are met? My motivation was TERRIBLE this past month. I had planned on the same goals I think for last month... and I blew it. I did enough to maintain my current weight and that was about it. I did however stay away from the vending machines at work and ate way less candy than I had been!

What did you learn about yourself in May that will help you reach your goals this month? The few days I pushed it and really did a lot of push ups really HURT! The hurt felt decent as I love the feeling of working out, but when it is a constant pain and hurts to lift anything, then I know it's too much...I need to remember to alternate my days if I am going to push the quantity of push-ups I do. If I want to do them daily, I need to limit them to just 1 set of 10.

What are some of your favorite, calorie burning, outdoor activities? I miss the beach! When we were in FL, I loved to walk on the beach...the sand is great for balance! BUT, since I am no longer in FL, I'll have to get back into my walking & bike riding. And, since I have bought my new swim suit, I need to get out and actually go to the base pool and swim on my days off... I've already told my daughter to MAKE me go to the pool with her... and to MAKE me get in the water and swim, slash around, just plain have fun!